Masterclass Application


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Fall 2019 Ceramics


Masterclass at Opalka is a FREE, advanced art class for select high school students offered by Opalka Gallery and the Russell Sage College Art + Design Department. Each Masterclass will focus on a subject related to an exhibition on view at the gallery and will be taught by a Sage professor. Artwork from the Masterclass will be exhibited at the Little Gallery on campus and may travel to regional high schools, corporate and government headquarters.

This fall’s Masterclass is an intensive 4-week, Saturday course that will introduce students to the basic elements and methods present in the construction of ceramic works of art including both functional and sculptural processes. Exploration in contemporary art practices and experimentation with outside materials are encouraged and expected. Taught by Sage Art + Design professor, William Fillmore, this Masterclass will provide hands-on instruction related to ceramics, while also teaching students how to install their work and participate in college-level critiques. Students will also be given a Director’s tour of the CHEW: Food as Muse exhibition at Opalka Gallery, opening November 1.

When & Where

Russell Sage College, 140 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY
Classes – Ceramics Studio: SATURDAYS, 10am – 2pm, November 2nd to November 23rd (4 sessions)
Exhibition Tour – Opalka Gallery: THURSDAY, November 14th, 5:30pm
Masterclass Exhibition Opening Reception – Little Gallery: FRIDAY, December 6, 5-7pm


Capital Region high school students in grades 10, 11 or 12 may apply. Up to 10 students will be selected based on interest, merit and school. Students interested in ceramics, looking to build their portfolios, headed to or curious about applying to art school, or interested in experimenting with a new medium are encouraged to apply.


It’s easy! Simply submit:

  • a letter of interest (include: name, contact info, the name of your high school, current grade)
  • one letter of recommendation from a current or past teacher, and
  • 2-3 samples of personal, visual artwork. Your samples do not have to be ceramics-based. Send photos or a scanned image of any artwork you have created that represents your skills and interests.
  • Deadline: Friday, October 25 at 11:59pm. Submissions must be filled out using the form below or emailed to Judie Gilmore, Director, Opalka Gallery: [email protected]. Contact Judie with any questions.


    Letters of Interest and Recommendation must be in .doc or .pdf file format with a file size of less than 1MB each.

    Please submit at least two work samples with a file size of less than 20MB each. Acceptable file formats: .jpg, .pdf, .png, .gif, .tiff