Community Classes

Art for Everyone!

Visiting Artists Workshops

Each year nationally and internationally recognized artists of all media are brought to the Southwest School of Art to conduct workshops and lecture. These programs provide an opportunity for local artists to learn from some of the nation's best and leading artists. Previous visiting artists include Beth Cavener Stichter, Audrey Niffenegger, Robert Ebendorf, Jon Eric Riis, Radcliff Bailey, and Akihiko Izakura, to name a few.

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2125 | Shibori & Organic Indigo
Students will explore the ancient tradition of Shibori dying. Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing, or capping. Some of these methods are known in the West as tie-dye. We will focus on obtaining beautiful blues on cotton and silk using indigo. Students will learn how to make three different organic indigo vats from scratch using fructose, henna, and iron as reduction agents, and while encouraged to sample dye, it will still be possible to complete a small product during the workshop. All materials will be provided by the instructor. Students are welcomed to bring addition natural fiber cloth to add to the dye pot.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Sarah Westrup
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/24/2017 to 6/25/2017 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $175 | Members/Seniors (65+): $160
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 6/24/2017 and ending 6/25/2017 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 175.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.

2988 | Marbling: Paper & Fabric
Learn to embellish paper and fabric with swirls of color. Marbling is an ancient technique practiced in 12th century Japan and in 15th century Turkey. Delicate paint patterns are floated on a gel-like bath and transferred to a watercolor paper, cotton, and silk surfaces. Students can use marbling to enhance an artist practice in fibers, collage, illustration, or printmaking. Day one will focus on the chemistry of the alum mordant and carrageenan size and how to apply marbling designs to paper. Day two will focus on applying marbling designs to fabric samples and a larger fabric piece. Each student will leave class with 12 sheets of marbled paper, cotton and silk samples, and a finished, 22"x 22" cotton bandana.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Analise Minjarez
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/24/2017 to 6/25/2017 | 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $175 | Members/Seniors (65+): $160
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 6/24/2017 and ending 6/25/2017 at 3:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 175.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.

3034 | Digital Techniques for Metal
Computer assisted design and fabrication technologies are widely used in contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing practices. This two-weekend workshop will provide fundamental information for integrating digital technologies with traditional metal working techniques. Using computer software and CNC machining, students will learn how create designs that can be engraved on the surface of metal or carved into wax for casting. The class will be split between designing in our computer lab, discussions about programs you can use on your own computer, and hands on work in the metals studio. Students should expect to create multiple samples throughout the workshop and learn techniques to apply in their own work. Please see SSA website for a materials list; bring a bag lunch or plan to go out for lunch. *See metals supplies note.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Nicole DesChamps-Benke
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/17/2017 to 6/25/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $320 | Members/Seniors (65+): $305
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 6/17/2017 and ending 6/25/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.