2018 Classes

Beginning Metalsmithing, March 3 – 4, 2018

Instructor: Nell Fredericksen

Date: Saturday & Sunday, March 3 – 4, 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 $25‐50 of copper and silver sheet and wire.

Class Description: Students will be introduced to many techniques that will allow them to manipulate metal to create jewelry and/or small sculptural objects. This is a highly technical discipline, and as such, mastering individual techniques will be emphasized and applied to two specific projects. In addition, each student will be encouraged to use principles of basic design and personal expressiveness to produce unique, functional and sculptural pieces.
Course objectives:
1‐ To provide knowledge of and insight into contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing practices. The basic techniques of sawing, filing, soldering, surface texture (stamping, hammering, heat textures, overlay and solder inlay), and simple fold forming/bending will be covered and applied to individual unique design ideas.
2‐ To begin to conceptualize in the third dimension and/or translate two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional forms. Each piece designed will have height, width, and depth and still be “wearable”.
3‐ To become familiar with contemporary styles and design trends in metalsmithing by looking at the work of many artists working in the field.
4‐ To develop observation, critical thinking and problem solving skills as they apply to wearable art.
On the development of skills: Jewelry and fine metal work is essentially sculpture. However, there are two important differences: scale and function. You need to think of your designs as sculptural, but at the same time they must be functional (wearable) and small in scale. With that in mind, the designs you pursue in this class should go way beyond what we typically see in mass-produced jewelry – the idea here is to be fresh and innovative. Practice of the techniques is imperative (especially when working with silver). Paper models and copper prototypes are helpful. Unlike painting or drawing, there is very little opportunity for redo’s in metal. Every step of metal work is semi‐permanent. It is very difficult to change a design or erase aspects once it has been partially executed in metal. So much of metalsmithing is centered on hand skills and tool application and thus these will be emphasized. However, I do not want to let that overshadow the importance of the conceptual aspects of the work. Keep in mind that your design concepts can be social, political, global, or personal and I hope that in teaching you the techniques I can strengthen your aesthetics and concepts.

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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Beginning Ceramics, March 5 – 27, 2018

Instructor: Cory Potrafka

Date: Mondays & Tuesdays, March 5 – 27, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 

Tuition: Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20.00

Class Description: All levels welcome at this workshop that will focus on beginning throwing skills. We will practice throwing, trimming the foot, and adding additions such as handles and knobs. We’ll explore techniques, handtools and how the wheel and our imagination create the pots that we want to make and use. Join us, have some fun and try your hand at something new! 

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 6

About the Instructor: Cory Potrafka is a second generation potter who now resides in Meadows of Dan, VA. In the summer of 2016 he volunteered to become the Center’s Ceramic Studio Manager. He now works for the Center where he continues to manage the clay studio, covers graphical needs and website developement, and helps organize all of the special events and classes.  On his off days from the Center he is the production potter at the Phelps Studio.  Cory also manages the Friday Night Artisan Market in Downtown Floyd. Learn more at http://www.potrafkapottery.com

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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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Plein Air Workshop, August 18 – 19, 2018

Instructor: Joli Ayn Wood

Date: Saturday & Sunday, August 18 – 19, 2018, 9am – 5pm

Tuition: Member $104.00 / Non Member $130.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $0.00 A list of supplies needed will be provided

Class Description: Regional oil plein air painter Joli Ayn Wood will demonstrate her plein air techniques for capturing scenes quickly, including choosing a strong composition, representing values correctly, light study, and managing your time and the elements. While Joli will share her recommended materials list prior to the class, you may bring materials in the medium with which you are accustomed to working, as well as an easel (and chair, if needed) that can be used out of doors. A limited number of plein air easels are available for loan on a first come basis. Prerequisites: This class is directed towards painters/artists who have been wanting to try painting out of doors. The techniques being taught are most appropriate to work in acrylics and oils, however all media is encouraged. Participants should bring materials with which they feel comfortable working. A materials list will be sent to students closer to date.  First day meets at the Floyd Center for the Arts, second day meets on-site at 8:30 am, site to be determined.

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

Minimum Enrollment: 5, Maximum Enrollment: 15

About the Instructor: Joli Ayn Wood graduated from Westhampton College, University of Richmond, in 1991 with a BA degree in Art History and concentrations in Studio Art, Ancient Art, and Archaeology. During her time at Westhampton, she was fortunate to study under New York artist Ephraim Rubenstein, who emphasized the painting methods of the late Charles Hawthorne and the Cape Cod School. Joli moved to the rolling hills of Floyd, VA in 2008 and devotes her free time and weekends to painting, both in the studio and out of doors on location. Her favorite subjects include the mountains and rural landscapes of Southwestern Virginia, painting en plein air, the rugged coastlines of New England, as well as the striking Desert of the Southwest. While painting on location, her passion is to capture value, shape, color, and light quickly – most times within a couple of hours. Joli finds inspiration in the luminous works of Fitz Henry Lane and the abstract modernity of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings, as well as contemporary plein air painters of California and the West. Joli is a founding member of Giles Arts Council, advises on the board of The Floyd Center for the Arts in Floyd, VA, and her studio is a noted stop on the Floyd Artisan Trail in Southwest VA. She participates in various Virginia regional art shows, festivals, and fundraisers, and her art is featured regularly at various galleries around the region. Joli’s recently been concentrating on private commissions, art instruction, and greeting patrons in her NEW studio on 221 North in Floyd. Highlighted in the February 2008 issue of New River Valley Magazine, her works are included in many private collections around the region and abroad.

