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Adult Classes

As adults, we often lose touch with the creative spark we had as children. At Blackbird Arts, our goal is to inspire adults to reconnect with that spark in a supportive, non-competitive environment.  Learn an art form in-depth or explore a single workshop to try something new. We also offer parent/child workshops and classes where families can learn together.

In addition to group workshops, we also offer customized classes, private and small group lessons. Mature teens 15+ are welcome to take any adult class with parental permission, unless otherwise noted.

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 Screenprinting

Screenprinting Weekend 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 screenprinting studio with director permission. 

Dates:  September 22 & 23 (Friday, 6-9pm and Saturday 1-6pm) OR October 20 & 21 (Friday 6-9pm and Saturday 1-6pm)

Cost: $145 includes all materials.

Instructor: Clay Maas

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Screenprinting on Wood

Using a photograph or artwork, learn the process of burning a screen and printing on various types of wood using a photo emulsion method.  Students experiment with a variety of wood types and techniques to create individual projects. 

6:30-8:30 pm:  2 Wednesdays, October 25 & Nov 1

OR

12:30-2:30pm: 2 Thursdays, October 26 & Nov 2

Cost: $75 includes all materials. Students are welcome to bring additional wood for experimenting.

Instructor: Clay Maas

 

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Introduction to Screenprinting 

This course develops a working knowledge of screen printing, from conception and design to final print. Students will learn the basics of four color 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.

6:30-8:30 pm: 4 Wednesdays, Sept 27-Oct 18

12:30-2:30pm: 4 Thursdays, Sept 28-Oct 19

Cost: $165 includes all materials. 

Instructor: Clay Maas

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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.

6:30-8:30 pm: 4 Wednesdays, Sept 27-Oct 18

12:30-2:30pm: 4 Thursdays, Sept 28-Oct 19

Cost: $75 includes all materials and kiln firings.

Instructor: Clay Maas

Ceramics

Blackbird Arts' ceramics studio offers classes for the absolute beginner to the advanced student. Begin with wheelthrowing and handbuilding and explore ways to make teapots, platters, bowls, mugs and more! Join a community of potters in our generous open studio hours and professional equipment, including an on-site kiln, slab roller, extruder and a raku kiln. 

Winter Ceramics Classes

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Intermediate to Advanced Wheelthrowing

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.

9:30-11:30am

Coffee and Clay

8 Tuesdays, Sept 19-Nov 7
CLASS IS FULL

6:30-8:30pm /8 Wednesdays, Sept 20-Nov 8.

Cost:  $245 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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Beginner and Beyond Wheelthrowing

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. We offer shorter 4-week sessions for beginners, or take both sessions and receive a discount. 

Session II: 4 Mondays, Oct 16-Nov 6, 1-3pm CLASS IS FULL

Session II: 4 Mondays, Oct 16- Nov 6, 6:30-8:30pm  CLASS IS FULL

Cost: $115;  includes unlimited open studio time to practice what you learn, 12 pounds of clay, glazes, kiln firings and shelf rental. 

Instructor: Lauren Panian

Handbuilding with Clay

Explore slab built and extruded forms to create platters, nesting bowls, wind chimes and more! There are so many possibilities with hand built forms--both contemporary and traditional. Learn techniques such as texturizing, sgraffito, carving and slip trailing to create simple and unusual ceramics. Students will have additional open studio time to come in and experiment with what they're learning. We offer both a day and evening option. 

6-8pm: 4 Tuesdays, Oct 3-Oct 24

Cost: $135, includes all materials and kiln firings.

Instructors: Phil Wilson and Lauren Panian

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Open Studio Passes (no instruction)

Our open studio passes are for experienced potters comfortable working on their own and without instruction. They allow maximum flexibility while keeping up with skills on the wheel or handbuilding. For potters new to the ceramics program at Blackbird Arts, we require an orientation session to familiarize new students with our procedures. Please email melissa@blackbirdartstc.org to arrange.

Open Studio Membership One Month

Unlimited open studio time for the pottery wheel or handbuilding. Begin any day between September 18 and November 15 and continue for 30 calendar days.

Cost: $150 includes #25 bag of clay, glazes, kiln firings and shelf rental.

Special Programs

Family Wheel

It's so much fun to throw together! Roll up your sleeves and learn to turn a lump of clay into something functional.  We'll cover all the basics of centering, pulling, coning and trimming and show you the ropes on an extruder and slab roller. Once clay pieces are fired in the kiln, you'll select your colors and learn to glaze. Each person will leave with several pieces of unique wheel-thrown pottery. Good, messy, family fun. 

