Clay Club:  Mosaic Magic!
Jun
4
to Jun 25

Clay Club: Mosaic Magic!

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Every Tuesday in June, Beginning June 4th

3:45-5:15 PM

$200/ month, includes all materials and firing, plus 2 parent/child work days per month

In June, we are exploring the exciting possibilities of tiles and mosaics! We will create custom tiles of all shapes and sizes using a variety of techniques to produce different surfaces. The final project for this month will be a completed tile mosaic that kids can take home to display!

Clay Club is for kids in grade school and middle school who want to explore fundamental ceramics skills, and advance their existing knowledge.  The program is ongoing, and features different themes and goals each month. Maria Michaelson and Glenn Hendrick are the instructors for this course, and together they have over 10 years of teaching experience. They are so excited to offer this fun and creative learning experience to island kids!

Included in the price of Clay Club are up to two parent/child open studios per month, Saturdays from 1pm-4pm.

Does your child attend elementary or middle school?
Ask about our partnership with the San Juan Island School
District’s bus system to get your child to Alchemy!


Tuition assistance is available for this program.

To apply for tuition assistance, please submit a completed application at least 2 weeks before the class start date.

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Tuition Assistance for Clay Club is sponsored by The San Juan Island Community Foundation. We are so grateful for their support!

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Relief Printmaking in Color
Jun
6
to Jun 27

Relief Printmaking in Color

Members Class with Artist in Residence Katy Collier
http://www.katycollier.net/

Thursday evenings in June, 7pm-9pm

In this class, members will explore how to incorporate color into their own woodcut and linocut printmaking projects. Students are guided through several exciting relief techniques, such as additive stencils, reduction, multi-block, monoprinting, and gradient rolls. This course is accessible for beginning and advanced printmakers. Low- and non-toxic practices are emphasized and put into practice. Come away from this class with new skills for planning multi-block prints, layering, registration, color mixing, and more.

Students must have their own carving tools, 1/2 inch MDF, Plywood, and/or linoleum. Paper is available for sale at Alchemy, and includes the cost of ink. We are happy to help you source your supplies!

This is class included in membership to the Print/Photo studio, and is only available to Members! Membership is $75/month.

To register, apply for membership here.


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Custom Stamp-making and Printing
Jun
8
1:00 PM13:00

Custom Stamp-making and Printing

Custom Stamp-making and Printing with Artist in Residence Katy Collier
http://www.katycollier.net/

Saturday, June 8th, 1pm-4pm

$95 all materials included

During this exploratory workshop, you will delve into beginning stamp-making techniques. Students are guided through approachable techniques including carving your own stamp, printing collaboratively, and more. Low- and non-toxic practices are emphasized and put into practice. Come away from this class with several stamped cards and custom stamps that you can take with you and put to use in future projects! Open to Beginners/Families/Groups.


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Intro to Black & White Darkroom Photography (Members class)
Jun
11
to Jun 25

Intro to Black & White Darkroom Photography (Members class)

Intro to Black & White Darkroom Photography with Artist in Residence Tess Malijinovsky

Tuesday evenings, June 11, 18, 2

7pm-9pm

Whether you’re looking to get back into a darkroom to print black and white photos or are a beginner interested in an introduction, this monitored studio time in Alchemy’s photography studio is a hands-on, supportive environment that will have you printing your own photos or developing your own film right away.

Please bring your black and white film for printing or development in the darkroom. Make sure your film is not C-41; C-41 film cannot be developed by hand in the darkroom. When the class is full, you may be asked to share an enlarger with one other person.

This is class included in membership to the Print/Photo studio, and is only available to Members! Membership is $75/month.

To register, apply for membership here.


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Cyanotype Photography Outdoor Adventure with Naturalist
Jun
15
9:00 AM09:00

Cyanotype Photography Outdoor Adventure with Naturalist

With Artist in Residence Tess Malijinovsky

$135, all materials included

Explore San Juan Island on a hike with a local naturalist and leave with your own beautiful cyan blue prints of the flora you’ve collected along the way. Participants will learn about the cyanotype photography process before enjoying a 1.5 hour guided hike of San Juan Island’s natural beauty. Then, the group will return to AAC to create cyanotypes using the sun to expose what you’ve collected.


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Woodblock Printing on Fabric
Jun
29
to Jun 30

Woodblock Printing on Fabric

Woodblock Printing on Fabric with Artist in Residence Katy Collier
www.katycollier.net

Saturday June 29th, and Sunday June 30th
10am-2pm with break for lunch

$175, all materials provided. Students can bring additional fabric for printing (tote-bags, fabric like cotton muslin, thin linen, other fine-textured organic materials like cotton, silk, t-shirts, tea-towels)

During this intensive, you will delve into the technical and conceptual fundamentals of printing woodcuts on fabric. Students will learn to print on a variety of fabrics including t-shirts, pillowcases, tea-towels, and more, and are guided through a number of collaborative demonstrations and self-designed projects. Low- and non-toxic practices are emphasized and put into practice. Come away from this class with a printed yard of fabric and a custom tote bag. This class is perfect for beginning and intermediate printmakers!


