Non-credit fine arts classes on campus begin Sept. 4

Artist-In-Residence Skip Sensbach.
Misericordia University is now taking registrations for a slate of non-credit fine arts classes that are being offered to the community this fall. Skip Sensbach, artist-in-residence, will offer classes in clay by hand and pottery wheel for both youth and adults in the new Misericordia University Art Studios, located in the rear of 50 Lake St., Dallas, Pa., beginning Sept. 4.

Youth Clay Basics, for ages 11-15, will teach young artists clay skills such as hand building, introduction to the wheel and glazing techniques. Projects will be fired in the kiln. There will be six two-hour class sessions per series. The first series will run Tuesdays, Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25, and Oct. 2 and 9, from 4-6 p.m. A second series will run Tuesdays, Oct. 23 and 30, and Nov. 6, 13 and 27, and Dec. 4, from 4-6 p.m.

Adult Clay Basics, for ages 16 to adult, will offer hand building and pottery wheel skills in clay, as well as decorative and glazing techniques that will enhance their work. Projects will be fired in the kiln. There are also six two-hour class sessions per series. The first series will be held Wednesday evenings, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26, and Oct. 3 and 10, from 6-8 p.m., and also on Tuesday mornings Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25, and October 2 and 9, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

The second series of the Adult Clay Basics class will be offered on Wednesday evenings, Oct. 24 and 31, Nov. 7, 14 and 28, and Dec. 5 from 6-8 p.m., and on Tuesday mornings Oct. 23 and 20, Nov. 6, 13 and 27, and Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The cost for each series is $130 and includes a 25-pound bag of clay. Additional clay may be purchased from the instructor as needed. Basic tools will be shared, however, it is suggested that serious students who plan on taking more than one series purchase a personal tool kit. Additional information will be available during class.

Sensbach notes that advanced ceramic community classes will be offered in the future for those students who have mastered basic clay skills.

Sensbach holds a bachelor’s degree in visual communication and he began working in clay in 1994. He opened Green Dog Pottery in Dallas, Pa. in 1998. His studio work focuses on functional clay work as well as teaching. In 2008, he entered Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. and concentrated his study on sculptural expressions mixing clay with other materials.

The 2012 winner of the Ruanne Graduate Award for Artistic Excellence, Sensbach’s ceramic work, both functional and sculptural, has been recognized in many regional shows including the Fine Arts Fiesta in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and at the WSKG Art In Motion competition in Binghamton, N.Y. Recently, his work was accepted in the 2011 Art of the State exhibit at the State Museum in Harrisburg Pa.

The Misericordia Art Studios opened in the fall of 2011 in conjunction with the start of the university’s new undergraduate minor in fine arts that offers concentrations in dance, visual art, photography and music. The facility includes fully functional painting, ceramics and sculpture studios and offers 18 drafting tables, eight pottery wheels, a clay pugger-mixer, an electric kiln, a glass kiln, a slab roller, a clay extruder and other intrinsic equipment.

For additional information, please go to To register, please call the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at (570) 674-6289.