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Arts through Encore

Unleash your creativity with a diverse array of arts classes offered through Encore at SJC!


Explore the captivating world of Stained Glass, including Bevels, Jewels & Grids, Yard Art, and Advanced Techniques. Delve into watercolor with World of Watercolor or craft unique jewelry with Modern Art Jewelry Making. Master your skills in Pottery, Drawing, and Mixed Media. Embrace the holidays with Holidays in Glass. Discover a whole new artistic realm today!

Art Classes

It’s a Tiffany themed stained-glass experience for beginning students. Glass artist John Nichols will help you choose a design and fabricate a glass panel during the class, suitable to frame. Explore design and color choices, cutting and grinding techniques, foiling and soldering processes and finishing touches to create dazzling projects. Students are welcome to repeat the class to reinforce the beginning experience. $30 supply fee payable at registration will cover shared materials; all additional supplies will be the responsibility of the students. Tools, workbooks, glass and costs will be discussed at the first class.

Instructor: JOHN NICHOLS

Cost (including supply fee):
$36.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$87.50 residents under 65, $199.50 non-residents

2024SP ARTS 104 E10
1/6-2/17, SAT, 9 am-12:40 pm, Trades & Technology Building Trades Shop Room 2223*

2024SP ARTS 104 E22
3/2-4/20, SAT, 8:30 am-12:40 pm, Trades & Technology Building Trades Shop Room 2223*
(no class 3/16)

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Now that you have stained glass skills, you can focus on specialty projects, such as building a glass kaleidoscope, a specialty jewelry box, or a terrarium. Reinforce existing skills and develop advanced techniques with an eye to specific final projects. Students will need to know how to use a glass cutter and solder as well as design basics before enrolling in this class. If you wonder if the class is appropriate, please contact the instructor through the Encore office. $10 supply fee payable at registration will cover shared materials; all additional supplies will be the responsibility of the students. Tools, workbooks, glass and costs will be discussed at the first class.

Instructor: JOHN NICHOLS

Cost (including supply fee):
$16.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$67.50 residents under 65, $189.50 non-residents

2024SP ARTS 104 E02
1/8-3/4, MON, 5-8:40 pm, Trades & Technology Building Trades Shop Room 2221*
(no class 1/15 & 2/19)

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Move on to the third dimension… Create beautiful 3-D projects appropriate for “Beyond Beginning” students. Choose from a jewelry box design, a kaleidoscope with two colored wheels that you design or suncatchers for those morning rays through the kitchen window. $10 supply fee payable at registration will cover shared materials; all additional supplies will be the responsibility of the students. Tools, workbooks, glass and costs will be discussed at the first class.

Instructor: JOHN NICHOLS

Cost (including supply fee):
$16.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$67.50 residents under 65, $189.50 non-residents

2024SP ARTS 104 E06
1/10-2/21, WED, 5-8:40 pm, Trades & Technology Building Trades Shop Room 2221*

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Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced clay person, let your imagination run wild and let that clay artist inside you roam free. Learn hand building and wheel throwing with clay as well as how to fire the pots in the kiln and glazing techniques. Students will be responsible for their own tools and clay. Please come to the first day of class with clay and tools at the ready, as we will be hands-on from day one! Contact Jessica at 505-632-8351 (day) or 505-419-7526 (evening) for a list of supplies. $35 supply fee payable at registration for firing and glazes.

Instructor: JESSICA POLATTY

Cost (including supply fee):
$41.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$92.50 residents under 65, $204.50 non-residents

2024SP ARTS 104 E14
1/24-3/20, WED, 5:30-8:40 pm, Henderson Fine Arts Center Room 9036
(no class 3/13)

2024SU ARTS 104 E24 (registration begins 2/21)
3/27-5/22, WED, 5:30-8:40 pm, Henderson Fine Arts Center Room 9036
(no class 4/3)

2024SU ARTS 104 E34 (registration begins 2/21)
6/12-8/7, WED, 5:30-8:40 pm, Henderson Fine Arts Center Room 9036
(no class 7/3)

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Where does your imagination go when you think of modern jewelry? Explore the design process by creating several simple pieces of jewelry in a hands-on experience with a variety of materials including metal, paper, resin and concrete. Think of all the materials to add to our challenges—almost anything will work. Expand your outlook on what constitutes jewelry making and jewelry materials, and get ready to be excited! Supply list available from the Community Learning Center at registration.

CATHERINE THOMAS-KEMP is an accomplished jewelry artist and loves sharing her expertise in community.

2 credit hours
Cost: $13 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$115 residents under 65, $339 non-residents

2024SP ARTS 104 E42
1/11-5/2, THU, 12:30-3:40 pm, Bonnie Dallas Senior Center Art Studio
(no class 3/14)

1 credit hour

Cost: $6.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$57.50 residents under 65, $169.50 non-residents

2024SU ARTS 104 E44 (registration begins 2/21)
5/9-6/27, THU, 12:30-3:40 pm, Bonnie Dallas Senior Center Art Studio
(no class 3/14)

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Observe and translate the world through simple drawing methods. Whether you’re a beginner or have experience, this engaging class will encourage you to find and expand your abilities as we explore linework, shape, tone, perspective, figures and landscape, and composition. Supply list available at the Community Learning Center at registration; expect supplies to cost $25-30.

