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
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
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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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
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
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
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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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
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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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
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
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
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
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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Jan
16
9:30 AM09:30

Coffee and Clay (Int to Adv Wheel) starts

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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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
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
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
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
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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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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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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