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WORKSHOPS

CERAMICS*

  • Tuesdays, February 7 - 28, 5:30 - 8 p.m.  Register Online
  • This workshop is perfect for beginners! Make pottery from start to finish using the pottery wheel and learning new techniques each week. Learn to make functional and sculptural works of art as well as trimming and glazing techniques. Glazes and firings are included in the price for you to create finished handmade works during this fun introductory class.
  • Minimum 4, Maximum 7
  • Ages: 12 and up
  • Cost: SIU Students $40, Community Members $50 • Clay Extra

SEWING FOR THE FUN OF SEWING*

  • Wednesday, February 8, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Register Online
  • Make a pen holder, hot pad, bandana, a funky tie or patch/hem jeans or a skirt. Basic sewing machine techniques such as winding a bobbin, threading the sewing machine, sewing a straight seam and more will be covered. Feel free to bring your own sewing machine. Includes two week pass to the sewing machines.
  • Scrap fabric provided for small one day projects.
  • Minimum 2, Maximum 8
  • Ages: 11 and up
  • Cost: SIUC Students $25, Community Members $35

WOODWORKING

  • Thursdays, February 9 - March 9, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Register Online
  • This class will advance your woodworking skills by leaps and bounds and is perfect for beginners! Learn to use the tools in the Wood Shop safely so you can build a project of your choice! Gain experience with hand tools and stationary tools: table saw, jointer, drill press, radial arm saw band saw and more. This class includes a semester pass to the Wood Shop, a $20 value!
  • Minimum 3, Maximum 8
  • Ages: 18 and up
  • Cost: SIU Students $40, Community Members $50
  • Materials Extra

FUSED GLASS

  • Friday, February 10, 5:30 - 8 p.m., Framed Quirky Character Register Online
  • Friday, March 10, 5:30 - 8 p.m., Cityscape Register Online
  • Friday, April 21, 5:30 - 8 p.m., Summer Scene Register Online
  • These fused glass classes allow you to create beautiful works of art by layering cold glass; then when heated to its melting point the pieces become fused together. Take one section or take them all as each section creates its own unique project.
  • Minimum 2, Maximum 8
  • Ages: 14 and up
  • Cost: SIU Students $15, Community Members $20
  • Glass Materials Extra - $10 paid to Instructor

PAINTING FUN AND RELAXATION*

  • Section 1: Friday, February 10, 6 - 8 p.m. Register Online
  • Section 2: Tuesday, February 14, 6 - 8 p.m. Register Online
  • Relax and paint your own masterpiece! Invite your friends, bring a favorite beverage and enjoy the lesson with an enthusiastic instructor. You’ll leave with a one of a kind creation and a new found talent. Perfect activity to do as a group, with friends or Valentine's Day!
  • Minimum 5, Maximum 25
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Cost: SIU Students $20, Community Members $30

PAPER MAKING WORKSHOP (SUSTAINABLE WORKSHOP)*

  • Friday, February 10
  • Session 1: 2 - 3 p.m. Register Online
  • Session 2: 3 - 4 p.m. Register Online
  • Session 3: 4 - 5 p.m. Register Online
  • Session 4: 5 - 6 p.m. Register Online
  • Create paper pulp, design and pull sheets of creative handmade paper using our new Hollander Beater. The paper can be dried and used for special cards, art work, etc. Other dates and times available by appointment.
  • Maximum one per section
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Cost: SIU Students $20, Community Members $25
  • Sign up for a one hour session

BEEHIVE (TOP BAR) WOODWORKING

  • Wednesdays, February 15 and 22, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Register Online
  • Lab times:Tuesday - Friday 2 - 6 p.m.; Saturday Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Build your own beehive and get ready to start your own apiarists' hobby. Help the bees and make a honey cow. These hives are simple to make and use, and inexpensive if you bring recycled materials (such as old political signs). Information about beekeeping and support groups will be provided.
  • Ages: 18 and up
  • Cost: SIU Students $40, Community Members $50
  • List of Supplies

