The Steel House Education programming is designed for both adults and young adults.

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Upcoming Classes

Decorative Papers: Pattern, Color, and Ornament

Date: Friday, June 9, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm
Instructors: Richard Reitz Smith, Alexis Iammarino
In this workshop, stop by for the day or for all four. Each day we will offer a new technique and new materials for patterning and treating paper. Start by creating a carved block stamp or a lino block or patterned roller to make decorative paste papers, printed muslin fabric, or letter press bookcloth or papers. You will leave with a portfolio of richly patterned samples that can be used in subsequent workshops (for instance, the Decorative Boxes workshop in June) or for projects of your own.
More information →

Shooting in Manual Mode

Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017 - Thursday, October 19, 2017
Instructors: Sarah Rice
This class will teach you how to use your digital or film camera in the manual mode. We’ll start at the beginning and teach you about aperture, shutter speed, film speed, how they interact and how to manipulate them to achieve what you want with your photography. If you can’t quite remember (or never learned), come hang with us in a relaxed, friendly, supportive atmosphere and ask any questions you want. We'll work individually with you and your cameras to make sure you’re comfortable. By the end you’ll have much more control over your images and your camera. It’s best if you bring the camera you normally use, and that it is one where manual operation is possible. Check your camera - if it’s a newer digital camera, make sure there’s an M mode.
More information →

Getting personal, Documenting your life.

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Time: 6pm-8pm
Instructors: Sarah Rice
You don’t have to travel to exotic locales to find interesting photo subject matter. Students will use photography to document some aspect of their life - family, friends, self, belongings, property - something only they have access to and have an intimate connection to. They’ll learn how to turn their lens closer to home, and how to see their everyday surroundings in a new light. We’ll go over the basics of documentary photography and over 8 weeks students will produce a photo essay on the part of their life they chose.
More information →

Illuminated Scrolls and Crankie Art

Date: Monday, June 26, 2017 - Friday, June 30, 2017
Time: 10am-2pm
Instructors: Annie Bailey
“Crankies” (or moving panoramas) are illustrated storytelling scrolls cranked by hand between two spools. Participants will create their own story scrolls and have the opportunity to share them with the community at an evening storytelling event in Rockland. Introduction to the history of the medium and contemporary uses will be covered, along with methods and materials for making your own artwork.
More information →

Skateboards: With Custom Graphics and Sticker Decals

Date: Monday, June 26, 2017 - Thursday, June 29, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Tom Weis, Alexis Iammarino, RISD Grad
Ready to get totally RAD? Using Steel House’s wood shop, build a functional skateboard of your own design, complete with custom art employing a variety of printmaking, illustration, and street art techniques.
More information →

Electronic Fashion: Haute/HighTech Fabrics

Date: Monday, July 3, 2017 - Thursday, July 6, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Nate Davis, Alexis Iammarino, RISD Grad
Learn about basic electronics and circuits as we integrate them with clothing, wearable devices and soft goods. Students will use conductive thread, circuit boards, sensors and other components in this electrifying workshop.
More information →

Custom Curtains: Resist Dye Techniques and Block Printing for Large Yardage

Date: Friday, July 7, 2017 - Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 10am-3:30pm
Instructors: Alexis Iammarino
Bold, beautiful two-tone fabrics! Learn how to bind and manipulate fabric with a variety of resist dye techniques to treat large yardage of muslin and upholstering fabrics. Explore color coupling and composition to achieve continuous patterns for curtains, tablecloths, or for custom re-upholstery.
More information →

Laser Cut Magpie Mobiles

Date: Monday, July 10, 2017 - Thursday, July 13, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Kate Holland, Emily Horne Jeffries
The art and mechanics of mobiles is the art and play of balancing forms in space. Design and develop a delicately arranged hanging artwork with use of our laser cutter and exercises in art and design with a variety of lightweight wood, plexi and metallic materials.
More information →

Small Scale Drawing with Silverpoint

Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - Monday, July 31, 2017
Time: 10am-3:30pm
Instructors: Richard Iammarino
This eight-week workshop will introduce various techniques to prepare drawing surfaces for use with silverpoint and India ink. Silverpoint is one of several types of metalpoint techniques where a drawing is made by dragging and marking a metal styli on a prepared surface. Terrific for small scale works, either from observation or imagination.
More information →

Guest Teacher Workshop: Speakers and Sounds

Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 9am-1:30pm
Instructors: Lee Zamir of Bose Corporation
In this workshop, you will get hands on with how a speaker works and build and take home your very own Bluetooth speaker. We will be using a special program built by Bose around their BOSEbuild Speaker Cube.
More information →

