The University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts

FAI - Class Schedule

Summer 2018

Unleash your creative talents this autumn with FAI! Our impressive line-up of classes and workshops present a myriad of possibilities to learn and grow your gifted talents.


Classes

Take part in one of these 6 week courses that covers an artistic pursuit in-depth. Classes usually meet once a week in the evening.

Ceramics

Beginning Ceramics

TIME:  Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Room 140, School of Art & Visual Studies Bldg.
DATES:  Session 1: May 24 - July 28 (6 weeks)
Session 2: July 12 - August 16 (6 weeks)
INSTRUCTOR:  Jill Coldiron
FEE:  $160 (includes clay, use of available glazes and firing)
Discount note: $140 for Session 2, if you took Session 1

Image of a man working on a pottery wheel
Photograph by Donna Booth Farmer

Try your hand at the potter’s wheel or hand building. Focus will be placed on developing basic skills and the use of clay as an art form. This class is designed for those with little or no experience in ceramics. Questions? Contact Jill Coldiron at maincrossart@gmail.com.


Taking Ceramics to the Next Level

TIME:  Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Room 140, School of Art & Visual Studies Bldg.
DATES:  Session 1: May 22 - June 26 (6 weeks)
Session 2: July 10 - August 14 (6 weeks)
INSTRUCTOR:   Jill Coldiron
FEE:  $160 (includes clay, use of available glazes and firing)
Discount note: $140 for Session 2, if you took Session 1

Image of a hand in a pottery wheel
Image by Donna Booth Farmer

This class is designed for those with previous experience in ceramics. Develop your skills in wheel-throwing and hand building. The focus will be on individual ideas and projects. Questions? Contact Jill Coldiron at maincrossart@gmail.com.

Drawing

Portrait Drawing for Beginning and Advanced

TIME: Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION: Room 225, School of Art & Visual Studies Bldg.
DATES: Session 1: May 16 - June 20, 2018 (6 weeks)
Session 2: Not available
INSTRUCTOR: Thomas Baker
FEE: $120

Image of an in-progress sketch
Artist : FAI Student Nancy Hanner

In this course, participants will be drawing the portrait from life. This will be a foundation course in portrait drawing, and will include drawing studies related to contour, gesture, anatomy and proportion, modeling the effects of light, and choosing scale and developing compositions. All skill levels are welcome. Watch your portrait come to life!

For the first class, please bring the following materials: Two, soft, “peel and sketch” charcoal pencils; one jumbo sized, soft, vine charcoal; one “pink pearl” or other hard eraser and a large format sketchpad 18’ x 24’ or larger. A small modeling fee will be collected during modeling sessions.

Metalworking

Metalworking

Image of a student pounding out a white-hot bar of iron in a power-hammer forging machine.
Photo by Donna Booth Farmer

TIME:  Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Metal Arts Bldg.
DATES:  Session 1: May 17 - June 21, 2018
Session 2: Not available
INSTRUCTOR:  Jeremy Colbert
FEE:  $180 (includes the use of welding supplies, gases, some steel and most casting materials)

The time has come to put on the gloves and safety gear for some fun work in metal. This class is designed to teach you basic metalworking and casting techniques from traditional and contemporary methods. This class is for all skill levels and offers a comparative approach to welding basics. Emphasis is on shop safety and proper use of welding and cutting equipment and power tools. Beginners practice skills and complete small projects to apply class techniques. Intermediate students work on independent projects. If you have questions or want more information please contact Jeremy Colbert at jeremycolbert@uky.edu.

Painting - NEW

Learn to Paint. Yes, You Can!

TIME:  Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Room 225, School of Art & Visual Studies Bldg.
DATES:  Session 1: May 15 - June 19 (6 weeks)
Session 2: July 10 - August 14 (6 weeks)
INSTRUCTOR:  Thomas Baker
FEE:  $120

Image of a landscape painting in progress
Artist: FAI Student Catherine Garrison

Yes, you can do it! So let's start. Using a simple but effective program, this course will lead you through the beginning stages of the painting process and will gently encourage your creative instincts to flourish. The class is both relaxed and informative and aims to introduce you to painting through awareness of spatial relationships, composition, and color. Former students are welcome. So that you will be ready to create in the first class, click below for a full supplies list.

Download the Learn to Paint Supplies List.


Portrait Painting - NEW

Stay tuned for our NEW Portrait Painting class coming in summer session 2.


Contemporary Painting Techniques

TIME:  Mondays, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Room 227, Art and Visual Studies Building, Bolivar Street
DATES:  Session 1: Not available
Session 2: July 9, 16, 23, 30 (4 weeks)
INSTRUCTOR:  Lennon Michalski
FEE:  $135

Image of a person standing over colorful canvases on the floor
Image by Lennon Michalski

Get excited about painting! Explore and learn how to apply the unique techniques of local artist Lennon Michalski to your own creations. In this class, Lennon will teach you how to use water based pigment and plastic medium resulting in a visual outcome similar to stained glass. The application technique references that of J.M.W. Turner, an English Romanticist Landscape Painter from the 1800s commonly known as “the painter of light.” The class will address a combination of composition, line work, and color theory to develop a dynamic visual presence, while also exploring the distinct qualities of the materials. This class will be hands on, allowing you to work on multiple canvases at once. All skill levels are welcome. So that you will be ready to create in the first class, a full supplies list will be emailed upon enrollment.


