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Traditions Week I: June 25 - 30

 

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 2-Dimensional       3-Dimensional       Art of Making Instruments      Fiber & Wearable Arts      Traditional & Native Skills

Art courses have a limited enrollment, so sign up as soon as possible! Most art courses are designed for persons ages 16 and older, unless otherwise stated. If email addresses are listed, you may contact instructors directly with questions. All materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of the class unless otherwise indicated in the class description.

~2-Dimensional Arts, Week 1 ~


   

Anyone Can Draw 

This workshop will teach you how to process visual information more accurately and introduce fundamental concepts in composition and drawing technique. If you’ve always felt that you have no “talent” in drawing, this will be time well spent. If you’ve been drawing for a while and want to generally improve your drawing skills, this workshop will be beneficial. Throughout the week, we will do a series of simple to more complex exercises with a focus on the “process” of drawing and learning how to achieve the illusion of form and space. There is no materials fee but students should bring the items listed below. Advanced students may add materials or work in a larger format. Limit of 15 students, ages 16 and up. kbatista@pitt.edu  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Ken Batista

Students should bring:

  • 14”x17” drawing pad (all-purpose white paper)
  • Drawing board w/clips
  • Masking tape
  • Compressed charcoal sticks
  • General® HB charcoal pencils
  • White plastic eraser
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Workable spray fixative
  • White charcoal pencils
  • Gray charcoal paper (1 sheet)
  • Ball point pens (blue or black)
  • Graphite drawing pencils (HB)
  • Pencil sharpener


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Beginning-Advanced Manga

Manga, or Japanese comics, play a huge part in the world’s pop art culture today. Comics are a universal form of storytelling through pictures, but manga has a distinct art style and pattern of storytelling. In this class, students will learn how to compose, draw, ink, and color their own manga page, while learning of the cultural relevance of manga in Japanese culture, and the world stage for art. A very interactive and hands on class, beginner as well as advanced students are welcome. Bring a color medium of your choice. For beginners, I recommend colored pencils or washable markers. For more advanced students; I recommend watercolors or permanent markers like Prismacolor brand or similar brand markers. You can find these online or at art stores like Michael’s. Bring whatever you are personally comfortable with. Other supplies will be provided for you. Materials fees: $10 (beginners); $15 (advanced - covers inks and fine brushes). Limit 15 students, ages 12 and up.Please email Kelsey at
kaijusensei@gmail.com so I can get a count of what to order.   Periods 3 & 4 ~ Kelsey Wailes


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Birds in Art: Pastel

This class will introduce you to the art of painting the bird in charcoal and soft pastels. Hashawha Environmental Center will bring raptors to the classroom, allowing us to draw and photograph live owls, hawks, or kestrels. Weather permitting, we will take a day trip to the Nature Center to sketch in the field. We will work in a reductive to additive technique starting with charcoal and moving into pastel. Advanced students can work in larger formats, moving quickly into painting with pastels. Special tips on creating feathers, reflections in animals’ eyes, texture in grasses, bark, leaves and shadows will be included. Students complete 3-4 finished paintings during this week with optional plein air. The class concludes with tips on photographing and framing finished pastels. Materials fee $20. Limit 15 students, ages 16 and up.
lindahp@lindaharrisonparsons.comwww.lindaharrisonparsons.com   Periods 3 & 4 ~ Linda Harrison-Parsons

Students should bring:

  • Any pastels you have: sticks, pencils, or charcoal pencils. If you have never used pastels, purchase Rembrandt (medium-hard) soft pastels beginning set or order on-line Dick Blick’s beginner set. Additional pastels will be available in the class, from the very soft hand-made to hard pastel pencils, used for realistic details.
  • Kneaded erasers (grey color), found in any arts & crafts store
  • drawing board larger than 12” x16”
  • sketch book 
  • pencils
  • Optional: camera for photographing birds, an 11x14 frame or mat for one of your finished works.

