Jun
15
to Aug 31

Full Summer Open Studio Pass

Unlimited open studio time for the pottery wheel or handbuilding, from June 15-August 31. 

Cost $275 includes 25# bag of clay, glazes, kiln firings and shelf rental.*

*Additional materials may be purchased if needed: 25# bag of clay that includes glazes and firings for $95 or students can pay by the cubic inch.

 

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Aug
20
to Aug 23

CLAY CAMP: ART OF EATING

We're all about fabulous food this week! Using both slab and coil methods, build dishes you can use everyday! Design whimsical salt and pepper shakers, a cupcake box, and a snack set. Explore the use of texture and color to glaze your pieces and add pizazz. We'll also try our hand at the pottery wheel!

6-12 years

Cost: $155 includes all materials and kiln firings.

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Aug
23
5:30 PM17:30

Summer Shorts: SMOKE, FIRE AND CLAY Session II

Adults and youth (15+)

Join us for this exciting spontaneous process derived from the Ancient Japanese Tea Ceremony.  A brief history, the process, and safety procedures will be discussed. Some amazing glaze effects can be achieved from reduction firing in the outdoor raku kiln! We will also explore the techniques of naked raku using horse hair and dried leaves and  experiment with raku glazes for a unique effect. Students may take the two-part class and build their own project, or come for just the firing class and purchase a pre-made bowl from Blackbird. 

Session I is Tuesday, August 14, 5:30-8:30pm. Clay handbuilding (and wheel for those with experience): Each students receives 3-5 pounds of clay. No experience necessary for handbuilding.

Session II: Outdoor Raku firing (weather dependent): Thursday, August 23, 5:30pm until all pieces are fired! 

Cost: Two-part workshop is $85

Firing only workshop: $35 + bowl (costs are based on size and range from $10-25). 

 

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Aug
14
5:30 PM17:30

Summer Shorts: SMOKE, FIRE AND CLAY Session I

Adults and youth (15+)

Join us for this exciting spontaneous process derived from the Ancient Japanese Tea Ceremony.  A brief history, the process, and safety procedures will be discussed. Some amazing glaze effects can be achieved from reduction firing in the outdoor raku kiln! We will also explore the techniques of naked raku using horse hair and dried leaves and  experiment with raku glazes for a unique effect. Students may take the two-part class and build their own project, or come for just the firing class and purchase a pre-made bowl from Blackbird. 

Session I is Tuesday, August 14, 5:30-8:30pm. Clay handbuilding (and wheel for those with experience): Each students receives 3-5 pounds of clay. No experience necessary for handbuilding.

Session II: Outdoor Raku firing (weather dependent): Thursday, August 23, 5:30pm until all pieces are fired! 

Cost: Two-part workshop is $85

Firing only workshop: $35 + bowl (costs are based on size and range from $10-25). 

 

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Aug
13
to Aug 16

Youth Summer Camp: WOODWORKING

Design, saw, drill, carve and build functional and sculptural projects. We'll create a whirlygig sculpture that moves with the wind, construct a birdhouse, and design a contemporary wall hanging. 

10-14 years

Cost: $135 includes all materials.

(students registered for BOTH am and pm sessions, include supervised lunch hour and open studio, 12-1pm)

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Aug
13
to Aug 16

Youth Summer Camp: ART OF THE CYCLE AND RECYCLE 

This week we’ll be joined by our favorite biking pals…Norte! It’s bring your bike to Blackbird Week and we'll get our inspiration from things that cycle and recycle.  Create a bike gear picture frame and use recycled bike parts to build a unique sculpture. Explore the work of artists Michelle Reader and Lin Evola-Smidt who use recycled materials. Can you make a masterpiece out of discarded materials?

6-12 years

Cost: $135 includes all materials and kiln firings.

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Aug
13
to Aug 16

Summer Sprouts: ARTFUL MUSIC

We're creating art that goes boom, rattle, ding-dong, whoosh! Build rainsticks and rattles,  drums and gongs. Join together to learn fun songs and play our instruments. We'll explore artists who were influenced by music, such as Kandinsky and Picasso. Can you make up your own song?

Cost: $135 includes all materials and kiln firings.

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Aug
11
1:00 PM13:00

Summer Shorts: Screenprinting Certification

Learn to  prepare artwork and designs for "burning" screens and printing, mixing inks, registration, and printing in two colors. By completing the certification workshop, students receive access to the Blackbird Arts printmaking studio, the use of all equipment and tools needed to screenprint independently during weekly Open Studio sessions.

