Adult Leisure Classes

Adult Leisure Classes

Welcome


Adult Leisure classes are held at the Lew Sorensen Community Center at 2300 North Tanque Verde Loop Road.  You'll find the building on the campus of Emily Gray Junior High School, just south of the intersection of Tanque Verde Road and Tanque Verde Loop (north of the Baptist church).

 
If you have questions please email [email protected]

 

ADULT COMMUNITY PROGRAMS, 2021

 

WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING THE SAFEST POSSIBLE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF. 

 

 

It is critical that, while inside at this facility all participants employ the necessary safety measures of mask wearing, safe distancing, and washing of hands and surfaces.  We are a community of concerned, creative and caring learners.   Caring communities protect all their members, including those most vulnerable, in all ways possible.  To that end, please adhere to the above policies while indoors at our adult programs facility.   

   Thank you for helping us keep everyone at adult programs as safe as possible.   

 

SOME CLASSES MAY BE TAUGHT IN A HYBRID FORMAT WITH SOME VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION AS WELL AS IN PERSON LEARNING TO FACILITATE SAFE DISTANCING.

 

 

 

Sit and Stitch Knitting

Coordinator; Kristi Sparks

Cost: 6 two hour sessions, $24

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Materials: $5 facilities use fee payable to instructor with each $24 purchase

Hours purchased may be used in two hour increments at the student’s discretion.

1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6-8 pm , Fiber Arts Room


Join friends and fellow knitters for an evening of conversation and relaxation while knitting and sharing ideas, knitting expertise and tips, and project goals. The group will meet in the fiber arts room from 6-8 for a non-instructional open studio “knitting bee.” Novice knitters are welcome with peer support offered.


 

 

Polymer Clay

Instructor:  Len Hughes

Saturdays,  9-12

September 25-November 13

Cost:  $130
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Join the fun of learning to create one-of-a-kind items in polymer clay.   Instruction will begin with the basics:   conditioning the clay, making and blending colors and making different kinds of canes to be used in the jewelry making process.   A variety of techniques will be employed to make each creation unique and individual.     Please join us to discover how creative and sophisticated this art form can be.   Emphasis will be on making high quality jewelry and decorative items.   Finished work will be processed in ovens provided.   

 

Materials: Please bring several colors of clay (Premo and/or Sculpey recommended) in lights and darks as well as black and white, a roller, and a blade.  If you have your own pasta machine, bring it, and we will have some available.  

Questions?  Contact Len at [email protected].   

 

 

WEAVING II

Instructor:  Melanie Abel

Mondays 9-12, 1-4

Cost:  $130
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For this session only, this class is for returning students only.  

 

In this class the student will improve their knowledge of Warping a loom, Reading a Draft, and general Weaving Vocabulary.  The student will study and plan a project using a more complex weaving pattern warp the loom using this pattern and weave the project. They will learn more techniques and tricks that make weaving easier and more fun.   After weaving the project the student will learn a variety of 

of finishing techniques, including Wet Finishing

 

Class size is limited for purposes of safe social distancing and instruction is tailored to the individual’s experience and weaving interests.  Weaving II is taught on  either   4 harness floor or table loom. The warping direction is front to back.

 

Lab fee is $10 paid with class fee when registering for class.

 

Due to Covid-related restrictions students must now supply the following:

Sharp fabric scissors, measuring tape, calculator, pen, notebook paper, post-it notes, blue masking tape, hand sanitizer and wipes.   Please mark all items with your name.

A copy of “A Handweaver’s Pattern Directory” by Anne Dixon is recommended.      

 

 

POTTERY WORKSHOPS

 

For this session only, pottery classes will be limited   to a series of specific skills workshops offered by our pottery teachers.    Skills acquired in these sessions will be applicable to future pottery projects at all skill levels

 

 

 

Geometric Ceramic Design

Instructor:  Julie Stein

Time:   2-5, 6-9

Date:    Thursday,,   September 30

Cost:  $60

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Learn to create a unique geometric pattern for a 12 x 12" mosaic project or to create a repeating pattern to apply to hand-built work or thrown objects.      The technique applies geometric principles to create repeating individual pieces which, when applied according to a geometric plan, can produce a stunning design. 

