2019 Workshops and Class List
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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.
YouTube Videos: https://youtube.com/DavidMKesslerFineArt
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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. 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 will have the opportunity to fire, and more frequently depending on the quantity of work made. Basic wheel throwing experience required.
This weekend workshop meets Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 2019 from 10am – 3pm. Member tuition is $55.00 and Non member tuition is $68.75. 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.
This weekend workshop meets Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 2019 from 10am- 3pm. Tuition for members is $55.00 and for non members, $68.75.
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.
This is a one day course meeting Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 10am – 3pm.
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.
This is a weekend metalsmithing workshop meeting 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, 2019.
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.
Member tuition is $120 and Non Member tuition is $150. Materials fee is approximately $100.
This weekend workshop meets Saturday and Sunday, May 18 + 19, 2019 from 1-5pm.
Tuition for member is $60; Non member tuition is $75. Materials Fee $15, Payable to the Center
Get your feet wet in this beginner’s stained glass class! Participants will choose from instructor-provided patterns to create a small stained glass panel. Patsy will walk you through each step from cutting out the pattern, cutting the glass, wrapping it in copper foil and soldering the pieces together to complete a stained glass project in this weekend workshop.
Class Meets Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and April 14, 9 am – 5 pm Each Day
Tuition Fee: Members: $88, Non-member: $110
Materials Fee: $20, Payable to the Floyd Center for the Arts
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.
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. Brayn 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.”