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Joomchi and Beyond
Joomchi is a unique, traditional Korean way of making textured handmade paper by using water and eager hands. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to become acquainted with its history, practice, and role in Korean society, as well as the hands-on techniques and reinterpreted adaptations into contemporary art form. Joomchi creates strong, textural and painterly surfaces by layering and agitating Hanji (Korean mulberry papers). Its usages are diverse and can be incorporated into surface design, collage, new ways of drawing; wearable, unconventional body ornament, or sculptural object - either 2-D or 3-D, functional or fine art oriented. Materials included.
Instructor: Jiyoung Chung
Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 3pm, Nov 22 - 23
Facility fee: $15
Cost: $435; members: $395

Mixed Media, Wax and the Artist’s Book
The Artist Book is a work of art in a traditional book form. The original words, textures, and images intertwine with the artist’s inner thoughts, resulting in a unique and personal narrative. In this workshop, students will learn to alter and repurpose the elements of a book. They will create their own pages using plaster, papers and natural materials. On the first day, students will use plaster cloth to make pages. On the second day, encaustic wax will be used to protect the books and make them more sculptural. Various mixed media and encaustic techniques will be introduced. Students are encouraged to bring personal items: such as photographs (printed with toner based copies), imagery, twine, ribbons, natural elements or old books. Materials included. Open to all levels.
Instructor: Corina Alvarezdelugo
Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 4pm, Nov 29 - 30
Facility fee: $15
Cost: $160; members: $146



Immersion in Abstraction
In this class, students will investigate contemporary abstraction and discover ways to generate abstract imagery. Approaches will involve collage, expressive narrative, symbolic imagery and geometry. The course will cover the basics of color theory, space, value, and composition. All levels welcome; instruction will be tailored to individual students. Come with a curiosity and willingness to experiment. Students will be guided towards the completion of a small series of works, as well as at least one larger work.
Instructor: Lenny Moskowitz
Saturday & Sunday, 1 - 4pm, Nov 22 - 23
Facility fee: $5
Cost: $72; members: $65

Drawing Bootcamp
This workshop will include special projects and drawing prompts to get your creative juices flowing, drawing faster and making more drawings than you might imagine. We’ll use traditional and non-traditional drawing methods and exercises to get you thinking with the creative side of your brain. Sign up for one, two, three or all four sessions.
Instructor: Beth Lovell
Facility fee: $5
a Monday, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Dec 8
   Cost: $40; members: $36
b Monday, 1:30 - 4:30pm, Dec 8
   Cost: $40; members: $36
c Tuesday, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Dec 9
   Cost: $40; members: $36
d Tuesday, 1:30 - 4:30pm, Dec 9
   Cost: $40; members: $36
e Monday & Tuesday, 9:30 am - 4:30pm, Dec 8 - 9
   members: $130

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



Open Printmaking Week
Print all week in this monitored open format workshop. Our studio includes basic materials for intaglio, relief, silkscreen and some lithography using a 24” x 48” Takach press and three Charles Brand presses (largest 36” x 60”). Participants must be pre-approved and have adequate printmaking knowledge to work independently in a studio.
Monitor: Liz Pagano
Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 2:30pm, Jan 12 - 16
Facility fee: $25
Cost: $165; members: $149

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, Jan 18
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



Make a Felted Bag
Ages 7-12
Using felted wool pieces and simple stitching, students will design and construct a bag or purse with handles, and can embellish it creatively with buttons and felt shapes. Make it for yourself or to give as a holiday gift! Some hand sewing experience is helpful, as we will work with needles and embroidery floss; instructor will assist with sewing. All materials provided.
Instructor: Eva Scopino
Saturday, 3 - 5pm, Nov 22
Cost: $27; members: $24

Up-cycle Hanukah
Ages 6 and up
With wood, wire, cloth, paint and glitter, create objects and art celebrating Hanukah.
Instructor: Nellie Shevelkina
Sunday, 1 - 3:30pm, Nov 23
Cost: $23; members: $21

Holiday Fun with Wet Felting
Ages 6 and up
Wet felting is an ancient, magical process using wool roving, soap and water. Create colorful felted wool balls that can be hung as decorations and ornaments, and make a colorful picture by “painting” with wool. All materials included and projects will be ready to take home. Please bring an old bath towel to the workshop. Students will use sheepswool, soap and water, so please inform us of any allergies.
Instructor: Eva Scopino
Saturday, 3 - 5pm, Dec 6
Cost: $35; members: $32

Holiday Hang-ups
Ages 6 and up
Using paper, twine, gems, pompons, feathers, pinecones, twigs, beads, paint and more, create unique mini-picture frames, sparkling garland and wall art celebrating the season.
Instructor: Nellie Shevelkina
Sunday, 2:30 - 4:30pm, Dec 14
Cost: $27; members: $24


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