Each year nationally and internationally recognized artists of all media are brought to Southwest School of Art to conduct workshops and lectures. These programs provide an opportunity for local artists to learn from leading artists from around the country. A few of our past visiting artists include: Beth Cavener Stichter, Audrey Niffenegger, Robert Ebendorf, Jon Eric Riis, Radcliff Bailey, and Akihiko Izakura.

Workshops Material List

  Materials List

Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.


Spring 2019 priority registration for Members opens online Tues, December 4th at 9:00am. General registration starts Tues, December 11th.

Visiting Artist Course Descriptions

 2998 | Ikat Dyeing

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Daniel Garver
Dates: Fri - Sun, 2/22/2019 to 2/24/2019 | 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $290.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $275.00

Used extensively in different cultures, Ikat is a dyeing and weaving process, in which fibers are masked, dyed, and then woven creating pattern and imagery in the woven textile. In this workshop we will explore ikat designs from around the world, create our own designs, and learn how to weave both warp and weft ikat fabrics. The process of ikat presents the possibility to create unique and complex fabrics on the most rudimentary of looms, or add additional visual interest in combination with loom controlled patterns. The resulting appearances of ikat weavings are fluid, poetic, and inherently one-of-a-kind. This workshop will allow students to take the provided information and processes and apply them to their own studio practice. Please note that students will need to provide a loom for this workshop. See the SSA website for a list of materials prior to registration; please bring a lunch each day.

 4233 | Innovative Book Structures, Part 2: Hedi Kyle's Paper Engineering

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Karen Hardy
Dates: Sat & Sun, 1/26/2019 to 1/27/2019 | 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $200.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $185.00

The myriad of unique structures invented by Hedi Kyle have had an enormous impact on the field of book arts. Artists far and wide have been inspired and influenced by her masterful paper engineering and particular genius for transforming the architecture and action of the book. This workshop will cover Kyle's ziggurat book, piano hinge book, storage book, triangle-fold book, and other inventions as time allows. The books covered in this class will provide a sampler of alternative binding options, focused on folding rather than sewing, and suited to creative and unusual content. A variety of materials and papers will be used, and each student will produce a collection of books that can be used as reference and inspiration for further projects. Basic tools and materials will be provided; if preferred, bring your own materials, please see materials list for optional items. No previous experience required; it is not necessary to take Part 1 of this class before Part 2.

 4516 | Clean Cuts for Sharp Minds

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Béatrice Coron
Dates: Fri - Sun, 3/22/2019 to 3/24/2019 | 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $265.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $250.00

During this intensive workshop-full of conceptual thinking yet serious fun-participants will discover the incredible variety of applications utilizing the art form of cutting, which essentially is line drawing with an x-acto type blade. During the class, we will conceive and produce works as different as unique story-telling images, and cover techniques on how to produce works in stenciled editions, pop-ups, dimensional work, or wearable sculptures. Using different papers and tyvek, experimenting with scale, we will keep an open mind to adapt them to other materials and explore new territories. Lots of tips, tricks, and resources will be provided. No experience necessary.


How to Register

 Step 1

Review all of the policies and guidelines below. By continuing to Step 2, you acknowledge you have read and understand the polices and guidelines outlined in Step 1.

 Step 2

If registering during Member's Priority registration, login to the website to purchase the classes that you would like to attend. To find classes, visit the Adult Class pages. Be sure to read the descriptions before selecting your class(es). Note: Each area of concentration will have separate registration forms. If you're registering for more than one area of concentration, please follow the prompts shown in the registration form. 

 Step 3

Complete your payment information. Once your credit card payment is submitted, you will receive a e-mail with confirmation of your registration.


Helpful Information

  Become a Friend of SSA 

  Registration Information

  Materials List

  Campus Map 

  Scholarship Information

E-News Signup

Would you like to keep up to date on our latest news, course offerings and exhibitions? Sign up for our e-newsletter below!

eNewsletter Sign-up

Your Information
Click to view help for this field.