Design and Make Your Own Glider

Date: Monday, July 17, 2017 - Thursday, July 20, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Cameron Alexander, Emily Horne Jeffries
Design, build, and launch your own lightweight glider using our laser printer. Explore the dynamics of flight and the mechanics of small flying objects with our laser cutter.
More information →

Intro Letterpress Intensive

Date: Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm
Instructors: Richard Reitz Smith, Karin Spitfire
This is a terrific workshop for anyone looking immerse themselves in the joys and techniques of layout, design andoperation of our letterpress.
More information →

Flash Films: Sixty Second Stories

Date: Monday, July 24, 2017 - Thursday, July 27, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Scott Sell
Film a minute-long masterpiece! Learn how to shoot compelling movie footage and edit quickly to tell a documentary or narrative story. This hands-on workshop explores script writing, camera operation, audio recording, and video editing.
More information →

Tech Salon: Invitation to Innovate

Date: Monday, July 31, 2017 - Thursday, August 3, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Nate Davis
This self-directed workshop will allow students to explore their interests in technology hardware and software and plan and execute a small technological project. Come with dreams, leave with robots!
More information →

Skateboards: With Custom Graphics and Sticker Decals

Date: Monday, August 7, 2017 - Thursday, August 10, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Tom Weis, Alexis Iammarino, RISD Grad
Ready to get totally RAD? Using Steel House’s wood shop, build a functional skateboard of your own design, complete with custom art employing a variety of printmaking, illustration, and street art techniques.
More information →

Mobile Phone Photography

Date: Monday, August 7, 2017 - Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: 6pm-8pm
Instructors: Sarah Rice
You don't have to travel to exotic locales to find interesting photo subject matter. Students will use photography to document some aspect of their life - family, friends, self, belongings, property - something only they have access to and have an intimate connection to. They’ll learn how to turn their lens closer to home, and how to see their everyday surroundings in a new light. We'll go over the basics of documentary photography and over 8 weeks students will produce a photo essay on the part of their life they chose.
More information →

Cards, Calendars and Recipe Cards: Letterpress and Gelatin Printing

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017 - Sunday, August 13, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm
Instructors: Richard Reitz Smith, Karin Spitfire, Annie Bailey

Geli-plate printmaking uses a printing surface made from Knox Gelatin to capture nature’s detail. Water- based ink makes positive and negative images using natural stencils. Bring samples from your garden or the forest. Flowers, leafs, plant textures, all transfer to paper in fine detail and bold pattern. When layered, they make exquisitely textured surfaces suitable for prints, cards or packaging. Secrets will be revealed.

It all starts with your one-of-a- kind image. Geli-prints are monoprints; no two are exactly alike. But with a loose registration and repeating the same stencil process a limited-edition can be achieved. Make recipe or note cards with hand-set type or calendars with letterpressed dates.

More information →

Art of Automata: Building Painted Mechanical Toys

Date: Monday, August 14, 2017 - Friday, August 18, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Isabella ZP Feracci & Annie Bailey
Design and build a mechanical toy! Bring to life inanimate objects and original characters by using simple machines. Draw, measure, mark, cut and assemble through a series of hands-on exercises. Participants will build their own animated toy using a variety of basic hand and power tools and assorted hardware.
More information →

Artists Books on the Letterpress

Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017 - Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm
Instructors: Richard Reitz Smith, Karin Spitfire

Simple and elegant! A Pamphlet Binding is a concise entree into bookmaking. You will print and construct small editions of an 8-page (max) hardcover book. You will learn to handset type to print your favorite poems, quotes, or whatever text appeals to you. Then combine that with images using lino-block, collograph and other methods printed on the letterpress.

You will learn several basic variations of the pamphlet book format, plus sewing techniques and cover construction options. All printing will be completed by the end of the workshop. You may not finish binding your edition, but you will know how to do so at home.

