04 April

Molten Metals, April 8-9

Instructor: Nell Fredericksen

Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 8-9, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $120.00 / Non Member $150.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) Approx. $100

Class Description: Ever wonder how you can create your own complex cast metal pieces for you jewelry creations? Learn simple casting techniques such as drop, charcoal, cuttlebone, and broomstraw casting in this unique class by heating metal to a liquid state and pouring it into molds. Interesting forms will be chosen from among practice pieces to create several finished pieces.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 6

About the Instructor: Nell Fredericksen took time off between a MS in Zoology and beginning a PhD program and took classes in pottery, stained glass and metalsmithing. When her PhD funding fell through, she turned to the arts and as a result has been a professional artist and fine art jeweler for over 28 years.  She is an Artisan Center of VA Juried Master Artisan.  She has never lost the fascination and wonder she feels in connection with nature and her work is very organic and reflects the natural world.  Nell works primarily in gold and has a high level of expertise in many traditional metalsmithing techniques. Learn More about the Instructor at: http://www.nellfredericksen.com/mm5/merchant.mvc

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Simple Fermentation, April 8

Instructor: Rebecca Shannon

Date: Saturday, April 8, 1-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $22.00 / Non Member $27.50

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $15

Class Description: Make your own sauerkraut, kimchi, crock pickle, hot sauce or other fermented delight. Learn the basics of this age-old method of food preservation. Class is hands-on and participants will make and take home their own fermentation jar. Please wear comfortable closed toe shoes. An apron is suggested but optional. Class size is limited so please register early.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Rebecca Shannon started out as a dishwasher and somehow ended up a chef. She is an instructor of home food preservation and culinary arts, and a Slow Food member. Rebecca is certified through Virginia Tech in Canned Foods, Principles of Thermal Process Control, Acidification, and Container Closure. In addition to holding a degree in Graphic Design she is an avid gardener and is busy growing her 2 acres in the southwest Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains into a productive small holding.

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Beginning Blacksmithing, April 8-9

Instructor: Dillard Fraizer

Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 8-9, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20

Class Description: This beginning blacksmithing class will introduce students to the equipment, tools and safety precautions involved in the use of the blacksmith’s forge. Once familiar with the tools of the trade, the class will practice fundamental blacksmithing techniques while learning to make basic hooks, tools and decorative flares. Students are asked to bring their own safety glasses and to wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Aprons and gloves are optional.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Dillard Frazier lives in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Dillard and his then wife Pam, began Heritage Arts, a family organization with the goal of preserving the arts of their Appalachian area and heritage. They have made it their goal to be the reservoirs and transmitters of as much of the traditional Appalachian arts and crafts as possible.

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Intermediate Ceramics: Back on the Wheel, April 10 – May 16

Instructor: Abby Reczek

Date: Mondays & Tuesdays, April 10 – May 16, 5-7pm

Tuition: Jax Member $162.00 / Non Member $195.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $50

Class Description: This 6-week long, Monday and Tuesday evening workshop will be a perfect way to get out of house and fix the winter cabin fever. If you’ve tried the wheel and you’re ready to learn more, this workshop is for you. We will focus on developing throwing skills to creat more complex and larger pots. We will practice throwing, measuring and envisioning these pots in our home or as gifts for friends and family. We’ll explore how the wheel and our imagination create the pots that we want to make and use. Join us, have some fun and further develop your wheel throwing skills.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor: Abby Reczek graduate from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She is originally from this area of Pennsylvania, but her love of pottery has brought her down to Virginia. Following graduation she started a 10 month long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA where she learned extensively about wood firing. While at Cub Creek she learned more about the town of Floyd, its rich art culture, and the apprenticeship opportunities. Abby was awarded the position of apprentice to Silvie Granatelli and has been working with her since September of 2013. She has also been lucky enough to be working with someone who uses carving as a decoration technique because it has allowed her to begin refining the skill that she had started experimenting with at Cub Creek. Abby will be working with Silvie until the fall of 2015. Abby’s work is largely based off things she sees in nature and reinterprets through line drawings which she carves onto her pieces. The pieces are made of porcelain and are fired in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere.

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Nut Butters, April 22

Instructor: Rebecca Shannon

Date: Saturday , April 22, 1-4pm

Tuition: Jax Member $16.50 / Non Member $20

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $5

Class Description: Learn how to make tasty and nutritious homemade nut butters. Create flavors with the additions you choose and none of the additives you don’t want. Class is hands on. Participants will prepare, pack, process, and take home a jar of nut butter. Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. An apron is suggested but optional. This workshop will be held at Plenty! in Floyd VA in their downstairs kitchen area.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Rebecca Shannon started out as a dishwasher and somehow ended up a chef. She is an instructor of home food preservation and culinary arts, and a Slow Food member. Rebecca is certified through Virginia Tech in Canned Foods, Principles of Thermal Process Control, Acidification, and Container Closure. In addition to holding a degree in Graphic Design she is an avid gardener and is busy growing her 2 acres in the southwest Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains into a productive small holding.

