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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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2882 | Shoe Making: Fabric & Leather Slides
In this five-day intensive class, students will have the unique opportunity to design and build a custom-made slide-shoe. Students will start with learning how to properly measure the foot so that their shoe will fit their foot perfectly. The instructor will guide students in the building of a lasted shoe or rigged foot form. Shoes will be lined with leather and students will choose a fabric for the shoe upper. Students will design and craft the specific toe shape desired, design and sculpt the shape of the sole and heel, and apply decorative bindings. Each student will leave class with a completed pair of shoes. For more images of Bjorn's shoe creations, go to www.jeannebjorn.com. Tuition will cover the cost of all materials, except students are to bring ¾ yard of fabric of their choosing. Please bring a bag lunch on Saturday and Sunday. No previous experience required. Please register by May 16.

Level: Visiting Artist | Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Jeanne Bjorn
Dates: Fri-Tues, 5/30/2014 to 6/3/2014 | 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Campus: Navarro
Tuition: $465 | Members: $450
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday starting 5/30/2014 and ending 6/3/2014 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $465.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $450.00 ea.

6108 | Solarplate
Solarplate etching, also known as polymer photogravure, is a relatively new non-toxic intaglio process that utilizes ultra-violet light (sunlight) and water in lieu of etching with acid. It is an ideal medium to create polymer photogravures as it can etch and print a wide range of values and the plates can also record hand-drawn imagery from marks made on transparent or semi-transparent materials such as frosted Mylar. This workshop will concentrate on creative ways to combine hand-drawn, lens or Photoshop images, and printing techniques such as chine-collé, relief or viscosity rolls, and á la poupée inking will be explored. The flexibility of printing with either water soluble or traditional oil inks can make this a more non-toxic approach to printmaking. Please Register by Jul 15.

Level: Visiting Artist | Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Katherine Brimberry
Dates: Fri - Sun, 8/1/2014 to 8/3/2014 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Flohr Print Studio | Campus: Navarro
Tuition: $280 | Members: $265
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Friday and Saturday starting 8/1/2014 and ending 8/3/2014 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $280.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $265.00 ea.

6109 | Trace Monotype Pressless Prints
Trace monotype is a hybrid drawing and printmaking technique that results in a line drawing that is both smooth and textured. The process involves tracing an image over ink to transfer that ink to paper. It is simple as well as versatile and students can create a translated image from a photograph, drawn image, or other existing artwork. Prints will be layered, altered or enhanced with other mixed media and collage components. Students should bring inspiring imagery or resource material to work from; includes all other materials. Drawing experience is helpful, but no printmaking experience necessary. Please register by Jun 10.

Level: Visiting Artist | Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Jennifer Ghormley
Dates: Fri - Sun, 6/27/2014 to 6/29/2014 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Campus: Navarro
Tuition: $280 | Members: $265
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Friday and Saturday starting 6/2/2014 and ending 6/8/2014 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $280.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $265.00 ea.

8033 | Narrative Painting Workshop
Go behind the scenes with Mexican master painter Rigoberto Gonzalez and find out how he creates his powerful baroque style paintings in this three-day workshop. The artist will demonstrate the principles of Baroque pictorial arrangement, tenebrism and chiaroscuro. Drawing from multiple sources, students will construct a dramatic figure composition. Starting with preliminary sketches and contemporary reference material, students will proceed to work in oil on canvas using an indirect painting methodology. The painting will be developed through the following stages: imprimatura, velatura, and grisaille, and finish with full color palette. Gonzalez will also discuss artist materials, color theory, color mixing, and the structure, proportion, anatomy and conceptual representations of the human figure. Prerequisite: Previous oil painting experience required.

Level: Visiting Artist | Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Rigoberto Gonzalez
Dates: Fri - Sun, 6/6/2014 to 6/8/2014 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Campus: Navarro
Tuition: $275 | Members: $260
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Friday and Saturday starting 6/6/2014 and ending 6/8/2014 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $275.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $260.00 ea.

