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Style Spotlight: Is Art School in Your Future?

February 2011 | BY | Issue 75, Spring 2011

The Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, Wis., offers courses in a variety of mediums, including studio painting.

Is Art School in Your Future?

There’s no better time than now to make good on your resolution to sign up for a class or workshop in one of the visual arts. To make things really easy, we’ve assembled a listing of what’s on offer at select schools across the country.

NORTHEAST

Abington Art Center
Jenkintown, Pa.
www.abingtonartcenter.org
Offers year-round classes in painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and jewelry.

Brookfield Craft Center
Brookfield, Conn.
www.brookfieldcraftcenter.org
Classes and workshops exploring basketry, blacksmithing, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood turning, photography, painting and more.

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
Rockport, Maine
www.woodschool.org
Offers one- and two-week workshops, 12-week intensives and nine-month comprehensives to address the needs of students at all skill levels.

The Clay Studio
Philadelphia, Pa.
www.theclaystudio.org
Year-round sessions with weekend, one day and morning workshops in mosaics, pottery, hand building and more.

Diablo Glass School
Boston, Mass.
www.diabloglassschool.com
Classes range from one-day intensives to four-week workshops in everything from glassblowing to mixed media.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Deer Isle, Maine
www.haystack-mtn.org
Offers summer studio-based workshops in clay, glass, metal, paper, weaving, woodworking and more.

Museum School at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Provincetown, Mass.
www.paam.org
Summer workshops and year-round offerings in drawing, film, mixed media, painting, sculpture and photography.

Peters Valley Craft Center
Layton, N.J.
www.petersvalley.org
May through September, offers two- to five-day workshops in seven areas: blacksmithing, ceramics, fiber, fine metal, photography, woodworking and special topics.

Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, R.I.
www.risd.edu
The school’s continuing education program offers summer studies and a wide range of workshops.

The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass
Corning, N.Y.
www.cmog.org
Ten-week, weekend and one-day sessions offered at every skill level by glassmaking instructors from around the world.

UrbanGlass
Brooklyn, N.Y.
www.urbanglass.org
Weekly classes, workshops and intensive master classes explore glass blowing, casting, torch working, fusing, slumping, neon, mosaics, stained glass, cold working and jewelry.

SOUTH

Appalachian Center for Craft
Smithville, Tenn.
www.tntech.edu/craftcenter
This satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University offers more than 50 hands-on craft workshops in blacksmithing, clay, fiber, glass, metals and wood.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Gatlinburg, Tenn.
www.arrowmont.org
Offers weekend, one- and two-week sessions May through October, and evening and Saturday classes January through March.

Baltimore Clayworks
Baltimore, Md.
www.baltimoreclayworks.org
Offers hands-on studio classes in all aspects of pottery, clay sculpture and ceramic processes.

Glassworks
Louisville, Ky.
www.louisvilleglassworks.com
Offerings range from walk-in workshops to more intensive year-round classes in glass blowing, flame working, fusing and more.

John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown, N.C.
www.folkschool.org
Year-round weeklong and weekend classes in a variety of mediums are offered on this scenic campus.

New Orleans School of GlassWorks and Printmaking Studio
New Orleans, La.
www.neworleansglassworks.com
Offers classes in glass blowing, mosaics, metal sculpture, printmaking and more.

Penland School of Crafts
Penland, N.C.
www.penland.org
One-, two- and eight-week workshops are available in paper, clay, drawing, glass, metal, photography, printmaking, textiles and wood.

Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah, Ga.
www.scad.edu
Community education classes and workshops, as well as summer programs, are available for any skill level in a variety of disciplines.

VisArts at Rockville
Rockville, Md.
www.visartscenter.org
Classes, workshops and two-day art boot camps explore painting, drawing, ceramics, wood, glass, metal, jewelry and photography.

MIDWEST

Ann Arbor Art Center
Ann Arbor, Mich.
www.annarborartcenter.org
Day, evening and weekend classes at all skill levels in a variety of mediums, from beadmaking to photography.

Evanston Art Center
Evanston, Ill.
www.evanstonartcenter.org
Ceramics, drawing, jewelry and metal sculptures are just a few of the course options available to artists at every skill level.

