Teen and Adult Classes

Fall 2021 Session

Randall Museum classes provide excellent opportunities for teenagers (age 16+) and adults to expand their creativity, design, science investigation and collaboration skills in a controlled environment. Classes are offered in our diverse subject-themed spaces: art studio, ceramics studio, science studio, woodworking shop, and our new fab lab The Garage. Explore your favorite hobby or establish a new one. Be sure to invite your friends!

Randall Museum Friends member registration is one week earlier than public registration and members receive a $10 discount. Become a member today!*

*Must become a member by the day before member registration to take advantage of benefits.

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Ceramics: Hand Building

This class focuses on flat work made from slabs: tiles, soap dishes, trays, plates, platters, hanging ornaments and more. We’ll cover basic clay handling and building techniques and explore a wide range of surface decoration techniques. We’ll investigate carving and slips, and work on creating interesting textures, using commercial texture rollers and stamps, applying textures found in nature (i.e. seedpods, twigs, leaves, grasses, bark, pine cones, rocks etc); repurposed materials, and items found at home (fabrics, lace, kitchen tools, corrugated cardboard and much more). Finally, we’ll experiment with glazes that enhance textures, as well as using stains and underglazes.

Course #:
30755
Day(s):
Wednesdays
Dates:
10/13 – 11/17
Times:
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
Hinrichsen, Sonja
Fee:
Randall Member: $240
Non-member: $250

Ceramics: Potter’s Wheel

Come learn the potter’s wheel with us! This friendly & supportive studio is the perfect place to develop your throwing skills. You’ll learn to wedge, center and pull up the clay walls of your wheel-thrown clay pieces. Begin throwing cups & bowls and progress at your own pace to more advanced forms like vases and plates. You’ll learn glazing techniques, and work will be fired in the Randall kilns.

Course #:
30754
Day(s):
Tuesdays
Dates:
10/19 – 11/23
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
Hinrichsen, Sonja
Fee:
Randall Member: $285
Non-member: $295

Woodworking: Joinery Basics

In this class, we explore the world of wood joinery, with lots of hands on practice. Learn to layout and cut a set of increasingly complex joints, from the halflap to the dovetail. Along the way, learn what joints do and why we use them. You’ll gain a solid foundation for understanding when and how to use joinery in your future creations. We’ll use hand tools for the most part, but will demonstrate biscuit joinery, the pocket hole system, Miller dowels and the Festool Domino. There will be an additional $30 materials fee due to the instructor on the first day of class.

Course #:
30743
Day(s):
Tuesdays
Dates:
10/12 – 12/7
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
15 and up
Instructor:
Bray, Mike
Fee:
Randall Member: $400
Non-member: $410

Woodworking: Open Studio (session one)

The woodshop is pleased to offer Open Studio this fall. This is an opportunity for more experienced woodworkers to pursue their own projects in our shop under moderate supervision. Instruction building upon foundational skills is available. Projects are subject to instructor approval. Wood is purchased by students; materials & project storage is limited. Prerequisite: Successful completion of two Woodworking I classes at the Randall Museum within the last three years, plus instructor approval. Please note that the first meeting of the Fall Session will be devoted to a mandatory safety refresher course and written test. A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class. Students who have not met prerequisites will be withdrawn and charged a 20% refund processing fee.

Course #:
30750
Day(s):
Tuesdays
Dates:
10/12 – 12/7
Times:
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ages:
15 and up
Instructor:
Treanor, Bob
Fee:
Randall Member: $405
Non-member: $415

Woodworking: Open Studio (session two)

The woodshop is pleased to offer Open Studio this fall. This is an opportunity for more experienced woodworkers to pursue their own projects in our shop under moderate supervision. Instruction building upon foundational skills is available. Projects are subject to instructor approval. Wood is purchased by students; materials & project storage is limited. Prerequisite: Successful completion of two Woodworking I classes at the Randall Museum within the last three years, plus instructor approval. Please note that the first meeting of the Fall Session will be devoted to a mandatory safety refresher course and written test. A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class. Students who have not met prerequisites will be withdrawn and charged a 20% refund processing fee.

Course #:
30751
Day(s):
Saturdays
Dates:
10/23 – 12/11
Times:
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Ages:
15 and up
Instructor:
Treanor, Bob
Fee:
Randall Member: $360
Non-member: $370

Woodworking: Spoon Carving I (session one)

Carving your own wooden spoon by hand is a quiet, calm and satisfying endeavor. A handmade wooden spoon is a joy to use, and makes a treasured gift. We’ll teach you how to carve safely and with confidence, using traditional techniques. Included in the class fee are a set of Swedish spoon knives and two solid wood spoon blanks. You’ll come away with the skills and equipment you need to keep carving spoons and other wooden ware at home.

