Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

Art After Dark - Art classes for adults


So You Think You Can Sew
Mondays, Jan 9 – Feb 27 (6 classes)
*No class on Jan 16, 23, Feb 20
Teaching Artist: Ben Pyles
Open To: All Experience Levels
Come learn how to create cool bags, fabulous garments, and the cutest stuffed animals. Become a master of needle and thread, starting with basic hand sewing techniques and working your way up to being a sewing machine professional. No experience necessary. All you need is a creative mind, a steady hand, and the desire to make something really cool.

Fetching Etchings
Tuesdays, Jan 3 – Feb 28 (8 classes*)
*No class on Jan 24
Teaching Artist: Ben Pyles
Open To: All Experience Levels
Intaglio Etchings are one of the oldest and coolest forms of printmaking. Using our large printing presses, learn how to take a boring old aluminum plate, and with a little wax and acid, turn it into amazing art. We’re not going to just be making rinky dink little prints. Oh no, we’re going big and creating giant etchings that would make da Vinci blush. This class will make you be an Intaglio fanatic.

Putting the Fun in Fundamentals
Wednesdays, Jan 4 – Mar 1 (9 classes)
Teaching Artist: Ben Pyles
Open To: All Experience Levels
No matter what form of art you find yourself drawn to, being able to convey your ideas accurately is incredibly important. In this class we will be building and drawing large still lifes, creating large figure drawings, and pushing your abilities further than you thought possible. Go from drawing stick figures to fully fleshed out models. You’ll leave this class as the Michael Jordan of observational drawing—just imagine how jealous all your friends will be.

Painting like a Professional
Thursdays, Jan 5 – Mar 2 (9 classes)
Teaching Artist: Ben Pyles
Open To: All Experience Levels
Do you love to look at paintings, but have no idea how to make one yourself? By the time you’re done with this class you’ll be able to stretch your own canvases, accurately mix your own colors, and be able to paint anything thrown in front of you. This course is a perfect first step for anyone who wants to become fluent in a variety of basic techniques such as dry brush, palette knife painting, and oil painting.

We Offer:

• An environment that is a safe, nurturing sanctuary for creative expression;
• A climate that instills pride, personal value and hope;
• Student strengths are used to determine direction and goals;
• Relationships are the heart of the process;
• Successes are celebrated.

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Our varied studio courses and workshops offer great opportunities for:
• skill development;
• critical thinking;
• experiential learning;
• preparation for careers and higher education;
• individualized mentoring;
• portfolio development;
• educational travel;
• service learning;
• scholarship help.

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