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Upcoming Classes

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How To Organize Your Digital Photographs

Class Description:

This class will help artists, photographers, and the general public to organize their digital images in an efficient way.  The class will be a mixture of presentation with a hands-on workshop. During the workshop, students will develop an organizational structure that is meaningful to them. This structure will be paper-based and will be easy to take home for ready implementation using a variety software. 

  • Understand the benefits of organizing digital photographs and learn how to organize image files in a way that works for you

  • Understand the process of moving image files from camera to computer

  • Be aware of software needed to organize your digital image files on Macs, Windows, and mobile devices

  • Understand image file metadata and why it’s important

  • Learn how to identify favorite images, and build stories or projects, by using indicators like flags, colors, and stars

Date and time:  Sunday, June 4th, 12-3pm

Class fees:  $55 total ($50 class fee +  $5 materials fee) 

Instructor: Michael Elenko

Experience Level:  Intermediate, Adults only

Class size: 5-12 (requires minimum of 5 people for class to run)

About the Instructor:

Michael Elenko currently manages 325,000 digital images in his digital library. He has created and managed digital libraries for Boeing, Premera Blue Cross, and Starbucks. Michael considers photography to be his second language and has taught classes on entering art competitions, bird photography, Lightroom (software), image sharpening and noise reduction.

* Must be paid to be fully registered

** Registration Deadline is May 28th

Drawing in the Garden

Class Description:

Spend the morning drawing outdoors in the beautiful garden of Mary Liz Austin!  Students will use a sketchbook drawing directly on site.  After a short break for lunch, the class will move indoors to the Swiftwater Studio space and add color to some of those sketches, further exploring and developing them during the afternoon session. Gain confidence and have great fun drawing your favorite blossoms and plant forms, pollinators and structural garden elements. This class will cover expressive line and gesture, color, texture, light and composition.

Date and time:  Sunday, June 11th,  10am - 3pm (with a break 12-1pm)

Morning Session: 10 am - 12 noon, held outdoors at Mary Liz Austin's garden, 21820 Vashon Hwy. SW (top of Morgan Hill).

Afternoon Session: 1-3pm, held indoors at Swiftwater Gallery

Class fees:  $75 class fee, Students must bring own materials (See list)

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Instructor: Robyn L. Smith

Experience Level:  Open to all levels, Adults only

Class size: 5-8 (requires minimum of 5 people for class to run)

About the Instructor:

Robyn Smith is all about landscape, gardens and animals!
She has a lifetime of plein air and garden study and is fascinated by entire living systems and the secret social lives of garden flowers; the bees, the birds, all the elements. So much goes on when you really look. Drawing takes you there. Robyn has an M.A. in Painting and has worked primarily as a college art instructor with countless hours logged in the field and studio. She loves sharing what she's learned and the connections and insights which can occur in the class when people come together for a common purpose.

* Must be paid to be fully registered

** Registration Deadline is June 4th

'Bleeding Hearts and American Toad'

by Robyn Smith

Creating Fused Glass Art

Class Description:

Learn the basics of using three glass cutting tools, and how to assemble cut pieces into small art pieces, such as earrings, pendants, or small bowls. Each student would have the option to create 2-4 kiln-ready pieces in class. The instructor will take pieces to fuse in a kiln and assemble with jewelry findings as needed for earrings and pendants. Glass pieces and tools needed are provided for use and covered by a materials fee.  All pieces will be returned to Swiftwater Gallery for pickup within 10 days. 

Date and time:  Wednesday, June 14th, 1-4 pm

Class fees: $120 total ($75.00 class fee + $45 materials fee) 

Instructor: Mary Jo Svendsen

Experience Level: Beginner, Adults only

Class size: 5-7 (requires minimum of 5 people for class to run)

About the Instructor:

Mary Jo taught Art to junior high students for seven years on Mercer Island. Teaching led to a love of many other subjects, primarily team-building and leadership development in a corporate environment. After retiring, she took a number of glass fusing classes, and went on to create her own fused glass art at a Seattle glass studio for many years before making the switch to work from her home studio. She enjoys enabling others to play with cutting glass and making their own glass art.

* Must be paid to be fully registered

** Registration Deadline is June 7th

Swiftwater Class Cancellation Policy

* If you cancel 10 or more days before the start of class, you will receive a full refund.

* If you cancel less than 10 days before the start of class, you get a 50% refund.

* Once a class begins there are no refunds. (unless extenuating circumstances)

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