Mastering Volumetric Image Transfer with Forrest Lesch-Middleton
Please join us for an inspiring two-day hands-on workshop with Bay Area local and 2014 Ceramics Monthly Artist of the Year Forrest Lesch-Middleton. Learn how to combine form and surface in new ways that are sure to inform your studio practice for years to come. Integrate wheel-thrown forms and image transfer using the techniques developed by Forrest for creating his unique and decorative functional pots and tile. Participants will learn the ins-and-outs of creating silkscreen transfers and tips that they can then use in their own studio.

Students most know how to throw or hand build a vessel without instruction to participate.

Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
$185 Early Registration before 06/01/2017)
$199 Registration on and after 06/01/2017

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Cyanotype Workshop with Ann Holsberry

Join artist Ann Holsberry for a one-day cyanotype workshop and learn the basics of this simple, elegant photo/print process. Developed in the nineteenth century, cyanotype was originally used for traditional applications such as botanical documentation and blueprinting, and was later adopted by artists drawn to its many expressive and experimental possibilities. In this workshop, participants will create a series of prints using objects (plant materials, lace, keys, feathers, tools), drawings on mylar, transparencies, or photo negatives. Once participants have learned to prepare a surface with photosensitive emulsion, they will use outdoor sunlight to expose and print their pieces, and will have the option of further enhancing their finished cyanotypes with paint, collage, or embroidery.

Sunday, July 30, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
$92 includes all materials

Studio Workshops

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Preserve Your Family Photos with Curt Fukuda
Save your family memories before they fade away! This one-session workshop teaches you how to preserve, archive, and share your precious family photos. You’ll learn how to scan photos, do retouching, and how to upload your photos to share with family and friends.

Thursday, August 17, 7-9 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Free; registration required.

Digital Photography with Curt Fukuda
This two-session “crash course” will acquaint you with the basics of photography so you can take better pictures. During the first session, you will learn about the controls on your camera or smart phone and how they affect your images. The class clarifies how light and subject determine what settings you use to provide the best results. The second session of this class covers what to do after you’ve taken your photos. We’ll discuss downloading images to a computer, and then, organizing, archiving, and sharing your photos. You’ll learn about using software like Photoshop and Lightroom to adjust the color and exposure of your images. Although designed for beginners, this class is a good refresher for intermediate photographers, too.

Thursdays, July 27 and August 3, 7-9 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Free; registration required.