Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Screen printing: Tees and Totes

 

Use a digital image to create a screen that will be used to print on t-shirts and tote bags. Bring in as many shirts, aprons, tote bags as you like and we will take your art and print them. $75 includes instruction, ink, equipment use. You bring anything fabric you want to try out!

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Apr
23
to May 7

Mixed Level Letterpress begins

4 Mondays, 3-5:30pm

Letterpress printing is an entirely hands-on process that uses moveable metal and wood type to transfer images and words to paper. The words and images are inked and stamped into paper using vintage, cast-iron machines. These impressions give the images a unique 3D like feel. Intermediate students are welcome to bring in their own projects to work on under the guidance of the instructor; $175 includes all materials.

Students who complete this course are certified to use the printmaking equipment and studio for their own use during weekly open studio sessions.

 

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Apr
23
to May 7

Printmaking: Relief and Intaglio Explorations begins

4 Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm

Relief prints are created by carving an image into wood or linoleum, adding ink to the surface, and transferring the inked image onto paper. Intaglio [in-tal-yoh], is a family of printing techniques in which the image is incised into a metal plate or plastic plate and the marked lines create the image with the assistance of an intaglio press. Other processes will also be covered such as monoprints, collographs and embossing; $175 includes all materials. 

Students who complete this course are certified to use the prinmaking equipment and studio for their own use during weekly open studio sessions.

 

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Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Teen Studio: Metal Wall Art and Copper Enameling

The Teen Studio 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.  

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Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Screen printing: Alternative Methods

 Saturday April 28, 10am-5pm

In this workshop, we focus on creating original artwork, to be used with drawing fluid and stencils. Drawing fluid is a brushable liquid used to fill the holes in a screen. Stencils use cut paper or found objects to block the holes in a screen. We will use those stencils or objects to burn a coated screen and print the image; $75 includes all materials.

 

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May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Spring Clay Handbuilding: Bird Head Stakes

Tuesday,   May 1, 6-8pm

Create a variety of colorful bird forms for indoor or outdoor decor. Heads are mounted onto small posts for inserting into the ground. Explore a variety of shapes and sizes for indoor or outdoor use. Take one class or all four--each week is a different project. Pieces will be fired in our kiln and ready in 2-3 weeks. $35 includes all materials and firings. 

 

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May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Teen Studio: Jeans Screen (BYO old jeans & t-shirts to re-do)

The Teen Studio 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.  

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May
6
2:00 PM14:00

Community Open House and Birthday Celebration!

Blackbird's Birthday is here!

Join us for an exciting afternoon of hands-on art making, celebrating, and catching up with neighbors. We'll have activities for all ages, information about our summer camps and programs, and of course....birthday cake and ice cream! Enter drawings to win free art classes and celebrate the arrival of spring. Drop-in anytime between 2-5pm.

All ages, free, but donations are always greatly appreciated.

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May
8
6:00 PM18:00

Spring Clay Handbuilding: Outdoor Hanging Candles

Tuesday, May 8, 6-8pm

 These outdoor hanging lanterns use coils, slabs and cutouts to bring a glow to outdoor spaces.  Explore a variety of shapes and sizes for indoor or outdoor use. Take one class or all four--each week is a different project. Pieces will be fired in our kiln and ready in 2-3 weeks. $35 includes all materials and firings. 

 

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May
17
5:30 PM17:30

Metal Wall Hangings

Create one of these popular wall hangings and learn your way around measuring, marking, cutting, drilling, filing, and texturing shaped metal to create a multi-piece contemporary wall hanging. Participants have the options of enameling and kiln-firing pieces to add color to their design. Choose from copper and/or brass. 

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May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Teen Studio: Altered Photos (bring 3 from home)

The Teen Studio 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.  

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Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

Botanical Bowls

Create a work of art for your table using leaves and plants as stencils. Beginning with copper, we'll explore the process of enameling (fusing glass to metal) in a kiln. Then, use natural stencils to create beautiful textures and interesting patterns in copper; $45 + (choice of bowl size on evening of class. $7 small, $12 medium).

