COMMUNITY EDUCATION

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Current Course Descriptions

3-D

MULTI-LEVEL CERAMICS

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
February 8 – April 5 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Rob McClurg
Learn the art of hand-building and wheel-throwing in this multi-level class that is great for beginners and experienced students alike. You will create functional and sculptural pieces and leave with an understanding of form, decoration and texture. Pieces will be glazed and kiln-fired. Clay and glazes are included with lab fee. Students should bring their own set of clay tools; a supply list will be provided.

CERAMIC HAND-BUILDING & SURFACE DECORATION

Mondays, 6:00—9:00 pm
February 6 – April 3 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Julia Whitney Brown

Learn clay techniques with hand building methods such as slab construction, coil building, tile carving, and sculpture making. Students will begin with demos of all techniques and will create pottery, sculpture, or tiles of their choosing with the helpful experience of the instructor. New surface decoration possibilities will be introduced including texture making, slip masking, paper transfer imagery, and the Japanese technique of Mishima. There is plenty of self-guided practice during this 9-week course that is ideal for anyone looking to learn a new craft or expand their current tool-kit for working in clay!

WOODWORKING BASICS

Sundays, 10:00am – 4:00pm
February 12 – March 5 (4 weeks)
$210, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Stephan Micheletto-Blouin

In this workshop students will work through the fundamentals of furniture making while building a small entry table. Starting with rough lumber students will work through millwork, joinery, assembly and finish with a focus on a balance between hand and machine woodworking. The project will focus on tried and true methods of work in solid wood including mortise and tenon joinery. This accessible and easy-going class is perfect for the beginning student or someone who wants to refine their skills.

Drawing & Painting

ADVANCED DRAWING

Mondays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
February 6 – March 13 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Ariel Williams
In this class, students will refine their drawings skills by experimenting with different materials and learning to take a conceptual, contemporary approach to making drawings. This class will include class lectures, ample class time to work on individual projects, group critiques, and lots of one-on-one instructor feedback. This class is great for intermediate and advanced artists who want to hone their conceptual skills and break away from their usual style or subject, and for students who have completed our Drawing Fundamentals course who want to gain experience in conceptual process and critique. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided

APPROACHES TO ABSTRACT PAINTING

Mondays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
February 6 – April 3 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn
In this acrylics course students will employ the composition strategies, paint handling and color mixing techniques of the modern masters, learning how and why these developments evolved from early modern abstraction to the many approaches seen in contemporary abstract painting today. Students will be encouraged to develop their own painting style and direction. This course is good for both beginners and experienced painters and offers a place to connect and discuss developments in the contemporary art world while engaging in lively classroom discussions about art. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS

Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
February 7 – April 4 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn
Enhance your view of the world with this comprehensive drawing course, which will sharpen your eye for detail while providing art school level instruction in observational drawing. Perfect for beginners, or professionals who want to revisit the basics, this course offers all of the essential exercises, techniques and approaches to learning the natural way to draw. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

FIGURE DRAWING

Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
February 8 – April 5 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Anna deWitt Houghton
Working from a live model is necessary to succeed in capturing the human form. Students will review basic elements of art including line, shape, and volume while exploring composition, spatial illusions, and linear perspective. Instruction will focus on skeletal and muscular anatomy while students learn the formulas of the masters to achieve correct proportion. Students will explore a wide range of materials and media while developing their personal style. Students should have some drawing experience and bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

MIXED MEDIA: WATERCOLOR & INK

Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
February 8 – April 5 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford
Explore the possibilities of mixed media by combining watercolor and ink. Discover ways to use each medium to enhance the other, and learn effective techniques for adding texture and detail to any subject, from landscape to abstraction. All skill levels are welcome. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

COMIC ILLUSTRATION 

Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
February 8 – March 15 (6 weeks)
$125
Teaching Artist: Billy Martinez
Comics aren’t just for kids! Learn basic techniques in developing characters, scenes and humor for single, double and multi-panel comics. Students will gain important knowledge about simplifying drawings and using lines, shapes, and colors to illustrate their everyday observations. Most supplies included in the lab fee. An additional suggested materials list will be provided prior to class.

PAINTING FUNDAMENTALS

Thursdays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
February 9 – April 6 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Shawn Krise
Beginning students will gain fundamental knowledge of the handling and theory of acrylics as well as how to artistically view a subject. Students will learn composition, color theory, color mixing, brush technique and painting principles through teacher demos, guided practice, presentations and written handouts. This course is perfect for beginners or intermediate students looking to delve deeper into the medium. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

BUILDING YOUR ALPHABET

Saturday, March 4
10:00am- 4:00pm
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Edwina Shannon
In this hands-on class students will learn letter design principles including the basics of symmetry, proportion, angles, slant and style. Applying these principles, students will create structurally sound alphabets, manually or electronically. Instruction will focus on intelligent development of letterforms from solid principles, while incorporating characteristics that infuse emotions and purpose into the letters: serious, fun, open, or a historic visual message. All materials are provided. Cross-listed in Graphic Design.

