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

Collage Workshop with Thrinley DiMarco *SOLD OUT*

March 23 and 24, 11:30am to 3:30pm

$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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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.

Welcome to Clay! March 30th, 2019
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Film/Darkroom Photo Intensive (two weekends)
Mar
30
to Apr 7

Film/Darkroom Photo Intensive (two weekends)

Taught by Danielle Dean
danielledean.com

March 30 and 31 from 10 am - 3 pm, and April 6th OR April 7th from 10am-3pm
Please pack a lunch

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$270 plus $25 lab fee (lab fee is due separately on first day of class)

Class size is limited to 6 people

This workshop is a crash course in B&W film photography. It is the perfect introductory or refresher course for anyone wanting to get going in the darkroom.

The first weekend will cover the fundamentals 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 brief technical lecture, we will shoot a roll of film on the 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. We will review our contact sheets to discuss exposure and composition. It is recommended to follow this course with the Introduction to Darkroom Printing Workshop.

The second weekend will review darkroom equipment and workflow. This will be a working studio class where we will be able to fine tune your printing skills using multigrade filters and dodging and burning. Please indicate in your application whether you prefer April 6th or April 7th for your darkroom day.

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

  • A roll of 35mm film, negative sleeves, photo paper and darkroom chemistry is included in a $25 lab fee

Film/Darkroom Photo Intensive (two weekends)
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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!

Clay Club! April, 2019
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Young Artists Salon: Portrait
Apr
8
3:30 PM15:30

Young Artists Salon: Portrait

Ongoing, Monday Evenings, 3:30-5:00PM

BEGINS APRIL 8th

$200 / Month, materials not included

Partial tuition assistance may be available for this program. To apply for tuition assistance, please submit a completed application at least 2 weeks before the class start date.

The Young Artists Salon is a program for high school artists. We will work together on building our bodies of work and understanding our artistic voices. Young artists will be encouraged to explore the resources of the print shop, darkroom, and ceramics facilities. Open ended assignments will stimulate thought and growth, and constructive group critiques will help the artists learn about their direction and talk about their work. We hope to build a community of youth who trust and know each other and who are prepared for art school or life as an artist!

Before purchasing a class, prospective students must submit the following application. Please wait to purchase so until the applicant has been accepted to the program.

Name *
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Please indicate which month you are applying for
Please tell us about yourself, your art interests and goals, and what you hope to gain from this program.
Young Artist Salon, Portraits
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Totems and Nature
Apr
14
to Apr 21

Totems and Nature

Taught By:

Alexis Davis
www.corevisions.com

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.

Totems and Nature
200.00
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Pen and Ink Drawing with Sam Ford
Apr
27
to Jun 1

Pen and Ink Drawing with Sam Ford

Taught by Sam Ford
www.samfordcreations.com

Saturdays
1:00pm-4:00pm
April 27 - June 1

$150 plus $30 materials fee (materials fee is due separately to instructor on first day of class)

Class size is limited to 12 people

In this exciting hands-on six week course, we will begin with an introduction to pen and ink illustration and its appearances and significance throughout history, from fine art to editorial, underground, and superhero comics. This will be followed up by an overview of the tools and materials used, and how to find the right ones to settle into your own personal style. The rest of the course will focus on illustration techniques, including: Linework, texture and gradation, page layout, depth and lighting, visual storytelling, life drawing and the human figure, and using the inherent limitations of the medium to your advantage, all supplemented with in-class and take-home exercises. Pen and ink illustration is a craft with limitless creative possibilities, and all you need to start is pen and paper, so let's get drawing!

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Sam Ford is a visual artist and musician from Friday Harbor, WA. His published illustration work ranges from album cover and poster art to comic books, business logo designs, and gallery showings across the country, and he has toured extensively with his band Wizard Rifle and contributed performances to major motion picture and podcast productions.



Pen and Ink Drawing with Sam Ford
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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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Pinhole Photography Workshop
May
3
to May 5

Pinhole Photography Workshop

Taught by Danielle Dean
www.danielledean.com

May 3 - 5, 2019

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$200 plus $20 lab fee (lab fee is due separately on the first day of class)

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

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 earn 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

Pinhole Photography Workshop
200.00
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100 Drawings with Marsha McAllister
May
6
to May 27

100 Drawings with Marsha McAllister

100 Drawings

Taught By Marsha Mcallister
Every Monday evening in May, 6pm-8pm
Class size limited to 10

Suggested class price: $150.00 (All proceeds are donated to Alchemy Art Center)

The objective of this course is to develop a personal visual vocabulary of imagery, content and subject matter that you can later use for finished work. We will be moving through a large quantity of drawings using a quick, fluid and intuitive process.

WEEKS 1 – 2 - 3

We will be creating 100 drawings in three weeks and have a review on the fourth week. This process is designed to help let go of the ‘masterpiece syndrome”, working through ideas and not necessarily technique (although some new techniques may surface in the process). You can use imagery that is around you, i.e., objects in your home, natural settings, contrived still-life’s, of course, your imagination OR if you are working on a series already, use this process to expand on the series.

The three week time period equals about 4-6 drawings a day outside of studio so think about them as sketches spending 5-10 minutes each on the drawings. If you have the time you can develop the pieces more fully do so, but remember the important part of this exercise is to move through ideas not create finished work. If you are working on one piece and a new idea arises, move on to the new idea.

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Marsha McAllister is an accomplished and prolific artist, and has been offering this class to the San Juan Community for years. It has been a process that many return to again and again.

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Collage Workshop with Thrinley DiMarco
May
11
to May 12

Collage Workshop with Thrinley DiMarco

May 11 and 12, 11:30am to 3:30pm

$85.00, all materials provided.

By popular demand, Alchemy Art Center is offering a follow-up collage class over Mother’s Day Weekend! If you did not get a chance to take Thrinley’s class in March, or if you want to explore collage further, join us May 11th and and 12th in the Alchemy Dome. A perfect gift!

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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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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