Materials fee:

The $20 fee covers papers for the week (sanded, Bristol and cotton rag), artist tape, tracing paper, tissue paper, additional pastels and pastel pencils to use in the class, rulers, photo references and other materials, all to be provided by instructor

 

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Intermediate Photography

This course concentrates on processing “raw” images, so participants must have cameras that produce these images (most DSLRs). We will discuss processing in Lightroom and then moving images into Photoshop so we can work in layers. Along the way, we will concentrate on content and composition of students’ images through frequent critiques. There will be some fees for printing photos at local venues. Limit 10 students, ages 16 and up, with an appropriate camera and some computer and photography experience. rboner@mcdaniel.edu  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Bob Boner

 

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Interweaving: An Artists' Book Project

Be part of creating a limited edition artist’s book! Participants will design, carve, and print a small linoleum block and write or provide complimentary text (one page only) within the theme of 'interweaving’. Consider how our lives, with all our differences and similarities, interconnect with each other and with the world we live in. Come with your visions and ideas, your images and your words, your dreams and your stories. We will combine all these wonderful threads and make them into unique and beautiful limited edition handmade books.Each participant will hand sew their own copy of the completed book. Materials fee $25.Limit 12 students, ages 16 and up. seanmhara@gmail.com  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Shawn Lockhart

 

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The Open Road: Photography

While hunting unique images of the region, students will gain a better understanding of the basics of photography including exposure, composition and graphic impact. This is not a Photoshop course; it is a five-day workshop in the field learning the basics of photography and building on shooting skills. Students may use a point-and-shoot digital camera; however, a digital single lens reflex camera is preferred. Students may use their smartphone cameras. Film cameras are not acceptable. See a slide show of last year's participants' work at https://youtu.be/y-w_b-tE5zs. Participants will be expected to get their images printed at several nearby locations and share their work with fellow students. NOTE: Students are requested to have an active Facebook account or willingness to have a temporary one. pix4u@qis.net  All levels; limit 8 students ages 16 and older.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Phil Grout

 

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A Painting a Day: Small is Beautiful

Each day presents a new challenge, the same can be said for this fast moving class. Using acrylic paints, the participant will be presented with a topic and painting technique(s) for the day. We will delve into a “selfie” (self portrait), explore the animal world (your cat or dog is fine), check out a floral bouquet, land, sky and seascapes, and play with design elements. All of this will be accomplished while working “small”. Bring you smart phone and/or a camera with you to class. Materials fee: $5.00. All levels; limit 10 students, ages 16 and up.
steelefarm@embarqmail.com  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Barbara Steele

Students should bring:

  • Deep stretched canvas: 4”x4”, 6”x6”, 5”x7”, 6”x8”, or 12”x12”

  • Acrylic paints: Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber, Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson Permanent, Phthalo Blue, Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black and any other colors that you personally enjoy. (Note on purchasing acrylic paints:  purchase small tubes of heavy body acrylic paint, Golden brand and Liquidtex are fine. Michaels and ACMoore have online coupons!

  • Acrylic Medium:  Gloss, Matte Gel, Pumice Gel.  Instructor will provide Modeling Paste should you want to experiment with it.

  • Brushes: assorted bristle brushes, flat and filbert-sizes #4, 6, 8, and size #1 round for detail (synthetic or sable)

  • Palette Knife: 1 ¼” or 1 ½”

  • Covered Paint Palette: nice to keep paint from drying out, or flat plastic palette

  • Miscellaneous:  spray bottle, water containers for painting and cleaning brushes, cleaning cloths, smart phone and/or camera, sketch pad and pencil

 

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T-Shirt Design

Create unique personalized t-shirt designs. You may even create your own customized Common Ground design from photos taken on location. Students will learn to scan pictures and manipulate them in Photoshop. Color theory and drawing skills will be introduced as students create t-shirt designs using fabric pens and Sharpies. Students should bring 2-3 washed T shirts and other garments for transfer, and a bucket. Materials fee $14. Limit 10 students, ages 14 and up. randallartphotos@yahoo.com   Periods 3 & 4 ~ Randall Gornowich


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~ 3-Dimensional Art: Week 1 ~

