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3A61-A Pottery for the Petrified

Wondering if the art of pottery is for you? Spend the day “pottering” in our ceramics studio and find out. You’ll get to explore working with slabs, coils and the wheel as you determine if this hands-on medium might be for you. Absolutely no experience required and clay and materials are all provided. Just show up and let it happen. Warning: pottery can be very addictive... Saturday. Course Fee: $89 (Includes clay) Limit: 15 students

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3A61-B Pottery for the Petrified

Wondering if the art of pottery is for you? Spend the day “pottering” in our ceramics studio and find out. You’ll get to explore working with slabs, coils and the wheel as you determine if this hands-on medium might be for you. Absolutely no experience required and clay and materials are all provided. Just show up and let it happen. Warning: pottery can be very addictive...Sunday. Course Fee: $89 (Includes clay) Limit: 15 students

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3C03 Dreaming In Colour Ages 4-5

Have a passionate young artist who dreams in bright pastels and rainbows? In this class, we’ll create paintings, drawings and collages that explore all the variations on the artist’s colour wheel. We’ll build our colour mixing and blending skills and then use that knowledge to produce masterpieces sure to make your home a brighter, more colourful place! Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $189 Limit: 16 students

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3C12-A Made by Me: Drawing and Painting Ages 7+

Painting, drawing, clay, abstract sculpture – each artist will work with the instructor to design their own program, perfect for developing their interests and strengths while providing new challenges. While the students will learn about many artists and techniques, each student is encouraged to bring ideas and source materials to share. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $189 Limit: 16 students

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3C21 *NEW* Teen Art Portfolio Ages 12 and up

Build a personal art portfolio that shares your artistic vision. With a focus on drawing and painting, we’ll take on a variety of projects that will further your knowledge of technique, colour theory and composition. Also included are supportive critique sessions designed to reveal areas for improvement and growth. Two sessions will be drawing or painting from a portrait/costume model. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $189 Limit: 16 students

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3A02-A Beginners' Drawing

For anyone looking to become an artist, basic drawing skills are considered essential. This introduction to drawing course will challenge your senses and develop your drawing and shading skills – all in a supportive and inspirational environment. Topics include perspective and composition as well as the fundamentals of learning how to see. Class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $299 includes model fees for 3 sessions with a life (nude) model.

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3A05 Introduction to Portrait Drawing

This class will provide the beginner to intermediate student with the basic skills in achieving a likeness. An understanding of the underlying structures will lead students to create convincing renderings in any drawing medium ie: pencil, charcoal, pastel... The instructor will provide weekly demonstrations as well as considerable individual instruction. Mondays. Course Fee $229 includes model fees. Limit: 15 students

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3A07-A The Art of Still Life: Drawing and Composition

Using weekly still-life compositions as our subject, this class addresses fundamental skills in the art of drawing and picture making. Lessons include the representation of form and space, perspective, tone, technique and much more. Plenty of group and individual instruction provided along with weekly demonstrations. All levels welcome. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no class on February 19 and March 12* Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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3A08 *NEW* Drawing the Portrait, Costume and Nude Figure

This course is an extension of the popular Licensed to Draw – but without the libations. We will use a variety of methods, contour, gesture and long sustained poses. This course is designed for everyone from beginner to the advanced artist who would like to put the fun back into drawing from the model. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no class on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $359 includes model fees. Limit: 15 students

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3A22 *NEW* Storyboarding

Exciting visual stories of danger and action don't just happen, they have to be made. When it comes to film or animation, much of that action and danger comes from story pacing decisions made by storyboard artists. Learn how to take a story or script and analyze it to find the key points in the story and adapt them into rough, but detailed visuals. Let arts and entertainment professional, Mike Gagnon, unpack the skills and techniques of storyboarding, helping you plan out your own amazing independent film, or pursue a career in helping bring other people's ideas to life. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $309 includes a $30 material fee. Limit: 15 students

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3A34 *NEW* Illustrating for Children in Watercolour

In this introductory course to the exciting world of children’s illustration, we’ll use watercolour to work through projects that present different aspects of the field of illustration. Topics to be covered include character design, setting the scene and creating props. We’ll also investigate how to illustrate fairy tales and design book covers and puzzle pages. Some prior knowledge of drawing/watercolour is an asset. Mondays. Course Fee: $145 Limit: 15 students

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3A62-A Introduction to Pottery

Learn the hand-forming techniques of working with clay, including pinch, coil, slab, and the potter's wheel. Also covered are the basics of glazing and surface decoration. You’ll hone your skills while transforming your ideas into inspired, finished pottery. Suitable for all levels, adults and students 16+. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students

