Visual Arts and Ceramics
Beginning Watercolor, Part I
Watercolor painting is fun and rewarding, and this course is designed specifically as an introduction for the beginning student. The very basics of the art will be covered, including ways to get the paint onto the paper, supplies and materials, and composition and values. You will complete several simple paintings, and will be asked to work on projects outside the classroom. As a class we will review and discuss each project, offering encouragement, gentle critiques and advice along the way.
Beginning Watercolor, Part II
This course is designed specifically as a continuing introduction to watercolor painting. You will explore new techniques and styles, and discussion of the basics of perspective, composition, and color will continue. Project work will be required outside of class, and the weekly project will be discussed and reviewed, with encouragement, gentle critiques and advice. Previous students may follow the instructor or bring their own paintings.
Supply List: For the first class, students should bring 140# watercolor paper and any brushes and watercolors they have on hand. The instructor will provide a complete list of supplies needed for the remaining classes, but please consult with the instructor before purchasing supplies.
Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese aesthetic of finding beauty in imperfection, nature, and ordinary objects. Based on Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop by Serena Barton, this class will use explorative techniques and unusual materials to create personal, expressive, and intuitive art. You will learn to see the artistic beauty of the marks of time, weather- worn wood, frayed edges, rust, cracks and crevices in order use them as inspiration for your artwork in this class.
Painting in the Abstract? A Mixed Media class
Abstract art is a departure from reality. It is another way to express ideas and feelings using imagination or what you see and experience. Develop your visual language using shape, color, line and texture to express, explore and experiment. Students will work from a plan or paint intuitively, making marks, pouring, splattering, dripping, and spritzing.
Supply List: Bring the materials you already have and enjoy using the ones you haven't figured out how to use ... yet!
Take a look at a medium that is versatile, experimental, and contemporary. Acrylics can be used like oil or watercolor but in this class you'll use acrylics to do what they do best: the freedom to paint any way you want and develop a unique personal voice. Don't worry about breaking the rules, because there aren't any. This class will explore some of the gels, mediums, resists and special effects available as you pour, splatter, drip, and spritz the paint. Any level of painter is welcome - bring your curiosity and be prepared to have some fun.
Supply List: Basic supplies will be available for 1st class' the instructor will provide a supply list for subsequent classes. Bring any acrylic paints and brushes that you already have.
Inventing Landscape (& Other Imagery) with Colored pencil
There is logic to how natural forms are put together and appear to us. In this class you will learn a few tricks in order to invent objects and locations in a believable pictorial space. Additionally, you will learn how an impressionist's imagination for color can evoke not only a style but also a mood. We will explore the medium of colored pencil as a doorway into untapped creativity in landscape artistry.
Supply List: COLORED PENCILS (although you are not limited to these): white, black, light grey, middle grey, lemon yellow, golden yellow, orange, yellow ochre, red ochre (or Venetian or Tuscan red), bright red, crimson red (or red purple), purple, purple blue, bright pink, flesh tint pink, light brown, dark brown, light blue, bright blue (true blue), dark blue (indigo blue), yellow green (lime green), apple green, kelly green (true green), forest green (dark green), blue green (or teal or turquoise). DRAWING PAD: approximately 8 x 10 or larger. ALSO: 2H drawing pencil, portable pencil sharpener, pink eraser, ruler.
Studio Landscape Painting
Good paintings have certain characteristics in common, regardless if they are figurative or abstract. The secret of painting is letting the paint do the work for you. In this class, we will use landscape from secondary sources as a point of departure, and learn the mechanics of building shape, space, color, and light. This skill set will put you in good standing for any art project you wish to tackle.
Supply list for Painting in Oil for Impatient and Hesitant Beginners: Napthol Red (or Cadmium Red HUE*), Hansa Yellow (or Cadmium Yellow HUE*), Alizarin Crimson, Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Sap Green, Burnt Umber, Ivory Black, and a large tube of Titanium White. MEDIUM: Refined Linseed Oil or Liquin, plus odorless turpentine. BRUSHES: (rounds) #1, #3, #6; (flats) #3, #6. Tear-off palette sheets. Canvas or canvas board (minimum size 16x20). Small jars for storing medium and turpentine. A pencil (2H or HB). Paper towels or rags.
Drawing for Beginners and Beyond
Drawing teaches you first how to see, then how to translate, and finally how to imagine. In this class students will explore how to create space with line, and mass with shading. You will learn how to construct and execute compositions that make even unfinished drawings look finished. Additionally, the instructor will teach the different types of pencils and their uses, as well as how to achieve effects using your eraser.
Supply list for Drawing for Beginners and Beyond: Newsprint pad (18?��x24?��), pencils (H2, HB, 2B, 6B, etc.), pencil sharpener, conte crayon or charcoal (vine and stick), and kneadable eraser. Plastic or pink erasers also useful.
Painting in Oil for Impatient and Hesitant Beginners
In this step-by-step painting class for beginners, take a hands-on approach that is heavy on results. Much of the instruction is individualized and you will be in the middle of your first painting and picking up tricks-of-the-trade before you know it. These classes are also designed to accommodate repeat students, so continuing education can be a lifelong experience. ACRYLIC PAINTERS WELCOME.