The Glass Academy
Dearborn, Mich.
www.glassacademy.com
The school’s most popular classes for beginners are four-hour samplers, which offer a glimpse of what a full eight-week course would be like.

Indianapolis Art Center
Indianapolis, Ind.
www.indplsartcenter.org
Offers spring full-term classes in 15-week sessions, as well as short-term and sampler classes, and weekend workshops.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Sheboygan, Wis.
www.jmkac.org
Offers a small sampling of studio art classes, as well as weekend workshops in disciplines including stone setting.

Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City, Mo.
www.kcai.edu
The continuing education program offers a large selection of visual art classes.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Rochester, Mich.
www.pccart.org
Spring and summer terms offer classes in a variety of mediums, including clay, abstract painting and mixed media.

Peninsula School of Art
Fish Creek, Wis.
www.peninsulaartschool.com
Year-round workshops explore painting, drawing, metal, ceramics, sculpture and photography at all skill levels.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Ill.
www.saic.edu
The continuing studies program offers evening and weekend courses and workshops in art, design, theory and practice.

SOUTHWEST

Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Snowmass Village, Colo.
www.andersonranch.org
Year-round workshops focus on ceramics, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, woodworking and more.

Glassell School of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, Texas
www.mfah.org
Choose from close to 100 classes and workshops in all mediums for students diverse in age, interest, experience and needs.

Nance McManus
Albuquerque, N.M.
www.nancemcmanusstudio.com
Learn the art of pastel painting in a two-day intensive with a renowned artist.

Santa Fe Clay
Santa Fe, N.M.
www.santafeclay.com
Year-round classes and workshops for students from age 2 to 92.

Sedona Arts Center
Sedona, Ariz.
www.sedonaartscenter.com
Explore the more than 200 diverse opportunities available each year in studio art, ceramic/sculpture and digital media.

Southwest School of Art & Craft
San Antonio, Texas
www.swschool.org
Classes and workshops tackle ceramics, fiber, metal, jewelry, paper, photography, drawing, painting and printmaking.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
Helena, Mont.
www.archiebray.org
Offers quarterly community classes in throwing and hand-building, as well as one-day to two-week ceramic workshops.

Oregon College of Art and Craft
Portland, Ore.
www.ocac.edu
Adult community programs provide an array of classes and workshops taught each semester by professional artists.

Pacific Northwest College of Art
Portland, Ore.
www.pnca.edu
The continuing education program includes evening and weekend sessions in a variety of mediums.

Pilchuck Glass School
Stanwood, Wash.
www.pilchuck.com
Offers intensive residential sessions May through August, focusing on glass blowing, casting, fusing, neon, stained glass, flame working and more.

CALIFORNIA

Bay Area Glass Institute
San Jose, Calif.
www.bagi.org
Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes are available in glass blowing, fusing and torch working.

Idyllwild Arts Academy
Idyllwild, Calif.
www.idyllwildarts.org
The summer program offers workshops in contemporary and Native American arts.

Institute of Mosaic Art
Oakland, Calif.
www.instituteofmosaicart.com
More than 80 classes and workshops explore contemporary and traditional mosaic techniques for all levels.

Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino, Calif.
www.mendocinoartcenter.org
Offers more than 200 retreat-style workshops in ceramics, fiber, fine arts, jewelry and sculpture.

CANADA

Alberta College of Art + Design
Calgary, Alberta
www.acad.ab.ca
Professional artists teach personal-interest classes in the visual arts, media and design.

Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
Halifax, Nova Scotia
www.nscad.ca
Two campuses offer short- and long-term courses, workshops, open studios and certificate programs through the School of Extended Studies.

The Victoria College of Art
Victoria, British Columbia
www.vca.ca
Art history, printmaking and arts business are just a few of the available course in the school’s lifelong learning programs.

One Response to “Style Spotlight: Is Art School in Your Future?”

  1. Can’t believe there is no mention of The Art League School in Alexandria, VA! Headquartered in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, with two other Old Town classroom annexes, it fills 11,000+ class seats each year, with classes offered in most media. Not-for-credit classes, taught by renowned practicing artists, offer enrichment at very reasonable rates.

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