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Fused Glass: Molds

Fused Glass: Molds

Intro to Fused Glass

This class will expose the absolute beginner to working with glass. Learning basic cutting, layering, firing and finishing of several small pieces, one should expect to leave the class after day 2 with a small cast piece, and several pieces made from sheet glass. Handouts will include technique information, a tool list for future work with the medium, a list of vendors to purchase glass from, both locally and online, and technical information on firing schedules. There will be discussion about how a kiln works, and how to make decisions regarding firing.

This is an approximately 2 1/2  hour class.  Pieces created can be picked up within a few days of firing.

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Do you see what I see

Innovative Approaches to Color & Design # 3: Do You See What I See!

Do you see what I see

This class will look at some of the ‘tricks’ that our brains and eyes play on our on perception.  We’ll have some fun looking at different trompe l’oeil devices in color and design and analyzing how they work from the artist’s as well as the observer’s perspectives.  2 1/2 hours.

Prerequisites:  Color Awareness, Designing with Beads, and three of the four intermediate Applied Color & Design classes.  

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The Ugly Color

Innovative Approaches to Color and Design #2: The Ugly Color

The Ugly Color

Have you ever looked at a painting, a swatch of fabric, a collage, or a patch of beadwork and thought, “Well, those colors just don’t do it for me!”  This session will provide a framework for analyzing how colors interact.  We will also try to figure out why some colors or color combination just feel ‘wrong,’ then consider what (if anything!) we can do change the way that we look at these ‘ugly’ colors and control the effect that they have on our work…at least on our beadwork! 2 1/2 hour class.

Prerequisite: Color Awareness, Designing with Beads and the four Applied Color & Design topics.  

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Study 2: Emotive Properties of Color

Study #2 in Applied Color & Design: Emotive Properties of Color

Study 2: Emotive Properties of Color

This class will investigate how color communicates messages, evokes predictable reactions and affects our moods and our emotions.  We will look at color from a number of different perspectives including cultural, physical, physiological and psychological.  And we will consider how we can use color in our beading or other artwork to set a tone, communicate a message, or evoke a response.  This 2.5 hour class is fun and surprisingly thought-provoking! 

Color Awareness is a pre-requisite for this class.

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Integrating Color and Design

Study #1 in Applied Color & Design: Integrating Color & Design

Integrating Color and Design

This workshop, Integrating Color and Design, will increase your understanding if color as you explore more complex color relationships including….triads, tetrads, split and compounds.  This session will also encourage exploration of ways that use color coordinated design elements to define and enhance the impact of your pieces.  This workshop is one of four applied color and design workshops.  You may take the four workshops in any order.  The two prerequisites for this class are Designing with Beads and Color Awareness.

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A study in contrasts

Innovative Approaches to Color & Design #1: A Study of Contrasts

2068 - A study in contrasts

In this class we will explore the contrasts that are traditionally associated with color…hue, value, temperature, complements, saturation, proportion as well as the fascinating properties of simultaneous contrast.  We will consider the qualities of each contrast, identify their characteristics and determine how we can use these contrasts to make our work stronger and more interesting. 

Prerequisites: Color Awareness, Designing with Beads, Integrating Color & Design.

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Study 4 in Applied Color and Design

Study #4 in Applied Color and Design: Gray Matters

Neutral colors are often considered weak and ineffective. However, in design as well as palette they are not to be ignored! In this session, NEUTRALITY, you will explore techniques for turning passivity into activity, weakness into strength, and the ho-hum into humdinger! This workshop is one of four applied color and design workshops. You may take the four workshops in any order.

This classes requires prerequisites of two basic classes: Designing with Beads and Color Awareness.

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Designing with Beads

Designing with Beads

Designing with Beads

There’s more to making jewelry than just putting together a bunch of beads, and somehow we all know that instinctively.  This class is designed to give you some vocabulary to understand what you know intuitively… to introduce design elements, the basic building blocks of all artistic media.  What are these design elements?  How are they used? How do they apply to beading?  How can I use them to make my jewelry more interesting?  Hands-on exercises in class will help you focus on practical application.  This class, for beginners as well as experienced beaders, will give you a new perspective in creating and designing jewelry with all kinds of beads including seed beads.

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Color Awareness

Color Awareness

Color Awareness

Start an exploration of color and become aware of making conscious color choices!  This class will introduce the traditional pigment color wheel.  You will become familiar with basic color relationships as well as the characteristics and properties of color.  Exercises with a variety of media will give you concrete experiences to help you make more informed color choices for your beadwork…or any art or craft.

3 hour class.

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Study 3 in Applied Color and Design

Study #3 in Applied Color and Design: Transitions & Boundaries

Study 3 in Applied Color and Design

Moving from one color or design element to another in a piece can be tricky business. In this session, TRANSITIONS AND BOUNDARIES, you will explore how various design techniques can be used to manage changes and help you create a piece where color and design move seamlessly throughout a piece. This workshop is one of four intermediate applied color and design workshops. You may take the four workshops in any order.

This class requires 2 prerequisite basic classes: Designing with Beads and Color Awareness.

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