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Try your hand at something creative. The BCAE offers Boston’s best variety of art classes. Learn to sew in our series of sewing classes and never have to tote your sewing machine. Try one of our many photography classes. Want to paint or draw? We have classes in watercolor, acrylic, oil and more. Or learn from Boston’s best by taking a craft class with the artisans of Boston Handmade.

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This class will introduce you to the basics of making cold process soap.  Cold process soaps are created by blending oils (or fat) with a lye mixture.  In turn the soap saponifies over the next twenty-four hours turning the lye-oil mixture into a solid bar of soap!  The class will cover the following:   • Brief history and basic chemistry of soap making • Necessary materials, supplies and equipment • Safety considerations when working with sodium hydroxide • Taking accurate measurements & proper mixing temperatures • Coloring your soap (micas, labcolors, herbs, spices & clays) • Scenting your soap (fragrance oils verses essential oils) • Preparing your molds and molding options • Insulating, cutting, curing and storing your finished soap   Each student will make their own 1 lb batch of soap that they will get to take home with them (the mold will be theirs to keep as well so they can make future batches of soap).  Students will also leave with very thorough handouts and enough information to make awesome vegetable-based natural soap from scratch on their own as well as a full-sized bar of soap to enjoy. This class uses only vegetable based ingredients.   NOTE: Making soap from scratch involves working with lye (aka sodium hydroxide). For safety reasons please wear or bring a long-sleeved shirt. You'll also need to bring an old towel or blanket to insulate your soap on the way home.    

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $49.00

Materials Cost: $50.00

Schedule : Thu 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; 1 session on 03/30/2017

Instructor : Jennifer's Handmade Soaps 

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Join us for this Friday-night class that will allow you to flex your creative muscles and enjoy a glass or two of wine in a relaxing, friendly atmosphere. You'll be led through the process of building realistic paper flowers by artist Jessica Smith. At the end of the evening you won’t believe how real the flowers you take home look, no matter your level of experience. Check out some of Jessica's work here.  

Tuition: $50.00

Member Cost: $43.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Fri 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM; 1 session on 03/31/2017

Instructor : Jessica Smith 

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 Flex your creative muscle and enjoy some wine by crafting your own succulent garden with artist Janet Harrold of Sip, Dip, and Dabble. All materials will be provided by the instructor and are included in the cost of the class. This is the perfect class to take on your own or with a friend!

Tuition: $50.00

Member Cost: $43.00

Materials Cost: $30.00

Schedule : Fri 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 03/31/2017

Instructor : Janet Harrold 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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There are specific powers and limitations attached to the vibrant and versatile art form of graphic novels and comic books. In this course you will learn to use the techniques and skills specific to the medium from author and expert Josh Dahl, founder of Make Better Comics. Whether you are just getting your feet wet or have years of experience with comics, this course will help you develop and focus your ability to craft a detailed plot and script individual scenes.

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; 1 session on 04/01/2017

Instructor : Joshua Dahl 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Learn the basics of sewing machines in a class designed especially for beginners. We'll show you how to load a needle, thread a machine, thread and load a bobbin, change a foot, front and back stitch, and more. We'll even review various stitching options, explaining which ones works best in which situation. Sewing machines will be provided, but you're welcome to bring their own if you prefer. If you do, please bring your machine's instruction manual as well.

Tuition: $68.00

Member Cost: $58.00

Materials Cost: $3.00

Schedule : Sat 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 1 session on 04/01/2017

Instructor : Julia Yampolsky 

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 In this first of three Digital Photography Weekend workshops, you'll be guided through the basic functions of your digital camera. You'll learn all the hows and whys along with proper care and maintenance of your camera, and its parts. This class requires a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera or an ILS, ILC or micro-four-thirds camera.

Tuition: $84.00

Member Cost: $71.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; 1 session on 04/01/2017

Instructor : Christopher Padgett 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Have you thought about learning how to weave? Join our fun and apprachable beginner class to learn all you need to know about naming and using a rigid heddle weaving loom. Skills you'll learn include: plain weaving, direct wrapping, and finishing-up with a traditional fringe. You'll get to take home your very own hand-woven piece (shawl or table runner).

