Catalog of Classes

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop with David M. Kessler

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, June 20, 21 & 22 9am-5pm

Tuition: Member $264.00 / Non Member $330.00

Materials list will be provided

Workshop Description from the Instructor:

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover:

  • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning
  • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint
  • How to paint from your heart, not your head
  • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud”
  • Art business information
  • And much more!

This workshop is not only about painting abstract compositions, but also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting in their studios.

This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, pastel and oil are welcome.

Minimum Age: 18 or with special permission from Instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 10, Maximum Enrollment: 25

About the Instructor:

David M. Kessler is a nationally recognized abstract painter, workshop painting instructor, author and juror dedicated to helping people become better painters, period. Through live workshops, books, videos and online training programs he helps painters, both amateur and professional alike, to loosen up their painting style, understand art design fundamentals and discover the joy and freedom of abstract painting. Painting that comes from the heart, not the head. He is the author of Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workbook, and founder of Abstract Painting Academy, Design Fundamentals for the Artist, Abstract Painting Insider and Art Biz 101. His paintings can be found in corporate collections in North Carolina and private collections worldwide. He works out of his studio in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Website: https://www.davidmkessler.com

YouTube Videos: https://youtube.com/DavidMKesslerFineArt

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Wine Bottle Cutting and Creating with Chris Frazier

Date: Saturday, March 16th, 2019, 12-5pm

Tuition: Member $38.00 / Non Member $47.50

Material Fee: $20.00, Payable to Instructor at Beginning of Class

Class Description from the Instructor-  “This is a Saturday afternoon workshop that will make for a relaxing and enjoyable day learning how to safely cut wine bottles and create one of a kind works of art with them. I will demonstrate how to safely cut the wine bottles with the tile saw. If you feel comfortable cutting your own bottles you’ll be able to do so, if you do not, I can cut them for you. After learning how to cut the wine bottles I will then show you how to prepare and decorate them using the copper foil technique used in stained glass. I will have bottles on hand but if you would like to bring your own feel free.

Join us, have some fun and try your hand at something new!”

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult and Up

About the Instructor: Chris Frazier is a native of Martinsville, Virginia.  Chris has taught art in the public schools for over 20 years. He received his formal education from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Art with a concentration in Graphic Design.  He earned a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Louisiana.

Lately, Chris has been creating art in glass, wood and metal; however, he also enjoys working in various media including watercolor, pen and ink, colored pencil, pottery, wood and computer graphics. You can see some of his work at www.cfrazier.net

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Whirlwind Tour of the Ceramic Surface with Ayla Mullen

Meets Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, 2019 from 1-5pm. The member cost is $60 and the non-member cost is $75.  There is a $20 materials fee.

 

Explore a variety of ceramic surface decoration techniques on a series of tiles in this weekend intensive workshop. Techniques introduced will include inlay, sgraffito, slip transfer, slip trailing, carving and sprigging. We will utilize colored slips and ceramic underglazes, and experiment with which materials work best for each technique. Students will be provided with pre made greenware tiles to experiment on, and will have the opportunity to try out each technique after it is demonstrated. The first session will focus on carving. slip trailing, sprigging and sgraffito, and the second session will introduce inlay, slip transfer techniques, applying surface techniques to 3D forms, and an opportunity for students to integrate techniques and build up a layered surface look.  There will not be time for any wet clay work during this workshop, however, students can bring their own greenware forms in leather hard stage to work with on the second day, or work with tiles all weekend.

 

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Exploring the Ceramic Surface with Ayla Mullen

 

This course meets Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 8pm. It starts February 28, 2019 and goes until April 11, 2019. Member tuition is 112.50 and Non member tuition is $140.63 and there is a $20 materials fee.

Explore a variety of ceramic surface decoration techniques and how to integrate them into a personally expressive,

layered surface on your work. Techniques introduced will include inlay, sgraffito, slip transfer, slip trailing, carving,

sprigging, and glazing. We will utilize colored slips and ceramic underglazes, and experiment with which materials

work best for each technique. Students will be provided with pre made greenware tiles to experiment on during the

first session, and can choose to work on the wheel or handbuild to construct forms for future surface

experimentation in the following 5 sessions. The first three sessions will introduce carving, slip trailing, sprigging,

sgraffito, inlay, and slip transfer techniques on greenware. The last three sessions will focus on applying surface

techniques to bisque ware, glazing, and building up a layered, personally expressive surface. Students will have

the opportunity to participate in at least 1 glaze firing, and leave the class with finished pieces.

The first half of each session will be used for demonstration, and the second half will be dedicated to individual

work time, during which I will spend time one on one with students, troubleshooting technique and helping them

develop their personal expression. While this class will focus on surface techniques, if students have specific

questions about throwing or handbuilding, I will be happy to work with them during one on one time.

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Focus on Form: Intermediate Wheel Throwing with Ayla Mullen

 

This course meets Tuesday evenings 5:30 – 8pm. It starts April 30, 2019. You may choose to take this course in a 4 week, 6 week or 8 week course. Member tuition for the 4 week course is $75 and non member is $93.75; 6 week course member tuition is $112.50; non member is $140.63; the 8 week course tuition is $150 for Members, $187.50 for non members. Materials fee is $20.

