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Mixed Media


Beginner’s Watercolor

Instructor: Laura Azzi

For beginners only. Students will be taught the basics, from brush strokes to color mixing to applying water media paint. Color theory and composition will also be covered. Come and express your creative self through watercolor for relaxation and enjoyment. Students are responsible for providing some of their own supplies and will receive a supply list two weeks prior to class. [Expect to pay $20 – $35 for supplies at a local art supply store.]

  • Saturday, September 10: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sunday, September 11: 12:00 – 4:00pm
  • Skill Level: Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level: NC State Students – $60 Public – $100

Botanical Illustration: Coneflower Echinacea [Online Workshop]

Instructor: Cathy D. Boytos

Using a step-by-step process, learn how to draw this coneflower. It’s easier than you might think!

Supplies needed: 

  • Hot press watercolor paper OR Bristol Smooth
  • Black micron pens (nib size: 01and 005)
  • Thin embossing tool for leaf veins
  • One colored pencil: Dark Sepia

To see Cathy’s work, visit: www.thetriangletangle.com/.

  • Wednesday, October 26: 6:30 – 8:30pm EST
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None

Class fees:     NC State Students – $20     Public – $30


Copperplate Calligraphy

Instructor: Jessica Yee

Learn the origins of copperplate calligraphy to create classic and modern script lettering. You will be provided with all the tools needed, guidelines for practice, and supplies needed to learn how to create basic letterforms, including flourishing. Copperplate is elegant and can be modernized for a wide variety of script styles. All supplies included.

  • Mondays [6 weeks] September 12 – October 24 [skip Oct. 10]: 6:30 – 9:30pm
  • Skill Level: Beginner 
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $130     Public – $200

Encaustic Beachscape [Workshop]

Instructor: Marcia Streithorst

Join encaustic artist Marcia Streithorst as she teaches you all about encaustic painting while walking you through the steps to craft your very own Seascape painting. You will paint on a wood birch panel using an encaustic medium (e.g., wax with resin) and a heat gun. In this workshop you will learn how to safely use encaustic supplies. You will also learn how to get a smooth or textured surface and how to embed shells and other mixed media materials in your work. Students will walk away with their completed 6×6 painting. A materials fee of $20 is payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop. This workshop is suited for all skill levels. 

To learn more about encaustic and Marcia’s work, please visit https://mjsworks.com/.

  • Friday, September 16, 6:30 – 9:30pm
  • Skill Level: Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $15     Public – $25

Encaustic Collage [Workshop]

Instructor: Marcia Streithorst

Join encaustic artist Marcia Streithorst for a fun mixed media class where you will learn how to use paper and wax to make a fun mixed media collage painting. We will cover elements of a balanced composition, cover how to pick out papers that work best with wax and how to use mark making to add interest to your painting. You will paint on a wood birch panel using an encaustic medium (e.g. wax with resin) and a heat gun. In this workshop you will learn how to safely use encaustic supplies and all about the different papers and inks/stains that work well with wax. A $20 supply fee must be paid to the instructor on the day of the workshop. This workshop is suited for all skill levels. 

To learn more about encaustic and Marcia’s work, please visit https://mjsworks.com/.

  • Friday, October 21, 6:30 – 9:30pm
  • Skill Level: Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $15     Public – $25

Encaustic Ornament [Workshop]

Instructor: Marcia Streithorst

Join encaustic artist Marcia Streithorst as she teaches you all about encaustic painting while walking you through the steps to craft a beautiful 3-D snowman ornament. You will paint on a wood birch panel using an encaustic medium (e.g., wax with resin) and a heat gun. In this workshop you will learn how to safely use encaustic supplies. You will also learn how to get a smooth or textured surface and how to embed other mixed media materials in your work. You’ll walk away with your small, completed painting. A materials fee of $20 is payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop. This workshop is suited for all skill levels.

To learn more about encaustic and Marcia’s work, please visit https://mjsworks.com/.

