FAI - Class Schedule

Spring 2023

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Classes

Take part in one of these 3-12 week courses offered by our expert instructors. Classes usually meet once a week in the evening.

Ceramics

Beginning Ceramics

A variety of bone dry, bisque fired, and raw glazed pots on a table.

TIME & DATES: Thursdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 16th to Apr 13th
LOCATION: 140 Art and Visual Studies Building
INSTRUCTOR: Jill Coldiron
CLASS FEE: $360.00
MATERIALS FEE: Class fee includes clay, use of available glazes, and firing.
SEATS REMAINING: 0

Try your hand at the potter’s wheel or hand building. Focus will be placed on developing basic skills and the use of clay as an art form. This class is designed for those with little or no experience in ceramics. Please wear clothes appropriate for making ceramics—you will get dirty and that’s part of the fun!

For more information on course content and what to expect in the classroom, contact Jill Coldiron at maincrossart@gmail.com.

Taking Ceramics to the Next Level

ceramic bowls and vessels on shelf

TIME & DATES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 14th to Apr 11th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 140
INSTRUCTOR: Jill Coldiron
CLASS FEE: $360.00
MATERIALS FEE: Class fee includes clay, use of available glazes, and firing.
SEATS REMAINING: 0

This class is designed for those with previous experience in ceramics. Develop your skills in wheel-throwing and hand building. The focus will be on individual ideas and projects.

For more information on course content and what to expect in the classroom, contact Jill Coldiron at maincrossart@gmail.com

Drawing

Explorations in Drawing

woman drawing on canvas

TIME & DATES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmMar 14th to Apr 25th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 227
INSTRUCTOR: Christine Kuhn
CLASS FEE: $210.00
MATERIALS FEE: Participants will purchase their own materials. Materials will be discussed in the first class.
SEATS REMAINING: 16

In this inspiring class you'll learn everything you need to know to start drawing NOW! This class is for those new to drawing and for those wishing to review basic techniques and refresh their drawing skills. By the end of class, you will have learned basic line and value drawing methods and completed your first portrait drawing. The first class is informational only.  We will discuss our approach as well as the supplies needed.

For more course content details, please contact Christine, dontforgettoflourish@gmail.com.

Open Drawing Sessions - Session 1

A mixed media study of arms and hands.

TIME & DATES: Thursdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 2nd to Mar 9th
LOCATION: SAVS Building Room 225
INSTRUCTOR: Brandon Smith
CLASS FEE: $140.00
MATERIALS FEE: Participants must provide their own drawing materials.
SEATS REMAINING: 7

The Thursday Night Open Drawing Session is an opportunity to draw from a nude model for three hours.  The first hour will be shorter poses and gestures: 1 min, 5 min, 10 and 20 min poses.  The last two hours will be one long pose.  There is no instruction but easels, drawing horses, and drawing boards are provided.  Join us and explore the human form in the drawing media of your choice.  Participants must provide their own drawing materials. For more information please contact Brandon at Brandoncsmith.com

Open Drawing Sessions - Session 2

A mixed media study of arms and hands.

TIME & DATES: Thursdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmMar 23rd to Apr 27th
LOCATION: SAVS Building Room 225
INSTRUCTOR: Brandon Smith
CLASS FEE: $140.00
MATERIALS FEE: Participants must provide their own drawing materials.
SEATS REMAINING: 12

The Thursday Night Open Drawing Session is an opportunity to draw from a nude model for three hours.  The first hour will be shorter poses and gestures: 1 min, 5 min, 10 and 20 min poses.  The last two hours will be one long pose.  There is no instruction but easels, drawing horses and drawing boards are provided.  Join us and explore the human form in the drawing media of your choice.  Participants must provide their own drawing materials. For more information please contact Brandon at Brandoncsmith.com

Sketchbooking

A colorful abstract collage.

TIME & DATES: Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 1st to Mar 8th
LOCATION: TBD
INSTRUCTOR: Jason Sturgill
CLASS FEE: $200.00
MATERIALS FEE: $20 Included in Registration
SEATS REMAINING: 7

Sketchbooking is a 6 weeks course wherein students will take a unique guided journey on how to work and create in a sketchbook.  This course is designed to help all levels of students regardless of expertise.  It is also geared to guide artists who are stuck or frustrated with their current artistic solutions.  The course will proVide new ways for artist to express themselves, focus on thematic ideas, explore new media and media combinations and learn from others as they walk a similar yet unique journey.  Come join us for an amazing journey as we create and explore with our sketchbooks.

