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Upcoming Art Courses

Art Workshops

Learn the renowned techniques of light and shadow as used by John Singer Sargent in this focused watercolor workshop. Elevate your paintings by capturing the subtle interplay of luminosity and contrast, embodying the essence of Sargent's mastery.
#12016, Truax-Protective Services, 6/8-6/9, Saturday and Sunday, 9 AM-3 PM Instructor: Lee Schauer
Explore the world of Cyanotype! Originating from the 18th century, this printing technique uses UV light (we will use the sun!) to create mesmerizing white and Prussian blue images. We will focus on the fundamentals of cyanotype on both paper and fabric. We will collect botanicals and other ephemera to craft unique prints. By the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to create frameable prints, greeting cards, or pillow cases!
#12026, Truax-Main Building, 6/22-6/23, Saturday and Sunday 10 AM-2 PM Instructor: Carolyn Spears
Theory and practice merge in this one-day, hands-on workshop, enhancing artistry and technique in color use. Perfect for those eager to refine color skills, deepen creativity, and bring their watercolor works to life.
#12015, Truax-Protective Services, 8/10, Saturday 9 AM-2 PM Instructor: Lee Schauer

General Art

Dive into crafting a unique one-color image for up to 5 shirts. Discover the art of designing, creating screens, and printing on a professional press. Explore the interplay of ink and fabric while unleashing your creativity. Your custom masterpiece will come alive in striking black ink on T-shirts!
#12091, Truax-Main Building, 6/24-7/8, Monday, 5:30-8:30 PM Instructor: David Peterson
Join us to craft a vibrant two-color image for up to 20 eye-catching 11X14" posters. Dive into the art of designing, screen crafting, and printing on a flat-stock press. Experiment with ink and substrate, bringing your vision to life on paper in stunning dual hues. Let your creativity soar in this dynamic printing experience!
#12093, Truax-Main Building, 6/25-7/9, Tuesday, 5:30-8:30 PM Instructor: David Peterson
Experience the magic of printing directly on glass! Dive into crafting a captivating one-color Key Line image to be printed in reverse on glass. Explore vintage advertisement styles, master screen crafting, and create custom signage or repeated images.
#12092, Truax-Main Building, 6/26-7/10, Wednesday, 5:30-8:30 PM Instructor: David Peterson
Create your own VR world. This introductory class will cover the fundamentals of virtual reality art design as you make your own fully immersive 3d virtual world to take home. Hosted at our state-of-the-art Madison XR Center on the Truax Campus.
#35462, Truax-Main Building, 9/4-10/9, Wednesday, 5-8 PM Instructor: Damian Roth

Art Metals

This introductory class is open to all levels and will cover the fundamentals of welding and plasma cutting as you make a pre-determined garden sculpture or seasonal decor.
#12062, Truax-Main Building, 7/9-8/13, Tuesday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Amanda Neumaier
Create your own metal sculpture using a combination of fabrication and welding techniques. This class will expand your knowledge of welding and sculpture design as you make your own personalized art. Students must have taken "Art Welding for Beginners" or have prior welding experience.
#11989, Truax-Main Building, 5/23-6/27, Thursday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Amanda Neumaier
#11990, Truax-Main Building, 7/17-8/13, Saturday, 9 AM-12 PM Instructor: Dan Fox
Jewelry Studio Lab is for advanced students who want to work on their own designs and projects with the personalized guidance of an experienced teaching artist. The instructor will consult and guide you on an individual basis so you can create successful pieces.
#12085, Commercial Ave., 6/19-8/7, Wednesday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Julia Jiannacopoulos
This is a beginning level class that focuses on the fundamentals of jewelry/metalsmithing using neck adornment as a venue for expression. Various methods of chain making, linking techniques, bails, and clasps will be demonstrated and discussed.
#12063, Commercial Ave., 7/30-8/22, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 AM-12 PM Instructor: Cate Richards
Develop an appreciation and learn essential skills for different aspects of metalsmithing. Basic techniques and concepts such as sawing, piercing, texturing, soldering, bezel-setting and more will be explored as you design and create jewelry or small objects.
#36844, Commercial Ave., 8/27-12/3, Tuesday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Yuyen Chang
Expand on your techniques! This class is for you if you've completed Jewelry 1 and/or have basic fabrication skills. Demonstrations include advanced stone settings and Mokume-Gane, a Japanese metalworking technique that results in a distinctive woodgrain effect.
#35328, Commercial Ave., 8/29-12/12, Thursday, 5:30-8:30 PM Instructor: Hiroko Yamada
Ready to further you skills and choose your own adventure? Run in a workshop manner, this course will include demonstrations (such as photo etching, tube setting, marriage of metal, and casting) are based on the desires and needs of students in the class. Students should have completed Jewelry 1 or equivalent.
#36817, Commercial Ave., 8/29-12/12, Thursday, 9 AM-12 PM Instructor: Hiroko Yamada

