2015 Workshop Schedule Coming Soon! 

Figurative Impulse Clay and Metal

August 4 - 8 

9:30 am to 4:30 pm 

Instructor: Craig Usher 

Rate $550

Level: Intermediate

Age: 18+ 

This new 5-day workshop will focus on fabricating steel figures. Students will explore the figure by drawing and making small sculptures from models.  Then, students will introduce basic metal working techniques like welding or forging into their figurative work to create steel sculptures based on their studies. Time will be divided between clay modeling, drawing, and the welding bay. Experience with drawing and modeling from the figure, as well as welding and forging is helpful, but not necessary.

Students must wear closed-toe shoes, long sleeve cotton shirts, and thick cotton or denim long pants. Students are encouraged to bring along their sketchbooks and drawing supplies.

The Art of Handmade Paper 

August 8 - 10

9:30 am to 4:30 pm 

Instructor: Elizabeth Coyne

Rate $175

Age: 14+ *

Level: Beginner - Advanced

This 3-day workshop will focus on basic paper making techniques. Each student will make his or her own papermaking mold and will experiment with re- purposing paper and old books to create new sheets of paper. Students will also have the opportunity to learn fiber preparation, pigmenting pulp, forming techniques, and embedding flat objects into the paper’s surface.


Silk-Screen Workshop

Incorporating Used Books

August 16 - 17

9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Instructor: Chase Winkler

Rate $150

Level: Beginner - Advanced

Age: 14+ *

This 2-day silk screen workshop has an emphasis on printing with paper, using found text and images from books. This workshop is scheduled between paper-making and book binding so that students can add content to their art books.

Polymer Bead Making

August 16 - 17

9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Instructor: Kay Christy

Rate $150

Level: Beginner - Intermediate

Age: 14+ *

Learn the art and technique of millefiori cane building using polymer clays to make unique beads. This age-old technique was originally used in a hot-glass process called “caning” for creating design and pattern most notably recognized in the Venetian glass-making tradition. Using a similar approach, the process has been adapted for use with polymer clays to create patterns and design for use in jewelry and small-object making. This modeling medium hardens at low temperature in a standard oven and can be formed with simple tools, making it not only versatile but accessible.


Bookmaking Intensive

August 18 - 22

9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Instructor: Nate Lewis

Rate $350

Level: Beginner - Advanced

Age: 14+ *

This 5-day workshop will focus on every step of creating handmade sketchbooks. Students will learn paper making and book binding. The first half of the week will be used for sheet formation. Once the paper is dry, participants will learn several ways to bind a journal or book using handmade paper. Old books will also be available to add to the rag pulp or used in the bookbinding.

Wet Into Wet Watercolor

August 22 - 23 

9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Instructor: Tony Conner

Rate $150

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Age: 14+ *

This 2-day workshop will focus on the “wet into wet” watercolor technique. Students will focus on this special technique to produce paintings that are loose and flowing. Over the course of two days, students will have the opportunity to employ this technique in both representational and abstract paintings.

This class is meant for those with at least a bit of experience with watercolor and some basic drawing skills as well.


Found and Rebound: Book-Binding

August 23 - 24

9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Instructor: Kristen Tordella-Williams

Rate $125

Level: Beginner - Advanced

Age: 14+

This 2-day workshop will focus on an overview of book binding. Students will be introduced to the Coptic-stitch binding and will have the opportunity to experiment with their own designs. Taking full advantage of the Pember Library’s donation of hundreds of used books, students will experiment with many kinds of book binding.

 

Intermediate Blacksmithing

August 23 - 24 

9:30 am to 4:30 pm, 

Instructor: Ron Bakerian

Rate $175

Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Age: 18+ 

This 2-day intermediate-level workshop will continue to build on students’ skills and offer opportunities to explore joinery, and forge welding, as well as creating decorative elements such as twists, scroll work, and leafing. Participants are encouraged to develop individual projects of their own design.

For more advanced projects, please contact Ron Bakerian through the SAW office to ensure projects are feasible in time allowed.