Get your thump on! Build a customized washtub bass and hit the road with a jug band. This version goes beyond the broomstick on the edge of a tub: it’s tuneful, it’s tunable, and it’s loud. Be prepared to transport your new instrument home. No building skills are required, just an interest in this classic folk instrument.
Want to make an heirloom stocking for that special someone? Discover how to use felted wool to create a durable and beautiful custom stocking for a loved one in your life. Learn how to create a simple appliqué piece from start to finish, including designing, fusing, hand stitching, and lining your work, as well as personalizing your stocking with an embroidered name.
Decorate with gourds for the holidays! Craft your own “gourdaments”—snowmen, reindeer, angels, penguins, and more. Make holiday lights and candleholders to use in your home or to give as gifts. Learn a variety of techniques to personalize your gourds, including painting, cutting, using epoxy putty, and adding embellishments. All levels welcome.
Discover one way to turn family pictures or favorite photos into permanent keepsakes. In this fun process, you’ll copy the photos (they will not be harmed) to make decals, then fire them into enamel for a sepia-tone finish. Then, experiment with “colorizing” with sifted enamels, colored washes, or paints applied under and over the images. This is a great class for beginners, but all levels are welcome.
Learn to make flaky, tender, buttery croissants, pies, and puff pastry treats in this class dedicated to gluten free laminated pastries! We’ll dive into the science of gluten free baking, make our own flour blends, and practice the dough handling techniques needed to make the delicious, flaky pastries that you’ve been missing. Please note that while we take precautions and clean between classes, the studio is not a dedicated gluten-free kitchen.
Tap into two ways to keep rhythm in the Irish tradition: with a drum and with your feet. Gain an introduction to playing the bodhrán, including basic techniques, positioning, strokes, and rhythms. Alongside, try your feet at the improvised, percussive style of Sean-nós dancing, all to live fiddle music provided by musician Margaret Graham. All levels welcome.
Acquire the basic metalsmithing skills needed to fabricate your own handmade jewelry in this introductory class. Learn about sawing, filing, soldering, and stone setting with materials such as sterling, brass, and copper. With your new knowledge, create and take home several finished wearable pieces and the techniques to inspire your next creations. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
One part art, one part science, and one part magic, marbling is the art of using floating pigments on water to create designs with a variety of tools and methods. Learn to marble using various techniques and surfaces while creating lovely items for holiday decoration and gift-giving. All levels welcome.
Learn and practice the principles of felt making! Using some wool and various tubs and pans, you can easily create unique and useful works of art for the home. Explore fiber layout, design, suitability of various wools for projects, and more! Projects will include potholders, chair pads, or a small rug. Join us for a fun time and get your fingernails really clean! All levels welcome.
Uncover the techniques of painting by subtraction, including lifting paint to create highlights, layering for shadows, and creating the chiaroscuro effect. Each application follows the dry stage of the painting process and, unlike traditional watercolor, this method uses minimal underpainting and is designed for control. Class will also explore some basic drawing and value scale principles. Beginners welcome.
Discover the possibilities of turning! Whether you’re new to woodturning or want to improve your current skills, this class will guide you through proper tool selection, sharpening, safety, and technique. Learn spindle and faceplate turning to create candlesticks and a small footstool. Explore aspects of design and surface embellishment, including paint and texture. Leave with the skills you need to continue your turning journey.
In the leather studio, create an instrument strap of your choice for your guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, or accordion. Learn basic tooling techniques and create a unique design for your pre-cut straps. In the music studio, dive into playing music with others: jamming, duets and trios, bands, and playing for dances or concerts. We’ll also explore the fundamentals, etiquette, and theory of playing together. Banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, and mandolin are all welcome!
Grief is a change in our future story. Whether it’s the death of a loved one (pets included), the end of a relationship, an unexpected move, or the release of a lifelong dream, we live in the aftermath of loss. Maybe we love others more. Maybe we protect ourselves more. Every path of grief is different. Bring a story of change from your own life and turn pieces into prose. Beginning and intermediate writers welcome.
