Teen and Adult Classes

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, science studio, The Garage (STEAM), woodshop and ceramics studio. 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 $5 discount. Become a member today!*

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

While the Randall Museum is closed for our extensive renovation, we are offering classes at Mission Art Center and Sunnyside Playground.


Mission Art Center

Ceramics – Creative Ceramics

Bring your curiosity and inspiration, and explore your creativity through clay in a social and supportive environment! This class welcomes people of all skill levels and interests to make both functional and nonfunctional ceramics. We will cover various useful techniques, from basic handling of clay, hand building and wheel throwing, and surface decorations and glazing options, while discussing ideas and inspirations. The instructor will also work with more advances students to explore and develop their own techniques and projects. All work will be glazed and fired in our Mission Arts Center kilns. No class on 11/22.

Location:
Mission Art Center
Instructor:
Tomoko Nakazato
Fee:
Randal Member Fee/Non-member Fee
Course Number:
#12050 (8/23 – 10/4) $221/$226
#12051 (8/24 – 10/5) $221/$226
#11299 (10/18 – 12/13) $255/$260
#12052 (10/19 – 12/14) $255/$260
Day(s)Date(s)TimeAgesCourse #
Wednesdays8/23 – 10/46:30 – 9:30 pm18 and upRegister
Thursdays8/24 – 10/56:30 – 9:30 pm18 and upRegister
Wednesdays10/18 – 12/136:30 – 9:30 pm18 and upRegister
Thursdays10/19 – 12/146:30 – 9:30 pm18 and upRegister

Ceramics – Potter’s Wheel

Want to learn the Potter’s Wheel? Our Mission Arts Center Ceramics studio is the perfect place! In a relaxed and supportive environment, students will be introduced to fundamentals of throwing from wedging to centering and forming the walls of the pot. Everyone will begin by throwing cups and bowls then progress at their own pace to more advanced forms such as plates and vases. All work will be glazed and fired on-site in our kilns.


Location:
Mission Art Center
Instructor:
Andrew Kontrabecki
Fee:
Randall Member Fee/Non-member Fee
Course Number:
#12042 (8/21 – 10/2) $190/$195
#12041 (8/22 – 10/3) $230/$235
#11300 (10/16 – 12/11) $285/$290
#12043 (10/17 – 12/12) $285/$290
Day(s)Date(s)TimeAgesCourse #
Mondays8/21 – 10/26:30 – 9:30 pm18 and upRegister
Tuesdays8/22 – 10/36:30 – 9:30 pm18 and upRegister
Mondays10/16 – 12/116:30 – 9:30 pm18 and upRegister
Tuesdays10/17 – 12/126:30 – 9:30 pm18 and upRegister

Land and Sky Acrylic Painting

Learn to paint stunning skies above simplified land or cityscapes. We’ll cover gradient techniques that create depth in your skies and explore cloud effects that bring your sunny skies and sunsets to life. Next, we’ll explore simplifying the land below with acrylic paint and collage techniques. Throughout the class, you’ll learn to mix and apply acrylic paint, working in series to gain practice and confidence. All skill levels are welcome; just bring yourself and a willingness to explore in a supportive environment.

Location:
Mission Art Center
Instructor:
Karen Clark
Fee:
Randall Member Fee: $94
 
Non-member Fee: $99
Course Number:
#12053 (9/13 – 10/4)
#11298 (10/18 – 11/8)
Day(s)Date(s)TimeAgesCourse #
Wednesdays9/13 – 10/47:00 – 9:00 pm16 and upRegister
Wednesdays10/18 – 11/87:00 – 9:00 pm16 and upRegister

Programming & Electronics for Creatives

This is a hands-on course for anyone who would like to have electronic processes and microcontrollers demystified. We’ll explore the basics of electronics and Arduino programming to create personal creative projects from ground up. You’ll learn to work with lights, motors, sensors and programmable controls with an emphasis on creative and artistic exploration. No experience is required. Basic Arduino supplies are provided for use during the first class. You will need to purchase additional materials for your individual project(s). This might cost between $25-$100, depending on your project. We recommend you bring your own laptop; laptops can be provided for use in class if needed. No class 11/11 & 11/25.

Location:
Mission Art Center
Instructor:
Joel Dream
Fee:
Randall Member Fee: $245
 
Non-member Fee: $250
Course Number:
#10819
Day(s)Date(s)TimeAgesCourse #
Saturdays10/14 – 12/163:00 – 5:30 pm16 and upRegister

Sunnyside Playground

Woodcarving

Experience the satisfaction of shaping wood while learning traditional woodcarving techniques. You’ll begin by carving a simple low relief project that’s designed to teach you the fundamental skills you’ll need to carve more complex projects. After completing that project, you may carve a second relief carving of your own design, choose from several patterns available, or carve a 3 dimensional sculptural piece. The second carving could be a mask, a figure (animal or human), a carved sign or something utilitarian, such as a spoon or wooden bowl. There is a studio fee of $40 due to the instructor on the first day of class. This fee includes materials for the beginning projects as well as the use of carving tools during class time. Continuing students are welcome to develop more complex projects; $40 studio fee, payable to the instructor, covers the use of carving tools during class time and some materials. There will be wood available for purchase for students who want to carve a larger piece. No class 11/22.

Location:
Sunnyside Playground
Instructor:
Sheri Tharp
Fee:
Randall Member Fee: $284
 
Non-member Fee: $289
Course Number:
#10830
Day(s)Date(s)TimeAgesCourse #
Wednesdays10/11 – 12/136:30 – 9:30 pm16 and upRegister

Woodworking In Small Spaces

Are you interested in woodworking but don’t have space for a full-scale industrial woodworking shop? This hands-on class will introduce you to techniques and tools that you can use in your garage, back porch or even on your kitchen table. We’ll explore the classic hand tools needed to make furniture: chisels, hand planes, measuring and marking tools and various types of saws. We’ll also learn to use, evaluate and select small power tools; drills, saws, biscuit joiners, power planes, sanders and more. We’ll look at shop vacs and dust collection, clamps, fences and hold down systems. With 20+ years as a professional woodworker, instructor Mike Bray knows scores of tricks and techniques for working safely and accurately in small spaces. This is a great class for folks with little or no woodworking experience, and for those looking to refine their skills. There will be an additional $30 materials fee due to the instructor on the first day of class.

Location:
Sunnyside Playground
Instructor:
Mike Bray
Fee:
Randall Member Fee: $284
 
Non-member Fee: $289
Course Number:
#10831
Day(s)Date(s)TimeAgesCourse #
Thursdays10/19 – 12/216:30 – 9:30 pm16 and upRegister

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 half-lap to the dovetail. Along the way, learn what joints do and why we use them. You 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.

Location:
Sunnyside Playground
Instructor:
Mike Bray
Fee:
Randall Member Fee: $284
 
Non-member Fee: $289
Course Number:
#11057
Day(s)Date(s)TimeAgesCourse #
Tuesdays10/17 – 12/126:30 – 9:30 pm16 and upRegister

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