Visual Arts and Ceramics
Beginning Watercolor 3
Continue to expand your knowledge of watercolor techniques and tools, including experimenting with various brands of watercolor pencils and crayons, and different brushes and paints. Transparent watercolor is the norm in this class, but you’ll also play with gouache and opaque watercolors. Students will be asked to complete homework assignments, bring the project to class, and receive gentle critiques and suggestions. Please do not purchase any supplies prior to the first class meeting.
Each week will feature a miniworkshop, focusing on various topics, including flowers, trees, still lifes, et al. Students will be asked to complete homework assignments, bring the project to class, and receive gentle critiques and suggestions. Please do not purchase any supplies prior to the first class meeting.
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.
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.
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.
Inventing Landscape (and 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. Choose between daytime or evening sections.
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? This individual-based style of instruction is geared toward the personal needs of the students, with an emphasis on results. This class will 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.
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.
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.
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.