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Cristopher Nelson ’14

Summer Art Academy

A Creative Retreat for All Ages!

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Once signed up you will receive an email with your total fees and address where you can mail payment. $50 towards your session must be paid to reserve your spot. Space is limited so sign up soon!

Adult Sessions

All adult sessions are $425 plus any materials fees listed.

May 26–30 Sculpting the Figure in Clay

This workshop is designed as an introduction to figurative sculpture. We will cover basic human proportions and work on clay modeling techniques that will allow you to create a figurative sculpture you can be proud of. Classes include discussions on anatomy and gesture. 5 days of intensive work are spent modeling several maquettes and one main piece with step-by-step instruction. The anatomy of the human form is studied with particular emphasis on the skeletal structure. Students will work from a live nude model. Space is limited to a small group so I can give as much attention to each person as required. Class time will be relaxed, fun, informative yet sculpturally intense. All necessary supplies, water-based clay, armature and sculpture stands will be provided for each participant.

Instructor: David Long
Model Fee: $40
Skill Level: Open to anyone 18+

June 2–6 Creating a Dinnerware Set

Students will be guided through the fundamentals of using the potter’s wheel to create a 4-piece dinnerware set. Demonstrations and hands-on practice will give you confidence with wedging, centering, thinning walls, giving form/volume and trimming. Individual attention is designed to help you be efficient, productive and successful with your time in the studio. Using examples of finished pieces we will discuss technical and design issues, solutions and inspirations. Throughout the course of the workshop we will discuss clay types, glaze and surface treatments and firing methods. Finished pieces can/will be fired at an appropriate time. Participants should expect to come back to glaze and fire finished work.

Instructor: David Long
Materials Fee: $20
Skill Level: Intermediate; basic throwing skills required

June 16–20 Art in your Pocket: Handmade Books

This course will introduce a wide variety of folded and stitched book forms, including accordion fold, triangle fold, flag fold, pop-up, pamphlet stitch, stab stitch, and more. Attention will be given not only to book forms but also to carrying a single idea through a series of folds and pages.

Instructor: Rachel Epp Buller
Material Fee: $25

June 23–27 Cloisonne Enameling

Students will bring to life this ancient technique of fusing fine silver wires and glass to copper shapes. Aspects of design, preparation of blanks, wet-packing colors, firing and finishing will be addressed. Finished pieces may be displayed as small "glass paintings" or incorporated into jewelry.

Instructor: Barbara Vogt
Materials Fee: $15

June 23–27 Learning to See: Approaches to Black and White Film Photography

This class is geared toward individuals who would like to learn the creative expression of black and white photography. We will use 35mm cameras; develop film, learn darkroom practices, and enlarge images. We will discuss basic photographic techniques, composition, and the creative elements of photography. Learn to create beautiful images of landscapes, still life and portraits that will help you to become a stronger visual artist. Plenty of time will be devoted to picture taking while working on a variety of assignments. So bring a camera or we can provide one if necessary.

Instructor: David Long
Skill Level: Open to all
Lab Fee: $10
Required Supplies (available at the Bethel College Bookstore):

  • 5 rolls of 100 ASA 24 exposure 35mm film
  • RC Paper
  • negative sleeves


Barbara Vogt has been teaching metalsmithing and enameling over thirty years, in Colorado Springs and currently at CityArts in Wichita.

David Long received his M.F.A. from Wichita State University in 1996. He is currently professor of Art at Bethel College.

Rachel Epp Buller earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and is currently Assistant Professor of Visual Arts and Design at Bethel College.

Youth Sessions

All youth sessions are $100 plus any materials fees listed.

June 2
1:00–3:00 Play’n In The Mud

A creative approach to clay hand building and sculpture. Covering all the basic techniques through some very fun and fresh projects! Open to Grades 4—8

Supply Fee: $15

June 9
8:00–9:30 ShutterBugs

For all beginning photographers. Topics covered: posing people, composing in nature, natural lighting, capturing candids, reducing blur, and camera basics. Must have a digital camera and be willing to be in a paint fight.

Supply Fee: $15

8:00–9:30 Project Runway

Sewing Basics in an exciting way. Students will make stuffed creatures with recycled fabrics, make ruffles like a pro for their aprons, T-shirt dresses, and create a fashion statement piece using creative materials for a runway show.

Supply Fee: $20


Brittni Rhodes is a photographer, K-8 art educator, and lover of all things messy. Her studio is located in Hesston, KS. Giggle This Studios offers portrait photography, art lessons, and craft workshops, for all ages.

Sessions & Fees

Adult Sessions: $425
Lab Fees: session specific
Youth Sessions: $100
Materials Fees: session specific

Adult classes will meet from 9–4 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break.

All classes will be held in the Franz Art Building on the Bethel College campus.

Youth Session Questions: shutterbugbritt@gmailcom
Adult Session Questions: