Workshops

2017

 

Sculpture - Original Doll in Polymer Clay

Instructor: Rhonda Whitledge
Rhonda has been developing her skills in creating art dolls for about 45 years, being self-taught, as well as taking classes from Tuck Langland, Faith Wick and Wendy Froud. She has explored mediums as diverse as bread dough, soft sculpture and bronze, designed patterns for soft sculpture and taught creative techniques to kindergartners through adults.

 

Old Cron of Spring

"Old Crone of Spring", by Rhonda Whitledge won Best of Show at Fire Arts' 2016 juried show.

Level: Beginning


You will create a doll approxi-mately 15 inches tall. Day 1: measure armature, sculpt face; Day 2: sculpt hands & feet, set up armature; Day 3: paint pieces, fill out form; Day 4: costuming, finishing touches.
Supplies included: polymer clay, aluminum foil, wooden balls, quilt batting, aluminum wire, shish-kabob sticks, barge cement.
Students supply: masking tape, wooden base (if needed), scrap fabric for costuming, and sculpting tools.

Minimum 3 students, Maximum of 8


Tuition $100 plus $35 for materials

2 sessions of 4 day classes
Future Dates to be announced.

Call to put your name on the waiting list.


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Summer Pottery Class

Basic Pottery Wheel Techniques & Alternative Firing

Introducing Instructor: Caryn Wixom Kuhn

Caryn studied at Earlham College where she received a B.A. in Art with a concentration in Ceramics.  She did an Artist in Residency from 2011-2012 at Pendle Hill in Philadelphia, Penn., where she made gourd figures out of clay. While in Tennessee, she studied alternative firing methods, like Raku, with Bill Capshaw at the Oak Ridge Art Center. 

While she's hand-built sculptures using slabs and the extruder, the pottery wheel caught her heart from day one and is where her passion lies.  She currently is experimenting with adding texture to her cups and bowls, saggar firing decorative vessels, and making a series of lidded jars, some functional and others non-functional.  


Join us as we explore working with clay on the pottery wheel!  Learn how to make vases, bowls and lidded jars.  We'll start out with the basics of working on the wheel (wedging, centering and pulling), then move on to more advanced techniques as the class progresses. Towards the end we'll burnish (polish) a pot and decorate it with horse hair.  

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Class details:

Dates (8-session class): July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: Mondays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
( Registration Closed)

New Wednesday Evening Class Added

Dates (8-session class): July 12,19,26, August 2,9,16,23,30
Level: Beginning & Intermediate
Tuition: $150; Materials, firing and glazes: $35; Total: $185

While enrolled in this class you will have additional open studio time available during Fire Arts' regular business hours: Tues & Thurs, noon to 9 p.m.; Wed, Fri and Sat, noon to 5 p.m.

There is a $50 non-refundable registration fee which will be applied to the total class fee.


 


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Quilling/Paper Filigree - Christmas Ornament

Instructor: Shelly Krzyzewski
Shelly's work has been featured in CardMaker Magazine. Her instructional book, "The Four Seasons of Quilling," is available on Amazon.com.

Ornament

 

 

In this class, you will learn basic shapes and techniques of quilling and create your own Christmas ornament.

 

Level: Beginning


Tuition + Materials: $50 

2017
Future Dates to be announced.

Call to put your name on the waiting list.


 

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Wire Wrap Mini Gem Tree

Instructor: Fr. Larry Calhoun

Tree

Mini trees (approximately 5-6 inches tall) are made with Apple blossom shells to make some 50 tri-petal flowers with a Swarovski crystal in the center and 7-8 green petals as accents.

The student has the choice of the following: Ceramic tile base or a Brazilian agate base; brass, nickel or black wire for tree; felt pads on the bottom; glues — Superglue with UV hardener; Epoxy; and a choice of various chips at the tree base. There are some other items that may be added if time allows.

Minimum 2 students

Level: Beginning students
Tuition $50 plus $30 for materials

Future Dates to be announced.

Call to put your name on the waiting list.



 

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Stone Sculpture Workshop

Instructors: (Stone Carving Group) Dick Trench, Doug Barton, John Hagen

Sculpture

With step-by-step instruction, you  will be utilizing hand tools to complete a small stone sculpture.  All materials will be included. 

Level: All skill levels

Class fee: $60.  Material fee: $20. 



 

 

 



4-session workshops
(T & Th) 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

2017

Mar 7, 9, 14, 16

 


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Fused Glass


Instructor: Phylis Crawley



Fused Glass

Level: Beginning

1st week: Make glass elements from glass rods, stringers, and lengths of glass using a torch and tweezers or in some cases, a candle.
2nd week: Put it all together for that final project. You will learn how to cut glass, put it together, fire and slump it. I will have examples, and if you are interested, just Google "fused glass."

Projects will not be defined; most of you have in mind what you want to make. If you have a specific design idea and want to call me about it, Fire Arts will be glad to give you my phone number. If there is a way to make it in the allotted time, we will!