9075 | Sculpting Cement: Faux Bois Techniques (Full)
Faux Bois, or "false wood," is a well known art form in San Antonio. These three-dimensional sculptural representations of wood or wooden objects employ a steel and stucco lath armature which is then coated with cement-based media. Tooling of the final cement coat creates the illusion of wood grain and bark texture. This five-day intensive will provide the basic skills, techniques and information necessary for the creation of decorative and functional cement forms. Finishing options and coloring techniques will also be covered. Each student will construct and finish a small project of his or her design. Includes materials; please see the SSA website for a list of suggested supplies. Please register by April 28.

Level: Visiting Artist | Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Donald Tucker
Dates: Wed-Sun, 5/14/2014 to 5/18/2014 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Campus: Navarro
Tuition: $500.00 | Members: $485.00
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 5/14/2014 and ending 5/18/2014 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $485.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $500.00 ea.

9076 | Advanced Faux Bois Sculpture
This class deals only with the use of the unique neat Portland paste finishing formulations that distinguish the more highly detailed works associated with El Trabajo Rustico. This mixture is very demanding and even considered "impossible" to employ by many experts, but when mastered, can yield a level of detail comparable to most sculpting clays. Since none of the basic construction considerations are covered during this class, it is highly recommended that students possess a fundamental familiarity with armature development and sculpting, as well as a working knowledge of basic cement formulating and mixing, if they are to get the most from this course. Please register by April 28.

Level: Visiting Artist | Special Class | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Donald Tucker
Dates: Mon-Wed, 5/19/2014 to 5/21/2014 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Campus: Navarro
Tuition: $350.00 | Members: $335.00
Classes scheduled every week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday starting 5/19/2014 and ending 5/21/2014 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $350.00 ea.

9078 | Concrete Forms: For Sculpture or Mosaics (Full)
Learn how large-scale sculptural forms can be created using light-weight polystyrene foam as the base for free standing sculptures, bas relief, totems, water features, architectural elements, and as a substrate for sculptural mosaics. Hunter will guide students through creating a maquette (scale model), enlarging designs, visualizing a three-dimensional form, and preparation for carving a 15-inch square polystyrene foam block. Once carved, the forms will be covered in layers of fiberglass mesh and polymer fortified concrete. A variety of surface treatments will be presented. See SSA website for suggested supplies: foam will be available for purchase from the instructor; students should anticipate $75 for material cost. Please register by Apr 18.

Level: Special Class | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Sherri Warner Hunter
Dates: Fri - Sun, 5/9/2014 to 5/11/2014 | Fri & Sun 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Campus: Navarro
Tuition: $365.00 | Members: $350.00
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Friday and Saturday starting 5/9/2014 and ending 5/11/2014 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $350.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $365.00 ea.

9820 | Direct Film-Making
In this workshop students will learn to manipulate the surface of film using a variety of direct film-making techniques - painting, scratching, collage, and masking - to create an experimental film on 16mm. This intensive workshop is designed to introduce, explore and master (on some level) the ability to articulate movement through the tactile gesturing of this beautiful cinematic language. The course will begin with a brief history of filmmakers using these methods along with examples of films made by their contemporaries. Students will walk away with hands-on experience of direct filmmaking, a finished film work, the knowledge to 3 continue to work in this practice at home, and a list of venues to pursue for exhibition. An evening screening party to highlight films created in class will be scheduled. https://vimeo.com/32815257. Please register by May 23.

Level: Visiting Artist | Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Steve Cossman
Dates: Sat, 6/7/2014 to 6/7/2014 | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Campus: Navarro
Tuition: $160 | Members: $145
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 6/7/2014 and ending 6/7/2014 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $160.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $145.00 ea.

9821 | Pinhole Camera Film-Making
Learn to apply the principles of camera obscura to filmmaking. In this one-day workshop, students will modify a Bolex 16MM camera into a pinhole camera for cinematic filmmaking. Shooting on reversal stock, students will create a pinhole lens adaptation, then shoot footage one frame at a time to create a short film with the beautiful vignetting effects only a pinhole camera can bring. The exposed film will be processed by hand and projected at the end of the workshop. Please register by May 23.

Level: Visiting Artist | Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Steve Cossman
Dates: Sun, 6/8/2014 to 6/8/2014 | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Campus: Navarro
Tuition: $160 | Members: $145
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday starting 6/8/2014 and ending 6/8/2014 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $160.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $145.00 ea.