THE Crafts Center
Special Classes for NC State Students Only

Crafts Center classes are extracurricular, non-credit classes.


Cancellations: For a refund, the Crafts Center staff must be notified of a cancellation at least 7 days before the class or workshop begins; $10 is non-refundable. If the class or workshop is cancelled by the Crafts Center, you will receive a full refund.


Absences: To receive the best experience and get the most out of your class, attendance at all classes is important as there are no provisions for make-up sessions for missed classes.


Registration for NC State Students begins Monday, July 14

BEGINNING GUITARimage of guitar student

Instructor: Kirk Adam

For NC State students only. Would you like to learn to play the guitar? For both electric and acoustic guitar, students in this introductory class will build the basic foundation of chords and rhythm needed to play their favorite songs. No prior knowledge of music is required! (The Crafts Center has three electric guitars for use during class by the first three students registered who do not have their own instrument.) Repeat students welcome.

Monday evenings for 6 weeks, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, September 8 – October 13


Class fee
I = $20


Instructor: Jo Ellen Westmorelandpottery


Would you like to learn how to work on the pottery wheel? This class covers the fundamentals of throwing basic forms: wedging, centering, pulling & shaping walls to make cylinder forms, mugs, bowls and vases. You then will learn to trim and glaze your pots. Practice time outside of class is strongly suggested to develop throwing skills Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay.

Section C: for NC State students only - Friday mornings for 6 weeks, 9:45 am - 12:15 pm, September 12 – October 31 (skip Oct. 3 & 10)


Supply fee



Class fee ((includes a studio pass for the semester)

Instructor: Katy Walls

For NC State students only. This is a magical process and a great way to see campus life through a different “lens." Free crafts classes will be awarded to both the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice winners (two winners) for the photos that best capture the spirit of NC State!

Register now for either the Saturday or Sunday photo challenge. Then, bring a well-made, light-tight container anytime between 3:00 pm and 8:30 pm Thursday, September 18, or Friday, September 19, in order to make your own special camera. Oatmeal boxes, shoe boxes, Altoid tins, metal lidded cans of all types and even a small pumpkin have been transformed into cameras in the past…use your imagination!


Starting at 9:30 am on your choice of challenge days, you’ll load up your camera with photographic paper, practice a little, and go anywhere on campus to make your pictures. Then, head back to the Crafts Center to process your own original prints. You can take as many pictures as you wish until the 4:00 pm stop time.


Registration Deadline: Friday, September 19

Registration fee: $2


Section A: Saturday, September 20, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Section B: Sunday,September 21, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Photo Exhibition: : September 22 – October 30 (Winners to be announced on Friday, October 17)


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A QUICK SHELFimage of wooden wall shelf
Instructor: George Thomas

For NC State students only. In this fun paced introduction to woodworking, students will experience the proper use of power tools while constructing a wall shelf of their own design. On day one we’ll cut, plane and square rough wood to serve as the underlying structure for building the shelving system. Subsequent classes will be spent with each student personalizing their own shelf through creative piercing, carving, texturing, shaping, or finishing.


Monday afternoons for 3 weeks, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, October 13 – October 27


Supply fee



Class fee (includes a studio pass for the semester)

I = $25


MAKING THE LONGBOARD SKATEBOARD DECK mage of skateboard class students
Instructor: Braden Walker (an NC State student)

For NC State students only - no experience needed. Intensely hands-on! Make a custom-sized longboard skateboard you can ride and enjoy for years. Students will learn to laminate plys of Baltic birch into the necessary complex curves. The form will then be cut with the band saw, drilled, routed and sanded to final shape. By the end of the three classes, you will have a finished longboard deck ready for wheels.


Monday evenings for 3 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, beginning September 22 – October 6

Supply fee



Class fee (includes a studio pass for the semester)

I = $25



Instructor: Anne McLean (an NC State student)

For NC State students only. Focusing on techniques and the almost universal application of resin, students in this fast-paced class will complete multiple projects. Using resin to set images and findings, dimensional pieces will be created and attached to form pendants, bracelets, earrings, and other keepsakes. It’s fun and easy! We’ll use a 275°F toaster oven, bottle caps or settings, resin, chains/jump rings, adhesives, plus magazine clippings or findings to include in the resin.

Thursday evenings for 3 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, October 16 – October 30


Supply fee



Class fee
I = $25

LEARN TO SEW cutting out a sewing pattern

Instructor: Carly Mick (an NC State student)

For NC State students only.
Use fabric and ingenuity to bring your ideas to life! Learn construction techniques for simple bags and home décor projects using a variety of seam types and closures, including simple zipper installation. By the end of this class you’ll feel comfortable measuring, cutting, sewing, and troubleshooting a wide variety of projects. Bring your own machine or learn on one of ours. Students are responsible for providing their own fabrics, thread & notions and will receive a supply list upon registration.

Monday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, October 20 – November 24


Class fee
I = $50

WOODTURNING BOOT CAMP image of a student turning wood on a lathe
Instructor: Alex Barnes (an NC State student)

For NC State students only. Spin wood into any shape you wish! The Friday afternoon session will provide an intensely hands-on introduction to the lathe, spindle turning, and all of the many shapes that can be made. On Saturday, students can expect a fast-paced day of making tea bowls with the final challenge being a goblet. This workshop includes a semester pass so that you can continue practicing your newfound skill.


Friday afternoon, October 24, 5:00 - 8:00 pm and Saturday, October 25, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Supply fee



Class fee (includes a studio pass for the semester)

I = $28



For NC State students only.  Don’t have time to commit to a full-length crafts class? Come join us for an afternoon of fun and learning! Register for one or more sessions.


Class fee
$5 per session, all supplies included
(does NOT include studio access for the semester)


Session A - Clay: Use the potter’s wheel to create a simple bowl or cup made from clay!
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, September 5


Session B - Clay: Make a handbuilt mug or cup for your morning tea or coffee!
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, September 5


Session C - Jewelry: Weave a chainmaille bracelet in the Byzantine pattern using colored metal jump rings. Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, September 12


Session D - Art-on-Paper: Learn fun watercolor painting techniques while painting an arrangement of colorful autumn leaves.
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, September 19


Session E - Jewelry: Bring in a foreign coin or your favorite state quarter and learn to saw away the background to create a cool coin pendant charm.
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, September 26

Session F - Glass: Beads anyone? Learn to use the lampwork torches to make glass beads!
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, October 3


Session G - Nocturnal Photography: On a near full moon night, we’ll trek to the Belltower and Roundabout to capture the night light and its play with motion…dress warmly!
Friday afternoon, a little later, 5-8 pm, October 3


Session H - Wood: Use the wood lathe to turn highly figured wood into your own personalized ink pen. Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, October 17

Session I - Wood: Make a simple desktop book cradle perfectly sized to hold your favorite novels.
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, October 24


Session J - - Leather: Make a cool leather bracelet & cell phone case or card case.

Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, November 7

Session K - Glass: Cut and solder glass to create a simple holiday ornament.
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, December 5

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