Oct
24
to Nov 28

Studio Sprouts: Session II

Our newest early childhood arts program, Studio Sprouts, is specially designed for curious three- to six- year-olds. In a professional studio environment, children explore a variety of materials, art processes and tools where each activity facilitates fine motor skill development, problem solving, and creative growth. Teaching artists introduce age appropriate levels of visual arts concepts and skills in a fun and engaging environment. 

At Blackbird Arts, we integrate topics about the natural world into visual arts, music, books, and movement so children begin to develop their unique visual language. All classes are hands-on, process-driven and support the brain connections that happen with quality early childhood arts education. 

We keep our class size small (max of eight students) so children have lots of one-on-one time with the teaching artists and have the chance to develop social skills with their peers. If you'd like to tour our studio and visit the early childhood arts space, please email melissa@blackbirdartstc.org or call (231) 421-8085. 

Cost: $100 for Session I (4 weeks); $125 Session II (5 weeks) includes all materials and kiln firings. 

 

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Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

Friday Art Nights: Clay Ornaments

Beginning with a slab of clay, artist Phil Wilson will teach you all the tricks to creating unique clay ornaments to hang, display, or give as gifts. Whether you celebrate Hannukah, Winter Solstice, or Christmas, families can enjoy special time together and explore the fun creating with clay! 

Date: Friday, December 1

Time: 6-8pm

Cost: $25/person includes all materials and kiln firings (approximately three ornaments each).

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Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Handmade Holidays for Kids

Join us for our most popular camp of the year! This all-day Handmade Holidays for kids 6-12 years, lets children make a variety of quality gifts for the holidays. We'll be making:

mini-terrariums -- needle felted ornaments -- ceramic centerpieces --

handmade marbled cards -- hand-dyed shibori scarves -- AND MORE!

$95 includes all materials, kiln firings and a hot chocolate bar

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Dec
3
10:00 AM10:00

Photo Keepsakes: Cyanotypes

Take a special photo and turn it into a work of art! Cyanotypes are created using a light sensitive chemical, high quality paper and a negative created in the studio. The end result is a beautiful blue tint, artful edges and a ethereal feel to the photo. 

Cost: $35 includes all materials to create two cyanotypes

 

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Dec
3
1:00 PM13:00

Printmaking Open Studio

Join our growing community of printmakers! Open studio time is available for screen printing, letterpress and printmaking, for new and returning students to practice what they learn and to hone their skills.  A variety of abilities is welcomed. Open studio fee includes inks, use of tools, equipment, and basic paper. Students bring any specialty papers they wish to use. 

Cost $15/each session; please register online or call (231) 421-8085 as space is limited.

Alternating Sundays, 1-5pm. 

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Dec
7
5:00 PM17:00

Holiday Hoopla Artist Sale

Join Blackbird artists and students for our annual Holiday Hoopla Artist Sale! Choose from beautiful contemporary ceramics, letterpress cards and broadsides, unique jewelry and more. Enjoy a complimentary wine and cheese pairing to inspire your holiday table. 

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Dec
8
6:00 PM18:00

Friday Art Nights: Snowflake Plates

‘Tis the season for snow! Remember those intricate snowflakes we designed and cut out? We’re creating new ones to use as stencils on our winter platters. Begin with a slab of clay and learn to create small sculptures to add to your platter. Then, experiment with new cutting techniques to create a snowflake pattern to use on the clay with your underglaze. The results and beautiful and each platter is different. 

Please register early as space is limited. Projects will be fired in the kiln and available for pickup in approximately two weeks.

Date: Friday, December 8

Time: 6-8pm

Cost: $22/person includes all materials and kiln firings 

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Dec
12
5:30 PM17:30

Milk and Cookie Set

In this special adult + child class, we create a milk and cookie set, perfect for Santa letters or other special occasions. Phil Wilson will take you through all the steps to build a personalized, memorable set out of clay. 

$30 per adult/child pair includes all materials and kiln firings.

 

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Dec
14
5:30 PM17:30

Copper Enameled Bookmarks & Ornaments

December 14: Copper Enameled Bookmarks & Ornaments 5:30-8pm $55

Create beautiful copper enameled bookmark and ornaments in this seasonal enameling workshop. Elara Coleman will teach the process of designing and firing enamel (powdered glass). If you have a booklover in your life, this is a perfect, personal gift that will last for years!

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Dec
17
1:00 PM13:00

Printmaking Open Studio

Join our growing community of printmakers! Open studio time is available for screen printing, letterpress and printmaking, for new and returning students to practice what they learn and to hone their skills.  A variety of abilities is welcomed. Open studio fee includes inks, use of tools, equipment, and basic paper. Students bring any specialty papers they wish to use. 

Cost $15/each session; please register online or call (231) 421-8085 as space is limited.

Alternating Sundays, 1-5pm. 

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Nov
19
1:00 PM13:00

Printmaking Open Studio

Join our growing community of printmakers! Open studio time is available for screen printing, letterpress and printmaking, for new and returning students to practice what they learn and to hone their skills.  A variety of abilities is welcomed. Open studio fee includes inks, use of tools, equipment, and basic paper. Students bring any specialty papers they wish to use. 

Cost $15/each session; please register online or call (231) 421-8085 as space is limited.

Alternating Sundays, 1-5pm. 

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Nov
10
6:00 PM18:00

Friday Art Night: Harvest Feast Platters

Create a unique serving platter for your special holiday dishes. Join Phil Wilson to discover a variety of ways to hand build a larger platform for your prized dish! You'll build and glaze your piece and leave it for firing in our kiln. It will be ready in time to share with friends and family for Thanksgiving or other harvest feasts. 

Date: Friday, November 10

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Cost: $25 per person includes all material and kiln firings.

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Nov
5
1:00 PM13:00

Printmaking Open Studio

Join our growing community of printmakers! Open studio time is available for screen printing, letterpress and printmaking, for new and returning students to practice what they learn and to hone their skills.  A variety of abilities is welcomed. Open studio fee includes inks, use of tools, equipment, and basic paper. Students bring any specialty papers they wish to use. 

Cost $15/each session; please register online or call (231) 421-8085 as space is limited.

Alternating Sundays, 1-5pm. 

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Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

Teen Studio Night: Altered Art

The Teen Open Studio program provides a safe and supportive environment for young adults 13-17 to explore a variety of art media with a professional artist. Students may bring their own work in progress, try out the art form of the evening, or just relax and experiment with art materials. Pizza dinner and most materials are provided.  No art experience necessary.

We offer a sliding scale fee from $5-$20, so all can participate.  Select Thursdays, 6-8:30pm

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Nov
1
to Nov 15

Screenprinting on Clay

Learn this exciting technique that combines processes of both silkscreen printing and clay handbuilding! Begin with a black and white image and learn to "burn" a silkscreen using a photo emulsion method.  Students learn a variety of clay slab handbuilding techniques and create individual boxes or panels. They'll "burn" screens in the printmaking studio, then choose underglaze colors and learn to pull a print on clay. Projects will go through two kiln firings and be ready in approximately 2-3 weeks.

Cost: $75 includes all materials and kiln firings.

Three Wednesdays November 1, 8 and 15

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Oct
25
to Nov 1

Metals & Enameling: Image Transfers into Metal

Use a favorite photo, vintage image or original artwork and learn to enamel them onto copper using a tranfser and firing process. Projects can vary from jewelry to wall hangings. We'll also experiment with special watercolors to colorize and add impact. No experience in metals necessary--beginning to advanced are all welcome for this workshop.  

Cost: $75 + $12 materials fee/ includes all materials and tools.

Instructor: Elara Coleman

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