So, last night I was reading the paper, and a full-page ad for the ArtsCenter caught my eye. (See? At least it took an *entire* page to entice me.) Part of the ad mentioned some of the types of courses they were offering. Some looked interesting, so I decided to go to their website to see just what was available.
*Big* mistake. *sigh*
The following two caught my eye:
2070: KILN FIRED GLASS: AN INTRODUCTION TO FUSING AND SLUMPING(scroll to bottom of page) and:
Instructor: Ann Snyder
An entry-level course offering an overview of the basics of fusing and slumping including kiln and mold preparation, glass section, project design, annealing, and compatibility testing. This course will also cover basic do’s and don’ts of firing for projects as well as firing schedules. Make your own glass plates, bowls, tiles, and jewelry pieces. With lots of hands-on time, students can expect to create 2-3 projects. Materials for a small first project will be provided.
*$20 materials fee, paid to instructor at first class
Monday, 6:30-9pm, April 3-24 (4 weeks)
2032: BASIC ENCAUSTIC PAINTING—at the artist’s studio(third course listed on page).
Instructor: Lynn Bregman Blass
Studio-based workshop on the techniques used for encaustic painting, a method blending hot beeswax with pigment. Encaustic is one of the most organic, ethereal, and beautiful painting media and works equally well when combined with mixed media texture and collage. Learn brushing, layering and scraping in a fun, supportive and non-judgmental environment.
*Students should call instructor prior to first class. Please contact The ArtsCenter's box office at 919-929-2787 x201 to obtain the instructor's contact information.
*$35 materials fee paid to instructor at first class (unless student is going to purchase own materials for course)
Section A: Saturday 10am-2pm April 22-29 (2 weeks)
Now, the second one there I didn't really know much about until I read the course description, but it seems fascinating. I love learning new techniques, and this one seems a rather unusual course to be offered. (In other words, would I find it in Winnipeg?)
The first, however, is something I've been *dying* to learn for several years now! And the fact that includes all the knitty gritty details, like compatability testing, kiln preparation, etc, rather than just "assemble what we give you, and we'll transform it into a finished object" makes it oh-so-tempting!
Man... do I, or don't I? Either one (let alone both) will certainly put me over budget. But the opportunity... do I dare let it pass?