Week-long Classes by Session

Week-long Classes by Session

 

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SESSION 1: June 11-15

MORNING, 9am-12noon

Egyptian Art new 
Instructor: Tara Kernan
Ages 5-7

Hieroglyphs, temple cats, clay scarabs and life-sized paintings! Young artists will go on an art expedition to explore painting, sculpture, jewelry making and more. Come learn about the art of Ancient Egypt and create your own treasured masterpieces!

 

Exploring Public Art new
Instructor: Shannon Newby
Ages 7-10

Ever wanted to make a really big outdoor sculpture? Or design a billboard? Be a part of a fun art project happening in the heart of downtown Raleigh! In this class, we will discuss what it takes to make large scale projects happen and how we look at art in public spaces. Students will work as a team with the artist to create art to install onto the current fence mural at Moore Square facing Marbles!

 

Weave it Wild: Woven Animals 
Instructor: Jan French
Ages: 11-16

Learn all about loom weaving and weave your own creature! We will build a working loom using familiar materials, learn how to set it up and then weave with colorful yarns and scrap fibers. With some tugs and knots we will then magically transform your flat weaving sample into an animal of your choice.  No prior weaving experience necessary

 

Hand Drawn Animation new
Instructor: Chelsea Raflo
Ages: 13-16

If you’ve ever been mesmerized by an animated loop, if you love the dreamy, retro aesthetic of old-school Disney movies, or the magical quality of flipbooks, this is the class for you! This workshop will introduce students to the process of traditional hand animation using sequential drawings, the cel technique, collaged imagery, and the stop-motion photography process.

 

AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

Clay Dioramas: Animal Worlds new
Instructor: Karen Rose
Ages 7-10

In this fun and informative clay class students will visit the NC Museums of Natural Sciences and History to learn how artists create complete environments for our favorite animals.  Students will sketch ecosystems and learn how artists create museum displays. They will even have a chance to sculpt multiple animals figurines on small bases that will be movable in the worlds they create!

 

Modern Brush Lettering
Instructor: Kerr Pelto
Ages 11-16

Imagine making your favorite quotes part of your artwork. Using fun, colorful brush markers, explore the style of calligraphy which is showing up as the text in all of your favorite quotes right now. Learn letterforms based on the Italic Hand and in no time at all you’ll be making cards, posters and signs that everyone will love!

 

Maximized: Large Scale Drawing  new
Instructor: Julie Niskanen Skolozynski
Ages 11-16

Come explore the power of working large. There is a different presence behind an image that is larger than life and overpowers the viewer. By changing the scale and enlarging objects, they take on new meanings. In this workshop we will create several large-scale drawings using traditional charcoal techniques and white charcoal on black paper.

 

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SESSION 2: June 18-22

 

MORNING, 9am-12noon

A Big Colorful Mess
Instructor: Sarah Harris
Ages 5-7

Come make a creative mess! All the projects you’d love for your child to experience, with none of the clean up. From big paintings to squishy sculptures, your kids will experience art making in its purest and messiest form!

 

Giant FOOD!
Instructor: Sonya Drum
Ages 7-10

Have a giant appetite for art? This class is sure to fill you up. Students sculpt oversized versions their favorite foods using found objects, papier mache and clay techniques creating a feast for the eyes.  Students will draw inspiration from the works of pop artists Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol while creating their own sculptural/culinary masterpieces.

 

Drawing in Color
Instructor: Dawn Valentino
Ages 11-16

This class will explore drawing and color. First we will delve into color theory and then we will put it to work. We will learn how to create a sense of depth and use complementary colors to create contrast for dramatic effect. Layering color to create rich, complex areas in our drawings, we will create a variety of exciting, bold and colorful drawings throughout the week!

 

Intro to Oil Painting
Instructor: Andie Freeman
Ages 13-16

Oil paint is a medium which has entranced artists since the 13th century because of its richness of color, long-lasting durability and it’s opportunity for variation of application and style. In this class, the basics of oil painting will be covered, starting with materials, safe studio practices and full demos of an array of painting techniques. Students will have the opportunity to bring in images of their choice for source material to complete their own oil paintings on canvas.