Ceramics and Sculpture

This course is suitable for all levels; from those who are just beginning to those who want to continue their practice. This class will cover the basics of wheel throwing, surface design techniques and glazing. 25lbs of clay, glazes and firing included.
#12054, Commercial Ave, 6/5-7/31, Wednesday, 9 AM-12 PM Instructor: Scott Draves
#10096, Commercial Ave, 6/5-7/31, Wednesday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Gloria Van Dixhorn
#12064, Commercial Ave, 6/6-8/1, Thursday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Gloria Van Dixhorn
#10142, Commercial Ave, 6/17-8/5, Monday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Dean Leeper
Join us for an exciting two-day Raku Workshop where you'll dive into the ancient art of Raku pottery, a firing technique celebrated for its unique and unpredictable results. In this immersive experience, participants will learn the intricacies of glazing and firing bisque pieces to create stunning and one-of-a-kind ceramic artworks. Bring up to 5 already bisqued stoneware/raku clay pieces no more than 9" tall on the first day to glaze.
#12061, Commercial Ave., 7/19-7/22, Friday and Monday, 9 AM-12 PM Instructor: Scott Draves
#12079, Commercial Ave., 7/19-7/22, Friday and Monday, 1-4 PM Instructor: Rachelle Miller
Join ceramic artist Rachelle Miller as she demonstrates various surface decoration approaches, including stencils, sgraffito, monoprinting, and slip transfer. These techniques will open up new and exciting possibilities in your creative practice. This workshop is open to students of all clay abilities. Lunch Included!
#10102, Commercial Ave, 8/10, Saturday, 9 AM-4 PM Instructor: Rachelle Miller
This 15 week course is suitable for all levels; from those who are just beginning to those who want to continue their practice. This class will cover the basics of wheel throwing, surface design techniques and glazing. 50lbs of clay, glazes and firing included.
#35178, Commercial Ave., 8/26-12/9, Monday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Gloria Van Dixhorn
#35206, Commercial Ave., 8/28-12/11, Wednesday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Gloria Van Dixhorn
#36774, Commercial Ave., 9/3-12/10, Tuesday, 9 AM-12 PM Instructor: Scott Draves