Adventures in Glass Beadmaking 

This is an introductory course for anyone interested in learning this fascinating and ancient beadmaking technique. The class will provide the student with the basic skills to make glass beads over a torch. A brief history of glass beadmaking, studio safety, and an overview of materials will be included, as well as lively discussion while we work. Students should bring 2-3 MAPP gas canisters (available in the plumbing department at Lowe’s and Home Depot). Hot Head torches and tools will be provided by the instructor. The materials fee covers glass rods and other materials used in class. This class will be presented in a demo/hands on format which will allow the student plenty of time to practice the skills demonstrated. Expect to learn how to make a round bead, using heat and gravity to bring the shape into focus. Learn to enhance beads with a variety of decorative techniques. For additional information contact instructor:  nolly@nollysfolly.com  www.nollysfolly.com  Materials fee $20. Limit 10 students, ages 16 and up. ngelsinger@gmail.com   Periods 1 & 2 ~ Nolly Gelsinger

 

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Custom Vinyl Toys! 

Custom collectable vinyl toys are becoming increasingly popular in today's toy markets, from Mightymuggs to My Little Ponies. Make your own custom vinyl toy with a variety of blank toys and materials to work with. You can paint your toy, add on to your toy with polymer clay, fabric, metal or whatever materials will help make your toy your own unique creation. The materials fee covers 2 blank vinyl toys, acrylic paints, white sculpey, clay tools, X-acto blades and brushes. Students can bring in personal clay tools, color sculpey, acrylic paints, and/or vinyl toys. You can find blank vinyl toys at art stores like AC Moore or Michaels, Barnes and Noble, or even at Wal-Mart or Target. Materials fee $15. All levels; limit 15 students, ages 12 and older.
kaijusensei@gmail.com  Period 5 ~ Kelsey Wailes

 

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Do You Need a Basket for Your Hen? 

Farmers used to take their hens to market in this style basket. The class will discuss the history of the Ribbed Hen Basket and emphasize the round ribbed technique in basket construction. Using a 10” oak hoop, two smaller oak hoops, natural ribs and flat weavers, the basket will measure approximately 10” tall and 10” wide. Students will learn to sight, whittle and insert primary and secondary ribs, and how to weave a neat decrease. Students should bring a water bucket or tub, a hand towel, scissors or reed clippers, whittling knife, clips or clothes pins, spray bottle, and any other standard basket making supplies they have. Beginners are welcome. Limit 12 students, ages 16 and older. Materials fee provides each participantone oak 10” x ¾” hoop, two 8” x ½” hoops, one hank of ¼” flat reed, ½” hank of #7 round reed and written directions. Colored reed will be available to weave into baskets for highlights as desired. Materials fee: $30. Limit 12 students, ages 16 and older.
swschae@gmail.com   Period 5 ~ Sharon Schaeffer

 

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Glass Camp with Ragtime

Learn everything needed to begin a journey into the wonderful world of cutting glass and the first steps towards creating a small panel. Students will learn to cut, grind and foil glass. Soldering techniques will be taught, and students can expect to leave with a finished piece of their own design. Please bring a design idea, 10 inches round or square. Materials fee: $33. All levels; limit 8 students, ages 16 and older.
1000pointsofpeace.net ragtime33@frontier.com   Period 5 ~ Ragtime

 

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The Luna Moth Project

A collaborative memorial project with the Common Ground on the Hill Veteran’s Initiative. Visitors are welcome to stop by to see the progress. The life-sized luna moths will be included in a second memorial sculpture or may be taken/given to a family member in memory of a veteran. No materials fee. Limit 4 students; preference given to members of the Veterans Initiative Periods 1 & 2 ~
Ted McNett

Click for more information about the memorial project.

 

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Masks & Tiles: Finding Your Creative Voice with Clay

Clay, our original and universal plastic creative medium, became our early creative voice.. Come tell your stories of life, utilizing this basic material. Hand building is low-tech and easy. Coils and slabs, carving, stamping and painting patterns all give ceramic surfaces richness. Your creative touch makes something uniquely you come to life. In this class we will focus on two forms, the mask and the tile. The methods utilized for mask making from wet clay include building up and carving away, texturing, and brushing. Additionally, each student will have a blank, pre-fired tile on which to create an original brushed-on composition of their own design. Materials fee $25. Limit 12, all ages and experience levels welcome.  Periods 1 & 2 ~
Robert Strasser

 

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Make a Metal Bead a Day


Beads can be used to make all sorts of jewelry including earrings, bracelets and pendants. In this class, we explore different ways to make hollow beads in metal using techniques including dapping and fabricating. Both soldering and cold connection techniques will be explored to complete the beads. Students will make enough beads to make a few pair of earrings or a bracelet. We will also explore embellishing beads by texturing or adding other elements such as jump rings or twisted wire. Students who wish to work in silver should bring some sheet (20 – 26 gauge) and wire (14 – 22 gauge) or arrange with Linda Van Hart ( lvanhart@mcdaniel.edu ) to buy some at current market price. Materials fee: $10 - $15 (brass, bronze and copper sheet and wire and some tubing will be available from the instructor). Lab Fee of $10 payable to McDaniel College for consumables and torches. Limit 8 students, ages 16 and up. baynemetal@hotmail.com  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Barbara Bayne

 

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Make Synclastic Bracelets

This class introduces bracelets with domed forms and wild textures . Investigate synclastic forming to produce wide durable textured cuffs. Sizing and “tricks” will be shown to insure custom fit . Become more tool savvy using available tools or make custom forming blocks from hardwood. Texturing involves many hammers used to cold forge and pattern. Bring your own hammer if you want to create a texturing tool to keep. Heavy gauge copper, brass, and bronze are available at market cost from instructor. This will vary based on weight & quantity of pieces. Students may bring 18 gauge silver 1x6” for each bracelet they want to make. Materials fee begins at $10, depending on student choice; McDaniel Lab fee of $5 covers cost of consumables used with the flexshaft for polishing or saw blades for cutting. Tools will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Limit 8 students, ages 12 and up.
waynewerner@mindspring.com   Period 5 ~ Wayne Werner

 

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Model & Cast a Half Life-Size Caricature Portrait

This is a really entertaining experience where we poke fun at ourselves or others by creating a humorous portrait (caricature) first modeled in clay. Then we make a casting and substitute the clay with another material through the mold making process. Substitute materials could be plaster, Bondo, paper, or plastic. Learn the tricks of observation and caricature exaggeration. Learn how to model specific features such as eyes, lips, noses or other features We will also learn about the process of patinas and surface coloration. All students must contact Jim
jpaulsen@towson.eduor 410 344 7761 to split costs of clay and materials. Please see website for materials information. Limit 10 students, ages 16 and up.  Period 5 ~ Jim Paulsen

Material Requirements

  • Clay can be purchased at the McDaniel College book store. (Regular earthen clay--two people can share a 25 lb. bag).
  • Molding Plaster ( 3 persons can share one 50 lb. Bag).
  • Modeling tools (purchased or self-made).
  • Small plastic bowl (Dollar Store).
  • Burlap or cheese cloth.
  • One 4 x 4 x 3/16 inch piece of luan plywood or masonite sealed on both sides with a good coating of shellac. 

 

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Mosaics for Everyday Life - Introduction

Create mosaic birdbaths, flower pots, table tops, and garden stepping stones while learning basic modern and Byzantine mosaic techniques and having lots of fun! The class will begin with basic mosaic design, breaking techniques and application processes. Advanced and returning mosaic students will experience techniques such as reverse and indirect technique that will allow them to create unique household mosaics such as kitchen back splashes, wall and floor mosaics, even fountain and pool mosaics! Students should bring the following:  small notebook, 2b pencil, eraser, apron, sectioned snack tray, a few empty yogurt containers, work gloves, hand lotion, 220 and 100 grit sanding block. Materials fee $50. All levels, limit 14 students, ages 14 and up.
Rebeccadrayer@gmail.com  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Rebecca Quattrone Drayer

 

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Mosaics for Everyday Life - Advanced

Students will learn to design, execute, and install larger, more elaborate projects that can be installed on a wall, floor, or countertop. Students will experience more challenging techniques, such as Reverse and Indirect Technique that will allow them to create unique household mosaics, such as kitchen/bathroom back-splashes, wall and floor mosaics, even fountain and pool mosaics! Students should bring the following: small notebook, 2B pencil, eraser, apron, sectioned snack tray, a couple of empty yogurt containers, work gloves, hand lotion, and 220 & 100 grit sanding blocks. Materials fee $50. Limit 14 students, ages 14 and up.
Rebeccadrayer@gmail.com   Periods 3 & 4 ~ Rebecca Quattrone Drayer

