Arizona Opera’s Marlu Allan and Scott Stallard Costume Artisan Workshop team is offering the public a creative outlet with its summer costume shop masterclasses.
The virtual series allows attendees to learn "tricks and tips" from Arizona Opera’s professional costume artisans, without leaving their homes, according to a press release, calling the masterclasses a “fun summer learning activity for children, young adults and adults alike.”
The quantity of included supplies varies per class and supply kits can be picked up at the Arizona Opera office building or mailed to participants for an additional fee. Class fees range from $10-$35 and supply kits are available for purchase and range from $15-$75, the release said.
A link for the live Zoom class will be emailed a few days prior to the class, noted the release, adding all attendees will receive a link for the recorded class within three to five days after the live date.
The summer class line-up includes:
• Intro to Shibori Dying
Noon – 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 21
Arizona Opera’s Painter Dyer, Shelby Joiner will lead attendees through the Shibori dying process— a Japanese dyeing technique that involves folding, twisting, banding and tying fabric with indigo dye (appropriate for ages 13 and up).
• Fabric Painting a Tote Bag
1 – 3 p.m., Friday, July 23
Led by Shelby Joiner, attendees will learn the process of hand painting and spraying a tote bag to create a watercolor technique. Geared toward children ages 5 and up.
• Tailoring Your Own Clothes
Noon – 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11
Arizona Opera’s Costume Shop Manager Kathleen Trott and Master Stitcher Becky Giblin will lead attendees through the process of fitting, pinning, and altering clothes. Attendees will also be eligible for a 20-minute wardrobe consultation with Kathleen and Becky at a later date (appropriate for ages 13 and up).
• Intro to Jewelry
Noon – 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25
Join Kathleen Trott in a 3-hour class that will teach attendees the process of stringing and joining beads and gems to create vintage style jewelry. Kathleen will also introduce some processes for antiquing jewelry (appropriate for ages 13 and up).
Arizona Opera, entering its 50th season in the fall of 2021, produces fully-staged operas, concerts, and collaborative programs statewide each season, and is among a handful of companies in the U.S. that regularly performs in more than one city, the release said.
Elevating “the transformative power of storytelling through music, cultivating community and strengthening a state and people as adventurous and diverse as the place they call home,” since its inaugural year in 1971, Arizona Opera has produced more than 200 fully-staged operas and concerts from traditional repertoire featuring baroque, bel canto, and verismo works, to turn-of-the-century masterpieces, operettas, and American operas.
For more information and to purchase classes, visit tickets.azopera.org