August 11, 1-5pm & August 12, 6-9pm.

Cost: $145 includes all materials.

 

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Aug
9
5:30 PM17:30

Handbuilt Tiles Workshop

Two Thursdays, August 9 & 16, 5:30-8pm (Adults and adults with children 10+ years)

Explore building unique tiles using two different techniques: carving and appliqué. Beginning with a hardened slab of clay, participants carve a design or transfer an image to carve. In the second class we'll explore building up a tile, where the image is raised. Price includes open studio time to work on pieces and enough materials to create 4-5 tiles, all glazes and kiln firings.

Cost: $65, includes all materials, glazes and kiln firings. Open studio time is included in the price.

Instructor: Phil Wilson

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Aug
6
to Aug 9

Youth Deeper Dive: Sketch - Draw - Paint

Learn tricks for drawing in new ways and experiment with a wide variety of drawing materials -- from pencils and charcoal, to ink and pastels. We'll work with different types of paper and canvas to create both abstract and realistic artwork. If you love to doodle and draw, but want to move it to the next level, this class is for you!

9-12 years

Cost: $135 includes all materials.

(students registered for BOTH am and pm sessions, include supervised lunch hour and open studio, 12-1pm)

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Aug
6
to Aug 9

ArtOn! Camp: Eureka! Science and Art

Science and scientific ideas have long inspired art and artists, from Leonardo DaVinci and Picasso, to Turner and Kandinsky. Electrify clay and create a sculpture, make paintings that glow in the dark, and build a pinhole camera to learn the science of photography.  We'll explore the insection of art + science and take inspiration from artists  Lisa Nilsson and Tom Ford.

6-12 years

Cost: $135 includes all materials and kiln firings.

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Aug
6
to Aug 9

Sprouts: Secret Life of Trees

Did you know trees  talk to each other? From forts and rings, to animal homes, sap and swings, trees are mysterious and beautiful.  Explore the unique art of Patrick Dougherty. We'll celebrate trees by making art inspired by leaves, branches, and all the creatures that call trees their home. 

Cost: $135 includes all materials and kiln firings.

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Jul
30
to Aug 2

Youth Summer Camp: CLAYMATION ANIMATION 

In partnership with the Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF), we’re offering a  sixth year of our popular Claymation Animation camp. Work with artists to create characters and a story line, then shoot frame by frame a film clip that will be shown on the BIG SCREEN during the 2018 TCFF. You're a star! 

11-16 years

Cost: $165 includes all materials. 

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Jul
23
to Jul 26

Youth Deeper Dive: Pottery on the Wheel

Join us for four days of wheelthrowing! Centering, pulling, shaping and trimming. Students will have the opportunity to explore the entire process of ceramics from a lump of clay to a fired and glazed creation.

 9-14 years

Cost: $145 includes all materials and kiln firings.

(students registered for BOTH am and pm sessions, include supervised lunch hour and open studio, 12-1pm)

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Jul
23
to Aug 16

Beginner and Beyond Wheel: Session II

Learn or refresh the basics of wheel throwing and how to center, open, pull, shape and trim shapes such as cups, bowls and other vessels. High-fire clay and glazing will be covered. Open studio sessions are included FREE in the price, so students can experiment and practice what they learn. We provide lots of one-on-one instruction, so students may work in independent directions. 

Session II: July 23-August 16

4 Mondays, 1-3pm OR

4 Thursdays, 6-8pm

Instructors: Phil Wilson and Clay Maas

Cost: $145;  includes unlimited open studio time to practice what you learn, 12 pounds of clay, glazes, kiln firings and shelf rental. 

 

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Jul
23
to Jul 26

ArtsON! Camp: Sculpt-O-Rama

From giant papier mache animals to junk metal robots, sculpture is an exciting exploration of all things 3D. We'll dive in and learn to create things large and small using wire, metal, paper, clay and more.  Explore the works of contemporary sculptors right here in northern Michigan as well as those far away.

6-12 years

Cost: $135 includes all materials and kiln firings.

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Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Shorts: SUMMER LANTERNS

Thursday, July 19, 6-8pm (Adults and adults with children 10+ years)

Create a clay lantern perfect for lighting up  late summer nights. Beginning with a slab of clay, you'll create patterns for light and add small sculptures to personalize it. All you need to do is add a candle and you’ll have soft light for dinners, card playing or summer picnics.