 

   

Sculpture Carving: Positive & Negative Space in Thinking and in Wood

Learn about wood carving while creating a small relief wood sculpture 12x12x1 inches or less. Your design can be an abstract suggested by pattern in wood grain or imagination, or realistic and representational. Students should arrive with some ideas for the pattern or concept they want to carve--drawn to scale. After the introduction, the pattern will be refined before transferring it to the wood. Learn proper sharpening of tools, layout of design, carving techniques, and finishing techniques. Display your finished artwork. If you have your own carving tools, hand or power, bring them. You may even have some useful tools that you did not realize can work like files, rasps, x-acto knife, hand drill, or small drum sander. If you have wood working experience and want to bring a specific type of wood, please do. Limit 10 students, ages 14 and up.
csantiago@gmail.com   Periods 3 & 4 ~ Clifton Santiago

 

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Splint Woven Basketry 

Beginners will make 2 functional baskets with color: an apple basket and a tote basket with splint woven construction. Intermediate/advanced students will use splint woven construction to construct a cathead basket with ‘feet’ and a twill woven tote basket. Both baskets will incorporate color. Advanced students will be learning to work with brown ash and make 2 miniature baskets. For discussion, students are encouraged to bring questions and/or projects using twill design, splint woven construction and/or shaping. Materials fee: beginners $50; intermediate/advanced depends on project, approx. $55. Email jpsmaggie@yahoo.com 6 weeks in advance to inform what level weaver you are for materials order and for additional information. Class limited to 12 students, age 16 to adult.  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Joyce Schaum

Students should bring

  • sharp scissors
  • pencils
  • wooden spring clothes pins (at least 2 dozen)
  • flat headed screwdriver (or weave rite)
  • old towel
  • LARGE bucket/dishpan
  • spray bottle. 

Supplies (optional)

  • small wood plane
  • 2” spring clamps.  



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Vinegar Graining on Boxes and Frames

Vinegar graining is an Early American art form for creating decorative finishes on boxes, frames and furniture. This old art form will help you recycle and decorate some of your “junk furniture”. You will learn formulas for vinegar paint, wood preparation, texturing techniques, use of graining tools and varnishing. By the end of the week, you will have decorated a small jewelry box and a collection of small frames to take home with you, as well as the knowledge you will need to work on larger pieces of furniture. Former students can bring small pieces of furniture to work on but must email me 3 weeks in advance of class so I can see photos of the furniture. Materials fee $28. Beginner to advanced.  Limit 8 students, ages 16 and up. kristin.helberg@verizon.net   Periods 3 & 4 ~ Kristin Helberg

Materials Fee:

The consumable materials fee per beginning student is $6.00 and covers the base coat paint, vinegar paint, practice boards, stain and final varnish. The cost of both the wooden jewelry box and small frames per student is $22.00. A total of $28.00 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Advanced students must contact me directly to find out materials costs as some of the materials they will supply themselves .

Beginner students must bring:

  • 5 pairs of latex exam gloves
  • 1 sheet 150 grit fine sandpaper
  • 2 chip (type) brushes in 1” width size
  • 4 art brushes either a “Bright” or a “Wash” (those are brush types) in a ¾” or 1” width. Don’t buy expensive brushes.
  • 10 rags that you have cut from old T-shirts, about 6”x 6” in size.

You can get the chip type brushes at Home Depot, Lowes, hardware stores and in some craft stores. They are good to use with the varnish. They are a natural bristle brush and are very cheap. The art brushes can be purchased at Michaels, AC Moore, and art and craft stores. These are not expensive brushes. Look for discount packages of all types of brushes. If you have any questions, contact me at kristin.helberg@verizon.net.

