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Summer Adult Studio Classes: The Potter’s Wheel

The DIA’s One-Day Potter’s Wheel Workshops are for anyone interested in trying the potter’s wheel, whether you’ve never touched clay or have taken many classes before!  Though the wheel takes years to master, an afternoon in the DIA Art Studio allows a great hands-on learning experience while exploring simple shapes.  Students get to decorate their work with underglazes and pots will be clear-glazed and ready for pick-up at a later date.

This June we’re offering weekly wheel workshops, with a special offer of buy 3 classes, get one free!  Students taking several classes can explore the interactions of color more as they experiment with different glazes.

The next Potter’s Wheel Workshops are scheduled every Sunday in June, from 1-4 pm. Read more information and register on our website by clicking here.

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Summer Camp for…ADULTS!

Our youth Summer Camps are extremely popular and a lot of fun (click here if you want to find out more or register your 5-8 or 9-12 year old), so this year we decided to expand our Summer offerings and let adults get in on the action!

In addition to our Potter’s Wheel workshops (every Sunday in June – click here for complete info), we’re offering six different one-session workshops for adults in July and August.

Check our website for full listings, but here are the programs offered:  Embellished Papers and Fibers (7/24), Simple Books (7/24), Coil-build Clay Planters (8/5), Beyond the Pinch Pot: Sculptural Clay Vessels (8/5), Scratching the Surface: Printmaking (8/14), and “Full Palette:” Painting and Pastel (8/14).

Join us for one or more of these exciting programs by clicking here and registering online, by emailing registration@dia.org, or by calling (313) 833-4249.  We hope to see you there!

Potter’s Wheel Workshops

Our one-day Potter’s Wheel Workshops  at the DIA are a great introduction to the art and craft of the potter. The focus is on the basics, giving you a hands-on learning experience as you explore simple shapes. Students will have the chance to decorate their work with underglazes and then pick up their projects at a later date.

The next Potter’s Wheel class is April 25th, from 1-4 pm.

Register on the DIA’s website by clicking here. Or sign up for the June classes, when we’ll begin offering Potter’s Wheel Workshops every Sunday (complete with a “buy three classes – get one free” deal)!

Puppet Workshops!

One of the best parts of the holiday season here at the museum each year are all of our extra (free with museum admission!) drop-in puppet-making workshops!  Join us this year to make your own gingerbread puppet, sock puppet, stick puppet, marionette, and finger puppet.  If you visited our studio over the Thanksgiving weekend you already got a taste of puppet-making, but don’t worry if you missed us last weekend; there are a number of upcoming workshops scheduled for December.

Here is a list of our upcoming puppet workshops in December:

(Please see the Drop-In page of this blog for a full listing of these and all of our other workshops.)

Gingerbread Puppets – Saturday 12/15, 5-8:30 (in conjunction with Noel Night)

TBD Puppet Workshop – Saturday 12/26, 12-4

Sock Puppets – Sunday 12/27, 12-4

Bug Puppets – Monday 12/28, 12-4

Tongue Depressor Stick Puppets – Tuesday 12/29, 12-4

Felt Marionette Puppets – Wednesday 12/30, 12-4

Model Magic Finger Puppets – Thursday 12/31, 12-4

We hope to see you for one or all of these fun workshops!

Clay Wheel-Throwing Workshop

Here are a few photos from our great Wheel-throwing Workshop last weekend.  If you missed it, check out our next workshop on  Dec 6th from 1-4pm ($36 for members, $48 for non-members).

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Cylinder Seals Drop-In Workshop

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Our Sunday Drop-In Workshop for the month of September is called “Make Your Mark!  Personal Seals,” and gives visitors an opportunity to make a simple cylinder seal similar to those made in ancient times.  These seals were first created in the Near East and later were made in Mesopotamia and Egypt and were used to create multiple impressions of the same document.  Usually made of stone (often amethyst or lapis lazuli), the cylindrical seal would have images or symbols carved into it.  When the seal was rolled over wet clay, the indentiations created an impression in the clay; this process could be repeated countless time to make many copies of a document.  Because the seals were often made of beautiful stones, sometimes they would be included along with gold and jewels in graves of important people.

In our workshop visitors will be able to carve their own symbols, patterns or pictures into a wax cylinder and then roll their seal over wet clay to create an impression.   Visit us any Sunday in September in the Student Lunchroom from noon-4!

Cyanotypes

FileAnna Atkins algae cyanotype

In conjunction with the special exhibition: Photography, The First 1oo Years, on Saturdays in September, visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to participate in a (free!) drop-in workshop called Photograms: Cyanotype.

A photogram is a photographic  image made without a camera.  It is made by placing objects directly onto the surface of a photo-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light.  The areas of the paper that have received no light appear white, those exposed through transparent or semi-transparent objects appear in a medium tone, and areas that receive full light become dark.

Cyanotype is a blueprint process which provides permanent images in a beautiful range of cyan blue values.  The process is thought to have been discovered by John Herschel in 1842 and first used in a photographic way by Anna Atkins who is regarded as the first female photographer and who made the image above.

Visit us in the Student Lunchroom from 12-4pm on any Saturday in September and make your own!  If you find that you enjoy the process and results, there are many great resources for materials on the web.  One that we have used is http://www.blueprintsonfabric.com.  This store is an excellent resource for pre-treated cyanotype fabric and paper.