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Mar
28
to Mar 29

Spring VaCLAYtion Camp

Join us for artmaking at our vaCLAYtion camp! We’re taking inspiration from the sun, sand and water and creating art that celebrates warmer, longer days. Build clay projects and fire them in the kiln, make cyanotypes with a favorite photo or object, draw and paint and sculpt. We’re wearing our flip-flops, sipping smoothies out of coconut shells and pretending we’re on a beach holiday!

We'll have snack together (1/2 days) or lunch together (full days). Clay pieces will be fired in the kiln and ready for pickup in 2-3 weeks.

Half days: March 28 & 29, 9am-12pm 

Full day: March 28 & 29, 9am-4pm

Cost: $75 for two half days, $135 for two full days. Includes all materials and kiln firings. 

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Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Teen Studio: Extruded forms in Clay

The Teen Studio 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. Sliding scale, $5-$20.

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Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Teen Studio: Extruded Clay Forms

Teen Studio 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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Mar
12
6:30 PM18:30

Printmaking: Relief and Etching Explorations

4 weeks (no class Feb 19)

Relief prints are created by carving an image into wood or linoleum, adding ink to the surface, and transferring the inked image onto paper. Etching, also known as Intaglio [in-tal-yoh], is a family of printing techniques in which the image is incised into a metal plate. Artists can scratch into plates with needles, or can draw through a ground and etch drawings into a plate.

Together, these processes provide an exciting range that opens new possibilities for artists or those wanting to experiment with new art forms. All levels welcome. Cost $150 includes all materials.

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Mar
6
to Apr 17

After School Studio Arts (6-9, 10-13 yrs) begins

5 weeks

Each five-week session consists of clay handbuilding, printmaking, sculpture, drawing and painting, guided by a professional teaching artist. Students are divided by age groups as necessary for skill development. Students are welcome to make up a class on another day, if they miss their session due to illness or school absence.

DAILY SCHEDULE

3:30-4:30pm: Open studio with flexible drop-off time, snack, free-choice art, collaborative art.

4:30-6pm Arts instruction in different medium each week.

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Mar
5
to Apr 16

Morning Studio Sprouts (3-6 yrs) begins

5 weeks

Our newest early childhood arts program 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. 

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Feb
22
6:00 PM18:00

Teen Studio: Graffiti Art/Drawing Fluid and Screenprinting

The Teen Studio 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. Sliding scale, $5-$20.

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Feb
22
5:30 PM17:30

Botanical Bowls

Create a work of art for your table using leaves and plants as stencils. Beginning with copper, we'll explore the process of enameling (fusing glass to metal) in a kiln. Cost: $45 (bowls fee will depend on size and can be purchased during class).

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Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours w/Crosshatch

oin Crosshatch and Blackbird Arts for Artist After Hours—a social event for artists of all genres: writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers.

This month we invite you out to an evening of eats, drinks, and conversation around art of all kinds. At this AAH we will have multiple stations set up at Blackbird Arts for artists to try out a new art form. Try out letterpress, screen-printing, paper-marbling (Suminagashi) or just enjoy unstructured time to network with other local artists.

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP.

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Feb
14
5:00 PM17:00

ValenSteins! at The Little Fleet

The Little Fleet and Blackbird Arts are back again for ValenSteins! on February 14, 5-7pm. Join ceramic artist Phil Wilson at The Little Fleet to turn a slab of clay into a personalized beer stein. Cost: $25/person includes a pint of beer and snacks. Please note steins will be fired in our kiln and available for pickup in 2-3 weeks.   Space is limited so please register early. Register online or call (231) 421-8085. 

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Feb
12
to Mar 12

Printmaking: Relief and Etching Explorations

4 weeks

Relief prints are created by carving an image into wood or linoleum, adding ink to the surface, and transferring the inked image onto paper. Etching, also known as Intaglio [in-tal-yoh], is a family of printing techniques in which the image is incised into a metal plate. Together, these processes provide an exciting range that opens new possibilities for artists or those wanting to experiment with new art forms. Cost: $150

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Feb
12
to Mar 12

Beginner to Intermediate Letterpress

4 weeks (no class Feb 19)

Letterpress printing is an entirely hands-on process that uses moveable metal and wood type to transfer images and words to paper. The words and images are inked and stamped into paper using vintage, cast-iron machines. These impressions give the images a unique 3D like feel. Intermediate students are welcome to bring in their own projects to work on under the guidance of the instructor. Cost: $175 includes all materials.