 

AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

Color Mysteries, Revealed!  new
Instructor: Hunter Rion
Ages 7-10

What is the color wheel? How do artists use it to make their paintings feel happy or sad or exciting? Young artists will increase their art skills as they use various media to explore the wonder of color mixing and color combinations. Learn about the big beautiful world of color!

 

 

Bizarre Botany new
Instructor: Gabriella Corter
Ages 11-16

The plant world is fertile ground for artists’ imaginations. Each day, explore a different unusually-inspiring plant in a new medium: students will be drawing, painting, using batik and casting in plaster. Through observation and experimentation, students will finish the class with a naturalist’s eye for botany’s wonderful weirdness.

 

Painting Landscapes: Inspired by Nature  new
Instructor: Dawn Valentino
Ages 11-16

What kind of vista inspires you? Maybe you love the mountains or a desert aesthetic appeals to you more. Learn how to use color, perspective and various painting techniques to capture your favorite landscapes. This class will help you complete beautiful finished paintings on canvas that will be powerful pieces for your art portfolio.

 

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SESSION 3: June 25-29

 

MORNING, 9am-12noon

Meet the Artists new
Instructor: Sonya Drum
Ages 5-7

In this fun and informative class, young artists will discover the life and works of some of the world’s most famous artists while creating their own “inspired-by” masterpieces. From Matisse to O’ Keeffe, this course is a journey through art history as well as a primer for collage, painting, and sculpture skills and techniques. Make your masterpiece!

 

Storybook Art  new
Instructor: Andie Freeman
Ages 7-10

Combine the art of painting, bookbinding and storytelling into a finished original hardcover book!

In this class, students will create a simple story and learn how to illustrate it with beautiful watercolor paintings. They will learn the art of great design as they plan the layout and binding of their pages.

 

Visual Journaling
Instructor: Gretchen Phillips
Ages 11-16

Do you love drawing but need some fresh ideas? Students will receive a new sketchbook and learn lots of different approaches towards drawing, doodling, designing, and collage as they create daily masterpieces using their life experiences.

 

Contemporary Embroidery: Painting with Thread  new
Instructor: Emily Bateman
Ages 11-16 

Join the growing number of contemporary artists using embroidery to create their art! Learn how to use needle and thread to create a needle painting inspired by the beauty of nature. Students will learn how to use a satin stitch and split stitch to create the illusion of 3D forms with a combination of value, texture, and color.

 

AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

It’s a Small World: Tree Houses and Terrariums  new
Instructor: Gabriella Corter
Ages 7-10

Have you always wanted a tree fort? Well now you can build your own! Students will imagine and create their very own miniature tree fort including the ubiquitous rope ladder and whatever else they can dream up. Landscape miniature worlds inside of all kinds of vessels – the exciting world of terrariums will be at your fingertips, literally! Use mosses, shells, rocks, tiny figurines,  and more in your miniscape.

 

Anime Art
Instructor: David Anyanwu
Ages 11-16

Do you love anime? Have you always wanted to take your drawings to the next level? Work to uncover your hidden talents as you gather inspiration from your favorite anime artists and create your own portfolio of new characters.

 

Mural Arts: The Mexican Tradition  new
Instructor: Peter Marin
Ages 11-16

Create a lasting piece of public art in the style of the great Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Explore the traditions of Mexican mural art that extends from the Olmec civilization to today. The class will work collaboratively to conceive, plan, design and paint their mural on an exterior wall of Artspace.   

 

After Hours Session 3 

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SESSION 4: July 9-13

 

MORNING, 9am-12noon

My Favorite Color is Rainbow  new
Instructor: Tara Kernan
Ages 5-7

What is your favorite color? How can we make it? In this fun filled class, we’ll learn all about color magic, color changing creatures, rainbows and more. We’ll paint with bubbles, with straws, with paintbrushes and light! Daily projects will lead to a favorite color masterpiece!

 

Movie Making: Heroes and Villains  new
Instructor: Sonya Drum
Ages 7-10

Have you ever wanted to be a great director or play a hero or a villain in a movie?  Here’s your chance to learn beginning movie making techniques, including acting, screenwriting, costume creation, and green screen basics!  This course combines art, drama, and technology skills while encouraging students to work as positive collaborators and creative thinkers.