Painting and Drawing

For beginners or continuing students refining their watercolor skills, this class will be filled with technical information, demonstrations, individual instruction, and lots of time to paint. Learn brush handling, color theory and watercolor techniques such as washes, glazes, and textural effects. Choose subject matter from photos, book references or still lifes as the class explores painting styles from realism to abstract.
#10020 Truax-Protective Services, 7/9-8/13, Tuesday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Alfredo Rodriguez
#35190 Truax-Protective Services, 8/20-9/24, Tuesday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Alfredo Rodriguez
#35192 Truax-Protective Services, 10/1-11/5, Tuesday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Alfredo Rodriguez
#35196 Truax-Protective Services, 11/12-12/17, Tuesday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Alfredo Rodriguez
See digital art in a whole new light. This class is a beginner level exploration of the tools, theory, techniques and tricks of working with digital devices and creative software to create digital artworks. Learn to produce digital paintings and conceptual art by applying traditional art skills in a virtual environment. Required: An iPad with apple pencil, or Android tablet with a stylus, OR desktop/laptop computer with a Wacom or other drawing tablet attached. The primary app we will use for the class is Procreate for iPad, but participants can also use other software including Sketchbook, Krita, Painter, or Photoshop.
#12055, Online Live, 6/17-7/8, Mondays, 6-9 PM Instructor: Justin King
This is an 8 week introductory course for any students interested in learning
the basics of Digital Art! The class will help students understand the fundamentals and tools that exist across multiple workspaces and will aid them in exploring different digital drawing software.
#12045, Truax-Health Education Building, 6/17-8/5, Monday, 6-7:30 PM Instructor: Jessica Ellenbecker
Explore the beautiful world of watercolors and gain confidence in your skills. You'll receive technical information, individualized instruction, and experience engaging demonstrations. Learn essential techniques like brush handling, color theory, washes, glazes, and textural effects, and explore a variety of painting styles from realism to abstract.
#12014 Truax-Protective Services Building, 7/10-8/14, Wednesday, 1-4 PM Instructor: Lee Schauer
Capture the essence of nature while visiting a number of local sites. Learn techniques for painting in watercolor outdoors- embracing light, color and atmosphere. Some watercolor experience recommended.
#12013 Truax-Protective Services Building, 7/10-8/14, Wednesday, 9 AM-12 PM Instructor: Lee Schauer
Students will have the opportunity to observe the instructor demonstrating acrylic painting techniques and can either choose to paint along with a class project or may select an individual project. The instructor will accommodate all levels of painting skills, from beginning to advanced, will help students with ideas for subject matter, composition, color, etc., and will encourage each student to develop their own painting style.
#10120, Truax-Protective Services, 7/11-8/29, Thursday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Lee Schauer
Do you want to become a better artist this summer? This workshop is ideal for those who want to recharge their artistic spirit and confidence in drawing. Through a convenient and condensed series of classes you will gain an understanding of the essential principles of drawing. Ideal for beginners as well as those with experience.
#12048, Truax-Main Building, 7/22-8/12, Monday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Thanasi Papapostolou
Drawing the human portrait has long been a challenging art form and one that requires a sequential approach. The purpose of this class is to provide such sequential approaches as well as the principles of drawing a portrait from a live model, such as establishing the scale, pose, and proportions. If you have ever struggled with drawing the features of the face, this workshop is for you. Suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced artists.
#10124 Truax-Main Building, 7/24-8/14, Wednesday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Thanasi Papapostolou
Embark on a floral watercolor journey! Learn to paint delicate petals, lush foliage, and intricate blooms with grace and precision. Explore various techniques like wet-on-wet blending, layering, and detail work to create stunning botanical compositions. Develop your style as you infuse life into your paintings, capturing the beauty of flowers on paper. Prior watercolor experience strongly recommended.
