Craft Enrichment at Appalachian State University

Published Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 10:25 am

Aug. 30, 2012. Fall Semester is here, and once again the Appalachian State University Craft Enrichment Program is offering a variety of classes to everyone in the local community. Whether you are a hobbyist, an advanced student, or someone ready to get started on a hobby you have always wanted to do, plan to take one of our lively, creative, and energizing classes. The small classes provide individual attention from faculty who are dedicated professionals committed both as teachers and craft artists.  You will enjoy learning and sharing ideas with fellow artists-at-heart. The multi-week format will give you time to see where an idea leads in studio-based classes that promote the development of artists at all levels. 

For Fall Semester, classes are offered in glass fusing and slumping, digital photography, weaving , welding and metalworking, stained glass, lampworking and beadmaking, jewelry, wood bowlturning,  fiber spinning, sewing, collage and pottery. Class size is limited and early registration is recommended. Online registration is now open at http://craftenrichment.appstate.edu/

The first craft classes start late August, with additional classes beginning in September, October and November. Classes meet once per week, and while most are in the evenings, there are weekend classes as well. If you have additional questions please call Eric Reichard at 828-262-6360 or email [email protected].

 

FALL CLASSES BELOW ARE LISTED IN CALENDAR ORDER


Jewelry: Beginner

Participants in this beginning jewelry class will learn the basic techniques necessary to produce rings, pendants and other items in sterling silver, copper and brass. The goal is for each participant to create a finished piece by the end of every second class.

Instructor: Jim Rice
Enrollment: 8
Dates: Wednesdays, Aug. 29 – Oct. 24
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $180.00


Jewelry: Intermediate Advanced

Participants in this advanced jewelry class will learn the additional techniques necessary to produce rings, pendants and other items in sterling silver, copper and brass. Participants may choose from a variety of intermediate and advanced projects of their own design such as cutting and polishing freeform or calibrated cabochons on the lapidary machine, lost wax casting, cuttlebone casting, etc.

Instructor: Jim Rice
Enrollment: 4
Dates: Wednesdays, Aug. 29 – Oct. 24
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $180.00


Photography: Digital

This is an introductory course in digital photography for the novice photographer. Topics will include: the digital camera’s controls, artistic image composition, lighting, color correction, saving files, emailing images, and using computer software to manipulate and restore images. The participant will work towards building a digital portfolio of images. Students must provide a digital camera and storage media for both the camera and the computer. Students will work with both Apple and PC computers.

Instructor: Mick Kreszock
Enrollment: 15 
Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 4 – Oct. 23
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. 
Cost: $145.00


Beginning and Intermediate Pottery: Decorating with Images from Nature

In this seven week course hand building and throwing techniques will be taught. Students will be encouraged to create decorative imagery using a direct printing and stamping process with objects found in nature. Demonstrations and collecting advice will be given. All levels welcome, course fee includes 25 lbs. of clay, glazes, and firing fees.

Instructor: Jimmy Savely
Enrollment 12
Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 5 – Oct. 24
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $155.00


Beginning Sewing

This class is for those who have never sewed before and beginners who want to improve their skills. You will learn to push the limits, constructing a dual garment such as a street length skirt that can also be used as a top or a floor length skirt used as a dress. Many more ideas as time allows. Several sewing machines will be available for class work and each student will have a turn on a serger. You are also encouraged to bring your own sewing machine or serger.

Instructor – Baben Patricelli
Enrollment – 4
Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 6 – Nov. 1
Time: 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Cost – $85.00 


Intermediate Sewing

Students should have previous experience with sewing and the sewing machine. This class will include the application of a zipper, waistband, set-in sleeves and buttonholes, including the construction of a skirt or slacks and a blouse or jacket and more as time allows. Several sewing machines will be available for class work and each student will have a turn on a serger. You are also encouraged to bring your own sewing machine or serger.

Instructor – Baben Patricelli
Enrollment – 4
Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 6 – Nov. 1
Time: 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Cost – $85.00 


Beginning Pottery with Dottie Baker

In this course you will gain hands-on experience in wheel throwing, slab building, glaze application and pottery design – whether you are a beginner or have some experience working in clay. Weekly demonstrations in making a variety of functional forms (bowls, vases, mugs, casseroles, etc.) will present creative challenges that are just right for your level of experience. 

We will also explore underglazes, slip decorating and layering glazes, and will begin to explore the history of handmade pots – a gold mine of great ideas! 

Instructor: Dottie Baker 
Enrollment: 15
Dates: Mondays, Sept. 10  –  Oct. 29
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $155.00 


Welding and Metalworking

Class projects in this course will focus largely on welding and other techniques for joining metals.  Steel will be the primary focus, but opportunities to explore aluminum, stainless steel, and other metals will be offered.  In addition to gaining an understanding of welding safety and  theory, and practice time, students will learn how to select welding equipment appropriate to their needs.  Cutting, machining, heat treating, and sheet metal work will also be discussed. 

Instructors: Steve Ward
Enrollment: 15
Dates: Mondays, Sept. 10 – Oct. 29, 2012 
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $175.00


Beginning Stain Glass

Participants will be introduced to the basic stained glass skills: glass safety, scoring and breaking stained glass, grinding cut glass pieces to fit the pattern being used and to remove sharp edges, wrapping glass pieces in copper foil, soldering the pieces together and cleaning/polishing the project.  Approximately five to eight projects will be completed by participants by the end of the course, depending upon the pace of the participant.  In addition to completed projects, participants will take home a folder of terminology, techniques, tips, and patterns.

Instructor: Marianne Rooks
Enrollment: 6
Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 11 – Oct. 16
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $175.00

SESSION TWO OF THE SAME CLASS 

Dates: Tuesdays, Oct. 30 – December 4


Weaving 

In this 8 week class you will weave one small project and plan, warp and weave one larger project of your choice. Supplies are provided but you are welcomed to bring yarns/thread of your choice. You will learn terms and technique through a hands-on experience. You will be limited only by your imagination!

Instructor: Jane Plaugher
Enrollment: 3
Date: Tuesdays, Sept. 11 – Oct. 30
Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Cost – $160.00 


Beginning Pottery with Tara Belk

“Pots with Personality” – Beginning wheel throwing techniques and hand building skills will be taught. Creative exploration of textures and sculptural additions will be demonstrated and encouraged. Your personality will be evident in your pots as you learn to alter basic forms and embellish with hand-made stamps and sculptural elements. All levels welcome, course fee includes 25 lbs. of clay, glazes, and firing fees. No experience necessary.

Instructor: Tara Belk
Enrollment: 12
Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 13 – Nov. 8
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $155.00 


Lampworking and Beadmaking

Glass beads have been treasured and traded for centuries and this class will explore the process of the ancient craft using moretti on mandrels. We will cover torch safety, types of glass, scientific properties, proper annealing, dots, stringers, latticino, encasement, texturing and much more. By the last class students will feel confident in their ability to make the glass flow.

Instructor: Shannon Boyd
Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 13 – Oct. 5
Enrollment: 4
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $165

SESSION TWO OF THE SAME CLASS 

Dates: Thursdays, Oct. 18 – Nov. 8


Fiber Spinning

In this class you will learn about the processing of wool into yarn. You will have the opportunity to learn about different fibers in their various stages of preparation to become yarn, including carding with hand carders and the drum carder. You will be able to touch the different breeds of sheep to feel the various qualities of the wool. At the end of 6 weeks you will be able to spin on the spinning wheel and ply a yarn that you can use to knit, crochet or weave.

Instructor: Jane Plaugher
Enrollment: 4
Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 13 – Oct. 25
Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Cost – $125.00 


Advanced Bowl Turning

This course will continue the art, science, and techniques needed to turn a block of wood into functional sculpture. We will explore some rough-edge and green-wood spindle turning, wood curing, selection, and tool sharpening. You may never look at a pile of firewood the same again! It is recommended for each student to provide their own safety glasses or shield and earplugs.

Instructor: Phil Armstrong
Enrollment: 5
Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 18 – Nov. 6
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $185.00


Intermediate Pottery: Developing More Skills

In this ten week class, students will continue development of their throwing and hand building skills with focus on the way elements such as handles, lids, feet, spouts, and texture can enhance individual forms. Glaze application will be emphasized. Demonstrations and design challenges. Basic clay experience necessary; imagination and a sense of humor helpful. 

Instructor: Lucy Hamilton
Enrollment: 12
Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 18 – Nov. 20
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $180.00


Quilting Holiday Gifts

We will learn some of the history of quilting, and create place mats, table runners, baskets, snap bags and small wall hangings.

Most supplies are furnished; sewing machine and basic knowledge of sewing is required.

Instructor: B.R. Hoffman
Enrollment: 8
Dates: Wednesdays, September 19 – November 7, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $95.00


Beginning Bowl Turning

This course will introduce the student to the art, science, and techniques needed to turn a block of wood into functional sculpture. Introductory demonstrations will include wood selection and drying, preparing stock for turning, tool sharpening and machine tool operations. Each student will have the time to complete at least one platter and two bowls of their design. The first class is a whirlwind immersion into all the facets of bowl turning for the whole group. 

Instructor: Phil Armstrong
Enrollment: 5 
Dates: Thursday, Sept. 20 – Nov. 15
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $185.00


Jewelry Making With Metal Clay – Beginning and Intermediate

Learn how to make beautiful silver jewelry using Metal Clay . Metal clay  is a new art material made of silver powder and an organic binder. It feels like putty and works like clay. Once shaped and dried, it’s fired in a kiln. Once fired, only the metal remains. You will learn to form objects by rolling, stamping, texturing, molding and cutting. You will also learn the properties of metal clay and explore a variety of embellishing and finishing techniques for your silver artwork. Metal clay is an exciting and fun material that allows beginners to achieve very professional results. No experience is necessary. 

Instructor: Zoe Nelson
Enrollment: 12
Dates: Mondays, Sept. 24 – Oct. 29
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $215.00 


Collage    

Creating a collage is a wonderful way to play.. to allow yourself to be moved by color, texture, shape and design.  Learn techniques for creating papers  as well how to include discarded lace,  ribbons, concert tickets, canceled checks, onion bags, wrapping paper, boxtops and labels… anything that represents life. Allow yourself to be surprised as images emerge through the layering of materials.

Instructor: Pegge DeLaney Laine
Enrollment: 10
Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 10 – Nov. 14
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $150.00 


Beginning Glass Fusing and Slumping

Learn the basics of glass fusing and slumping while making beautiful bowls, plates, jewelry and decorative objects. In this introductory workshop we will discuss glass types, compatibility, cutting and firing schedules.  Come experience one of the easiest ways to work with glass and take home some unique objects.  Most supplies provided.

Instructor: June Kay
Enrollment: 7
Dates: Saturdays, Oct. 13 – Nov. 3
Time: 9:30 a.m. – noon
Cost: $155.00

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