 

Sculpture: Wire Abstractions  new
Instructor: Kelly Murray
Ages 11-16

In this class we will explore abstraction by creating closed and open volumes in which we weave or wrap materials together. We will work with wire, and wire mesh to create forms. The forms will be intuitively developed but based on study of various natural objects and form. Students will complete several finished sculptures.

 

Urban Sketching
Instructor: Scott Renk
Ages 11-16

Embark on a hands-on journey into the world of urban sketching. Students will gain knowledge of urban sketching techniques and concepts, as well as learn experimental methods to find stories in the places we take for granted. The class will sketch on location around the Artspace/ Moore square area using a variety of media such as pen, ink, watercolor, rubbings of gravel and asphalt, etc.

 

AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

Mischief Managed  new
Instructor: Gretchen Phillips
Ages 7-10

If witches and wizards capture your imagination, come join us for a week of magical art at Artspace. We will be making enchanted goblets, writing on parchment with quills, sculpting mythical beasts, painting wizarding scenes, and making wands!

 

Watercolors: Go with the Flow  new
Instructor: Ryan Fox
Ages 11-16

Turn your old notions of watercolor upside down. Begin with the basics to explore numerous techniques in watercolor painting such as wet into wet painting, charging color, intentional water blossoms, scraping, spattering, and adding texture to your paintings. Students will complete numerous paintings during this week-long class.

 

Ceramics: Fused Glass Vessels
Instructor: Lisa Perace
Ages: 11-16

Students will develop strong hand building skills in slab and coil construction in clay with an emphasis on creativity and craftsmanship. Using glass, texture and glaze, students will enhance the surface of these forms for functional, usable objects.

 

After Hours Session 4 

 

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SESSION 5: July 16-20

 

MORNING, 9am-12noon

Dancing Paintbrushes  new
Instructor: Sarah Harris
Ages 5-7

Just like a dancer moving across the stage, your paintbrush dances across the canvas! Stretch to show us your biggest brushstrokes, sing us a song about your favorite colors! Paint and draw your musical masterpieces in this fun, movement filled class.

 

Playful Art: Toys Around the World new
Instructor: Jeny Brill
Ages 7-10

Make toys that you can actually play with in this fun class! Students will learn about Japanese fish kites and origami, African galimotos, dolls and games from many cultures. Working with found materials and simple art supplies, students will create lasting treasures while learning about kids around the world!

 

Painted Collage: Visual Identities  new
Instructor: Sharon DiGiulio
Ages 11-16

This course explores storytelling, identity, and community while using paint and other mixed media as a form of expression. We often identify with certain images and aesthetics, but what happens when we create those images ourselves? Inspired by artists such as Romare Bearden and Nina Chanel Abney, students will create pieces that move the eye as well as the soul.

 

Photography: Create Your Artistic Vision  new
Instructor: Slater Mapp
Ages 11-16

Develop your confidence and discover your individual artistic vision as a photographer by creating art and photography in and out of the building. Navigate with your classmates through different genres such as interiors, still life, portraiture and cityscapes. All levels of experience are encouraged to attend this highly individualized and growth-oriented class, just bring your cameras.

 

AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

Birds in My Neighborhood
Instructor: Anna Podris
Ages 7-10

In this class we will use a variety of media to create art celebrating birds. We will concentrate on learning how to draw birds, how to identify common backyard birds and will decorate a birdhouse of our very own for our yards! We will walk to the Museum of Natural Sciences to study bird specimens and learn more about our feathered friends.

 

Printmaking: Intro to Letterpress  new
Instructor: Susan Soper
Ages 11-16

Bring your imaginations! Learn how to set type the old fashioned way as you experiment with combining your handmade stencils, lettering, designed borders and relief prints. You will learn how to set wooden type, dingbats, and print on a Letterpress Proof Press. Type will be incorporated into a dingbat Cootie Catcher and at the end of the week you will have a portfolio book of your letterpress prints!