Experience the journey of learning blacksmithing basics. Discover how to build and manage a coal fire and how to use that heat to create several useful and decorative items, all while practicing seven of the basic blacksmithing processes. Choose from a variety of projects or bring your own ideas. All levels welcome.
Expand your skills and learn advanced techniques in this intermediate and advanced-level class. Develop techniques to get the most out of your brooms, including how to steam, inlay, and wrap handles. Explore multi-head brooms, learn sewing techniques to create artistic pieces, and discuss the past, present, and future of broom making as a profession.
Making music together is one of the joys of the holiday season. Gather ‘round for a weeklong exploration of country Christmas music, from familiar favorites to hidden gems. We’ll discuss songwriting for this genre, looking at distinctive characteristics, common themes, instrumentation, and arrangements. As we share stories about our own favorite holiday memories and traditions, we’ll learn and create songs to sing and play together.
Sharpen your piecing and cutting skills as you make an heirloom holiday quilt in a beautiful Christmas tree pattern. Learn about combining different colors and prints to spruce up your design and give the tree pattern form and shape. Expect to complete your 59- by 71-inch quilt top and have it ready for quilting by the end of our week together. Some previous sewing experience helpful.
A visit to Shetland reveals colorful, circular, seamless garments created by the fastest knitters in the world! Get the Fair Isle technique firmly “in hand” as you experience the exciting and effective use of color, carrying only two colors per row. Sample colors with typical pattern repeats (handspun yarns welcome), and then design and dress something: a teapot or a stocking, for Santa or for yourself! For knitters comfortable with circular knitting.
In this glass and fiber collaborative studio experience, witness the transformation of glass rods and rag strips into beautiful woven purses with unique glass buttons. During the flameworking portion, learn the basics of creating glass buttons and closures. In the weaving studio, weave a rag purse from start to finish: prepare rag strips, explore weaving techniques, construct the bag from your handwoven cloth, and combine your creations into a finished purse. No prior experience required.
Fill your life with color and light this holiday season. Acquire basic glass cutting, foiling, and soldering skills as you make simple and beautiful snowflakes and/or starbursts and progress to creating a framed stained-glass panel. Get creative with exploring elements of design and color choice and discover how different qualities of light affect and interact with the glass. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Baking for yourself and others is one of the joys of the holiday season. Learn the techniques and tricks that make preparing holiday sweets and homemade gifts easy and fun. Master the traditional holiday favorites—cookies, cakes, and candies—including the classic Bûche de Noël, the French yule log cake. Also learn how to prepare and package simple and delicious handcrafted treats that make perfect gifts. Beginning to intermediate bakers welcome.
Ring in the season with the hearty sound of the anvil as you learn basic blacksmithing skills and create wonderful holiday presents. Project choices will build your skills throughout the week as you sample a variety of forging techniques. Make items for gift giving or decorating including wall hooks, towel bars, bells, a candle stand, and ornaments. This class is designed especially for beginners, but students of all levels are welcome.
Capture the magic of the holiday season in watercolor. Learn to layer warm and cool colors to bring cozy mountain scenes to life and to use texture and bright colors to paint lovely poinsettias. This class is geared towards beginning and intermediate students, but all are welcome.
Spend a week building the little red wagon from your childhood. Learn to mill lumber, safely use a variety of power tools, and incorporate hand tools as you build a family heirloom. Build skills in time-tested joinery and create a traditional-style wagon suitable for carrying gifts, little ones, and precious memories alike.
Discover a wonderland of techniques for making mosaics from handmade clay tiles, recycled materials, and more. Create your own plaster sprig and press molds and use them to create unique clay tesserae. Bring items such as chipped or broken china, coins, costume jewelry, and keepsakes to incorporate into a mixed-media mosaic wall hanging. We’ll also explore using your molds in a variety of applications including boxes, tiles, and ornaments. All levels welcome.
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