Supply list for Painting in Oil for Impatient and Hesitant Beginners: Napthol Red (or Cadmium Red HUE*), Hansa Yellow (or Cadmium Yellow HUE*), Alizarin Crimson, Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Sap Green, Burnt Umber, Ivory Black, and a large tube of Titanium White. MEDIUM: Refined Linseed Oil or Liquin, plus odorless turpentine. BRUSHES: (rounds) #1, #3, #6; (flats) #3, #6. Tear-off palette sheets. Canvas or canvas board (minimum size 16?��x20?��). Small jars for storing medium and turpentine. A pencil (2H or HB). Paper towels or rags.
Painting from Photographs and Imagination in Oil
Do you have personal photographs or drawings you would like to see as paintings? Or maybe done in a particular style? Would you like to learn how to paint in your own style better? Michael's individual-based style of instruction is geared towards the personal needs of his students, with an emphasis on results. This class will cover everything; glazing, scumbling, and under-painting. It will also include discussion about textural paint versus flat paints as well as soft edge versus hard edge mixing. You will be amazed by what you can accomplish! These classes are also designed to accommodate repeat students, so continuing education can be a lifelong experience. ACRYLIC AND MIXED MEDIA ARTISTS WELCOME.
Supply list for Painting from Photographs and Imagination in Oil: Napthol Red (or Cadmium Red HUE*), Hansa Yellow (or Cadmium Yellow HUE*), Alizarin Crimson, Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Sap Green, Burnt Umber, Ivory Black, and a large tube of Titanium White. MEDIUM: Refined Linseed Oil or Liquin, plus odorless turpentine. BRUSHES: (rounds) #1, #3, #6; (flats) #3, #6. Tear-off palette sheets. Canvas or canvas board (minimum size 16x20). Small jars for storing medium and turpentine. A pencil (2H or HB). Paper towels or rags.
Ceramics classes at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center are offered for all ages. Instructors are all teaching artists and bring extensive professional work experience and instruction to each class.
Course fees cover all materials, including clay, glazes and use of all tools, as well as firing of all pieces. Plus, open studio time is available free of charge to any adult student currently enrolled in an Ivy Tech ceramics class. See below for this semester's schedule.
OPEN STUDIO HOURS*
We are pleased to offer open studio hours to any ceramics student currently enrolled in a class. A complete schedule is available to you the first day of class.
Beyond the Basics-Wheel Throwing and Glaze Testing
Stretch your imagination, learn new skills, hone existing skills, and experiment with techniques on and off of the potter’s wheel. The primary focus of this class will be wheel throwing and glaze testing. Create functional vessels or sculptural forms, as you learn new tips and tricks to throwing bigger, faster, and thinner. Explore throwing a variety of forms, such as bowls, plates, vases, lidded jars and teapots. The surface and glaze portion of the class will experiment and test the studio glazes, slips and underglazes.
Pre-requisite: At least one ceramic class that covered the basics of wheel throwing or hand building.
This class is an opportunity to expand on your current ceramics skills and knowledge. We will explore a variety of surface treatments and techniques such as slip, underglaze, glaze, stains, texture and altering methods. This class is designed to give you a deeper understanding of how glaze works and provide practical knowledge about surface treatment. We will cover some of the science behind ceramics and learn how we can apply that science to our work.
Visceral Figure in Clay
In this course, you will learn to use printed materials, mirrors and personal sketches to create figurative sculpture. Emphasis will be placed on gestural movement and abstraction rather than exact replication of the human form. Through demonstrations and informal discussion of work, you will have the opportunity to discover your own creative voice. Basic hand-building skills will be taught throughout the course with discussion of various surface finishing techniques. All skill levels are welcome.
From the Beginning
Getting creative shouldn't be scary, let's have some fun! As a beginner in ceramics, students will explore multiple clay techniques with guided instruction and plenty of room for interpretation. Each class will begin with a demonstration of a particular clay technique and a specific project. Students are encouraged to embrace experimentation. Build vessels with wild textures, learn potter's wheel basics, create an eye catching wall hanging, and explore different finishing and glazing techniques. Join the beginners only class in ceramics and find your voice in clay.
Finding One's Way with Clay
This class is for all who wish to learn the specifics of pinch formwork. You will explore pinch, slab, coil, and hand-built sculptural forms, stressing, centering, wedging, as well as raising pieces in one continuous movement. Field trips to the instructor's studio to learn raku and primitive firing are planned. Finding One?��s Way with Clay by Paulus Berensohn is the text for, and the method used, in this class. All materials are included in the course fee.
Color + Movement: The Making of Lotus Visual Art
The visual arts of the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation celebrate color and movement with use of contemporary textile materials. Since 1995, the visual arts of Lotus have been celebrated from the stage, the street, to our community. Iconic flag fabrics are part and parcel with what many identify with the annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, but are also used in our Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach programs and initiatives, extending our festive celebration of our world into schools and beyond. You will see a variety of flags, tent tops, sculptural art objects and more. Lotus utilizes the expansive fabric of our community in laying our palette through our work with volunteers, artists, community groups, youth, persons with disabilities, seniors, and more. We aim to incorporate art that is active, vibrant, moving and vital through community engagement to honor our mission to: create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of the world?��s cultures, through music and the arts.
Date: Thurs. Sept. 11
Location: Miller, Vault & Treasurer galleries (with chairs)
Time: 5:30-6:30pm (talk) - gallery open till 8pm.
Talk by artists (also exhibit curators): Keith Romaine and Gail Hale on process and collaboration.