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 fall Leisure Courses is open now at leisure.union.ufl.edu with classes beginning the week of September 10.
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.
September 13 5:30pm-7:30pm: Painted Glass Jars with Fairy Lights
September 24 5:30pm-7:30pm: Alcohol Ink Art
October 11 5:30pm-7:30pm: Hand Sewn Felt Cases
October 22 5:30pm-7:30pm: Paper Wreaths
November 8 5:30pm-7:30pm: Florida String Art
November 8 5:30pm-7:30pm: Decorating Drinking Glasses
Also, check out our list of ceramic workshops for this fall, free to Studio Members and Leisure Course students!
Fall 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 392-2378 if you have any questions.
Friday September 14, 5:30-7:30pm
Handbuilding: Quilting with Clay
Learn how to design and build wall tiles and trivets using textured slabs of clay. Demonstrations will include rolling and texturing slabs of clay and working with templates. All materials to make two wall tiles or trivets will be provided.
Friday September 28, 5:30-7:30pm
Surface Decoration: Making and Using Sprigs
Learn how to create and use sprigs to decorate ceramic forms and add visual interest to a surface. Please bring a greenware piece (not bisque) to work on. The greenware pieces should be stiff leather hard, but not bone dry. Also, please bring any items from which you would like to make your own sprig mold. Sprig molds can be made of almost anything, from leaves, stamps, and many other founds objects that have low relief decoration. All materials to make sprigs will be provided.
Wednesday October 10, 5:30-7:30pm
Handbuilding: Altering Forms Through Darting
Learn how to alter a straight sided cylinder using darts. Darting is a technique borrowed from sewing which allows you to make a simple form more complex and interesting. Each participant will be provided with a slab of clay to make one cylinder. You are welcome to bring additional soft leather hard forms to the workshop to alter. All other materials will be provided.
Friday October 19, 5:30-7:30pm
Surface Decoration: Using Stencils to Create Layered Designs
Learn how to use paper templates and slip/underglaze to create colorful layered designs on greenware. Demonstrations will include creating custom templates and applying slips and underglazes. All materials to make two decorated tiles will be provided.
Friday October 26, 5:30-7:30pm
Handbuilding: Decorative Plates
Learn how to make a plate with soft slab construction techniques using templates, molds and foam. Demonstrations will also include surface decorating techniques including texture, sgrafitto and mishima. Each participant will be provided with a slab of clay to make one large or two small plates. All other materials will be provided.
Friday November 9, 5:30-7:30pm
Surfaces Decoration: Laser Toner Decals
In this workshop we will learn to make laser toner decals. Laser toner decals are made of a special decal paper that is used in a laser printer. The iron in the toner allows us to create images which can be fired onto a glazed surface. This process works extremely well with photographs and tonal images. Please bring a glaze fired pot to apply the decals to. Fired decals will be sepia colored and work best on lighter colored glazes. You will be able to purchase decal paper at the workshop for $1.50 for an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet. All other materials will be provided.
Friday November 16, 5:30-7:30pm
Ceramic Ornaments I: Shape and Texture
In the first part of this two part workshop, we will learn how to make ornaments out of slabs of clay. Demonstrations will include rolling and texturing slabs, and using cookie cutters. All materials will be provided.
Friday December 1, 5:30-7:30pm
Ceramic Ornaments II: Decorating and Glazing
As a continuation of Ceramic Ornaments I, in this workshop we will decorate our bisque ornaments using various decorative techniques including screen printed underglaze and commercial underglaze decals.