April, 2018 Classes

 

Classes are open to ages 16 and up.

Course instructors are renowned in the arts community, locally, regionally, and across the US. Click the instructor’s name for information about his or her interests and experience.

Members enjoy reduced class fees; contact RHP for details about the benefits of studio membership.  Feel free to download, complete and mail your  registration form and check to  P.O. Box 85175, Tucson, AZ 85754-5175 or stop by our location at 102 West Washington Street, across the parking lot from the Tucson Museum of Art.

MEMBERS OF THE TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT ON THE FIRST COURSE FOR WHICH THEY REGISTER  AT THE ROMERO HOUSE.

PLEASE PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DATES AND TIMES. Thanks!
April, 2018: The Romero House Potters (RHP) inaugurates the spring season with the
 April 2- 28 session.  

ALL CLASSES: FIRING, USE OF STUDIO GLAZES, PERSONAL STORAGE SPACE AND OVER 4O HOURS OF STUDIO TIME ARE INCLUDED IN YOUR CLASS FEE!

 Monday

SCULPTING FACIAL EXPRESSION USING PAPER CLAY
1:00 pm-4:00 pm April 2, 9, 16 and 23

Instructor: George Peñaloza

Fee: $140 (member); $160 (non-member)

This class focuses on the development of facial expression in humans or animals.  Students will explore the connection between muscle anatomy and movement and expressive characteristics.  Different facial types, facial features and proportion will be addressed.  Students  will sculpt expressive heads/faces using cone 10 paper clay.  Application of under glazes and acrylics for creating colorful surfaces on completed sculptures will be demonstrated.  Bring your own clay (Max’s is recommended) and reference photos to the first session
SKILL LEVEL: all levels welcome

Tuesday

WHEEL, SCULPTURE, AND HAND BUILDING
9:30 am-12:30 pm  April 3, 10, 17, and 24

Instructor:  Janet Burner*
Fee: $140  (member); $160 (non-member)

This class brings together students with varying degrees of experience in clay, who share a desire to be creative using hand building techniques and the potter’s wheel. Demonstrations will be given regularly. Individual artistic development is the class focus. High fire, low fire, saggar, and raku firings will be covered.  Bring your preferred cone 10 clay and Kemper Tool kit to the first session.

SKILL LEVEL: intermediate to advanced

*Tucson potter Elaine Dow will teach Janet’s class for the month of April.

 FACIAL ANATOMY FOR CERAMIC SCULPTORS

1:00 – 4:00 PM, April 3, 10, 17, and 24

Instructor: Jesse Berlin
Fee: $140 (member); $160 (non-member)

Join Instructor Jesse Berlin for a crash course in facial anatomy for sculptors.  A former sculptor of facial prosthetics at the James J. Peters V.A. hospital in New York, Jesse offers a unique expertise concerning the human face.  In this course, students will learn the underlying anatomy that affects various facial expressions and how to incorporate that knowledge into clay.  Students will produce a life-size bust, ready for bisque firing.  Surface treatments including stains, glazes and acrylics will be discussed, and time permitting, we will do a final high-firing of pieces that have -been glazed or stained.  Firing, use of studio glazes, stains and over 40 hours of studio time are included in your fee.  Please bring your preferred cone 10 clay to the first class.  An 8 piece pottery tool set is also recommended.

Skill Levels: all levels welcome

Wednesday

SCULPTING FACIAL EXPRESSION USING PAPER CLAY
10:00 am-1:00 pm April 4, 11, 18 and 25

Instructor: George Peñaloza

Fee: $140 (member); $160 (non-member)

This class focuses on the development of facial expression in humans or animals.  Students will explore the connection between muscle anatomy and movement and expressive characteristics.  Different facial types, facial features and proportion will be addressed.  Students  will sculpt expressive heads/faces using cone 10 paper clay.  Application of under glazes and acrylics for creating colorful surfaces on completed sculptures will be demonstrated.  Bring your own clay (Max’s is recommended) and reference photos to the first session
SKILL LEVEL: all levels welcome

 Thursday                   

WHEEL THROWING FOR BEGINNERS 

Two Sessions!

1:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 9:00 PM April 5, 12, 19 and 26                                                                   

Instructor: Nan Wollman Fee: 
$140(member); $160 (non-member)

Never touched clay?  Potter’s wheel looks intriguing? Haven’t had a clay class since school, and you’re ready to try again? Beginning wheel throwing will cover the basics of throwing: wedging, centering, opening, raising, forming, trimming and glazing. Novices or those who want a refresher are welcome. Firing, use of studio glazes and over 40 hours of studio time are included in your fee.  Please bring cone 10 stoneware to the first session.

SKILL LEVEL: beginners

Friday

UNIQUELY UBIQUITOUS

10:30 AM – 1:30 PM  April 6, 13, 20 and 27
Instructor: YeRin Kim

Fee: $140 (member); $160 (non-member)

The goal of this class is to help each participant develop his or her own voice through the creation of an independent hand building project, either a vessel or sculpture.  YeRin will share various techniques and technical know how.  Students and instructor will share project ideas, and provide each other with feedback.  An hour of free discussion time with the instructor is offered prior to every class meeting with an aim to assist participants in refining their ideas.  The objectives of the class are: to produce a finished project, start a portfolio and develop a language of contemporary ceramic art.  Please bring a sketchbook and your preferred cone 10 clay to the first session.

SKILL LEVEL: All levels welcome

 

Saturday

altered stoneware jarWHEEL, SCULPTURE, and HAND BUILDING  
9:30 am – 12:30 pm, April 7, 14, 21 and 28

Instructor: Janet Burner*

Fee: $140 (member); $160 (non-member)

This class brings together students with varying degrees of experience in clay, who share a desire to be creative using hand building techniques and the potter’s wheel. Demonstrations will be given regularly. Individual artistic development is the class focus. High fire, low fire, saggar, and raku firings will be covered.  Firing, use of studio glazes and over 40 hours of studio time are included in your fee. Please bring your preferred cone 10 clay and Kemper Tool kit to the first session.

SKILL LEVEL: intermediate to advanced

*Tucson artist Mariah Clearwater will teach Janet’s class for the month of April.

Sunday

HUMAN ANATOMY FOR SCULPTORS

1:00 – 4:00 PM, April 1, 8, 15 and 22

Instructor: Jesse Berlin

Fee: $140 (member); $160 (non-member)

Join instructor Jesse Berlin for a course in human anatomy for sculptors.  Jesse received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  He has dedicated his artistic career to sculpting the human body.

In this course, students will learn the anatomy and proportions necessary to create dynamic poses and will gain an understanding of how gesture affects the end result. Over the course of 4 weeks, students will learn to sculpt various sections of the body through quick studies. They will apply this to the production of a finished, small scale, full figure in clay.  Work will be bisque fired.  Course work includes discussion of surface treatment options and the possibility of high firing.  Please bring your sculpting tools and cone 10 clay (B-Mix is recommended).

Skill level: intermediate to advanced

All dates and fees are subject to change.

NOTE: Studio/course fees are non-refundable. Classes missed because of medical emergency may be applied to future course sessions. Make-up classes are not transferable and must be completed by the original student only.

PLEASE PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DATES AND TIMES. Thanks!

 

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