 

Please bring a ruler and scissors. All other materials will be provided.

 

 

 

Textured Roller

Instructor:  Cindy Straw

Time: 9-12

Date: October 7

Cost $60

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We will create textured rollers to imprint texture onto clay.  Various techniques will be utilized to create patterns onto rollers. As the roller imprints your unique designs onto clay, the pattern repeats.  These rolled designs can be applied to both thrown and hand built ware for “one off” pieces  or for creating matched sets of mugs, plates, etc.   We will be able to make several rollers each.

 

Please bring a glue gun and hot glue sticks if you have one.  Several glue guns and hot glue sticks will be available if you do not have one.  Other materials will be provided.

 

 

Making Sprig Molds and Clay Stamps

Instructor:  Nancy Murray

Time: 9-12

Thursday, October 21

Cost:  $60

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Learn how to personalize your clay art by using your own handmade sprig molds and stamps.  Stamps and sprig molds can be used for hand building and thrown clay pieces adding an individual and personal dimension to a potter’s work.

All materials provided

 

 

Glazing 101

Instructor:  Linda Baker

Time:   1:00 to 4:00;  5:00 to 8:00

Date:    Thursday November 4

Cost:  $60

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Glazing is an essential part of making pottery, and Cone 10 glazes can be especially tricky.  In this class you will learn about the uses of wax resist, how to prepare the glazes before using them, and a few basic decorating techniques.   Students will be given 2 pieces of bisque to glaze. 

 

 

DRAWING AND PAINTING

 

Everyone Can Draw (CANCELLED)

Instructor:  Tracy Lynn Ross

Tuesdays, 9:30-12:30

Sept 21-November 9

Cost:  $130
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The technique of drawing is basically a simple one; the knowledge of the right approach is all you need.  In this class you will learn the language of graphic expression and realize that drawing is fun!   This class is for anyone who wants to discover the secrets of capturing what they see and transferring it to paper.

Please Bring a 9x12 sketchbook, pencil and a fine point Sharpie.  

 


Watercolor Exploration, Beginning

Instructor: Tracy Lynn Ross

Tuesdays, 9:30-12:30

September 21-November 9

Cost: $130

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Have you always wanted to try watercolor painting?   Play with color and learn basic techniques with demonstrations, tips and tricks from a Signature member of Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild.    Through weekly painting assignments you will gain confidence with, and an understanding of, watercolors.   This will be a wonderful adventure while having fun in a relaxed environment.

Watercolor paints and brushes will be provided for the first class.   Please bring a roll of paper towels and any supplies you already have.    Additional supplies will be discussed.

 


Try it.  You’ll like it

Explore your creative side! (CANCELLED) 

Instructor:  Tracy Lynn Ross

Tuesdays, 5-8

Sept 21-November 9

Cost: $130

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Have you always wanted to play in an artistically creative way?    Want to create art by are not sure what medium to try or where to start?    This class is all about exploring a multitude of mediums such as pen and ink, watercolor and collage.   Tracy Lynn will introduce you to the possibilities and supplies for each helping you discover your favorite.  This will be a wonderful adventure while having fun in a relaxed environment.

 


Watercolor Exploration Continued

Instructor: Tracy Lynn Ross

Thursdays, 9:30-12:30

Sept 23-November 11

Cost: $130

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Continue to enjoy watercolor and discover techniques with demonstrations, tips, and tricks from a Signature member of Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild.    This will be a wonderfully creative environment to continue exploring watercolor!

Please bring a roll of paper towels and any supplies you have.

 


Open Studio (CANCELLED) 

Instructor:  Tracy Lynn Ross

Thursdays 1:30-4:30

Sept 23-November 11

Cost: $130

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Looking to continue your art journey?   This studio time is designed to give experienced and continuing students space to explore their own projects with guidance and tips from an experienced artist and instructor.  Each student will receive individual attention and instruction based on personal needs, with the additional exchange of ideas on subject matter, style and mediums from fellow class members.   All levels of artists working in drawing and watercolor mediums are welcome.  
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