Fiber

Contemporary Basketry

Several different sizes and shapes of woven objects in a variety of colors and materials.

TIME & DATES: Thursdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 2nd to Mar 9th
LOCATION: SAVS 229
INSTRUCTOR: Morgan Shipps
CLASS FEE: $205.00
MATERIALS FEE: $25 Included in Registration
SEATS REMAINING: 10

Not all "basket weaving" results in a vessel. Basketry weaving is essentially the act of weaving without a loom, and offers the artist the ability to use materials that aren't compatible with looms. That said, if baskets are your goal, this class is a great way to launch your basketry journey! This class is open to all levels. The techniques we discuss will be accessible to the beginner, and will get you started. For the experienced basket maker, this class will offer you new ways to approach the "basket". We can all benefit from the group studio experience; receiving feedback, encountering new ways of thinking, and build off one another's energy.

A note on my teaching style: New techniques, and material processes will be presented each class. This will give you an opportunity to try a variety of approaches. You might just find a new love! When you find that technique, you may want to keep going with it, exploring all that it can give you. Alternatively, you might come into this class with a particular goal, or dream project. This is where our "studio time" will come in. There will always be time to practice techniques, work on individual projects, and get more personalized guidance from me. The studio is a supportive and energetic environment!

Materials: Some specialty materials will be provided for technical exercises, and available for group use. In addition to this, a materials list will be provided to you before our class meets. It will list the materials necessary to participate in the technical instruction.

Floor Loom Weaving

Photograph of a loom with a multicolor experimental weaving in progress.

TIME & DATES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 7th to Apr 25th
LOCATION: SAVS Room 229
INSTRUCTOR: Morgan Shipps
CLASS FEE: $335.00
MATERIALS FEE: $35 Included in Registration
SEATS REMAINING: 3

Join us in the weaving studio this spring! Whether you are a seasoned weaver looking to grow your practice, or you have yet to meet your first loom, this class is for you! We will create individual warps, warp our looms, and create personalized fabric pieces. We will explore different types of patterns, weaving stitches, and weaving traditions. This semester we will also spend time exploring two new topics: color choices, combinations, and ‘mix’ color; and 2) the ways we can continue a piece once it’s off the loom! We will look at how to spice up the finishing/fringe process, as well as how you can use your handwoven fabric to create sewn pieces. 

 Students will have time to explore at their own pace, and explore personally driven projects. I’m here to guide your journey, and am happy to help you accomplish your weaving goals. Most of what we will go over is applicable to any weaving experience; and time for students to receive personalized instruction is included in the class plan. If there is a particular technique process you would like to explore, please contact the instructor to discuss more personalized content.

Registration: Floor looms are limited to seven and are reserved for web registration only, but if you are interested in weaving on your own portable loom such as a ridged heddle or band loom, we can accommodate you! In that case, please contact your instructor, Morgan Shipps, and she will add you to the class personally. Morgan can be reached at eshpps@mac.com or e_morgan_shipps_studio on Instagram.

Small Loom Weaving

A bright fiery colored strip of weaving on a white background.

TIME & DATES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 7th to Apr 25th
LOCATION: SAVS Building Room 229
INSTRUCTOR: Morgan Shipps
CLASS FEE: $315.00
MATERIALS FEE: Students must buy their own personal project materials and tools. Shared class project materials are included in the class fee.
SEATS REMAINING: 10

This class will focus on Ridged Heddle, Band Loom (Inkle Loom), and Tapestry techniques. Using these looms will also allow us to delve into some mixed media weaving. Along with playful material exploration, we will cover how to finish your weaving, and prepare it for use. This semester will also include a closer look at woven lace, color theory, and Card Weaving.

This class requires each student to have their own loom. Want some help figuring out what loom is right for you? Have no worries! Contact Morgan Shipps, your instructor, to figure out what small loom is the best fit for you. Email eshipps@mac.com, or find @e_morgan_shipps_studio on social media.

A basic supply list will be sent out before the first class, including items such as scissors. There will also be an additional materials fee of $15 per student, for larger, shared material, like yarn.

Metalworking

From Your Imagination To Manifestation: Sculpting, Molding and Cold Casting Your Own Jewelry

A variety of cast metal sculptures.

