First year MFA candidates will conduct demonstrations and hands-on workshops in ceramics, photography, printmaking, painting, woodworking, and textiles. All workshops are FREE and materials will be provided. All you have to do is show up—no registration required!
Gelatin Monoprints–Kim Truesdale
Demonstrate how to mix a gelatin plate, apply paint, pull a print, and clean the plate. Examine a brief history of monotypes (Giovanni Castiglione, Degas). Create gelatin monotypes using acrylic paint, drawing utensils, leaves, string, and various materials on paper. Apply negative/ positive space to their monotypes. The goal is for students to come away with a process that is versatile and can be incorporated into their practice regardless of discipline. The prints can be used for collage, book making, scanning textures for photography, bookmarks, backgrounds, etc. Or they can be kept as a print themselves. The process will demonstrate how to print effectively without a press. Location: Main Building, S370
Basic Stab-Binding Workshop–Mary Gordon
Learn how to make a mini notebook! In this follow-along session I will demonstrate stab-binding, a simple bookbinding technique excellent for beginners and great for sketching or keeping notes. Participants will receive materials to make their own blank mini notebooks, along with an instructional handout for future reference. Location: Main Building, S265
The Special Effects Possible with Acrylic Paint–Christina Foard
In this class you will learn some of the special effects possible with acrylic paints and the way these effects vary when applied to different surfaces. Location: Main Building, S350
Collagraph Printmaking–Sanaz Haghani
Collagraph is a basic a method of printmaking using a board with collage materials glued onto it to form a relief surface with a variety of textures. A very creative and experimental form of printmaking, collagraph prints can be made with many different materials, including cardboard, yarn, fabric, leaves, masking tape and more. By using this technique, you can get wonderful shapes and images by using a variety of materials and objects that you find at home, studio, or campus. Location: Main Building, S265
Intro to Ceramic Hand Building–Yana Bondar
Try your hand at hand building! This class will guide you though the basics of sculpting with clay, starting with pinch pots. Participants will be encouraged to embellish their simple form vessels through a variety of methods including cut outs, sculptural elements, drawing with under glaze and glass melt. Materials will be provided and participants will be notified via email when the work is fired and ready to be pick up. All levels of skill are welcome! Location: Ceramics Building
Small Scale Etching for Jewelry–Rachel Watson
In this workshop you will have an introduction to basic copper etching techniques. Students will experiment with permanent markers, ink stamping, and a variety of other resists to create textures and patterns on copper. Preparing your plate, etching with ferric chloride, and finishing will all be covered during this workshop. Location: Thomas Street Arts Complex, Jewelry Building
Breaking boundaries: Mask Making–Leah Mazza
Variety is the key in this crash course, participants will have a chance to explore alternative materials through mask making. Demonstration of different binding agents such as epoxy and hot glue will display how to connect dissimilar materials and dissection of various objects will also be shown. Later remnants will be collected and recycled into the surface of the masks. These practices can be applied to breaking old habits and discovering new horizons in any traditional art form. Location will be at the main metals studio on Thomas Street.