ASU Craft Enrichment Classes Now Enrolling
The Michael R. Patricelli Craft Enrichment Program at ASU is now enrolling for the 19 courses offered this year in a variety of mediums. Whether you’re an experienced artist or a novice with a desire to learn a new craft, a community member or a student, the courses are open to all unless otherwise specified. All classes meet in ASU’s Katherine Harper Hall, formerly named Kerr Scott Hall.
Registration for the workshops remains open until a class either begins or becomes full. For more information or to register, click to www.craftenrichment.com or call Teri Reddick at 828-262-2530.
Beginning and Intermediate Pottery: Decorating with Images from Nature
Jimmy Savely will teach a seven-week course on hand building and throwing techniques. Students will be encouraged to create decorative imagery using a direct printing and stamping process with objects found in nature. Demonstrations and collecting advice will be given. The class will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, from August 27 to October 8, and the cost is $140.
Pottery: Individual Study with Instruction
Students should have a basic understanding of wheel throwing or hand building, but all skill levels are welcome to participate in this class taught by Eric Reichard. The class is structured so that each student can work with Reichard or on their own to enhance their own skills and interest as well as students mainly just needing a place to work. Class will run for 10 weeks. Students will choose from seven stoneware clays, glazes and Cone 6 oxidation, or explore the possibilities of Cone 10 high-fire reduction firing. Twenty-five pounds of clay will be provided, and additional clay can be purchased for $13 per 25-pound bag. The class will meet from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, from September 1 to November 3, and the cost is $180.
John Bond will teach a class exploring the time-honored tradition of drawing the human form. Students will be introduced to various ways of understanding and rendering the figure through the use of graphite and charcoal. The wonder and expression of the human form will come alive through gesture drawing, alignment and proportion studies as well as through rendering light and shadow to create form and drama. The class will meet from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, from September 1 to October 20, and the cost is $200.
Beginning Stained Glass
Marianne Rooks will introduce participants to basic stained glass skills—glass safety, scoring and breaking stained glass, grinding cut glass pieces to fit the pattern being used and to remove sharp edges, wrapping glass pieces in copper foil, soldering the pieces together and cleaning/polishing the project. Participants will complete approximately five to eight projects by the end of the course, depending on the pace of the participant. In addition to completed projects, participants will take home a folder of terminology, techniques, tips and patterns. The class will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, from September 3 to October 3, and the cost is $175.
Beginning Pottery: Pots with Personality
Tara Belk will teach beginning wheel throwing techniques and hand building skills in “Pots with Personality.” She will demonstrate and encourage creative exploration of textures and sculptural additions. Your personality will be evident in your pots as you learn to alter basic forms and embellish with handmade stamps and sculptural elements. Potters of all levels are welcome and no experience is necessary to enroll, The class will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, from September 9 to October 28. The cost is $145, which includes 25 pounds of clay, glazes and firing fees.
Drawing with Pencil and Brush
Students will create dramatic drawings in classic black and white or step into a world of luminous color in this class with Tara Belk. Bridge the gap between drawing and painting using watercolor and watercolor pencils. This class is for beginners as well as experienced artists. Students will work from their favorite photos and life, learning perspective, shading and composition secrets, as well as methods for enlarging from their photos. These are great mediums for fine detail work, including still-lifes, florals, landscapes and imaginative expressions. The class involves plenty of demonstrations and personalized instruction. Bring paper, your favorite photos and pencils. Other materials will be available for experimentation. The class will meet from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, from September 10 to November 5, and the cost is $110.
Baben Patricelli’s class is for those who have never sewed before or for beginners who want to improve their skills. You will learn to push the limits, constructing a dual garment, such as a street-length skirt that can also be used as a top, or a floor-length skirt that can be used as a dress. Many more ideas will be pursued as time allows. A basic sewing machine will be available for class work and participants are also encouraged to bring their own sewing machine or serger. The class will meet from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, from September 12 to October 24, and the cost is $75.
Pottery: Beginning and Intermediate Techniques
Maggie Black will teach a class course focused on wheel throwing, hand building and glazing techniques. For students with some experience, there will be weekly demonstrations on how to make various functional wares, such as mugs, bowls, pitchers, casseroles and plates. The class will also explore closed forms, slab vases and the use of handmade clay stamps and molds. Clay will be fired to Cone 6 in an electric kiln unless students want to explore Cone 10 gas firing for an additional charge of $25 per course or an additional fee per piece. If the weather cooperates toward the end of the course, students will have a chance to do some raku firings with crackle and copper luster glazes. Clay must be purchased through the Craft Enrichment Program. The class will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, from September 14 to November 16, and the cost is $160.