  • Friday, December 2, 6:30 – 9:30pm
  • Skill Level: Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $15     Public – $25

Encaustic Photo Transfer Painting [Workshop]

Instructor: Marcia Streithorst

Want to take your photography to the next level? Want to learn how to incorporate photographs into your work? Then join encaustic artist Marcia Streithorst as she teaches you all about encaustic painting while walking you through a photo transfer into your encaustic painting. You will paint on a wood birch panel using an encaustic medium [e.g. wax with resin] and a heat gun. In this workshop you will learn how to safely use encaustic supplies. You will also learn how to get a smooth or textured surface and how to incorporate photography and other mixed media materials in your work. Students will walk away with their completed 5×7 inch painting. A materials fee of $20 is payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop. This workshop is suited for all skill levels. 

To learn more about encaustic and Marcia’s work, please visit https://mjsworks.com/.

  • Friday, November 4, 6:30 – 9:30pm
  • Skill Level: Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $15     Public – $25

Italic Calligraphy

Instructor: Jessica Yee

Delve into Formal Italic calligraphy, the basis for all calligraphic lettering styles. It’s perfect for students who want to begin their journey into this creative artform. If you have already dabbled with calligraphy and lettering and want to explore further with more formal, classical training, this course is designed for you also. We will begin by using some fundamental techniques that will help you understand the basics of the letterforms, then progress by adding pen and ink as well as covering spacing, layout, and design. This is an easy and fun class for anyone who loves lettering and wants to learn, improve, or sharpen their skills. Supplies included.

  • Mondays [6 weeks], October 31 – December 5: 6:30 – 8:30pm
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $130     Public – $200

Fall Leaves in Watercolor [Workshop]

Instructor: Laura Azzi

No experience necessary. Learn how to paint colorful fall leaves in watercolor. Students are responsible for providing some of their own supplies and will receive a supply list upon registration. [Expect to pay $20 – $35 for supplies at a local art supply store.]

  • Saturday, October 22: 12:00 – 4:00pm
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $30    Public – $50

Introduction to Silkscreen Printing

Instructor: Dominick Rapone

Learn the basics of silkscreen and produce two to three prints by the end of class. The fundamentals of silkscreen printing include separations, coating, registration, proper printing techniques, and terminology. Learn about the process and history of silkscreen printing both as an expressive and as a graphic art form. Explore hand-drawn, photographic, photocopied and digital color separation techniques. The class will focus on individual projects that you are interested in. Use water based inks to print on various materials such as paper, fabric, glass, metal and wood. Learn how to print with their screens using a squeegee, apply emulsion to the screen with a scoop coater, shoot and wash out your images, mix color, and make editions of prints. Sufficient supplies needed to learn/practice the basic skills during class are included; however, if you desire to print large quantities of your designs or practice between classes, you will need to supply some of your own paper and inks for printing (more on this will be discussed during the first class session). Please wear old/dirty clothes to work in. Please wear old/dirty clothes to work in.
To see Dominick’s work, visit: www.beastlyprints.com.

Note: You may use the studio by appointment during the days between class sessions*. Studio memberships, Punch Cards and Class Passes are not available for the Mixed Media Studio. To use the studio for screeprinting after the class has ended you must reserve the room and pay the hourly fee for use of the studio.
*Questions and appointment requests should be emailed to our studio technician, Katy Walls, at kswalls@ncsu.edu.

  • Section A: Tuesdays [6 weeks] August 23 – September 27: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks] October 18 – November 22:6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Skill Level: Open to all – from beginners to intermediate/advanced students
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $105    Public – $175

Leather Journals [Workshop] 

Leather Journals

Instructor: Gina Fry
Hemingway was never without his. Frida Kahlo’s are widely reproduced. Make your very own leather journal and learn to do leather sewing, dyeing, and stamping to personalize to your taste. Using a premium 6″ x 8″ journal with acid-free, archival paper you will create a leather cover that is reusable for many journals in the future! Your legacy secured! Supplies included.

