Winter Classes

$15 Gift Certificate to you when you refer a friend!

Join all three clay workshops for a 10% tuition discount.

Cool Mugs

Ages 5-10 ~ 4 Tuesdays, 1/3 - 1/24, or 4 Wednesdays, 1/4 - 1/25, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm ~ $165

What makes a mug perfect for hot chocolate? Is it the rounded lip? The comfortable handle? How would you decorate the surface of a vessel meant for everyday sipping? Come design a set of mugs meant for you and yours. We'll glean inspiration from contemporary experts, and we'll use slabs, coils, and molds to craft cups worth slurping from. Students will share supportive, constructive ideas with one another, and all materials are included. At Ilana’s home in Beacon.

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Animals! Animals!

Ages 5-10 ~ 4 Tuesdays, 1/31 - 2/21, or 4 Wednesdays, 2/1 - 2/22, 4:00-5:30 ~ $165

From Han Dynasty horse figures to Mesoamerican ocarina flutes, clay creatures are a long-lived theme in historical clay art. How can we transform slabs, coils, and round balls of clay into our animal dreams? We will look at historical pottery. We will sketch visions both cute and beastly. And of course we will sculpt sturdy clay critters using a variety of long-lived techniques. Students will share supportive, constructive ideas with one another, and all materials are included. At Ilana’s home in Beacon.

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Clay Garden

Ages 5-10 ~ 4 Tuesdays, 2/28 - 3/21, or 4 Wednesdays, 3/1 - 3/22, 4:00-5:30 ~ $165

What forms can we create from clay to help a garden grow? We will sculpt planters, creatures, lanterns, and more, as we consider this question. Our hands will practice important techniques for creating vessels, joining delicate pieces, and imprinting patterns and designs into an ancient and sensational earth material that, once fired, transforms into stone! Students will share supportive, constructive ideas with one another, and all materials are included. At Ilana’s home in Beacon.

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Mad Science:Mad Art

Ages 4 + up ~ 12 Weeks

Let's float, stretch, swing, and fling. Our twelve-weeks together will take a physics focus. We’ll search for center of gravity as we strike teetering poses and create Calder-esque mobiles. We’ll build marshmallow-launching catapults and slingshots that transfer our potential energy into kinetic creativity. What does a grandfather clock have in common with a swing set? Let’s use their common tie to make designs in sand and on paper. Half-way into our studies we’ll embark on a deep exploration into bridge engineering, drawing strength from tension and trusses, and building models to probe at our understanding. We’ll end with the age-old egg challenge, finding inspiration in the fanciful invention drawings of Da Vinci, and then testing out our most practical visions for safe landing.

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Patterns, Prints, Stamps, & Stories

Ages 4-8 ~ 6 Wednesdays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ~ $200

What happens when you dip the cut edge of a pepper or celery stalk in ink and press it onto paper? How can we make our own stamps with a spool, potato, bottle cap, or leaf? We will use beautiful printed children's book illustrations to inspire our own story-making process. After exploring stamping with a variety of found objects and handmade stamps, we will create our own protagonists and story lines, and then we will make books - and bind them. We will explore paper-making as well, and incorporate some handmade paper into our bound books. Located in Ilana's home studio, Beacon, NY.

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