INTRODUCTION TO PORTRAITURE

Saturday, March 11
10:00am – 4:00pm
$105, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Anna deWitt Houghton
This workshop will cover the basics of drawing a portrait in graphite and pen through both self-portraits and working from a live model. Instruction will cover the structures and measurements of the face. The techniques and tools used in this class will expand skills in drawing, painting, and sculpting, as well as, digital mediums. This course is perfect for artists with some experience drawing who want more focused instruction. All materials are provided.

COLOR, SHAPE & PATTERN

Saturday, March 18
10:00am – 4:00pm
$80
Teaching Artist: Edwina Shannon
Patterns are everywhere from fabric and wallpaper to fine artwork! In this hands-on class students will learn to see and draw patterns inspired from geometry, nature, and abstraction. Student will create their own pattern that can be used for a multitude of purposes including inspiration for your next painting, surface design, or even a stand alone artwork! Get inspired and learn techniques that remove the intimidation around drawing and creating symmetrical patterns! Cross -listed in Graphic Design.

PLEIN AIR PAINTING

Saturday, March 18
10:00am – 4:00pm
$105
Teaching Artist: Anna deWitt Houghton
Plein Air painting, or the act of painting outdoors, was especially significant for Impressionist painters and is still important for artists rendering outdoor scenes. This workshop will teach intermediate students to understand color and its relationship to changing outdoor light. As such, students will build skills in painting with speed and efficiency. Students will learn to connect with their surroundings and gain inspiration to take their creativity outdoors! Students should bring their own supplies; suggested materials list will be provided.

DRAWING FOR PAINTERS

Saturday, March 25
10:00am – 4:00pm
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Shawn Krise
This workshop will teach techniques, tips, and tools to quickly improve your ability to represent proportion, perspective, and 3-dimensional form correctly. Particularly helpful for the painter who doesn’t wish to render drawings yet wants to achieve better realism of any subject matter; still life, landscape, architecture, or figures. All materials are provided.

INTRODUCTION TO PASTELS

Saturday, April 1
10:00am – 4:00pm
$80
Teaching Artist: Shawn Krise
Learn how to use pastels correctly and get dynamic results! This beginner workshop will combine demonstrations and guided practice resulting in a piece of artwork students can be proud of. The instructor will share tips, techniques, and information regarding buying pastels, papers, preparing surfaces, general color rules, and general recommendations on using and framing pastels. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

Film

SCREENWRITING FUNDAMENTALS

Mondays, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
February 6 – April 3 (9 weeks)
$185
Teaching Artist: Bob Giordano
Get hands-on guidance for developing a great idea into a story that conforms to professional Hollywood standards and discover elements that strengthen or weaken a script. Students will write actual script pages and begin the journey of translating a story from their head to the page.

ADVANCED SCREENWRITING

Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
February 7 – April 4 (9 weeks)
$185
Teaching Artist: Bob Giordano
This writer’s boot camp will take you through the development process where you will create a professional logline, synopsis, outline, and the first act (25 – 30 pages) of a script. Students will receive hands-on, one-on-one coaching through an intensive development and writing process. This class is recommended as a follow up course to Screenwriting Fundamentals.

WRITING THE SHORT FILM

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
February 8 – February 28 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Bob Giordano
The short film is more popular than ever and an affordable way to make an idea a film reality. From how films are funded, produced, and ultimately consumed, short films are paving the future of storytelling. This four week course will teach students how to write an effective short film script that can be shot on a tight budget.

Graphic Design

INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
February 8 – April 5 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, the industry-standard program for creating graphics, logos, illustration and much more. Students will work with type effects, color and other tools to create their own digital images. Basic experience using Mac computers is required and students should bring their own external storage device.

BUILDING YOUR ALPHABET

Saturday, March 4
10:00am- 4:00pm
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Edwina Shannon
In this hands-on class students will learn letter design principles including the basics of symmetry, proportion, angles, slant and style. Applying these principles, students will create structurally sound alphabets, manually or electronically. Instruction will focus on intelligent development of letterforms from solid principles, while incorporating characteristics that infuse emotions and purpose into the letters: serious, fun, open, or a historic visual message. All materials are provided. Cross-listed in Drawing & Painting.

