4 Ways to Warm Up in Art Class

Brr! With Winter classes starting up soon, our minds are brimming with expectations and yearning for some creative warmth.

Heat, it turns out, is also an important part of an artist’s toolkit. Here are a few of our classroom videos where temperature plays a role, and how you can participate this season. (And you can see the full catalog online.)

1. Raku firing

In this video, Art League ceramics chair Blair Meerfeld fires ceramic work using the raku process. After the raku ware is heated in a kiln until red-hot, the pieces are placed in metal cans filled with combustible material, like newspaper. The paper ignites and the smoke completes the process:

Heat-coloring copper

The sculpture classroom sees plenty of heat when we hold our Metal Sculpture classes. In this demo, Brian Kirk shows how easily a torch’s heat can create interesting coloration on copper:

Encaustic photo transfer

Beeswax, pigment, and heat are the critical ingredients for painting in the ancient medium of encaustic. For our encaustic workshop, the jewelry studio becomes a painting studio for a few days. Warm wax allows for some interesting transfer techniques, like the simple photo transfer here:

Color study painting

For an exploration of temperature as it relates to color choices, you can’t go wrong with a color study. In this demo, artist Danni Dawson shows how to build a portrait starting with some pretty wild colors:

Winter classes start next week (January 8 or later)! Browse the full catalog online.


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