Workshops

Limited on time? Just want to dip your toes in a little creativity? Workshops are 1-3 days, typically taking place in one evening or over one weekend.

Digital Image Editing & Photography

Techniques for Landscape Photography

DATE: Summer Session 1: Saturday, June 2, 2018 (rain date: June 9, 2018)
Summer Session 2: Not available
TIME/LOCATION: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. / UK Arboretum, 500 Alumni Drive
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. / Room 204, School of Art and Visual Studies Building, Bolivar Street
INSTRUCTOR: Rich Greissman
FEE: $80

Photograph of a meadow with hay bales
Image by Rich Greissman

This photography workshop has a two-fold focus on the technical and compositional aspects of landscape photography. The workshop will include time in the field at the UK Arboretum immediately followed by a classroom portion in UK’s Art Studio Building on Bolivar Street.

In the field, the instructor will demonstrate and have participants practice three techniques for better landscape photography:

  • determining the hyperfocal distance of an expansive landscape photograph
  • using exposure bracketing to capture the full tonal range of a scene
  • employing focus stacking to enhance the depth of field of an image

In the classroom, the instructor will demonstrate how to use software to post-process images that incorporated either exposure bracketing or focus stacking. We will also use our class time to share images from the morning’s time in the field.

The technical aspects of the class will require participants to bring a digital camera (either DSLR or mirror-less). Also, the preferred method for exposure bracketing and focus stacking has one mount his or her camera on a tripod. Furthermore, if participants wish to take their landscape photography to the next level of artistry, then the use of a tripod is a required tool. This may be the time to buy that tripod you’ve been thinking of getting. However, the June workshop itself will not require that participants bring a tripod.

This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels other than beginner.

Drawing

Pet Portrait Workshop

Pet Portraiture Workshop - Thomas Baker
Artist: Thomas Baker

TIME:  1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Room 227, School of Art & Visual Studies Bldg.
DATE:  Summer Session 1: Saturday, June 23
Summer Session 2: Not available
INSTRUCTOR:  Thomas Baker
FEE:  $99

Registration Deadline: June 15

Are you an animal lover? Learn to draw your pet or improve your skills in this pawsitively fun-filled workshop with artist Thomas Baker! A very easy to follow technique first developed by Leonardo DaVinci will be used to create a work of art you and your pet can be truly proud of.

Materials are included in the workshop cost. Once your registration is complete, you will be asked to email a digital image of your pet one week in advance of the workshop. All types of animals are welcome, so stop kitten around and sign up while spots are still available!

Photography

One Day Digital Workshop

DATE: Summer Session 1: June 16
Summer Session 2: TBD
TIME: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. with break for lunch
LOCATION: Room 204, Art and Visual Studies Building, Bolivar Street
INSTRUCTOR: Lennon Michalski
FEE: $80

Photograph of plant life
Image by Donna Booth Farmer

Learn how to create visually compelling and creative images with your digital camera. This workshop will cover principles of composition and ways to enhance creativity in your shots. In the morning, we will be in the classroom looking at inspirational images of strong composition and creativity which dissects the process of capturing a strong image. We will also discuss the different shooting modes on your camera you can use to enhance your pictures. In the afternoon we will be on location, which is usually the Arboretum, to experiment with available light and varied objects on site. Familiarity with digital picture-taking is recommended but not required. This is a beginning-level class; please contact us if you have any questions. Bring your camera and your manual.


An Introduction to Architectural Photography and Walking Tour

DATE: Summer Session 1: Sunday, June 3, 2018 (Rain date: June 10)
Summer Session 2: Not available
TIME: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Farmers Market 5/3 Bank Pavilion on West Main Street, Lexington
INSTRUCTOR: Rich Greissman
FEE: $50

Photograph of side of building with windows
Image by Rich Greissman

Architectural photography can be as challenging as it is rewarding. If you’re interested in making good architectural images, what better way to learn than by taking a walking tour of Lexington’s most interesting structures while being coached by architectural photographer, Rich Greissman?

In this afternoon workshop, Greissman will guide you through the process of creating a visual record of Lexington’s downtown architecture by employing photographic techniques that work. You will leave the workshop a better photographer!

Bring your camera. All skill levels are welcome. Participants are encouraged to download a mobile app called LexArch Tour available as a free download from the Apple Store and Google Play. This app will be used as part of the walking tour.

Stone Carving - NEW

Coming in Summer Session 2!


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