 

Tuition: $50, Material fee: $50 

Saturdays 12:30-4:00


2017


Mar 4 & 18


Apr 15 & 22


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Functional & Raku Fired Ceramics

Instructor: Len Cockman

B.A. Art Ed, Baldwin-Wallace College
M.A., Secondary Ed, Indiana University
High School studio art teaching experience: 26 years

Len Cockman

Len Cockman

Functional pottery for everyday use or sculptural, hand-built: pinch, coil, slab and wheel throwing for beginners and advanced.  Beginners, including teenagers, are very, very welcome. Includes glazing basics.

Class Minimum: 4, Maximum 6

Class Fee: $150
Materials, firing, and glazes: $35


8 week sessions.

Mondays 6:30-8:30 PM


 



2017


Spring Session
Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24

May 1 , 8, 15, 22, (skip29th), Jun 5, 12, 19, 26

While enrolled in this class you will have additional open studio time available during regular business hours.

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Enamel a Copper Pendant

Instructor: Jackie Carlson, one of Fire Arts' Founding Artists

Copper Pendant
Enamel a copper pendant

 

Class fee: $30.  Material fee: $15.

1-day workshop
(Sat., 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.)

2017
Future Dates to be announced.

Call to put your name on the waiting list.

 

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Wire Wrap Jewelry I

Instructor: Fr. Larry Calhoun

Pendant

Basic techniques for wire wrapping stones and beads is a hands-on class.  Techniques taught include the basic loop, spiral coil cage and free form wrapped pendant with wrapped bail. Gauges and properties of wire will be discussed.  Wire used is 14K gold filled.  All necessary tools furnished. 
Level: Beginning

 

Class fee: $50; Material fee: $30. 

Choice of 2-day workshops
(Tues & Thurs, 6:30-8:30)

 

2017

March 14 & 16




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Wire Wrap Jewelry II

Instructor: Fr. Larry Calhoun

Ring

Prerequisite: Wire Wrap Jewelry, Beginning I.  Expand your basic wire wrapping skills to a new level.  You will make a bracelet and a semi-precious stone set ring using 14K gold filled wire.  All necessary tools furnished. 
 

Class fee: $50.  Material fee: $30. 

Choice of Two 2-day workshops
(Tues & Thurs, 6:30-8:30 p.m.):

2017

Apr 4 & 6

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Glass Beads

Instructor: Diane Gram

Glass Bead Making
Lampworking is the art to create glass beads with a flame and glass rods using varied techniques.  A number of beads will be made.


This is a must class for “beaders.”  Imagine how your jewelry will look with beads that you have created.
Beads


Class fee: $80 + $40 for Materials
2 One day classes
Saturdays: 12 - 5 p.m.


 

2017
Mar 18; Apr 22


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Sterling Silver Pendant

Instructor: Doug Kile, Artist in Residence

Pendant

Learn how to work with sterling silver. Students will complete a sterling silver pendant with a semi-precious stone while being introduced to the basic elements of silversmithing: cutting, sawing, torch soldering and finishing methods. All necessary tools furnished. Class is limited to four students, giving you one-on-one attention.

 

Class fee: $125. Material fee: $35 (depending on silver prices).

3-day class (Mon to Wed)

6:30-8:30 pm

Future Dates to be announced.

Call to put your name on the waiting list.



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Silversmithing for Teens

Instructor: Angela Cheak, Artist in Residence

Angela Class Sample

 

 

This is a class for teens ages 13 and up. Make a two-toned sterling silver broken heart or
flower ring with copper or brass accent. Learn to saw, shape and use a torch.

Level: Beginning
Tuition: $100
Materials: $30
(Scholarships are available)

12:30 pm – 3 pm (Sat)

2017
Future Dates to be announced.

Call to put your name on the waiting list.


Copper Enameling-Dish or Electric Faceplate

Instructor: Jackie Carlson, one of Fire Arts' Founding Artists

Copper Bowl

Electric face plates

Pick from several small copper bowls, dishes,or electrical faceplate and learn how to clean the metal, sift the powdered enamel and use glass frit and paint to decorate your piece.
 

Class fee: $50.  Material fee: $25.

1-day workshop
(Sat., 12 – 4 p.m.)
2017
Future Dates to be announced.

Call to put your name on the waiting list.


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Below are Classes not offered at this time, let us know if any would interest you

Silver II

Instructor: Doug Kile, Artist in Residence

Ring

Student Ring

Prerequisite: Silver I. Expand our basic silversmithing skills and gain confidence in soldering, cutting, sawing and finishing. Complete a pendant with fancy trim or a ring with trim. Cabochon will be a standard size or free form. All necessary tools furnished. Class is limited to four students, giving you one-on-one attention.

Class fee: $125. Material fee: $25 (depending on silver prices).

3-day class
(Mon., Tues. & Wed., 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.

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Outdoor Cement Sculpture

Instructor: Beau Bilenki, one of Fire Arts' Founding Artists

 

Cement Sculpture
Beau Bilenki

 

 

You will learn how to crate an outdoor cement sculpture up to about 4 feet high using steel lath, rebar, and cement. Additional supplies will be extra.

