16 & up
Ongoing adult classes taught by Denise Incao through Yavapai College Community Education Dept. in the areas of ceramics, art and nature, and art & soul-work. Some variation of these classes are available each semester at Yavapai College. See the descriptions below.
Location: Yavapai College
These introductory classes are offered through Yavapai College Community Education during fall and spring semesters each year.
Feeling a little ungrounded and disconnected from your creative side? Then come and get your hands in some clay 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 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.
CLAY FOR THE SOUL
Location: Denise Incao Studio
These classes take 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 soul and 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 and embrace our own divine soul, 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 class are inspired by spiritual and ritual objects.
No previous experience with clay is required. The basics of hand-building are always covered at the beginning of each 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 Soul in the Yavapai College Comm Ed Course Catalog as well as the online course listings for Comm Ed.
Intermediate Creative Clay
Location: Denise Incao Studio
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 approximately 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, such as multi-technique assemblage, slip decorating, and sgraffito. Personal exploration is encouraged, and I provide lots of one on one time and assistance through each person's creative adventuring.
The final Saturday is devoted to glazing time. In the more flexible setting of my studio, I will introduce glazing techniques such as wax resist design, oxide stains, and using glass for melting inside of bowls and vessels.
These classes are limited to 6 students, keeping the mood intimate and allowing for a lot of instructor/student interaction.
Morning coffee and potluck lunches are part of the package!
When this workshop style class is offered, it will be listed as Creative Clay - Intermediate Level in the Yavapai College Comm Ed Course Catalog as well as the online course listings for Comm Ed.
THE NATURE CONNECTION
Location: Watson Woods Riparian Preserve
Our relationship with nature helps to ground and calm us, as well as puts us in touch with nature’s rhythms and seasons, our own human rhythms and cycles, and the interconnectedness of the web of life.
This class takes place at Watson Woods Riparian Preserve, a beautiful and wild wetland woods just a short distance from the heart of Prescott.
In this class, students will have the opportunity to learn about meditation, journaling, movement, deep listening, as well as simple and inspiring creative art projects. This class invites the opportunity to enhance and heal the human bond with the natural world and explore your own unique and divine selves in the process!
The class will consist of a combination of group time with sharing/discussion, instruction, and group projects, as well as solo time for individual exploration.
No previous experience necessary!
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for outdoor activities and comfortable shoes for walking in the woods. Participants will bring a small camp chair, hat, water bottle, sun block, and other necessities for being out in the weather.
Bring your own art/writing journal.
Other basic art materials will be supplied during class.
When this class is offered, it will be listed as The Nature Connection in the Yavapai College Comm Ed Course Catalog as well as the online course listings for Comm Ed.
For classes or workshops outside of the Yavapai College setting, for adults or kids,
contact Denise and let's get creative!