4:30-6pm: 4  Wednesdays, Sept 27-Oct 18

Cost: $95/person includes all materials, 12 pounds of clay per person, glazes and kiln firings. Open studio time is included in the price.

Instructor: Lauren Panian and Phil Wilson

 

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.

12-3pm: 2 Tuesdays, Oct 17 & 24

6:00-8:00pm: 3 Wednesdays, Nov 1, 8, & 15

Cost: $75 includes all materials and kiln firings.

Instructor: Clay Maas

 

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Letterpress & Book Arts

 

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Beginner to Intermediate Letterpress

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.

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1:30-4pm: 4 Tuesdays, Sept 26- Oct 17

Cost: $175 includes all materials. Once certified, students may use the studio for their own projects during open studio sessions.

Instructor: Chad Pastotnik of Deep Wood Press

 

Relief Printmaking

Linoleum blocks, wood cuts and wood engravings form the foundation of relief printmaking but with the equipment at Blackbird, multi- color work and editions become a reality worth exploring. The class will focus on linoleum blocks and their preparation for use on a Vandercook SP15 letterpress. Multiple blocks or reduction process will be used to create two or more color works and you will be taught how to painlessly register them to each other on the press for edition work. Discussion and demonstration of inks and how to modify them will also be integral to the class.

*Please note: On the first day of class be sure to bring a few images or drawings that would translate well to positive and negative space carvings (like a rubber stamp) as there are no tonal variations in relief printing. Tonal qualities are made by line density, crosshatching and other techniques but since our goal is multi color prints - overlapping colors and ink modification can create other colors or tone differences.

 

Instructor: Chad Pastotnik of Deep Wood Press

Cost: $150.00 + $20 materials fee (Tools are provided but a material charge for linoleum blocks and good quality paper in enough quantity to do a small edition is $20.00)

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6-8:30pm: 4 Tuesdays, Sept 19-Oct 10

 

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, 3-7pm. 

 

 

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Metals & Enameling

 

Our metals program has offerings for beginner to advanced. Explore techniques ranging from copper enameling to lost wax casting, and learn the basics of forming and working with metal. We offer both kiln and torch-fired methods and projects range from small jewelry pieces to larger copper bowls.

 
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Beginning to Intermediate Metals and Enameling

This four-week mixed ability class explores working with metals in a variety of ways--from small jewelry to sculptural items.  Learn to saw, pierce, texturize, form/fold, and rivet metal to create all types of objects. Beginning students learn the basics of copper enameling, which is a process that fuses powdered glass to metal. Intermediate students explore more advanced techniques such as sgraffito, watercolor and transparent enamels. Students have the option of creating functional objects (jewelry, mini-bowls, buttons, etc) or decorative pieces. Explore different uses for the enameling kiln and a handheld torch.

5:30-7:30pm: 4 Wednesdays, Sept 27-Oct 18

10am-12pm: 4 Thursdays, Sept 28-Oct 19

Cost: $135 + $15 materials fee

Instructor: Elara Coleman

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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

5:30-8:30pm: 2 Wednesdays, Oct 25 & Nov 1

   

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Salt Bowls with Enameled and Ceramic Spoons

Create a work of art for your table or favorite foodie in your life. Beginning with a sheet of copper, we'll first form small bowls. Then we'll enamel them in a jewelry kiln and a hand-held torch. In the second session, we'll work with a ceramic artist to create unique salt spoons out of clay, then glaze and fire in the kiln. Sample a variety of unique salts and learn a little how these can enhance your cooking.  No prior experience in metals or ceramics necessary, but those with metalsmithing experience will have access to all the tools if they choose.

Cost: $65 + $10 materials fee

5:30-8pm: 2 Wednesdays, Nov 8 & 15

Instructor: Elara Coleman, Clay Maas

Cost: $65 + $10 materials fee

Friday Art Nights

 
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About

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. 

Schedule

NOVEBER:

November 10 / Harvest Feast Platters

DECEMBER::  

December 1 / Clay Ornaments

December 8 / Snowflake Plates

 

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Private Lessons & Custom Classes

Blackbird offers a variety of private and custom classes. Hone your skills in drawing, painting, pottery wheel, printmaking and more--with the convenience of a flexible schedule. 

Private classes are booked through the studio, then arranged with the instructor for days/times. If you are interested in a customized workshop or a multi-week class, please email melissa@blackbirdartstc.org

Cost for private lessons is $45-60/hour.  

 

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