Community Classes

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Ceramics

Ceramics was one of the first media taught at the Southwest School of Art, and the Ceramics Department has a long-running commitment to working with adult students -- who number nearly 500 a year -- within a positive, creative, community atmosphere. You can find classes on hand-building, wheel-throwing, raku, glazing, digital embellishments and much more, taught by faculty as well as at frequent workshops by visiting artists.

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1001a | Introduction to Throwing
This class will introduce students to the basic skills of wheel throwing - centering, opening, shaping and trimming a basic cylindrical vessel form and from there advance to altering that basic form into bowls, cups, mugs, and other vessels with thought given to how form serves a vessel's function. Students will learn about clay properties using high-fire stoneware clay, glazes and slips. See materials note.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: Blake Kennedy
Dates: Tues, 6/2/2015 to 8/11/2015 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $315 | Members: $300
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/2/2015 and ending 8/11/2015 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $300.00 ea.

1001b | Introduction to Throwing
This class will introduce students to the basic skills of wheel throwing - centering, opening, shaping and trimming a basic cylindrical vessel form and from there advance to altering that basic form into bowls, cups, mugs, and other vessels with thought given to how form serves a vessel's function. Students will learn about clay properties using high-fire stoneware clay, glazes and slips. See materials note.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: John Nelson
Dates: Wed, 6/3/2015 to 8/12/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $315 | Members: $300
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/3/2015 and ending 8/12/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $300.00 ea.

1002a | Introduction to Handbuilding (Full)
Handbuilding is the fundamental construction method for creating sculptural and functional ceramic forms. Students will undertake a variety of projects including slab construction, round and flat coil construction, pinch-forming methods. Students will work in the high-temperature range and will be introduced to surface texturing, carving, and washes and glazing techniques that create rich surfaces. See materials note.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: Dennis Smith
Dates: Thurs, 6/4/2015 to 8/13/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $315 | Members: $300
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/4/2015 and ending 8/13/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $300.00 ea.

1002b | Introduction to Handbuilding
Handbuilding is the fundamental construction method for creating sculptural and functional ceramic forms. Students will undertake a variety of projects including slab construction, round and flat coil construction, pinch-forming methods. Students will work in the high-temperature range and will be introduced to surface texturing, carving, and washes and glazing techniques that create rich surfaces. See materials note.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: Blake Kennedy
Dates: Thurs, 6/4/2015 to 8/13/2015 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $315 | Members: $300
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/4/2015 and ending 8/13/2015 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $300.00 ea.

1030a | Throwing Skills
This class will concentrate on expanding and refining throwing skills through the forming of bowls, mugs, lids, pitchers and the assemblage of two-part forms. Presentations and discussion will help students understand how to integrate form with function; students will also be introduced to an array of surface decoration techniques and have the opportunity to participate in the loading and unloading of downdraft gas kilns. Prerequisites: Basic Skills: Introduction to Throwing and Basic Skills: Introduction to Handbuilding.

Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Kevin Van Winkle
Dates: Mon, 6/1/2015 to 8/10/2015 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $325 | Members: $310
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/1/2015 and ending 8/10/2015 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $310.00 ea.

1030b | Throwing Skills (Full)
This class will concentrate on expanding and refining throwing skills through the forming of bowls, mugs, lids, pitchers and the assemblage of two-part forms. Presentations and discussion will help students understand how to integrate form with function; students will also be introduced to an array of surface decoration techniques and have the opportunity to participate in the loading and unloading of downdraft gas kilns. Prerequisites: Basic Skills: Introduction to Throwing and Basic Skills: Introduction to Handbuilding.

Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Ray Morales
Dates: Tues, 6/2/2015 to 8/11/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $325 | Members: $310
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/2/2015 and ending 8/11/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $310.00 ea.

1034 | Intermediate Handbuilding: Low Temperature
This class will continue to develop the student's handbuilding skills by focusing on coil, slab, pinch, and modeling construction methods. Students will be encouraged to combine these building techniques as well as work on the implementation of texture through both additive and subtractive processes. All finishing techniques will be with low temperature washes and glazes. As an intermediate level class, students will be expected to help with the loading and unloading of kilns under the supervision of the instructor. This may require some participation outside of the scheduled class. Prerequisites: Basic Skills: Introduction to Throwing and Basic Skills: Introduction to Handbuilding. See CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Kimberly Rumfelt
Dates: Wed, 6/3/2015 to 8/12/2015 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $325 | Members: $310
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/3/2015 and ending 8/12/2015 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $310.00 ea.

