Continuing Education Workshops

Continuing Education Workshops are geared towards intermediate to advanced students who wish to progress their artistic practice. These workshops range from exploration of new techniques and skills to professional development topics.

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Raku Workshop with Troy Becker
May 14, 2021 | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | $40

$40 – Current Mark Arts students have the opportunity to glaze their work and participate in the alternative firing technique known as Western Style Raku. This quick firing process yields unpredictably gorgeous results by taking the glowing hot piece from the kiln and placing it in a container of combustible materials. A remarkable range of effects can come from this reduction atmosphere.

Students will need to bring 2-3 small to medium pieces that have been bisque fired to choose from. Only 1-2 will be selected to be fired based on space in the kiln.

Death Valley clay will work for this process, but for more brilliant results, Stony White clay body is recommended.

Location: Ceramics Studio

Troy Becker is head of the ceramics department at Mark Arts. He received his BFA from Wichita State University in Studio Art with an emphasis in ceramics. His ceramic styles vary from artistic hand built forms to highly crafted thrown pottery. He has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Wichita. Becker was also the 2009 – 2010 Artist in Residence at Mark Arts.

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In-Depth Exploration of Relief Printmaking
July 14 – 15 | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$260 – In this 2-day workshop students will develop a thorough understanding of the methods and techniques of the many variations of Relief Printmaking. This includes the development of skills in carving, inking and printing relief blocks and plates and using stencil techniques for relief mono-printing.

Through workshop/studio time, students will deepen their knowledge base while expanding their portfolio and best practices to foster and construct creative activities that support student success in the classroom. This class includes investigation and discussion of the history, and current status of the original hand pulled relief print , as well as proper methods for conservation and exhibition of prints. Participants will engage in several relief printmaking techniques, individually and in combination. This offering is open to all experience levels

Teachers enrolled in this offering for credit must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Tuition fee for credit is above any fees required by Mark Arts fees. In addition, teachers must register and provide all required payments through Mark Arts.

Doug Billings received an MFA in Printmaking from Wichita State University. He established a new printmaking program at Mark Arts in 2002 and has been teaching printmaking classes since then. Billings founded and is the director of the Tallgrass Press Printmakers Association, established in 2013. He is also a member of the Boston Printmakers, the Society of American Graphic Artists, the American Color Print Society, the Philadelphia Print Club and the American Print Alliance. He has exhibited his work in Australia, Europe and across the United States. He is a member and former president Gallery XII in Wichita and a former president and board member of the Artist Guild of Wichita.

All Materials Provided
Location: Printmaking Studio 

K-12 Educators have the option to receive graduate level credit when they enroll through Mark Arts and Friends University.

Click here for Friends University Teacher Education Workshops

CRN Numbers
CRN: 10637, Course #: ART 5001-01

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Friends University Graduate Workshop: In-Depth Exploration of Intaglio Printmaking
July 28 – 29 | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$260 – In this 2-day workshop, students will develop a thorough understanding of the methods and techniques of the many variations of Intaglio Printmaking. This includes the development of skills in creating, etching, drawing, inking, and printing intaglio plates. Students will use dry point on plastic plates, create a collagraph plate by collaging together various textured materials, and line etch & aqua-tint a copper plate.

Through workshop/studio time, students will deepen their knowledge base while expanding their portfolio and best practices to foster and construct creative activities that support student success in the classroom. This class includes investigation and discussion of the history, and current status of the original hand pulled relief print , as well as proper methods for conservation and exhibition of prints. Participants will engage in several relief printmaking techniques, individually and in combination. This offering is open to all experience levels.

Teachers enrolled in this offering for credit must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Tuition fee for credit is above any fees required by Mark Arts fees. In addition, teachers must register and provide all required payments through Mark Arts.

Doug Billings received an MFA in Printmaking from Wichita State University. He established a new printmaking program at Mark Arts in 2002 and has been teaching printmaking classes since then. Billings founded and is the director of the Tallgrass Press Printmakers Association, established in 2013. He is also a member of the Boston Printmakers, the Society of American Graphic Artists, the American Color Print Society, the Philadelphia Print Club and the American Print Alliance. He has exhibited his work in Australia, Europe and across the United States. He is a member and former president Gallery XII in Wichita and a former president and board member of the Artist Guild of Wichita.

All Materials Provided
Location: Printmaking

K-12 Educators have the option to receive graduate level credit when they enroll through Mark Arts and Friends University.

Click here for Friends University Teacher Education Workshops

CRN Numbers
CRN: 20035, Course #: ART 5002-01

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REDUCTIVE WOODBLOCK PRINTING WORKSHOP
With Matthew Willie Garcia