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Stirling Hall - Adult Programs

Adult Creative Arts Programs

We provide leisure time opportunities in the arts to persons 18 years and older. We offer continuing classes in a variety of arts related programming with a particular emphasis on ceramic arts so that we can take full advantage opportunities at the ceramics studio located at the former Grove School. Classes include wheel throwing, hand building, glazing techniques, slip cast mold, sculpture, tile design and more. Other non-ceramic art classes include but are not limited to Latin and swing dance, theater trips, and cultural excursions. Hurry get your registrations in now! To Download a Registration Form.  register_white

Introduction to Wheel Throwing
(18Y+)
Do you like to get your hands dirty now and then? Come join us for a weekly session of creativity and
exploration as we learn to create basic pottery shapes such as the bowl, cup and vase using both the pottery wheel and handbuilding techniques. Experiment with color and texture using glazes, slips, stains and more. Create at your own pace, regardless of skill level or experience. Students choose to have their artwork fired in our high-fire gas kiln, our Soda kiln or various low-fire methods including Raku and pit-fire (weather and student interest permitting). Included in the class fee are 25 lbs. of clay, firings, high-fire glazes and ample open studio time. Students need to supply their own personal hand tools, available for purchase.

Location: Stirling Hall, Studio 3
Instructor: Karen Avery and Sharon Hartshorne

Intermediate Wheel Throwing
(18Y+)
You have skills! Refine, expand and personalize the basic skills you have learned so far. Intermediate through advanced forming and decorating techniques will be demonstrated in this class. Group and individualized instruction will help guide you as you progress at your own pace. Students choose to have their artwork fired in our high-fire gas kiln, our Soda kiln or various low-fire methods including Raku and pit-fire (weather and student interest permitting). Included in the class fee are 25 lbs. of clay, firings, high-fire glazes & ample open studio time. Students need to supply their own personal hand tools & brushes.

Location: Stirling Hall, Studio 3
Instructor: Karen Avery and Sharon Hartshorne

Handbuilding for Adults
(18Y+)
This introduction to ceramics class offers everything you need to know about handbuilding. Students will learn the basic approaches of clay by creating projects based on coil, slab and drape methods. Low fire and high fire glazes will both be used in this program. Come explore your creative side and make new friends. This class is great for all ability levels. Included in the class fee are 25 lbs. of clay, firings, high-fire glazes & ample open studio time. Students need to supply their own personal hand
tools & brushes.

Location: Stirling Hall, Studio 3
Instructor: Debra Lerman

Mosaics
(18Y+)
Fulfill your mosaic dreams and create great pieces of art for your home and garden. All the basic techniques are covered: choosing correct substrates,tile design layout, cutting, adhesion and grouting. At Stirling Hall you have access to a full ceramic facility so you will learn to make low relief ceramic tiles to customize your work. Use of tools included in the price. Beginner and experienced mosaic artists are welcome.

Location: Stirling Hall, Studio 6
Instructor: Ahmed Ibrahim

Figure Sculpture
(18Y+)
Express your creativity through the human form in this exciting class. Watch your sculptures come to life with the help of an expert instructor and a live model. The class will cover the basics of sculpting with clay and human anatomy so no previous experience is required. More advanced students will enjoy the wide range of surface treatments and materials available at Stirling Hall. Please be advised that the model will be nude. Included in the class fee are 25 lbs. of clay, firings, high-fire glazes and ample open studio time.

Location: Stirling Hall, Gallery
Instructor: Pam Lee

Tile Making
(18Y+)
Art tiles are a great accent to any home and are a popular gift item as well. During this class you will learn a variety of techniques in tile making and mold making. Your goal will be to create a beautiful piece of functional art to adorn your home or as a wonderful gift for someone you care about. Included in the class fee are 25 lbs. of clay, firings, high-fire glazes and amply open studio time. Students need to supply their own personal hand tools available for purchase at Stirling.

Location: Stirling Hall, Studio 4
Instructor: Michael Skiersch

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