A complete list of tools and materials will be sent upon registration. Bring:

  • a bone folder
  • exacto knife
  • ruler
  • special paper you want to print on
  • decorative paper or book cloth for a cover (some options will be provided for each of these)
More information →

Mobile Phone Photography

Date: Monday, August 21, 2017 - Thursday, August 24, 2017
Time: 1pm-3pm
Instructors: Tom Weis, Alexis Iammarino, RISD Grad
Bring your phone! Take advantage of the camera you have with you all the time! Learn what it’s capable of and what apps to use to maximize that potential. We’ll go over the best ways to photograph with your phone, then get to work making pictures.
More information →

Skateboards: With Custom Graphics and Sticker Decals

Date: Monday, June 26, 2017 - Thursday, June 29, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Tom Weis, Alexis Iammarino, RISD Grad
Ready to get totally RAD? Using Steel House’s wood shop, build a functional skateboard of your own design, complete with custom art employing a variety of printmaking, illustration, and street art techniques.
More information →

Electronic Fashion: Haute/HighTech Fabrics

Date: Monday, July 3, 2017 - Thursday, July 6, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Nate Davis, Alexis Iammarino, RISD Grad
Learn about basic electronics and circuits as we integrate them with clothing, wearable devices and soft goods. Students will use conductive thread, circuit boards, sensors and other components in this electrifying workshop.
More information →

Laser Cut Magpie Mobiles

Date: Monday, July 10, 2017 - Thursday, July 13, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Kate Holland, Emily Horne Jeffries
The art and mechanics of mobiles is the art and play of balancing forms in space. Design and develop a delicately arranged hanging artwork with use of our laser cutter and exercises in art and design with a variety of lightweight wood, plexi and metallic materials.
More information →

Guest Teacher Workshop: Speakers and Sounds

Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 9am-1:30pm
Instructors: Lee Zamir of Bose Corporation
In this workshop, you will get hands on with how a speaker works and build and take home your very own Bluetooth speaker. We will be using a special program built by Bose around their BOSEbuild Speaker Cube.
More information →

Design and Make Your Own Glider

Date: Monday, July 17, 2017 - Thursday, July 20, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Cameron Alexander, Emily Horne Jeffries
Design, build, and launch your own lightweight glider using our laser printer. Explore the dynamics of flight and the mechanics of small flying objects with our laser cutter.
More information →

Flash Films: Sixty Second Stories

Date: Monday, July 24, 2017 - Thursday, July 27, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Scott Sell
Film a minute-long masterpiece! Learn how to shoot compelling movie footage and edit quickly to tell a documentary or narrative story. This hands-on workshop explores script writing, camera operation, audio recording, and video editing.
More information →

Tech Salon: Invitation to Innovate

Date: Monday, July 31, 2017 - Thursday, August 3, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Nate Davis
This self-directed workshop will allow students to explore their interests in technology hardware and software and plan and execute a small technological project. Come with dreams, leave with robots!
More information →

Skateboards: With Custom Graphics and Sticker Decals

Date: Monday, August 7, 2017 - Thursday, August 10, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Tom Weis, Alexis Iammarino, RISD Grad
Ready to get totally RAD? Using Steel House’s wood shop, build a functional skateboard of your own design, complete with custom art employing a variety of printmaking, illustration, and street art techniques.
More information →

Art of Automata: Building Painted Mechanical Toys

Date: Monday, August 14, 2017 - Friday, August 18, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Isabella ZP Feracci & Annie Bailey
Design and build a mechanical toy! Bring to life inanimate objects and original characters by using simple machines. Draw, measure, mark, cut and assemble through a series of hands-on exercises. Participants will build their own animated toy using a variety of basic hand and power tools and assorted hardware.
More information →

Mobile Phone Photography

Date: Monday, August 21, 2017 - Thursday, August 24, 2017
Time: 1pm-3pm
Instructors: Tom Weis, Alexis Iammarino, RISD Grad
Bring your phone! Take advantage of the camera you have with you all the time! Learn what it’s capable of and what apps to use to maximize that potential. We’ll go over the best ways to photograph with your phone, then get to work making pictures.
More information →

Decorative Papers: Pattern, Color, and Ornament

Date: Friday, June 9, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm
Instructors: Richard Reitz Smith, Alexis Iammarino
In this workshop, stop by for the day or for all four. Each day we will offer a new technique and new materials for patterning and treating paper. Start by creating a carved block stamp or a lino block or patterned roller to make decorative paste papers, printed muslin fabric, or letter press bookcloth or papers. You will leave with a portfolio of richly patterned samples that can be used in subsequent workshops (for instance, the Decorative Boxes workshop in June) or for projects of your own.
More information →

Shooting in Manual Mode

Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017 - Thursday, October 19, 2017
Instructors: Sarah Rice
This class will teach you how to use your digital or film camera in the manual mode. We’ll start at the beginning and teach you about aperture, shutter speed, film speed, how they interact and how to manipulate them to achieve what you want with your photography. If you can’t quite remember (or never learned), come hang with us in a relaxed, friendly, supportive atmosphere and ask any questions you want. We'll work individually with you and your cameras to make sure you’re comfortable. By the end you’ll have much more control over your images and your camera. It’s best if you bring the camera you normally use, and that it is one where manual operation is possible. Check your camera - if it’s a newer digital camera, make sure there’s an M mode.
More information →

Getting personal, Documenting your life.

