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Workshops

    • May 30, 2024
    • June 06, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Registration deadline: May 23

    Ages 14+

    In this class you'll learn the ancient art of Japanese Gyotaku printing and merge it with the expressive medium of watercolor. After inking fish and pressing them onto paper, we'll add vibrant color and depth with watercolors. 

    All materials included. 

    Instructor: Sheila Hawthorne Klotz


    Date: Thursdays 5/30 & 6/6
    2 sessions

    Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 



    • June 01, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 5
    Register

    Registration deadline: May 25

    Ages 16+


    Bring your own machine or hand stitching and get away from all the distractions that keep you from a day with your sewing.  You can b ring a project of your own choice, or get ideas from the instructor.  Bring a lunch or snack.  Materials will be individually discussed with you prior to class. 


    Date: Saturday, 6/1

    1 sessions

    Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


     
    • June 10, 2024
    • June 24, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 4
    Register

    Registration deadline: June 3

    Ages 12+


    Come learn how to create some unique mugs using the slab building method. We will learn how to roll out clay and form it into mugs with tripod feet in this class. Applying glazes will make your mugs truly unique. All materials included


    Instructor: Tyler Stauffer


    Dates: Mondays, 6/10 & 6/24

    2 sessions

    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



    • June 11, 2024
    • June 18, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 5
    Register

    Registration deadline: June 4

    Ages 16+

    This workshop will focus on making a functional, beginner friendly, market bag.  Be ready to chain stitch; (there's a lot of it). Materials list below.

    Instructor: Heather Tantalo-Spiegel


    Tuesdays 6/11 & 6/18

    2 sessions 

    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


    Materials list:  5.5mm crochet hook, stitch markers, minimum 180 yards of smooth #4 cotton yarn.




    • June 13, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 7
    Register

    Registration deadline:  June 6

    Ages 16+


    Come learn the basic shapes and basic scrolls of Quilling.  Using strips of paper, we learn how to roll, loop, curl, twist and manipulate them, then glue them together and create a decorative animal design on burlap.  All materials included.


    Instructor: Maureen Knecht Newcamp

    Date: Thursday 6/13

    1 session

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm



    • June 13, 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 11
    Register

    Registration deadline: June 6

    Ages 10+


    Celebrate and learn more about PRIDE Month in this workshop.  The meaning and history of the PRIDE flag and colors will be explained.  Using the colors of the rainbows, we will create acrylic paint pours! The rainbow of colors will mix, swirl and separate into beautiful abstract designs.  Come join us for a PRIDE Pour. 


    Instructor: Diane Pontoriero


    Date: Thursday June 13

    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm






    • June 27, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Registration deadline: June 20

    Ages 11+

    Ice will provide us with the colors of the rainbow as we use it to dye our items of clothing.  We will be using some simple tie dyeing techniques in this unique and fun way to make ice work for us.  Please bring two items for dyeing. The items must be a natural fiber: cotton, bamboo, rayon, silk, wool, linen. (Polyester, nylon and any other synthetic will not dye). 

    Instructor: Diane Pontoriero


    Date: Thursday 6/27

    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm















    • June 29, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 6
    Register

    Registration deadline: June 22

    Ages 12+

    Suede board offers a texture that is different from paper and it is particularly effective when you are drawing fur.  Great detail can be achieved while maintaining a softness.  Bring a drawing or a copy of a photo of your favorite furry animal and experiment with suede board.  Materials list below.

    Instructor: Jeanne Perrier 

    Date: Saturday 6/29

    Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


    Materials List:


    This list is basic and allows you to mix further colors. I suggest Prismacolor pencils. If you do not have any pencils, a set of 24 would be good. If you have Faber Castell, Polychromos, Caran D'Ache, Royal Talens, or Derwent pencils these should be just fine. The point is to have artist quality with which to work.


    Please bring an assortment of Prismacolor pencils, including white and sepia. Also bring a graphite pencil, HB or 2H, kneaded eraser, a white plastic eraser, and ruler. If your pencils are new please sharpen them prior to class, and be sure to sharpen the end opposite the color name and number. Also bring a drawing or photo that will fit on an 8x10 paper.  The suede board, transfer paper and tracing paper will be provided by the instructor. 

    • June 30, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 3
    Register

    Registration deadline:

    June 27

    Ages 16+

    Whether you are just starting out or looking to hone existing skills, this workshop offers tools to help you gain more control in your work.  We will learn basic watercolor physics, practice 3 foundational wash techniques and learn to avoid the watercolorist's most common pitfall.

    Click here for the materials list!

    Date: Sunday, 6/30

    Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm



    • July 11, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 10
    Register

    Registration deadline: July 4

    Ages 16+

    Discover the freedom of abstract expressionism in acrylic painting.  Explore the possibilities of form, color and texture.  Both beginners and experienced painters will find a supportive environment for exploration and growth. All materials included. 

