Make friends, have fun, and develop your creativity at the Arts & Crafts Center! Come down to the lower level of the Reitz Union this fall to paint a pot, attend a GatorNight craft activity on Friday nights (activity starts at 9pm in the ACC), learn to throw, make jewelry, or get crafty in our Make It and Take It workshops. Registration for spring Leisure Courses will open at 10am on January 2 at leisure.union.ufl.edu with classes beginning the week of January 22.
Craft Workshops: Make It and Take It! (You must be a current UF Student to participate in these workshops)
Explore a variety of craft mediums this fall in our Make It and Take It workshops. Each workshop meets for two hours and you will walk away with a finished project. No previous crafting experience is necessary. See workshop descriptions and register at https://leisure.union.ufl.edu/#/Courses/1101. The Registration fee is $5 for each workshop and the lab fee of $10, payable at the Arts & Crafts Center before class meets, provides all the materials you’ll need for that workshop.
January 28 5:30pm-7:30pm: Decorating Drinking Glasses
February 11 5:30pm-7:30pm: Origami Gift Boxes
February 25 5:30pm-7:30pm: Florida String Art
March 11 5:30pm-7:30pm: Alcohol Ink Art
March 25 5:30pm-7:30pm: Happy Spring Pop Up Cards
Also, check out our list of ceramic workshops for this spring, free to Studio Members and Leisure Course students!
Spring Studio Member Ceramic Workshop Schedule
These workshops are led by our Arts Specialist and are free to Studio Members and Leisure Course students who have paid a Facility Fee. No previous art experience is needed to take a workshop. If you are not a Studio Member or Leisure Course student and you are interested in taking a workshop, you can purchase a weekly Studio Membership for $15 for the week of the workshop. Please contact Mariana at email@example.com or (352) 392-2378 if you have any questions.
Friday January 25, 5:30-7:30pm
Handbuilding: Ceramic Boxes
Learn how to make a variety of lidded boxes out of clay slabs. Demonstrations will include rolling and texturing slabs of clay and working with templates. All materials to make two boxes per participant will be provided.
Friday February 1, 5:30-7:30pm
Surface Decoration: Using Stencils and Slip for Low Relief Texture
Learn how to cut your own stencils and apply slip to create low relief textures on the surface of your pots. Additional decorative techniques such as sgraffito will also be covered. All materials to make two decorative tiles per participant will be provided. Feel free to bring in your own leather hard pieces to decorate as well (please note, this technique does not
work with bisqueware).
Friday February 8, 5:30-7:30pm
Handbuilding: Flower Bricks
Learn how to make a flower brick out of slabs of clay. A flower brick is a type of vase with small openings in the top to hold the stem of flowers. All materials to make one flower brick per participant will be provided.
Friday February 15, 5:30-7:30pm
Surface Decoration: Making Your Own Stamps
Learn how to make custom texture stamps by using coils and carving into leather hard clay. The stamps will then be bisque fired and can be used to create unique textures on wet clay. Demonstrations will include how to use a simple stamp to create a complex tessellating pattern. All materials to create the stamps will be provided.
Friday February 22, 5:30-7:30pm
Kintsugi: The Japanese Art of Repairing Pottery
or “golden seams” is a centuries-old Japanese technique for repairing broken pottery. Instead of hiding a repair, flaws are embraced and enhanced using lacquer mixed with powdered gold. We will be using epoxy and mica powder to create our modern-day kintsugi pieces. Please bring any broken ceramic items you would like to repair. All other materials will be provided.
Friday March 15, 5:30-7:30pm
Handbuilding: Ceramic Spoons
While you may be accustomed to spoons made of wood or metal, the tradition of making spoons out of clay is a long and distinguished one. In this workshop we will learn various techniques for making spoons, from soup ladles to sugar spoons. All materials to make four spoons per participant will be provided.
Friday March 22, 5:30-7:30pm
Surface Decoration on Bisqueware: Bubble Glazing
Learn how to create a unique decorative effect by blowing bubbles with underglaze or glaze. Bisqued tiles will be available to practice on, but you should be prepared to bring your own bisqued
work to decorate. All other materials will be provided.
Friday March 29, 5:30-7:30pm
Surface Decoration: Cuerda Seca Tiles
Cuerda Seca or “dry line” is a decorative technique where different colored glazes are separated by thin lines of wax containing a black colorant. The waxed lines prevent the glazes from running together. All materials to make two decorative tiles per participant will be provided.
Friday April 5, 5:30-7:30pm
Surface Decoration: Using Wax as Glaze Resist
Explore the various ways to use wax as a resist to create colorful patterns with glaze. A limited number of test tiles will be available to participants to practice the technique but you are welcome to bring your own bisqued work to decorate. All other materials will be provided.