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. Learn about techniques for creating screens, terminology, and techniques to be employed in entry level printing projects in the Silkscreen Studio.

  • The Intro class is a prerequisite for all other classes as well as for drop-in studio use.
  • Class Size: Minimum 4 Maximum 12
  • Cost: $30 ($15 for members), which can be paid through the website, via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates
  • Please note: Classes may be canceled due to holidays, conflicting events, or lack of an instructor.  Please call to confirm dates.

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SILKSCREEN: 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. Private classes cost $30 per attendee, and you have to have a minimum of 6 people participating.

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Basics of Live Sound

Basics of Live Sound 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. This class is designed for both the novices and experts of all ages and will give an overview of how a show is run at the Vera Project from the sound crew’s point of view. Discover why the accommodating, open minded “Vera Attitude” of show production is appreciated world wide.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class Size: Minimum 4 Maximum 12
  • Cost: $30 ($15 for members), which can be paid through the website, via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

After a person has completed Basics of Live Sound, they are eligible to act as a Sound Runner for any Vera Project shows, to sign up for the Vera Audio Committee email list, and take advantage of opportunities that arise for our tech volunteers (tours, field trips, internships, etc).


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SOUND: Private Classes

You can book a private class for your friends, your classmates,  your high school jazz band, etc.  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.  Private classes cost $30 per attendee, and you must have a minimum of 6 people participating.  It’s all the rage!

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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.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class Size: Minimum 3 Maximum 8
  • Cost: $30 ($15 members), which can be paid through the website, via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
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Writing About Music

2015 DATES
Spring Class: Monday, February 9th, 16th, March 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd at 7pm
Fall Class: Monday, September 7th, 14th, 21st, October 5th, 12th, and 19th at 7pm

  • 6 classes total, on Mondays from 7pm - 8:30pm
  • The class is cumulative, so all classes must be attended
  • Class Size: Minimum 4 Maximum 12
  • Cost: $150 for the course & total cost must be paid up-front, which can be paid via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person.
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

*Please note: Classes may be canceled due to holidays, conflicting events, or lack of an instructor.  Please call to confirm dates.
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Instructors:
Mark Baumgarten
Mark Baumgarten has written about music in the Pacific Northwest for the last decade, most recently as the editor-at-large for City Arts. He is the author of Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music and is currently the editor-in-chief of Seattle Weekly.

Chris Nelson
Chris Nelson is currently media and editorial director for Pyramid Communications, which “gives voice to good causes” with nonprofits in Seattle, the Northwest, and across the country. Prior to this, he spent 12 years as a music journalist for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, sonicnet.com, Seattle Times, Seattle Public-Intelligencer and many other publications. In fact, his first visit to the Vera Project was in 2003 for a New York Times story on Seattle’s Teen Dance Ordinance. With reporting partner Brian Hiatt, he won the National Journalism Award in 2000 for a five-part investigative series on the riots at Woodstock ’99.

CLASS OVERVIEW
• Students will be given the opportunity to discuss the craft of music journalism with two instructors who have a combined three decades experience writing about music in the Pacific Northwest, and at least three guest lecturers who have published work at the highest levels of the industry.
• Each student will be assigned one concert to cover during the course. The student will be asked to write both a preview and a review of the concert.
• Each student will also be assigned one interview assignment. The student will interview a musician and produce a ready-for-publication Q&A.
• During the duration of the course, each student will also be asked to write a Favorite Album essay, to be completed and turned in by the final class.
• At the instructors’ discretion, other writing and research assignments will be given at the weekly class and will be due by 9am the following Monday.
• At your discretion, your final assignments will be published online and included in a print publication to be created shortly after the conclusion of the class.
• Participating outlets: KEXP, Seattle Weekly

SCHEDULE

Class 1: Prelude
Introductions, what music journalism is and why we do it.

Class 2: Dancing About Architecture
Practical approaches to writing about music and getting that writing published.

Class 3: How to Hear
The critical review, why it’s important to say both positive and negative things, and how to do both effectively.

Class 4: The First Person
How to write a personal essay or travelogue that isn’t all about you.

Class 5: What Do You Want From Me?
The journalist, the artist and the interview.

Class 6: The Deep Dive
Longform storytelling, why it is important to write in-depth profiles and features, and how to approach the seemingly impossible story.


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DJ-ing

A beginner-to-intermediate course where students will learn 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.

  • 5 classes per course, with a post-course off-site performance option
  • Classes happen on Saturday afternoons from 3-5pm
  • 2015 DJ Class Series Dates:
  • Series 1: February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, March 7th
    Series 2: March 28th, April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
    Series 3: May 30th, June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
    Series 4: July 18th, August 1, 8th, 15th, 22nd
    Series 5: September 12th, 19th, 26th, October 3rd, 10th
    Series 6: October 31st, November 7th, 14th, 21st, December 5th
  • The class is cumulative, so all classes must be attended
  • Class Size: Minimum 3 Maximum 6
  • Cost: $120 for the course & total cost must be paid up-front, which can be paid through the website, via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. Cost includes course materials and software.
  • Students must provide their own laptop computer
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

*Please note: Classes may be canceled due to holidays, conflicting events, or lack of an instructor.  Please call to confirm dates.


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Intensive Live Sound Series: The Gear, The Mix, The Sound Check, and The Show

Become a live sound engineer! This four-session intensive class covers all you’ll need to know about the gear, mixing styles, sound check, and the show to get you on your way to running live sound at concerts!

  • Intensive Live Sound Series occurs once per quarter. Series consists of 4 class sessions.
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Class Size: Minimum 2 Maximum 12
  • Cost: $250 ($200 for members and students), which can be paid online (below) via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for class dates and registration

After you complete the sound series, you will receive a graduation certificate and will be qualified to start the interview process to become a sound engineer at Vera or elsewhere!


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Screen Print Summer Workshop 1: Non-Digital Techniques

Explore stenciling methods and techniques using drawing fluid, screen filler, rubylith, and more!

  • Prerequisites: Intro to Vera’s Screen Print Studio
  • Class Size: Maximum 5
  • Cost: $75 ($50 for members and students), which can be paid through the website, via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

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Screen Print Summer Workshop 2: Basics of Color Theory

Print the rainbow! Topics covered include color mixing, ink modifications, over/under printing, color trapping, and more.

  • Prerequisites: Intro to Vera’s Screen Print Studio
  • Class Size: Maximum 5
  • Cost: $75 ($50 for members and students), which can be paid through the website, via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

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Screen Print Summer Workshop 3: Multicolor Garment Printing

Learn how to print a multicolor shirt! This course covers everything from preparing artwork and screens to registration and printing.

  • Prerequisites: Intro to Vera’s Screen Print Studio
  • Class Size: Maximum 5
  • Cost: $75 ($50 for members and students), which can be paid through the website, via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

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Audio Summer Workshop 1: Drum Tuning

Get the most out of your drum kit! Beginning with basic drum components—shell, heads, hoops & hardware—students will gain hand-on experience assembling and tuning drums from scratch.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class Size: Maximum 8
  • Cost: $75 ($60 for members and students), which can be paid through the website, via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

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Audio Summer Workshop 1: Basics of Mulitrack Recording

Get a step-by-step walkthrough of a digital multitrack recording session in Vera’s recording studio! Working with multi-instrumentalist & songwriter Jake Jones, students will be introduced to headphone ‘cue mixes’, basic signal flow and studio etiquette.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class Size: Maximum 8
  • Cost: $75 ($50 for members), which can be paid through the website, via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

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