The Armory Art Center is offering an extensive number of four week classes, workshops and youth programs that make us want to sign up right now! The Rickie Report gives you some of the highlights and urges you to check out everything they are offering. The new topics and renown faculty add to the excitement. Check out the dates – “Figure in Costume” begins tomorrow!
Armory Art Center
1700 Parker Avenue W. Palm Beach, FL 33401
Figure in Costume: A Focus on the Fetish
Monday, 9:30-12:30 pm | May 4th DW5.1a Tuition: $50
Many artists through the ages have used the clothed figure as inspiration and a challenge. This class will focus on the figure in costume, lending a theatrical quality to drawing the model. Life models will be used while wearing different styles of dress or accessories. Contemporary styles of drawing including ‘fetish’ modes will be discussed as well. A variety of media including black and white and color will be used. Students will have the opportunity to draw the figure and costume incorporating texture, pattern, proportion and perspective into their drawings.
Wednesday, 1:30 – 4:30pm | May 6th PW8.3b Tuition: $50
Learn to pour paint like Helen Frankenthaler and Jackson Pollock. We will be using acrylic paint and exploring different ways of mark making. Build up your image with transparent washes and glazing techniques. The painting experience suggests ideas that create the final concept.
The Art of Metal Clay Level 1
Saturday, May 9th | 9:30 am -12:30 pm JW11.6b Tuition: $60
Metal Clay takes the long practiced science of powered metallurgy and reintroduces it to the world as our newest eco-friendly fine metal art. Working with metal clays gives the freedom and beauty of precious jewelry or sculpture without the cost or mechanical inhibitions of some of the more traditional metal-smithing practices. The course is primarily student-led, with attending artists deciding the specific skills to be incorporated each week. This term we’re focusing on mixed metals. Techniques include firing around fittings, metal inlay, and incorporating wire.
Contemporary Painting: Techniques and Abstract Compositions
Friday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm | May 8th PW3.5a Tuition: $45
Learn easy techniques to create your own unique abstract composition. Students will use acrylic paint and mixed media techniques to create a painting during the workshop.
Introduction to Kumihimo Level 1
Saturday, 1:30-4:30 pm | May 9th
Saturday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm | August 8th
Tuition: $50 JW11.6a
Kumihimo is the Japanese art of braiding. Originally used to braid lacing for the Samurais’ armor, today it is a fun and popular jewelry making technique. Students will learn how to make 8 and 16 strand round braids (Kongoh-gumi) on the Kumihimo Disk. You will learn how to read “pattern,” warp (thread) your Kumihimo Disk, and plan a project.
Monday, 1:30-4:30 pm | May 11th RAW21.1b1 Tuition: $50 each
Students will create monotypes (painterly prints) and collagraphs (relief). Learn how to use a printing press to reproduce art prints. Everyone will discover secrets behind processes that great artists have used and that contemporary artists continue to explore.
Order in Chaos
Tuesday, 1:30-4:30 pm | May 12th PW3.2a1 Tuition: $45 each
Develop and finish your artwork in any media. In this workshop you will have a fun, free, and intuitive process of beginning your artwork in “chaos” with color, texture, pattern, and mark making and then bring “order.”
Collage & Color
Thursday, 1:30-4:30 am | May 14th RAW5.4b Tuition: $50
Exploring the medium of collage as an art form of experimentation, flexibility, and personal language. Found objects and images, transparent and textured papers, photo transfer, block printing, paper weaving, and other experimental techniques are encouraged. Transparent and opaque color relationships are discussed as well as the use of abstract and representational imagery.
The Art of Chinese Brush Painting
Saturday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm | May 16th PW35.6a1 Tuition: $50
In this accelerated workshop you will learn the basic elements of Chinese Brush Painting and some of the master stroke techniques such as the flower, bird, and landscape. You can experiment with line and elaborate style on Chinese paper and on silk.
iPhoneography: Exploring Photography with a Cell Phone
Monday, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm | May 18th RAW6.1a Tuition: $55
Not just for Apple iPhone, but also iPads and Android devices, this 3-hour workshop will cover the how-to’s of capturing, editing, and sharing photographs using the handiest of cameras, our cell phones. The class includes provided handouts and covers a variety of apps from the basics provided with your phone to many of the optional camera editing and sharing options available. Students should bring to class their camera equipped smart phone or tablet device with a charged battery and eagerness to learn this exciting new genre of photography.
FOUR WEEK CLASSES
*NEW* Free-form Peyote Jewelry
Tuesday, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 69.2c
Session 5: April 28 – May 19 & May 26-June 16
Tuition $160 per 4-week session | Lab fee: $40
Free-form peyote is a blend of stitches and beading techniques with no rules! We will learn to incorporate different bead weaving stitches beyond peyote such as netting and herringbone to create one of a kind jewelry pieces. Beads and found objects of different sizes and shapes will be incorporated. I love seashells so, bring along your special found objects and let’s get creative! While the studio will supply some equipment, please see the material list provided by registration for more information.
Fabrication Techniques in Jewelry
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 15S-J24.5b
Fridays, 9:30 am- 12:30 pm 15S-J24.5b
Tuition $160 | Lab Fees: $ 32.00
The goal of this class is to carry out a variety of experiments to enhance the creative design process. Forms of jewelry that will be examined during this class are rings, pendants, and brooches. Through techniques such as metal carving, surface manipulation, sheet and wire construction, and cold connections, students will learn alternative approaches to building wearable adornment. This class requires basic sawing, filing, and soldering
Thursdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm | $160 | Lab Fee $40
Learn how to create stunning jewelry using bead embroidery techniques. We will learn different ways to sew beads onto fabric and how to bezel set a cabochon using a peyote stitch. We will also learn to make a template and choose a color wave for our designs. It’s like painting with beads!
*NEW* Beginning Portfolio Development for High School Students: Rising Freshmen and Sophomores
Liza Niles, Director of Education
Monday-Thursday, June 22nd-25th 5pm-7pm Tuition: $150
For the first time the Armory is offering a 5 day intensive workshop for high school students who plan to study art in higher education and who want to begin to develop a portfolio. We will explore different styles in art and artists to further develop your own identity as an artist. You will learn how to present yourself and your work in digital format in preparation for pre-college summer school, school assignments and college applications. There will be homework, individual/group critiques and lots of creative thinking!
MIDDLE SCHOOL PREP
*NEW* Communication Arts Intensive Workshop
Monday-Friday, June 8th-12th | 5 pm-6:30 pm Tuition: $75
Don’t just report the news—be the news! Emphasis will be on presentation of audition components, as well as participation in a timed creative writing prompt and mock interview. This course offers all the tools to get you most prepared for the Middle School Communications audition. This includes reading from a teleprompter like a professional news reporter, preparing an ad for a magazine, using images, and writing a creative story within 15 minutes.
Link to the Class Catalog
ABOUT THE ARMORY ART CENTER:
The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.
Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.