FAI - Class Schedule

Fall 2022

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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 9:00pmSep 22nd to Nov 17th
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.

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 9:00pmSep 20th to Nov 15th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 140
INSTRUCTOR: Jill Coldiron
CLASS FEE: $360.00
MATERIALS FEE: Class fee includes clay, use of available glazes, and firing.

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

Digital Image Editing

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Looking over a woman's shoulder as she works on a surreal image of a sunset in photoshop.

TIME & DATES: Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmSep 28th to Nov 2nd
LOCATION: SAVS Room 210
INSTRUCTOR: Fenia Antimisiaris
CLASS FEE: $180.00

This course is an introduction to photo manipulation, image editing, illustration/drawing, and other fun things you can do in Adobe Photoshop to take your digital art to the next level. No previous experience is required as this class takes you from opening the software to creating magnificent masterpieces.

Drawing

Open Drawing Sessions - Session 1

A mixed media study of arms and hands.

TIME & DATES: Thursdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmSep 1st to Oct 6th
LOCATION: SAVS Building Room 225
INSTRUCTOR: Brandon Smith
CLASS FEE: $140.00
MATERIALS FEE: Participants must provide their own drawing materials.

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 9:00pmOct 13th to Nov 17th
LOCATION: SAVS Building Room 225
INSTRUCTOR: Brandon Smith
CLASS FEE: $140.00
MATERIALS FEE: Participants must provide their own drawing materials.

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

Fiber

Bead Weaving

A sculptural piece using golden thread and yellow, pearl, and various stone-like beads.

TIME & DATES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmSep 6th to Sep 27th
LOCATION: SAVS Building Room 229
INSTRUCTOR: Morgan Shipps
CLASS FEE: $120.00

In this class we will explore basic beading structures, and how they can be manipulated to create unique beaded masterpieces. After gaining an understanding of basic beaded structures, we will explore ways to incorporate beadwork into other media; such as weaving, jewelry making, embroidery, and more. This class is open for all skill levels. A materials list will be sent out in advance of the first class.

Fringe, Tassels, and Edges

A cool colored scarf with twisted fringe on a wood table.

TIME & DATES: Thursdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmSep 29th to Oct 20th
LOCATION: SAVS Building Room 229
INSTRUCTOR: Morgan Shipps
CLASS FEE: $120.00

Come explore the magic of tassels, pompoms, knots, and other finishing techniques! This class is designed for the fiber artist who wants to expand their knowledge, and challenge themselves creatively. Whether it’s woven yardage straight of the loom, or any other fabric piece, we explore ways to take our work to the next level. An original piece of yardage or fiber project, ready to be finished, is not necessary, but is encouraged. A materials list will be provided before class begins, and materials specific to your individual piece and style, will be discussed during the first class.

Small Loom Weaving

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

TIME & DATES: Wednesdays, 6:30pm to 9:30pmSep 7th to Oct 19th
LOCATION: SAVS Building Room 229
INSTRUCTOR: Morgan Shipps
CLASS FEE: $285.00
MATERIALS FEE: Students must buy their own personal project materials and tools. Shared class project materials are included in the class fee.

This semester’s weaving class will focus on small loom techniques. What’s a small loom? For the purpose of this class, any loom that is portable enough for you to bring to class. We 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 playing with materials, we will cover how to finish your weaving, and prepare it for use.

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.

Due to scheduling this class will have some variable meeting dates. The last two weeks will include a Friday class on October 14th, and a Monday class on October 17th in addition to the listed Wednesday meetings.

Jewelry-Making

Full Metal Alchemy: Fundamentals for Beginner Metalsmiths

A collage of four images showing finely wrought rings and necklaces.

TIME & DATES: Thursdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmOct 6th to Oct 27th
LOCATION: SA/VS Room 214 - FABWORKS Lab
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Bietz
CLASS FEE: $150.00
MATERIALS FEE: Materials Included in the Class Fee

This class is perfect for those interested in starting their own metalworking or jewelry making practice but are not sure where to start. It will be a primer into the basics of beginner-level metalworking processes which will include but not be limited to: annealing, pickling, sawing, filing, sanding, fold-forming, doming, small scale forging, cold connections, and patinas. Class is self-paced and will include demonstration time for various processes as well as studio time for students to practice with non-ferrous metals as medium. Suggested step-by-step projects are available for those who want a little more structure. Students are encouraged to combine and expand on the methods shown to discover their own unique creations. We will also learn about basic safety considerations and minimum requirements for a home studio as well as recommended reading and resources to help you expand your skillset.

Details about safety requirements and considerations will be communicated after registration.

Mixed Media

Layering it On: Mixed Media Painting Techniques

A collage of different colored materials pasted to a canvas.