$35/person includes all materials and kiln firings. 

Instructor: Phil Wilson

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Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Lanterns

Create a clay lantern perfect for lighting up  late summer nights. Beginning with a slab of clay, you'll create patterns for light and add small sculptures to personalize it. All you need to do is add a candle and you’ll have soft light for dinners, card playing or summer picnics.

$35/person includes all materials and kiln firings. 

Adults and adults with children 10+ years

Instructor: Phil Wilson

 

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Jul
16
to Jul 19

Youth Deeper Dive: Printmaking

Explore a range of printmaking processes with both a traditional and non-traditional approach. Students work with screenprinting, blockprinting, stenciling, and other expressive techniques that are popular in street art, journaling, fashion, and graphic design.

9-14 years

Cost: $135 includes all materials.

(students registered for BOTH am and pm sessions, include supervised lunch hour and open studio, 12-1pm)

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Jul
16
to Jul 19

ArtsON! Camp: Comics and Cartooning

Invent a character and create a story line to make your own comic book! We’ll sculpt a character out of clay, design and screenprint original trading cards, and explore comics, zines and graphic novels. We’ll learn plenty of tricks for drawing interesting characters and how to make them leap off the page. 

6-12 years

Cost: $135 includes all materials and kiln firings.

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Jul
16
to Jul 19

Summer Sprouts: Jeepers Creepers!

Bugs come in all shapes and sizes. Explore some familiar (and not so familiar) inspiring insects. We'll create bug characters in clay, discover insect artists Edouard Martinet and Raku Inoue and make sculptures and paintings inspired by creepy crawlies. 

Cost: $135 includes all materials and kiln firings. 

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Jul
10
to Jul 13

Art Rapids Sculpture Park Camp

  • Walk of Art Sculpture Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We’re offsite this week at Art Rapids Walk of Art! Sculpture Park. Join us as we build a kinetic sculpture that will be installed in the art park. We’ll explore how sculptures move, then take inspiration from water and sand to create pieces in clay that shift with the elements. Camp runs Tu-Fri, 1-5pm @ the park. Registration info coming soon!

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Jun
25
to Jun 28

Clay Camp: Inspired by Nature

June 25-28, 9am-12pm

Create projects inspired by our wide, wild world.  Design clay platters with forest plants, design a tile of your favorite outdoor spot,  and build a butterfly feeder to attract summer winged friends. We'll also try our hand at the pottery wheel!

6-12 years

Cost:  $155 includes all materials an kiln firings.

 

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Jun
19
to Aug 14

Intermediate to Advanced Wheel - Evening Flexi-Pass

Already familiar with the pottery wheel and comfortable centering and throwing a variety of vessels? This class helps move students to a new level in design and execution. We'll explore more complicated forms and ways to combine hand-built and thrown pieces to find your unique style. An instructor demonstrates new techniques each week and students may choose the direction to go with their pottery.

Cost:  $225 includes all materials, 25# bag of clay, glazes, firings, and shelf rental. Unlimited open studio time included during the duration of the course.

Instructor: Phil Wilson

 

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Jun
19
to Aug 14

Intermediate to Advanced Wheel - Day Flexi-Pass

Already familiar with the pottery wheel and comfortable centering and throwing a variety of vessels? This class helps move students to a new level in design and execution. We'll explore more complicated forms and ways to combine hand-built and thrown pieces to find your unique style. An instructor demonstrates new techniques each week and students may choose the direction to go with their pottery.

Cost:  $225 includes all materials, 25# bag of clay, glazes, firings, and shelf rental. Unlimited open studio time included during the duration of the course.

Instructor: Phil Wilson

 

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Jun
18
to Jul 19

Beginner and Beyond Wheelthrowing: Session I

Learn or refresh the basics of wheel throwing and how to center, open, pull, shape and trim shapes such as cups, bowls and other vessels. High-fire clay and glazing will be covered. Open studio sessions are included FREE in the price, so students can experiment and practice what they learn. We provide lots of one-on-one instruction, so students may work in independent directions. 

Dates/Times

Session I: June 18-July 19 (no classes July 2-5)

4 Mondays, 1-3pm, begins June 18   OR

4 Thursdays, 6-8pm, begins June 21.

Instructor: Lauren Panian

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