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Magnificent Acrylics

Adults

Enjoy the brilliant colors of fast-drying acrylics and learn to build layers of textures and washes in landscape, still life, and abstract painting.

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Photography II

Adults

Shooting assignments focus on expanding composition skills, understanding light, and becoming comfortable and confident in manipulating manual exposure.

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Ceramics Open Studio

Adults

Ceramics studio time each week for 7 weeks! You may throw on the wheel, hand build...

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Drawing I: Short Form

Adults

Practice a new drawing medium in each session and enjoy drawing success from the very first class. Refine your technique in a supportive environment for beginners.

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Drawing I: Long Form

Adults

Learn about line, value, perspective, and composition as you begin to draw and then improve your skills through quick sketches and completed drawings...

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Jumpstart Your Painting

Adults

Absolute beginners or those with rusty skills will discover, strengthen, and hone painting skills during an enjoyable weekend.

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Painting I: Short Form

Adults

Discover, sharpen, and strengthen your skills to approach painting with confidence. Understand oil and acrylic paint and develop a foundation for future work.

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Painting I: Long Form

Adults

Beginners or those with minimal experience learn different ways to start paintings, use paint as a wash or with texture, and practice old master techniques.

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Art of the Fold

Adults

This 2 day workshop will cover basic paper folding techniques that will result in 4-5 books for you to take home.

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Mosaics Refined: Color, Texture, Flow

Adults

Take your mosaics to the next level with this master class.

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Design and Composition

Adults

Develop basic design skills for artistic and commercial applications through a variety of student projects, lectures, and demonstrations.

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Watercolor Basics and Beyond

Adults

Beginners are introduced to the watercolor medium while intermediate-level students advance technique and skills through practice and critiques...

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Cubist Painting

Adults

Learn how the cubists saw and depicted the world and how the simultaneous discovery of the atom expanded their perception and affected their work.

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Landscape to Abstract

Adults

Break away from traditional landscape painting and explore color, shape, and brushwork in a new class that explores the connection between landscape forms and abstract painting.

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Children’s Book Illustration

Adults

All levels are welcome in this information-packed class taught by a national award–winning children’s book author and illustrator.

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En Plein Air: Color and Value

Adults

Enjoy the tradition of painting "en plein air" as we observe the relationship between color and value in the landscape.

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Photography I

Adults

Learn complete manual control of a camera. While using a digital SLR is essential, you will subsequently be able to pick up any camera and make a manual exposure.

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Exploring Rauschenberg

Adults

Perceive the world, with all its visual bombardment, the way that Robert Rauschenberg did and learn to use your own experiences to create highly original and dynamic art!

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Art ABCs

Age 4–5, Parent & Child

Enhance your child’s innate creativity! Young artists learn to think creatively and shape ideas into art they can see, touch, and know.

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Art Around the World

Age 4–5, Parent & Child

Children travel the world while learning about the art of other cultures. We’ll explore Hopi sculpture, Japanese origami, Australian Aboriginal painting, and ancient Egyptian masks.

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Drawing Basics and Beyond

Age 6–8

Venture into real and imaginary worlds with the stroke of a marker, the rub of charcoal, and the glide of pastels.

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Painting Basics and Beyond

Age 6–8

Create realistic paintings and express your artistic spirit in both bold and delicate colors using skillful brushstrokes.

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Cartooning

Age 9–11

Hone your drawing skills and turn doodled creations into terrific cartoon characters!

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Beyond Basic Drawing

Age 9–11

Venture into real and imaginary worlds with the stroke of a marker, a piece of charcoal, and pastels while learning more advanced design and drawing skills.

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Beyond Basic Painting

Age 9–11

Set up a palette, blend brilliant colors, and use different types of brushes. Create volume with light and make shadows in a still life, paint a landscape, and more..

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Intro to Painting Techniques: Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor

Adults

This beginner class will focus on how to work with oil paint, acrylics, and watercolors.

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Painting I: Short Form—Extended

Adults

Further develop basic skills in this perfect follow-up to the introduction to painting received in Painting I: Short Form.

