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 ARTS AND CRAFTS (ART)
 
   
ART110: NEW: Leather Post Bound Book

In this spinoff from our Bookbinding 2: Post Binding class, students will make a custom leather bound book with as many pages as they want! The instructor will guide students through personalizing the covers of their books by laser etching a favorite quote, design, or picture onto leather. The class will then bind their books together with metal posts. Post binding is an incredibly versatile alternative to traditional, sewn binding- posts can be easily removed and swapped out for shorter or taller posts, so books can be handily made bigger or smaller. Post binding requires no sewing whatsoever, so it is also a perfect choice for younger makers!

Prerequisites: None! While this is a great companion class to our other bookbinding classes, no prior experience is necessary.

Please note that, while the laser is used during this class, this class will NOT grant the ability to use TechShop's laser cutters. If you wish to use the laser cutters outside of class, please sign up for LAS 103: Laser Cutting & Etching SBU.

1 session currently scheduled:
    NEW: Leather Post Bound Book
(NEW: Leather Bound Book)
Thursday, 12/29/16 5:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
ART1243: Metal Clay Basics

Learn how to handle, model, fire and finish base metal (copper) clay to create jewelry and other small items.

Metal clay is a highly versatile jewelry and craft material that has improved dramatically in recent years. Tiny particles of metal such as bronze, copper and silver are suspended in an organic binder and worked like clay, then are dried and kiln-fired at high temperatures to become pure metal. In the second session, numerous techniques for cleaning, embellishing and finishing the fired pieces will be explored.

We suggest you come prepared for this class with some workable designs in mind suitable for small (approximately 1") fine metal objects.

This class has TWO SESSIONS at two hours each, for a total of four hours. Students who enroll in Day 1 of the class are also enrolling in the following class in the series. Class will be held at the same day and time the following week. Students who do not show up for BOTH sessions will not be passed for this class.

Basic materials will be provided (metal clay, basic tools, etc.)

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Metal Clay Basics
(Metal Clay Basics )
Thursday, 12/29/16 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $120.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $130.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
ART1256: Advanced Metal Clay (PMC Silver) / Kiln SBU / FlexShaft SBU

Make a pure silver ring while learning how to fabricate, fire and finish precious metal clay (PMC) to create fine silver jewelry. You will learn how to work efficiently with PMC, completing a ring as the class project and leaving with a finished piece of art that is uniquely yours.

As part of this session, learn how to fire silver clay in the multi-media kiln as well as how to safely handle a jeweler’s Flex Shaft, a power rotary motor with flexible cable and handpiece, a real time-saver used in finishing your metal clay objects. We suggest you come prepared for this class with some workable designs in mind suitable for making a silver ring.

Class Prerequisite: Metal Clay Basics. If you register for this class and have not taken Metal Clay Basics, you will not be able to attend this class.

Basic materials will be provided (metal clay, basic tools, etc.). If you desire additional materials, they must be purchased prior to class.

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Advanced Metal Clay (PMC Silver) / Kiln SBU / FlexShaft SBU
(Silver Clay/Kiln SBU)
Wednesday, 12/21/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
ART1257: Silver Enameling/Kiln SBU

The art of enameling (fusing glass to metal) is especially beautiful on pure silver and can be used to make a variety of striking pieces. In this class, you'll create colorful designs using fine-ground glass powders that are applied to silver using a variety of techniques and then fused by firing in a high temperature kiln. Layers of color can be built up using multiple quick firings. As part of this session, learn how to safely fire enameled silver in the multi-media kiln and leave with a properly finished piece of art that is uniquely yours. We suggest you come prepared for this class with some simple workable designs in mind suitable for small (approximately 1") metal plaques. Students who successfully complete this workshop will be able to use the kiln to continue their work with this age-old art form.

Class Prerequisite: None

Basic materials will be provided (silver blanks, enamel powders, basic tools, etc.)

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Silver Enameling/Kiln SBU Saturday, 12/10/16 9:00 AM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
ART1265: Copper Enameling / Kiln SBU

Learn the ancient art of high-temperature enameling to create beautiful color designs on pure copper forms. Enameling uses colorful fine-ground glass powders that are applied to metal using a wide variety of techniques and then fused by firing in a high temperature kiln. Layers of color can be built up using multiple quick firings. As part of this session, learn how to properly fire enameled copper in the multi-media kiln and leave with a properly finished piece of art that is uniquely yours. We suggest you come prepared for this class with some simple workable designs in mind suitable for small (approximately 3") metal plaques.

Class Prerequisite: None

Basic materials will be provided (copper blanks, enamel powders, basic tools, etc.)

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Copper Enameling / Kiln SBU Monday, 12/12/16 5:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
ART114: Advanced Silkscreen Printing: Two Colors

This is the perfect class for anyone looking to create more complex screen printed projects! Students will learn advanced silkscreening techniques dealing with creating multi-color prints. Students will choose from a library of designs that can easily be converted into 2-color screen prints- your instructor will also detail what types of images lend themselves well to this type of process. At the end of class, you will have your very own 2-color screen printed shirt (see picture for example)!

Project: A 2-color silkscreened t-shirt

Prerequisites: Successful completion of ART103: Silkscreen Printing Basics SBU or WKS 131: Screen Printing + Vinyl Cutter SBUs prior to taking this class

Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Advanced Silkscreen Printing: Two Colors Tuesday, 12/13/16 7:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
    Advanced Silkscreen Printing: Two Colors Thursday, 12/22/16 4:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.