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 (Full)
This class will focus on the basic skills of wheel throwing-centering, opening, and pulling vessels-followed by learning to form cylinders, bowls, and cups. Students will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel's function. Students will learn about clay properties while working in stoneware clay and high-temperature glazes.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Angela Mann
Dates: Tues, 9/20/2016 to 12/6/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $330 | Member/Senior 65+: $315
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/20/2016 and ending 12/6/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.

1001b | Introduction to Throwing (Full)
This class will focus on the basic skills of wheel throwing-centering, opening, and pulling vessels-followed by learning to form cylinders, bowls, and cups. Students will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel's function. Students will learn about clay properties while working in stoneware clay and high-temperature glazes. (No class Nov 23)

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Blake Kennedy
Dates: Wed, 9/21/2016 to 12/7/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $320 | Member/Senior 65+: $305
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/21/2016 and ending 12/7/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.

1002a | 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, surface texturing, and carving. Students will work with high-temperature stoneware clay and will be introduced to glazing techniques.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Mon, 9/19/2016 to 12/5/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $330 | Member/Senior 65+: $315
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/19/2016 and ending 12/5/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 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, surface texturing, and carving. Students will work with high-temperature stoneware clay and will be introduced to glazing techniques.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: Kimberly Rumfelt
Dates: Tues, 9/20/2016 to 12/6/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $330 | Member/Senior 65+: $315
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/20/2016 and ending 12/6/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.

1030 | Throwing Skills
This class will concentrate on expanding and refining throwing skills through the forming of bowls, cups, lidded forms, pouring vessels, 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 how to load and fire downdraft gas kilns. Prerequisites: Basic Skills: Introduction to Throwing and Basic Skills: Introduction to Handbuilding.

Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Blake Kennedy
Dates: Tues, 9/20/2016 to 12/6/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $335 | Member/Senior 65+: $320
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/20/2016 and ending 12/6/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.

1036 | Extruded Parts (Full)
The extruder is a ceramics tool used to push soft clay through a cut die to create a variety of solid and tube like forms. This class will use extruded clay shapes to hand build abstract sculptural forms. Composition, joining, and cutting will be demonstrated and discussed. Low fire slips, underglazes, and glazes will be covered as well as post-firing surface techniques.Prerequisite: Students should have a strong foundation in handbuilding. See *CERAMIC NOTE. (No class Nov 23)

Level: New | Intermediate
Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Wed, 9/21/2016 to 12/7/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $330 | Member/Senior 65+: $315
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/21/2016 and ending 12/7/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.

1048 | The Glazed Surface (Full)
Glazing should take more time than many students think! In this class, students will focus on the form's glazed surface and the many application techniques that may be used. Experimentation and persistence in glazing will be the goal, allowing students the chance to learn how glazes work in the high-fire gas kiln. Using handbuilding skills, students will create a series of small forms and progress to two larger forms while experimenting with cone 10 glazes. See *CERAMIC NOTE. Prerequisite: At least one introductory handbuilding or wheelthrowing level class.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Wed, 9/21/2016 to 12/7/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $335 | Member/Senior 65+: $320
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/21/2016 and ending 12/7/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.

1061 | Alternative Firing
Open to students who throw and/or handbuild, this class will focus on three methods of low temperature alternative firing techniques: horsehair with high contrast, vapor fuming in a barrel kiln, and naked raku-a thick slip resist technique. Burnishing, the making and use of terra sigillata, using oxides and chlorides as colorants, and copper wire for mark making will also be covered with focus on understanding appropriate forms for the different firing techniques and some of the various types of resists. Prerequisite: Students must have had at least one intermediate level throwing or handbuilding class and must be physically able to pull their own work from the kiln using raku tongs.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Lyn Woods
Dates: Mon, 9/19/2016 to 12/5/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $340 | Member/Senior 65+: $325
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/19/2016 and ending 12/5/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

