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Paper Dolls & Fashion Design - Tuesdays Fall 2022

$120

with Miriam Speyer

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 13, 2022 at 10:30 am, runs for 6 weeks

*This class will begin in August when we have the required number of students. Please join the waitlist and we will contact you about the start date. 

Learn about fashion from all around the world and design clothing for your own paper doll. 

Students ages 6-9 will be provided with a durable gender-neutral paper doll. We will look at a different fashion designer each week including local designers like Manuel and designers from other cultures. With inspiration from what we learn each week, we will design our own paper clothing. At the end of the course, the instructor will make photo copies of all of student work and cut them out so each student can take home not only their own designs, but also the designs of their peers. 

Member discount: 15 percent

Skateboard Design - Tuesdays Fall 2022

$80

with Miriam Speyer

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 13, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 4 weeks

*This class will begin in August when we have the required number of students. Please join the waitlist and we will contact you about the start date. 

Design and paint an actual skateboard deck. It can be hung as a piece of art or set up to use. 

Students ages 8 and up will be given the chance to look at some skateboard designs by various professional artists and learn a little bit about the history of skating. They will then be given a blank, sanded deck on which they will paint their own designs.

The instructor has partnered with Cecil’s skate shop in East Nashville to provide a discounted set up (adding the trucks, bearings, wheels, and grip tape) so that the skateboard is useable!

Member discount: 15 percent

An additional $25 supply fee will be due to the teacher on the first day of class. Additional skateboard decks may be purchased for $25 each.

Intro to Book Illustration - Wednesdays Fall 2022

$80

with Miriam Speyer

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 14, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 4 weeks

*This class will begin in August when we have the required number of students. Please join the waitlist and we will contact you about the start date. 

Learn how an 8-year-old became a published author and create your own illustrations of an imaginary world! For ages 5-9.

We will begin the course by reading a book together called “The Sick-Proof Tunnel.” This book was written by 8-yr-old Alice Cleland, and illustrated/published by the instructor of this course, Miriam Speyer. Miriam will talk with the kids about the conception of the book and answer questions they might have about the creation and publishing process. “The Sick-Proof Tunnel” is all about an imaginary world where no one can get sick, and ends in a call to action.

Using multi-mediums, the course will allow the kids to imagine and illustrate their own themed rooms. Each student will be given a personalized, signed copy of “The Sick-Proof Tunnel” to take home at the end of the course. 

Member discount: 15 percent

An additional $10 supply fee will be due to the teacher on the first day of class.

Art Play

$120

with Helenka Ralston

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 16, 2022 at 10:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

Art Play is an opportunity to experience creative community. It is a judgement-free zone to stretch your creative artistic muscles. Each week, an art technique will be introduced using a variety of materials. You will make your own unique creation while getting to know like-minded creatives. This will include the use of stencils, stamping, collage, washi tape, and doodling. No experience is necessary. Release your inner artist and enjoy the fun!

Member discount: 15%

Junk Journal: No Rhyme or Reason

$100

with Helenka Ralston

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 17, 2022 at 10:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

What is a junk journal? Essentially, a junk journal is a handmade book created from a variety of papers, and embellishments. It can include personal memorabilia, photos, mixed media, washi tape, stamping, and recycled cards, to name a few. 

Junk journaling is a great means of using all those collected cards and memorabilia! These journals can be done in random fashion or incorporated into themes such as friendship, travel, birthdays, anniversaries and memories. 

We will begin our 2 ring bound junk journal, and have fun layering the pages to create an eclectic —no rhyme or reason —one of a kind creation! Plan to enjoy a light- hearted and creative class where your junk is uniquely you. No experience is needed, and beginners are welcome.

Member discount: 15%. Supply fee: $20.

An additional $20 supply fee will be due to the teacher on the first day of class.

Animal Portraits

$312

with Jessica Lewis

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 19, 2022 at 11 am, runs for 4 weeks

This course will use a layered approach as we capture the likeness of animals in oil. Students will learn how to develop and create a life-like portrait. Each lesson will begin with a demonstration and then students will have individual instruction as they work through their painting. Photo references will be provided for students to pick from, or they may email Jessica with options to discuss.

Member discount: 15%. Supply fee: $50.

An additional $50 supply fee will be due to the teacher on the first day of class.

Anime Advanced

$320

with To Be Determined .

New Teacher Coming SOON! This class will begin in August when we have the required number of students. Please join the waitlist and we will contact you once we have more details! 

Students ages 10 and up will learn the techniques of professional anime illustration such as shading, perspective, figure drawing, and proportion while using the highest quality markers, pens, and inks. They will also learn about character development, and they will receive instruction in how to plan out their compositions using elements and principles of design. Most importantly, they will get practice through significant repetition with the help of guided instruction.

Member discount: 15 percent.

Digital Drawing Advanced

$336

with To Be Determined .

New Teacher Coming SOON! This class will begin in August when we have the required number of students. Please join the waitlist and we will contact you once we have more details! 

Are you ready to take your drawing style and experience to the next level? Students who already have a basic knowledge of digital drawing using the digital illustration app Procreate can now supercharge their creativity. Using Procreate, iPad Pro, and Apple Pencil, students will transfer, alter and refine artwork they have already done on paper, turning it into a digital work of art. This class teaches students ages 12 and up the universal language of digitizing art, and the translatable terms and concepts necessary to understand whether they are working on a PC, MACBOOK, or Wacom drawing table. Tablets and digital drawing pens are provided, though students are welcome to bring their own preferred device.

Member discount: 15 percent.





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