JENNIFER GILMORE started her art career in the Young Artists’ Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A lifelong professional artist, she also holds a degree in Graphic Design.

Cost: $6.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$57.50 residents under 65, $169.50 non-residents

2024SP ARTS 104 E32
1/18-3/21, THU, 9:30 am-12:20 pm, Bonnie Dallas Senior Center Art Studio
(no class 3/14)

2024SU ARTS 104 E26 (registration begins 2/21)
3/28-5/23, THU, 9:30 am-12:20 pm, Bonnie Dallas Senior Center Art Studio

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Bevel borders enhance stained glass by using focal points to create brilliance. Add flair to your projects by refracting light and creating calming effects, through advanced yet simple techniques. Students will need to know how to use a glass cutter and solder as well as design basics before enrolling in this class. If you wonder if the class is appropriate, please contact the instructor through the Encore office. $10 supply fee payable at registration will cover shared materials; all additional supplies will be the responsibility of the students. Tools, workbooks, glass and costs will be
discussed at the first class.

Instructor: JOHN NICHOLS

Cost (including supply fee):
$16.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$67.50 residents under 65, $189.50 non-residents

2024SP ARTS 104 E08
1/18-2/29, THU, 5-8:40 pm, Trades & Technology Building Trades Shop Room 2221*

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Whether you are just beginning or want to advance existing skills, simplify watercolor with a combination of tricks, techniques and tools including sponges, spray bottles and washes. Learn the fundamentals of good composition with the use of shapes, contrast and color to help create more interesting and entertaining paintings. Supply list available from the Community Learning Center.

MICHAEL BULLOCH was born into an artistic family in Farmington. He had a brush in his hand as soon as he could sit up, and he sold his first painting when he was four. His popular Encore classes are a venue to tap into his expertise.

Cost: $6.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$57.50 residents under 65, $169.50 non-residents

2024SP ARTS 104 E28
1/22-3/25, MON, 6-9:10 pm, SJC Room 1905
(no class 2/19 & 3/11)

2024SU ARTS 104 E32 (registration begins 2/21)
4/1-5/20, MON, 6-9:10 pm, SJC Room 1905

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Cups, plates, platters, bowls and more. You don’t need a pottery wheel to make fun and functional pottery pieces. Learn hand building clay techniques as well as how to fire the pots in the kiln and glazing techniques as you let your imagination run wild and the clay artist inside you roam free. Students will be responsible for their own clay and tools. Come to the first day of class with clay and tools at the ready. Contact Jessica at 505-632-8351 (day) or 505-419-7526 (evening) for a list of supplies.

JESSICA POLATTY is a ceramic artist who has lived and worked out of her home studio in Aztec for the past 24 years. She is one of the founders and members of the Feat of Clay Artists Co-op in Aztec, and her home studio is open for the yearly Aztec Artists’ Studio Tour every October.

Cost: $6.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$57.50 residents under 65, $169.50 non-residents

2024SP ARTS 104 E24
2/27-4/30, TUE, 1-4:10 pm, Bloomfield Senior Center
(no class 3/12 & 4/2)

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The blank canvas is an invitation to bring your creative energy to life. Through the lens of color, we’ll create an Interplay of Positive and Negative shapes using acrylic paint. The result? …a variety of paintings that you create, rich with depth and full of life. Engage the right side of your brain and activate your imagination, intuition and artistic abilities. Boost your energy and creativity with this fresh approach to painting for a fun and engaging adventure—appropriate for both new and returning students. Ask for the supply list when you register. If you have any questions about the supplies or the class, please contact Patrice DeLorenzo at 970-799-8838.

PATRICE DE LORENZO is a passionate lifelong painter with BFA and MFA degrees in painting. As a teacher, her guidance will inspire and bring out your best to achieve another level of technical skill and passion in your own
personal creativity. She is a Boston native currently residing in Durango, and she has previously worked at San Juan College.

Cost: $6.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$57.50 residents under 65, $169.50 non-residents

2024SP ARTS 104 E20
3/6-4/24, WED, 12-3:10 pm, SJC Room 1905

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Bevel borders enhance stained glass by using focal points. You can add structural reinforcement to your stained-glass project in a variety of ways. Experiment with a came bender that allows for panel curvature, a higher rated soldering iron and specialty pliers, and a wooden grooved framing. $10 supply fee payable at registration will cover shared materials; all additional supplies will be the responsibility of the students. Tools, workbooks, glass and costs will be discussed at the first class.