1064 | Developing Throwing Skills (Full)
This class is designed to refine throwing skills for making functional pottery. Students will investigate approaches to increase their efficiency and skill level by adopting common practices used by the studio potter. Practice and repetitive exercises will be discussed and demonstrated. Students will make mugs, bowls, pitchers, and lidded forms; work will be glazed using mid-range, cone 6 electric firing and glazing techniques. Students will also learn to load and program electric kilns bisque and glaze firings. Prerequisites: Students should have taken both Introduction to Throwing and Throwing Skills. Students will also be required to assist with loading and unloading the electric kilns. See *CERAMIC NOTE. (No class Nov 23)

Level: New | Intermediate
Instructor: Benner Barclay
Dates: Wed, 9/21/2016 to 12/7/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $330 | Member/Senior 65+: $315

Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/21/2016 and ending 12/7/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.

1071 | Porcelain (Full)
Looking for an alternative to brown stoneware clays? We will cover the fundamentals and intricacies of working with porcelain clay bodies for the intermediate to advanced potter/artist. Demonstrations and lectures in wheelthrowing techniques for functional work, with the addition of simple altering techniques such as cutting, stamping, and assembling will be presented to help students add personal flair to their work. We will also focus on glaze finishing techniques, and explore new/old glazes that the class will mix and use to highlight porcelain's cleaner and brighter palette. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum experience of two intermediate wheelthrowing level classes. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Ray Morales
Dates: Mon, 9/19/2016 to 12/5/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $340 | Member/Senior 65+: $325
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/19/2016 and ending 12/5/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

1080 | Independent Study (Full)
Independent Study is designed for advanced 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 Links. Students must apply before Aug. 3, and if approved, will be contacted by e-mail on or before Aug. 8. 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. (No class Nov 24)

Level: Advanced
Instructor: Kevin Van Winkle
Dates: Thurs, 9/22/2016 to 12/8/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $340 | Member/Senior 65+: $325
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/22/2016 and ending 12/8/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

1101 | Ceramics 101 Happy Hour
Thursday is the new Friday and Ceramics 101 Happy Hour is for those looking to jump start their weekend. Don't worry about coming dressed to impress, ditch your office best and enjoy creative social time with new people while learning the basics of wheel throwing with clay. Learn to make small household items in clay like cups for weekend beverages and bowls for Sunday brunch. Tuition includes one bag of clay, glaze materials, and use of tools. Additional clay and tools are available for purchase from the Ceramic studio.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Thurs, 9/22/2016 to 10/27/2016 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $155 | Member/Senior 65+: $140
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 9/22/2016 and ending 10/27/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 155.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 140.00 ea.

1818 | Expressive Tableware
Boone will demonstrate her approach to handbuilding forms that go beyond utility to include the physical and emotional cues that make up her expressive style of tableware. Discussion will focus on the correlations between the tangible (physical) and non-material (emotional) elements, and will include making technical choices about clay body, forming methods, surface treatment, and firing methods in order to embrace expressive ideas. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to making paper templates, handbuilding with slabs, use of hump/slump molds (plaster and bisque), shaping with soft ribs, and joining soft to firm clay as well as creating a meaningful surface. Students will be encouraged to consider the power of gesture and metaphor, with particular attention paid to the sensory power of surface including how to create visual depth through the layering of slip and glaze over clay, and making decisions about the tactile and visual qualities of the surface in both glaze type and color. NOTE. Your work will be bisque and available for pick up the following week. If you are also enrolled in a ceramics class, you can glaze your work the studio will fire it to cone 5. Students will receive one 25lb bag of clay. Please bring your own lunch and tools. Please see SSA website for a supplies list.

Level: Visiting Artist | Special Class | Intermediate/Adv
Instructor: Birdie Boone
Dates: Sat & Sun, 9/17/2016 to 9/18/2016 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $280 | Member/Senior 65+: $265
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 9/17/2016 and ending 9/18/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 280.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.