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Early Fall, Fall, and Winter Sessions:

Early Fall: September 7th - October 16th (6 Weeks)
Fall: October 18th - December 18th (8 Weeks)
Winter: January 3rd - February 26th (8 Weeks)

Mondays

The Basics of Glass Fusion Mini Workshop

Days & Times:
Mondays - 6pm-8pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio G
Instructor:

Great for beginners and a fun night out with friends and family. In this workshop students will learn how to cut glass and properly lay out a pattern using a variety of colored glass, frit, and stingers to create a one of a kind functional piece of art glass in a comfortable relaxed atmosphere. Please wear closed toed shoes, comfortable clothes, and an apron. All materials and firings included.

Print Mounting and Finishing (For Nature/Fish Prints)

Days & Times:
Monday (Studio C) - 2pm-4pm
Tuesday (Studio B) - 2pm-4pm
Level:
Beginner
Location:
Studio C and Studio B
Instructor:

This class is for students that have taken either the Botanicals Printing Class and/or the Fish Printing Class and would like to mount their prints to cradled wood panels, finishing touches, and varnish for a completed, hanging piece of artwork. Students will choose one or more of the prints that they printed in the previous classes. In the first session of this workshop, Cyndi will discuss and demonstrate a couple of methods she uses to create dyed background papers for her completed artwork. Students will then choose from provided back-ground papers (if desired) and mount their chosen prints to cradled wood panels. After they dry overnight, In the second session, students will use colored pencils, water colored pencils, and pastels to add finishing touches to their pieces (including the eyes of the fish) and then apply final coats of varnish.

Please bring an apron or smock to protect clothing. Instructor will pro-vide all other materials needed for the class. Materials fee will vary depending on how many pieces students wish to mount. Plan on $10 – $25 per panel depending on size.

Tuesdays

No classes are currently scheduled for this day.

Wednesdays

Neurographic Painting

Days & Times:
Wednesday - 10am-1pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio A
Instructor:

During this calming art workshop learn how to create intuitive abstract artworks designed to promote mindfulness and calm. This class will encourage beginner-advanced artists to improve their own art practice and mindfulness using media chosen by the student. Discuss art making, symbolic meaning, decision making, and growth through the art making process.

Transcribing from the Masters

Days & Times:
Wednesday - 1pm-5pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio A
Instructor:

In this workshop painters will look closely at Master paintings, investigating the hidden language of a masterpiece to reveal its magical content. Working from a printed copy, painter’s will produce their own highly creative version. Drawing and/or painting in medium of choice is permitted.

Circle Painting Hiep Ngyen inspired

Days & Times:
Wednesday - 10am-1pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio A
Instructor:

During this calming art workshop learn how to create intuitive abstract artworks designed to promote mindfulness and calm. This class will encourage beginner-advanced artists to improve their own art practice and mindfulness using media chosen by the student. Discuss art making, symbolic meaning, decision making, and growth through the art making process.

Brushwork inspired by Alma Thomas

Days & Times:
Wednesday - 10am-1pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio A
Instructor:

During this calming art workshop learn how to create intuitive abstract artworks designed to promote mindfulness and calm. This class will encourage beginner-advanced artists to improve their own art practice and mindfulness using media chosen by the student. Discuss art making, symbolic meaning, decision making, and growth through the art making process.

Matisse Inspired Nature Paintings

Days & Times:
Wednesday - 10am-1pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio A
Instructor:

During this calming art workshop learn how to create intuitive abstract artworks designed to promote mindfulness and calm. This class will encourage beginner-advanced artists to improve their own art practice and mindfulness using media chosen by the student. Discuss art making, symbolic meaning, decision making, and growth through the art making process.

Images on Enamel

Days & Times:
Wednesdays - 1:30pm-4:30pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio J
Instructor:

Include cool graphics on enameled jewelry for a more contemporary look. In this workshop, the class will explore firing opaque enamels and the application of decals. Students will walk away with a unique one-of-a kind enameled pendant and/or pair of earrings. Select imagery from a wide selection of decals. Enamels, decals, and metal are provided by the studio. Please see the student material list for additional items to bring.

East Asian Painting Techniques

Days & Times:
Wednesdays - 10am-4pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio C
Instructor:

This course focuses on the East Asian aesthetic, with emphasis on the power of lines in a composition. Students will be introduced to traditional materials and methods throughout the course.

