Explore your creativity this winter with classes in pottery, drawing, Flash animation and more.
The Saint John Arts Centre has a number of workshops lined up for the winter months. Starting mid-January, the city’s arts centre will host several four-week workshops in everything from oil painting to copperplate etching. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at pottery or maybe even Flash animation, they’ve got workshops for both.
Check out this list of upcoming classes and visit Saint John Arts Centre online for up to date info on what’s to come. Winter is the perfect time to unleash your creativity!
Pottery on the Wheel with Joanna Pottle
Try your hand at making your own clay works of functional art in Greater Saint John’s community arts centre’s pottery studio. Sign up now and join professional potter Joanna Pottle for these fantastic classes, working on the wheel and handbuilding! Space is limited to only four students per class for plenty of time on the wheel and hands-on personal instruction.
January 18 – February 8, 2017 (4 weeks) • $250 (includes instruction, clay, use of tools and equipment, glazing and firing of finished pieces) More info
Oil Painting for Beginners/Intermediate
Manami Fukuda’s popular oil painting class is now offering an option for past students to advance their skills by choosing their own subject matter! Bring a few reference photos the first week, and Manami will help you choose a suitable image for the six-week time period.
For beginners, this introductory class focuses on “still life.” In this six week course, you will learn about shapes of objects, light, composition, perspective and colour. The subject image will be provided. With lots of one-on-one help, you will begin with step-by-step understanding of the layering method of painting to create a range of tones, texture, clarity, and shape. After you learn the basic skills of oil painting, you will be supported to develop your own style and personal techniques later on. This goal of this class is to get comfortable and familiar with using oil paints, and of course to discover the pleasure and rewards of creating your art!
Tuesdays 7-9PM • January 17 – February 21, 2017 • (6 weeks) • Cost: $95 More info
Join Bob Morouney (SJAC’s visiting artist-in-residence back in March!) in our printmaking studio for a fun but thorough two-day workshop in copperplate etching. During the course of the workshop, you will etch and print from two copperplates, learning the techniques for how to prepare, etch, and finish the plates, transfer drawings, and pull prints. Classes are limited to only four participants for plenty of workspace and instruction time. All supplies are included.
January 21 & 22, 2017 (Saturday & Sunday), 9:15am-4pm • $190 More info
Have you always wanted to work with clay? Well here’s your opportunity! Join Karen Knight from “Soul Impressions Handbuilt Claywork” in a four week session of handbuilding. In a fun and relaxing environment, you’ll learn the handbuilding techniques of pinching, coiling and slabwork. The creative possibilities are endless. Design pieces that interest you. Come and fall in love with clay!
Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm • January 24 – February 21, 2017 (4 weeks, no class Feb. 14th for drying/firing) • Cost: $150 More info
Intro to Flash/Animation
Learn the core concepts of computer animation in this exciting new six-week course in our graphics and animation studio. Students will learn the key fundamentals of this unique art form and have the use of a iMac computer, the latest version of Adobe Flash software, and a Wacom digital freehand drawing tablet. A great intro for anyone interested in animation or as a ‘taster’ course for those considering further study in the field. Open to youth and adults ages 14 and up. Class size is limited to four students.
Due to popular demand, we have added a second class on Tuesdays! Tuesdays, 7-9pm • January 17 – February 21, 2017 (6 weeks) • Cost: $135 More info
These weekly non-instructional classes provide artists with the opportunity to sketch and draw the human figure from live models. Classes begin with short warm up gesture studies and progress to more sustained poses. Space is limited to ten participants. Please bring your own drawing supplies, but tables, easels, drawing horses and boards are provided.
January Classes: Daytime Session: Mondays, 10am-12pm | Evening Session: Wednesdays 7-9pm More info
Sewing with Margo
Have you been meaning to make time for yourself to enjoy the hobby of sewing? Is it time to look at your sewing machine with a new perspective? Master your fear of the machine and become more comfortable with its use and care.
In this five-week sewing course you’ll learn fundamental skills that you will apply to the project of your choice. We will begin with basic layout and cutting techniques as well as reading and interpreting commercial patterns and developing skills to complete your fabulous, stylish clothing or home decor.
Whatever skill level, whether beginner, intermediate or the complete novice who would like an evening out to focus on a sewing project and gain more confidence, this course is for you!
Participants should choose a project that they feel that they are comfortable beginning with at their skill level and should be able to accomplish in the six-week time frame, or be able to finish at home.
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm • January 24 – February 28, 2017 (6 weeks) • Cost: $95 More info