RiverArts Classes

Polymer Clay Classes 

The Chameleon Clay:  A Free Introduction to Polymer Clay
Friday, February 22, 2013,  10:00-11:00am

Ever wonder what exactly polymer clay is or what you can do with it?  In this free introductory session, instructor JoLecia Crowe will share the answers to those questions and more.  You’ll learn why polymer clay is known as the chameleon clay, get to sample various types of clay, and see examples of what you can do from the faux jade taught in the basics course, to imitating precious stones and minerals, glass, metal, wood,
and more.   Whether you’re considering taking a polymer clay course or you’re just curious, this is a perfect introduction.  All are welcome. 

Polymer Clay Group (Free)
Thursday, February 28, 9:00am-12:00pm

It’s time to play with clay!  Bring your own materials and whatever projects you’d like to work on or just come on by to hang out and see what others are creating and enjoy the lively conversation. Polymer clay instructor JoLecia Crowe will be on hand to answer questions.  She also brings an assortment of tools and equipment for participants to use during the session.  This play group is free and occurs the last Thursday of every month from 9am-12pm.  Bring a friend and join the fun!  Contact instructor with questions at elfladyjo@aol.com or 410-699-1025. 

Polymer Clay Basics:  Faux Jade
Friday, March 15, 2013; 9:00am-3:00pm

From learning how to choose and condition your clay to creating various finishes, artist JoLecia Crowe will take you through all the basics in working with oven-cured polymer clay.   You’ll learn a simple technique for creating realistic faux jade along with a host of additional tips and tricks which will help you transform your jade into a finished piece of art jewelry all your own.   Since supplies must be ordered in advance, the registration deadline is Friday, March 8, 2013.

Members:  $80, Non-Members:  $95.  Additional fees to be paid at time of registration:  $18 for polymer clay basics toolkit.  Contact Chestertown RiverArts at 410-778-6300 or riverarts@verizon.net for more information or to register. 

Polymer Clay Group (Free)
Thursday, March 28, 9:00am-12:00pm 

Polymer Clay Techniques – Mokume Gane
Friday, April 19, 2013; 9:00am-3:00pm

Originally an ancient Japanese metalworking technique, mokume gane or “wood-grained metal” has evolved into a polymer clay standard.  In this class, you’ll learn how to create rich organic patterns, delicate layers of color, and the illusion of depth with a surprisingly simple technique.  You’ll have a choice of small projects to apply it to and will learn how to finish the clay for a professional looking, glass-like finish.   Completion of Polymer Clay Basics Course is suggested but not required.  Since supplies must be ordered in advance, the registration deadline for this class is Friday, April 12, 2013.  Members:  $80, Non-Members:  $95. If you do not have one already, a  Polymer clay basics toolkit is available for $18 and should be paid for at the time of registration.  Contact Chestertown RiverArts at 410-778-6300 or riverarts@verizon.net for more information or to register. 

Polymer Clay Group (Free)
Thursday, April 25, 9:00am-12:00pm

Polymer Clay Techniques:  Mica Magic
Friday, May 17, 2013; 9:00am-3:00pm

Elegant patterns of light and dark, cat’s eye effects, nautilus shells, mysterious ghost images and more can be created from a single block of metallic polymer clay.  In this class you’ll learn about the mica shifting properties of metallic clays and how to manipulate single colors of clay to easily create beautiful patterns and effects that look deceptively complex.   In addition to basic jewelry construction, you’ll also learn finishing techniques to heighten the metallic effects.   Completion of Polymer Clay Basics Course is suggested but not required.  Since supplies must be ordered in advance, the registration deadline for this class is Friday, May 10, 2013.

Members:  $80, Non-Members:  $95. If you do not have one already, a  Polymer clay basics toolkit is available for $18 and should be paid for at the time of registration.  Contact Chestertown RiverArts at 410-778-6300 or riverarts@verizon.net for more information or to register.

Polymer Clay Group (Free)
Thursday, May 30, 9:00am-12:00pm

Polymer Clay Techniques – Kaleidoscope Canes
Friday, June 7, 2013; 9:00am-3:00pm

Spinning off of an ancient glassworking technique known as millefiori, today’s polymer caning techniques allow you to easily create clay logs with beautiful patterns or images running throughout their lengths.  In this class, you’ll learn how to create a variety of simple canes and manipulate them to create strikingly complex kaleidoscope canes. Slices of these canes can be used in a number of projects.  Completion of Polymer Clay Basics Course is suggested but not required.  Since supplies must be ordered in advance, the registration deadline for this class is Friday, May 31, 2013.

Members:  $80, Non-Members:  $95. If you do not have one already, a  Polymer clay basics toolkit is available for $18 and should be paid for at the time of registration.  Contact Chestertown RiverArts at 410-778-6300 or riverarts@verizon.net for more information or to register.

Polymer Clay Group (Free)
Thursday, June 27, 9:00am-12:00pm

Creative Compositions and Digital Processing Techniques with Nikhil Bahl at Chestertown RiverArts on April 6 & 7

RiverArts is sponsoring a second photography class by Nikhil Bahl at the RiverArts Gallery. You can register and pay for this class by calling RiverArts at 410 778-6300 on Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 to 4:00 and on Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 or by emailing RiverArts@verizon.net.

Date & Time: April 6-7, sunrise to sunset with a break for lunch
Tuition: $350 for Members; $375 for Non-Members
Limit: 10 participants

Description of Class

The digital revolution has changed photography in many ways, but composition is still an essential part of the creative photographer’s arsenal. It is the perspective and composition that can make a photograph unique.  However, the importance of the digital darkroom cannot be understated. Whether it is simple adjustments to color, contrast and sharpening, or the creative use of software filters and HDR techniques, the digital darkroom dictates the final rendition of the photograph. In the field and in the classroom, Nikhil will share his ideas on creative compositions and how photographers can push themselves to grow creatively.  He will also cover several digital darkroom techniques he uses to process and enhance his photographs. He will also introduce you to some plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom that are worth exploring. Be prepared for an intensive 2-day learning experience!

There will be field sessions in the morning and evening to take advantage of the best light. After a late morning break, classroom sessions will be held in the afternoon where attendees will get feedback on their photographs and processing tips and techniques will be shared.  Cost of the two day workshop is $350 for members and $375 for non-members.

 

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