Courses

2018 Spring Course Schedule

Alesia Art Studio
4130 Alesia Lineboro Rd
Manchester MD 21102
202-679-7042
charlie@AlesiaArtStudio.com

Note: In addition to the Spring courses at the studio which are listed here, Charlie will be giving a workshop at Common Ground on the Hill in July on the topic of making outdoor 3D geometric constructions. I will post more info on this workshop as it gets firmed up. He will also be giving 3 acrylic pouring workshops at Carroll County Public libraries the first weekend in March (see blog post for more info on these.)

To register for any of these upcoming Spring classes either call us at 202-679-7042 or email the Alesia Art Studio using the “Contact Us” page. Be sure to include the class you want to register for and your email & phone number, and you will be contacted. Registration requires a $50 deposit, with the balance due at the beginning of the class. All course fees include materials. The studio is not currently handicapped accessible.

Class 20181 – Introduction to MIG Welding for Artists and Hobbyists
Dates: 2 days – March 24-25, 9 AM – 4 PM, Fee: $300 (includes materials)

Class 20182 – Exploring Acrylic Pouring and Alcohol Inks
Dates: 2 days, March 10-11, 9 AM – 4 PM, Fee: $300 (includes materials)

Class 20183 – Raised Line Tile Making
Dates: 2 days plus additional scheduled studio time as needed to glaze the bisqued tiles, March 17-18, 9 AM – 4 PM, Fee: $325 (includes materials and firing)

Class 20184 – Low Relief Wood Carving: Positive & Negative Space
Dates: 2 days – April 7-8, 9 AM – 4 PM, Fee: $275 (includes materials)

Detailed Course Descriptions

Class 20181 – Introduction to MIG Welding for Artists and Hobbyists
Instructor: Thomas Sterner
Dates: 2 days – March 24-25, 9 AM – 4 PM
Fee: $300 (includes materials)
Max class size: 4 students
Ages: 16 and up

MIG welding is easier than you might think. If you have ever wanted to learn to weld, whether to create a welded sculpture or just to repair metal, this hands-on course will get you started. During the class you will learn the basics of MIG welding, safe practices, how to tack weld, lay a bead and the basic weld joints, how to achieve a smooth finish surface by grinding, how to weld sheet metal, and how to design and build a small sculptural piece. You will be able to complete and take with you a small welded sculpture project.

Class 20182 – Exploring Acrylic Pouring and Alcohol Inks
Instructor: Charlie Maiorana
Dates: 2 days, March 10-11, 9 AM – 4 PM
Fee: $300 (includes materials)
Max class size: 8 students
Ages: 16 and up

If you love bright colors and abstract designs, you are going to love learning about acrylic pouring and using alcohol inks. Day 1 of the workshop will cover acrylic pouring techniques onto canvas, and day 2 will cover using alcohol inks on a wide variety of objects including tiles, switch plates, and glasses.
You will leave the workshop with 4 to 6 12”x12” poured canvases and a completed alcohol ink tile mirror project. You will also learn many application techniques and how to seal and protect your completed work.

Class 20183 – Raised Line Tile Making
Instructor: Charlie Maiorana
Dates: 2 days plus additional scheduled studio time as needed to glaze the bisqued tiles, March 17-18, 9 AM – 4 PM
Fee: $325 (includes materials and firing)
Max class size: 8 students
Ages: 16 and up

Designing and creating artistic ceramic tiles from scratch is fun and exciting. While there are literally 100’s of ways to create tiles, one of the easiest professional techniques to master is “raised line” where a simple carved design is impressed into wet clay creating areas separated by short “walls” that contain the glaze. During this workshop you will learn to create a suitable design, transfer and carve it into a block, impress this design into a slab of clay, and glaze the bisqued tiles using an AirPen. During the workshop, you will design and create about 6 different tile designs. After the tiles have dried (7-10 days) the tiles will be bisqued and an additional 2-4 hours of individual studio time will be scheduled to learn how to use an AirPen to glaze your tiles. After the glaze has dried, the tiles will be fired. In addition to the instruction in this technique and your completed tiles, you will leave with your carved masters should you wish to produce multiples of any of your designs.

Class 20184 – Low Relief Wood Carving: Positive & Negative Space
Instructor: Thomas Sterner
Dates: 2 days – April 7-8, 9 AM – 4 PM
Fee: $275 (includes materials)
Max class size: 6 students
Ages: 16 & up

Learn about wood carving while creating a small relief wood sculpture 12x12x1 inches. Your design can be abstract suggested by pattern in wood grain or imagination, or realistic and representational. Students should arrive with an idea drawn on paper. After the introduction, the pattern will be refined before transferring it to the wood. Learn proper sharpening of tools, layout of design, carving techniques, and finishing techniques. You will leave with your finished artwork ready for display. If you have your own carving tools, hand or power, bring them. You may even have some useful tools that you did not realize can work like files, rasps, x-acto knife, hand drill, or small drum sander.