COLOR, SHAPE & PATTERN

Saturday, March 18
10:00am – 4:00pm
$80
Teaching Artist: Edwina Shannon
Patterns are everywhere from fabric and wallpaper to fine artwork! In this hands-on class students will learn to see and draw patterns inspired from geometry, nature, and abstraction. Student will create their own pattern that can be used for a multitude of purposes including inspiration for your next painting, surface design, or even a stand alone artwork! Get inspired and learn techniques that remove the intimidation around drawing and creating symmetrical patterns! Cross listed in Drawing & Painting.

Interior Design

INTRODUCTION TO INTERIOR DESIGN

Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
February 8 – April 5 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
This course introduces students to the language and field of interior design as they learn what is required to design and build interior spaces—from concept to reality. Students will explore and create design solutions by using design principles, elements, space planning, and finishes to create more complex settings. Professional skills, practices, and industry standards will also be addressed. This course is perfect for those who want to learn the basics of design, sharpen design skills, or explore avenues for professional growth. Most tools and supplies included in lab fee.

Photography

INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Mondays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
February 6 – March 13 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Tina Gionis
Continue your digital exploration of the world with this course focused on intelligent composition, digital editing, shooting and editing in RAW, and printing. Students must have working knowledge of their digital cameras. This course is perfect for those who have already taken Digital Photography Foundations or more experienced photographers who want to delve deeper into intermediate topics. Students should bring their own SLR cameras and instruction manuals.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOUNDATIONS: CAPTURING IMAGES

Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
February 8 – April 5 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Tina Gionis
Learning how to use their digital SLR cameras students will develop the necessary technical skills to produce artful and expressive photographs. Through classroom discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on photo assignments, students will learn camera controls while developing an understanding of light, exposure, framing and composition. Students should bring their own digital SLR cameras and instruction manuals.

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

Saturday, March 25
10:00am- 4:00pm
$105
Teaching Artist: Sam Angel
This one day workshop teaches students the fundamentals of Food Photography for food bloggers, hobbyist and foodies in general! Learn about basic camera techniques, aperture, ISO, and white balance. Gain hands on experience in basic food styling, how to use natural light, and composition. All levels welcome.

STAR TRAIL PHOTOGRAPHY

Monday, February 20 – Tuesday, February 21
6:00pm – 9:00pm
$80
Teaching Artist: Sam Angel
In this intermediate workshop students will experiment with long exposures at night through the technique of star trail photography. Using a intervalometer, students will learn how to control multiple exposure lengths used to later compile into one image. Topics covered include understanding shutter speed, efficiently using a tripod, and exposing an image at night. Students should bring their own digital SLR cameras, tripods, intervalometers and instruction manuals. Students must be comfortable using their cameras on a manual setting. The first night will include instructions and experiments on campus. The second night will consist of compiling images in Photoshop. Additional equipment details will be shared before the workshop.

LIGHT PAINTING

Monday, March 6 – Tuesday, March 7
6:00pm- 9:00pm
$105
Teaching Artist: Sam Angel
Using a variety of light sources, this creative hands-on class will teach students how to paint with light using a digital camera. Topics covered include understanding shutter speed, efficiently using a tripod, exposing an image at night, and bulb settings. Great for all experience levels! Students should bring their own digital SLR cameras, tripods, and instructions manuals. Pairs well with Star Trail Photography

Print, Paper & Book

INTRODUCTION TO BOOK ARTS

Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
February 8 – April 5 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $40 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez
Learn the basics of bookmaking — and more than a dozen binding styles — in this introductory class. Over nine weeks, students will become familiar with the materials, tools, techniques, and vocabulary of handmade books. Students will create their own books each week, starting with simple folded structures and building toward intricate books that can be used as journals, sketchbooks, photo albums, and sculptural displays. We will explore the essentials of paper grain, folded signatures, hardcover and softcover books, and sewing by hand. The class will also include the opportunity to view and handle a collection of professionally made examples. You’ll leave this class with an assortment of your own handbound books, and the skills and resources to continue binding at home.

LEATHER BOOK BINDING

Saturday, March 4
9:00am –5:00pm
$90, plus $35 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez
Learn to bind a softcover leather book that can be used as a journal, a sketchbook, or a photo album. Using the Italian Longstitch style, a historical binding that dates to 14th Century Europe, each student will create a book with a leather cover that features decorative stitching on its spine, and pages that lay completely flat when open. Students will use leather for the book cover and have the option to include colorful handmade papers inside. You’ll leave this class with a completed book, and the skills and resources to continue binding. No previous bookbinding experience is required.

