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Fiber

Fiber Arts

Purpose: This certificate offers individuals instruction in the basics of fiber arts as well as guiding them through the various techniques of creating original designs. The program would focus on preparing students for opening their own businesses, training them in how to promote their product and to maximize the advantages of the internet.

Courses:

Advanced Quilting Techniques Instructor: Karen Despot. This class is for the experienced quilter. Open lab for completing assignments or individual designs and to work in a self-paced, supportive and creative environment.  Teaching staff will assist with ideas, motivation, suggestions and techniques. Prerequisite: four sessions of Quilting 101 or instructor approval. Students must purchase own supplies.

Artisan Entrepreneurship The basics of starting and operating a business, designed to meet the specific needs of the Artisan Business. Traditional business planning, negotiation strategies, communication skills, developing strategic business relationships and creative issues are addressed in the class.

Elements of Design This course will introduce ideas, methodologies, principles, and skills that comprise a common knowledge base important to all design disciplines. These design fundamentals foster a multidisciplinary design experience among students and prepare them to move to the next level in any arts or crafts field.

Embellishments and Fantastic Finishes Experience the many ways to add flair to fabrics using paints, zippers, buttons, and more. No prior experience necessary.

Fiber Arts Open Studio Open lab for completing assignments or individual designs and to work in a self-paced, supportive and creative environment. Teaching staff will meet with students on a pre-determined schedule to assist with ideas, motivation, suggestions and techniques. Students must have fiber arts experience and must purchase own supplies.

Floor Loom Weaving Instructor: John Christian. This class introduces students to principles and techniques of floor loom weaving, including warp preparation, dressing the loom, pattern drafting, and basic loom-controlled and weaver-controlled weaves. Emphasis will be on developing a personal approach to fiber media.

Knitting II Instructor: Bethany O’Neil. In this class students will advance their knitting skills in pattern reading, advanced stitches, and cabling. Bring in intermediate to advanced patterns and yarn for projects you want to start and the instructor will assist you with your project. Students will also learn to seam garment pieces together as well as measuring and altering the pattern so that the fit is better.

Machine Sewing Techniques Students will learn the basic professional techniques used in the construction of garments. Sewing techniques, including cutting, construction, and finishing, are explored, using machines to create sample garments in varying types of fabrics.

Quilting 101 Instructor: Karen Despot. This class is for those students who want to learn how to start and finish a quilt and learn new tips and tricks for piecing, hand sewing and machine quilting. Students will complete a sampler project to show off their new skills. Supply list will be available upon registration.

Repurposing Clothing and Other Fabrics Don't donate it or throw it away, repurpose it! Renew, reuse, repurpose and recycle your old wardrobe by creating exciting new garments using existing pieces. Bring in old favorites to turn them into modern pieces of wearable art. No experience necessary.

If interested in taking a class and it is not on our schedule at this time, email us to sign up today. When we obtain the minimum number of students required, we will contact you to schedule the class at your convenience.

This non-credit program is managed by:
Workforce Development and Continuing Education
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 276.656.0260

Wood

Fine Woodworking and Woodturning

Purpose: This certificate provides a look at the fine art of wood crafting, along with designing and constructing high quality custom-built furniture and accessories. The program prepares graduates to concentrate on establishing their own fine woodworking business.

Courses:

Artisan Entrepreneurship The basics of starting and operating a business, designed to meet the specific needs of the Artisan Business. Traditional business planning, negotiation strategies, communication skills, developing strategic business relationships and creative issues are addressed in the class.

Elements of Design This course will introduce ideas, methodologies, principles, and skills that comprise a common knowledge base important to all design disciplines. These design fundamentals foster a multidisciplinary design experience among students and prepare them to move to the next level in any arts or crafts field.

Finishing Techniques An introduction to wood finishes, including those that can be applied by hand and sprayed, this course includes surface preparation, stains, dyes, sealers, polish, shellac, varnish, oils, waxes, and basic spraying techniques.

Intermediate Woodturning Instructor: Burr Fox. The student will be introduced to the turning of hollow forms, elements of design and form for artistic merit. The student will be given the opportunity to explore the various types of wood medium to produce a viable creation of wood.

Introduction to Fine Woodworking Instructor: Burr Fox. Students learn about wood as a medium for realizing their designs. Topics include the milling technique, mortise and tenor joinery, surface preparations, and application of finishes. Students learn safe use of the radial saw, jointer, planer, table saw, band saw, drill press, horizontal boring machine and router.

