This is an opportunity for experienced metals students to work independently in the Museum’s metalsmithing studio. A monitor is present for safety and to help guide students with their projects. Completion of Beyond Beginner Jewelry Making or approval by a Museum metals instructor is required to attend.
In this introductory class, students will learn the fundamental processes of Metalsmithing in order to make rings, bracelets, and pendants. Techniques will range from cold-connections including rivets and tabs, to hot-connections such as soldering and chain making. Students will complete at least two pieces of jewelry.  
Combining techniques with the hydraulic press and etching, students will press volumetric forms and etch on the raised surface to create a hollow form that can be used as a bead, pendant, or earring.
Combining techniques with the hydraulic press and etching, students will press volumetric forms and etch on the raised surface to create a hollow form that can be used as a bead, pendant, or earring.
Students of any background or enameling level will be able to participate in this multi-week class. For beginners, this means basic fusing to introductory techniques such as graphite drawing, glass etching and wet-packing, among others. More advanced students will be able to continue building on their projects while techniques such as luster, overglazes, underglazes, and various other surface decoration techniques are incorporated. Techniques covered: fusing, counter enameling, wet-packing graphite drawing, glass etching, under and overglazes, basse-taille, luster.
This is an opportunity for students familiar with enameling to work independently in the studio. A monitor is present for safety and to help guide students with their projects. Completion of a beginner Enameling course or permission from a Museum instructor is required to attend. 
Does drawing present challenges for you, yet you want to be an image-maker? Try collage! This contemporary medium offers endless possibilities for you to “remix” imagery using magazines, photos, various papers and glue/scissors. Works from famous and not so famous collage artists will be shown for inspiration. In this workshop, you will experience the artistic freedom that collage allows, and will create a cohesive (frame worthy) collage that is fresh and innovative. Returning students are welcome.
For artists interested in exploring their inner voice and getting in touch with their creativity, this class is for you! Students will learn the basics of acrylic painting alongside expressive brushwork and color application.
Designed to provide students with a foundation in watercolor painting, this course includes color mixing and application techniques including wet-on-wet, glazing, dry brushing, and resists. This semester there will be a focus on landscape elements and watercolor techniques and tricks for textures. 

Enjoy landscape painting in oil with the convenience of working indoors from photographs and painting solvent-free. Water mixable oils are real oil paint, but they clean up with water and use non-toxic thinners and mediums that don’t give off fumes.

Topics will include: working with water mixable oil, thinners and mediums, choosing a subject and arranging a composition for landscape, transferring a composition from a photograph to a canvas or panel, starting a painting, understanding value and edges, creating textures to suggest foliage, tree trunks, grasses, water and other surfaces, adjusting the thickness of oil paint as you paint, brush handling, paint mixing, understanding the color characteristics of hue, value and chroma and mixing a wide range of colors from a simple, limited palette.

The class will include demonstrations by the instructor and individual instruction at each student’s level of experience.

Practice basic drawing techniques. Gesture, contour, quality of line, composition, form, and perspective will be emphasized.   
Enjoy the pleasures of making your own useful pots. Students will explore techniques for creating beautiful ceramic pieces by hand and on the potter’s wheel. Form, function, and various surface treatments will be presented in a fun, informal setting.
Students with a foundation of throwing skills can continue to build their voice in this class. Demonstrations will guide individual creative projects and strengthen skills to advance student’s techniques in clay.
Students with a foundation of throwing skills can continue to build their voice in this class. Demonstrations will guide individual creative projects and strengthen skills to advance student’s techniques in clay.
Enjoy the pleasures of making your own useful pots. Students will explore techniques for creating beautiful ceramic pieces by hand and on the potter’s wheel. Form, function, and various surface treatments will be presented in a fun, informal setting.

Clayprinting is an innovative and unique printing process developed by Mitch Lyons. This three-day workshop will take you through the entire process of printing from clay – from construction of the matrix to finishing for framing. A demo will start each day off, followed by time for you to work on your pieces.

Clay, as it is typically used, creatives three-dimensional objects that require firing. This art form takes it in another direction. Essentially, it’s the process of creating a two-dimensional piece of a art (a print) from a slab of clay that has colored slips and textures added to it.

The technique is remarkably simple. No clay or printmaking experience is needed to create stunning and sophisticated clay monoprints. Even if you think you have no artistic ability, you’ll be successful using this art form.

Illuminate your space with a personalized touch, learning the art of ceramic lamp-making in this three-day workshop. Students will delve into various handbuilding techniques and will explore a variety of textures to create a truly unique, one-of-a-kind, lamp.
This workshop is for both hand builders and wheel throwers to explore making serving vessels for a dining experience. Whether it’s building a coil serving bowl or tray to hold a set of drinking vessels, this class will help artists create the perfect ceramic serving dish for their next group gathering. The first two days will be making the vessels and pieces will be fired for a glazing day to finish up.
Ever long for uninterrupted ceramics studio time? This clay camp for adults looks to animals for fun and inspiration. We will check out historical and contemporary work that have animal elements that add function to pots. How about that paused squirrel in your backyard with a bushy tail handle and paws that could pour? Or a covered jar with a goat shaped knob? Or the beak like spout on a teapot? The possibilities are endless…
Use your phone as a creative catalyst! Starting with photography basics such as composition and lighting and moving into photo apps and post-processing, students will leave this workshop with a basic understanding of how to use their camera phone to its fullest potential.
Use your phone as a creative catalyst! Starting with photography basics such as composition and lighting and moving into photo apps and post-processing, students will leave this workshop with a basic understanding of how to use their camera phone to its fullest potential.
This session is all about THINGS THAT MOVE! Campers will find inspiration all over our museum in sculptures that spin, paintings of animals, and illustrations of vehicles. Campers will use a variety of materials to create their own kinetic sculptures and other works of art featuring THINGS THAT MOVE!
Get your hands dirty and your creativity fired up where we’re all about Ceramic Sculptures. Mold, shape, and unleash your imagination as you dive into the world of clay.
Enameling is an ancient art of fusing powdered glass to metal, resulting in colorful designs. Campers will work in our fully equipped metalsmithing studio and will use our glass kiln to create their unique works of art. Using this technique, campers will make abstract and illustrative images on pendants, pins and various other metal objects. 
Enameling is an ancient art of fusing powdered glass to metal, resulting in colorful designs. Campers will work in our fully equipped metalsmithing studio and will use our glass kiln to create their unique works of art. Using this technique, campers will make abstract and illustrative images on pendants, pins and various other metal objects.