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Experimental Printmaking with Collage

Adults

Explore the fundamentals of relief printing through traditional printmaking tools and chine-collé.

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Bird Illustration

Adults

Bird lovers! Learn to draw birds from your own photos or images from the internet. Teacher demos and handouts will help you observe and simplify...

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Botanical Illustration

Adults

Enhance drafting skills through drawing plant forms. Enjoy Laguna Gloria’s beautiful 14-acre site by sketching its flora in and out of the studio.

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Colored Pencil Painting

Adults

Add color to your repertoire by drawing with colored pencils. Explore layering, burnishing, and dissolving the waxy pencil to create luminous works of art.

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Drawing 1.5

Adults

Advance your drawing skills and further refine your technique by working with more challenging textures and more interesting still-life compositions.

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Portrait Drawing

Adults

Expand your visual acumen through study of the proportions, contours, volumes, and details of the head and face.

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Life Drawing I

Adults

Absolute beginners use a variety of materials including charcoal and Conté crayon and employ basic principles of drawing while working from a live model.

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Life Drawing II

Adults

Perfect your ability to render the human figure and expand upon basic drawing skills, through a variety of different nude models and lengths of poses.

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Nature and Abstract Drawing

Adults

Learn how to create abstract drawings using natural forms as inspiration.

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Vacation Sketching

Adults

Total beginners and experienced students: make vivid landscapes and cityscapes in a vacation sketchbook to enhance trip memories.

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Botanical Illustration at the Wildflower Center

Adults

Enhance drafting skills through drawing plant forms while exploring the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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Watercolor Basics at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Adults

Beginners are introduced to the watercolor medium while intermediate-level students advance technique and skills through practice and critiques...

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20 Oil Techniques

Adults

Explore options, gain clarity on tools and techniques for both realistic and abstract styles, and learn practical skills and time-saving tips.

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Abstract Painting

Adults

Conquer a variety of abstract painting techniques, including abstracting real objects, intuitive painting, and gestural works.

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Advanced Image Composition

Adults

Join this finely tuned mixed media studio for those who wish to go deeper into the life and impact of the 2-D image.

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Botanical Painting Workshop

Adults

Learn how to render botanical subjects in a realistic manner. Explore the work of the Dutch masters of still life, impressionist florals, and contemporary…

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Color for Painters

Adults

Learn practical skills necessary to accomplish accurate color mixing with oil or acrylic, plus explore the color wheel and simple color theory!

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Figurative Abstraction Workshop

Adults

Learn a personal approach to figure painting with a grounding in canonical painters such as Matisse, Milton Avery, Picasso, de Kooning, and many more.

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Nature and Abstract Painting

Adults

Learn the basics of color theory and some new mixed media painting techniques while exploring the geometries, beauty, and surprises found in nature.

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Portrait Painting

Adults

Work from a live model or personal photographs to expand your skills through study of the proportions, contours, volumes, and details of the head and face.

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Toward Mastering Color

Adults

We’ll review Stephen Quiller’s color theories and make our compositions more dynamic in whichever painting medium you choose.

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Friday Painting, Watercolor, and Drawing Studio

Adults

Join us at our Friday open painting studio and work alongside your fellow painters at your own pace!

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Jumpstart Your Watercolor

Adults

Beginners and those needing a refresher course alike will gain insight into the wonderful medium of watercolor during an enjoyable, challenging weekend.

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Watercolor II

Adults

This workshop-style class picks up where Watercolor Basics and Beyond leaves off, featuring new exercises and demos that focus on value, pattern, and color.

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Representational Watercolor

Adults

Explore composition, form, value, and color mixing through painting objects in a realistic style.

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Getting Weird with Watercolor

Adults

Students will leave with a series of spontaneous and unique watercolor paintings.

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Watercolor Portraits

Adults

Learn how to approach portraiture in watercolor!

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Children's Book Illustration II

Adults

This part workshop, part self-paced drawing and painting lab is designed as a follow-up to our Children's Book Illustration course!

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Relief Printmaking: Linoleum

Adults

Learn to prepare blocks, draw, carve, and print while examining the history of relief printmaking with an emphasis on contemporary art.

