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Supported by Mt. McKinley Bank
CoordinatorsNelda L. Nixon (tnnixon@alaska.net)
Ann Tremarello (ann.tremarello@gmail.com)
Midnight Sun Watercolor Floating Camp

Midnight Sun Watercolor Floating Camp

Price: $1575

Days: MTWTh (week 2), July 24–27

Times: 10:00am–4:00pm

Instructor: Vladimir Zhikhartsev

Location: Alaska-Island Adventures, Ketchikan, AK

Materials List
Students will receive organized, step by step instruction to gain a technical foundation that will allow them to explore the art of Landscape Painting. Students will be encouraged to choose their own subjects to paint. This class is for the beginner to intermediate level watercolor student who is interested in taking his/her painting skills to the next level. Learning water cycle, wet-in-wet, glazing and layering techniques will add to the students knowledge of watercolor painting. [more]

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Painting in Nature’s Studio

Painting in Nature’s Studio

Price: $275

Days: July 14–15

Times: 10:00am–4:00pm

Instructor: Mick McAndrews

Location: Chena Hot Springs

Materials list

Outside in nature’s studio are the greatest challenges and rewards. Learn to simplify and reduce the complexity of a scene into the most important shapes and values, working loose and juicy. This will be a fast-paced and fun-filled 2 day plein air workshop on the grounds of beautiful Chena Hot Springs as we kick off the 2017 Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival!

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Chena Hot Springs Visual Arts Intensive

Chena Hot Springs Visual Arts Intensive

Price: $275

Days: SatSun (week 2), July 29 & 30

Times: 10:00am–4:00pm

Instructor: Vladimir Zhikhartsev

Location: Chena Hot Springs

Materials list
Discover a fresh, loose approach to transparent watercolor painting on location. Enjoy painting the mountains, wildflowers, trees, and natural treasures of Alaska in this two-day plein air intensive back to nature workshop at Chena Hot Springs.

Learn how to observe and to simplify in a plein air setting and avoid overworking. Each day there will be demonstrations and exercises to energize and excite - followed by lots of time for painters to create their own work. [more]

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Nuts and Bolts with Varied Approaches in Oil

Nuts and Bolts with Varied Approaches in Oil

Price: $240

Days: MTWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 9:00am–4:00pm

Instructor: Nancy Angelini Crawford

Location: University Park 151

Materials list
In this course we will cover the basics of a good painting in any medium, (the nuts and bolts) including a strong emphasis on composition and value structure. Once you have a good foundation, there are a variety of approaches to completing a painting. Strong color contrast, soft atmosphere and impressionistic painting can all yield different effects. During this class there will be a morning demo and afternoon class painting where Nancy will offer one on one instruction and guidance. [more]

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Watercolor Workshop at Delta

Watercolor Workshop at Delta

Price: $175

Days: MTW (week 1), July 17–19

Times: 10:00am–2:00pm

Instructor: Vladimir Zhikhartsev

Location: Delta Moose Lodge

Materials list
Using unique watercolor techniques, this class will move beyond the basics to help students develop fresh, dynamic paintings through the use of colors, values, gradation, shapes and edges. The class will include outdoor sessions, weather permitting, for Plein Air painting to explore the local landscape.

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Sewing as an Art Form

Sewing as an Art Form

Price: $240

Days: MTWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 1:00–6:20pm

Instructor: Rachel Clark

Location: Gruening 205

A week-long series of workshops on sewing techniques for all levels of sewers. Register for any or all of the workshops at $55/day or $240 for all week. In most workshops, a sewing machine and sewing supplies are required.

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Sewing as an Art Form - Technique Class
$55
M (week 1)
Materials list
Students will explore a variety of techniques such as fast piecing, appliqué, folded techniques, fake bound buttonholes, piping, covered buttons and anything else that may pop into Rachel’s head. The goal is to help beginning and intermediate/advanced sewers build skills to improve and enhance their work. Each student will be creating a personal notebook of these techniques. Sewing machine and supplies are required.

