Summer, like New Years, is a time to make overly optimistic life improvement plans. On a recent episode of 30 Rock, Tina Fey’s character Liz Lemon said, “There’s just four things I want to do this summer: be outdoors, wear shapeless clothing, do some mindless activity like gardening and learn Spanish.” If your summer plans involve learning a new art form or ratcheting up your current commitment to craft, here’s a guide to getting the skills you’ll need. (Beach house in the Hamptons next to Ina Garten not necessary.)
Boise State Extended Studies Workshops
For more information or to register, call 208-426-1709 or visit boisestate.edu.
Intro to Encaustic Wax and Batik--In addition to learning basic encaustic techniques, students will also delve into modern encaustic research and the history of batik. July 11-14, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Boise State campus, Public Affairs/Art West, Room 116.
Watercolor Landscape Painting--In this one-week workshop, professor Gaye Hoopes will teach students watercolor fundamentals like color mixing, basic washes and wet into wet, as well as some experimental techniques. Students will complete one to two paintings a day with a critique at the week’s end. July 18-23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Boise State campus, Public Affairs/Art West, Room 107.
The Reluctant Seamster Sewing Series--If your sewing machine sits in your closet gathering dust and making weepy, Brave Little Toaster eyes at you for neglecting it, this class will help assuage your guilt. Making Friends With Your Machine helps uber-beginners get to know their machines, from top to bobbin. Class attendees should bring a sewing machine, thread, a bobbin and scissors. Bricolage provides fabric, guidance, tissues and wine. Summer class dates TBA; $20.
College of Western Idaho Adult Enrichment Classes
2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa. For more information or to register, call 208-562-2039 or visit cwidaho.cc.
Quilling--If you’re looking for a way to trick out your seasonal greeting cards, sign up to learn the art of quilling or paper filigree. Rolled strips of paper can easily become wedding invites or even dollhouse furniture. Materials included. Tuesday, June 21, 1-3 p.m.; $9. Canyon County Campus 233, Nampa.Color Study Triads Watercolor Workshop--This class will teach students how to mix vibrant watercolors without turning them into mud. Taught by Linda Aman, this workshop includes supplies, but attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Friday, July 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; $75.
200 12th Ave. S., Nampa. For more information or to register, call 208-407-3359 or visit puffymondaes.com.
Beginning Spinning--Wool Into Yarn On The Wheel: Learn the basics of spinning yarn from fiber with Keren Brown. Saturday, June 4, 2-6 p.m.; $45.
Beginning Oil Painting--This four-session course is for beginning and intermediate oil painters looking to learn oil techniques on panel and canvas. Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21 and 28, 7-9 p.m.; $58.
Art Dolls--Learn how to make an artistic doll in this four-session course, which covers techniques like wire armature, soft sculpture and color theory. Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21 and 28, 7-9 p.m.; $58.
Intro To Pottery--Professional potter Dave Crawford will teach students how to “center clay and make simple, usable stoneware pots” in this four-session course. Clay and firing are included in class fee. Thursdays, June 9, 16, 23 and 30, 7-9 p.m.; $58.
Knitting Skills Class--Students who are already comfortable with knitting and purling will learn how to define a gauge, read a ball band, and how to chose the right fiber for their project. This class occurs twice. Wednesday, June 15, and Saturday, June 18, 2-4 p.m.; $25.
Watercolor Painting--Instructor Amy Olenik will teach students beginning watercolor techniques in this four-session course, which includes all materials. Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 7-9 p.m.; $58.
The Sculpture Studio
504 E. 45th St., No. 11, Garden City. For more information or to register, visit thesculpturestudio.org.Introduction to Welding--In this course, you can learn all about oxy/acetylene welding, MIG welding, plasma arc- and torch-cutting, bending and metal finishing techniques. Safety equipment, tools and scrap steel is all included. Saturday, June 25-Sunday, June 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; $225.
Paper Casting--This class will teach you the basics of paper casting, including processes for creating paper pulp using a variety of tools and how to build screens and molds. Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; $100.
Introduction to Woodworking: The Tools--This course offers a basic intro to woodworking tools for those “with a fear of power tools.” The instructor will go over how to use a tablesaw, bandsaw, miter saw, scroll saw, drill press, router and various hand tools and jigs. You will also learn how to change bits and blades, tool maintenance, tool safety and shop safety. Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; $100.
6940 Butte Court. For more information, call 208-447-8457, or visit wingtippress.com.
Monday Monotype Madness--This is open studio time when everything is set up for artists to create monotype magic. Attendees must bring paper and plates for printing. Monday, June 13, and Monday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or 6-10 p.m.; $20.
Ben Love’s Bad Ass Screenprinting Workshop--Join local artist Ben Love for a two-day screenprinting blowout. Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, June 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; $135.
Homage to Collage with Frottage--This workshop will teach attendees how to combine chine colle, trace monotype and frottage. Wednesday, July 6, and Thursday, July 7, 6-9 p.m.; $75.
Solar Plate Printmaking Workshop--In this two-day printmaking course, students will utilize the summer sun to create non-toxic solar plate prints. The workshop includes paper and a solar plate. Aug. 13-14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; $135.