Classes

PLEASE NOTE: Member discounts cannot be applied online. Discounted classes can be purchased in person or over the phone.

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Classes / Screenprint Classes

Intro to Vera’s Screen Print Studio

This comprehensive hands-on beginner class teaches you the basics of silkscreening, troubleshooting, working with fabric printing and basic registration. Get comfortable with the shop layout, equipment, and culture. This class is also the prerequisite for using the studio during Open Session.

SCREENPRINT: Private Groups

Our classes are so popular that they advertise themselves! You can book a private class for your non-profit, community organization, group of friends, company, band, everyone living in your communal house, or your book club – we are open to anything.

Mini-Comics: Drawing Stories Workshop presented by Short Run

Short Run co-founders Eroyn and Kelly will introduce students to small press mini-comics by showing examples from their own collections and discussing the wonderful and varied content, formats, and aesthetics. Through writing and drawing exercises, they will help students build content for making their own self-published publication.

From A to Zine: A History and How-To Workshop presented by Short Run

Short Run co-founders Eroyn and Kelly will talk about the evolution of the medium from its pre-internet heyday to its contemporary use and recent resurgence. Students will be given a voice through traditional cut and paste techniques, photography, cut paper collage, cut out text, drawing, and writing that will be turned into an easy to photocopy and distribute zine.

Next Level Poster Printing Workshop

Now that you’ve got the basics of screenprinting, learn the next steps to make a show poster from one of The Screenprint Committee’s poster designers. Topics include: registration, getting 4 colors out of 2 inks, and more!

Classes / Audio Classes

Basics of Live Sound

Basics of Live Sound (formerly Sound 101) is both an introduction to live audio engineering and an orientation to Vera Project’s methods and equipment. Topics covered include an introduction to microphones and mic placement, signal paths, stands, cables, DI’s, snake, sub-snakes and etiquette for working with bands.

SOUND: Private Classes

You can book a private class for your friends, your classmates, your high school jazz band, …whatevs. You can book time to take any one or all of the classes we offer, or talk to us and our talented teaching staff can tailor one to your specific needs.

Small PA Workshop

This workshop is designed to acquaint students with a small PA system. Small PAs are generally used for band practices, acoustic sets, DJ sets, poetry readings, or even full blown rock shows with monitors (such as house shows or the shows Vera holds in its gallery!). Topics will include: speaker set up and placement, signal flow, setting up turntables, using EQ’s to ‘ring out’ a room, and mixing a small show.

Live Sound Workshop with Martin Feveyear

This class will cover: – System Set-up – Equalization and gain structure – Signal path – Using the mixer – Equalization and dynamics management – Trouble shooting – Musical and technical philosophies – Artist communication

Mixing for Monitors

Creating a good monitor mix is one of the most important skills for a live sound engineer to master. This advanced class will teach you the basic techniques in a low pressure environment. Subjects will include an introduction to Vera’s stage monitors, the basic ‘ringing out’ of monitors, EQing, and setting levels. The use of these techniques will allow you to create a clear monitor mix that will help performers be at their best.

Monitors & Sound Stage Workshop with Martin Feveyear

This class will cover: – System Set-up and gain structure – Signal path – System equalization and “ringing out” – Stage & instrument set up and microphone types and placement – Using the mixer/setting up mixes – Equalization and dynamics management – Trouble shooting – Musical and technical philosophies – Artist communication

Classes / More Classes

DJ-ing

A beginner-to-intermediate course where students will learn the basic DJ skills using Traktor software and controllers, be provided with software for home practice, and hone their skills before and during Vera Project main stage shows once they’ve completed the full course.

Vera Concert Lighting

Vera Concert Lighting will introduce the basics of stage lighting. The class will focus on learning how to light a band on the Vera stage. Students will learn about different lighting instruments, how to hang and focus lights, as well as basic lighting console operation. A chance to control the lights to music and program your own chase will be an exciting activity that can’t be missed by anyone. With interactive demonstrations students will have a practical grasp on lighting systems at the conclusion of the class. In addition, participants of the class can expect to gain basic fundamental knowledge of working with a band and their lighting needs. If you’re interested in harnessing the power of Vera’s lighting then this is the class for you.

Writing About Music

This comprehensive 6-class course focuses on practical musical journalism. Through readings, assignments, discussions, and guest lectures from esteemed professionals, students will explore the history of popular music journalism, learn the craft of writing and begin developing the tools needed for a career writing about music and the arts.