Course #:
30744
Day(s):
Wednesdays
Dates:
10/20 & 10/27
Times:
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Ages:
15 and up
Instructor:
Bray, Mike
Fee:
Randall Member: $175
Non-member: $185

Woodworking: Spoon Carving I (session two)

Carving your own wooden spoon by hand is a quiet, calm and satisfying endeavor. A handmade wooden spoon is a joy to use, and makes a treasured gift. We’ll teach you how to carve safely and with confidence, using traditional techniques. Included in the class fee are a set of Swedish spoon knives and two solid wood spoon blanks. You’ll come away with the skills and equipment you need to keep carving spoons and other wooden ware at home.

Course #:
30745
Day(s):
Wednesdays
Dates:
11/10 & 11/17
Times:
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Ages:
15 and up
Instructor:
Bray, Mike
Fee:
Randall Member: $175
Non-member: $185

Woodworking: Spoon Carving II (session one)

Now that you’ve made a couple of spoons, your tools are probably pretty dull. Spend an evening learning how to sharpen your spoon carving tools and how to strop them to a razor edge. You’ll make your own strop, and practice sharpening your tools. Then, Mike will demonstrate techniques and give an overview of how to carve your next project: salad servers. Class fee includes materials for strops, stropping compound, and two hardwood blanks suitable for salad servers.

Course #:
30746
Day(s):
Wednesday
Dates:
11/3 
Times:
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Ages:
15 and up
Instructor:
Bray, Mike
Fee:
Randall Member: $80
Non-member: $90

Woodworking: Spoon Carving II (session two)

Now that you’ve made a couple of spoons, your tools are probably pretty dull. Spend an evening learning how to sharpen your spoon carving tools and how to strop them to a razor edge. You’ll make your own strop, and practice sharpening your tools. Then, Mike will demonstrate techniques and give an overview of how to carve your next project: salad servers. Class fee includes materials for strops, stropping compound, and two hardwood blanks suitable for salad servers.

Course #:
30747
Day(s):
Wednesday
Dates:
12/8 
Times:
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Ages:
15 and up
Instructor:
Bray, Mike
Fee:
Randall Member: $80
Non-member: $90

Woodworking: Spoon Carving Open Studio (session one)

This is a chance for more experienced spoon carvers to work together in an informal, salon-like setting hosted by instructor Mike Bray. Mike will be on hand to help you with problem solving, answer questions, demonstrate techniques as needed, and of course, tell stories and carve some spoons. Prerequisite: Successful completion of our Spoon Carving I class (virtually or in-person).

Course #:
30748
Day(s):
Thursday
Dates:
11/18
Times:
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Ages:
15 and up
Instructor:
Bray, Mike
Fee:
Randall Member: $35
Non-member: $45

Woodworking: Spoon Carving Open Studio (session two)

This is a chance for more experienced spoon carvers to work together in an informal, salon-like setting hosted by instructor Mike Bray. Mike will be on hand to help you with problem solving, answer questions, demonstrate techniques as needed, and of course, tell stories and carve some spoons. Prerequisite: Successful completion of our Spoon Carving I class (virtually or in-person).

Course #:
30749
Day:
Wednesday
Dates:
12/1
Times:
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Ages:
15 and up
Instructor:
Bray, Mike
Fee:
Randall Member: $35
Non-member: $45

Woodworking: Shaker Oval Box Workshop

Perhaps the most recognizable form of Shaker woodenware is the oval box. These beautiful bentwood boxes were made for use by the Shakers as well as for sale to the “world”. The oval box was made in most Shaker communities, most notably by Brother Delmar Wilson (1873-1961) of the Sabbath Day Lake community in Maine. In this two-evening workshop, students will make the boxes by hand in the traditional manner. We will cut the “swallowtail” joints, prepare, shape and soak the box sides, bend the sides around a form and carefully fit the tops and bottoms. One or more boxes in several sizes may be made as time permits. Practical, elegant, and eminently useful, put your finished boxes to work at home or give them as gifts. This class is suitable for all levels. All supplies and materials are provided.

Course #:
30742
Day(s):
Thursdays
Dates:
10/7 & 10/14
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
15 and up
Instructor:
Treanor, Bob
Fee:
Randall Member: $145
Non-member: $155

The Art of Floral Design

Learn to create beautiful floral arrangements for everyday use, for gifts, for entertaining and for special occasions. Guided by professional florist Greg Lum, AIFD, we’ll use a variety of fresh flowers to explore different styles and techniques every week. We’ll move from simple to complex floral designs, and cover a variety of styles & techniques along the way. We’ll learn to craft armatures from inexpensive natural materials, make flowers to wear like corsages & boutonnieres, and much more. We’ll begin with a festive Halloween design and finish up with a Fall Thanksgiving Day project. Open to all levels; most flowers and materials are included in the class fee.

Course #:
30753
Day(s):
Tuesdays
Dates:
10/26 – 11/23
Times:
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
Lum, Greg
Fee:
Randall Member: $285
Non-member: $295
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