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Developing Abstract Imagery
Explore the world of abstraction. This course features an open and supportive environment that allows students to develop new ideas through exploration and play. Students will investigate contemporary abstraction and discover ways to generate and compose their own abstract imagery. Various concepts and methods will be explored. This course is appropriate for all levels and will be tailored to individual participants. Come to class with your curiosity and willingness to experiment.
Instructor: Lenny Moskowitz
Saturday & Sunday, 1 - 4pm, Feb 28 - Mar 1
Facility fee: $10
Cost: $72; members: $65



DSLR: Digital Basics and Pointers for Your Business
Are you sure you’re using your camera to the best of its ability? This workshop will be an overview of the Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera (DSLR). Basic functions and manual settings will be reviewed. Participants will also learn about Shutter Speed, ISO, Depth of Field, Color Balance, Focal Length, Lens Selection, Correct Exposure and the advantages of shooting in different File Formats. This workshop is designed to help students become more comfortable with their digital cameras, and make these skills useful for potential business purposes. Participants may submit questions and topics of concern regarding camera operation ahead of time, and the instructor will try to tailor demos to address these issues.
Instructor: Hannah Price
Saturday, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Feb 7
Cost: $50; members: $45



Introduction to Monotype Printmaking
This intensive two-day workshop is designed to introduce students to the medium of Monotype. The most painterly of printmaking techniques, Monotype offers versatility, immediacy and an endless range of possibilities. Experiment with additive and reductive approaches to create unique prints and also learn to use a printmaking press. Wonderful for helping painters develop imagery. Many materials are provided.
Instructor: Maura Galante
Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 4pm, Feb 14 - 15
Facility fee: $10
Cost: $140; members: $126

Encaustic Collagraph
Combine collagraph printing with encaustic painting by using wax as a matrix. Participants will experiment with encaustic techniques like inlaying and incising to create texture to build a collagraph plate. Water-based intaglio inks and a press will print the results. The possibilities are limitless. Combining these two mediums offers an exciting visual and artistic journey. Open to all levels. Materials valued at $40 will be provided.
Instructor: Binnie Birstein
Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 3pm, Feb 21 - 22
Facility fee: $10
Cost: $157; members: $145



Japanese Lampmaking
Learn how easy it is to make an elegant Japanese Shoji lamp in this one-day workshop. Students will use wood and rice paper to create a floor or table lamp and will learn a simple technique for electrically wiring the lamp. Students will leave with a unique lamp of their own design. All materials supplied, but feel free to bring any special rice paper.
Instructor: Phillip Chambers
Sunday, 10am - 4pm, Feb 8
Cost: $105; members: $95



Fashion Drawing and Design Sampler
Interested in trying a fashion design course? This sampler is a great way to start! Students will be introduced to the basic drawing skills necessary for fashion design. Demonstrations will cover how to sketch the fashion figure from all angles and how to translate design ideas onto paper by including garment details and fabric rendering. This workshop is perfect for beginners but is also appropriate for intermediate students who want to practice or improve on their skills. Individual questions and concerns will be addressed. Some supplies included. Materials list available upon registration. High school students are also welcome.
Instructor: Phillip Alexander
Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 3pm, Jan 24 - 25
Facility fee: $10
Cost: $132; members: $120

Patternmaking for All Levels
This workshop is for both experienced students who want to brush up on their patternmaking and beginners interested in learning about fashion design for the first time. Review basic patternmaking skills for garment elements, and learn how the pattern sloper functions as an essential tool in the design process. Individual questions will be addressed. Supplies valued at $40 will be provided. Materials list available upon registration.
Instructor: Phillip Alexander
Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 3pm, Feb 21 - 22
Facility fee: $10
Cost: $160; members: $148



Discover PMC
Have fun working with Precious Metal Clay (PMC). It looks and feels like clay, but is actually pure silver in an organic binder. Students will learn basic techniques for forming, texturing, firing and finishing PMC and will finish and take home several pieces of PMC jewelry. No previous jewelry-making experience is required. NEW for 2015: the class will include flush setting of lab grown gems to fire in PMC! Bringing a lunch is recommended to save valuable work time. A materials fee of approximately $100 is payable to the instructor at class by cash or check. (Materials fee is subject to change with the metals market.) The materials fee includes use of basic tools and PMC for class projects.
Instructor: Nancy Karpel
Saturday, 10am - 3:30pm, Jan 24
Facility fee: $5
Cost: $110; members: $99

Bead Stringing: Magic on a String
Learn about the different techniques, tools and materials used to produce beautiful beaded jewelry. Design, color and texture including the use of natural and manmade materials will be discussed. Techniques such as pearl knotting, stringing materials and adding findings will be studied, providing each student the opportunity to leave with a professionally finished product. Instructor will supply tools. Materials fee, payable to the instructor, will range from $25 for basic materials and more for high-end materials.
Instructor: Viola Galetta
Saturday, 10am - 1pm, Feb 14
Cost: $35; members: $32

Viking Knit Bracelet
This ancient Scandinavian technique of weaving with wire is very popular today. Students will learn to weave with different gauges of wire, combining wire with beads and crystals, creating very unique and personal pieces, finishing, ready to wear or gift it. Instructor will supply tools. Materials fee, payable to the instructor, will range from $25 for basic materials and more for high-end materials.
Instructor: Viola Galetta
Saturday, 10am - 1pm, Feb 21
Cost: $35; members: $32

Leather Wrap Bracelet
Known as Chan Luu bracelets, students will learn how to make these popular bracelets that wrap around the wrist two or more times, using their choice of beads and leather. Instructor will supply tools. Materials fee payable to the instructor will range from $25 for basic materials and more for high-end materials.
Instructor: Viola Galetta
Saturday, 10am - 1pm, Feb 28
Cost: $35; members: $32



Stoneware Glazing and Reduction Kiln Firing
This hands-on workshop will focus on glazing techniques for stoneware and porcelain pottery, including multiple glazes (on a single pot), oxide washes (over and under glazes), wax resist, sieved wood ashes over selected Shino glazes, float or release glazing of a variety of pottery forms, brushwork of oxides over and under glazes. The instructor will lead in-depth discussion about glazing processes and how to maintain control of liquid glazes while working. Throwing demonstrations will cover a variety of unique forms using a selection of high fire clays, and will address how to create pieces that work in harmony with particular glazes. Students are expected to bring 6 or 7 bisque pottery pieces ready to glaze and load into a gas-fired kiln. All pottery, regardless of color, must be high fire clays for a Cone 10 Reduction firing (2360° Fahrenheit). Bring a pair of dark sunglasses for kiln firing process. Special clays available for purchase in class.
Instructor: Stephen Rodriguez
Friday, 6 - 10pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 2pm, Jan 30 - Feb 1
Cost: $180; members: $162






Zombie in Love: A Free Family Workshop
Ages 7-10
Calling all young Zombie fans and their families! Gather together to hear the story of Mortimer the zombie, who is looking for love in all the wrong places. How’s a guy supposed to find a ghoul? Build your own zombie, paint a picture with a palette of delightfully disgusting watercolors and laugh while listening to Mortimer’s hapless adventures. Each family will receive a copy of Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio, with illustrations by Scott Campbell. This free workshop is funded by the Museum Round Trip Project with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Service. You must register in advance to attend the workshop. Space is limited.
Instructor: YP Faculty
Sunday, 2 - 4pm, Mar 8
Cost: FREE


Creative Arts Workshop   80 Audubon Street   New Haven, Connecticut 06510   p) 203.562.4927   f) 203.562.2329