TIME & DATES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmMar 7th to Apr 11th
LOCATION: TBD
INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Clarke
CLASS FEE: $220.00
MATERIALS FEE: $40 Included in Registration
SEATS REMAINING: 0

If you'd like to learn how to sculpt then make a platinum silicone mold of your original design and create cold cast duplicates - this is the class for you.  There is as much Science to these steps as Art. Sara's here to help interpret and navigate so that you can create with such logistics in mind and be set up for success as everyone in class goes through all of the steps in this process. This class is open to all levels of experience. It is limited to six students so that personal attention from your Instructor is readily available.

Mixed Media

Chainmale

A storage box full of precut rings in various materials and colors with pliers ready nearby.

TIME & DATES: Thursdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmMar 23rd to Apr 27th
LOCATION: SAVS 229
INSTRUCTOR: Morgan Shipps
CLASS FEE: $200.00
MATERIALS FEE: $20 Included in Registration
SEATS REMAINING: 13

Have you seen Chainmale in museums, or on Pinterest, and wondered how you could use this technique to replicate the ancient, or design of-the-moment Jewellery? Yes, all you medieval knights, I must inform you that this ancient metal work in back "in style". Now, for some of us, it has always been in style, and if your dream to to create authentic medieval garb, this is a good class to start your chain mail practice with! If you are in to expanding your beading practice, or into jewelry making, this is also a great place to start! If you are just looking for something new to explore, you're also in for a treat!

We will cover the basics of Chainmale construction. Every thing you need to get started, and where to go from there! We will delve deeper into reading patterns, cover traditional and popular design motifs, and then learn how to start making our own patterns and designs!

My beading friends, Chainmale is often combined with beadwork, and this class will explore how Chainmale can be used to further beadwork.

Visual Storytelling

A colorful drawing of a busy street scene.

TIME & DATES: Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmMar 15th to Apr 26th
LOCATION: TBD
INSTRUCTOR: Jason Sturgill
CLASS FEE: $200.00
MATERIALS FEE: $20 Included in Registration
SEATS REMAINING: 11

Visual storytelling is a six weeks course wherein students will explore the many facets of telling a story on a two dimensional surface.  We will look at a wide variety of artists and time periods to decipher how storytelling has evolved over the centuries as well as experiment and utilize a plethora of storytelling techniques as we create several  new works of art based around themes and concepts.  Come join us as we explore composition, techniques, and color theory to create unique storytelling imagery.

Painting

Explorations in Painting

Photograph of a painting studio with multiple easels, work-in-progress paintings, and students.

TIME & DATES: Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmMar 15th to Apr 26th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 227
INSTRUCTOR: Christine Kuhn
CLASS FEE: $210.00
MATERIALS FEE: Participants will purchase their own materials. Materials will be discussed in the first class.
SEATS REMAINING: 15

In this inspiring course designed for beginners and for those wishing to refresh basic skills and establish a regular painting practice, students will learn everything they need to know to complete their first acrylic painting (or their first in a long while!). Using a time-proven technique, students will build their painting layer by layer, from the ground up with an emphasis on observational skills combined with self expression. 

The first class will be informational. A detailed materials list will be distributed and discussed.

Introduction to Watercolor

A painting of a water fountain plaza in autumn.

TIME & DATES: Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 8th to Mar 15th
LOCATION: TBD
INSTRUCTOR: Kate Sniadowki
CLASS FEE: $180.00
SEATS REMAINING: 0

This course is an introduction to watercolor painting for beginners. It is designed to teach you basic techniques that all watercolor artists use in their everyday painting. A materials list will be provided via email before the first class session.

Performance

Introduction to Long Form Improv
TIME & DATES: Thursdays, 6:00pm to 8:00pmFeb 9th to Mar 30th
LOCATION: Holmes Hall Room 153
INSTRUCTOR: Josiah Correll
CLASS FEE: $160.00
SEATS REMAINING: 12

In this course we will focus on Longform Improv. Students will learn how to create scenes, in the moment, and find the game or the funny thing in the scene. We will use The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual as a guide for learning the basics of scene building.  Once an understanding of the core concepts of the book has been reached, we will focus solely on performance and learning different improv forms (the Harold, the Armando, the mono-scene, the macro-scene, etc.).

Photography

Black & White Darkroom Printing

Person looking at a transparent sheet of photo negatives.

TIME & DATES: Thursdays, 6:30pm to 9:30pmFeb 16th to Apr 13th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 222
INSTRUCTOR: Carey Gough
CLASS FEE: $270.00
MATERIALS FEE: Bring your own 35mm film camera, film, and paper. Class fee includes processing chemicals.
SEATS REMAINING: 5

Have you always been enchanted by the timelessness of black and white photography? Join us as we explore the art, magic, and science of analog black and white photographic image-making. This course is designed for all skill levels both beginning and experienced photographers and welcomes anyone interested in processing their own film and making unique darkroom prints. This course will be approached as a workshop, and individual instruction will be available based on the student’s needs and technical development.

