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Delve into the arts with fall courses

The Oconaluftee Institute for the Cultural Arts is offering evening classes this fall in a variety of disciplines.  

• Intro to Printmaking will be offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 and Nov. 14 in Cherokee. Students will get an overview of letterpress printing from Frank Brannon, printmaking instructor. He will demonstrate basic printmaking methods from setting type and inking the press to the actual operation of the press. Participants will have an opportunity to print note cards in the Cherokee Syllabary. Cost is $20 per person.

• Book Arts will happen from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 12, 18 and 19 at the Macon, Swain and Cherokee campuses. Unlock your inner artist through following or altering traditional forms of bookmaking. Learn how to make a simple bound and folded book. Students can bring cutouts from magazines or old books, snippets of ribbon, old letters, buttons or findings from nature such as feathers or pressed flowers. The course is taught by Kathrine Cays and costs $18.

• Intro to Leather Work will teach the art of handmade leather craft from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 11, 13 and 20 in Macon and Swain counties and in Cherokee. Students will learn to work with basic leather working tools to create a change pouch. The class is taught by Kathrine Cays and costs $22.

• Advanced Firing Techniques in Raku ceramics will run from 5 to 10 p.m. from Nov. 8 through Dec. 13 and will focus on raku glazes, applying raku glazes, building a raku kiln, firing, and safety. Taught by Joe Frank McKee, the class costs $120, materials not included.

• Liquid Clay Ceramics will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 through Dec. 15.  Students will learn several liquid clays. Taught by Elsie Delfield, course cost is $65, materials not included.

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