CROCHET*

  • Wednesday, February 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Register Online
  • Learn how to do crochet. Basic techniques will propel you to a lifelong hobby that is sure to warm all your friends as you make scarves, hats and more. Participants can call to set up an appointment for a return troubleshooting visit with the instructor. Materials are extra.
  • Minimum 2, Maximum 8
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Cost: SIU Students $20, Community Members $25

STAINED GLASS - 5 CLASSES

  • Tuesdays, February 21 - March 28, 5:30 - 8 p.m. (No Class March 14) Register Online
  • Learn the steps in making a stained glass project. Designing, glass cutting, grinding, copper foiling, soldering and finishing will be covered.
  • Minimum 3, Maximum 10
  • Ages: 16 and up
  • Cost: SIU Students $45, Community Members $55
  • Materials Extra

T-SHIRT QUILT (SUSTAINABLE WORKSHOP) 6 CLASSES

  • Mondays, February 20 - April 3, 6 - 8 p.m. (No class on March 13) Register Online
  • Bring your own t-shirts and turn them into a memory quilt. It’s recycling. How about an all SIU t-shirt quilt? We will teach you how to do it. This is a cut, iron and sew workshop. Other materials will be discussed in the workshop. The sewing area will be available to participants both in and outside of workshop times. Work at your pace and enjoy this activity.
  • Interface provided
  • Minimum 2, Maximum 6
  • Ages: 14 and up
  • Cost: SIU Students $65, Community Members $75

ADINKRA FABRIC PRINTING OF WEST AFRICA (Black History Month Event)

  • Friday, February 24, 5 - 7 p.m. Register Online
  • Learn about the Adinkra symbols of West Africa that are now found all over the world and their meanings and origins behind them.
  • Bring a bed sheet, T-shirt or other cotton fabric to print with the symbols of these African people. A short lecture followed by the textile workshop, everyone will leave with the spirit of Africa.    
  • Minimum 2, Maximum 20
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Cost: SIU Students $20, Community Members $25

VIOLIN MAKING

MAKE A SILVER RING*

  • Friday, March 3, 3 - 5:30 p.m. Register Online
  • Make a ring for a special occasion. Choose from a selection of pattern silver to cut, file, sand, buff and silver solder to fit you or another.
  • Minimum 2, Maximum 8
  • Ages: 14 and up
  • Cost: SIU Student $15, Community Members $25
  • Material extra range from $2 - $8 per ring

MOSAIC MASTERPIECE*

  • Section 1: Saturday, March 4, 1 - 3:30 p.m. Register Online
  • Section 2: Saturday, April 15, 1 - 3:30 p.m. Register Online
  • Create a beautiful one of a kind stained glass mosaic!
  • Use a sheet of glass or whatever you desire as your canvas! Learn to cut glass, create a unique pattern and get your hands dirty with grout. This workshop is perfect for beginners. Make an appointment for a return visit to grout.
  • Minimum 3, Maximum 12
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Cost: SIU Students $20, Community Members $30
  • Materials included

SUMMER DRESS MAKING (SEWING)*

  • Wednesdays and Fridays, March 22 - April 5, 5 - 8 p.m. Register Online
  • Make a summer dress, select fabric, pattern and size to custom fit yourself. Sewing including a zipper. Materials and supplies extra. Lab time is available outside the workshop time by appointment.
  • Minimum 3, Maximum 8
  • Ages: 11 and up
  • Cost: SIU Students $40, Community Members $45

BIKE REPAIR*

  • Friday, March 24, 3 - 5 p.m. Register Online
  • Learn to fix your own bike brakes, oil the chain, fix flats, cables and tighten bearings and more. The bigger the class the more repair items we can learn.
  • Minimum 2, Maximum 8
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Cost: SIU Student $15, Community Members $25

