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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 Patty Kochaver

First Time Wheel
(18+)
Do you have the desire to try throwing on the potter's wheel, but want a class that is tailored for adults that are new to the wheel? Whether you are a hand builder or never touched clay, if you want to try spinning the wheel to make simple forms, this class is for you.

Location: Stirling Hall, Studio 3
Instructor: Karen Avery

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 (Head, Hands & Feet)
(18Y+)
Give grace and expression to your figure sculpture by learning to sculpt heads, hands and feet. Through an "ecorche" approach to sculpting muscles, gain a greater knowledge of the human anatomy. The techniques described in this class will prepare students for the spring session of figure sculpture. 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 at Stirling.

Location: Stirling Hall, Gallery
Instructor: Robin Power

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

Watercolor
(18+)
Learn the beautiful art of watercolor painting in this nine-week class and discover your own style. You will learn the various methods of watercolor including direct and indirect (glazing), wet into wet, and how to layer the transparent paint for singing colors. Explore still life, landscape, and other subject matter.

Location: Stirling Hall, Gallery
Instructor: Beth Shadur

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