Capturing the Soul of the Sitter with Serge Strosberg

Days & Times:
Wednesday - 10am-4pm
Thursday - 10am-4pm
Friday - 10am-4pm
Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Location:
Studio C
Instructor:

Capture the likeness of a model and give life to the portrait, to transcend anatomical resemblance. Day one, the class will start with a compositional pencil sketch, and paint the composition in black and white directly onto the canvas or board, using ink, and diluted white acrylic. When dry, students will apply a wash or glaze with light green or blue pigment. Day two, the class will add a warm glaze to the canvas with light red ochre pigment. Serge will give a 30-minute demonstration on how to mix colors to make harmonious flesh tones. Then the class will start building volume by adding shadows which should be apparent under the two glazes and light with thicker paint, combining warm and cold colors. Day three will be devoted to working on details in the portrait – in particular the eyes, the muscles of the face, and the expression of the mouth, going as far as possible to bring out the life and likeness of the sitter.

Thursdays

Glass Tattoo Creations

Days & Times:
Thursday - 10am-12pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio G
Instructor:

This 2-day workshop will give students an exciting new material to add to their tool bag of glass fusing tricks. Glass powders are mixed with Tattoo Gue to form a gel-like material that can be used with a variety of stencils to create unique designs in glass. The class will then add a variety of sheet glass colors along with frit and stringers to create a one of a kind glass dish. Please wear closed toed shoes and an apron. All materials and firings included.

Introduction to Fish Printing (Gyotaku)

Days & Times:
Thursday - 10am-4pm
Level:
Beginner
Location:
Studio C
Instructor:

This is a hands on fish printing workshop using real fish. Students will learn a brief history of Gyotaku and the basics of how to prepare/set up the fish for printing, how to make special tools for inking, method for inking the fish, and then how to pull detailed prints. Fish and materials will be provided. A final demonstration will be given on how to add the eye of the fish at a later time after the prints have dried completely
*** If students are interested in mounting completed prints to wood panels for completed hanging works of art, check out the mounting and finishing workshop to follow.**

Cloisonné Enamel for Beginners

Days & Times:
Thursday - 12pm-3pm
Friday - 12pm-3pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio E
Instructor:

This workshop will give students an opportunity to explore Cloisonné Enamel. Students should be able to complete a simple Cloisonné design on a pair of earrings or pendant during the workshop. The workshop will include step-by-step demonstrations and student work time. Demonstrations will be given on enamel safety, metal preparation, sifting of enamels, and kiln firing. Cloisonné steps to be demonstrated include design, application of cloisonné wires, working with wet enamels, and finishing. Students pieces will use copper as a base metal, but students may provide fine silver if they prefer to work with transparent enamels.
Students should have studio experience in metals, at least at a Beginning Jewelry level. Some enamel experience is helpful, but not required. Most materials are included in the workshop, please see items on the student supply list for more information.

Watercolor and Pastel Painting

Days & Times:
Thursday - 10am-4pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio C
Instructor:

Experiment with the combination of watercolor and chalk pastel to create rich works of art. Learn foundation techniques of watercolor painting and pastel application to expand upon depth of color. This unique way of bringing paintings to life by developing your ability to utilize multimedia techniques results in a very rich surface that is different from traditional watercolor painting.

Machine Stitched Baskets

Days & Times:
Thursday - 12pm-3pm
Friday - 12pm-3pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio B
Instructor:

By using a sewing machine to stitch cord together, colorful baskets of almost limitless types and sizes can be made quickly. Students are encouraged to bring a range of colors of thread that they might like to use, along with their own personal sewing machine (required). Although no prior experience with a sewing machine is necessary, it is helpful to have experience in order to make the most of their time in the workshop.

Thurmanite Jewelry & Microhardware

Days & Times:
Thursday - 1pm -3pm
Friday - 1pm - 3pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio J and Online
Instructor:

This workshop will introduce students to incorporating Thurmanite and microhardware into their jewelry designs. Thurmanite is a layered composite material made of recycled paper and eco-resin that has the appearance of stone but is very lightweight and wearable. Microhardware is a cold-joining technique that is very versatile due to its threaded connections. Combined, they add a myriad of possibilities to a jeweler’s approaches. The first day of the workshop will focus on transforming pre-made Thurmanite blanks into jewelry components. The second day of the workshop will focus on microhardware and how to use it in combination with Thurmanite. Students will have the opportunity to complete either a variety of samples or finished jewelry, depending on their interests. Students are encouraged to use the LAC Jewelry Studio during this workshop.

A max of 8 students can be in the Jewelry studio, if students are interested in working in the Jewelry studio please call or contact Lisa Johnson prior to the workshop.

