Special Topics



Special Topics 


Guest Instructors:


Patrick Savage is a freelance, professional photographer and digital creative advocate with over a decade-and-a-half of professional experience. As a Mass Communications graduate of East Tennessee State University, most of his career is as a commercial photographer and a sports photographer inside NASCAR and the NHRA. He has numerous, national photo credits to his name, but it all started with the moment he picked up his first camera as a boy and wondered, “How does this work…” He is a constant student of the art of photography, and is a member of the professional photographers of America and is an Adobe Certified Associate. 



Sabrina Durling-Jones is a filmmaker, photographer and generative artist currently undertaking a PhD in Media Art and Creative Technologies at RISEBA University in Riga (Latvia). Her research and artistic production focus on the intersection of memory, displacement and technology. Prior to returning to academia, Sabrina worked to help build community filmmaking initiatives in remote areas of the world, including working with various First Nations in Canada to teach filmmaking as a tool for members of these communities to document and preserve their languages and cultural practices.




Adobe Illustrator Patterns

Wednesday, 1/11 from 1pm-4pm

(Please register 1 week prior)

Cost: $30 non-members, $25 Members

Location: Art Lab, Digital Lab (upper level)

We will be introducing Illustrator, and then focusing on using it to create repeatable patterns- Topics covered will be Getting Used to the Workspace, Shapes, Repeating Patterns, and Colors. Students will print a sample of their pattern.Supplies provided.


The FUN-damentals of Digital Photography.  (w/Patrick Savage)

Saturday, 1/14 from 1pm-4pm

(Please register 1 week prior)

Cost: $50 non-members, $45 Members

Location: Art Lab, Lecture Room (upper level)

Minimum 4 students. Maximum 20 students.

In this class, commercial photographer Patrick Savage will teach you what every button on your camera does and the must have settings to take you from the “little-green-box-of-shame” to a Manual Hero. You’ll leave with an understanding of what your camera does and the fundamentals of digital photography. Be informed and empowered to create beautiful portraits of your family, epic sports photos and stunning travel photos all on your own. This gift is the perfect stocking stuffer if a camera is on your wishlist or under the tree.


Coloring Pages with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

Wednesday, 1/18 from 1pm-4pm

(Please register 1 week prior)

$30 non-members

$25 Members

Location: Art Lab, Digital Lab (upper level)

Learn techniques to create coloring pages using your drawings or photographs! The basics of Adobe Illustrator will be covered, the tools for simple image clean-up in Photoshop and how to create crisp line art in Illustrator. Supplies provided.


Folded Books

Wednesday, 1/25 from 1pm-4pm

(Please register 1 week prior)

$35 non-members

$30 Members

Location: Art Lab

Supplies: Provided

A great class for those intrigued by book-making, but intimidated by stitching and binding. Explore the world of folded books – from accordion spines to pocket pages to pop-ups, the possibilities are endless. Try your hand at a unique folded book and discover your new favorite creative process. Supplies included.  


Movement & Creativity (w/ Lola York)

Saturday, 1/28 from 10:30am-12pm

$40 Non-members

$35 Members

From our first breath to our last, we are all moving bodies by design. Just as our cells birth anew each day, we are all inherently creative creatures. Inside this safe container, movement is used as a lens to explore our internal and external terrains – for the simple joy of being in our bodies and as a tool for creative unblocking. Please bring a journal, all other supplies will be provided. 

All bodies are welcome. No prior dance or movement experience required. 


I’m Not Creative & I Can’t Draw (w/ Laken Bridges)

Wednesdays 2/22-5/10 (10 sessions) from 10:30am-12:00pm

$15 / class (must register 48 hours prior)

Minimum 3 students. Maximum 10 students.

This series invites participants to come with an open mind and eagerness to engage in creative play through sketchbook work, creative prompts, art videos, poetry, moving our bodies, gallery tours and games, sharing ideas in group discussions, and more. This class is about the process of creativity and self expression. All experience levels and abilities are welcome, even if you’re “not creative” and “can’t draw.”


Topics subject to change:

2/22 – Pinch pots

3/1 – Mark-making and music

3/8 – Embossing papers

3/15 – Digital painting

3/22 – Digital collage

3/29 – Gallery games

4/5 – Printing on fabric

4/12 – Collage zines

4/19 – Creative writing in the gallery

4/26 – Found Poetry / Simple Books


The Artist and the Machine: Human Computer Creative Collaboration for Visual Artists

With Sabrina Durling-Jones

Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, option to extend for more in-depth work April 14, 21 

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Non-Members $250  Members $225

Minimum 4 people. Maximum 10 people.

(Please register 1 week prior)


This workshop is for artists interested in bringing their creative voice to visual collaborations with A.I. (artificial intelligence). No coding required – students will use their own work to create a machine learning (ML) model from which new interpretations of the artist’s work can be generated.


There is a growing trend in the digital visual arts to generate images using A.I. programs, but the source materials used by the computer are not the individual artist’s, but rather, are scraped from across the Internet. As a result, most of the artworks created through this human/computer collaboration do not render results that are a reflection of an individual artists’ voice.


In this six-week course (*with the possibility of extending into 8 weeks for those who wish to delve deeper into concepts and processes), students/artists will gain a deeper understanding of what working in collaboration with A.I. entails and will build their own ML models from a dataset consisting of their own artistic production. We will then use our ML models as a creative tool to generate unique visual artwork that is a reflection of each artists’ creative vision.

*continued sessions will be an additional $35 per class


DIY Chess or Checkers Set

Mondays, 1/9,1/16, 1/23, 1/30 from 2pm-4:30pm (10 hours)

$120 Non-Members

$105 Members

Bring your sense of humor, play, and creativity! Work with clay, wood, paint, found objects and other mixed media to create a unique chess or checkers set with a game board or game cloth. Most materials provided, but students are encouraged to bring any additional materials they want to include.


Unexpected Jewelry 

Saturday 5/14 10am-4pm (byo lunch)

$85 for Non-Members

$75 for Members

Minimum 3 students. Maximum 6 students.

You will work with found objects, repurposed materials, and other non-traditional items to make unique, quirky, bizarre, playful, or avant-garde. Bring your favorite materials and use others provided. You will develop concept sketches, problem-solve, and create at least one unique piece of wearable art.