Workshop Registration

Each Semester the Studio Arts & Craft Centre offers short-term workshops teaching those who sign up different techniques and skills. Attendees pay a small fee to receive instruction and supplies and end up leaving with a piece or pieces of their own, along with new skills to keep making!
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    Bleach T-Shirts

    Date: Fridays, February 21- 28 Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Learn how to print using bleach to make one-of-a-kind lo-fi t-shirts. Students will learn and explore the process of bleach dye reversal and create single and multi-layer bleach t-shirts from their graphic designs.

    Deadline to sign up: Wednesday, February 19 by 5:00 pm
  • Price: $30.00
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    Intaglio Etching

    Date: Thursdays, February 20 – March 12 Time: 6:00pm – 8:00 pm

    A walk through on using acid to etch plates of copper, then use printmaking ink to print your copper plate image onto paper. This is a great workshop for those who love to draw. We will be using advanced techniques that will create stunning pieces.

    Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, February 18 by 5:00 pm
  • Price: $60.00
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    Screen Printing on T-Shirts

    Date: Thursdays, March 26 – April 16 Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Students will learn and explore the process of screen printing on fabric to create single and multi-layer t-shirts from their original designs.

    Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, March 24 by 5:00 pm
  • Price: $70.00
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    Intro to Wheel Throwing Session 3

    Date: Tuesdays, March 24 – April 21

    Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Learn the basics of wheel throwing and how to create cylinders, bowls, and mugs in addition to glazing techniques. Leave with your own unique, usable pieces.

    Deadline to sign up: Thursday, March 12 by 5:00 pm
  • Price: $70.00
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    Wheel Throwing II: Gestural Throwing, Precise yet Relaxed

    Date: Saturdays, March 28 – April 25 Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Learn different advanced throwing techniques as well as surface alteration and texturing techniques. Participants will be exploring multiple ways to throw larger forms on the wheel and expanding their skillsets and confidence.

    Deadline to sign up: Thursday, March 26 at 5:00 pm
  • Price: $100.00
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    Hand Building with Clay: A Little More than the Basics

    Date: Saturdays, February 15, 22 and 29, March 14 and 28 Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    An introduction to hand building pottery using pinch, coil, and slab methods. Students will be taught a variety of techniques in order to reach their desired results, finishing with glaze applications and decoration methods.

    Deadline to sign up: Thursday, February 13 at 5pm
  • Price: $125.00
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    Building Your Own Pinhole Camera

    Date: Thursdays, February 13 – February 20 Time: February 13 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    February 20 – 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    In this workshop, participants will learn how to create their own pinhole camera, shoot with it, and develop their photos. Participants will also get a quick overview on the science and history behind cameras and pinhole cameras.

    Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, February 11 at 5:00 pm
  • Price: $35.00
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    Shibori Tapestry

    Date: Saturdays, February 22 – March 7 Time: February 22 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    February 29 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    March 7 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm

    Learn how to create patterns in fabric using the Japanese technique of shibori to create your own tapestry!

    Deadline to sign up: Thursday, February 20 at 5:00 pm
  • Price: $40.00
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    Beginner Lab Loom Weaving

    Date: Fridays, April 10 – 17 Time: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

    Learn the basics of tapestry weaving in this fun and relaxing class. Bringing home your own wall weaving, loom, and the skills to continue weaving!

    Deadline to sign up: Wednesday, April 8 at 5:00 pm
  • Price: $35.00
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    Felting Animals with Dyed Wool Roving

    Date: Saturday, April 4 – 11 Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

    Learn how to make a needle felted animal of your choice while using wool roving that you chemically dyed yourself!

    Deadline to sign up: Thursday, April 2 at 5pm
  • Price: $30.00
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    Not Your Granny’s Cross-Stitch

    Date: Saturdays, April 18 – 25 Time: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

    A workshop in learning how to cross stitch with snarky sayings and cute imagery. Using embroidery thread, aida, embroidery hoops, and needles to create imagery you will be able to take home your work and continue growing as a fiber artist. Just like grandma used to, but with NSFW sayings.

    Deadline to sign up: Thursday, April 16 by 5:00 pm
  • Price: $35.00
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    Silver Stud Earrings

    Date: Thursdays, March 5 – 12 Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Learn how to saw and cut your own silver stud earrings. Students will also learn how to solder and methods of cleaning and texturing their earrings.

    Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, March 3 by 5:00 pm
  • Price: $40.00
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    Let’s Paint a Portrait!

    Date: Wednesdays, April 8 – 22 Time: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

    If you are a beginner or novice with acrylic paints this workshop will help you build upon your skills by painting a portrait of yourself! Learn the process of building up a painting through layering and color choice while painting from observation.