1036 | Fire Up the Grill
This class will concentrate on creating fully-functional low-fired sculptural braziers, hibachi grills, rocket stoves, smokers, or tandoors using handbuilt forms from coarse and open-bodied clay. Students should anticipate making a small rocket stove first to build confidence and understanding of function and then pick one other type of grill to focus on for the remainder of the class. Handbuilding techniques demonstrated will include slab, extrusion, paddling, and assembling, and the relationship between the form and function of these sculptural cookers will be discussed. Test the work created with a potluck BBQ during the last class! Prerequisites: Basic Skills: Introduction to Throwing and Basic Skills: Introduction to Handbuilding. See CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Diana Kersey
Dates: Wed, 6/3/2015 to 8/12/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $325 | Members: $310
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/2/2015 and ending 8/12/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $310.00 ea.

1040 | Introduction to Mixed Media
$50 @ 50 | SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY CLASS
Does adding found objects or materials to clay sound intimidating? This workshop will focus on working through ideas with fun exercises and prompts to help jump start the imagination. Learn about using found materials in combination with clay forms modeled to enhance or work with those materials by constructing quick studies from the materials at hand. Attachment methods like glues and epoxies, and alternative, non glaze finishing techniques will also be covered. Class includes objects and clay to experiment with, as well as bisque tiles to test alternative finishes. NOTE: Clay components created in the class will not be fired.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Sat & Sun, 7/25/2015 to 7/26/2015 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $50
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 7/25/2015 and ending 7/26/2015 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.

1078 | Salt Firing (Full)
In salt firing, the glazing process occurs with the introduction of salt and soda into the kiln during the firing process; the salt and soda volatize into a vapor at a high temperature thus creating a thin translucent glaze. Students will work in both handbuilding and throwing techniques. Demonstrations will cover a number of techniques used in salt glazing application, including both surface treatment and construction technique. Prerequisite: A minimum of two intermediate-level classes. See CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: Advanced
Instructor: Dennis Smith
Dates: Mon, 6/1/2015 to 8/10/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $335 | Members: $320
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/1/2015 and ending 8/10/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.

1079 | Sandblasting: Enhancing Surface
Using sandblasting techniques on ceramic forms, whether bisque ware or glaze fired, adds dimension, texture, and pattern by carving or etching the ceramic surface. A shiny glaze can be transformed into a matt finish, a glaze color can be altered by exposing hidden layers, or surface patterns created using masking-stencils. Students will work with low-temperature clay and glazes as they explore the possibilities of using sandblasting to enhance their work. Topics covered include types of masking media (liquid rubber and vinyl), hand cut and machine cut masks, types of abrasive blasting materials, and various techniques employed when sandblasting ceramics. Safety procedures and sandblasting equipment, (including blasting booths, vacuum systems and compressors) will also be covered. Prerequisites: At least two intermediate-level classes.

Level: Advanced
Instructor: Andre Bally
Dates: Mon, 6/1/2015 to 6/29/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $175 | Members: $160
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/1/2015 and ending 6/29/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $175.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $160.00 ea.

1080 | Independent Study
Independent Study is designed for advance level students who are self-motivated, technically capable of firing kilns, willing to push their creative abilities, and who wish to create a body of work during the term. Prior to Registering: Students must submit a proposal prior to registering and be approved for this class. The proposal must clearly state the intended goals of the student's independent study. A link to the Independent Study Proposal Form is available on the school's website under Community Classes Quick Link. Students must apply before Apr 3, and if approved, will be contacted by e-mail on or before Apr 7. The instructor reserves the right to reject proposals that do not concur with the purpose of Independent Study. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum of three advanced level classes. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: Advanced
Instructor: Dennis Smith
Dates: Wed, 6/3/2015 to 8/12/2015 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $335 | Members: $320
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/3/2015 and ending 8/12/2015 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.

1818 | Figuring It Out
In this workshop, students of all levels will focus on building a visual vocabulary by developing an expressive voice through the use of personal icons or imagery - from political, religious, social or personal beliefs. Through slide presentation and open dialogue, Tisdale will share his own personal images as well as demonstrate various building methods. Students will use these methods to construct human, animal and hybrid forms as the central foundation of their work in order to create a narrative sculpture. The class will work with white clay body as well as explore use of underglazes and stains. Students should come prepared with images and ideas. See SSA Website for materials list.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: James Tisdale
Dates: Sat & Sun, 7/27/2015 to 7/28/2015 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $265 | Members: $250
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 6/27/2015 and ending 6/28/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $265.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $250.00 ea.