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Sewing as an Art Form - Fast Piecing With Seminole Techniques
$125
TW (week 1)
Materials list
Students will be creating units that are made from long strips, and then sewn together, cut and remade into a Seminole pattern. The strips will be suitable to be used in a small quilt, wall hanging or garment. Please note: this class will focus on Seminole techniques, as opposed to Seminole piecing and is suitable for experienced beginners, intermediate and advanced sewers. Seminole piecing originated from the Seminole patchwork used in clothing created by Seminole Indians.

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Sewing as an Art Form - Mini Messenger Bag, Crafter’s Bag or the “Whatnot Wallet”
$55
Th (week 1)
Materials list
Make a cool Mini Messenger bag. This versatile bag is great for traveling or just running about town when all you need is your keys, phone and wallet. Another class option is a Crafter’s bag. Whether you are a beader, a quilter or an artist this bag is designed to carry your supplies to class or keep your project organized, so all you'll have to do is grab your bag and you are ready to go! Newly added one is the “what not wallet”. This is a quick fun project that is an addition to making your other bags. Sewing machine and supplies are required.

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Sewing as an Art Form - Playing with Buttons
$55
F (week 1)
Materials List
Learn different ways of combining buttons with the beads to create necklaces and bracelets. It is loads of fun and very satisfying using the concept of working in the same color family and/or theme. Open to sewers and non-sewers.

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Beginning Watercolor for People with No Time or Talent

Beginning Watercolor for People with No Time or Talent

Price: $150

Days: MTWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 5:00–7:50pm

Instructor: Tom Nixon

Location: Gruening 202

Materials List
If the phrase "the fuzzy end of the brush goes into the paint" is a revelation to you, then this is the class you are looking for. This class is designed for the person who has absolutely no artistic ability but yet wants to try something new. We will work towards the understanding of watercolor and how to handle this wonderfully fun medium so you can produce Alaskan landscapes. Come join us and have fun learning in a no-pressure environment.

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Jacob’s Ladder Box

Jacob’s Ladder Box

Price: $125

Days: MTW (week 1), July 17–19

Times: 5:00–7:50pm

Instructor: Susan Joy Share

Location: University Park Kitchen

Materials list
In this 3-evening workshop we will make a Jacob’s Ladder box with compartments that are hidden and revealed as the cover swings open from either side. We’ll start by making a model to keep as a reference and then create a more finished, content filled box. Materials fee $15. All levels welcome.

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Zentangle Basics

Zentangle Basics

Price: $40

Days: M (week 1), July 17

Times: 10:00am–12:00pm

Instructor: Sandra Westcott

Location: University Park 158

Zentangle® is an easy to learn way of creating beautiful patterned images with pen and paper. Developed by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, the art form is a combination of art technique and meditative process. No experience necessary to learn how to tangle. Materials fee: $10

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Fused Glass Jewelry

Fused Glass Jewelry

Price: $40

Days: T (week 1), July 18

Times: 6:30–8:30pm

Instructor: Margaret Donat

Location: TBA

Materials Fee: $20
Make your own beautiful glass jewelry while learning the basics of glass fusing. No experience is necessary! While creating pendants and earrings in glass you will learn proper and safe use of tools such as cutters, grinders, nippers, running pliers and glass breakers. Projects will be fired in a kiln. Glass is such a beautiful and fun art medium you are guaranteed to enjoy this class.

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Zentangle Basics

Zentangle Basics

Price: $40

Days: W (week 1), July 19

Times: 5:00–7:00pm

Instructor: Sandra Westcott

Location: University Park 158

Zentangle® is an easy to learn way of creating beautiful patterned images with pen and paper. Developed by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, the art form is a combination of art technique and meditative process. No experience necessary to learn how to tangle. Materials fee: $10

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Making Glass Beads

Making Glass Beads

Price: $80

Days: W (week 1), July 19

Times: 10:00am–1:00pm

Instructor: Debbie Mathews

Location: Expressions in Glass

Learn to make beads with a torch. Melt glass with a torch around a mandrel and learn to make cool glass beads. This will be a 3 hour class. No experience necessary.