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Intro to B&W Photography!
May
18
to May 19

Intro to B&W Photography!

Taught by Danielle Dean
danielledean.com

May 18 and 19 from 10 am - 3 pm
Please pack a lunch

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$150 plus $20 lab fee

  • Lab fee is due separately on first day of class, and covers a roll of 35mm film, negative sleeves, photo paper and darkroom chemistry.

Class size is limited to 6 people

This workshop is a fun introduction to B&W film photography. It is the perfect weekend class for anyone wanting to get going in the darkroom, or improve their digital photo skills!

The first weekend will cover the basics of using a 35mm Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera, as well as how to expose a proper negative, develop film and print a contact sheet.

  • Day 1 - After a short lecture, we will shoot a roll of film on the beautiful forest grounds of Alchemy. Then we will head into the darkroom to develop the film!

  • Day 2 - We will go over darkroom basics and print a contact sheet and do print demo. We will review our contact sheets to discuss exposure and composition.

Required Materials:

  • Manual 35mm SLR camera with 50mm fixed lens or zoom equivalent (if you do not have your own camera you may borrow one!)

  • Notebook/ Sketchbook

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Beginning Wheel Throwing with Gretchen Mottet
May
15
5:30 PM17:30

Beginning Wheel Throwing with Gretchen Mottet

9 weeks, Wednesday evenings, 5:30-8pm

Begins May 15th

$300 (Plus $25 materials fee due on first day of class)

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The perfect class for anyone wanting to learn basic wheel throwing, or advance their knowledge further.  Focus will be on the bowl, the mug and the vase. 

Gretchen is an accomplished ceramicist from the Tacoma, WA area where she created, taught and sold art for nearly 40 years.  She has a bachelor of arts degree in studio art with a ceramic arts focus and a Master of Arts in Teaching, both from the University of Puget Sound.

“My personal clay work has been focused on the vessel form utilizing a variety of surface decoration techniques including Sgrafitto, raku, saggar and carved designs. My teaching has been an integral part of my creative life as I taught both as a high school art teacher and in my own studio and gallery business in Tacoma.”

“Being new to the Island life I’m loving being in Friday Harbor. I am very happy to be able to share my joy of the creative process with our community and to be part of Alchemy Art Center.”

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Masks, Animals, and Raku
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Masks, Animals, and Raku

Every Tuesday in May from 6pm-9pm

$100 class fee includes all materials

Build a small mask or animal sculpture and glaze it using the raku technique! Raku is inspired by a traditional Japanese technique. The process is done outside and is quite dramatic, with stunning immediate results.  When the kiln reaches temperature, it is opened up and the pieces are removed while they are red hot and placed it into containers with combustible materials.  The reduction from the materials combusting pull oxygen out of the glaze giving effects of metallic, patina or crackled. The raku'ed pieces cannot hold water or be left outside as they are too soft, but it is a perfect technique for small sculptural or decorative pieces.  

We will have a potluck party and firing on Friday evening, May 31.

Week 1, 2, 3 Tuesdays May 7 & 14 & 21  Maria Michelson and Kat will lead participants in forming small pieces.

Week 4 Tuesday May 28 - applying raku glaze

Raku Firing Friday evening May 31

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Clay Club:  Cats, Cats, and Cats!  And Dogs!
May
7
3:45 PM15:45

Clay Club: Cats, Cats, and Cats! And Dogs!

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Every Tuesday in May, Beginning May 7th

3:45-5:15 PM

$200/ month, includes all materials and firing, plus 2 parent/child work days per month

Tuition assistance is available for this program.

To apply for tuition assistance, please submit a completed application at least
2 weeks before the class start date.

In May we will celebrate our favorite furry friends! Kids will be able to sculpt pets out of clay, pay tribute to their favorite animal, and create homes, caves, and nests for them using different hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques.

Clay Club is for kids in grade school and middle school who want to explore fundamental ceramics skills, and advance their existing knowledge.  The program is ongoing, and features different themes and goals each month. Maria Michaelson and Glenn Hendrick are the instructors for this course, and together they have over 10 years of teaching experience. They are so excited to offer this fun and creative learning experience to island kids!

Included in the price of Clay Club are up to two parent/child open studios per month, Saturdays from 1pm-4pm.

Does your child attend elementary or middle school?
Ask about our partnership with the San Juan Island School
District’s bus system to get your child to Alchemy!


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Tuition Assistance for Clay Club is sponsored by The San Juan Island Community Foundation. We are so grateful for their support!