TIME & DATES: Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmOct 5th to Nov 16th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 111
INSTRUCTOR: Christine Kuhn
CLASS FEE: $210.00
MATERIALS FEE: Participants will purchase their own materials. Materials will be discussed in the first class

This class will explore mixed media painting techniques with an emphasis on experimentation with materials and on finding a personal style. Some of the topics covered include collage and layering with acrylic gels and media, image transfer, ink, monoprints, and stenciling.  Students will leave the class with two finished pieces of which they can be proud!  The first class will be informational. A detailed materials list will be distributed and discussed.

Questions? Contact Christine Kuhn at dontforgettoflourish@gmail.com.

Painting

Explorations in Painting

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

TIME & DATES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmOct 4th to Nov 15th
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.

This class is designed for those who have always wanted to paint, but find getting started overwhelming.

Using a simple but effective program, this course will lead you through the beginning stages of the painting process and will gently encourage your creative instincts to flourish. The class is both relaxed and informative and aims to introduce you to painting through awareness of spatial relationships, composition, and color. Former students are welcome.

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 9:00pmSep 21st to Oct 26th
LOCATION: TBD
INSTRUCTOR: Kate Sniadowki
CLASS FEE: $180.00

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.

Photography

Black & White Darkroom Printing

Person looking at a transparent sheet of photo negatives.

TIME & DATES: Thursdays, 6:30pm to 9:30pmSep 22nd to Nov 17th
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.

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 Beginners

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

TIME & DATES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmAug 30th to Nov 22nd
LOCATION: SAVS Room 123
INSTRUCTOR: Lynn Sweet
CLASS FEE: $390.00

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 Beginners no matter what their skill level is.

Dust off your shop apron and prepare to learn basic hand-made woodworking joinery and its applications 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 this class runs for 12 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 9:00pmAug 30th to Nov 22nd
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 123
INSTRUCTOR: Lynn Sweet
CLASS FEE: $390.00

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 9:00pmNov 3rd to Nov 17th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 227
INSTRUCTOR: Lennon Michalski
CLASS FEE: $150.00

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: Sundays, 10:00am to 3:00pmNov 6th
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.

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.

Woodworking

Intermediate Broom Making Workshop: Mid-sized Floor Sweeper

An assortment of rustic flat brooms hanging from wall pegs.

TIME & DATES: Saturdays, 2:00pm to 5:00pmNov 19th
LOCATION: Room 113 SAVS Building
INSTRUCTOR: Dustin Cecil
CLASS FEE: $60.00
MATERIALS FEE: Materials included but feel free to bring your desired handle if you would like to do so.

Building on the skills from the introduction to broom making workshop, in this workshop students will make a bulkier broom that can be used for sweeping the floor. Students will become more comfortable working with a larger project, and learn how to stitch a broom flat, like a traditional shaker style broom.

Students taking this course are strongly encouraged to have completed the introduction course from the early session, or previously offered workshops as these skills build on those covered in the intro/cobwebber broom making workshop.

Students are also invited to bring their own stick/handle for this floor sweeper- otherwise a variety of choices will be offered.

Contact: Dustin Cecil at mr.dustincecil@gmail.com with questions.

Introduction to Broom Making Workshop: Cobweb Broom

An assortment of rustic cobweb brooms hanging from wall pegs.

TIME & DATES: Saturdays, 1:00pm to 4:00pmSep 24th
LOCATION: Room 113 SAVS Building
INSTRUCTOR: Dustin Cecil
CLASS FEE: $60.00

Students will make a primitive cobweb broom in the traditional style. This lightweight narrow broom is great for reaching all the places cobwebs can be found. They are great for sweeping the ceiling too. These brooms are functional but make great decorative items and great gifts! In this workshop we will learn the basic weaving techniques used to make a broom, with natural broomcorn (sorghum). No experience required for this project. Everyone will go home with at least one completed cobweb broom (most make two). Contact Dustin Cecil at mr.dustincecil@gmail.com with questions.

Introduction to Broom Making Workshop: Cobweb Broom

An assortment of rustic cobweb brooms hanging from wall pegs.

TIME & DATES: Saturdays, 10:00am to 1:00pmNov 19th
LOCATION: Room 113 SAVS Building
INSTRUCTOR: Dustin Cecil
CLASS FEE: $60.00

Students will make a primitive cobweb broom in the traditional style. This lightweight narrow broom is great for reaching all the places cobwebs can be found. They are great for sweeping the ceiling too. These brooms are functional but make great decorative items and great gifts! In this workshop we will learn the basic weaving techniques used to make a broom, with natural broomcorn (sorghum). No experience required for this project. Everyone will go home with at least one completed cobweb broom (most make two). Contact Dustin Cecil at mr.dustincecil@gmail.com with questions.


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