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Watercolor and Wine — section 1

Watercolor and Wine — section 1

Price: $70

Days: W (week 1), July 19

Times: 6:00–9:00pm

Instructor: Jill Marshall

Location: La Quinta - Glacier Room

This new concept is all about painting watercolor in a relaxed setting while enjoying your favorite beverage. Class fee includes all supplies and even your first glass of wine or beer! Leave with a finished 6x9" painting, no experience necessary.

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Glass Fusion — small project

Glass Fusion — small project

Price: $50

Days: T (week 1), July 18

Times: 10:30–11:30am

Instructor: Debbie Mathews

Location: Expressions in Glass

Learn fusing techniques along with cutting, grinding and designing a fused glass project. Project choices offered are a small plate 5x5, window hanging or windchimes. Decorate your projects with glass stringers, noodles, globs, crushed glass, and glass pieces you cut with a glass cutter. We fuse your sun catcher or plate in a kiln. This is a fun and creative class anyone can do.

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Glass Fusion — large project

Glass Fusion — large project

Price: $75

Days: T (week 1), July 18

Times: 1:00–2:00pm

Instructor: Debbie Mathews

Location: Expressions in Glass

Learn fusing techniques along with cutting, grinding and designing a larger plate 8x8 or a picture frame/mirror project. Decorate your projects with glass stringers, noodles, globs, crushed glass, and glass pieces you cut with a glass cutter. We fuse your sun catcher or plate in a kiln. This is a fun and creative class anyone can do.

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Digital Photography Booster Class

Digital Photography Booster Class

Price: $130

Days: MTWThF (week 2), July 24–28

Times: 9:00–11:50am

Instructor: Todd Paris

Location: University Park 158

Materials fee: $10
Aimed primarily for owners of DLSR cameras who are looking to get more out of the investment they've made in equipment and take their photography to the next level. Learn to take advantage of your camera's capabilities by shooting in full Manual mode and controlling shutter speed, ISO and aperture to take control of your digital exposures. Also learn tips on how to manage a growing collection of digital images, and how to process RAW files in Adobe Lightroom. Participants must have their own DSLR, or other camera capable of shooting in RAW format in Manual mode.

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Soft Pastel Painting

Soft Pastel Painting

Price: $240

Days: MTWThF (week 2), July 24–28

Times: 9:00am–4:00pm

Instructor: Nancy Angelini Crawford

Location: University Park 151

Materials List
In this course, we will cover a variety of materials and techniques available painting with soft pastels. We will paint landscapes and florals from photographs. Pastel Portraiture will also be available as an option to paint. We will cover the differences in hard and soft pastels and the best time to use them as well as a variety of substrates and techniques to enhance your painting. Along with demos and individual instruction and guidance, there will be fun exercises that will help with any medium. [more]

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Wearable Art — Making a Garment or Quilt

Wearable Art — Making a Garment or Quilt

Price: $240

Days: MTWThF (week 2), July 24–28

Times: 1:00–6:20pm

Instructor: Rachel Clark

Location: Gruening 205

Materials list
In this one-week workshop, students will mix and match their favorite fabrics to make a garment of their choice, a small quilt or a special project. Students will do some simple fitting, then explore fabric use and how to use buttons, beads, laces, trims to personalize their creation. This intensive course is suitable for intermediate and advanced sewers and those beginners who have participated in the first week workshops. Sewing machine and supplies are required.

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Wool, Wet-Felting, and Wearable Art

Wool, Wet-Felting, and Wearable Art

Price: $275

Days: SatSun (week 1), July 22 & 23

Times: 10:00am–4:00pm

Instructor: Leslie Shirah

Location: Chena Hot Springs

Materials fee: $15
This workshop will focus of the basic techniques of wet-felting. Basic fundamentals of design will be discussed focusing on line, color, and pattern to create a design influenced by the surrounding landscape. This design will be used to make a wearable or non-wearable felted two dimensional artwork. Participants will use wool roving in a variety of colors, soap, and water to complete this process.

