Continuing Education . Classes
Intro to Blacksmithing
Light a fire and swing a hammer. Learn how to forge steel! In this class students will learn the essentials of blacksmithing. Using our gas forge, we will learn how to heat and forge steel using the processes of upsetting, tapering, fullering, forming scrolls, and ornamental twists. We will also cover several techniques for forming steel without heat. Students will then get to make one functional piece and one decorative/nonfunctioanl piece of iron work. Come willing to learn and we will make the anvil ring.
Intro to Film Production
Grades 9-12. This course offers total immersion into the production of a film, produced by the entire class. A script will be created and polished, then pre-production will commence and all film departments (art, costumes, lighting, etc) will be handled by the group. We will create a shooting schedule, then film the scenes, and finally review editing techniques. The final result is a finished masterpiece that each student can take home on a flash drive. Materials for props and set design will be provided, students may also bring additional props and costume pieces from home if desired.
Intro To Photoshop
Photoshop is a photo editing, image creation, and graphic design software that uses a system of virtual layers to alter images that are brought into it, or build images from scratch. Students in this course will complete projects ranging from retouching and altering photos, to building an image from scratch, starting with a scanned sketch and adding digital color. This course will introduce the students to the basic application and the many creative options within the software use of Adobe Photoshop. They will become comfortable with the interface of the program, which translates into Adobe’s other products. Software and computers provided by CIA. No experience is necessary, but students should be comfortable computer users. This adult class also welcomes students in grades 10-12.
Intro to Woodshop: Furniture Design
Course No. CESC 120 00
Cost $365 Register Now
Dates June 5 - July 24 (Tuesdays) – 6pm - 9pm
Learn the skills, tools, and materials needed to design and construct simple household furniture. In this class, students will complete all steps to build their own side- or end-table: initial design, selecting wood, cutting, joining, and finishing. The class starts with safety instruction and an introduction to CIA’s woodshop. Students will then have the opportunity to take a field trip to learn how to select wood based on their planned design. Each weekly session will introduce concepts and materials as well as tool-using techniques participants will utilize as they progress in their project, and will allow students plenty of time to work on their own piece. This course teaches foundational skills that are applicable in all types of furniture building, and can be utilized in any woodshop.
Introduction to Blacksmithing
Course No. CESC 130 00
Cost $400 Register Now
Dates June 5 - July 24 (Tuesdays) – 6–9pm
This class is an introductory exploration of basic metal forging, balanced between creative expression and sculpture alongside the traditional methodology of blacksmithing. After a brief orientation of blacksmithing in both the historical and contemporary context, students will learn appropriate safety procedures, the proper use of the tools and equipment available in the CIA Fabrication Studios, and the process of shaping hot metal. Course limited to 6 students.
Jewelry + Metal Design
Grades 9-12. Learn the fundamental skills needed to create jewelry and small metalwork. You'll use copper and brass to create samples in sawing, filing, stamping, casting, soldering, and finishing. Students will propose a final project which will be completed by the end of the class. Projects could include bracelets, earrings, rings, necklaces, or small metal sculptures. These can be made in sterling silver at an extra cost, if desired. Open to beginners as well as intermediate students. More advanced students will be encouraged to work on independent projects. Most materials are included in the cost of the class, additional materials may be purchased through the instructor.
Jewelry + Metals: Acid Etching
Etching is the process of using a chemical acid to corrode or eat away at the surface of metal. It can be used as a surface finish or a reservoir for a colored patina or enamel. The etching process works very well with bold graphic images or fine detailed drawings. We will be working with nitric acid for tray etching and ferric chloride and ferric nitrate with our spray etchers. We will also go over how someone could make a DIY “bubble etcher.” Come with photographs, drawings, or patterns.
Mastering Metal: Intro to MIG Welding
Course No. YASC 250 00
Cost $365 Register Now
Dates June 4 - June 15 (Monday-Friday) – 9:30am - 12:30pm
Grades 9-12. In this course students will learn the basics of MIG welding, and will use this hands-on process to create a unique sculptural piece. We’ll learn how to weld steel and brass. Students will explore how these metals react to heat, and how you can manipulate them to create different and interesting forms. An important part of the class will be learning proper welding procedures and shop safety. No metals shop experience is necessary, but confidence and carefulness are required!