CLASSES

Fall Session 2022

FALL SESSION – 8 Weeks

October 16 – December 17, 2022
*November 20 – 26: Studios Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday.
Classes and workshops available for Youth and Adults!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR FALL 2022! WE HAVE A NEW REGISTRATION SYSTEM THROUGH ULTRACAMP SO YOU WILL NEED TO CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR CLASSES. PLEASE CALL 574-235-9102 IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE.

An Art Journal page by Ninette Delyannides
Handbuilt sculpture by Jennifer Zona
Campers from Summer Camp 2022 - Darkroom Photography
A student in Weaving works at the loom

Art History


(8-week Intensive)
Elise DeSomer
Mondays 6:00PM – 9:00PM starting October 17
Regular Tuition: $150

This class will address present-day philosophy regarding human relationships to art objects. We will open our minds with deep questions such as: What is aesthetic attunement? How does art enmesh us with our environment? What about art “hooks” us in? What constitutes an aesthetic experience? Does art exist outside our minds? How does the digital age shape aesthetic experiences? What is the Anthropocene and how is it changing our relationships to art? What is posthumanism, actor-network theory, and object-oriented ontology? 

Readings will include: 

Hooked by Rita Felski 

All Art is Ecological by Timothy Morton 

Alien Phenomenology: What it’s Like to Be a Thing by Ian Bogost 

Our Aesthetic Categories: The Zany, Cute, and Interesting by Sianna Ngai 

Handouts and readings will be provided for additional context. No prerequisites since our first class will go over historic foundational thinkers that the selected texts respond to such as Plato, Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger in bite sized pieces. The maximum reading load will be about 75 pages per week, with abridged selected page ranges for busy people. There will be no required papers, but those who are interested in art writing or applying to grad school may ask for prompts and feedback from the instructor.

Ceramics

All Adult Ceramics classes include a 25 pound bag of clay and full access to studio glazes and equipment, open studio hours, and space in scheduled kiln firings. All Youth Ceramics classes provide all clay, supplies, and kiln firings.

Sundays 9:30AM – 12:30PM starting Oct. 16
Regular Tuition: $210

In this introductory wheel-throwing class, students will learn techniques to gain control of the wheel and begin throwing their own pottery. No experience required! Come have fun with us!

Sundays 1:00 – 3:00PM Regular Tuition: $175 In this introductory wheel-throwing class, students will learn techniques to gain control of the wheel and begin throwing their own pottery. No experience required! It’s a relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Kathy Fodness
Tuesdays 9:30AM – 12:30PM starting Oct.18
Regular Tuition: $210

Kathy Fodness, long time SBMA student turned instructor, offers this class for experienced potters, with the focus on wheel throwing, hand altering, surface decorating, and glazing techniques. Come on in and join the fun!

Tuesdays 2:00PM – 5:00PM starting Oct. 18
Regular Tuition: $210

This class is for students who are looking to elevate their surface design. We will explore techniques such as sgraffito, relief carving, slip-trailing, glazing and more. Bring your greenware pieces or throw them in class.

Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm starting October 18 Regular Tuition: $210 This intermediate to advanced pottery course focuses on pushing the student’s creativity and skillsets on the potter’s wheel. Techniques such as section throwing, coil throwing and adding texture to your work will be covered throughout this course. Hope to see you there!

Thursdays 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Regular Tuition: $210

Kathy Fodness, long time SBMA student turned instructor, offers this class for all skill levels, with the focus on wheel throwing, hand altering, surface decorating, and glazing techniques. Whether you’re a seasoned potter or a beginner wanting to advance your skills, come on in and join the fun!

Thursdays 2:00PM – 5:00 PM starting Oct. 20
Regular Tuition: $210

Handbuilding is an ancient pottery-making technique that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using the hands, fingers, and simple tools. We will cover the techniques of pinching, coiling and slab building. Once you have experience with these three methods, you can make just about any object out of clay. We start with pinching, and build upon the technique with coiling, then to slab construction. This class will introduce the basic handbuilding techniques used to build functional and sculptural forms. No previous experience in clay is needed for this class.