    Instructor: Sheila Hawthorne Klotz


    Date: Thursday 7/11

    1 sessions

    Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm 



    • July 13, 2024
    • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 7
    Register

    Registration deadline: July 6

    Ages 16+

    Explore acrylic painting with the pallet knife technique.  Learn to wield the knife confidently, creating bold textures and vibrant colors.  Dive into color theory and composition principles to convey your artistic vision effectively. All materials included. 

    Instructor: Sheila Hawthorne Klotz




    Date: Saturday 7/13

    1 session

    Time: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm 



    • July 14, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 6
    Register

    Registration deadline: July 11

    Ages 16+

    In this focused workshop, we will explore color mixing and color theory so that you can feel confident in creating harmonious and intentional color palettes in your work.  See the color wheel in a whole new way and discover the full spectrum of hues you can create using only three pigments. 

    Click here for the materials list!

    Date: Sunday, 7/14

    Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm



    • July 17, 2024
    • July 31, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 0
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    Registration deadline: July 10

    Ages 14+

    Where will the garden elves and fairies live? In your hand built enchanted garden, of course! In this 2 week class, you will make a fairy house and all the accessories out of clay.   Pieces will be glazed at the second class. All materials included.

    Instructor: Diane Pontoriero


    Dates: Wednesdays, 7/17 & 7/31

    (no class 7/24)

    2 sessions

    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    • July 20, 2024
    • July 21, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 5
    Register

    Registration deadline February 17

    Ages 9-13  


    Come learn how to use Stop-Motion software to make your own adventure tale. Plan your story and then create the characters, props and scenes using various mediums including recycled materials and 3D pens. Bring home what you create and share your film with your friends. If you've been in this class before, come again and we will go deeper into editing. Students should bring a tablet, ipad, or cell phone for the stop motion filming. Extra ipads will be available. Any props (toys, toy furniture, etc.) that they would want to use in their films may also be brought. We will be making props and characters as well.


    Instructor: Elise Neill

    Saturday  7/20 and Sunday 7/21 

    2 sessions

    Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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    • July 22, 2024
    • August 05, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 3
    Register

    Registration deadline: July 15

    Ages 16+

    "Kurinuki" is a Japanese method of hand making pottery. It means "hollowing out". In this workshop, you will experience a new way of making pottery by carving out the forms from solid blocks of clay. This contemplative process allows the maker to connect with the clay body in a new, ancient way. We will explore the addition of textures and finish the pottery with glazing techniques that will enhance the textural surfaces. No clay experience needed. All materials included.


    Instructor: Diane Pontoriero


    Date: Mondays, 7/22 & 8/5

    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


    • July 23, 2024
    • August 06, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 6
    Register

    Registration deadline:  July 16

    Ages 18+

    Are you tired of spending time on a project and then not have the glaze turn out the way you wanted? Are you curious about what certain glazes look like, but don't want to risk your new favorite piece? Come learn how to make glaze test tiles for low stakes experimentation! Learn what to look for in a glaze and how to test for it.  Bring a notebook!  All materials included.

    *This workshop is for those who work regularly at the NHAC in either classes or AAP.

    Instructor: Katie Botterman

    Date: Tuesdays, 7/23 & 8/6

    (2 sessions)

    Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    • July 27, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 3
    Register

    Registration deadline:  July 20

    Ages 18+

    In this all day intensive workshop you will design and build a wall curio to display all your special treasures.  You will be using slab construction techniques to make your curio and pick a glaze for the final firing (done by NHAC staff).

    You will supply the treasures for you curios.  All materials included.

    Instructor: Diane Pontoriero

    Date: Saturday, 7/27

    Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    • July 27, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 8
    Register

    Registration deadline: July 20

    Ages 12+

    Drafting film is a different approach to using colored pencils.  You can achieve great depth using it.  In this workshop you will learn how to use this surface for your art.  Bring an 8x10 drawing or copy of a photo for reference.  A simple drawing will be completed in this workshop.  Materials list below.

    Instructor: Jeanne Perrier 

    Date: Saturday, 7/27

    Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


    Materials List: This list I am giving you is very basic and allows you to mix further colors. I suggest Prismacolor pencils as they are easier to find and less expensive than other artist quality pencils.  If you do not have any pencils a set of 24 would be good.  If you have Faber Castell Polychromos, Caran D'Ache, Royal Talens or Derwent, those would be fine.  The point is to have artist quality with which to work.


    Please bring an assortment of Prismacolor pencils, including white and sepia. Also bring a kneaded eraser, a white plastic eraser and a hard surface on which you will draw. A clip board will work just fine.  If your pencils are new  sharpen them prior to class and be sure to sharpen the end opposite the color name and number. Bring a drawing or a copy of a photo that will fit on 7x10 film. The film will be provided by the instructor. 