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Screen Printing

Adults

Have you ever wanted to print your own T-shirts, posters, or cards? Master the fundamentals of screen printing so you can experiment confidently.

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Art Bikes

Adults, Ages 14-18

Customize your own “art bike” in this exciting workshop in collaboration with the Austin Yellow Bike Project!

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Basics of Metal Casting

Adults

Learn metal casting, used by sculptors for 7,000 years, through this introduction to foundry and mold-making practices.

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Heat Forming

Adults

Bring the heat in this exciting class that combines MIG and oxy-acetylene welding with forging.

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Metals 2.0

Adults

Expand your skills, practice MIG (metal inert gas) welding techniques, and become more familiar with oxy-acetylene and hot form steel.

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Sculptural Welding 2.0

Adults

Design and build a steel sculpture with guidance from the instructor and improve welding skills by further understanding heat distortion, joint preparation, and machine settings.

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Working with Wood and Metal

Adults

Fabricate a wood and metal project as you familiarize yourself with material attributes, proper tool usage, and shop safety while learning the basics of welding and woodworking.

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Fine Woodworking Basics

Adults

This class covers the fundamentals of fine woodworking and is perfect for those with no experience wanting to learn their way around the wood shop.

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Intermediate Woodworking: Guided Open Studio with Mini Workshops

Adults

Beginner-to-intermediate woodworkers work on independent projects in an open studio format...

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Stone Sculpting

Adults

Beginners and experienced carvers alike will create through the interaction of dynamic shapes, lines, and volume and carve stone into abstract or figurative sculptures.

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Beginning Ceramics

Adults

Using stoneware clay, gain a working knowledge of techniques such as slab construction, classic coil, pinched vessels, and throwing elemental wheel forms.

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Ceramics: Beginning and Beyond

Adults

Beginners cover the basics of hand building and wheel throwing, while experienced students build on previous lessons, refine techniques, and create vessels.

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Wheel Throwing and Beyond

Adults

Beginners will be introduced to basic shapes while experienced potters will expand skills and explore forms such as lidded jars and large objects.

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Wheel Throwing with Soda and Raku

Adults

Beginners and experienced students will enjoy this welcoming class. Learn the basics of centering, opening, and pulling clay on the potter’s wheel…

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Pots Off the Wheel: Hand Building Functional Pottery

Adults

Explore inventive hand-building techniques for making functional pottery in this fun and informative class.

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Smoke-Fired Primitive Pots

Adults

Learn how clay vessels have been built through history. Use basic forming techniques and add a personal touch to your work while exploring early clay forms.

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Functional Pottery: Form and Surface

Adults

Focus on surface and further skills in techniques including mishima and sgraffito. Learn to make underglaze decals and ceramic printing inks.

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Ceramic Sculpture I

Adults

Focus on mastering basic hand-building skills and the use of slips, underglaze, and glaze to achieve a colorful palette with which to express yourself.

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Sculptural Expressions with James Tisdale

Adults

Explore and realize your own visions. Focus on narrative work employing human and animal forms, and develop and execute your own visual vocabulary.

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Intermediate Ceramics: Wheel Throwing, Hand Building, and Glazing

Adults

Expand your understanding of stoneware or porcelain, under-glaze colors, and high-fire glazes.

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Cups and Tumblers: Hand Building with Slabs and Templates

Adults

Enjoy the creative pleasure of making functional pottery off the wheel! Create hand-built cups and tumblers by utilizing templates and thin clay slabs.

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Glazed and Confused

Adults

From understanding basic dipping and pouring to experimenting with fun and easy decorating techniques, students will learn to simplify glaze choices and gain versatility with a few favorites.

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Digital Photo and Lightroom I

Adults

Take better photographs and learn the best techniques in the revolutionary photo editing program Adobe Lightroom CC.

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Photoshop I

Adults

Learn the basics and develop your editing skills to transform your photos into richer, more visually interesting images.

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Portrait and Still-Life Photography

Adults

Learn to work portrait models in natural light as well as with a professional studio lighting setup, and learn the steps to properly light still life.