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Beginners Hoop Class , March 8 – April 12, 2018

Instructor: Maria Ekaterina

Date: Thursdays, March 8 -April 12, 5pm – 7pm

Tuition: Member $66.00 / Non Member $82.50

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $25 for hoop

Class Description: All levels are welcome to participate in this workshop. Have you never picked up a hula hoop in your life? No worries, this is a judgement free zone where the focus is for us to learn together, based on your individual learning style. We will start each class by stretching with our circle for 10-15 minutes before we get into the fun part. I will provide music throughout our classes, but students are welcomed to send me their tunes for us to play during our practices as well. Through out the 6 weeks our focus will start with getting to know our hoop to learning tricks on certain parts of your body. Starting with your waist we will spend a good amount of time keeping the hoop around our hips. From there we will learn transition, arm hooping, hand hooping, tosses, chest rolls and so much more!

Minimum Age: All ages

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 7

About the Instructor: Maria’s passion for hula hoops started in 2013 while she was attending the Art Institute of Minneapolis and met a friend who passed on her first hoop to her. She practiced every single day for months, just keeping it around her waist for the most part. From hooping in parking garages and small living room corners she blossomed into performing on stage with artist like “Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band”, “Big Something” and “Michael Franti and Spearhead”. Maria has found a phenomenal way to combine her love for movement, music and creativity into one, while keeping herself in shape, and she would love to share her passion with others.

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Intermediate Hoop Class , March 8 – April 12, 2018

Instructor: Maria Ekaterina

Date: Thursdays, March 8 -April 12, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Tuition: Member $66.00 / Non Member $82.50

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $0 Students should bring their own hoop.

Class Description: This class is open to those who have found their love for hooping and want to progress further in their journey. We will start our class with a fun and energetic warm up before getting into a few hoop tech moves of the day. Each class will be broken down into segments which include stretching, partner hooping, 3 tricks of the day, small free flow session and quick Q&A before each class ends. We will be covering Isolations, one leg hoop tricks, smooth transitions, chest rolls, escalator, coin flip and so much more, while getting funky to some great tunes. I invite you to bring your own music to share with the class.

Minimum Age: All ages having some basic hoop skills already mastered

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 5

About the Instructor: Maria’s passion for hula hoops started in 2013 while she was attending the Art Institute of Minneapolis and met a friend who passed on her first hoop to her. She practiced every single day for months, just keeping it around her waist for the most part. From hooping in parking garages and small living room corners she blossomed into performing on stage with artist like “Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band”, “Big Something” and “Michael Franti and Spearhead”. Maria has found a phenomenal way to combine her love for movement, music and creativity into one, while keeping herself in shape, and she would love to share her passion with others.

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Beeswax Batik Basics, March 15 – April 5, 2018

Instructor:  Becky Lattuca

Date: Thursdays, March 15 – April 5, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Tuition: Member $66.00 / Non-Member $82.50

Material Fee: $20 (Payable to Instructor, Due at Beginning of First Class)

Class Description:  Participants will use melted wax and fabric dyes to create a colorful and unique wall hanging, ready to hang. This class will focus on how to safely work with hot wax, the types of fabrics to use, proper blend of paraffin and beeswax needed to achieve the characteristic crackle effect of batik and the proper mixing and process for using Procion dyes on plant-based natural fibers. We will focus on the traditional immersion process of batik – after each wax layer, each piece will be fully submerged in the next color dye bath, producing yet another color (example – if the first dye bath is red, then the piece is submerged into a blue dye bath, the resulting color will be purple, not blue).  Bring a drawing you would like to use, create an abstract design, or choose from several drawings, patterns and/or coloring books provided by the instructor. Drawing should be simple, not overly intricate. Children’s coloring book images work well.

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

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor:  Becky tried batik in a high school art class and picked it up again several years later. Through books, batik supply ‘help lines’ and a whole lot of trial and error, she is a self-taught batik artist, specializing in vibrantly colored batik clothing and wall-hangings. 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 more professionally in 2007. According to Becky, batik can be a real lesson in letting go of preconceived notions and learning to improvise.  “There is no erasing when working with melted wax, bringing a very literal meaning to the phrase ‘go with the flow’!” -Becky Lattuca, Artist/Owner of Blue Ridge Batik

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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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Leather Flower Hat: Millinery Workshop, March 24-25, 2018

Instructor: Jan Wutkowski

Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, 2018, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $120.00 / Non Member $150.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $50

Class Description: Learn to create sweet but dramatic leather flowers that will be used to fashion a small Spring hat. Leather is a very contemporary material in hat-making and these easy to make flowers will be hand-stitched to a straw base; the hat will be further embellished with a combination of ribbon, veiling and feathers. Shading and mark-making on leather will create realism to the flowers. No special tools are needed to make these flowers and no millinery experience is needed. These leather flowers can also be used on garments and in home decor. Come try your hand at creating a unique Spring hat using fine leathers and straw. Students bring: basic sewing kit with sharp craft scissors, variety of needles, tape measure, basic thread colors, bead-head pins (long), foam brush; embellishments like ribbon, veiling, ribbon; apron

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

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 10

About the Instructor: Jan Wutkowski has been creating custom-made hats in the United States since 1996. She studied the millinery arts at the Melbourne (Australia) School of Millinery in 1995. She has been heavily involved in teaching the millinery arts throughout the United States, England, and Australia, since 1998. Learn More about the Instructor at: http://www.hatshatshats.com/index.htm

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