    Deadline to sign up: Monday, April 6 at 5:00 pm
  • Price: $60.00
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    Hand Building with Clay – Pinch Pots Crash Course

    Date: Saturday, October 24th Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm

    Learn pinch pot construction techniques from the ball to freeform multi-opening. Participants will learn how to make bells, small bowls, and/or effigy vessels. For beginners or experienced potters who are interested in exploring pottery through hand-building pieces.

    **This is a kit-based virtual workshop. Participants will pay for the workshop, pick-up their hand-building kit, and receive virtual instruction using Google Meet. Kits will include everything needed to successfully complete the workshop! For community members, we will work out a time that works for curbside pickup. **

    Deadline to sign up: Thursday, October 22nd at 5pm
  • Price: $25.00
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    Upcycled Eyeglass Chains

    Date: Thursdays, November 12th 6:00pm-7:30pm & November 19th 6:00pm-8:00pm

    In this workshop participants will learn how to upcycle jewelry into your own eyeglass chain. You will learn how to transform bracelets, necklaces, and beads into an item that adds a little bit of style to your everyday look. Learn some beginner jewelry making skills in this workshop that promotes sustainability through functional crafting!

    **This is a kit-based virtual workshop. Participants will pay for the workshop, pick-up their hand-building kit, and receive virtual instruction using Google Meet. Kits will include everything needed to successfully complete the workshop! For community members, we will work out a time that works for curbside pickup. **

    Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, November 10th at 5pm
  • Price: $20.00
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    Make Your Own Penny Brooch

    Date: Wednesdays, November 11th 6:00pm-7:30pm & November 18th 6:00pm-8:30pm

    IIn this workshop learn how to make a wearable piece of jewelry that will compliment your style and taste. Participants will learn the basic skills that every jeweler uses in their daily work life in order to create a beautiful penny brooch. This brooch uses a penny to secure itself onto your clothes and garments and is a good starting place for anyone who is interested in learning metalworking skills.

    **This is a kit-based virtual workshop. Participants will pay for the workshop, pick-up their kit, and receive virtual instruction using Google Meet. Kits will include everything needed to successfully complete the workshop! For community members, we will work out a time that works for curbside pickup. The tools being lent out are property of the Studio Arts and Craft Centre. Participants are responsible for returning the tools that came in their kit.**

    Deadline to sign up: Monday, November 9 at 5pm
  • Price: $30.00
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    Natural Wool Dyeing and Felting

    Date: Tuesdays, November 10th, 6:00pm-8:00pm & November 17th, 6:00pm-8:00pm

    Learn the process of naturally dyeing wool roving. Use the newly dyed wool roving to create an object of your choice. Participants in this workshop will gain a base understanding of dyeing fabrics using natural and easy to access materials. Once learned, you can translate these skills to future projects.

    **This is a kit-based virtual workshop. Participants will pay for the workshop, pick-up their hand-building kit, and receive virtual instruction using Google Meet. Kits will include everything needed to successfully complete the workshop. A pot will be included in the kits, and participants are responsible for returning it after the workshop has concluded. A heat source is not included, be prepared to use your own stove or other heat sources. For community members, we will work out a time that works for curbside pickup. **

    Deadline to sign up: Friday, November 6 at 3pm
  • Price: $30.00
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    Not Your Granny’s Cross Stitch

    Date: Thursdays, February 18 & 25, 6pm-8pm

    This workshop will walk you through the process of how to plan and execute a cross-stitch project using snarky sayings and cut imagery. Participants will receive their own embroidery kit with everything needed to make their project. Using embroidery thread, aida, embroidery hoops, and needles to create imagery, you will learn all the skills necessary to continue growing as a fiber’s artist. Just like grandma used to, but with NSFW sayings!

    **This is a kit-based virtual workshop. Participants will pay for the workshop, pick-up their embroidery kit, and receive virtual instruction using Zoom. Kits will include everything needed to successfully complete the workshop! For community members, we will work out a time that works for curbside pickup. **

    Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, February 16 at 5pm
  • Price: $30.00
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    Ceramics Surface Design

    Date: Thursday’s, March 11, 18 & April 1, 6pm-7:30pm

    In this workshop learn new decorative skills to apply to previously made hand built or wheel thrown ceramics pieces. This workshop will show a variety of techniques to make your pieces sparkle and elevate the way that you think about your ceramic’s aesthetics. Participants will learn skills such as stenciling, slip trailing, color layering, and more. Using pre-fired tiles and student rolled slabs, students will see demos and practice these skills, which can then be applied to a broader variety of ceramics projects.

