Classes are multiple-session learning opportunities for all skill levels. Visual Philosophy's classes are designed to foster students' learning in a particular skill-set, and also incorporate critical thinking, research and engagement with society and culture in a broader context. Classes are typically 6 weeks long, meeting twice per week for three hours. Below you will find our current class offerings. We will be adding new classes based on preference and availability. Class sizes are limited to 10 students in order to give maximum attention to each student.
From Michaelangelo to Rodin: an Introduction to Stone Carving
Take a six week course on stone carving! This course will introduce you to the history of the medium, techniques in choosing a stone, developing an idea and creating a beautiful stone sculpture! Discover why this material is relevant in art today and how to incorporate your current conceptual motivations into this fascinating medium.
The Death Mask: an Introduction to Moldmaking and the history of immortalization
This course is for beginning to intermediate sculptors. Learn a multitude of moldmaking techniques, materials and ways of casting in this fun six week class. You will become aquainted with the history of the Death Mask- why it has been incorporated in a wide range of cultures and what it means to immortalize and commemorate the dead, through the means of moldmaking and moulage techniques.
Stone Drawing: an Introduction to Lithography
Stone lithography is one of the most versatile and complex printmaking methods. This six week class will teach techniques of stone lithography including preparing the stone surface, mark-making with dry and wet media, image processing and printing in black and white and color. Historically, Lithography has been used primarily as a commercial medium. We will discuss this aspect as well as how it can be used to create exquisite fine art prints.
The Transfer of Ideas: Advanced Lithography Methods
In addition to direct drawing and painting on the stone surface, many techniques can be used to make images in lithography including transfer with solvents and papers, acid tinting, manier noir and engraving. We will discuss multiple color registration and printing an edition. This class should be taken after the Intro to Litho course unless you have previous experience in lithography.
Layers, Layers, Layers: an Introduction to Screen Printing
This class will introduce you to a wide range of screen printing techniques. Learn how to make a mylar stencil, paint directly onto the screen to mask out areas, as well as use photo emulsion to develop intricate images. We will focus on fine art printing on paper using multiple colors.