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Introduction to Alaska Landscape Painting in Watercolor

Introduction to Alaska Landscape Painting in Watercolor

Price: $150

Days: MTWThF (week 2), July 24–28

Times: 5:00–7:50pm

Instructor: Tom Nixon

Location: Gruening 202

Materials List
This class is a continuation of week one of “Watercolor painting for people with no time or talent.” It is not for a beginning student with no experience painting with watercolor. It could also be for those who have had to take a break from their painting and want to get back up to speed. You should be familiar with how to do washes, dry brushing, and painting wet into wet. The goal of this class will be to introduce the watercolor painter to the basics of Alaska landscape painting. [more]

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Zentangle Beyond Basics Series

Zentangle Beyond Basics Series

Price: $150

Days: MTWThF (week 2), July 24–28

Times: 5:00–7:50pm

Instructor: Sandra Westcott

Location: University Park 158

Prerequisite: Zentangle Basics or Zentangle 101 or permission of instructor prior to registration.

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Monday Zentangle - Tangle Repertoire
$40
Expand your tangle repertoire with a sampling of organic, geometric, ribbon, and rope tangles. Bring your tangling supplies from Zentangle Basics.
Materials fee: none
Prerequisite: Zentangle Basics or Zentangle 101 or permission of instructor prior to registration.

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Tuesday Zentangle - Bijous
$40
Bijous are 2” x 2” mini-tiles. They are fun for creating a series of monotangles, practicing or recording new tangles and techniques. Bring your tangling supplies from Zentangle Basics.
Materials fee: $5
Prerequisite: Zentangle Basics or Zentangle 101 or permission of instructor prior to registration.

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Wednesday Zentangle - 3Zs
$40
Tangle a new shape…triangles! Explore a three-sided format and play with mosaic possibilities. Bring your tangling supplies from Zentangle Basics.
Materials fee: $5
Prerequisite: Zentangle Basics or Zentangle 101 or permission of instructor prior to registration.

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Thursday Zentangle - Spheres and Reticula
$40
We’ll use a 3-D technique on round tiles and fill them with reticula. Reticula are tangle “fragments” that can be arranged in a multitude of ways to form wonderful overall patterns that are more than the sum of their parts. Bring your tangling supplies from Zentangle Basics.
Materials fee: $5
Prerequisite: Zentangle Basics or Zentangle 101 or permission of instructor prior to registration.

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Friday Zentangle - Color My Tangles
$40
This is a Zentangle-inspired session for exploring the use of color in your tangling. Bring your tangling supplies from Zentangle Basics and a small set of watercolor pencils or Inktense pencils and a waterbrush (the kind with a water reservoir).
Materials fee: $5
Prerequisite: Zentangle Basics or Zentangle 101 or permission of instructor prior to registration.

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Kiln-Formed Tiles and Plates

Kiln-Formed Tiles and Plates

Price: $40

Days: T (week 2), July 25

Times: 6:30–8:30pm

Instructor: Margaret Donat

Location: TBA

Materials Fee: $35
Make two 6-inch glass tiles or plates while learning the basics of glass fusing. No experience is necessary! While creating in glass you will learn proper and safe use of tools such as cutters, grinders, nippers, running pliers and glass breakers. You will also be introduced to enamels, stringers, and more. Projects will be fired and slumped in a kiln. Glass is such a beautiful and fun art medium you are guaranteed to enjoy this class.

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Watercolor and Wine — section 2

Watercolor and Wine — section 2

Price: $70

Days: W (week 2), July 26

Times: 6:00–9:00pm

Instructor: Jill Marshall

Location: La Quinta - Glacier Room

This new concept is all about painting watercolor in a relaxed setting while enjoying your favorite beverage. Class fee includes all supplies and even your first glass of wine or beer! Leave with a finished 6x9" painting on watercolor canvas, no experience necessary.