    • August 03, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 0
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    Registration deadline: July 27

    Ages 16+

    As the summer colors are in full bloom, this workshop will explore ways we can capture both the final summer flowers. We will prepare cotton and silk fabrics to accept plant materials through steaming (eco dyeing and bundle dyeing), direct transfer or hapa-zome (leaf dye or pounding the plants into the cloth), and solar printing.


    Bring any flowers, berries and leaves from your gardens for dyeing. There will be an assortment of plant material to use if you do not have access to plants.  All materials included.

    Instructor: Diane Pontoriero


    Date: Saturday 8/3

    1 session

    Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm



    • August 03, 2024
    • August 04, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 8
    Register

    Registration deadline: July 27

    Ages 9-13  


    Make your own 3D board game with your own characters to take home. Use 3D pens, clay, paint, recycled materials and more to make your game come alive. Invent a new outdoor game to play with friends! Create a new card game! How about a competitive marble run? All materials included. 


    Instructor: Elise Neill

    Saturday  8/3 and Sunday 8/4 

    2 sessions

    Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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    • August 03, 2024
    • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 10
    Register

    Registration deadline: July 27

    Ages 16+

    Experience the art of collage by creating handmade paper using National Geographic pages.  Experiment with tearing, layering and embedding techniques.  Develop composition skills and balance color, texture and form in your artwork. All materials included. 

    Instructor: Sheila Hawthorne Klotz


    Date: Saturday 8/3

    1 session

    Time: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm 



    • August 09, 2024
    • August 16, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 10
    Register

    Registration deadline: Aug 2

    Ages 16+


    Interested in learning an art to immediately use in decorations, gifts, or art displays? If so, join a small group for Basics and Beauty of Origami. You will learn easy basic folds and a base for a lovely butterfly. Depart the first session with your butterfly. In session two you will apply butterflies to your selected project: gift decorations, wreath, or vase arrangement! Join the fun and learn how to transform paper into art. Paper is included. Students will be expected to acquire project supplies for the second session, as determined by the project selected. Instructor will explain during session #1.


    Instructor: Mary Garnett


    Dates: Fridays, 8/9 & 8/16

    2 sessions

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


     



    • August 10, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 5
    Register

    Registration deadline: August 3

    Ages 16+


    In this fused glass workshop, you will cut strips of glass to be positioned in such a way as to create an open lace or coral-like bowl, The strips of glass are overlapped to connect each piece, leaving small openings.  The bowl will be slumped over a round mold to complete the bowl. All materials included.


    Instructor: Diane Pontoriero


    Date: Saturday 8/10

    1 session

    Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm



    • August 10, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 6
    Register

    Registration deadline: August 3

    Ages 14+


    Learn to create stunning fused glass pendants, earrings and pins. Beginner and experienced glass artists can make up to 8 pieces of wearable art. Class includes tips on the use of dichroic glass, layering glass, and using frits and stringers. You can create both full and tack fused pieces!  All materials included.





    Instructor: Diane Pontoriero


    Date: Saturday 8/10

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


         



    • August 13, 2024
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 8
    Register

    Registration deadline:  August 6

    Ages 13+

    Come learn to read and write, on both paper and clay, in the world's oldest writing system: cuneiform! Come to class with a phrase or some sentences that you want to press into a clay tablet, just like in ancient Mesopotamia.   All materials included.

    Instructor: Katie Botterman

    Date: Tuesday, 8/13

    Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    • August 17, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 9
    Register

    Registration deadline: August 10

    Ages 12+

    Explore colored pencils and some of the effects you can create in using them. This workshop offers a foundation for the various pencil techniques used. The morning includes basics and the afternoon addresses more specialized work. Bring a lunch! Materials list below.

    Instructor: Jeanne Perrier 

    Date: Saturday, 8/17

    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


    Materials List:

    This list I am giving you is very basic and allows you to mix further colors. I suggest Prismacolor pencils as they are easier to find than many of the European brands.  If you have a set of artist quality pencils such as Faber Castell Polychromos or Derwent, those would be fine.  The point is to have artist quality with which to work.


    Please bring the following: Lemon Yellow #915, Apple Green #912, Grass Green #909, Parrot Green #1006, True Blue #903, Imperial Violet #1007, Violet #932, Mulberry #995, Magenta #930, Poppy Red #922, Orange #918, and Yellowed Orange #1002.  Please also bring a graphite pencil, HB or 2H, a kneaded eraser, a white plastic eraser and a pencil sharpener.  Please have your pencils sharpened before class and sharpen the end opposite the color name and number. 


    Please email the instructor with any questions at jeanne.perrier@att.net or call at 412-952-3003


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