Fridays

Easy Art Quilts 101

Days & Times:
Fridays - 12pm-3pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio J
Instructor:

Starting simple, learn how to design a fabulous collage using colorful fabrics and textile scraps with interesting patterns. Fusible web material will provide fast, easy designing while students explore their artistic voice. Work spontaneously and intuitively with color and design elements to create a one of a kind art quilt to hang and display. Students will play with their own color palette and create their own adventure into Art Quilts. This is a fun and playful class that will inspire endless ideas. No sewing machine needed, but stitching tips and finishing techniques will be shown and discussed. Ideas and examples will be shown for inspiration.

Mosaic Steppingstone

Days & Times:
Friday - 9am - 12pm
Saturday - 9am - 12pm
Level:
Beginners
Location:
Studio F
Instructor:

Each student will design and create their very own 12 x 12 in. steppingstone perfect for the patio or garden. Starting with individual designs full of color, participates will learn how to safely cut the glass. After all pieces are shaped to fit the unique designs, the class will then learn how to adhere pieces to cement block using an adhesive. To complete the project each negative area will be filled with grout to strengthen the attached Mosaic design. All materials will be provided.

Introduction to Botanical Printing

Days & Times:
Friday - 10am-2pm
Level:
Beginner
Location:
Studio C
Instructor:

The objective of this workshop introduces methods of preparation and techniques for getting quality prints from botanicals. Discussion and demonstrations include how to prepare/preserve plants for printing, inking, and pulling prints from various plants. The students will then select and explore different working methods with the plants provided. Students will have a variety of papers, note cards, and ink colors to choose from. *** If students are interested in mounting completed prints to wood panels for completed hanging works of art, check out the mounting and finishing workshop to follow.**

Riveting Mini RJM Workshop

Days & Times:
Friday - 12pm - 3pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio J
Instructor:

During this workshop, students will be introduced to a couple of riveting styles to cold connect Radical Jewelry Makeover donations and non-ferrous metal into pieces of adornment. The workshop will also tackle jewelry designs as well as planning out pieces. Students pieces will be donated to the Mini RJM exhibition and sale, these proceeds support both the LAC programs and Ethical Metalsmiths.

Prong Setting Mini RJM Workshop

Days & Times:
Friday - 12pm - 3pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio J
Instructor:

During this workshop, students will be introduced to prong setting techniques to connect Radical Jewelry Makeover donations and non-ferrous metal into pieces of adornment. The class will also tackle jewelry designs as well as planning out piece . Students pieces will be donated to Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Mini RJM exhibition and sale, the proceeds support both the LAC programs and Ethical Metalsmiths.

Sculpting Bas-Relief

Days & Times:
Friday - 10am-4pm
Saturday - 10am-4pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio E
Instructor:

Combine 2D and 3D elements in art by using drawing and modeling techniques to a create bas- relief sculpture. Using a picture or photo, students will learn how to transfer the 2D image into a clay slab. Looking at the different picture planes, varying their depth, managing foreshortening and perspective, the class will develop a 3D relief image on the clay surface using modeling tools. Preparation for firing and some finishing methods will also be demonstrated. Although it is not required, it is recommended that the student bring a table top easel to the class to hold the slab of clay at an angle while working. The class includes a 25lb bag of water-based clay as well as the firing of the student’s pieces.

Sun and Soy – sun print and soy wax batik on fabric

Days & Times:
Saturday - 10am-4pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio C
Instructor:

Develop richly patterned fabrics while learning modified versions of traditional surface design techniques! Transparent textile pigments, modified soy wax “batik”, and a faux “sun-print” will transform plain fabric into original textiles that can be hung as works of art or used to create apparel, quilts, or home décor. Traditional and contemporary batik techniques such as stamping, drawing, and painting will be used to apply soy wax as a resist on the fabric, as well as layering colors and designs with the fabric paints. A second piece will be created by arranging interesting objects on fabric on which fluid fabric paint has been applied. As the paint dries on the fabric, the objects will leave an impression. Completed pieces can also be further embellished with printing, stenciling, or fabric markers. Participants are encouraged to experiment and explore the versatility of both techniques. No prior experience is necessary, but an understanding of color mixing is helpful.

Saturdays

The Bendable Stringer

Days & Times:
Saturday - 10am-1pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio G
Instructor:

In this workshop students will learn how stringers are made and how to manipulate this rigid string of glass into an endless amount of forms using a variety of colors and heat. Using design placement on a 9″x9″ base piece of glass these forms will then become a one of a kind fused glass art. Please wear closed toed shoes, comfortable clothes, and an apron. All materials and firing included.