Thursdays 6:30 – 9:30PM starting Oct. 20
Regular Tuition: $210

A pottery class designed to show you all the tricks and secrets of clay. Explore wheel techniques, handbuilding, and glazing methods through various demonstrations. Students are welcome to bring project ideas, problems, and dreams to this class. Beginners are welcome.

Saturdays 11:00AM – 1:00PM starting Oct. 22
Regular Tuition: $175
Ages 9-12

In this class you will learn several methods of building with clay from the SBMA’s own Ceramic Studio Specialist, Megan Archer. There will be a combination of thrown, handbuilt, and altered techniques to create a stacking garden sculpture. We will create different sections each class day. Classes later in the session will be spent glazing and assembling the sculptures.

Ages 6-8
Saturdays 1:30PM – 2:30PM starting October 22
Regular Tuition: $150

Create one of a kind hand built works of art using various kinds of clay. From low fire red clay to dark stoneware clay you will be able to explore the wonders of clay. The class will focus on hand building techniques that include pinching, cutting, rolling and attaching clay together.

Drawing & Painting

Registrants for Adult Drawing and Painting classes are responsible for providing their own supplies. See individual class descriptions for instructions on supplies. All supplies are provided by the Museum in Youth Classes and Workshops unless otherwise noted.

Mondays 1:00PM – 4:00PM starting October 17
Regular Tuition: $155

In this eight-week class for continuing watercolor students, participants will work on watercolor landscape projects of their own choosing, with individual instruction on techniques to achieve desired effects. Discussions on the use of reference materials, photographs, creating dramatic lighting in your paintings, and various methods to add texture and depth will be interspersed throughout the course to meet the needs of students. Reference materials will be made available for those needing suggestions on what to paint.

Tuesdays 6:30PM – 9:30PM starting October 18
Regular Tuition: $155

This is an advanced pastel studio for continuing students who have completed Landscapes in Pastels with instructor Cathy McCormick. Students should be familiar with their supplies and the use of soft pastels. Class structure will be informal, with critiques provided on request.

Thursdays 1:00PM – 4:00PM starting October 20
Regular Tuition: $155

Utilizing basic Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain techniques, this class offers an opportunity to expand your creative skills and proceed with weekly exercises that will offer further exploration by applying themes of Nature, Portrait, Landscapes, Still Life, and Personal Choice—while delving further into values and color.

Class members should have basic drawing skills and wish to expand their abilities to create more detailed and creative imagery—not only with their drawing—but learn techniques that can be applied to other areas of their work no matter the medium. Each class will begin with a short lecture and a quick warm up session with personal attention to areas students wish to improve upon. Class members will be encouraged to practice techniques that will take their work beyond the basics and explore ways to approach and expand their creativity.

Wednesdays 1:00PM – 4:00PM starting October 19
Regular Tuition: $155

Calling all novice and veteran painters working in oil, acrylic, gouache, or tempera! This class is structured for independent work, collaboration, and mentorship between students and the instructor, with demos and discussion decided based on students’ interests. This is a great choice for self-driven painters to learn new techniques.

This class is for Teens and Adults ages 13+
Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00PM starting October 18
$140

Join us as we delve into the whys and how to use an art journal. Explore, record, test, experiment and follow your curiosity: it is just the beginning! Class time will be spent diving into the many ways Art Journals can expand your creative life. Each participant will receive a blank journal to work from during the length of the class.

Wednesdays 9:00AM – 12:00PM starting October 19
Regular Tuition: $155

Let’s paint still life, landscapes, and abstract paintings in the transparent media of watercolor. This class is designed for beginner painters or for those who haven’t picked up a brush for a while. You’ll learn the many ways this fluid media can be tamed to create something unique.
Together we will make art by learning about the tools that help you control the flow and color of your paint. The group is kept small so there is plenty of time for individual attention.

Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00PM starting October 20
Regular Tuition: $125

All-purpose class. Beginners welcome. Experience making art now with personal instruction in any medium (paint, pastel, watercolor, pencil, print, photography, etc.) wih emphasis on getting it done. Visits to the Museum’s permanent collection and from local artists for encouragement and critiques.

Wednesdays 5:30 – 8:30PM starting October 19

Regular Tuition: $155

Learn the basics to create illustrations for print and digital use. Walk through the illustration process from concept to completion, working with different mediums and layouts to create images that complement the written word through small projects.

Thursdays 9:00am – 12:00pm starting October 20 Regular Tuition: $155 This class is a beginner’s guide to acrylic on canvas painting. If you want to try painting for the first time, then this class is for you. Bring a friend, it will be fun. The group is kept small so there is plenty of time for individual attention. We’ll build up layers step by step together until it’s complete. There will be opportunities to paint objects, nature scenes, and a lovely fish! Work at your own pace to enjoy the learning process.

Ages 9-12
Saturdays 9:00AM – 11:00AM starting October 22
Regular Tuition: $110

Many artists begin creating art from what they see around them before they begin to create abstract art. This class will explore drawing and painting through still life as well as abstract drawing, painting, and collage. Supplies are provided in class.

Ages 13+
Saturdays 11:00AM – 1:00PM starting October 22
Regular Tuition: $110

Many artists begin creating art from what they see around them before they begin to create abstract art. This class will explore drawing and painting through still life as well as abstract drawing, painting, and collage. Supplies are provided in class.

Jewelry & Metals

Mondays 6:00 – 9:00PM starting October 17
Regular Tuition: $180

This class is for students who have foundational jewelry and metals experience (cutting, soldering, forming, finishing). We will explore more advanced methods in mechanisms, sculptural forms, and surface finishes through the history, design and construction of containers. 18-20 ga. copper will be the primary metal but we will also use silver components and found objects. Students are responsible for the cost of metal used in each project.

Photography

Wednesdays 6:00 – 9:00PM starting October 19
Regular Tuition: $155

Over the course of eight weeks, students will become familiar with SLR film cameras and utilizing manual settings in creative methods. Students will learn the entire photographic film process, beginning with capturing artistic photographs, then developing film, and eventually creating prints in the darkroom. Both technical skills and creative skills will be emphasized. Supplies required: 35 mm black & white 400-speed film (Ilford HP5 Plus, Kodak Tri-X 400, etc.) 24-36 exposures, 4 rolls -Manual SLR film camera, three ring binder, additional photographic paper if needed. Supplies provided by the Museum: Darkroom photographic paper, Negative archival storage for 35 mm film.

Weaving and Textiles

Wednesdays 6:30 – 9:30PM starting October 19
Regular Tuition: $155

Learn the art of weaving using traditional techniques on a floor loom with a friendly and encouraging group of experienced weavers. Beginning students may choose from among several projects that will enable them to understand the basic process. Those with experience will have the opportunity for individual consultation about materials, pattern structures, resources, planning and designing their own projects, and more. The studio has all necessary tools, but students are responsible for other materials.

Saturday November 5 1:00 – 4:00PM
Regular Tuition: $65

This one-day workshop will include all the materials you need to create a custom-painted scarf. There will be examples of scarves for inspiration, but you can bring in your photos if you have a specific purpose. Be creative with your design ideas so you have a piece of wearable fashion that you enjoy. If you can draw it, you can paint it on a scarf!

Saturday, October 22
10:00am – 2:00pm
Regular Tuition: $70

Come Dye with us: Fabric Patterning using Shibori Folds, colorfast dye and paint. No prerequisite skill is needed. In this four hour workshop we will collectively: mix, monitor, and learn how to vat dye with procion mx dye; use Shibori fabric folding techniques to create two different patterns for the vat dye; create multiple pattern samples; and drip dye two additional pieces of fabric based on our created samples.

