Art Classes

I teach ongoing classes in Art - Clay and Sculpture. Here you will find descriptions of classes regularly offered through Yavapai College Comm Ed.

I am always open to teaching theme based clay classes or workshops on location, for adults or kids. Just send me a message at deniseincao@gmail.com and we can get creative!

Creative Clay Classes (Introduction to basic hand-building) for Adults

These introductory classes are offered through Yavapai College Community Education during fall and spring semesters each year.

Felling a little ungrounded and disconnected from your creative side?  Then come and get your hands dirty and reconnect to your personal creative expression using Earth’s most primal element – Clay!  Emphasis in this class is on relaxing and enjoying the process of opening up to creative expression through the experience of working with clay.  We start with a basic introduction, called shaking hands with clay.  We then progress through hand-building techniques including; pinch pots, coil building, slab construction, press molds and more.  We will finish with glazing all of our pieces on the last day.  Arrangements will be made for project pick up.  All supplies and firing costs included in class tuition.

 

When this class is offered, it will be listed as Creative Clay in the Yavapai College Comm Ed Course Catalog as well as the online course listings for Comm Ed. 

 

Enjoy these examples of student's artwork!

Clay for the Spirit - for Adults

Workshops at my Studio

 

 

These workshop takes place at my home art studio in Paulden, and allows for a personal exploration into the idea of hand-building with clay as a doorway to the spirit.

 

Art making is inherently spiritual and spirituality is an important ingredient in becoming more whole. These workshops are designed to explore the idea of creating art as a spiritual practice, a way to access the divine and to foster healing and wholeness. The visual dimension of art and the visceral experience of creating has a wisdom of its own, a healing power, and the potential for connection with the divine that words cannot achieve.

 

Projects created in this workshop are inspired by spiritual and ritual objects.

 

No previous experience with clay is required. Basics of hand-building are always covered at the beginning of workshop.

 

This workshop takes place at my home art studio and the structure of the workshop includes 2 days of instruction on the first weekend of the workshop, and concludes on the Saturday two weeks later. Participant number is limited to 6, as my studio space is small.

When this workshop is offered, it will be listed as Clay for the Spirit in the Yavapai College Comm Ed Course Catalog as well as the online course listings for Comm Ed. 

Creative Clay Classes (Intermediate Level) for Adults

This is an intermediate Creative Clay class that builds on the basic skills learned in the introductory Creative Clay class, which is a prerequisite (or similar basic skills experience). This class takes a workshop format including 12 hours of instruction on the first weekend of the workshop, and concludes on the Saturday two weeks later. This workshop is held at my home studio, allowing for greater freedom of exploration and discovery, and use of my personal studio supplies. There is a refresher on the basics of hand-building techniques at the beginning of the first day, and introduction to techniques that build on those basics. I provide lots of one on one time and assistance through each person's creative explorations. There is also opportunity to experiment with throwing on the potter's wheel during the first  weekend of the workshop class. The final Saturday is devoted to glazing time, introducing glazing techniques such as wax resist design, oxide stains, and using glass for melting inside of bowls and vessels.

These classes are limited to 5 students, keeping the mood intimate and allowing for a lot of instructor/student interaction.

 

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