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iPhoneography Workshop

Adults

Explore the potential of the iPhone camera, including the best apps for creating artistic images and amazing examples of work by professional photographers.

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Mosaic Art I

Adults

Create beautiful and functional pieces using glass, marbles, stones, mirrors, dishes, and tiles in this class suitable for beginners.

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Book Binding

Adults

Learn to create fundamental book structures: long-stitch and Coptic, a wrapped-strap book, and a hardcover journal or sketchbook.

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Batik/ Wax Resist Dyeing

Adults

Steef Crombach leads students in learning her variation on the traditional Indonesian batik method of wax-guarded dyeing, which she has spent years perfecting.

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Mixed Media Nirvana

Adults

Do you love collecting and experimenting with all sorts of materials? Do you enjoy “mixing it up” with paper, fabric, metal, paint, trinkets, and mementos? Bring your stash and imagination and let’s create together.

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Soft Sculpture

Adults

Learn to use soft materials to create a 3-D shape from a 2-D plane with templates, filling, or air as you gain inspiration from the sculpture on the grounds of Laguna Gloria.

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Weaving for Beginners

Adults

Learn the basics of making cloth on a loom. We will cover planning a project, choosing yarns, warping and setting up the loom, and weaving itself.

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Weaving: Beyond Basics

Adults

If you have some familiarity with weaving, this class will guide you through your own projects. Review materials and techniques, then tackle design and work independently.

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Unlocking the Weaving Universe: Blocks and Profiles

Adults

Explore and learn how blocks work in weaving and unlock a whole universe of design possibilities.

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Ephemeral Art and Place

Adults

This class meets in different locations, where students are challenged to create work from whatever is at hand, cobbling together serendipitous sculptures in situ.

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Homeschool 3-D (ages 5-10)

Homeschool

Explore 3-D! Clay and other media are used to practice creating art in three dimensions while students learn about history’s notable sculptors.

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Homeschool Advancing Artists (ages 11–15)

Homeschool

Focus on art history of the 20th and 21st centuries while exploring formal elements and design principles and strengthening artistic skills.

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Homeschool Advancing Artists 3-D (ages 11–15)

Homeschool

Students will generate and conceptualize artistic ideas into 3-D forms while studying traditional and contemporary examples from art history.

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Homeschool I (ages 5-10)

Homeschool

Use a variety of mediums to take your artistic skills to a new level! Each class has a different theme: portraiture, still-life composition, figure drawing, capturing landscapes, and more.

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Bountiful Platters (ages 6-11 w/adult)

Parent & Child

Design and decorate a large, beautiful platter perfect for use during the holidays!

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Halloween Art (ages 6-11 w/adult)

Parent & Child

Create Picasso-esque witches, monster pop-up cards, and skeleton sculptures in this imaginative class, inspired by Halloween.

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Cartooning

Age 6–8

Turn those doodled creations into terrific cartoon characters. Explore cartooning, craft your own cartoons, and practice lettering, perspective, timing, and expression.

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Classical Drawing and Painting

Ages 12-14

Study drawing and painting, exploring form, color, perspective, texture, value, and composition using a realistic approach.

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Life Drawing for Teens

Ages 14-18

Advance your skills drawing the human form. Create drawings that incorporate movement, large structural relationships, proportions, and line.

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Winter Break Classes (All Ages)

Age 4–5, Age 6–8, Age 9–11, Ages 12-14

Spend winter break with us! Courses in various subject areas are offered for children ages 4-14.

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Color, Perception, and Painting

Adults

Learn about contemporary painters who explore perception through color theory, geometric abstraction, minimalism, and Op art!

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Cartooning

Adults

Hone your drawing skills as we explore the world of cartoons and comics!

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Painting: Beyond Basics

Ages 12-14

Set up a palette, blend brilliant colors, and use different types of brushes. Create volume with light and shadow in a still life.

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Claymation (ages 6-11 w/adult)

Parent & Child

Bring a point-and-shoot camera or any device with a camera (iPhone/iPad) and learn to make your own movies from beginning to end.

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