#36853, Truax-Protective Services Building, 9/9-9/30, Monday, 5:30-8:30 PM Instructor: Lee Schauer
Explore the beautiful world of watercolors and gain confidence in your skills. You'll receive technical information, individualized instruction, and experience engaging demonstrations. Learn essential techniques like brush handling, color theory, washes, glazes, and textural effects, and explore a variety of painting styles from realism to abstract.
#35348, Truax-Protective Services Building, 9/11-10/30, Wednesday, 9 AM-12 PM Instructor: Lee Schauer
Dive into the depths of watercolor mastery with our advanced class! Explore complex techniques like wet-on-wet blending, glazing, and color lifting to create stunning depth and luminosity in your paintings. Develop your own style under expert guidance, mastering composition and color theory for expressive, captivating artworks. You should have completed Beginning Watercolor or equivalent to take this course.
#36855, Truax-Protective Services Building, 9/11-10/30, Wednesday, 1-4 PM Instructor: Lee Schauer
Delve into the art of acrylic painting, tailored for beginners or those seeking to refresh their skills. Uncover the secrets of acrylic painting materials, color theory, form, and composition. Spark your creativity through demonstrations and hands-on painting, and develop your ability to view the world through an artistic lens.
#35426, Truax-Protective Services, 9/11-10/30, Wednesday, 5:30-8:30 PM Instructor: Lee Schauer
Unlock the full potential of acrylics in our advanced painting class! Delve into intricate layering, texture creation, and advanced color mixing techniques to bring your visions to life with depth and vibrancy. Refine your skills in composition and visual storytelling while exploring diverse styles and subjects. You must have taken Beg. Acrylic, All levels Acrylic or have equivalent experience.
#36854, Truax-Protective Services Building, 9/12-11/7, Thursday, 5:30-8:30 PM Instructor: Lee Schauer
This class will introduce basic techniques so you can create accurate drawings as you work from observation. The skills and concepts presented will provide an initial framework for your talent, build confidence in your ability, and amplify your creativity.
#35242, Truax-Main Building, 9/18-11/6, Wednesday, 6-8:30 PM Instructor: Thanasi Papapostolou
Drawing the human figure is considered by centuries of artists and art academies to be the indispensable foundation of the creative arts. This class will introduce the students to the basic principles of figure structure and expression. Progressing sequentially, the student learns how to “see” human form and to render it effectively. This class is a must both for beginners and for those who are seeking to further their understanding and perception of the human figure in drawing, painting, or digital animation. Students will work from a live model and instructor demonstrations. Basic drawing materials are required. Only students the age of 18 or older are allowed to enroll in figure drawing.
#35326, Truax-Main Building, 9/23-11/11, Monday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Thanasi Papapostolou
Capture the essence of your furry friend in our watercolor pet portrait class! Over four weeks, master techniques for depicting fur texture, expressive eyes, and lifelike features. Learn color mixing for realistic tones and create personalized backgrounds that complement your pet's personality. Prior watercolor experience strongly recommended.
#36845, Truax-Protective Services Building, 10/14-9/4, Monday, 5:30-8:30 PM Instructor: Lee Schauer
Character Design will have students developing and creating their own characters that could be used for comics, video games, or animation. This course is intended to teach students how to use character design to tell a story and how to create unique and original characters. We will discuss shape language and how color impact a character’s design and create a wide variety of characters that can fit different roles in a story. Youth Ages 14-18.
#36787, Truax-Protective Services Building, 9/16-10/21, Monday, 6-8 PM Instructor: Jessica Ellenbecker
Introduction to Traditional Drawing is a class designed to help students learn the basics of observational drawing. We will utilize mostly pencils and colored pencils and practice using the Elements of Art to improve drawing skills. Youth Ages 14-18.
#36788, Truax-Protective Services Building, 10/28-12/2, Monday, 6-8 PM Instructor: Jessica Ellenbecker