  • Section A – Friday, September 23: 6:00 – 9:30pm 
  • Section B – Friday, October 14: 6:00 – 9:30pm
  • Skill Level: Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: NC State Students – $50 Public – $70


Mono-Printing 101 [Workshop]

Instructor: Maureen Seltzer

In this wildly creative and playful class, you will learn to make prints using found objects for texture and image, layered paints for varied colors, and a mask [an image cutout] to create multiple exciting prints! Use an 8” x 10” gel printing press and a variety of tools and materials, including upcycling papers from books, maps, and music sheets to print onto. Instructor demos and a variety of techniques make this class rewarding and fun. 

To learn more about Maureen’s work, visit https://seltzersart.com/.

  • Saturday, October 15: 10:00am – 1:00pm 
  • Skill Level: Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: NC State Students – $30 Public – $45


Relief Printing

Instructor: Dominick Rapone

Woodcut, Linoleum and Monoprint. This class is open to all; no prior experience required. You will produce two to three prints by the end of the 6-week period. Explore relief printing using techniques in Linoleum, scroll saw woodcut, color reduction woodcut and monoprint and learn about the process and history of relief printing both as an expressive and as a graphic art form. The class will focus on individual projects that you are interested in. Learn how to print with a press and by hand. Use oil based inks to print on various papers and fabric and make individual prints as well as editions.
To see Dominick’s work, visit: www.beastlyprints.com.

  • Section A: Wednesdays [6 weeks] August 24 – October 5 [skip Sept. 14]: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Section B: Wednesdays [6 weeks] October 19 – November 30 [skip Nov. 9]: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Skill Level: Open to all – from beginners to intermediate/advanced students
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $120   Public – $190

Tangled Autumn Leaves [Online Workshop]

Instructor: Cathy D. Boytos

Using Zentangle® Tangles (patterns), colored pencil, and watercolor elements learn to create these beautiful fall leaves in a step-by-step process!

Supplies needed: 

  • Hot press watercolor paper OR Bristol Smooth
  • Watercolors (pan-pressed, tubes or watercolor pencils)
  • “Dry” colored pencils for shading
  • The “leaf” template will be emailed to students – ready to tangle!

To see Cathy’s work, visit: www.thetriangletangle.com/.

  • Monday, November 14: 6:30 – 8:30pm EST
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None

Class fees:     NC State Students – $20     Public – $30


Watercolor Poinsettias [Workshop]

Instructor: Laura Azzi

Watercolor Poinsettias_Laura Azzi

No experience necessary. The poinsettia is a unique plant of which the leaves themselves become the flower. The unassuming flowering bracts of this ornamental holiday plant carries symbolism in its color and star-shaped leaves. Using a limited palette of only six paints and simple techniques, enjoy creating the brilliance in the flaming leaf-flower and the petal-like leaves. Students are responsible for providing some of their own supplies and will receive a supply list upon registration.  [If you have no supplies on hand, expect to pay $20 – $35 for supplies at a local art supply store.]

  • Saturday, November 12: 12:00 – 4:00pm
  • Skill Level: Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level: NC State Students – $30 Public – $50

Watercolor Pumpkin Patch [Workshop]

Instructors: Laura Azzi

No experience necessary. Learn how to paint charming fall pumpkins in watercolor with added interest from pen and ink. Students are responsible for providing some of their own supplies and will receive a supply list two weeks prior to class.  [Expect to pay $20 – $35 for supplies at a local art supply store.

  • Saturday, October 29: 12:00 – 4:00pm
  • Skill Level: Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level: INC State student – $30     Public – $50

Zentangle Holiday Greeting Cards [Online Workshop]

Instructor: Cathy D. Boytos

Impress your family and friends with hand-drawn Zentangle® greeting cards of all occasions! Using blank greeting cards or card-stock paper – we’ll draw these cards with applicable holiday and seasonal tangle patterns!

Supplies needed: 

  • Blank greeting cards or card stock paper
  • Black micron pen 
  • Pencil and tortillion (for shading)
  • White Gel Pen

To see Cathy’s work, visit: www.thetriangletangle.com/.

  • Monday, December 5: 6:30 – 9:00pm EST
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees:     NC State Students – $15     Public – $30

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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 processing charge of 25% of the registration payment or $25 (whichever is less) will be assessed and the remainder refunded.
• 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.