 

Anime Art: Advanced new
Instructor: David Anyanwu
Ages 11-16

If you have previously taken Anime classes, this is your chance to go beyond the basics!  Take the skills you have learned and delve more deeply into the world of character creation, line work, shading and coloring as well as the completion of a full page illustration with a developed background.

 

After Hours Session 5 

 

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SESSION 6: July 23-27

 

MORNING, 9am-12noon

Let’s Paint  new
Instructor: Ellen Hathaway
Ages 5-7

Every day will be a new art adventure as students explore their senses and develop their artistic motor skills. We’ll be asking: “What happens if…?” and trying out different ways to make our art answer the question! This fun and gentle class will be full of exploration and creativity, painting, drawing and art storytimes.

 

Map Makers  new
Instructor: Emily Howard
Ages 7-10

Maps are windows into adventures and new worlds, and we will use them to inspire a variety of artworks using drawing, painting, collage and even 3-D techniques. Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci was not only an artist, inventor, architect, but a cartographer, or mapmaker, too? We will EXPLORE a variety of art techniques and media, as well as making our own maps.

 

Use Your Words: Manipulated Images + Text  new
Instructor: Anne Dirilgen
Ages 11-16

In this graphic arts course, students will learn how to make works on paper where text plays a starring role. Create collages and prints using image transfers, old books, vintage maps, linoleum printing, monoprinting, paint and more. Inspired by the work of Robert Rauschenberg, students will combine diverse elements into art that is uniquely their own.

Image: Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, 1954 Combine: oil, newspaper, and printed reproduction on canvas 11 5⁄8 x 13 3⁄4 inches, detail. Private collection.

 

Intro to Figure Drawing
Instructor: Alia El-Bermani
Ages 11-16

Working with a clothed live model, you will develop an understanding of proper proportions, structure and basic human anatomy. Fundamental principles of drawing such as line and tone will also be discussed and demonstrated. This class is designed to strengthen your drawing ability whether you are an absolute beginner or a more advanced student.

 

AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

Jungle Prints  new
Instructor: Susan Soper
Ages 7-10

Find out what’s hiding in the Jungle! Students will create their own imaginary Jungle creatures and learn about real animals, plant life, and insects that call this habitat their home. Students will transform their drawings into monoprints, white line etchings, and watercolor prints. Prints will be used to create students’ very own rubber band books. 

 

Lost + Found: Reclaimed Fibers new
Instructor: Emily Howard
Ages 11-16

Have you ever heard “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure?” We will take that saying to heart in this class, by reusing and recycling fabrics and found objects to make 2 and 3-dimensional artworks. Weaving, collage and assemblage will be utilized to create masterpieces during the week. There will also be a focus on experimenting with natural processes in textile art, like tea dyeing and rusting.

 

Drawing Essentials
Instructor: Julie Niskanen Skolozynski
Ages 11-16

Learn how to draw from observation, so you can accurately translate what you see to paper or canvas. We will learn about composition, shape, elements of light, shading, and perspective while exploring various drawing media. Inspiration will come from still lifes, found objects, nature, photographs, and buildings in downtown Raleigh.

 

After Hours Session 6

 

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SESSION 7: July 30-August 3

 

MORNING, 9am-12noon

Mini Monsters  new
Instructor: Gretchen Phillips
Ages 5-7

If you love to draw, cut, paint, sculpt, and have an active imagination, then this class is for you! We will be making monsters and creatures out of a wide variety of materials for a week of messy fun. Students will make monster sock puppets, sculpt monsters, paint monsters, and on the last day even transform themselves into monsters!

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Action Painting
Instructor: Sonya Drum
Ages 7-10

Make colorful, messy, and creative works of art using action painting techniques made famous by Jackson Pollock. Yes, you can squirt,  drip and throw paint on your canvas. You can try it all and create four or more unique works of art as well as an oversized collaborative painting. Are you ready to make to make a beautiful mess?

SOLD OUT, Waitlist Available

 

Dream Painting: Surrealism new
Instructor: Anna Podris
Ages 11-16

Surrealist painters captured the rich imagery of the unconscious, painting dreamscapes and constructing impossible creatures to inhabit them. Students will do drawing and painting projects based on the work of surrealist artists from Dali to Kahlo. Dive into your subconscious and share the amazing imagery you find there.