Are you in love with the wheel, but having trouble pushing yourself beyond the basics? Are you looking to expand

your technical abilities and your critical eye, to develop strong, resolved forms? This class will build on basic wheel

throwing skills and introduce students to more complex shapes and composite forms through drawing exercises,

demonstrations, and one on one instruction. We will explore how to take basic forms to another level, as well as

how to design and construct more complex forms. Students can sign up for 4, 6, or 8 weeks. Classes will always

start with demonstration, and at least half of the class time will be dedicated to open work time and one on one

instruction. The first 4 sessions we will focus on one formal element each week: Session 1- How to break free of

the cylinder– throwing complex shapes. Session 2- Handles for every form. Session 3- Lids and Galleries. Session

4- Spouts and Pouring Vessels. We will have at least 1 glaze firing at the end of the first 4 sessions. The second 4

sessions will be focused on developing a critical eye and applying the technical skills from the first 4 sessions to

construct balanced, resolved forms. We will spend time critically reflecting on the pieces made during the first four

sessions, and choosing at least one form to make again and improve upon. Formal demonstrations will continue in

the second 4 sessions, but will be customized to student interest and requests. Students taking 6 or 8 sessions will

have the opportunity to fire at least once more, and more frequently depending on the quantity of work made. Basic

wheel throwing experience required.

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Bookmaking Bonanza! with Becca Imbur

This is a one day workshop meeting Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 9am – 2pm. Member tuition is $27.50; non Member tuition is $34.38.

Material fee: $5/student. Students may purchase a Beginner Bookbinding Kit ($15) from instructor at the beginning of class that includes: (1) awl, (1) bone folder, (4) bookbinding needles, and (1) glue stick. Additional Bookmaking Kits are available for purchase at the end of the workshop.

 

In this one day workshop, participants will learn a bonanza of different bookmaking folds and binds including

adhesive and sewn. We will work with a variety of bookbinding and bookmaking hand tools. Books to be made

include: Flower Fold, Accordion Fold, Stab Binding, 3 Hole Butterfly Stitch and more!

No experience required.

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Rust Printing and Mark Making with Becca Imbur

This weekend workshop meets Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 2019 from 10am – 3pm. Member tuition is $27.50 and Non member tuition is $34.38. Materials fee is $15.

 

In this 2 day workshop, we will learn rust dye techniques and how to print on paper and fabric. We will explore how

to use every day items from the home and nature to make unique patterns on paper. We will make our own cola pens

and experiment with our own style of calligraphy and mark making. Using our rust prints and other marks, we will

create a simple and stunning handmade book.

No experience required.

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Captivating Coptics with Becca Imbur

This weekend workshop meets Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 2019 from 10am- 3pm. 

Material fee: $10/student. Students may purchase a Beginner Bookbinding Kit ($15) from instructor at the beginning of class that includes: (1) awl, (1) bone folder, (4) curved bookbinding needles, and (1) 4 oz. container slow drying bookbinders glue.

In this 2 day workshop, participants will raid the instructors collection of vintage books to create (2) blank books

using the traditional coptic binding stitch. This stitch is an exposed, sewn stitch that allows the book to lay flat when

opened. Perfect for journaling!

No experience required.

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Hand Quilting Class with Bonnie Shropshire, October 19, 2018

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Member $68.00 / Non Member $85.00

Supplies List: (fabric and batting will be provided by instructor)

  • Hand quilting needles – betweens not sharps
  • Thimble to fit your middle finger
  • Hand quilting thread
  • 12” or 17” square Q-Snap Frame (Find at Michaels, JoAnn Fabric or Amazon)

Class Description: Quilting has been done for many years and is well known all over the world. It has changed over time, as it began to fill a basic need for warmth, but is now an art form. Today, the art of quilting has become quite popular as there are many more women and men who take up quilting and enjoy the craft. You are only limited by your imagination. Quilting is a hobby that allows you to add a personal touch, making your next quilt your unique creation. This is a one day class where you will learn to layer your fabrics, properly hoop your piece, and make small, even stitches in a variety of patterns and designs.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 5, Maximum Enrollment: 10

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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Glass and Stone Mosaic Ground Sculpture with Nikki Pynn

Date: Saturday November 3rd 10am-4pm, Sunday November 4th 1-4pm, Saturday November 10th flex time 1-3pm

Tuition: Member $75.00 / Non Member $93.75

Material Fee: $20.00, Payable to Instructor at Beginning of Class

Class Description: During this class Participants will create a beautiful 8” x 24” Outdoor Garden Mosaic ground sculpture ‘stream’ of cut glass, stone and sand, suitable for indoor or outdoor display. It will be constructed on concrete backer board, using glass, stone, grout and sand.

On the first day students will learn to cut glass and arrange a design. On the second day, students will adhere glass and rocks to backer board within set mortar. On the following weekend, students will finish their mosaic with grout and sand.

The schedule will be as follows: Saturday November 3rd 10am-4pm, Sunday November 4th 1pm-4pm & Saturday November 10th flex time between 1pm-3pm.

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

About the Instructor:  Nikki Pynn has been working in stained glass since 1980. Her introduction to the medium came while working on her undergraduate at Virginia Commonwealth University. She learned in an non-traditional way, not taking a class but created her own style of working and going to a professor at VCU for critiques. Following her graduation with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking, she continued the practice of stained glass construction.  In 1989, she worked in a stained glass shop, learning a traditional system of working in glass. Nikki worked in the traditional manner of making panels until 2003. At that point, she began experimenting with the traditional techniques, pushing the limits of weight and form. She was encouraged by the negative spaces of objects around her and began incorporating those objects into her pieces.

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