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Pinhole Photography Workshop
May
3
to May 5

Pinhole Photography Workshop

Taught by Danielle Dean
www.danielledean.com

May 3 - 5, 2019

Hand-built pinhole camera and prints

Hand-built pinhole camera and prints

Danielle Dean

Danielle Dean

$200, all materials provided.

Class size limited to 6 people

This is a workshop where you will learn the very foundation of photography! We will create our own pinhole cameras, expose paper negatives and create a final print

Day 1 - May 3rd - 10 am to 4 pm

We will begin with a brief lecture on the principles of light and photography, we will also look at photographers who are successfully working with pinhole and lo-fi cameras. Next it is time to get in the studio and build our pinhole cameras! Before the day ends we will cut and prep paper negatives for the next day’s shoot.

Day 2 - May 4th - 10 am to 4 pm

We will go over darkroom basics, work flow and set up our chemistry. Then we will test our cameras for light leaks and determine exposure times. The final part of the day will be spent taking pictures at the location of our choosing. We will return to Alchemy to process the negatives.

Day 3 - May 5th - morning (10 -1) or afternoon (2 - 5)

Printing Day! We will need to break into two groups so everyone can work with their own enlarger. During this session you will learn darkroom printing techniques and create a final print from your paper negatives.

Required Materials:

  • A few container possibilities for your pinhole camera.  Anything with a lid that can be made light tight will work

  • Notebook/ Sketchbook

  • A stopwatch, watch with second hand or iphone

Photo paper and darkroom chemistry is included in a $20 lab fee

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Sculpting the figure BIG!  Maria Michaelson
May
1
to May 5

Sculpting the figure BIG! Maria Michaelson

Taught By Maria Michaelson

5 DAY INTENSIVE CLASS:
every day 5/1-5/5
10:30 AM-5:00 PM

$375.00 Includes 5 bags of clay per student

Sculpting the figure BIG is a 5 day intensive class taught by Maria Michaelson. In this class, we start with photographs, and work from our own bodies to make large outdoor figurative art. Students learn about ceramics handbuilding techniques while each creating a large figurative sculpture. You will be surprised at what you can accomplish! No ceramics experience necessary.

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Maria Michaelson is a sculptor, island resident, and founder of Alchemy Art Center. She studied ceramics at California College of the Arts from 2005-2009, and has since been working as a professional artist and art teacher.

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Welcome to Clay!
Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

Welcome to Clay!

Our monthly introduction to hand-building, the wheel, and ceramics studio orientation.

This is the perfect class for beginners, or for anyone wanting to check out the ceramics studio at Alchemy! All Welcome to Clay classes are taught by either Maria Michaelson or Glenn Hendrick.

  • Welcome to Clay includes 3 lbs of clay and firing.

  • Additional clay can be purchased for $2/lb.

  • Fired work can be glazed during an open studio time.

  • If you love the studio and want to become a Member, your class fee can be applied towards your first month of Membership! This offer is only available if you apply for Membership within the same month.

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Totems and Nature
Apr
14
to Apr 21

Totems and Nature

Taught By:

Alexis Davis
www.corevisions.net

Maria Michaelson
www.mariamichaelson.com

Sunday April 14, Saturday April 20, and Sunday April 21
10am-2pm
Cost of class is $200, including materials
Class size limited to 10

Everything in nature holds medicine for us, particularly our animal friends. In Totems and Nature, students will access their creativity and spiritual support network through guided meditation, self inquiry and ceramics. We will tap into the energy and discover our personal animal medicine totem guides that support our day to day experiences, and what is currently up for us. The process of grounding ourselves in clay art making and the totem you take home will act as a reminder of this medicine in our lives after the class.

On the first day, Alexis will walk us through meditation, supporting our process in finding our particular and current animal guide, and asking them to be present during the workshop, bringing and anchoring whatever medicine they offer into your piece. In the afternoon, we will move into the ceramics room and make totems and artifacts that honor and anchor the energetics of what you're asking for.

The sculptures will dry and be fired in the kiln. When we next meet, they will be ready to be glazed and decorated. We will spend the day in the studio, working on our art pieces and further clarifying what we'd like to it to bring.

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The last day our totems will be ready to take home. We will ground in the medicine that we have created for ourselves. We will have a closing circle before taking our totems home, to keep as reminders of our relationship with the sacred and the divinity around us.

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Clay Club!  Fairies, Gnomes, and Other Woodland Mysteries
Apr
2
3:45 PM15:45

Clay Club! Fairies, Gnomes, and Other Woodland Mysteries

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Every Tuesday in April, Beginning the April 2nd

3:45-5:15 PM

$200/ month, includes all materials and firing, plus 2 parent per child work days/month

Tuition assistance is available for this program.

To apply for tuition assistance, please submit a completed application at least
2 weeks before the class start date.