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Ceramics: Beginner Wheel Throwing new
Instructor: Anne Dirilgen
Ages 13-16, class limit 12

Did you ever want to learn how to use a potter’s wheel? Well, here is your chance! In this week-long course, you will learn to make cylinders and bowls on the wheel as well as do some handbuilding. By the end of the week each student should have 2-3 vessels both wheel thrown and hand built.

SOLD OUT, Waitlist Available

 

AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

Sculpt-a-Pet  new
Instructor: Keith Norval
Ages 7-10

Who is your furry, scaly or feathery best friend? Bring in a photo of your favorite pet to share with the class! Students will build large scale pet sculptures using newspaper, masking tape, cardboard, plaster and acrylic paint.

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Watercolor: Pouring Techniques  new
Instructor: Ryan Fox
Ages 11-16

Come learn how pouring diluted watercolor directly onto paper creates colors and amazing blending effects! We’ll approach each painting with an emphasis on design and planning. Through instructor demos, you’ll learn about masking, wetting techniques, using gravity to mix your limited palette, and preserving the transparency of your layers.  Students are welcome to bring their own reference material, or choose from the instructor’s images!

SOLD OUT, Waitlist Available

 

Wearable Art: Fashion Design Freestyle new
Instructor: Sonya Drum
Ages 11-16

Develop your own unique style of couture using recycled materials. From fashion accessories to costume pieces, students choose their creative path using fabric modification techniques to create wearable works of art.  Learn the basics of fashion rendering, no sewing experience necessary. Out of the box thinkers encouraged.

SOLD OUT, Waitlist Available

 

After Hours Session 7 

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SESSION 8: August 6-10

 

MORNING, 9am-12noon

Bugs, Birds and Caterpillars: The Art of Eric Carle  new
Instructor: Michael McCue
Ages 5-7

Students will explore colors, movement and texture in art as they create their own interpretations of Eric Carle’s famed illustrations. Students will experiment with painting techniques to create painted papers and transform them into colorful Eric Carle inspired animals, landscapes, and still life collages.

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Recycled Robots new
Instructor: Keith Norval
Ages 7-10

Using robots from sci-fi popular culture like R2D2, C3PO, Bender and Data as inspiration, we will draw, build, paint and collage robot-themed art pieces. Get your silver and gold paints ready for a robot sculpture made from found objects. Students will even create an art bot that makes its own abstract art!

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Portrait Drawing
Instructor: Alia El-Bermani
Ages 11-16, class limit 12

Learn how to capture a likeness by drawing from the live model. You will develop a deep understanding of proper proportions, structure and basic anatomy.  We will use multiple drawing techniques to represent the portrait. This class will strengthen your ability and understanding of the human head whether you are an absolute beginner or an advanced student.

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Painting: Developing Your Style! new
Instructor: Peter Marin
Ages 11-16

Learn how to develop your own style and challenge your assumptions and understanding of art. Learn from art history and contemporary culture to explore the creative strategies of artists. Gain a better understanding of the art we see and complete a painting of your own based on your findings.

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 AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

Beyond Paper Airplanes: Paper Art new
Instructor: Hunter Rion
Ages 7-10

Learn what paper can do in the hands of an artist – from origami to papier mache, the simple medium of paper has been used by artists throughout the ages to create amazing treasures. Come see what you can make out of paper!

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Book Arts: Sketchbooks as an Art Form
Instructor: Anna Podris
Ages 11-16

An artist’s sketchbook represents a place of freedom from judgement, a place that ideas are born. Students will construct their own Coptic style sketchbook, either creating their own book covers or recycling vintage book covers. We will push the boundaries of sketchbooks by not only drawing, but gluing, cutting and customizing in every way imaginable.

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Drawing with a Brush: Ink Art  new
Instructor: Julie Niskanen Skolozynski
Ages 11-16

Yes – you can draw with a paintbrush! This workshop explores the beauty, detail, delicacy, and even boldness of pen & ink drawings. Inkwash, a beautiful technique of drawing that was a favorite of the Renaissance masters, will also be explored. Expand your artistic vocabulary and portfolio with this unique class.

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After Hours Session 8

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