Textured Landscapes

Days & Times:
Saturday - 10am-2pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio B
Instructor:

Learn how to select fabrics for a land or seascape art quilt and explore ways to manipulate fabric to create texture and dimension. By folding, stitching, or filling shapes students can create the illusion of sky, hills, trees, rocks, grasses, water, and land. Use simple machine sewing and hand stitching, to texturize fabric and layer a 9” x 12” composition using a stitch and flip technique and fold over binding. Students will need to bring their own sewing machine.

Louise Nevelson Inspired- Sculptures from Found Objects with Lisa MacNamara

Days & Times:
Saturdays - 10am-4pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio E
Instructor:

Learn how to create a sculpture influenced by Louise Nevelson (1899-1988). Nevelson is known for her monochromatic wood assemblages. During this workshop, students will find treasures on the street, at the beach, in the garbage, and even in their closets. This style of sculpting is a great way to develop a visual narrative piece and/or push the basic elements of design – negative and positive space, shape, form, surface, etc.. Techniques will include nailing, stapling, wire wrapping, threading, chemical bonding, liquid nails, cold connections, and painting. This workshop is designed to start a sculpture, depending on intricacies and number of pieces in various segments determines completion.

Pate De Verre

Days & Times:
Saturday - 10am-12pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio G
Instructor:

Crushed glass, called frit, can be used in many ways. In this workshop, the class will be using bright and vibrant colors of frit glass mixed with fusers glue to design crisp geometric shapes directly on a slumping mold. Students will learn the recipe for mixing and how to lay out a design directly onto a primed slumping mold. With some patience and a steady hand, this sugar square effect is sure to delight. Please wear closed toed shoes, comfortable clothes, and an apron. All materials and firing included.

Craft the Gift of Glass

Days & Times:
Saturdays - 10am-1pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio G
Instructor:

In this workshop, students will learn how to score and cut glass for proper layout and design using a wide variety of colored glass frit and stringers. Students can make up to 4 fused glass dishes to share as gifts, while giving giving themselves the gift of a fun relaxing art filled morning. Please wear closed toed shoes, comfortable clothes, and an apron. Materials and firing schedule included.

Decorate Like Sanibel Ceramics

Days & Times:
Saturday - 10am-2pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio F
Instructor:

Learn how to layer underglazes to give your pieces dimension and interest. Apply raised accent colors that bring your pieces “to life”. Each participate will explore these two styles by painting a piece made by the artist, and students are encouraged to bring in one of their own bisqued piece (cone 04 or lower) of any type of clay. The students work will be bisqued again and fired one last time with a clear glaze. Ready for pick up approximately 2 weeks after the workshop.

Upcycled Shirts

Days & Times:
Saturday - 10am-2pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio B
Instructor:

Create unique garments that express personal style. Take a closet cast-off or thrift store find from bland to fabulous with simple techniques anyone can do. These techniques can be done by hand without the use of a sewing machine.

Glazes and Transparency in Painting

Days & Times:
Saturday - 10am-2pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio C
Instructor:

This is a basic one-day workshop in mixing pigment and glazes creating beautiful transparencies in your paintings. It adds depth and dimension with the addition of layering. The class will be producing several experimental paintings to understand the process and how it will effect their work.

Classic Creations in Glass

Days & Times:
Saturday - 10am-1pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio G
Instructor:

In this workshop, students will learn scoring and cutting skills for a proper layout of glass to create a one of a kind functional piece of glass art. Using a wide variety of glass colors, frit, and stringer, students will learn how to properly layout patterns in glass and learn the volume control of fusing glass in a kiln. Students will create a classic 9” x 9” one of a kind piece of fused art glass for functional or display use. Materials and firing schedule included. Please wear closed toed shoes, comfortable clothes, and an apron.

Hot Glass Creations

Days & Times:
Saturday - 10am-1pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio G
Instructor:

Learn how to cut and lay out a pattern in fused glass working with a variety of colors and materials including silver foils. Discover how glass and heat react to each other and what causes and influences this behavior to generate a very unique beautiful look. Please wear closed toed shoes, comfortable clothes, and an apron.

The Basics of Glass Fusion

Days & Times:
Saturday - 10am-1pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio G
Instructor:

This one-day workshop is for those who want to learn a few more tricks to add to their tool bags of basic glass fusing and kiln formed art. Bring creative ideas to this one-day workshop and learn the many possibilities of using a variety of colored glass, stringers, and frit. Please wear closed toed shoes and an apron.