In April we will explore the magical mystery of the forest! Kids will be able to create fairy homes, masks, wands, and more!

Clay Club is for kids in grade school and middle school who want to explore fundamental ceramics skills, and advance their existing knowledge.  The program is ongoing, and features different themes and goals each month. Maria Michaelson and Glenn Hendrick are the instructors for this course, and together they have over 10 years of teaching experience. They are so excited to offer this fun and creative learning experience to island kids!

Included in the price of Clay Club are up to two parent/child open studios per month, Saturdays from either 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm.

Does your child attend elementary or middle school?
Ask about our partnership with the San Juan Island School
District’s bus system to get your child to Alchemy!


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Tuition Assistance for Clay Club is sponsored by The San Juan Island Community Foundation. We are so grateful for their support!

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Welcome to Clay
Mar
30
9:00 AM09:00

Welcome to Clay

Our monthly introduction to hand-building, the wheel, and ceramics studio orientation.

This is the perfect class for beginners, or for anyone wanting to check out the ceramics studio at Alchemy! All Welcome to Clay classes are taught by either Maria Michaelson or Glenn Hendrick.

  • Welcome to Clay includes 3 lbs of clay and firing.

  • Additional clay can be purchased for $2/lb.

  • Fired work can be glazed during an open studio time.

  • If you love the studio and want to become a Member, your class fee can be applied towards your first month of Membership! This offer is only available if you apply for Membership within the same month.

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Collage Workshop with Thrinley DiMarco *SOLD OUT*
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Collage Workshop with Thrinley DiMarco *SOLD OUT*

March 23 and 24, 10am to 3pm

$85.00, all materials provided.

Alchemy Art Center is excited to offer an upcoming collage class, March 23rd and 24th, by local artist Thrinley DiMarco! 

This class will explore the creative process through the medium of collage, and participants will learn new ways of seeing and connecting with the world!  

 From Thrinley:
“The mystery and magic of creativity is simply seeing what everyone sees but thinking what no one else has thought.  Out of the commonplace images all around, if one looks at them carefully and sensitively, one can create extraordinary images.  Train yourself to see, not merely look. To see means to slow down and pay attention, to be aware. All art is about communication, no matter what form you use….visual art, music, writing, etc.  To make a work of art you need 3 things: your ideas and the courage to explore them and the tools to express them. That’s what this collage workshop will be about….your ideas, your courage and the basic tools your need to create a collage.”

Thrinley DiMarco attended Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA, summer workshop in printmaking at Norfolk State College, VA, studied ceramics at Olympic Jr. College, Bremerton, WA, apprenticed with master potter Karen Stoner, is a member of the SJIMA Artist’s Registry, and works now in clay, mixed media and collage.  She is deeply influenced by Aboriginal cultures.

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Complete Intro to Black and White Photography with Danielle Dean
Mar
18
6:00 PM18:00

Complete Intro to Black and White Photography with Danielle Dean

9 week course, every Monday evening, March 18th to May 13th

6 pm - 9 pm

$600 (not including supplies)

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This course is a comprehensive introduction to black and white photography through manual film processing and darkroom printing.

We will learn all the fundamentals of using a 35mm Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera from operating the aperture and shutter speed to learning basic lighting techniques. Classes will involve studio time where you will learn about the equipment, darkroom procedures, etiquette and techniques.

Slideshow lectures and films will expose you to contemporary and historical artists who exemplify creative and groundbreaking approaches to B&W Photography. During our critiques, there will be an emphasis on the final print quality and the ability to think and speak critically about your work and the work of others.

The goal of the course is to provide a strong technical and conceptual foundation in B&W Photography. This is a comprehensive, college level intro course.

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Beginning Wheel Throwing with Gretchen Mottet (SOLD OUT!)
Mar
6
5:30 PM17:30

Beginning Wheel Throwing with Gretchen Mottet (SOLD OUT!)

9 weeks, Wednesday evenings, 5:30-8pm

Begins March 6th

$320

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The perfect class for anyone wanting to learn basic wheel throwing, or advance their knowledge further.  Focus will be on the bowl, the mug and the vase. 

Gretchen is an accomplished ceramicist from the Tacoma, WA area where she created, taught and sold art for nearly 40 years.  She has a bachelor of arts degree in studio art with a ceramic arts focus and a Master of Arts in Teaching, both from the University of Puget Sound.

“My personal clay work has been focused on the vessel form utilizing a variety of surface decoration techniques including Sgrafitto, raku, saggar and carved designs. My teaching has been an integral part of my creative life as I taught both as a high school art teacher and in my own studio and gallery business in Tacoma.”

“Being new to the Island life I’m loving being in Friday Harbor. I am very happy to be able to share my joy of the creative process with our community and to be part of Alchemy Art Center.”

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