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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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.

2898 | Baskets and Surfaces
What are the possibilities of woven forms? Explore shape, color, surface textures, and weaving techniques, using hand-painted cotton paper as the basket material. Learn bias plaiting and its endless variations. After weaving the baskets, cover the surfaces with applications of paper, paints and mediums, and knotless netting. Discover the connections between material and form, and the new surface in relation to the underlying vessel. Experimentation, exploration, and laughter are all encouraged. Please see SSA website for a list of materials. Please bring lunch Saturday and Sunday.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Jackie Abrams
Dates: Fri – Sun, Oct 21 - 23 | Fri, 1:00 – 4:00pm | Sat & Sun, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $360 | Member/Senior 65+: $345
Irregular classes scheduled starting 10/21/2016 and ending 10/23/2016 at 10:00AM
Attendees: 1 $ 360.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 345.00 ea.

4123 | Tool Making and Book Binding Intensive
Learn to make bone and hardwood tools and objects and use them in book binding. The first day, students will learn about the working properties of bone and wood, and how to craft their very own tools and objects. The finished tools may include bone folders and awls for bookbinding, as well as clay-finishing tools, knitting needles, crochet hooks, and more. Elk and deer bone and various reclaimed hardwoods will be available for use. Day two will focus on long-stitch binding with wood boards and textile spine. Although textile and wood are not traditional long-stitch materials, they are more than compatible; there are countless examples of this durable style of binding still holding together after hundreds of years of heavy use. In this unique version of long-stitch binding, the text block and covers are sewn together at the same time, resulting in a rather short assembly compared to the resulting quality. Materials will be explained in depth. Please see SSA website for a materials list. Please register by Sept 29.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Jim Croft
Dates: Sat & Sun, 10/15/2016 to 10/16/2016 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Studio: Book Arts Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $260 | Member/Senior 65+: $245
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 10/15/2016 and ending 10/16/2016 at 9:00AM
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 245.00 ea.