Introduction to Metalworking
Garner Britt will teach the basic skills needed to create a variety of functional and decorative metal objects. Topics will include blacksmithing, sheet metal work, welding and machining, as well as cutting and bending metal of various types. Discussions will be held to aid students in setting up their own small-scale metalworking shop without breaking the bank. Students will have the opportunity to make a simple metal project over the six-week class, and many materials are provided. No previous experience is needed for this class. The class will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, from September 14 to October 19, and the cost is $175.
Barbara Sox’s workshop will focus on Appalachian Egg Baskets. Students will use grapevine, honeysuckle and other natural materials to weave these baskets. Students will work on an individual basis and will make several baskets of different types. Students will have an open lab night on Wednesdays. The class meets from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, from September 14 to October 19, and the cost is $130.
Intermediate Pottery: Developing More Skills
Lucy Hamilton will teach a 10-week class, during which students will continue developing their throwing and hand building skills, with a focus on the way elements such as handles, lids, feet, spouts and texture can enhance individual forms. Glaze application will be emphasized. Prior basic clay experience is necessary, and imagination and a sense of humor are helpful. Glazes and firing at Cone 6 and 25 pounds of clay are included in class fee. Cone 10 firing and additional clay is available at an extra cost. A variety of clays are available. The class will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from September 15 to November 17, and the cost is $165.
Mick Kreszock will teach an introductory course in digital photography for the novice photographer. Topics will include the digital camera's controls, artistic image composition, lighting, color correction, saving files, emailing images and using computer software to manipulate and restore images. The participants will work toward building a digital portfolio of images. Students must provide a digital camera and storage media for both the camera and the computer. Students will work with both Apple and PC computers. The class will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from September 15 to November 10, and the cost is $145.
Jane Plaugher will teach a seven-week class on an introduction to the versatile four-shaft loom. Students will learn basic weaving techniques using floor and table looms. Students will learn how to warp and operate a loom, weave samplers of various loom-controlled patterns, experiment with a variety of fibers and learn basic finishing techniques to create several unique hand-woven items. Traditional weaving patterns and materials will be used. The class will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from September 15 to October 20, and the cost is $135.
Jewelry: Beginning & Advanced
Participants in the beginning jewelry class will learn the basic techniques necessary to produce rings, pendants and other items in sterling silver, copper and brass. The goal of this course, taught by Jim Rice, is for each participant to create a finished piece by the end of every second class. Participants in the advanced jewelry class will learn the additional techniques and may choose from a variety of intermediate and advanced projects of their own design, such as cutting and polishing freeform or calibrated cabochons on the lapidary machine, lost wax casting, cuttlebone casting and more. The class will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, from September 16 to November 4, and the cost is $175.
Beginning Woodturning on the Electric Lathe
In this class taught by Phil Armstrong, participants will learn to use joiners and band saws to shape a piece of wood into a suitable size for turning a bowl, plate or sculpture. The class will cover basic and advanced woodturning techniques, and also discuss the workings of the lathe, selecting a piece of wood, tool sharpening, finishing and possible spindle turning. Everyone will come out of this class with several projects including a plate or bowl, as well as a greater understanding of and appreciation for wood. The class will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, from September 16 to November 4, and the cost is $175.
Jewelry with Precious Metal Clay
Learn how to make beautiful silver jewelry using Precious Metal Clay (PMC) in this class with Zoe Nelson. PMC is a new art material made of silver powder and an organic binder. It feels like putty and works like clay. Once shaped and dried, it’s fired in a kiln, after which only the precious metal remains, forming a piece that is 99.9 percent silver. Participants will learn to form objects by rolling, stamping, texturing, molding and cutting. Participants will also learn the properties of PMC and explore a variety of embellishing and finishing techniques for the silver artwork. PMC is an exciting and fun material that allows beginners to achieve professional results. No experience is necessary to enroll, and intermediate students can work on projects of their choice with guidance from the instructor. The class will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, from September 21 to October 26, and the cost is $200.
Glass Fusing and Slumping
June Kay will teach the basics of glass fusing and slumping to make beautiful bowls, plates, jewelry and decorative objects. This introductory workshop will discuss glass types, compatibility, cutting and firing schedules. Experience one of the easiest ways to work with glass and take home some unique objects. Most supplies are provided. This class will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from October 6 to October 27, and the cost is $140.
This course is designed for the beginner, and no experience is necessary. June Kay will teach hand building, wheel-throwing, glazing and firing techniques through frequent demonstrations and individualized instruction. The course fee includes 25 pounds of clay, glazes and firing fees. The class will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, from October 22 to December 10, and the cost is $140.
Glass Fusing and Slumping: Intermediate and Advanced Techniques
To enroll, students should have previous experience, such as a beginning fusing or a stained glass course. The class, led by June Kay, will consist of four projects, painting with frit and liquid stringer, copper inclusions, a handkerchief vase and a dichroic glass pendant. Supplies are included in the cost. The class will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from November 10 to December 1, and the cost is $140.