This process may permanently color the clothing or shoes that you wear, so please dress accordingly. Bring your own lunch, and if possible, bring your own iron. Irons will not be dyed nor damaged in the process. End goal: 4 pieces of cotton fabric with four different patterns, 2 vat dyed, 2 drip dyed. You can take these pieces home and display them as is, or incorporate them into your next project!

Workshops

Saturday November 5 1:00 – 4:00PM
Regular Tuition: $65

This one-day workshop will include all the materials you need to create a custom-painted scarf. There will be examples of scarves for inspiration, but you can bring in your photos if you have a specific purpose. Be creative with your design ideas so you have a piece of wearable fashion that you enjoy. If you can draw it, you can paint it on a scarf!

Saturday, October 22
10:00am – 2:00pm
Regular Tuition: $70

Come Dye with us: Fabric Patterning using Shibori Folds, colorfast dye and paint. No prerequisite skill is needed. In this four hour workshop we will collectively: mix, monitor, and learn how to vat dye with procion mx dye; use Shibori fabric folding techniques to create two different patterns for the vat dye; create multiple pattern samples; and drip dye two additional pieces of fabric based on our created samples.

This process may permanently color the clothing or shoes that you wear, so please dress accordingly. Bring your own lunch, and if possible, bring your own iron. Irons will not be dyed nor damaged in the process. End goal: 4 pieces of cotton fabric with four different patterns, 2 vat dyed, 2 drip dyed. You can take these pieces home and display them as is, or incorporate them into your next project!

Open Studios

Open Studios are for past students who have already recently completed one or more beginning classes in that specific Studio area and wish to work on projects independently. Open Studio hours are determined every session after classes have been scheduled.

Regular Tuition $190
Open Studio Pass for Ceramics includes a 25 pound bag of clay and full access to studio glazes and equipment, scheduled open studio hours, and space in scheduled kiln firings.

Fall Open Studio Hours for Ceramics:
Studio Classes take first priority and Open Studio hours are subject to change.

Monday: 4:00 – 8:00PM
Wednesday: 9:30AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 4:00PM – 8:00PM
Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: No Ceramics Open Studio hours due to classes.

Regular Tuition: $160

Metals Open Studio Pass includes gas for torches and use of community tools and equipment. Studio users are responsible for providing their own metal and specialty tools/supplies.

Fall Metals Open Studio Hours:
Studio Classes take first priority and Open Studio hours are subject to change.

Sunday: 9:30AM – 4:00PM,
Monday: Metals Closed
Tuesday: 9:30AM – 8:00PM,
Wednesday: 9:30AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 4:00PM – 8:00PM
Friday: 4:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday: 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Regular Tuition: $150

Fall Weaving Open Studio Hours:
Studio Classes take first priority and Open Studio hours are subject to change.

Sunday: 9:30AM – 4:00PM,
Monday: 4:00 – 8:00PM
Tuesday: 9:30AM – 8:00PM,
Wednesday: 9:30AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 4:00PM – 8:00PM
Friday: 4:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday: 9:30AM – 4:00PM

 

Regular Tuition: $150

Fall Darkroom Open Studio Hours:
Studio Classes take first priority and Open Studio hours are subject to change.

Sunday: 9:30AM – 4:00PM,
Monday: 4:00 – 8:00PM
Tuesday: 9:30AM – 8:00PM,
Wednesday: 9:30AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 4:00PM – 8:00PM
Friday: 4:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday: 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Scholarships

The SBMA offers scholarships for classes and workshops. To learn more and apply, click here

Are you a teaching artist?

The SBMA is always seeking ideas for new classes and workshops. If you are an experienced instructor with an excitement for art, please reach out! Email the Studio Programs Manager, Hannah Ollen, at ollenh@southbendart.org to learn more.