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One space left in weekend photo workshop

Are you an artist who would like to take control by doing your own photography?

There is still one space remaining for the Jan. 28-29 session of Photograph Your Work at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts.

Call 731-2766 or e-mail shyrabbit01@aol.com if you are interested. Pre-registration is required.

No previous experience necessary. Dates and times as listed below.

WORK-Shops@SHY RABBIT are held in one of two spacious and comfortable 1,000 square-foot mixed media studios, and are instructed by professional artist D. Michael Coffee.

Coffee has been teaching these classes since their inception in 2007 and continues to draw in new and repeat students from throughout the country. 

For additional information on Coffee, visit www.dmcarts.com.

Photograph Your Work

This class is geared for artists that would like to start taking their own high-quality, professional pictures for documentation purposes and/or for presentation to galleries or online sales sites.

The information provided is also applicable to those that would simply like to learn more about photography for their own personal use, such as with the documentation of antique or fine art collections for insurance purposes.

Utilization of “off the shelf,” inexpensive alternatives to pricey photographic equipment will be at the core of this workshop.

This comprehensive two-day course will take place Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. both days. Course fee: $195; includes use of studio equipment, computers, CD and miscellaneous consumable materials, as needed.

No previous digital photo experience required.

For a full course description, visit www.shyrabbit.com/Workshops.html.

Ceramics from the Potter’s Wheel I

This introductory potter’s wheel course runs five consecutive Saturday mornings, March 3-31, 10 a.m.-noon, and includes optional studio time, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Glazing date to be determined.

Course fee: $275; includes use of all required studio equipment, studio tools, misc. consumable materials, 25 lbs. of stoneware clay (additional clay can be purchased for $20 per 25 lbs.), studio glazes, bisque and glaze firings, and open studio time.

Each participant will also be provided with a basic starter tool-kit to keep for his or her own use after this course is completed.

This introductory course is designed for novice and experienced potters alike.

It is the perfect opportunity for beginners to jump-start their introduction to working on the potter’s wheel and will establish good working fundamentals and principals that will provide a foundation for continuing work on the wheel.

Participants will be exposed to the concepts of wedging, centering, opening, pulling and shaping forms, trimming and finishing, and glazing. The ideals of form and function and general aesthetics will be discussed, as well as how these ideals can be incorporated into simple objects for use.

Instructor D. Michael Coffee has been a professional ceramist for 15 years. His experience includes teaching college and private master courses; consulting; extensive studio work; kiln design and construction; firing expertise; and overseas ceramic study.

Coffee’s functional and sculptural ceramics have been shown in numerous solo, invitational and group exhibitions, and are included in hundreds of prestigious public and private collections throughout the world.

Printmaking without a Press I

This introductory printmaking course will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. both days..

Course fee: $235; Includes all necessary course materials, inks and paper.

Printmaking without a Press utilizes a unique hand-pressed printing process called “Reductive Ink™,” designed and developed nearly 25 years ago by D. Michael Coffee.

Participants will be introduced to the basics of this unique printmaking technique and will learn how it can replicate traditional printmaking processes without the use of harmful chemicals or expensive printmaking presses.

Students are provided with a materials list and are encouraged to advance at their own pace by practicing this remarkable printmaking technique in the privacy of their own home.

Printmaking without a Press 1 is also designed for those with traditional printmaking experience and is geared to enhance existing skill levels in preparation for intermediate and advanced classes, if desired.

Coffee’s monotypes have been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the country, and are included in dozens of national and international private and public corporations.

For additional information on Coffee’s work, and to view his Biography and Resume, please visit www.dmcarts.com

Basic Ceramic Techniques and Hand-Building I

This introductory hand-building workshop will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. both days both days.

No previous experience required.

Course fee: $215; includes use of all required studio equipment, studio tools, misc. consumable materials, 25 lbs. of stoneware clay (additional clay can be purchased for $20 per 25 lbs.), studio glazes, and bisque/glaze firings.

Each participant will also be provided with a basic starter tool-kit to keep for his or her own use after this course is completed.

This two-day introductory workshop focuses on hand forming, texturing and assembling clay, all without the use of a potter’s wheel or other equipment.

Students are introduced to coil, pinch and slab methods of construction, preparing them for continuing work in ceramics if desired.

For a full course description or for more information regarding these or any of the workshops offered at SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com/Workshops.html.

For space availability or to register, contact Denise Coffee by calling 731-2766. Credit card payment accepted.

Online registration is also available for all workshops at www.shyrabbit.com/RegistrationWorkshops.html.

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts; Gallery, Studio and Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive in Uptown Pagosa Springs; two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard; and west of the City Market complex.

SHY RABBIT is currently open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at no charge. Ample parking is available in front of the building.

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