Introduction to Woodworking Hand Tools This class covers the maintenance, sharpening, and use of basic hand tools, including chisels, planes, spoke shaves, marking knives, hand saws, and scrapers. Various sharpening systems will be discussed. Students will build two hand planes and practice hand tool use.

Woodturning Instructor: Terry Mitchell. The student will be introduced to the turning of hollow forms, elements of design and form for artistic merit. The student will be given the opportunity to explore the various types of wood medium to produce a viable creation of wood.

Woodworking Open Studio Instructor: Burr Fox. Open lab for completing assignments or individual designs and to work in a self-paced, supportive and creative environment. Teaching staff will meet with students on a pre-determined schedule to assist with ideas, motivation, suggestions and techniques. Students must have woodworking experience and must purchase own supplies.

If interested in taking a class and it is not on our schedule at this time, email us to sign up today. When we obtain the minimum number of students required, we will contact you to schedule the class at your convenience.

This non-credit program is managed by:
Workforce Development and Continuing Education
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 276.656.0260

Glass

Glass Art

Purpose: This certificate provides individuals the skills needed to develop a career in the intricate techniques of glass art including etching, fusing, slumping and stained glass.

Courses:

Advanced Glass Fusing Using multiple layers of glass, inclusion of objects, slumping and fusing, students will create glass art utilizing all techniques of fused glass.

Artisan Entrepreneurship The basics of starting and operating a business, designed to meet the specific needs of the Artisan Business. Traditional business planning, negotiation strategies, communication skills, developing strategic business relationships and creative issues are addressed in the class.

Basic Glass Fusing Instructor: Susie Pool. Students will learn the basics of glass fusing. Students will learn to cut glass, select the correct types of glass, and design a project. They will learn how to prepare the molds and kiln for firing as well as the basics of kiln firing. Each student will make several small pieces, such as tiles, coasters and/or sun-catchers.

Elements of Design This course will introduce ideas, methodologies, principles, and skills that comprise a common knowledge base important to all design disciplines. These design fundamentals foster a multidisciplinary design experience among students and prepare them to move to the next level in any arts or crafts field.

Fused Glass Open Studio Instructor: Susie Pool. Open lab for completing assignments or individual designs and to work in a self-paced, supportive and creative environment. Teaching staff will meet with students on a pre-determined schedule to assist with ideas, motivation, suggestions and techniques. Students must have fused glass experience and must purchase own supplies.

Intensive Glass Fusing & Kiln-Forming Take basic fusing to the next level! Multiple layers of glass will be fused; frit, powders, stringers, and noodles will be incorporated in the projects. Several projects will be designed, fused and slumped to create dishes, bowls, and other types of vessels.

Intermediate Stained Glass This class explores the history and techniques of stained glass. Students will produce stained glass samples using traditional joining techniques.

Introduction to Stained Glass Instructor: Lynn Berry. Explores the history and techniques of stained glass. Produces stained glass samples using traditional joining techniques.

Stained Glass Open Studio Instructor: Lynn Berry. Open lab for completing assignments or individual designs and to work in a self-paced, supportive and creative environment. Teaching staff will meet with students on a pre-determined schedule to assist with ideas, motivation, suggestions and techniques. Students must have stained glass experience and must purchase own supplies.

If interested in taking a class and it is not on our schedule at this time, email us to sign up today. When we obtain the minimum number of students required, we will contact you to schedule the class at your convenience.

This non-credit program is managed by:
Workforce Development and Continuing Education
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 276.656.0260

Jewelry

Jewelry Fabrication

Purpose: This certificate offers individuals knowledge in the basic processes used in the design and creation of jewelry. Students will gain hands-on experience in using a variety of materials and techniques to design and create unique pieces of wearable art.

Courses:

Advanced Beaded Jewelry Learn to take your jewelry making skills to the next level. Students will learn many techniques including wire wrapping, multiple strand beading, and the use of multiple media to create beautiful jewelry.

Artisan Entrepreneurship The basics of starting and operating a business, designed to meet the specific needs of the Artisan Business. Traditional business planning, negotiation strategies, communication skills, developing strategic business relationships and creative issues are addressed in the class.

Creating Beaded Jewelry Learn to make jewelry like a professional. Using a variety of tools and techniques, students will design and create wearable works of art.