HANDBOUND SKETCHBOOKS

Saturday, March 11
10:00am – 4:00pm
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez
Participants will make their own sketchbook while learning the French link stitch. This bookbinding method features a criss-cross stitching pattern on the spine, allowing you to show off your handiwork. These books will be made from a variety of papers, such as handmade paper, maps, wallpaper samples, envelopes, and vintage book pages. We’ll also dedicate time to filling these books in creative ways. We will start with a series of prompts, and explore different materials and mark-making techniques. Students will leave class with a sketchbook, the inspiration to continue exploring and documenting the world, and the skills to easily replicate the binding at home — so you’ll never have to buy another sketchbook again. No bookbinding experience required. All tools and materials will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring interesting papers to incorporate into your book.

SUMINAGASHI PAPER MARBLING

Saturday, April 1
10:00am – 4:00pm
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez
Create a collection of decorated papers using the meditative method of suminagashi marbling. Dating back some 800 years, this Japanese technique floats ink pigments atop a liquid bath. With gentle manipulations — such as blowing across the surface of the water — and a good deal of spontaneity, patterns form and are transferred to paper. In this one-day workshop, you’ll create dozens of colorful sheets that can be used for bookmaking projects, greeting cards, gift wrap, and other paper arts.

Creative Writing

CREATIVE WRITING FUNDAMENTALS

Mondays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
February 6 – April 3 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard
Explore techniques for strengthening creative writing in all genres. This class is for writers of all skill levels and will focus on triggers for effective writing, ways to engage the reader, in-class exercises, and feedback on works-in-progress. The class will include short writing assignments at home as well as gentle commentary and critique in a workshop setting.

BLOGGING

Tuesdays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
February 7 – March 14 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Tamara Scott
This course will take blogging beginners through the process of starting and planning for a successful blogging experience. Students will leave with a knowledge of setting up a (free!) WordPress.com blog and what it means to be a content creator. We’ll talk best practices, how to build a community, and where to go after your first post. This course builds on the knowledge gained in each class, so students should plan to attend all sessions.

COMIC ILLUSTRATION

Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
February 8 – March 15 (6 weeks)
$125
Teaching Artist: Billy Martinez
Comics aren’t just for kids! Learn basic techniques in developing characters, scenes and humor for single, double and multi-panel comics. Students will gain important knowledge about simplifying drawings and using lines, shapes, and colors to illustrate their everyday observations. Most supplies included in the lab fee. An additional suggested materials list will be provided prior to class.

WRITING CHARACTERS WITH PERSONALITY

Saturdays, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
February 11 – March 18 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Keith Potempa
Writing a dynamic character requires a number of factors. Goals and motivations. Background and upbringing. Inner demons and the journey toward profound positive change. But most importantly, they must behave, think and act in a convincing and consistent enough fashion to appear to be real living people. This course seeks to break down these components through use of the heuristic Enneagram model of human personality, mythic character archetypes, wisdom and techniques of highly accomplished authors, so that students can create convincing, dynamic characters and set them up for journeys of self discovery and change. The course will include lecture, group discussion, in-class readings, take-home writing prompts, as well as private and small-group exercises. All levels of skill and experience are welcome.

TRAVEL WRITING: LET YOURSELF GO!

Saturday, March 18
10:00am – 4:00pm
$80
Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard
Sometimes a trip is more than just a trip, it’s a transformative experience that the traveler must put into words. This workshop is designed to examine different types of travel writing, from basic where-to, how-to stories to creative, first-person essays that reflect on the inner journey that arises from a special trip, location or destination. Students will discuss a variety of contemporary travel writers and their techniques, and begin to transform their own travel experiences into compelling, true stories. Instruction will include generating ideas for travel writing, how to gather information for a travel story, how to prepare for a trip that will provide material for a travel essay, and what travel editors look for in the stories they publish. The workshop is open to all levels of experience.

PLOT YOUR NOVEL

Saturdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
February 11 – March 18 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Keith Potempa
The plot of an entire novel is a daunting thing to chew. In this course students will cut that meal into manageable pieces without compromising any of the unique flavors within. Students will learn the basics of story plotting, and then examine three established story structures used by accomplished authors and screenwriters. Each student will create their own novel concept (or enhance an existing one), develop a full outline of its plot, and have it critiqued by the class using the skills and techniques taught during the course. This course is open to all levels of experience.

Gift CertificatesGift Certificates

Empower your family and friends to embrace their creativity by giving them a gift certificate for a Watkins Community Education class. Great for any occasion and available in any amount! To purchase a gift certificate please contact the Community Education offices at [email protected] or stop by our offices located in Metro Center, 2298 Rosa Parks. Blvd.