Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

Art After Dark - Art classes for adults


Repurpose the Surplus (AKA Trash to Cash)
Mondays, Sept 12 – Nov 14 (10 classes)
Teaching Artist: Jill Wiggins
Open To: All Experience Levels
It’s time to turn our leftover scraps of wood, acrylic and plastic into cash! Through the use of 3-D printing and laser engraving we are going to design ornaments, coasters, jewelry, lamps and whatever you can think of to sell in our annual holiday sale. Learn to use Autodesk’s suite of three-dimensional design tools plus Adobe Illustrator for laser engraving and earn some cash for your efforts.

Tuesdays, Sept 13 – Nov 15 (9 classes*)
*No class on Nov 8
Teaching Artist: K. Shabazz
Open To: All Experience Levels
There’s a party in the Tech Suite and you’re invited. Join us as we create awesome works of art using various laserable media—paper, glass, wood, chocolate, even pumpkins—yes pumpkins! Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to turn your 2-D ideas into 3-D creations. Prepare ahead of time as this is an awesome opportunity to create holiday gifts for your friends and family. There’s so much fun to be had as we test the limits of lasers.

Anime Appreciation
Wednesdays, Sept 14 – Nov 16 (10 classes)
Teaching Artist: Jeff Guerrero
Open To: All Experience Levels
Let’s be honest, you already know if this class is for you. On Wednesdays we draw, we scan, and we Photohop. We argue (politely) about the best characters, the greatest series, the cutest chibis, the most evil villians. And from time to time we eat some ramen noodles. Gain access to an amazing studio full of equipment and techniques that can help you express your love of anime, and spend quality time with your fellow otaku.

Style the Runway
Thursdays, Sept 15 – Nov 17 (9 classes*)
*No class on Oct 13
Teaching Artist: K. Shabazz
Open To: All Experience Levels
What’s fashion without accessories? Come rip the runway to the digital studio and explore your creativity through jewelry design and creation. Learn how to remix traditional jewelry processes with “new age” techniques. Experiment with digital art created in Adobe Photoshop combined with casting resin to create unique adornments. Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to design and laser cut your own earrings, nameplates, pendants or rings. While you’re at it, learn how to join the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Fashion Club.

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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