 

 

 

Class fee: $150.  Material fee: $30. 

Sun, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, 8 week session

Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.

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Functional & Sculptural Pottery -
The Next Level

Instructor: Yvonne Desrosiers, one of Fire Arts' Founding Artists

Duetasaurus

Yvonne Desrosiers
Duetasaurus

This class will be tailored to each participant's level as they continue their creative efforts with function-al or sculptural ceramics. Use hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques. Follow-up to our Introductory class. Teenagers through adults are welcome. The $35 materials fee will provide 50 lbs of stoneware clay, glazing and firing fees.

Class Minimum: 4, Maximum 6

 

Class Fee: $150
Materials, firing, and glazes: $35



8 week session

Fridays 12:30-2:30 PM


Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.

While enrolled in this class you will have additional open studio time available during regular business hours.

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Pottery for Children

Instructor: Barbara Goldfarb

Barbara taught after-school ceramics for children at Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School in Chicago and has done her own ceramic work at various locations, including Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago. She was an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in the New Jersey school system and is also a dance/movement therapist.
Pottery for children: Using hand-building techniques of pinch, coil, and slab. There will be an introduction to wheel throwing. The class is for children grades 4 through 8. There are no studio time hours for children's classes.

Class Minimum: 4, Maximum 6
Level: All skill levels

Class Fee: $75
Materials, firing, and glazes: $25


4 week session

Wednesday 4:15-5:45 PM

Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.

While enrolled in this class you will have additional open studio time available during regular business hours.

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Sculpture - Mold making

Instructor: Julie Nieses, one of Fire Arts' Founding Artists

Julie Mold making



Creating a simple rubber mold for casting small-medium sized pieces (a life sized portrait head or small animal.)
Please bring the piece you want to work with on the first day of class.

Minimum 3 students, Maximum 5

Level: Beginning students
Tuition $100 plus $145 for materials

4 Saturday sessions 12:30-4:30 pm


Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.

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Model the Portrait Head

Instructor: Tuck Langland, one of Fire Arts' Founding Artists

Portrait Sculpture

Joe Kernan
Tuck Langland

This class will work from a live model and examine that most mysterious and wonderful part of the human form -- the head and face. We will study anatomy, likeness, techniques of modeling, and artistic elements of the bust. Through demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on work with Tuck, you will create a life-size or near life-size head, ready for casting.

Tuck Teaching

Class fee: $200; Materials: $50 -- includes armature,
clay and model fee

One 4-session workshop
(Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.; doors are open earlier):

You will have additional open studio time available during regular business hours while in the workshop.

Participants may also create a rubber mold and wax cast during the months before the next class, and then cast the head in bronze in February. An artist at Fire Arts will help you with the process for an additional fee.

Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.


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Wax to Bronze

Instructor: Linda Crimson

If you've made a small sculpture (perhaps a portrait head) that you want to cast into bronze, you can send it to a professional foundry and have it cast for $1,000+, or you can come to Fire Arts and cast it yourself for about a third of that price. You will end up with a beautiful bronze sculpture.

This four-session class will take a wax sculpture and cast it into bronze in the foundry at Fire Arts. Either bring a wax sculpture you have already made, or make one in class, and we will create the investment (mold), burn the wax out of the mold, pour in the bronze, break it out and finish the piece, giving you a permanent work to take home. People who have taken the portrait modeling class might wish to cast that work in this class.

Class fee: $200; Materials: $150 (The average cost depending on the size of the sculpture. A refund of some of the materials fee is possible if you have cast a small piece.)

One 4-session workshop
(Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.; doors are open earlier.):
Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.

While enrolled in this class you will have additional open studio time available during regular business hours.

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Flat Plain Figure Carving

Instructor: Don Johannesen

 

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The skill taught in this class will be Flat Plane Figure Carving. The name comes from the simple straight cuts that form flat planes to develop a shape, as<br />
opposed to frequent rounding cuts of a more sculptural form.

A traditional folk art of Norway and Sweden, it was often done as an evening pastime. Typical subjects would be farmers, gnomes, trolls, dragons or a favorite, "Gamle Erik" (Old Erik), the Norwegian version of the devil.

Don is a student of Scandinavian folk art in wood. He has worked with many teachers at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa and at the Norsk Wood Works in Barronett, Wisconsin

Participants in this class will choose either a Norwegian farmer or a little gnome.

Class fee $60; plus materials, including knife, $30

Four sessions per class
(Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.

 

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Papier Mâché

Instructor: Sandy Ridge

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Sandy has 10 years of experience making paper mâché sculpture and piñatas including this one for the "Morning Show"


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Learn basic paper mâché sculpture techniques while creating a fun Halloween decoration
or prop.

Level: All skill levels

Class fee: $125,  Material fee: $25

5 Sessions
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 PM


Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.

 

 

Classes

 

Please let us know if there is something else you would like to explore.