    **This is a kit-based virtual workshop. Participants will pay for the workshop, pick-up their surface design kit, and receive virtual instruction using Zoom. Kits will include everything needed to successfully complete the workshop! For community members, we will work out a time that works for curbside pickup. **

    Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, March 9 at 5pm
  • Price: $35.00
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    Make Your Own Earrings

    Date: Tuesdays, April 6 & 13, 6pm-7:30pm

    In this workshop, learn the basics of metal working at home using easily accessible materials. Make your very own pair of dangly earrings using tools available for use in the Craft Centre. Learn how to use the punch tool, drills, and techniques for basic chain creation as you develop skills that will carry over to future metalworking projects.

    **This is a kit-based virtual workshop. Participants will pay for the workshop, pick-up their metalworking kit, and receive virtual instruction using Zoom. Kits will include everything needed to successfully complete the workshop! For community members, we will work out a time that works for curbside pickup. This kit includes tools from the SACC’s collection that will need to be returned after the workshop.**

    Deadline to sign up: Thursday, April 1 at 5pm
  • Price: $25.00
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    Monoprinting & Linocut: An Introduction to Printmaking

    Date: Thursdays, April 8 6-8:30pm, April 15 and April 22 6-7pm

    In this workshop, explore two distinct methods of printmaking: monoprinting and linoleum block carving and printing. Through the course of the workshop, participants will be lead through carving and preparation demos, as well as the process of printing from home. Discover the dynamic range of printmaking, from painterly to graphic linework, in the buildup of a uniquely dynamic composition.

    **This is a kit-based virtual workshop. Participants will pay for the workshop, pick-up their printmaking kit, and receive virtual instruction using Zoom. Kits will include everything needed to successfully complete the workshop! For community members, we will work out a time that works for curbside pickup. **

    To participate in this workshop, participants should also have:

    • dish soap
    • wooden spoon
    • rags
    • a paintbrush
    • ruler
    • pencil and pen
    • sharpie

    Deadline to sign up: Thursday, April 1 at 5pm
  • Price: $40.00
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  • Available Workshops

  • Paint the Milwaukee Flag

    Date: Tuesday, September 14 Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Although it hasn’t been officially adopted by the local government, the People’s Flag of Milwaukee is highly utilized and recognizable around town. This one-day workshop will outline the tracing method and painting of the People’s Flag. Heavy-duty canvas and outdoor house paint will be used to create a durable and weather-resistant handmade flag.

    Deadline to sign up: Friday, September 10 by 5:00 pm
  • Price: $15.00
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  • Price: $35.00
  • Intro to Photography: Capturing on Black and White Film

    Date: Tuesdays, September 21 - October 5 Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    Participants in this workshop will learn the basics of darkroom photography. Participants will learn how to shoot, develop, and print 35mm film. Using a 35mm film camera, this workshop will give a look at the process of analog photography from start to finish. (Craft Centre will provide a 35mm camera if you do not own one.)

    Deadline to sign up: Friday, September 17 at 5pm
  • Price: $45.00
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  • Intro to Metalsmithing

    Date: Tuesdays September 21 - October 12 Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    This workshop will explore beginning metalsmithing. Participants will learn to saw, file, and solder copper sheets. Finishing techniques will also be covered to get your pieces to a high polished sheen. This workshop will equip participants to begin to utilize our metals area independently in the future and includes Craft Centre torch certification.

    Deadline to sign up: Friday, September 17 at 5pm
  • Price: $60.00
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  • Intro to Wheel Throwing

    Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 - October 14 Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Take a spin on the potter’s wheel! In this intro wheel throwing class, participants will learn the basics of making pottery with the potter’s wheel. Three main forms will be covered on the wheel: the cup, bowl, and plate. Glazing will also be explored, and participants can expect to walk away with several fully finished pottery pieces. The workshop fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay with additional clay available for purchase; all glazes are included.

    Deadline to sign up: Friday, September 17 at 5:00 pm
  • Price: $70.00
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  • Cyanotype

    Date: Thursday, September 23 Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    By using a light-sensitive liquid, coated sheets of paper will be turned into deep blue images called cyanotypes (the same process used to create blueprints). Participants will use photographic transparencies and object stencils to create the imagery. In this one-day class, participants will produce several prints to take home.

    Deadline to sign up: Monday, September 20 at 5pm
  • Price: $15.00
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  • Flower Dye Lab

    Date: Monday, Sep 27 & Wednesday, Sep 29 Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    In this workshop, participants will learn natural and homemade ways to dye fabric or clothes. Using the technique of flower pounding, we will design a tote bag. With the remainder of the flowers, we will use a technique called ‘Eco Dying,” where we lay flowers out on a silk scarf and wrap it around a stick, then let it steam. Participants will take home two uniquely dyed pieces.