SILK SCREEN T-SHIRT*

  • Thursday, March 30, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Register Online
  • Make and print your own design with silk screen. Great gifts for your club or team. Print one or 25 t-shirts from a single screen. Use your hand drawn images or computer generated. Size of image should be 8” x 10.5” or smaller.
  • Screen and ink included. Bring your own T-shirts.
  • Private lessons can also be scheduled.
  • Minimum 2, Maximum 8
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Cost: SIU Students $20, Community Members $25

MAKE YOUR OWN HOLOGRAPHIC IMAGE PROJECTOR

  • Thursday, April 6, 5 - 6 p.m. Register Online
  • All you need is a smart phone or tablet with internet access. We will provide the rest. Easy to make. Materials included
  • Cost: $1

HOME HYDROPONICS

  • Tuesday, April 11, 5 - 6:30 p.m. Register Online
  • Build and take home a hydroponic planting, all the ingredients needed, just add water.
  • Grow lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes, etc.
  • Materials included
  • Cost: SIU Students $15, Community Members $25

TOMATO TUB

  • Thursday, April 13, 5 - 6:30 p.m. Register Online
  • Use our simple steps to create a containe garden for your deck, partio or balcony Half Barrel tubs to plant your seeeds amd watch them grow. Portable.
  • Materials included
  • Cost: SIU Students $10, Community Members $20

SUSHI WORKSHOP (Asian Heritage Month Event)

  • Friday, April 14, 4 - 6 p.m. Register Online
  • Student Center, Old Main Restaurant
  • Learn to cook vinegar rice and roll nori to make sushi. Then sample your work. Great for family or friends.
  • Minimum 9, Maximum 20
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Cost: SIU Students $17, Community Members $22
  • Supplies included

SOLAR OVEN

  • Tuesday, April 18, 5 - 7 p.m. Register Online
  • Build and take home a solar oven. Cook with the sun.
  • Materials included
  • Cost: SIU Students $10, Community Members $15

PAPER MAKING WORKSHOP (Sustainable Workshop)*

  • Tuesday, April 25, 4 - 7 p.m. Register Online
  • Create paper pulp, design and pull sheets of creative handmade paper using our new Hollander Beater. The paper can be dried and used for special cards, art work, etc.
  • Materials included
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Cost: SIU Students $5, Community Members $10

MAKE YOUR OWN SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING GLASSES

  • Thursday, April 27, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Register Online
  • Get ready for the solar eclipse this summer. Make your own and bling them to fit into the festivities. Use the best and safest film, short discussion on safety.
  • Materials included
  • Cost: SIU Students $8, Community Members $12

IMAGING THE ECLIPSE: SPRING 2017 WORKSHOP SERIES

  • Workshop 1: Bob Baer: Solar Filters and Imaging Basics
    Register Online
    This is the first workshop in a series of 3 that will look at imaging the upcoming solar eclipse. This includes a hands on portion where you will build a solar filter for your own camera/telescope from Baader film. All supplies needed to build the filter will be provided. Please bring the camera/lens/telescope you intend to image with to this first workshop.
    Location: SIU Craft Shop
    Monday, Feb 6 •  6-8 p.m. 
    Cost: $10 (supplies included)
  • Workshop 2: Kevin Morefield
    Presentation 1 Capturing the Eclipse
    Presentation 2 Learning Astrophotography
    Location:Pagliai's Pizza, Carbondale, Illinois
    Monday, Feb 13 • 6 p.m.
    Free and open to the public.
    Facebook event link
  • Workshop 3: Bob Baer: Citizen CATE Experiment: Imaging the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.
    Location: Neckers 440 and Neckers Astronomy Observation Deck
  • Please check back for times and dates

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* Advanced Registration Required
Refunds will only be given to those who submit a request one (1) week prior to the start of the workshop.

Can’t fit our workshop schedule? Call to book a private session.

For questions call 618/453-3636 or email the craftshp@siu.edu