Tuition: $140.00

Member Cost: $119.00

Materials Cost: $55.00

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 4/4/2017, ending 4/11/2017

Instructor : Ulla Bauder 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Make like Monet, Vermeer, and Rothko and give your paintings the captivating color and texture they’ve been craving with oil paint. Working from still-life arrangements –and live models during one of the final classes –you’ll learn about color, composition, and paint application. Soon enough, you’ll master the art of oil and expertly depict and creatively interpret what you observe. Our knowledgeable instructor will provide valuable feedback and guidance in a structured but relaxed environment. No experience is necessary.   Please bring the following to the first week of class: Small metal palette knife A variety of brushes- 3 are fine, but you should have a large (1"-1.5") flat. Turpenoid (blue and white can, small size) Glass jar Palette paper Rubber gloves optional Something to paint on- canvas paper, canvas board, stretched canvas - your choice. Oil paint- small tubes. Some good brands include Gamblin, Amsterdam, Windsor Newton, and can be purchased at Blick in the Landmark Center, near the Fenway, or Pearl on Mass Ave in Central Square. Please bring the following colors: burnt umber titanium white cadmium red (hue is fine) alizarin crimson (hue is fine) cadmium yellow (hue is fine) lemon yellow OR cadmium yellow light phthalo green French ultramarine blue OR cobalt blue Prussian blue cerulean blue (optional) dioxazine purple (optional)

Tuition: $269.00

Member Cost: $229.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM; 6 sessions; starting 4/6/2017, ending 5/11/2017

Instructor : Anya Smolnikova 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Join us for this Friday evening class that allows you to flex your creative muscles and enjoy a glass or two of wine in a relaxing, friendly atmosphere. Students are asked to bring in images that mean something to them. The instructor will be provide plenty of extra imagery and a book for each student to catalog memories and passions. Class time will include instruction on form, pointers from the instructor on how to best use space, and one-on-one instruction while you work on your own project. Wine and homemade chocolate chip cookies will be provided.    

Tuition: $46.00

Member Cost: $39.00

Materials Cost: $15.00

Schedule : Fri 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 04/07/2017

Instructor : Gabrielle West Biederman 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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 In the second of three Digital Photography Weekend Workshops, you'll be guided through the more advanced functions of your fancy digital camera. You'll learn about proper composition, ISO, the Aperture, the Shutter (and when to use to them), and break free of the tyranny of "AUTO" mode! This course requires a Digital Single Lens Reflex ("DSLR") camera or an ILS, ILC or micro-four-thirds camera and a general understanding of what buttons are where and what they do. This class may leave the building to take photographs, weather permitting.

Tuition: $84.00

Member Cost: $71.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; 1 session on 04/08/2017

Instructor : Christopher Padgett 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Sit, relax, enjoy some wine, and flex your creative muscle by designing and crafting your own terrarium-- the perfect centerpiece, desk decoration, or thoughtful homemade gift. The perfect class to take on your own or with a friend!  

Tuition: $50.00

Member Cost: $43.00

Materials Cost: $30.00

Schedule : Fri 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 04/21/2017

Instructor : Janet Harrold 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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This introductory course will allow students to explore hot glass sculpting from the furnace. Students will gather glass, learn to control and begin shaping solid pieces. Our experienced teachers will assist and explain. No experience required, this sampler is designed as a first step for students interested in learning more about glass art in the hot shop. No experience necessary. Safety techniques will be demonstrated and are required. Please wear 100% natural fiber clothes, no open-toed shoes, and bring a pair of sunglasses. A materials fee is included in the tuition and covers the cost of all tools and supplies. No discounts apply, and no refunds or transfer credits will be issued. The class meets at Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston, MA 02120.

Tuition: $75.00

Member Cost: $75.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM; 1 session on 04/22/2017

Instructor :  Diablo Glass School 

Location : Diablo Glass and Metal Location : 
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