FAI - Class Schedule

Spring 2019


Classes

Take part in one of these 3-12 week courses offered by our expert instructors. Classes usually meet once a week in the evening.

Ceramics

Beginning Ceramics
Image of a man working with clay on a pottery wheel.

Photograph by Donna Booth Farmer

TIME & DATES: Thursdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 14th to Apr 11th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 140
INSTRUCTOR: Jill Coldiron
CLASS FEE: $275.00
MATERIALS FEE: Class fee includes clay, use of available glazes, and firing.

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
Collage image of several fish caricature ceramic sculptures.

Artist & FAI student Ed 'Fish' Dixon

TIME & DATES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 12th to Apr 9th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 140
INSTRUCTOR: Jill Coldiron
CLASS FEE: $275.00
MATERIALS FEE: Class fee includes clay, use of available glazes, and firing.

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

Explorations in Drawing
Image of several student sketching with charcoal in a brick wall studio on large pads propped in standing easels.

Photograph by Donna Booth Farmer

TIME & DATES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 19th to Apr 9th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 225
INSTRUCTOR: Christine Kuhn
CLASS FEE: $120.00

This class is suitable for both beginners and those wishing to deepen their drawing practice. This class will focus on both representational and expressive drawing, using graphite, charcoal, and ink. We will begin with simple line drawings and continue with studies and experiments in value, scale, texture, and form. The first class will be informational. A detailed materials list will be distributed and discussed.

Fiber

Weaving Without a Loom
Photograph of several woven pieces containing many colors and asymmetrical patterns.
TIME & DATES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 12th to Apr 16th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 113
INSTRUCTOR: Morgan Shipps
CLASS FEE: $115.00
MATERIALS FEE: Provide your own frame, see description for details.

This course is for anyone interested in exploring the process weaving. We will examine the basic techniques of tapestry and frame-loom weaving. If you are a beginner, learn all you need to begin making cloth and more. If you are an experienced weaver, this class will give you a new outlook on "the basics." At first sight, weaving often seems an expensive and complicated art, but it need not be either of those things. Everyone can weave!

Your weavings can take the shape of decorative or fine art wall hangings, household linens made for use, or something else entirely. We will discuss the ways your intended use for a fabric affects it’s making as we progress through the course.

This class you will be providing your own frame. This can be a picture frame (without the glass) sourced from a second-hand store or a sturdy shoe box. This will be discussed more in depth on the first day of class. But keep in mind should one cross your path.

Floral Design

Ikebana: Contemplative Flower Design - 6 Weeks
Photograph of a tall, thin vase holding broad dark green leaves and tall, thin pink flower spikes.
TIME & DATES: Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 8:00pmMar 20th to Apr 24th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 111
INSTRUCTOR: Brooke Pohl
CLASS FEE: $250.00

Rooted in Japanese tradition, the practice of ikebana flower arranging combines the beauty of flowers with one’s creativity to open a path of self-discovery. This 6-week course will focus on variations of a basic design using a low flat container.

Fee includes materials. Bring flower shears (also available for purchase in class if you do not have a pair).

Jewelry-Making

Jewelry-Making for Beginners
Photograph of a copper and brass panel bracelet sitting partially completed on a steel block with tools and other pieces laying on the table around it.

Artist & FAI Student Jessica K.

TIME & DATES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 12th to Apr 16th
LOCATION: Dancin’ Dogs Designs Studio, 228 Lisle Industrial Avenue (off Leestown Road), Lexington, KY
INSTRUCTOR: Dwayne Cobb
CLASS FEE: $200.00
MATERIALS FEE: $50

In this class you will learn to build a broad skill base for getting started making beautiful, timeless jewelry. This is a wonderful class for beginners who will be guided through an in-depth exploration of concept and finishing for the creation of unique pieces. Students will leave the class with 3 or 4 finished pieces that they can be proud of. For those more experienced, no worries! Projects will be enhanced to challenge all skill levels. This class provides the perfect opportunity to make special gifts or craft a customized piece for yourself.

There will be an additional materials fee of $50 collected by the instructor during the first class.

If you have questions or need directions, please email Dwayne Cobb at allthecobbs@yahoo.com.

Metalworking

Metalworking
Photograph of a student welding two bars of metal together in a workshop.

Photography by Donna Booth Farmer

TIME & DATES: Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 12th to Apr 16th
LOCATION: Metal Arts Building
INSTRUCTOR: Jeremey Colbert
CLASS FEE: $260.00
MATERIALS FEE: Class fee 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.  All skill levels are welcome.  If you have questions or want more information please contact Jeremy Colbert at jeremycolbert@uky.edu.

Painting

Layering it On: Mixed Media Painting Techniques
Image of a colorful rainbow collage of different paints, papers, fabrics, and other textured media.
TIME & DATES: Thursdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 21st to Apr 11th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 111
INSTRUCTOR: Christine Kuhn
CLASS FEE: $120.00

This class will explore mixed media painting techniques with an emphasis on experimentation with materials and on finding a personal style. Some of the topics covered include collage and layering with acrylic gels and media, image transfer, ink, monoprints, and stenciling.  Students will leave the class with two finished pieces of which they can be proud!  The first class will be informational. A detailed materials list will be distributed and discussed.

Questions? Contact Christine Kuhn at dontforgettoflourish@gmail.com.

Learn to Paint. Yes, You Can!
Collage of student working on acrylic paintings propped on easels in a large studio.
TIME & DATES: Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmFeb 20th to Apr 10th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 227
INSTRUCTOR: Christine Kuhn
CLASS FEE: $120.00

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.  The first class will be informational.  A detailed materials list will be distributed and discussed.

