2019 Workshops and Class List

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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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Molten Metals with Nell Fredericksen

This is a weekend metalsmithing workshop meeting 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, 2019.

Member tuition is $120 and non member tuition is $150. The materials fee is approximately $100.

 

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.

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Exploring the Ceramic Surface with Ayla Mullen, March 5 – April 9

This course meets Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 8pm. It starts March 5, 2019 and goes until April 9, 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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Beginning Metalsmithing with Nell Fredericksen – March 9 10, 2019

This weekend workshop meets Saturday and Sunday, 9am – 5pm on March 9 and 10, 2019.

Member tuition is $120 and non member tuition is $150. Materials fee is $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.

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.

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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Bookmaking Bonanza! with Becca Imbur

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.

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Captivating Coptics with Becca Imbur

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.

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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 $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.

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Bookmaking Bonanza! with Becca Imbur

This is a one day workshop meeting Tuesday, March 19, 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.

THIS COURSE MEETS 10am – 3pm, sorry for the confusion.

 

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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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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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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Pottery Basics with Abby Reczek – 4, 6 or 8 week class

Pottery Basics with Abby Reczek – 4, 6 or 8 week class

Tuition Varies, Based on length of class
Materials Fee- $20, Payable to the Center
1/28/19 – 2/18/19 – 4 Week Session, Members – $60, Non-members – $75
1/28/19 – 3/4/19 – 6 Week Session, Members – $112.50, Non-members – $140.63
1/28/19 – 3/18/19 – 8 Week Session, Members – $150. Non- Members – $187.50

This class will explore making pottery through wheel throwing and hand building. We will discuss various stages of working with clay including how things get fired and how to glaze. Great for all stages.  This class is offered as a 4, 6, or 8 week class.  All three options start on January 28.

About the Instructor:  Abby Reczek graduated 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.  Abby moved to Floyd to work as Silvie Granatelli’s apprentice in 2013 and after a two year commitment she started a home studio. She now works from home as well as co-owning Troika Crafts in downtown Floyd. Abby’s work is largely based off things she sees in nature and reinterprets through line drawings which she carves onto her pieces.

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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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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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Fold Forming with Nell Fredericksen

This is a weekend workshop meeting 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, 2019. 

Member tuition is $120 and Non Member tuition is $150. Materials fee is approximately $100.

Fold forming is a traditional technique for hammer working metal that produces a wide variety of very volumetric organic shapes.  During this class we will explore many different folds including line folds, T folds, Pleated folds, and star folds.  Proper hammer use and technique will be emphasized.  Students will practice these fold forming techniques in copper and then translate those techniques they especially like into silver.  Students can bring their own metals (copper and silver sheet – 24 gauge is best) or you can purchase these as needed from the instructor.
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