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3A63 *NEW* Clay Freestyle

For all levels, this is a fun free-form open studio format where you can work on a variety of clay processes under the guidance and mentorship of the instructor. Handbuilding and/or working on the wheel – it’s all fair game. An underlying focus will be on exploring a variety of surface treatments, including slip trailing, masking and plaster mould surface constructions while considering colour and texture through stains, underglaze and pigments. Throughout the course, you’ll be guided in the development of a personal sense of style and by the later weeks, be encouraged to hone your skills for a final supportive critique. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no class on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students

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3A78 Digital Basics 2

Apply the skills learned in Digital Basics 1 towards building your unique visual language and style. Practical exercises will help to broaden your vision and explore the possibilities of the photographic frame. You will also improve your photo editing using a step-by-step introduction to Photoshop. Prerequisite: Digital Basics 1 or instructor approval. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19 or March 12* Course Fee: $295 includes a $16.50 media lab fee. Limit: 12 students

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3A90-A Art History: Bold, Brash and Baroque

Join us for an exploration of how Italian Baroque art began and how it developed in the 17th century. Lectures are illustrated with slides and offer an entertaining, yet intelligent approach to art history. Mondays. *Please note: there will be no classes on February 19* Course Fee: $225 Limit: 30 students

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3A91 *NEW* Modern and Contemporary Reflection in the Studio

Designed for the intermediate student looking to enhance their knowledge of contemporary art history and their approach to the artmaking, this course will introduce key developments from modern and contemporary visual art across a broad range of disciplines and modes of presentation. Working with this background, students will then undertake personal interpretations of these concepts in assigned art-making projects. Guidance will be provided with the technical, fundamental and formal demands of the work. Please note: assignments will require research and homework outside of the studio. Prospective students will be interviewed with examples of their work and selected for their suitability for the course. Those interested should email advancedstudio@dvsa.ca to make arrangements with the instructor. Mondays. *Please Note: there will be no class on February 19* Course Fee: $439 Limit: 15 students

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Online Writing and Media Communications

In partnership with OCAD U, DVSA offers a selection of online courses each term. Up to 8 credits from the OCAD U Online courses can be applied towards completion of DVSA’s Foundational Certificate Program. Registration must be done through DVSA. Students will receive their course log in information and network credentials by email directly from OCAD U one week before the course start date. For more information on OCAD U Online courses, visit this link.

This innovative online course approaches online writing from an art and design perspective. Students should learn to use and customize Google's Blogger interface (a free and adaptable web platform) to showcase their own creative content. Interactive tutorials will introduce students to selecting interface styles, customizing templates, creating website navigation, maximizing plug ins and design features, and integrating audio and video content. Other topics will include online writing, building and maintaining an online audience, and leveraging social media platforms. This is a qualifying course towards the Certificate in Digital Media Skills and the Certificate in Business Skills for Creative Professionals. Mondays. 6 weeks.

 

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3C16 *NEW* Mix It Up Ages 7-11

Sculpture, painting, typography, collage, drawing – in this course for beginner artists, we’ll try out a wide range of styles, approaches and materials to create stunning works of art. Projects and lessons are aimed at building familiarity and confidence while experimenting with non-traditional materials and techniques. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $189 Limit: 16 students

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3A02-B Beginners' Drawing

For anyone looking to become an artist, basic drawing skills are considered essential. This introduction to drawing course will challenge your senses and develop your drawing and shading skills – all in a supportive and inspirational environment. Topics include perspective and composition as well as the fundamentals of learning how to see. Class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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3A06-A Portrait Drawing and Painting

Capture the complexity and grace of the human subject as you work in any drawing or painting medium. The same model will sit for both the morning and afternoon sessions. Students interested in working on longer sustained or larger pieces might consider registering for both classes. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $359 includes model fees. Limit: 15 students

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3A06-B Portrait Drawing and Painting

Capture the complexity and grace of the human subject as you work in any drawing or painting medium. The same model will sit for both the morning and afternoon sessions. Students interested in working on longer sustained or larger pieces might consider registering for both classes. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $359 includes model fees. Limit: 15 students

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3A21 *NEW* Cartooning and Comic Strips

Do you dream of creating your own comic strip like the ones you read in the newspapers? Learn from comic industry professional, Mike Gagnon, how to develop funny, compelling characters and produce a professional quality comic strip that you can share with others online or in print. Students will be guided through a visual examination of gags and humorous storytelling with visuals. We’ll also examine storytelling with brevity for limited space. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $309 includes a $30 material fee. Limit: 15 students

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3A30 Still Life in Watercolour

Immerse yourself in this stimulating medium that’s provided the means to create some of the world’s greatest works of art. Starting from a different still life every week or two, you’ll receive group and individual instruction on composition, colour and technique. Students can work in traditional watercolour methods or explore other approaches. All levels. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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3A39 Acrylic Painting: Say It with Flowers

