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Spring Into Action! Art Classes for Adults Enrolling Now.

Strengthen your current skills, learn that new technique, or simply meet other adults who love art as much as you. All skill levels are welcomed. Small classes enrolling now in letterpress, ceramics, painting, drawing, graphic design, darkroom photography, embroidery, collage, book arts, plus new workshops in basket weaving, egg tempera, and more. Nonprofit and donor-supported, Armory Center for the Arts is the Los Angeles region’s leading independent institution for contemporary art exhibitions and community arts education. Armory Spring Studio classes roll out April 9 in Pasadena. Tell a friend and sign up together. Armory Spring Studio starts April 9.

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Textile Design
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Egg Tempera Workshop
Sunday, May 6 (1 class meeting)
1:00-4:00 pm

Egg Tempera is a classic form of paint, composed of water, pigment, and egg yolk. This simple chemistry was adopted widely by Eastern European icon painters of the 1st millennium and Western European artists in the 2nd millennium. During the Renaissance, egg tempera was largely replaced by oil painting. Nowadays, with an increasing appreciation for multi-media, DIY practices, and sustainable materials, egg tempera has resurged because of its particular handling and optical properties. Students will learn all of the proper techniques to begin painting with eggs in a durable, traditional manner. Each student will work on a 5" x 7" prepared panel. You are encouraged to bring in 5" x 7" drawings or photographs to transfer to the painting surface.

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Introduction to Organic Indigo Dyeing & Shibori
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Intro to Organic Indigo Dyeing & Shibori
Sundays (2 class meetings)
May 6 and 13
1:00-4:00 pm

Explore indigo vat dyeing and Shibori resist techniques to create beautifully patterned textiles. Learn how to make your own vat of organic indigo dye. Experiment with Shibori, an intricate version of “tie dye” resist. Rather than treating cloth as a 2D surface, with Shibori it is given a 3D form by folding, crumpling, stitching, plaiting, or plucking, and twisting. Everyone will get to make an organic indigo starter to take away and make your own vat at home. We’ll have some fabric available, but recommend bringing 100% cotton, hemp, or linen fabric, undyed or a small clothing item to put in the vat. You’ll come away with a dyed, upcycled garment or fabric to make into a scarf or pillow.


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Stop Motion Animation
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Collage & Assemblage
Mondays (10 class meetings)
April 9 - June 18, No Class May 28
10:00 am-12:30 pm

Master basic principles of design and color theory while exploring a wide range of materials and collage techniques. No experience in drawing or painting is necessary and individual expression is encouraged. We’ve also added assemblage so you can create in both 2-D and 3-D.

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Silkscreening & T-Shirt Design
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Stop Motion Animation
Mondays (10 class meetings)
April 9 - June 18, No Class May 28
6:30-9:00 pm

Create your own animated film. You'll learn stop motion techniques like Claymation, cut paper, collage, drawing, and pixilation. Experiment by using historic methods to animate images such as zoetropes and flip books. Learn the process from storyboards to drawings to final animation with sound.


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The Art of Basket Weaving
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The Art of Basket Weaving
Mondays (10 class meetings)
April 9 - June 18, No Class May 28
6:30-9:00 pm

Break the boundaries of basket weaving with flexible and creative applications to create unique, contemporary designs. Using natural materials, dyeing, soaking, and shaping, create wild adaptations of traditional baskets and methods. We will study historical basketry and fiber arts, as well as various epochs of design for inspiration.


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Printmaking
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Photoshop
Tuesdays (10 class meetings)
April 10 - June 12
6:30-9:00 pm

Even inexperienced Photoshop users can become an expert in this class about the all-powerful digital darkroom and design software. Whether you’re looking to learn the fundamentals of editing images or entry-level job skills, this class offers a solid foundation. You’ll learn to master a wide variety of skills and techniques.


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Darkroom Photography
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Watercolor Illustration
Tuesdays (10 class meetings)
April 10 - June 12
6:30-9:00 pm

Explore storytelling and illustration through drawing, ink, and watercolor. Experiment with different innovative techniques while looking at the work of illustrators, cartoonists, and contemporary artists as inspiration. Beginners and more advanced students welcome.


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Figure Drawing
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Drawing as Meditation
Tuesdays (10 class meetings)
April 10 - June 12
6:30-9:00 pm

Meditate through art. Unwind after a busy day as you relax into a mindful art experience that cultivates your inner, untapped creativity. Discover new ways of seeing and drawing by tuning into your right brain attributes that nurture your inner sense of calm, ease, and slower pace. This course will explore various drawing techniques to build patience, focus, and mindfulness such as Shodo, the fine art of Japanese calligraphy. Suitable for beginners and advanced students.


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Book Arts
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Book Arts
Thursdays (10 class meetings)
April 12 - June 14
6:30-9:00 pm

Learn the art of handmade books with projects ranging from traditional to experimental: Japanese stab binding, accordion book, collaged tunnel books, manipulated found books, and book sculptures. Dig into the history of artist’s books to find inspiration. Bring your own quotes, short poems, or images and craft books and delve into the joy that is book arts. Approved for credit towards one LAUSD Teacher salary point.


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Letterpress
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Digital Photography
Thursdays (10 class meetings)
April 12 - June 14
6:30 am-9:00 pm

You’ll learn all basic camera functions including: proper exposure, depth of field, composition, lighting, and the challenges of shooting. You’ll also learn how to edit your work in Photoshop and prep images for print. Bring your own manual digital camera.


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