 

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Wheel and Dream Catchers

Students in the class will learn the techniques and skills needed to throw pottery on the wheel. Hand building techniques will be used to enhance wheel thrown designs. Ceramic artists and potters of all levels ages 14 and up are encouraged to join this exciting look into the world of clay art. Students will make beads and use them to make dream catchers. Advanced students can explore wheel thrown stacked vessels with sculpted figures, and the use of piercing and carving techniques. Each student should come to the first class with 25 pounds of clay offered for sale in The McDaniel Book Store and any “clay tools” they may have or make, and some plastic bags for storing work in progress. Firing options will be discussed. Limit 10 students, ages 14 and up.  Periods 3 & 4 ~
Jeremy Wright

 

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~ The Art of Making Instruments: Week 1 ~


Bodhran Construction 

Learn how to make the frame, apply the drum skin to the shell, how to tune and decorate your very own Bodhran. A unique chance to build and learn to play this wonderful Celtic instrument. Taught by Frank McGuire, Bodhran player/maker and percussionist.  frankmcguire79@hotmail.com  All materials supplied by the instructor.Materials fee: $40. All levels; limit 8 students ages 16 and older.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Frank McGuire




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Native American Flute Making

If you have ever been inspired by the sound of the haunting woodland flute of Native Americans, consider constructing your own personal cedar or cane flute under the guidance of an experienced craftsman. Your personal flute will be an ideal companion for personal meditation. Easy to play, you’ll enjoy hours of contented music-making alone or with other instruments. Please pre-register for this class so that instructor will be sure to have enough building materials on hand for all students. Students must be old enough to safely use power tools with instructions. Repeating students are welcome. There is a suggested related course: Native American Flute and Flute Playing. Materials fee: $30 to $40. All levels; limit 10 students ages 12 and older. Please register early for this class so that instructor will be sure to have enough building materials on hand for all students.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Robin Tillery


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~ Fiber and Wearable Arts: Week 1 ~


 

Adventures in Glass Beadmaking 

This is an introductory course for anyone interested in learning this fascinating and ancient beadmaking technique. The class will provide the student with the basic skills to make glass beads over a torch. A brief history of glass beadmaking, studio safety, and an overview of materials will be included, as well as lively discussion while we work. Students should bring 2-3 MAPP gas canisters (available in the plumbing department at Lowe’s and Home Depot). Hot Head torches and tools will be provided by the instructor. The materials fee covers glass rods and other materials used in class. This class will be presented in a demo/hands on format which will allow the student plenty of time to practice the skills demonstrated. Expect to learn how to make a round bead, using heat and gravity to bring the shape into focus. Learn to enhance beads with a variety of decorative techniques. Materials fee $20. Limit 10 students, ages 16 and up. nolly@nollysfolly.com  www.nollysfolly.com  ngelsinger@gmail.com   Periods 1 & 2 ~ Nolly Gelsinger


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Beginning Harness Floor Loom Weaving 

Learn how to warp a loom, the basics of weaving, and design and weave a scarf on a 4 harness loom. This is a hands-on class in which students will learn the basics of design and how to setup the loom in preparation for projects. The students will begin with a small sampler to learn the basic skills and will have the opportunity to develop their technical and creative skills in weaving on a floor loom. They will leave with at least one finished project. Materials fee approximately $30 depending on choices. Limit 8 students, 16 years or older. Ellen.hartge@verizon.net  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Ellen Hartge

 

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Beginning Sewing: Basic, Easy! 

Learn how to use your sewing machine! Instruction in making hems, selecting fabric for function, various means of connecting fabrics, taking basic measurements to figure out patterns, and altering garments will be demonstrated. Create a patch work pillow or shoulder bag with a zipper! Students should bring: notions or tools: sewing machine, hand needles, chalk, scissors, ruler, and a variety of thread. NOTE: contact the instructor if you do not have your own machine. There will be at least 2 extra provided. Beginning level; limit 8 students, ages 12 and older. jennyruth01@hotmail.com  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Virginia Harrison

 

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Braided: Intricate Hair and Beard  Designs

During the braided workshop, the class will learn about the history and importance of braiding in different cultures as well as the basics of how to create different types of French braids. Complete beginners are welcome! Students with experience will learn more advanced styles and also how to work on their own hair! Students should bring a brush, mirror and hair ties with you. https://www.facebook.com/braidingbooth  All levels; limit 8 students; ages 16 and older.  Period 5 ~ Carly Miller