Creating Fused Glass Jewelry Instructor: Susan Weeks. Students will use stringers, frit, iridized, and dichroic glass to create pendants, earrings, rings and more. Students will learn the techniques of designing and firing glass and will create several pieces of unique jewelry.

Introduction to Beaded Jewelry Instructor: Susan Weeks. This is a well-rounded overview of beading which covers different beading techniques available, different types of beads, the differences of metals, different tools and when to use them, and supplies. The class provides students with step-by-step instructions on the different ways to create and close off a piece of jewelry using stretch elastic, memory wire, multiple strands, lariats, and strung pieces. The techniques can be used to create limitless original pieces. This class gives students both a practical knowledge base, and ideas on how to spark their imaginations to express themselves creatively.

Introduction to Wire-Wrapped Jewelry Instructor: Susan Weeks. Students will learn the basics of wirewrapping using multiple gauges and types of metals. Several projects will be completed during the class.

Jewelry Open Studio Open lab for completing assignments or individual designs and to work in a self-paced, supportive and creative environment. Teaching staff will meet with students on a pre-determined schedule to assist with ideas, motivation, suggestions and techniques. Students must have jewelry making experience and must purchase own supplies.

Texturizing and Stamping Metal Jewelry Personalized jewelry is all the craze! During this class students will learn various techniques to texturize and customized metal. Students will create earrings, charms, necklaces and more.

Working with Precious Metal Clay Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is fine silver in a workable clay-like form. In this workshop you will learn the steps to successfully work with PMC. Students will also learn the proper use of tools; mold making techniques to create textures; firing techniques, and finishing techniques. Students will complete several pieces of jewelry during the class.

If interested in taking a class and it is not on our schedule at this time, email us to sign up today. When we obtain the minimum number of students required, we will contact you to schedule the class at your convenience.

This non-credit program is managed by:
Workforce Development and Continuing Education
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 276.656.0260

Pottery

Pottery

Purpose: This certificate provides in-depth exploration of the history of pottery making, developing skills to work in a clay medium, in the design and development of pottery as a functional artistic art and to prepare students for positions within associated industries, including tourism, or with the skills needed to establish their own self-supporting business in this niche industry.

Courses:

Artisan Entrepreneurship The basics of starting and operating a business, designed to meet the specific needs of the Artisan Business. Traditional business planning, negotiation strategies, communication skills, developing strategic business relationships and creative issues are addressed in the class.

Ceramic Glaze Techniques This class will explore the procedures for preparing and using ceramic glazes, from the classification various glaze types, to calculating formulas and mixing glazes, to the methods for applying and firing them.

Elements of Design This course will introduce ideas, methodologies, principles, and skills that comprise a common knowledge base important to all design disciplines. These design fundamentals foster a multidisciplinary design experience among students and prepare them to move to the next level in any arts or crafts field.

Introduction to Hand-Building Pottery Instructor: Jessica McAlexander. Students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts and skills related to hand crafted hand-built pottery. Students will develop the ability to produce sound work and will learn the basic glazing techniques.

Pottery I Students will be introduced to various techniques including slab, coil, and pinch forming for sculptural application.

Pottery II Continues the foundations of Part 1 with an emphasis on additional experience in coil, and pinch forming. The student will develop good abilities for making sound work and learn basic glazing techniques.

Pottery Open Studio Open lab for completing assignments or individual designs and to work in a self-paced, supportive and creative environment. Teaching staff will meet with students on a pre-determined schedule to assist with ideas, motivation, suggestions and techniques. Students must have pottery experience and must purchase own supplies.

Surface Decoration and Glazing Instructor: Jessica McAlexander. In this class students will learn several finishing techniques used in ceramics, for both functional food safe pottery, as well as decorative work. Students will also learn how to add texture to raw clay using tools and slip carving. Students will also glaze their pieces.

Wheel Thrown Pottery Instructor: Jessica McAlexander. Fundamental concepts and skills related to hand crafted wheel thrown pottery is built upon. Historical precedents and contemporary examples are covered. The student should be able to demonstrate competence by producing six cylinders 12” high and 6” across with walls a consistent thickness.

If interested in taking a class and it is not on our schedule at this time, email us to sign up today. When we obtain the minimum number of students required, we will contact you to schedule the class at your convenience.

This non-credit program is managed by:
Workforce Development and Continuing Education
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 276.656.0260