Participants must have access to their own 35mm film camera and will be asked to provide film and paper. Chemistry for processing film and paper is included in the course fee. For more information, please email Carey at careygough@gmail.com

Woodworking

Woodworking Joinery for Novices

Photograph of a band saw with woodchips scattered around the blade.

TIME & DATES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmJan 10th to Apr 4th
LOCATION: SAVS Room 123
INSTRUCTOR: Lynn Sweet
CLASS FEE: $390.00
SEATS REMAINING: 0

Class size is small – LIMITED AVAILABILITY. Registrations with payment will be accepted on a first come basis.

Students who sign up for this class have not taken the Woodworking Class taught by Lynn Sweet before and are considered Novices no matter what their skill level is.

Join us to learn basic woodworking joinery and its application in furniture building. In addition to an emphasis on traditional woodworking joinery, contemporary techniques will be explored as well as sharpening, simple drafting, and plane-craft. The proper use of hand and power equipment will be emphasized. Please note that the class runs 13 weeks to facilitate completion of projects.

Please be present at the first class to participate in mandatory power tool orientation. If you cannot make the first class, you cannot participate in the rest of the course. Please plan accordingly.

Woodworking Joinery For Veterans

Photo of a man running a rough slab of wood through a table saw.

TIME & DATES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmJan 10th to Apr 4th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 123
INSTRUCTOR: Lynn Sweet
CLASS FEE: $390.00
SEATS REMAINING: 1

Class size is small – LIMITED AVAILABILITY. Registrations with payment will be accepted on a first come basis.

Only students who have previously taken the Woodworking Class taught by Lynn Sweet should register for the Woodworking for Veterans class.

Often folks having taken the Beginner’s class desire to continue taking further instruction and make use of the shop. These are our 'Veterans'. Though veteran students are also required to participate in the orientation on the first night, these students are not required to take part in the joinery exercises that absorb several early classes. Instead veteran students can proceed to projects that have been permitted, though they are still under supervision. It should be stated that veteran students work more independently using techniques absorbed in the initial class, allowing the instructor to concentrate on the safety and instruction of the students in the beginner’s class.

Please be present at the first class to participate in mandatory power tool orientation. Failure to attend orientation will result in cancelation of your registration.


Workshops

Limited on time? Just want to dip your toes in a little creativity? Workshops are 1-2 days, typically taking place in one evening or over one weekend.

Painting

Abstract Painting Techniques

Person in front of red painting.

TIME & DATES: Thursdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmMar 2nd to Mar 16th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 227
INSTRUCTOR: Lennon Michalski
CLASS FEE: $150.00
SEATS REMAINING: 2

Get excited about painting! Explore and learn how to apply the unique techniques of local artist Lennon Michalski to your own creations.

In this class, Lennon will teach you how to use water-based pigment and plastic medium resulting in a visual outcome similar to stained glass. The application technique references that of J.M.W. Turner, an English Romanticist Landscape Painter from the 1800s commonly known as “the painter of light. ” The class will address a combination of composition, line work, and color theory to develop a dynamic visual presence, while also exploring the distinct qualities of the materials. This class will be hands-on, allowing while also exploring the distinct qualities of the materials.

All skill levels are welcome. So that you will be ready to create in the first class, a full supplies list will be emailed upon enrollment. Please contact Lennon at lennonmichalski@gmail.com with any questions.

Photography

One-Day Digital Camera

Woman sitting on a plush green leather couch outside.

TIME & DATES: Saturdays, 10:00am to 3:00pmMar 18th
LOCATION: SA/VS 210
INSTRUCTOR: Lennon Michalski
CLASS FEE: $130.00
MATERIALS FEE: Participants should bring their own digital camera and its instruction manual. There will be a lunch break, lunch not included in fee.
SEATS REMAINING: 2

This beginning digital photo class will focus on the fundamentals of using the manual functions of the camera and executing a well composed photo. We will meet in the morning to learn the functions of the camera like Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, and deep/shallow depth of field. Then in the afternoon we will be shooting in downtown Lexington around Fifth Third Bank Pavilion to work on camera settings and composition in natural light.

Transportation between sites is not provided. There will be a lunch break, lunch not included in fee.

This is a beginning-level class; please email Lennon at lennonmichalski@gmail.com if you have any questions.


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