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Costume Design and Creation on a Shoestring Budget 

Design and create the costumes for a school play, Halloween, or a Faire. Explore simple but good design choices for costumes as well as ways to create something viable from what you have sitting around in a closet or thrift store finds, plus a few items from a craft or dollar store. Students should bring basic clothing pieces and various supplies (a list will be sent directly to each registered student). This year we will create a ‘matching’ Renaissance Lord and Lady (European style). Pieces created can include gown, tunic, hats, and possibly other accessories. Limit 12 students, ages 16 and up. klapietra@gmail.com  Period 5 ~ Katherine La Pietra

 

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Creating a Triangular Pattern Knit Scarf 

We knit to relax and enjoy the fellowship of others while creating a unique and useful item. In this class you will learn to mix different types of yarn and also make an original design. There are many ways to make a basic garment look trendy. Adding different edges and finish trims can update an old favorite or enhance a new pattern. Please bring 200 yards of worsted/sport weight yarns which can be combined to create a scarf. Also bring needles sizes 9 through 10½ which can be straight or 16” circular and one set of double pointed needles size 6 to 8. You will also need a knitting bag containing a tape measure, plastic markers, scissors, index cards and a pen. The triangular pattern is made of many small triangles knitted in one continuous piece and can be of one or many colors. Many of us have lots of yarn here and there around the house and this is a good way to use up leftovers (variegated yarn works very well for this design). All levels; limit 10 students, ages 16 and up. brwknit@comcast.net  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Bobbi Ward

 

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Crochet Critters! 

Learn to crochet a critter using basic stitches associated with the techniques of amigurumi. Stitches include, but are not limited to, slip, chain, single crochet, crocheting in the round, changing colors and more. Learn to use polyester stuffing and safety eyes for their projects. Includes a brief history of amigurumi as well as how to read pattern instructions. Only the most basic skills are required for this class (knowing beginner level stitches, the correct weight of the yarn, the appropriate hook size, the use of blunt [tapestry] needles, and scissors). Materials fee $20. Available to students with rudimentary skills; limit 10 students, ages 16 and up. tfedoruk@outlook.com  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Trista Fedoruk

 

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Forming Sheet Metal into Wearable or Functional Objects 

Using sheet metal (copper, nugold, or silver), the student will learn techniques for forming low or high relief as well as texturing, defining, and delineating. Demonstrations and practice will allow a better understanding of the plasticity of metal and the ways in which it can be formed. Wearables can be made. Materials fee based on student’s metals choice: estimate $10-20; McDaniel Lab $10. All levels; limit 8 students, ages 16 and up. suesachs1@gmail.com  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Sue Sachs

 

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Hat Making

Beautiful couture hats can be yours for the making!In this class, students will learn to create cut-and-sew soft style hats, or they may choose to learn fascinator construction (ever wondered how in the world they stay on?!) Learn tricks of the millinery trade, shortcuts and uncommon use of materials such as found objects, vintage pieces, sticks, cloth pins, wire, etc. The class will also learn to make hat decoration pieces, such as flowers and hat pins. The instructor will supply all the necessary materials including fabric and supplies such as interfacing, wire, base materials, ribbons, feathers, etc. Students should contact the instructor in advance if they would like to make a specific design: info@trhats.com  Basic sewing machine knowledge would be helpful. Bring one if you have it. All levels; limit 16 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $60.  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Tatiana Rahkmanina


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Make a Metal Bead a Day 

Beads can be used to make all sorts of jewelry including earrings, bracelets and pendants. In this class, we explore different ways to make hollow beads in metal using techniques including dapping and fabricating. Both soldering and cold connection techniques will be explored to complete the beads. Students will make enough beads to make a few pair of earrings or a bracelet. We will also explore embellishing beads by texturing or adding other elements such as jump rings or twisted wire. Students who wish to work in silver should bring some sheet (20 – 26 gauge) and wire (14 – 22 gauge) or arrange with Linda Van Hart ( lvanhart@mcdaniel.edu ) to buy some at current market price. Materials fee: $10 - $15 (brass, bronze and copper sheet and wire and some tubing will be available from the instructor). Lab Fee of $10 payable to McDaniel College for consumables and torches. Limit 8 students, ages 16 and up. baynemetal@hotmail.com  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Barbara Bayne