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Glass Fusion — small project

Glass Fusion — small project

Price: $50

Days: W (week 2), July 26

Times: 1:00–2:00pm

Instructor: Debbie Mathews

Location: Expressions in Glass

Learn fusing techniques along with cutting, grinding and designing a fused glass project. Project choices offered are a small plate 5x5, window hanging or windchimes. Decorate your projects with glass stringers, noodles, globs, crushed glass, and glass pieces you cut with a glass cutter. We fuse your sun catcher or plate in a kiln. This is a fun and creative class anyone can do.

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Glass Fusion — large project

Glass Fusion — large project

Price: $75

Days: W (week 2), July 26

Times: 10:30–11:30am

Instructor: Debbie Mathews

Location: Expressions in Glass

Learn fusing techniques along with cutting, grinding and designing a larger plate 8x8 or a picture frame/mirror project. Decorate your projects with glass stringers, noodles, globs, crushed glass, and glass pieces you cut with a glass cutter. We fuse your sun catcher or plate in a kiln. This is a fun and creative class anyone can do.

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Blown Ornament Class

Blown Ornament Class

Price: $95

Days: Th (week 2), July 27

Times: 11:30am–1:00pm

Instructor: Debbie Mathews

Location: Expressions in Glass

Each student is given 10 tubes to fill with their chosen colors of glass. Students are then instructed on how to make small glass ornaments with a torch while blowing into the tubes causing them to expand. This is a fun and energetic class.

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Blown Ornament Class

Blown Ornament Class

Price: $95

Days: Th (week 2), July 27

Times: 1:00–2:30pm

Instructor: Debbie Mathews

Location: Expressions in Glass

Each student is given 10 tubes to fill with their chosen colors of glass. Students are then instructed on how to make small glass ornaments with a torch while blowing into the tubes causing them to expand. This is a fun and energetic class.

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Blown Ornament Class

Blown Ornament Class

Price: $95

Days: Th (week 2), July 27

Times: 2:30–4:00pm

Instructor: Debbie Mathews

Location: Expressions in Glass

Each student is given 10 tubes to fill with their chosen colors of glass. Students are then instructed on how to make small glass ornaments with a torch while blowing into the tubes causing them to expand. This is a fun and energetic class.

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Exploration of Mold Making and Multiples

Exploration of Mold Making and Multiples

Price: $150

Days: MTWThF (week 2), July 24–28

Times: 9:00–11:50am

Instructor: Leslie Shirah

Location: University Park Kitchen

Material Fee $15.00
This workshop will explore the process of mold-making to produce multiples. Participants will create a clay pattern inspired by Native Alaskan art symbolism, specifically animals. They will take a one-part mold from the clay pattern and use that mold to experiment with a casting material to produce multiples that they can later use to make jewel or sculpture.

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Exploring the Magic of Watercolor

Exploring the Magic of Watercolor

Price: $240

Days: MTWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 9:00am–4:00pm

Instructor: Mick McAndrews

Location: Gruening 206

Materials list

Please join me for a 5-day watercolor workshop as we paint a variety of subjects with a focus on using plenty of water and pigment to exploit the wonder and intrinsic beauty of the medium.  We will avoid the pitfalls of noodling with fussy details and instead focus on design as the foundation for taking our paintings to the next level. [more]

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Exploring the Magic of Watercolor

Exploring the Magic of Watercolor

Price: $240

Days: MTWThF (week 2), July 24–28

Times: 9:00am–4:00pm

Instructor: Mick McAndrews

Location: Gruening 206

Materials list

Please join me for a 5-day watercolor workshop as we paint a variety of subjects with a focus on using plenty of water and pigment to exploit the wonder and intrinsic beauty of the medium.  We will avoid the pitfalls of noodling with fussy details and instead focus on design as the foundation for taking our paintings to the next level. During the week we will also discuss the importance of good drawing skills, basic color theory, perspective, and more! With this knowledge we will explore and experience the “magic” that makes watercolor so distinctive.