Let’s brighten up the winter months as we explore, through creative expression, the meaning and emotions that are inherent in flowers. We’ll examine light, colour and composition using close-ups of flowers as themes to expand your creative journey. A wide variety of approaches will be considered and individual instruction and assistance will be emphasized throughout. Students are encouraged to bring source materials such as photos or sketchbooks. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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3A42 *NEW* Acrylic & Mixed Media 2.0

An updated version of the instructor’s Acrylic & Mixed Media course, this is an open studio set-up where you can bring your individual art pieces and work with the instructor present as facilitator and guide. Ideal for all levels of artistic ability. New students are encouraged to join as Sandee continues to introduce new methods for working with acrylics and various media combinations to produce vibrant and unique works. A great space for students to share ideas and have the support of a group. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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3A43-A Beginners' Oil Painting A

A great start to your personal development as a painter! This course provides a basic introduction to the oil medium and includes guidance on choosing the proper materials and tools plus instruction on paint application, composition, colour mixing and much more. Previous drawing experience is recommended. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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3A46 Beginners' Abstract Painting

This beginner approach to abstract painting will have you experimenting with innovative ways of creating art as you plunge into expressive colour mixing, brushwork and composition. Invent new techniques for applying paint and devise radical artistic processes – all while creating your own abstract pieces. Plenty of class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout. Oil or acrylic. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $249 Limit: 15 students

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3A48 Even More Exploring Landscape with the Group of 7

Building on the previous classes (not required prerequisites), we’ll examine, in greater depth, the techniques used by the Group of Seven and apply these approaches to our own landscape compositions. Weekly small-scale painting exercises will compare how these master artists approached similar subjects, but in different ways. Newcomers will review the basics, while returning students will move forward with all new challenges. Students should bring images or sketches for inspiration. Watercolour, acrylics and/or oils all suitable. All levels. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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3A62-B Introduction to Pottery

Learn the hand-forming techniques of working with clay, including pinch, coil, slab, and the potter's wheel. Also covered are the basics of glazing and surface decoration. You’ll hone your skills while transforming your ideas into inspired, finished pottery. Suitable for all levels, adults and students 16+. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students

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3A62-C Introduction to Pottery

Learn the hand-forming techniques of working with clay, including pinch, coil, slab, and the potter's wheel. Also covered are the basics of glazing and surface decoration. You’ll hone your skills while transforming your ideas into inspired, finished pottery. Suitable for all levels, adults and students 16+. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students

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3A75 Digital Basics 1

Learn to control your digital camera instead of it controlling you! In this beginner-level course, you’ll develop a solid photography foundation by using your camera hands-on in class and from feedback on your photos. Fully understand shutter-speeds, apertures, ISO, histograms, focusing and the various exposure modes for better quality images. Using best-practice, safely transfer and backup your photos. Bring any camera, but hold off on new purchases until you learn enough to know what you need. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $295 includes a $16.50 media lab fee. Limit: 12 students

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3A83-A Silkscreen Studio

Discover the versatility and unique characteristics of silkscreening using the latest non-toxic techniques. This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced screen printers. Beginners will learn a step-by-step method designed to inspire the creation of silkscreened projects. Returning students will explore more challenging ideas aimed at cultivating an advanced set of silkscreening skills. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $249 includes a $25 material fee. Limit: 12 students

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3C02 Artful Afternoons Ages 4 and up

All new projects! Painting, drawing, working with clay and building sculptures are all introduced in this class geared for various ages. Students will explore the work of different artists as they create their own fabulous art projects. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $149 Limit: 16 students

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3C04 More Masters of the Imagination Ages 4-5

Inspired by the masters from the art world, your young artist will work on projects that ignite their inner virtuoso while introducing colour theory, design elements and more. We’ll paint on canvas and draw with easels – all in a fun and supportive studio environment. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $189 Limit: 16 students

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3C10 Paint (and More Paint) Ages 6-7

The perfect class for kids who love to paint! Working with string, brushes, tape, sponges, fingers, sharpies and a plethora of weird and unusual things, your young artist will get to work creating a portfolio of colour. The exploration includes projects in printmaking, still life, landscapes, decorative masks, abstracts and more. Old clothes/art smocks highly recommended! Wednesdays. Course Fee: $189 Limit: 16 students

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3C17 Digital Photography for Teens Ages 11+

In our digital world almost everyone has a camera, but understanding how to capture that awesome shot that sets Instagram on fire is a different story. Transform your camera into an extension of your creativity and great eye as you jump from AUTO to Manual and learn how to capture the perfect moment. This class requires the ownership of a digital camera with some manual settings (point & shoot or DSLR – not a phone/tablet camera). Wednesdays. Course Fee: $179 Limit: 12 students

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3C19 Teen Pottery Ages 11 and up

