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.

2345 | Natural Dye Inks: Painting on Paper
This workshop will explore the use of natural dye inks and flower stamping techniques. Learn how to mix your own inks from natural plant materials such as logwood, cochineal, marigold flowers, and cutch with gum arabic and alum. All participants will learn the basics of natural dyes, how to extract color, mordants, and how to use them to alter hues with additives such as iron and citric acid. Participants will be introduced to basic watercolor techniques and paint their own designs on a variety of watercolor papers. Each student will go home with a watercolor paper block, a quality brush, and containers to hold and save your natural dye ink palette. Please register by Feb 17.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Sarah Westrup & Analise Minjarez | Denton, TX
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/4/2017 to 3/5/2017 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $190 | Members/Seniors (65+): $175

 

2898 | Baskets & Surfaces
This workshop will cover expressive ways to create non-functional sculptural works using organic, found, and recycled materials with twining basketry techniques. Materials include clay, cement, waxed linen, reed, wire, and any found objects students bring, and focus will be on working intuitively with these chosen materials. Each student will go home with a spool of 12 ply waxed linen and a spool of Italian hemp twine to continue practicing the twining technique in their own work. Please see the SSA website for a list of materials. Please register by Feb 17.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Sarah Westrup & Analise Minjarez | Denton, TX
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/4/2017 to 3/5/2017 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $200 | Members/Seniors (65+): $185

 

3852 | Wood Jewelry
This class will focus on woodcarving techniques with an emphasis on jewelry applications. We will use traditional and contemporary practices to create ornate, lightweight wearable objects. The instructor will demonstrate personal tips and tricks for burs, rasps, chisels, and gravers. Students will be able to experiment on their own carved pieces made from holly, ebony, or another type of wood. No previous jewelry or woodcarving experience is necessary. Tools and materials will be provided but students may also bring any personal tools or wood to carve. *Please see SSA website for a materials list.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Daniel DiCaprio
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/25/2017 to 3/26/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $310 | Members/Seniors (65+): $295