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Polymer Clay Series: Canes and Beads, April 22

Instructor: Teri Walters

Date: Saturday, April 22, 10am-4pm

Tuition: Jax Member $33.00 / Non Member $41.00

Material Fee: Materials will need to be purchased in advance by students (see below for details)

Class Description: Spend some time really getting to know some polymer clay caning techniques with Teri Walters. She’ll show you basic canning and nurture your creative ideas by helping you customize your own canes. “But what do you do with canes?” you ask. Well, you share them off course! You and your classmates will all share the canes you’ve designed and made to create beautiful beads at the end of the day. The beads can then be simply strung to create colorful necklaces and bracelets.

Materials: Materials will need to be purchased in advance by students (this is a change from our original posting). Teri uses Premo brand of clay, if you purchase Premo brand, then we are able to swap out colors and/or canes with each other, it also means that everyone’s projects will cure in the oven at the same temperature. That makes life easier also. A good place to purchase Premo brand of polymer clay is Michaels Craft Stores.

Clay Needed:

1 two ounce block of either white or pearl (do not purchase any translucent clay, which you may mistaken for white)

3 or 4 two ounce blocks of your choice in colors  (try to have at least one dark and one light color for contrast, and the other color(s) are your choice) ; ( 3 block of colors is plenty, but if you want more colors, then bring in 4 blocks)

Teri will have some extra Premo brand clay and some other supplies on hand that you may be interested in purchasing to complete your project.  Just in case you need something, you may want to bring $2 to $3 for that.

Teri is looking forward to meeting you and working with you and watching you enjoy yourself, in what I am sure, will be a fun day at the Floyd Center for the Arts and with polymer clay!  See ya soon!

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

 About the Instructor: Teri Walters was introduced to polymer clay in 1999 and quickly became a “polyholic”. Since then, her artwork has taken her to many different places. She has been featured on local television, has won 1st and 3rd places in Polymer Cafe magazine for her work in millefiori caning and mixed media work, featured in newspapers, participated in various exhibits, has her creations in retail stores, and can be found at local craft shows selling and teaching in her booth. Teri has a great desire to teach and thoroughly enjoys passing on her knowledge and experiences in polymer clay to all those desiring to learn.

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Beginning Basketry: Melon Style Basket, April 26-28

Instructor: Kathy Dulaney

Date: Wednesday-Friday, April 26-28, 2-4pm

Tuition: Jax Member $33.00 / Non Member $41.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10

Class Description: Do you decorate with baskets? Collect them? How about use them? You can learn to make your own in this introductory basket weaving class. Each student in Kathy Dulaney’s Basket Weaving Class will weave an eight inch melon basket. Each participant will come away with information on Appalachian Baskets, their origins, and uses. Information will be provided on how to order supplies for future baskets.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: A native of Floyd County, Kathy Dulaney has been weaving baskets and teaching classes for 25 years. Weaving mostly older Appalachian style baskets, she strives to keep the tradition alive by teaching younger folks the art. If you make a basket in one of her classes you can be sure that it will be something you can use. Each basket was designed for a specific purpose and Kathy stresses the usefulness of each in her classes.

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Expressive Watercolor Portraits, March 31 – April 2

Instructor: Suzanne Davis Ross, WHS

Date: Friday – Sunday, March 31 – April 2, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $132.00 / Non Member $165

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $0

Class Description: Develop confidence and spontaneity with Watercolor using your own photos of people of all ages and walks of life. Watercolor artist Suzanne Ross will lead you through this class utilizing transparent watercolors, which provides a slow glazing way of building a satisfying portraiture. Previous experience with watercolor is necessary. Supply list will be given when the class minimum is met.  Instruction time will end at 4pm each day, with the last hour being students’ choice of continuing to work, clean up or head out early.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 6, Maximum Enrollment: 16

About the Instructor: Suzanne Davis Ross, WHS is a teacher at the Brambleton Center and is from Franklin County VA. She is a member of the Virginia Watercolor Society.

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Make Your Own Pinhole Camera and Use it!, April 29-30

Instructor: Jeff Liverman & Leia Wood

Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 29-30, 10am-2pm

Tuition: Jax Member $25.00 / Non Member $30.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $0

Class Description: In celebration of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, April 30, 2017, we are offering this low cost workshop on how to build your own pinhole camera and how to use it. Russ Young, local photographer and expert in lensless photography, will be a guest in the workshop too. He is our 2017 Featured Artist and is curating a photography exhibition in August through September. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from the best! You will build your camera on Saturday and have instruction on how to use it before you leave. Then, you’ll be asked to go take your photo on Sunday morning and return to the center to develop it on Sunday afternoon. ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED!

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 20

About the Instructor:

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Lampworking for Everyone, April 29-30

Instructor: Emilio Santini

Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 29-30, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member 185.00 / Non Member 225.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $0

Class Description: This class will explore various Venetian techniques at the torch; from basic figure making to basic point pulling, from small glass animals to hollow sculpting. Demos on those and other techniques will increase your knowledge and skill at the torch. Bring ideas and desires to create and will do my best to help you materialise them. Class open to students at all levels. ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED!

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 7

About the Instructor: Emilio Santini was born in Murano, Italy, into a family with 600 years of glassblowing tradition. He currently resides in Williamsburg, VA. He has recently begun to combine his flameworking talent with furnace blown and cast work. He has taught extensively in this country’s major glass schools and is a popular instructor for both beginning and highly skilled students.

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Price: from $185.00

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