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OLLI Workshops

Please be sure to check our Calendar page for a complete list of workshops and events.

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Registration Policies

  • When you successfully register for a workshop, a receipt for your purchase will be emailed to you. If you do not receive a receipt, your registration is NOT confirmed. Please contact us.

  • Tuition is non-refundable less than 14 days before the start of class, or if you cancel once your session has begun. Transfer to another workshop may be allowed depending on circumstances.

  • If we cancel a workshop, we will inform all registered students as soon as possible and offer an opportunity to transfer to another workshop. Students who do not wish to transfer to another workshop will receive a full refund of their registration fees.

 

 
 

Glass-on-Glass Mosaic

Date: Wednesdays, 4/24, 5/1 & 5/8

Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $128

Facilitator: Pam Robbins

Skill Level: Confident beginner

Materials & Tools Supplied: Prepared 8"x10" picture frame, stained glass and glass gems, sanded grout, curved tip tweezers, dental pick, rubber gloves, paper towels

Materials & Tools Needed: Pattern (if desired), additional stained glass (if desired), bath towel, rags, masking tape, wheeled mosaic glass cutter*, MAC glue (available for purchase at workshop, if needed)

 

*A limited number of wheeled mosaic glass cutters will be available for students to use on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you would like to borrow one, please contact us to reserve.

In this three-week course, you’ll experiment with the unique effects that transparency, light, and color create with mosaic on glass. You’ll create a beautiful, framed, 8"x10" transparent artwork that will convey the same beauty and qualities of stained glass, but with mosaic techniques.

 

You can either get creative and develop your own design, use one of the designs that Pam Robbins, your instructor, can provide, or search online for ideas. 

 

In the first class, Pam will review what a mosaic is, the materials and tools needed to create one, and what to consider when designing and assembling a glass-on-glass piece. Then, you will spend the majority of the class working on your piece.

 

In the second class, you will continue working on your artwork. Pam will be available to answer questions, provide guidance, and troubleshoot as necessary. You will be encouraged to work on your piece at home so that you will be ready to grout by the third and final class.

 

In the third and final class, if you are finished assembling your piece, you will grout it. If you are not ready to grout, you will continue working on your piece, observe the grouting process, and take home a grouting kit so you can do it at home.

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Chinese Brush Painting: Beyond the Basics

 

Date: Thursdays, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9 & 5/16

Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Workshop Fee: $110

Facilitator: Camille Daunno

Skill Level: Confident beginner

Materials & Tools Supplied: Mixing trays, black ink, colored ink, practice paper, Sumi paper

Materials & Tools Needed: 3-piece Chinese brush set (small, med, large)

Chinese brush painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. In this course, veteran artist, Camille Daunno, will help you solidify and build on its basic techniques. In addition to practicing simple strokes that you may have learned in previous workshops, Camille will teach you how to make more complicated strokes and when and how to incorporate color into your paintings. Subjects will include flowers, trees, birds, and branches.

 

In the first class, Camille will review Chinese brush painting materials and basic techniques. You will have ample opportunity to practice using black ink, different values, and different brushes to create simple flowers and birds.

 

In the second class, you will focus on techniques to create flowers, trees, birds, and branches. Camille will show you how to paint a flower using very little stokes. Then, you will spend the rest of the class creating and experimenting with composition.

 

In the third class, Camille will teach you how to use color to enhance your composition. You will continue to practice using all of the techniques you have learned and pick a theme for your final piece.

 

In the fourth and final class, you will create a final painting(s) that makes a unique personal statement and a beautiful addition to your home!

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Zentangle®: Beyond the Basics

 

Date: Fridays, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10 & 5/17

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Workshop Fee: $128

Facilitator: Susan Goodman

Skill Level: Confident beginner

Materials & Tools Needed: All materials supplied.

Zentangle® is an easy-to-learn, relaxing way to turn structured patterns—called “tangles”—into tiny (3.5” x 3.5”) masterpieces that can, ultimately, be assembled into a larger mosaic. In this course, you will practice and build on your knowledge of Zentangle® by learning new, more complicated tangles and working with different colored squares and pens. While some experience with Zentangle® is preferred, confident beginners are encourage to register.

 

In the first class, Certified Zentangle® Teacher, Susan Goodman, will review the history of the Zentangle® Method, the benefits of using good quality tools, and how to create tangles. Then, you will create two tiles to refresh or practice your Zentangle® skills.

 

In the second class, Susan will go into more detail about how to use “strings” to create boundaries within a paper tile, and how shading increases the depth and richness of a design. Then, you will learn several new patterns and create two additional tiles.

 

In the third class, you will explore shading and highlighting on Renaissance (tan) tiles. You will build upon what you’ve learned previously and learn two new patterns.

 

In the fourth and final class, you will play with black tiles and white pens, shading “in reverse” to create your designs. You will add two final tangles to your repertoire.

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Needle Felted Landscape: Beyond the Basics

 

Date: Saturdays, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11 & 5/19

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $128 (OLLI Members)

Facilitator: Anne Magrath

Skill Level: Confident beginner

Materials & Tools Needed: All materials supplied.

 

Needle felting is a relatively new fiber art. Although felt has been made with a felting needle for decades, it has only been used to create art since the 80’s. The process is magical and simple; all you need is a felting needle and wool to create 3D sculpture, jewelry, adornments, and 2D art. You can make everything from wool paintings to dimensional figures and vessels. In this course, you'll create two needle felted landscapes depicting the seasons of spring and fall.

In the first class, fiber artist, Anne Magrath, will review the basics of needle felting: the best wools to use, ideal work surfaces, and the differences between needles. Then, Anne will explain how methods that are used in painting can also be used in needle felting. Finally, you’ll begin to layout your landscapes, blocking out the sky and mountains/meadows.

In the second class, you'll explore blending colors and fibers together to add depth and shading to your pieces. By the end of the class, you'll have completed at least one, if not both, of the landscape backgrounds and be ready for the next stage.

In the third class, you'll work on your trees and explore ways to add dimension and a bark-like effect to your trunks. You'll learn techniques for creating branches and discuss how the difference in the seasons lead to different choices in how you design and color your foliage.

In the fourth and final class, you'll add the finishing details to your landscapes. You'll also learn how you could complete the four seasons by adding a winter and summer landscape and how you can effectively differentiate the subtleties between spring and summer. If time allows, you'll have the opportunity to start a third season.

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