Lifespan Classes


Lifespan classes are designed to provide enriching experiences and a community for individuals with an interest in the visual arts. It is a community course taught by USU MFA students in ceramics and printmaking. No grades, just fun! These courses are offered throuhout the year with new sessions beginning each Fall, Spring & Summer. Courses are for adults who may or may not be enrolled at Utah State University and each class is geared towards the needs of the students in the class. Every ability is welcome! Students come from a variety of background experiences from beginner to advanced. Refund dates: 1-20% of term (up to the second session), 100% refund is given; after 20% of term (third session and beyond), 0% refund.

Ceramics Lifespan

Lifespan is designed to provide enriching experiences for individuals interested in learning about clay. The class may cover wheel throwing and/or handbuilding techniques depending on the interests of students enrolled. Because the USU ceramics studio is a year round educational facility, we cannot accommodate individuals seeking to use the studio as a primary facility for creating production ware for resale.

Summer Session Information
  • Status: FULL
  • Class is limited to 25 students
  • Session Dates: May 15 - July 17
    • Wednesdays 6pm - 9pm

Pay for the Ceramics Course
The $200 course fee include
  • 10 sessions of instruction
  • One 25 lb. bag of clay (additional bags $11)
  • Use of studio glazes
  • Firing of finished works
  • Early morning, evening and weekend access to the studio for the duration of the course
You will need:
  • A beginners tool kit (available for purchase at the USU bookstore)
  • A 1-gallon bucket
  • A towel
  • A clean-up sponge

Printmaking Lifespan

Lifespan Printmaking will cover two techniques within the field of printmaking, relief and screen print. Additive and subtractive methods of image making will be introduced along with traditional and alternative methods of printing using oil and water-based inks. The course will be split into three sections: 2 weeks of screen printing, 2 weeks relief printmaking, and 2 weeks of independent projects utilizing learned techniques.  Community Printmaking Lifespan is only offered in the summer.

Alumni of the USU Printmaking department will be able to utilize the studio equipment & materials (inks, solvents, rags, etc.) to complete individual projects. The instructor will be available for consultation on equipment use, project feedback, and individual needs in printing. Alumni studio times will differ from the workshop times.

Session Information
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Masks are ENCOURAGED at all times
  • Class is limited to 15 community members and 10 alumni
  • Community Member Times: T/W/Th  5pm - 8pm
  • Alumni Studio Times: M/T/W/Th 3pm - 8pm

Pay for the Printmaking Course
The $250 course fee for community members includes
  • 6 weeks of instruction
  • 2 sheets of Rives BFK
  • 10 sheets of Thai Mulberry paper
  • 2 mounted lino blocks
  • 5 sheets of 110lb French paper
  • Studio materials
The $250 course fee for alumni includes
  • Use of materials & studio
  • Instructor feedback & problem solving
  • Alumni are to use equipment and techniques that they are familiar with and have been cleared by the studio manager
  • Additional supplies can be purchased through the department website