Make Synclastic Bracelets 

This class introduces bracelets with domed forms and wild textures . Investigate synclastic forming to produce wide durable textured cuffs. Sizing and “tricks” will be shown to insure custom fit . Become more tool savvy using available tools or make custom forming blocks from hardwood. Texturing involves many hammers used to cold forge and pattern. Bring your own hammer if you want to create a texturing tool to keep. Heavy gauge copper, brass, and bronze are available at market cost from instructor. This will vary based on weight & quantity of pieces. Students may bring 18 gauge silver 1x6” for each bracelet they want to make. Materials fee begins at $10, depending on student choice; McDaniel Lab fee of $5 covers cost of consumables used with the flexshaft for polishing or saw blades for cutting. Tools will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Limit 8 students, ages 12 and up. waynewerner@mindspring.com  Period 5 ~ Wayne Werner


Natural Dyes for Natural Fibers

Students will explore making dyes from the local environment and applying them to natural fibers using backyard chemistry and an open fire. A full rainbow of at least a dozen colors such as osage orange and goldenrod yellow, pokeberry rose, indigo blue, madder red, and logwood purple will be created. Participants will be able to see how these affect cotton, linen, wool, and silk. Then they can be modified: printing from rusted objects, or using mordant and stitching resists, or over dyes, or clamping. Anyone who reenacts history, hooks rugs, weaves baskets or textiles, will find this workshop inspires their palette and illustrates dye colors prior to 1860. Each student will leave with a scarf, pillow case, fleece/yarn, yardage, and an illustrated booklet of history and recipes. Fiber artists are encouraged to bring items to dye. Students should bring scissors, heat-proof rubber gloves, zip lock bags, clamps, rusted objects, personal textiles or basket reed, and should wear an apron or clothes that can be stained.  Please contact the instructor prior to classpatbfarm@hotmail.com  All levels; limit 10 students; age 16 and older. Materials fee: $40.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Pat Brodowski

 

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Southern Plains Buckskin Moccasins

Learn the culture, traditions, and significance of the style and design of Native American moccasins. Make a pair of baby moccasins with beadwork in class and prepare an adult pair which can be finished, beaded, and worn later. Learn to measure, develop a custom pattern, cut and sew the footwear. Applying the appropriate style of beadwork will be demonstrated. We will talk about Native American history, mythology, culture and traditions. Materials fee: $6 for baby mocs only or $32 for both baby and adult mocs. All levels; ages 14 and older. littlebearfink@wildblue.net  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Bobby Little Bear

 

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T-Shirt Design

Create unique personalized t-shirt designs. You may even create your own customized Common Ground design. Students will learn to scan pictures and manipulate them in Photoshop. Color theory and drawing skills will be introduced as students create t-shirt designs using fabric pens and Sharpies. Students should bring 2-3 washed T shirts and other garments for transfer, and a bucket. Materials fee $14. Limit 10 students, ages 14 and up. randallartphotos@yahoo.com   Periods 3 & 4 ~ Randall Gornowich


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~ Traditional and Native Skills: Week 1 ~


   

Blacksmithing at Common Ground: Fire, Iron, and a Hammer

Blacksmithing for new and returning students who wish to experience the joy of moving hot metal into new shapes. The ability to shape iron and steel brought us into the modern world. Art, tools, and artful tools are all the products of those who forge iron and steel. Beginning students will learn hot forging methods, bending, twisting, splitting and welding in the forge by making several useful items. Advanced students will have the opportunity to design their own projects to further and refresh skills already learned. All classes will be taught at the blacksmith shop at the Farm Museum. Long pants and closed shoes are required. No shorts or sandals. Materials fee: $50 covers coal, steel, consumables, and the use of the blacksmith school equipment. All levels, limit 8 students ages 16 and older.  Periods 1 & 2 Shel Browder

NOTE: This course meets at The Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland’s school at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 South Center St., