Botanical Watercolors

This workshop teaches basic watercolor techniques through exercises designed to help the participant understand the different color properties and improve brush control. Information on paper, paint, and drawing techniques used in botanical art will be discussed. Basic drawing skills are required to draw the botanical specimen from which you will paint an elegant botanical watercolor.

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An Introduction to Drawing in the Manga-Anime Style

Do you love reading manga or watching anime, and wish that you could create your own stories and characters? This workshop is for anyone who is interested in drawing in the Japanese Manga-Anime style. Students are introduced to the techniques used by manga and anime artists to help transform their ideas into manga-style drawings. Some drawing experience is helpful, but not necessary for this workshop.

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Abstract Watercolor Exploration

Watercolors have the reputation of being the most challenging painting medium. The unforgiving white of the paper and the uncontrollable nature of water make this medium intimidating. Through a series of exercises, participants will learn how forgiving white paper can be and how to control water and pigment. Focusing on color and composition, participants will practice techniques while creating small and large abstract paintings. This class is designed to motivate every participant to love watercolors.

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Visual Pull of the Canvas: Three Layers of Glass to Create a Painting

This course will introduce everyone to glass making with a twist, a contemporary approach to a material and new way of thinking about the tradition of “painting” and “glass art.” Through the use of a cutter and grinder, glass will be transformed into different shapes and high- temperature enamel will be used as a painting material to transform the glass into a canvas of overlapping imagery.

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That’s Me!: Portraits

Who are you? What are the important ideas and symbols that express your wishes, dreams, and everyday life? From Ancient Egypt to modern times, man has used art to record his identity through portraits, self-portraits, and symbols. In this workshop, students use a mixed-media approach, including monoprint, chine colle, collage, and stamping, to construct a self-portrait that captures their identity and puts it on display. No drawing experience necessary!

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Mobile Glass Studio

Share the unique experience of glass blowing — even add an educational component to exhibitions —with this mobile hot-glass studio, created by artist Ryan Gothrup. This studio can be used for lectures, demonstrations, workshops, or multiple-day residencies.

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Looking at Our Lives: A Tile Mural Workshop

n the venerable tradition of landscape, farm, and animal paintings that are featured prominently in the Mellon collection, artist Beryl Solla encourages students to think about the people and things that give their own lives meaning and value. Students identify common ideas and develop images that best represent them. Using broken tile and quick-setting thin set, students design and install a small broken tile mural (approx. 3′ x 4′) in their school or community center. The installation includes designing the mural, drawing it on the wall, breaking the tile (using protective glasses), and placing the tile on the wall. The tile is then grouted and cleaned. A highly decorative and imaginative frame (also made from broken tile) that reflects the aesthetics of the Mellon collection and supports their own concepts surrounds the image(s). The mural is permanent, beautiful, and maintenance-free.

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Clay Animation Moviemakers

This workshop is for anyone who has ever wanted to make a movie! Students learn the steps used by the pros to go from character creation to construction — and sometimes destruction. Using real animator’s clay, students sculpt original characters, design sets, and work together in small groups to make a three-minute animated movie with sound character voices. Who says a movie can’t be made in a day?

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Abstract Mixed Media

Looking to the “father of modern art,” Wassily Kandinsky, and comparing him to 21st-century artists Julie Mehretu, and “Stadia III,” students explore lyrical expression and measured marks as they apply to abstract art. Using a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials as well as a mini-psychological profile and music, students create large-scale works of geometric and organic origin.

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The Sound of Sound: Experiments in the Art of Sound

Dive into the sound of sound: Break the boundaries of art, music, and performance, and discover a wide range of possibilities that are right before your ears. This workshop begins with a series of experiments that immerse participants in the world of sound. Students participate in a sound scavenger hunt and improvisational sounding as well as make sound with found objects. The workshop reaches a crescendo with participants creating sound events that may take many forms, such as a performance using found objects or an interactive sound sculpture.

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