Classes for NC State Students

You must be 18 or older, or a currently enrolled NC State student, and have health insurance to take classes at the Crafts Center.

Classes are available in varying session lengths as an ongoing study in a specific studio. For classes that are 15 hours and over, students will have access to the studio in which they are enrolled for the duration of the semester. For classes less than 15 hours, students have the option to sign up for other classes and/or purchase a membership.

Workshops are focused sessions that are held for several consecutive days. Workshops do not include additional studio access; however, students will have access to the studio during the time in which the workshop is being conducted.

Crafts Center classes are extracurricular, non-credit classes.


Class Prerequisites:

Each class is designed specifically for a designated level of experience. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR AN INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED COURSE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED EXPERIENCE.Please refer to this key, which designates each class level:

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The following classes are offered exclusively for NC State students. Spring registration for NC State students begins Monday, November 12, at 9:05 a.m.  NC State students – take advantage of your three-week head start and be sure to get into the class you want!

 

Beginner's green asteriskHandbuilding 101

Instructor:
Section B: Jo Ellen Westmoreland
Handbuilding 101-Sec A

An introductory level class – no experience necessary. Pinching, coiling, soft and hard slab construction and extruding are the main methods of hand-building this beginner level class introduces. Students will create functional as well as sculptural forms, such as cups, mugs, bowls and lidded boxes. Surface decoration through slips, stains, and wax, as well as glazing, will be a significant aspect of this class. Studio time outside of class is strongly suggested to build skills as well as finish class projects. Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay [which includes firing] and use of specialty tools needed during class

Section B: [for NC State students only] Fridays [6 weeks], January 25 – March 1: 9:45am – 12:15pm                          

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $90     Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

Beginner's green asteriskIntroduction to the Potter’s Wheel

Instructor:
Section B: Jake Goodnight [NC State Student]

Intro to Potter's Wheel

 

For NC State students only. This class is a perfect introduction to working in our clay studio and covers the fundamentals of throwing basic forms: wedging, centering, pulling and shaping walls to make cylinder forms, mugs and bowls. Learn to trim and glaze to create finished pots. Practice time outside of class is strongly suggested to develop throwing skills. Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay [which includes firing] and use of studio tools needed during class.

Section B: [for NC State students only] Wednesdays [6 weeks], January 9 – February 13: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $90    Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

Crafternoons

For NC State students only; no experience necessary. Don’t have time to commit to a full-length crafts class? Come join us for an afternoon of fun and learning! Register for one or more sessions.

Class fee : $10 per session, all supplies included (studio membership not included)    Register for these classes»

Session A – Handbuilding with Clay: Learn basic handbuilding techniques and design your very own coffee mug or bowl! Students will roll slabs, embellish surfaces with stamps or texture mats, then carefully assemble by scoring, slipping and compressing. Pieces will be fired in the Crafts Center’s gas kiln!
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, January 18

 

Session B Photocubism: Learn to develop black and white pictures of Bell Tower segments in the darkroom, and arrange them to create a larger, unique picture. You will also learn analog techniques for adding color, shapes, and lettering to enhance their frames.
Friday afternoon 4-7 pm, January 25

 

Session C Pinhole Photography: Build your own pinhole camera to create stunning, one-of-a-kind, long exposure images. Process your images images in the darkroom and learn the basics of photographic chemistry. Photo subject matter includes landscapes, still lives, selfies and more!
Friday afternoon 4-7 pm, January 25woodturned pen class_story block image

 

Session DTurned Wood Pen: Come learn how to use a wood lathe and turn your very own custom wooden twist pen! Start with a block of beautiful hardwood and learn how to shape, sand, finish and assemble a one-of-a-kind handmade twist pen!
Friday afternoon 4-7 pm, January 25DNA Earrings

 

Session EDNA Pendant & Earrings: Learn basic wire wrapping techniques to craft a scientifically accurate DNA pendant & earrings from craft wire and beads.
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, February 8

 

Session FPoppies in Watercolor: Learn fun watercolor techniques while painting vibrant red poppies.
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, February 8

 

Session GHot Glass Beads: Learn to use the lampwork torches to make colorful glass beads.
Friday afternoon 4-7 pm, February 22

 

Session HTurned Wood Bowl: Use the wood lathe to turn a block of poplar into the perfect little bowl.

Friday afternoon 4-7 pm, March 8

 

Session I – Potter’s Wheel: Try your hands at the potter’s wheel, making a clay bowl or cup during this fun crafternoon activity! Students will pick their favorite piece to be glazed and finished in the Crafts Center’s gas kiln!

Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, March 29

 

Session J – Photocubism: Learn to develop black and white pictures of Bell Tower segments in the darkroom, and arrange them to create a larger, unique picture. You will also learn analog techniques for adding color, shapes, and lettering to enhance their frames.

Friday afternoon 4-7 pm, March 29

 

Session KPinhole Photography: Build your own pinhole camera to create stunning, one-of-a-kind, long exposure images. Process your images in the darkroom and learn the basics of photographic chemistry. Photo subject matter includes landscapes, still lives, selfies and more!
Friday afternoon 4-7 pm, March 29

 

Session L – Stained Glass Suncatchers: Foil and solder stained glass to create a colorful suncatcher for a sunny window.

Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, March 29       

   

 Session M – Emulsion Lifts: Take your instant photography fascination to the next level! Learn how to separate your picture’s emulsion from the frame and transfer it on to a cold press watercolor paper, becoming a quasi-painting/photo hybrid.

Friday afternoon 4-7 pm, April 12

 

Register for classes

See Crafts Center registration guidelines and instructions.

Cancellations

Most of our classes fill quickly so there is often a wait list. Late notice cancellations require considerable processing and labor to try and fill the reserved seat. Therefore, cancellations under 10 days are not able to be refunded unless we can fill the space.
• If cancellation occurs 10 or more days prior to the start of a class, a 75% refund of payment will be issued; 25% of payment is assessed for processing charge.
• If cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the start of a class, a refund cannot be issued unless the space can be filled. If the space is able to be filled, a 50% refund of  payment will be issued.
If you find you need to cancel out of a class you have registered for, you must drop the class via Reporter», our new online registration system

Cancellation requests will not be accepted at the main desk or via phone or email.

Absences

To receive an optimal experience and get the most out of the class, attendance is important as there are no provisions for make-up sessions for missed classes.

Wait Lists

Names are accepted on waiting lists via Reporter» after a class is full until the day the class begins.  Wait lists are only valid for the current semester’s class – wait lists are not carried over to the next semester.