Woodworking

Woodworking Joinery For Veterans
Photo of a man running a rough slab of wood through a table saw.

Photograph by Donna Booth Farmer

TIME & DATES: Mondays, 6:00pm to 9:00pmJan 28th to Apr 22nd
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 123
INSTRUCTOR: Lynn Sweet
CLASS FEE: $260.00

Class size is small – LIMITED AVAILABILITY.
Registrations with payment will be accepted on a first come basis.

Only students who have previously taken the Woodworking Class taught by Lynn Sweet should register for the Woodworking for Veterans class. Often folks having taken the Beginner’s class desire to continue taking further instruction and make use of the shop. These are our ‘Veterans’. Though veteran students are also required to participate in the orientation on the first night, these students are not required to take part in the joinery exercises that absorb several early classes. Instead veteran students can proceed to projects that have been permitted - though they are still under supervision. It should be stated that veteran students work more independently using techniques absorbed in the initial class, allowing the instructor to concentrate on the safety and instruction of the students in the beginner’s class. Please be present at the first class to participate in mandatory power tool orientation.

Woodworking Joinery for Beginners is not offered in Spring 2019, please keep an eye out next session!


Workshops

Limited on time? Just want to dip your toes in a little creativity? Workshops are 1-2 days, typically taking place in one evening or over one weekend.

Digital Image Editing

One-Day Photoshop Crash Course
TIME & DATES: Saturdays, 10:00am to 3:00pmApr 6th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 204
INSTRUCTOR: Lennon Michalski
CLASS FEE: $80.00

This four-hour crash course in Photoshop will explore the basic tools dealing with Layers and Adjustment Layers like Levels, Curves, and Color Correction. You will explore the Healing Brush, Clone Brush, and Blending Tools. Lastly you will be introduced to the Vector Tools with cutting out images, making shapes and using Text. This class will help you enhance your images and build your graphic design skills. 

Fiber

Handmade Fabrics: Feltloom Advanced - March 23rd
Collage of two pieces of felted work with a variety of colors and patterns between them.
TIME & DATES: Saturdays, 10:00am to 12:00pmMar 23rd
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 229
INSTRUCTOR: Laverne Zabielski
CLASS FEE: $80.00
MATERIALS FEE: Workshop fee includes supplies for one shawl or poncho.

Create your own fabric on the FeltLOOM for advanced students. Workshop fee includes supplies for one shawl or poncho.

Handmade Fabrics: Feltloom Advanced - March 30th
TIME & DATES: Saturdays, 10:00am to 12:00pmMar 30th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 229
INSTRUCTOR: Laverne Zabielski
CLASS FEE: $80.00
MATERIALS FEE: Workshop fee includes supplies for one shawl or poncho.

Create your own fabric on the FeltLOOM for advanced students. Workshop fee includes supplies for one shawl or poncho.

Handmade Fabrics: Feltloom Beginners - March 2nd
Photograph of two women laying out wool roving in patterns and designs and preparing to run them through a large felting machine against the back wall.
TIME & DATES: Saturdays, 10:00am to 12:00pmMar 2nd
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 229
INSTRUCTOR: Laverne Zabielski
CLASS FEE: $60.00
MATERIALS FEE: Workshop fee includes supplies for one scarf.

Using the FeltLOOM you will create felted fabric for home decor or art to wear. All skill levels are welcome no matter which workshop you choose. Create your own fabric on the FeltLOOM for beginners. Workshop fee includes supplies for one scarf.

Handmade Fabrics: Feltloom Beginners - March 9th
TIME & DATES: Saturdays, 10:00am to 12:00pmMar 9th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 229
INSTRUCTOR: Laverne Zabielski
CLASS FEE: $60.00
MATERIALS FEE: Workshop fee includes supplies for one scarf.

Using the FeltLOOM you will create felted fabric for home decor or art to wear. All skill levels are welcome no matter which workshop you choose. Create your own fabric on the FeltLOOM for beginners. Workshop fee includes supplies for one scarf.

The Art of Shibori Silk Dyeing
TIME & DATES: Saturdays, 10:00am to 12:00pmApr 6th to Apr 13th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 229
INSTRUCTOR: Laverne Zabielski
CLASS FEE: $80.00
MATERIALS FEE: Workshop fee includes materials for two silk scarves.

The Shibori technique is used to create texture and a variety of colors on fabric by manipulating the fabric before dyeing. In this 2-day workshop, using silk fabric, you will learn the pole wrap and rope wrap dyeing techniques. The fee includes materials for two silk scarves.

Floral Design

Ikebana: Contemplative Flower Design - 1 Day
Photography of a low, rounded rectangular brown dish contain several large bright green leaves contrasted with a small, multi-prong tree branch with many clusters of maroon buds.
TIME & DATES: Saturdays, 10:00am to 4:00pmFeb 23rd
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 111
INSTRUCTOR: Brooke Pohl
CLASS FEE: $128.00

This all day workshop will introduce you to the traditional Japanese art of floral arrangement. With guidance you will create a basic and free style arrangement. Begin to experience ikebana’s contemplative aspect as you join your heart and mind with nature.

Fee includes materials (flowers, a container, and kenzan). Bring flower shears and any kind of container for afternoon session.

Photography

One-Day Digital Photography
TIME & DATES: Saturdays, 10:00am to 3:00pmApr 13th
LOCATION: SAVS Building, Room 204, LOCATION: Class will later move to an onsite location for practical experience.
INSTRUCTOR: Lennon Michalski
CLASS FEE: $80.00

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 email Lennon at lennonmichalski@gmail.com if you have any questions. Bring your camera and your manual.


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