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Find Your Photo Mojo

Price: $275

Days: SatSun (week 1), July 22 & 23

Times: 10:00am–4:00pm

Instructor: Todd Paris

Location: Chena Hot Springs

Topics covered will include overriding auto settings on your camera to capture better pictures, composition tips, shooting landscapes, people, close-ups (macro), post-processing your photos, and sorting/organizing digital photos on your home computer. Participants much have their own digital camera capable of shooting in manual mode. DSLR or mirrorless recommended. Use of a tripod is also highly recommended.

Laptop not required, but welcome to bring if you have a photo processing software on it (i.e. Adobe Creative Cloud)

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Focus on Expression — Oils

Focus on Expression — Oils

Price: $240

Days: MTWThF (week 2), July 24–28

Times: 9:00am–4:00pm

Instructor: Tony Crocetto

Location: University Park 156

Shake up your painting routine! Explore spontaneous mark-making and color as you find your own path toward expressive paintings. Work from sketches, studies, and photographs in the studio as we loosen up, practicing techniques that will open up opportunities when we are plein air painting. Plein air will not be our end goal, but a tool we will use to explore creativity. We will work in the studio the first few days, then out of doors as the weather permits. This workshop is for those who have some experience with painting. [more]

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In–Depth Kiln Formed Glass Workshop

In–Depth Kiln Formed Glass Workshop

Price: $150

Days: MTW (week 1), July 17–19

Times: 12:00–4:00pm

Instructor: Margaret Donat

Location: TBA

This class is designed for the aspiring glass artist that wants to learn more than the basics and make larger, more complex glass projects. Students will begin with the basics the first day, then advance to larger projects. Many experimental techniques will be demonstrated. One-one attention will be given to help students achieve a show-stopping glass piece. Class materials may be purchased from the instructor or at Expressions in Glass.
Materials: Instructor will provide all tools and smaller pieces of glass. [more]

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Painting with Paper Pulp

Painting with Paper Pulp

Price: $70

Days: MT (week 2), July 24 & 25

Times: 1:30–4:30pm

Instructor: Leslie Shirah

Location: University Park Kitchen

Material Fee $15.00
This workshop will explore the process of pulp painting. Basic fundamentals of design will be discussed focusing on line, color, and pattern to create a design inspired by local wildlife to create a pulp painting. They will learn how to process dry cotton sheets into wet pulp slurry and use different colors of this slurry to layer and build their design. The result will be a finished painting made of paper pulp.

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Paper Pop-up Structures

Paper Pop-up Structures

Price: $125

Days: Sat (week 1), July 22

Times: 10:00am–4:00pm

Instructor: Susan Joy Share

Location: Tonglen Lake Lodge

In this introductory one-day workshop, we will create a series of pop-ups that may be used in handmade books and cards. First, we'll make a series of samples and then develop a few ideas more fully as we fold, cut, glue and draw.
Materials fee $10
Students should bring:
- pencil
- eraser
- scissors
- x-acto knife with spare blades
- metal edge ruler
- small cutting mat
- colored pencils or markers
- small amount of special paper/collage material - may include may include photos, text, artwork for recycling, etc.
- small brush and small plastic container with lid for glue

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Wool and Resist Felting

Wool and Resist Felting

Price: $70

Days: WTh (week 2), July 26 & 27

Times: 1:30–4:30pm

Instructor: Leslie Shirah

Location: University Park Kitchen

Material Fee $15.00
This workshop is more advanced than basic flat felting and explores the three-dimensional capabilities of wet felting. The participants will learn how to felt over a resist to create a hollow form that can used as a vessel or as a sculpture. They will learn the process of fulling to make the vessel or sculpture more rigid. Basic fundamentals of the element color will be discussed to aid in creating a successful design. Participants will use wool roving in a variety of colors, soap, water, and fulling tools to complete this process.

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