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Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Teen Studio: Pen and Ink Explorations

The Teen Studio 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. Sliding scale, $5-$20.

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Feb
4
1:00 PM13:00

Copper Enameling - Torch and Kiln

In this multi-level, half-day workshop, students may create projects from jewelry to wall hangings. Explore a variety of techniques for firing powdered glass to copper, resulting in  colorful designs, interesting textures, and one of a kind artwork.  Cost: $65 + $12 materials fee.

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Jan
31
to Feb 28

Creative Screenprinting

4 weeks (no class Feb 14)

Explore multi-color screenprinting, printing on alternative surfaces, and the use of drawing fluid for designing screens to print. Students should have a basic knowledge of screenprinting or have taken the weekend crash-course. Cost: $155 includes all materials and one free open studio session to practice what you've learned. 

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Jan
25
6:30 PM18:30

Beginning and Beyond Wheelthrowing (Thurs Eve)

In this 8-week class, 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. 

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Jan
23
to Feb 27

Creating with Clay

6 weeks

This class gives students the chance to try the wide array of clay building possibilities--from wheel throwing to hand building. Students learn the basics of wheel throwing and will additionally pinch, coil, slab, extrude, carve and sculpt clay and explore surface decoration, texture and design. This class is geared toward beginner and intermediate students.  Your creations will surprise you!  Cost: $175 includes all materials, 12 pounds of clay, glazes, kiln firings and open studio time to practice.

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Jan
22
to Feb 12

Screenprinting Certification Class

4 weeks

This course develops a working knowledge of screen printing, from conception and design to final print. Students will learn the basics of the printing process and the steps necessary to prepare artwork for printing.  Develop a design and explore the printing possibilities from screenprinting artwork on paper to printing t-shirts, bags and more. Students who complete this session gain access to Blackbird Book Arts and Press screen printing facilities and are eligible for independent use of the screenprinting studio with director permission.

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Jan
22
to Feb 19

Studio Sprouts (3-6 years)

5 weeks

Our newest early childhood arts program 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. $115 includes all materials and kiln firings.

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Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

Friday Art Night: Hot Mugs!

Begin with a slab of clay and learn all the tricks to turning it into a personalized mug. Includes a hot chocolate bar for sampling unique recipes for winter. 

Details:

Friday Art Nights give families and friends the opportunity to join together in art-making. With a professional artist guiding the way, students learn step-by-step how to create with clay. You'll be supported in basic clay hand building techniques and encouraged to play, experiment, and let your imagination take center stage. All Friday Art Nights run 6-8pm on select Fridays throughout the season. Class fee ranges from $22-25/person and includes all materials and kiln firings. 

About Friday Art Nights: We encourage full family participation for these special evenings.  Children under 12 are required to have a participating adult with them. The workshops are appropriate for children 3+ years. Please note: tickets for Friday Art Nights are non-refundable. 

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Jan
19
to Jan 20

Weekend Screenprinting Crash-Course

Learn the fundamentals of screen printing and gain access to Blackbird Book Arts and Press Screen printing facilities! This course develops a basic understanding of screen printing. Create a simple design and explore the printing possibilities from screenprinting artwork on paper to printing t-shirts, bags and other swag. Students who complete this course are eligible for independent use of the Blackbird Book Arts and Press screenprinting studio with director permission. $145 includes all materials and instruction.

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Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Teen Studio: Metals and Mosaics

The Teen Studio 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. Sliding scale, $5-$20.

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Jan
17
10:00 AM10:00

Intermediate to Advanced Wheelthrowing begins

8 weeks

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 $255 includes unlimited open studio time, 25# bag of clay, glazes, & firings and shelf rental. 

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Jan
16
to Feb 13

Studio Sprouts begins (3-6 years)

5 weeks

Our newest early childhood arts program 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. Cost $115 includes all materials and kiln firings.

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