    Deadline to sign up: Thursday, September 23 at 5pm
  • Price: $20.00
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  • Linoleum Block Printmaking

    Date: Mondays, Oct 4 - 25 Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    This workshop is an introduction to the art of making prints from a linoleum block. Beginning with carving the linoleum and ending with printing the inked block, this is a great process for those wanting to be introduced to printmaking. This process is used very often in both the fine art and craft worlds.

    Deadline to sign up: Friday, October 1 by 5:00 pm
  • Price: $40.00
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  • Intro to Collagraph

    Date: Thursdays, Oct 7-21 Time: Oct 7 6:00-7:00pm, Oct 14 6:00-8:00pm, Oct 21 6:00-8:45pm

    We will explore the many possibilities of the collagraph print. Collagraphs are an experimental technique that yields unique prints. They are made from collaging textured items and/or adding textured medium onto a substrate, then sealing it and printing with a printing press. In this workshop, we will be using the intaglio method, as well as using etching on the plate in combination with the collagraph process.

    Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, October 5 at 5:00 pm
  • Price: $30.00
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  • Wheel Throwing: Going Larger

    Date: Tuesdays, Oct 19 – Nov 9 Time: 6:00-8:00pm

    In this intermediate workshop, participants will explore various methods of making larger pieces on the potter’s wheel. Throwing in sections, adding coils, and stacking cylinders will be explored. Some previous experience on the potter’s wheel is required for this workshop (Please contact the Craft Centre with questions – craftctr@uwm.edu or 414-229-5535). The workshop fee includes two 25 lb. bags of clay with additional clay available for purchase; all glazes are included.

    Deadline to sign up: Friday, October 17 at 5:00 pm
  • Price: $70.00
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  • Intro to Wheel Throwing Session 2

    Date: Mondays, October 25 - November 16

    Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    See information on the workshop in September, Session 1

    Deadline to sign up: Thursday, October 21 at 5:00 pm
  • Price: $70.00
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  • Intro to Wheel Throwing Session 3

    Date: Mondays, November 22 - December 13

    Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    See information on the workshop in September, Session 1

    Deadline to sign up: Friday, November 19 at 5:00 pm
  • Price: $70.00
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  • Screen Printing on Paper: Separations, Exposure, and Production

    Date: Wednesdays, Oct 27 – Nov 17

    Time: Oct 27 & Nov 3 6:00-8:00pm, Nov 10 & Nov 17 6:00-8:30pm

    In this workshop, you will learn how to translate imagery into a handmade screenprint. Participants will be led through the process of developing their images, producing screens, and the process of printing. The printing process is done color by color. We will touch on some more advanced ink techniques for future use. Printing will be done on paper to create posters or other wall art. The workshop fee includes use of a screen plus paper and ink that you get to keep!

    Deadline to sign up: Monday, October 25 at 5:00 pm
  • Price: $40.00
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  • Portrait Drawing

    Date: Thursdays, Oct 28 – Nov 8

    Time: 5:30-8:30pm

    Participants will go in-depth on a variety of portrait drawing techniques. Charcoal and graphite will be explored. Participants will work from photos as well as live models. No previous drawing experience is necessary.

    Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, October 26 at 5:00 pm
  • Price: $30.00
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  • Dry Point Intaglio

    Date: Wednesdays, Nov 3–17

    Time: 6:00-8:00pm

    This is an introductory course for intaglio printmaking. Participants will scratch linework into plates with a sharpened tip, ink them up, and use a printmaking press to transfer those drawings from the plate to paper.

    Deadline to sign up: Monday, November 1 at 5:00 pm
  • Price: $30.00
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  • Wheel Throwing: Advanced Forms

    Date: Tuesdays, Nov 16–Dec 7

    Time: 6:00-8:00pm

    In this intermediate workshop, participants will explore forms beyond the cup, bowl and plate. Topics covered will include handle techniques, teapots, pitchers, orange juicers, incense holders, pour-over coffee filters, and more. Some previous experience on the potter’s wheel is required for this workshop (Please contact the Craft Centre with questions – craftctr@uwm.edu or 414-229-5535). The workshop fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay with additional clay available for purchase; all glazes are included.

    Deadline to sign up: Friday, November 12 at 5:00 pm
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  • Workshop Costs

  • Total cost of all selected workshops, excluding taxes. Please call (414) 229-5535 or stop in to register your payment and hold a spot.
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