Fabric Arts

This course introduces the basics of sewing. The topics covered include operation of a sewing machine, familiarity with essential equipment, choosing and preparing a pattern, information on fabric and interfacing selection, and construction of a simple project (typically a skirt) which includes key garment construction techniques: Students will learn: Fabric selection, understanding a pattern; laying out a pattern, marking details, sewing seams; inserting a basic zipper; adding pockets, attaching a waistband and hemming techniques. This is also a great refresher course. Individual help is given along with demonstration of techniques to complete each aspect of garment sewing.
#35252, Commercial Ave, 8/27-10/22, Tuesday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Mary Braucht
#35446, Commercial Ave, 8/27-10/22, Tuesday, 2-5 PM Instructor: Mary Braucht
#36761, Commercial Ave, 8/29-10/24, Thursday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Mary Braucht
#36762, Commercial Ave, 8/29-10/24, Thursday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Mary Braucht
This course is a continuation of the Sewing Beginning course and includes lectures, demonstrations, and individual help. Students will construct a project of their choice that is as the beginner level from a commercial pattern. Topics include: buttonholes, zippers, closures, and some alterations.
#10068, Commercial Ave, 5/23-6/27, Thursday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Mary
This course is a continuation of the Sewing Beginning course and includes lectures, demonstrations, and individual help. Students will construct a ‘Shacket’ [Shirt+Jacket] project from a commercial pattern that is at the intermediate level. Topics include: collars, sleeves, patch pockets, buttonholes, and some minor alterations for proper garment fitting. Individual help is given along with demonstration of techniques to complete each aspect of garment sewing.
#35254, Commercial Ave, 11/5-12/17, Tuesday, 2-5 PM Instructor: Mary Braucht
#36763, Commercial Ave, 11/5-12/17, Tuesday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Mary Braucht
Topics may include any of the following: garment alterations and clothing repairs, adjusting commercial patterns for proper fit, invisible zipper application, understanding interfacing and stabilizers and much more dependent on student interests. Students will bring in their own garments to work on with guidance from the instructor. Individual help is given along with demonstration of various techniques based on students' interests.
#35250, Commercial Ave, 11/7-12/19, Thursday, 2-5 PM Instructor: Mary Braucht
#36764, Commercial Ave, 11/7-12/19, Thursday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Mary Braucht
This class is designed for students who have projects they were unable to complete during the regular semester. Students with some experience who have a small project could also benefit from this class.
#10048, Commercial Ave, 6/5-8/14, Wednesday, 9 AM-12 PM Instructor: Alaine Barr
#10050, Commercial Ave, 6/5-8/14, Wednesday, 1:30-4:30 PM Instructor: Alaine Barr
#10052, Commercial Ave, 6/5-8/14, Wednesday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Alaine Barr
Learn to knit socks on double pointed & circular needles, cuff down & toe up, flapped & short row heels. Class projects will be using baby sized socks to knit in the various techniques.
#12035, Commercial Ave, 6/5-6/26, Wednesday, 6 PM-8 PM Instructor: Elaine Swartzentruber
Macrame is the art of creating textile using knots rather than weaving or knitting. It is an ancient craft that is easy to learn and a great deal of fun. Join us to learn the basics of macrame and create a fabulous plant hanger that can be used indoors or out. In this 2 hour class you will learn how to estimate materials needed and read a pattern as well as SIX knots that will put you on your way to becoming a macrame artist
#10110 Commercial Ave, 6/29, Saturday, 9 AM-12 PM Instructor: Elaine Swartzentruber
#35282 Commercial Ave, 9/21, Saturday, 9 AM-12 PM Instructor: Elaine Swartzentruber
Macrame is a fun, easy to learn and very satisfying craft with lovely results. Learn how to make a macrame wall hanging with beads using basic knots. There will be options for customization and creativity. No prior experience required, but always welcomed!
#12034, Commercial Ave, 7/13, Saturday, 9 AM-12 PM Instructor: Elaine Swartzentruber
Crochet continues to grow in popularity and is a great way to create and keep your hands busy. In this class you will learn equipment selection, basic crocheting stitches and processes, pattern interpretation, yarn study, perfecting gauge, and joining a seam. We’ll work on fun, useful and interesting projects to perfect your skills. No prior crochet experience is required for this class.
#11986, Commercial Ave, 7/17-8/7, Wednesday, 6-8 PM Instructor: Elaine Swartzentruber
#35280, Commercial Ave, 9/26-10/17, Thursday, 6-8 PM Instructor: Elaine Swartzentruber
Ready to move on from basic crochet? Intermediate crochet will advance your skills by exploring more involved stitch combinations, textures, color work and cables as well as delving into shaping techniques and garment construction. Depending on class preferences we may also work at complex amigurumi. You will always have a choice of projects to pursue.
#36792, Commercial Ave, 10/24-11/14, Thursday, 6-8 PM Instructor: Elaine Swartzentruber
Knitting is both a time honored and rapidly growing craft that offers fun, relaxation and the joy of creativity. In this class, you’ll learn how to choose and interpret a pattern and select equipment and yarn. You will also learn to cast on, knit, purl, fix common mistakes, knit in the round, and bind off a project. You will leave the class with finished projects. No prior knitting experience needed.
#35162, Commercial Ave, 9/26-10/31, Tuesday, 6-8 PM Instructor: Elaine Swartzentruber
Have you mastered the knit and purl stitch and are ready to up your knitting game? In this class we will learn to create lace, cables, mosaic color-work and stranded color-work in small doable projects. Skills will include reading pattern charts, provisional cast-ons, seaming pieces, icord, and correcting tension, among others. You must have basic knitting skills.
#35284, Commercial Ave, 11/5-11/26, Tuesday, 6-8 PM Instructor: Elaine Swartzentruber
Learn to develop the knowledge, skills, and process of Upholstery! The course will meet the needs of beginning students as well as those who have acquired some knowledge of the subject. You will gain cutting, fitting, and fabric application skills. As you progress, you will undertake more complex projects, such as channel back chairs, semi-detached cushions, tufting and specialized care for antique pieces. Students should bring their project to the first class (beginners should start with a footstool or small chair).
#35144, Commercial Ave, 9/4-12/11, Wednesday, 1-4 PM Instructor: Alaine Barr
#35146, Commercial Ave, 9/4-12/11, Wednesday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Alaine Barr
#35148, Commercial Ave, 9/10-12/17, Tuesday, 6-9 PM Instructor: Peter Herrera-Montalvan
#35150, Commercial Ave, 9/7-12/14, Saturday, 9 AM - 12 PM Instructor: Peter Herrera-Montalvan

Photography

This course is intended for those who understand the basic point-and-shoot operation of their digital cameras but who are seeking assistance in taking better pictures using composition techniques and making better use of features such as aperture, flash, shutter speed, and more.
#11998, Truax-Health Building, 6/8, Saturday, 9 AM-1 PM Instructor: Tom Fleming
With today’s smartphone camera technology, taking high-quality photos has never been easier. Learn valuable tips and techniques to take your Android or iPhone pictures from good to great. You will learn about lighting, composition, and even helpful apps and camera add-ons. This fun and informative class will also assist you with photo retrieval and backup.
#11997, Truax-Health Building, 6/29, Saturday, 9 AM-1 PM Instructor: Tom Fleming

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