Instructor: JOHN NICHOLS

Cost (including supply fee):
$16.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$67.50 residents under 65, $179.50 non-residents

2024SP ARTS 104 E01
3/6-4/24, WED, 5-8:40 pm, Trades & Technology Building Trades Shop Room 2221*
(no class 3/13)

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What comes after your first stained class? Discover innovative techniques, sharpen your skills, finish existing projects, and incorporate bevels and jewels into your art. Appropriate for students who have taken Beginning Stained Glass or other classes. $10 supply fee payable at registration will cover shared materials; all additional supplies will be the responsibility of the students. Tools, workbooks, glass and costs will be discussed at the first class.

Instructor: JOHN NICHOLS

Cost (including supply fee):
$16.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$67.50 residents under 65, $179.50 non-residents

2024SP ARTS 104 E12
3/7-4/25, THU, 5-8:40 pm, Trades & Technology Building Trades Shop Room 2221*
(no class 3/14)

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Frame your work using wood, brass, copper, zinc or lead came. Using pre-measured & pre-made frames, learn to cut your own custom sized frames and coordinate processes to add reinforcement to your glass art projects. $10 supply fee payable at registration will cover shared materials; all additional supplies will be the responsibility of the students.
Tools, workbooks, glass and costs will be discussed at the first class.

Instructor: JOHN NICHOLS

Cost (including supply fee):
$16.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$67.50 residents under 65, $179.50 non-residents

2024SP ARTS 104 E07
3/11-4/22, MON, 5-8:40 pm, Trades & Technology Building Trades Shop Room 2223*

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It’s a dedicated time to finish those lingering projects with expert guidance. If you wonder if the class is appropriate, please contact the instructor through the Encore office. $10 supply fee payable at registration will cover shared materials; all additional supplies will be the responsibility of the students; costs will be discussed at the first class.

Cost (including supply fee):
$16.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$67.50 residents under 65, $179.50 non-residents

Instructor: JOHN NICHOLS

2024SP ARTS 104 E05
4/13, 4/14, 4/20 & 4/21, SAT & SUN, 1-7:15 pm, Trades & Technology Building Trades Shop Room 2223*

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Repair not only creates something beautiful, it deepens your knowledge of glass art. Using the copper foil Tiffany technique and traditional methods, learn to repair pieces of your own or others in an informative, hands-on and creative process. $10 supply fee payable at registration will cover shared materials; all additional supplies will be the responsibility of the students. Tools, workbooks, glass and costs will be discussed at the first class.

Instructor: JOHN NICHOLS

Cost (including supply fee):
$16.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$67.50 residents under 65, $179.50 non-residents

2024SU ARTS 104 E22 (registration begins 2/21)
5/1-6/12, WED, 5-8:40 pm, Trades & Technology Building Trades Shop Room 2223*

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Engage in time-consuming processes with beautiful results. Advanced glass workers will explore two styles of lamps. The molded frames, built on fiberglass or Styrofoam molds, will be built in sections with conditional repeats of colors and pieces. Four-sided flat panel lamps will have patterns for 10”-12” shades, with materials, brass hardware and lamp bases discussed at the first class. $10 supply fee payable at registration will cover shared materials; all additional supplies will be the responsibility of the students. Molds, glass and filigrees, and other materials will also be discussed at the first class.

Instructor: JOHN NICHOLS

Cost (including supply fee):
$16.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$67.50 residents under 65, $179.50 non-residents

2024SU ARTS 104 E08 (registration begins 2/21)
5/2-6/13, THU, 5-8:40 pm, Trades & Technology Building Trades Shop Room 2221*

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Celebrate summer with unique objects of art for the yard or garden. Create hanging mobiles, using sea glass and agates for pleasant aesthetics and sounds. Work with abstract or patterned forms for three-dimensional panels with copper, brass and wood for yard art and sculptural stained-glass pieces. $10 supply fee payable at registration will cover shared materials; all additional supplies will be the responsibility of the students. Tools, workbooks, glass and costs will be discussed at the first class.

Instructor: JOHN NICHOLS

Cost (including supply fee):
$16.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$67.50 residents under 65, $179.50 non-residents

2024SU ARTS 104 E04 (registration begins 2/21)
5/4-6/22, SAT, 9-12:40 pm, Trades & Technology Building Trades Shop Room 2223*
(no class 5/11)

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Whether you are brand new, have been out of touch for a while, or want to continue your skills, gain an overview of the basics. Learn all of the basics of using the Tiffany method of fabrication and a group of patterns to start with. $30 supply fee payable at registration will cover shared materials; all additional supplies will be the responsibility of the students. Tools, glass and costs will be discussed at the first class.

Instructor: JOHN NICHOLS

Cost: (including supply fee):
$36.50 residents 65 and older (first 10 credit hours)
$87.50 residents under 65, $199.50 non-residents

2024SU ARTS 104 E16 (registration begins 2/21)
5/6-6/24, MON, 5-8:40 pm, Trades & Technology Building Trades Shop Room 2223*
(no class 5/27)

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Contact

encore@sanjuancollege.edu
Phone: (505) 566-3214

30th Street Education Center
3401 E. 30th St. | SJC 2nd Floor Entrance

M-F 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.