04 April

Beginning Blacksmithing – All Fired Up, April 14 – 15, 2018

Instructor: Bryan Fritts

Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 14 – 15, 2018, 9am – 5pm

Tuition: Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20.00

Class Description: This class will introduce students to tools found in the shop the anvil, forge and hammer. How to light and maintain a fire. Once familiar with the tools of the trade we will practice fundamental techniques such as drawing out, upsetting, tapers, twists and punching holes. All done while learning proper stance, hammer control and safety in the shop. Students will make nails, hooks, fire pokers and other useful items and learn how to apply finishes to these items. Students are asked to bring safety glasses, and hearing protections closed toe shoes are required also their favorite hammer if they have one. Gloves and aprons are optional. If you are enthusiastic, comfortable working with your hands, and willing to work hard, you qualify.

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

Minimum Enrollment: 5, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Bryan Fritts has been blacksmithing since 1997, and is Manley Brown’s ( blacksmith in Lexington VA ) last living apprentice . He has worked in the blacksmith shop as an historic interpreter at Virginia Explore Park and does public demonstration’s at fall festivals across southern VA. Bryan is both self taught and has taken classes at John C Campbell Folk School. He has also attended numerous blacksmithing workshops sponsored by the guilds located in the area. He is a member of ABANA and the Old Dominion Blacksmith’s Association. Bryan states “I love working with iron and non-ferrous metals. I also do fabrication and welding and upcycled / repurposed art from junk. I live in Blue Ridge VA with my wife Becky and have four children and four grandchildren.”

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Barn Quilt Painting, April 7, 2018

Instructor: Bonnie Shropshire

Date: Saturday, April 7 2018, 9am – 5pm

Tuition: Member $44.00 / Non Member $55.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) 2×2- $150, 3×3- $175, 4×4- $200 and a $25 late fee if the student is within 7 days

Class Description: Barn quilts can be painted and mounted on any structure, not just barns. Many chose to use the designs as art to decorate the interior of their homes. Locally, barn quilt designs are found on anything from barns, to sides of houses, above fireplaces, and even on the side of metal storage buildings. A website with hundreds of designs to choose from will be given when you sign up for the class.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 6, Maximum Enrollment: 14

About the Instructor: Bonnie Shropshire, Artist/Designer – After retiring in 2004 after 25 years as a paralegal, Bonnie fulfilled a longtime dream to finish college. She enrolled as a full time student at Surry Community College where she earned her degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. Bonnie is also a designer for OESD/Bernina. She currently has four sets of embroidery designs on the market, including: Feather Beauties and Floral Beauties among others which are based on her very detailed pencil drawings. Bonnie Shropshire is passionate about art and quilting. An artist her entire life and quilter for more than 29 years, she wanted to combine quilting and art in a way that everyone could participate, even if they have no background in art or quilting. As a Quilting Instructor for Surry Community College, she became familiar with barn quilts when she and the Surry Quilter’s Guild traveled to Ohio and visited a Mennonite relief auction in August a couple of years ago. She saw so many beautiful designs on the local barns and houses it inspired her to combine both of her loves, quilting and art, into one form. Bonnie enjoys meeting with fellow quilters, teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds where she shares her ideas and continues to learn new things from other quilters and artist. When not traveling and teaching, she spends her time developing new quilt patterns for Hoffman’s of California fabric company and enjoying the peace and quite of her studio on their farm just outside of Dobson, North Carolina. She and her husband of 45 years, Jerry, are the proud parents of two grown sons, Marty and Anthony. They have two grandsons, Dawson and Aiden, who live next door to them and have easy access to “Big Nanny’s” cooking and spoiling. They round out their household with Sophia, a golden retriever and four cats, Sylvester, Amy, Misty and PJ.

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Simple Stone Setting, April 7 – 8, 2018

Instructor: Nell Fredericksen

Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 7 – 8, 2018, 9am – 5pm

Tuition: Member $120.00 / Non Member $150.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10 base fee plus additional fee for the exact materials used (copper and sterling silver). Typically students make use of about $100 worth of materials.

Class Description: Students with some metalsmithing experience will advance their skills while making bezel settings for stones to incorporate into a ring project. This is a great addition to your metalsmithing knowledge and will allow you to elevate your jewelry creations. Focus will be on precision and advanced soldering and surface embellishment techniques.

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

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 6

About the Instructor: Nell Fredericksen 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 a fascination and wonder 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

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Forged & Fabricated – Repurposed With a Purpose, April 28 – 29, 2018

Instructor: Bryan Fritts

Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 28 – 29, 9am – 5pm 

Tuition: Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20.00

Class Description: This blacksmithing workshop is all about re-purposed, recycled objects for your garden or home. Students will review the equipment, tools and safety precautions involved in the use of the blacksmith’s forge. The class will practice fundamental blacksmithing techniques while getting creative with more than just steel rod. If you have old tools or junk lying around bring it. Students are asked to bring their own safety glasses and to wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Aprons and gloves are optional. Forge and fabricate and form critters from mild steel. Whether it walks, flies, swims or slithers, you can create it in realistic or expressive style. This is a fun and challenging class for all levels. If you are enthusiastic, comfortable working with your hands, and willing to work hard, you qualify.

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

Minimum Enrollment: 5, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Bryan Fritts has been blacksmithing since 1997, and is Manley Brown’s ( blacksmith in Lexington VA ) last living apprentice. He has worked in the blacksmith shop as an historic interpreter at Virginia Explore Park and does public demonstration’s at fall festivals across southern VA. Bryan is both self taught and has taken classes at John C Campbell Folk School. He has also attended numerous blacksmithing workshops sponsored by the guilds located in the area. He is a member of ABANA and the Old Dominion Blacksmith’s Association. Bryan states “I love working with iron and non-ferrous metals. I also do fabrication and welding and upcycled / repurposed art from junk. I live in Blue Ridge VA with my wife Becky and have four children and four grandchildren.”

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Introduction to Ice Dyeing with Becky Lattuca

Instructor: Becky Lattuca

Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 28 – 29, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Tuition: Jax Member $33.00 / Non Member $41.25

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) Varies – $10 – $20

Class Description: Learn to use powdered dyes with ice to create unique, one of a kind patterns and color combinations on cotton and/or rayon fabric.  Participants will have the opportunity to dye multiple pieces.  Fabrics can be used for quilting, clothing, wall hanging backdrops and anything else you may want uniquely dyed fabric for!

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with responsible adult/special permission from instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 10

About the Instructor: Becky is a self-taught batik artist, specializing in vibrantly colored clothing and wall-hangings.  She recently began to combine ice and snow dyeing techniques with her fabric dyeing, creating unique,  multi-colored pieces with a water-color like effect.  She has sold her work at craft fairs and small shops since the early 1990s, and after years of practicing on friends, she started teaching batik and fabric dyeing more professionally in 2007.

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