Express your teen spirit through the art of pottery. You’ll explore throwing clay on the wheel, hand-building, and hot and cold surface treatments as you create your own ceramic pieces. This is a great class for connecting with new friends while developing your independent approaches and ideas. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $229 Limit: 16 students

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3A01 Drawing for the Petrified

This is the perfect course for those who have always had aspirations to draw, but may be holding back. Learning to draw is essential for all aspiring artists and in this absolute beginner’s class, you’ll take those first tentative steps with the encouraging hand-hold you’ve been looking for. Even if the idea of putting a dot on a piece of paper makes you feel a tiny bit tremulous, over four weeks, we’ll explore how to bring eye, hand and pencil to paper and expand basic lines into shaded forms, moving textures and more. After building confidence and new skills, you may just be ready for a full Beginners’ class. All materials are supplied – just show up and let it happen. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $159 Limit: 15 students

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3A03 Intermediate Drawing

Designed for those who have taken Beginners’ Drawing and want to take their skills to the next level, this class will expand upon the fundamentals while refining technique and introducing the use of different materials. Included will be sessions with instruction on costume/portrait drawing. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $319 includes model fees.  Limit: 15 students

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3A27-A Beginners' Watercolour

Never tried watercolour or have limited watercolour skills? Learn to master this challenging, yet gratifying medium, starting with basic techniques and moving through a series of exercises and projects designed to build your confidence and talents. Plenty of group and individual instruction provided. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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3A27-B Beginners' Watercolour

Never tried watercolour or have limited watercolour skills? Learn to master this challenging, yet gratifying medium, starting with basic techniques and moving through a series of exercises and projects designed to build your confidence and talents. Plenty of group and individual instruction provided. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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3A38 Acrylic Painting: Exploring Landscape and Architecture

Designed for painters of all levels, this course will have you creating exciting compositions and solving problems related to landscape and architecture painting. Working from simple to more complex images, your confidence and enjoyment of the medium will increase with each project. Colour theory, perspective and the use of value to create mood and drama will be emphasized. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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3A43-B Beginners' Oil Painting B

A great start to your personal development as a painter! This course provides a basic introduction to the oil medium and includes guidance on choosing the proper materials and tools plus instruction on paint application, composition, colour mixing and much more. Previous drawing experience is recommended. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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3A44 *NEW* Winter Landscape Painting in Oil

A wide spectrum of colours are reflected in snow and capturing this phenomena is the key to painting a realistic winter landscape scene. In this course, the secrets of winter painting will be revealed as you go from photograph to sketch to oil and complete a finished landscape piece. We’ll discuss mood and using shadow and light, explore composition, unpack the process of underlay painting and review samples of winter artwork. Lots of group and individual instruction provided throughout. For painters with oil experience. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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3A49 *NEW* Modernism for Painters: An Introduction

How and why are two paintings different? Or the same? Do the artists just have two different “styles” or is it more than that? In this short course, we’ll explore the changes that occurred in painting in the Modern period. Illustrated talks by the instructor in the morning will be followed by an afternoon of painting with guidance from teaching assistants and then a final talk by the instructor. This is an ideal prerequisite for those interested in the instructor’s Painting from the Modern Masters class. All painting media welcome. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $169 Limit: 15 students

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3A52 Paint Big

Let go of your creative inhibitions and have fun painting something big and bold. Bring large canvases, large brushes, sponges, spray bottles, rollers and scrapers to create your own unique masterpieces. All levels are welcome and a sense of adventure is encouraged. Secure onsite storage is available for leaving pieces between classes. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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3A62-D Introduction to Pottery

Learn the hand-forming techniques of working with clay, including pinch, coil, slab, and the potter's wheel. Also covered are the basics of glazing and surface decoration. You’ll hone your skills while transforming your ideas into inspired, finished pottery. Suitable for all levels, adults and students 16+. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students

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3A62-E Introduction to Pottery

Learn the hand-forming techniques of working with clay, including pinch, coil, slab, and the potter's wheel. Also covered are the basics of glazing and surface decoration. You’ll hone your skills while transforming your ideas into inspired, finished pottery. Suitable for all levels, adults and students 16+. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students

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3A64 Good Morning Potters

A morning class for all levels. Wake up your creative side as you learn the hand-forming techniques of working with clay such as pinching, coiling and soft slab construction to create your own ceramic pieces. The pottery wheels will also be open, ready for basics practice or more advanced throwing techniques as you shape your creations. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students

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3A74 Traditional Photography: All Levels

Nothing beats the magic of seeing your photographic images appear in the darkroom. Dig out that 35mm camera and (re)discover the art of old-school film photography — no computers involved. This is an opportunity for both novice and experienced film-based photographers to learn, practice and improve their black-and-white camera and darkroom skills. The flexible workshop format accommodates structured and/or independent learning. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $315 includes a $35 lab fee. Limit: 9 students, adults and mature teens only.

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