Community Classes

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Sculpture

SSA students frequently problem solve with materials in three-dimensions – whether they carve in stone, cast in concrete or plaster, weld metals, construct wooden forms, blow glass, or assemble found objects to create purely sculptural assemblages.

9510b | Introduction to Welding - Fall Semester - Call to Register
Learn the basic skills required for welding metal-to-metal for use in simple repairs or sculptural projects. Students will progress from simple arc welds to more sophisticated MIG welds. Students may use the scrap metal provided or supply their own metal. Please see SSA website for materials list. 

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Fri & Sat, 12/16/2016 to 12/17/2016 | Fri, 6:30 - 9:30 PM | Sat, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $200 | Members/Seniors (65+): $185

 

9510a | Introduction to Welding
Learn the basic skills required for welding metal-to-metal for use in simple repairs or sculptural projects. Students will progress from simple arc welds to more sophisticated MIG welds. Students may use the scrap metal provided or supply their own metal. Please see SSA website for materials list.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Tues, 1/17/2017 to 2/21/2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $235 | Members/Seniors (65+): $220

 

9510b | Introduction to Welding
Learn the basic skills required for welding metal-to-metal for use in simple repairs or sculptural projects. Students will progress from simple arc welds to more sophisticated MIG welds. Students may use the scrap metal provided or supply their own metal. Please see SSA website for materials list.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Tues, 2/28/2017 to 4/4/2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $235 | Members/Seniors (65+): $220

 

9551 | Simple Knifemaking
Using low-tech forging setups, students will construct a single edge blade-a through tang knife with a forged guard. Advanced forging techniques will be covered and will address keeping overall grinding of the blade to a minimum. Learn how to construct a handle using natural and manmade materials. Tuition includes most materials; please see SSA website for a list of supplies needed.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Tobin Nieto
Dates: Wed, 1/18/2017 to 3/8/2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $260 | Members/Seniors (65+): $245

 

9553 | Introduction to Blacksmithing
This hands-on class will provide an introduction to blacksmithing-forging steel into utilitarian or sculptural form. Students will learn how to soften or anneal steel in the forge for malleability, as well as the forming and hardening processes through use of a hammer and anvil. The goal is to have a finished product at the end of class. Safety glasses and work gloves are provided. Students should wear closed toe shoes, preferably leather, and natural fiber clothes such as cotton. NOTE: Class will be held at the instructor’s studio

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Charles Cooper
Dates: Sat & Sun, 1/28/2017 to 1/29/2017 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Cooper's Forge, Inc. | 6910 Northeast Loop 410 2B San Antonio, TX 78219
Tuition: $230 | Members/Seniors (65+): $215

 

9602 | Woodworking and Furniture
Focusing first on tool knowledge and use of wood shop equipment, this class will introduce students to the woodworking skills for use in creating furniture projects. Once comfortable with hand and power tools, students will focus on joinery techniques and work toward realizing three completed small projects. Students of all levels will find enjoyment either by learning new skills or adding to their existing knowledge under the guidance of Breaux, an experienced woodworker and designer.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: James Breaux
Dates: Thurs, 1/26/2017 to 3/30/2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $270 | Members/Seniors (65+): $255

 

9823 | Stop Motion Animation
Ever wanted to explore animation? This class will introduce stop motion animation and cover all aspects of the process, including animation of objects through photography, building flexible armatures and sets, lighting and shadow, shooting with a green screen, editing stop motion sequences in Adobe Premiere Pro, and using video filters and extended animation techniques in Adobe® After Effects. Create stop motion videos and post them on the internet. Contemporary and historical examples will also be discussed to help give a personal voice within the medium. Prerequisite: Some basic experience with digital cameras is necessary (this can include smart phone cameras as well) and basic computer skills. A materials list will be discussed the first class. Open to students age 14 and above.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Jared Theis
Dates: Thurs, 1/26/2017 to 3/30/2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: Digital Imaging Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $235 | Members/Seniors (65+): $220

 

9826 | Digital Fabrication
The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the digital fabrication process and add a powerful technology skill set. Digital fabrication is not an end in itself, but is intended to augment the artist's skills within their chosen field of endeavor. Moldmakers, printmakers, sculptors, and wood workers can all benefit from the knowledge of the digital fabrication process. This workshop-based course introduces students to basic digital fabrication and the functioning of a CNC router. Students take original design ideas, refine them in a vector based software program, then learn to toolpath and fabricate objects using Vectrics processing software and a Shopbot CNC router. Prerequisite: basic computer literacy is required.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: David Kraft
Dates: Mon, 1/23/2017 to 3/27/2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $280 | Members/Seniors (65+): $265

 

9920 | Introduction to Landscape Design
Landscape design relies on unique media such as ecology, cultivation, and site to create installations for use or for sensory effect. From the productive gardens of antiquity to the conceptual works of today, the most exciting landscape designs reach beyond the universal tools-of line, form, color, and texture-to engage in time, often spatial or biological. Learn how to use the landscape designer's tools and materials to realize your own concepts. Students will finish the class with a theoretical background and at least one well-formed landscape concept that they may implement on their own. This studio-based class will have a significant lecture and discussion component.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Mike Pecen
Dates: Wed, 2/8/2017 to 3/15/2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: Ellison Lecture Hall | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $185 | Members/Seniors (65+): $170