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Time: 6pm-8pm
Instructors: Sarah Rice
You don’t have to travel to exotic locales to find interesting photo subject matter. Students will use photography to document some aspect of their life - family, friends, self, belongings, property - something only they have access to and have an intimate connection to. They’ll learn how to turn their lens closer to home, and how to see their everyday surroundings in a new light. We’ll go over the basics of documentary photography and over 8 weeks students will produce a photo essay on the part of their life they chose.
More information →

Illuminated Scrolls and Crankie Art

Date: Monday, June 26, 2017 - Friday, June 30, 2017
Time: 10am-2pm
Instructors: Annie Bailey
“Crankies” (or moving panoramas) are illustrated storytelling scrolls cranked by hand between two spools. Participants will create their own story scrolls and have the opportunity to share them with the community at an evening storytelling event in Rockland. Introduction to the history of the medium and contemporary uses will be covered, along with methods and materials for making your own artwork.
More information →

Custom Curtains: Resist Dye Techniques and Block Printing for Large Yardage

Date: Friday, July 7, 2017 - Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 10am-3:30pm
Instructors: Alexis Iammarino
Bold, beautiful two-tone fabrics! Learn how to bind and manipulate fabric with a variety of resist dye techniques to treat large yardage of muslin and upholstering fabrics. Explore color coupling and composition to achieve continuous patterns for curtains, tablecloths, or for custom re-upholstery.
More information →

Small Scale Drawing with Silverpoint

Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - Monday, July 31, 2017
Time: 10am-3:30pm
Instructors: Richard Iammarino
This eight-week workshop will introduce various techniques to prepare drawing surfaces for use with silverpoint and India ink. Silverpoint is one of several types of metalpoint techniques where a drawing is made by dragging and marking a metal styli on a prepared surface. Terrific for small scale works, either from observation or imagination.
More information →

Intro Letterpress Intensive

Date: Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm
Instructors: Richard Reitz Smith, Karin Spitfire
This is a terrific workshop for anyone looking immerse themselves in the joys and techniques of layout, design andoperation of our letterpress.
More information →

Mobile Phone Photography

Date: Monday, August 7, 2017 - Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: 6pm-8pm
Instructors: Sarah Rice
You don't have to travel to exotic locales to find interesting photo subject matter. Students will use photography to document some aspect of their life - family, friends, self, belongings, property - something only they have access to and have an intimate connection to. They’ll learn how to turn their lens closer to home, and how to see their everyday surroundings in a new light. We'll go over the basics of documentary photography and over 8 weeks students will produce a photo essay on the part of their life they chose.
More information →

Cards, Calendars and Recipe Cards: Letterpress and Gelatin Printing

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017 - Sunday, August 13, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm
Instructors: Richard Reitz Smith, Karin Spitfire, Annie Bailey

Geli-plate printmaking uses a printing surface made from Knox Gelatin to capture nature’s detail. Water- based ink makes positive and negative images using natural stencils. Bring samples from your garden or the forest. Flowers, leafs, plant textures, all transfer to paper in fine detail and bold pattern. When layered, they make exquisitely textured surfaces suitable for prints, cards or packaging. Secrets will be revealed.

It all starts with your one-of-a- kind image. Geli-prints are monoprints; no two are exactly alike. But with a loose registration and repeating the same stencil process a limited-edition can be achieved. Make recipe or note cards with hand-set type or calendars with letterpressed dates.

More information →

Artists Books on the Letterpress

Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017 - Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm
Instructors: Richard Reitz Smith, Karin Spitfire

Simple and elegant! A Pamphlet Binding is a concise entree into bookmaking. You will print and construct small editions of an 8-page (max) hardcover book. You will learn to handset type to print your favorite poems, quotes, or whatever text appeals to you. Then combine that with images using lino-block, collograph and other methods printed on the letterpress.

You will learn several basic variations of the pamphlet book format, plus sewing techniques and cover construction options. All printing will be completed by the end of the workshop. You may not finish binding your edition, but you will know how to do so at home.

A complete list of tools and materials will be sent upon registration. Bring:

  • a bone folder
  • exacto knife
  • ruler
  • special paper you want to print on
  • decorative paper or book cloth for a cover (some options will be provided for each of these)
More information →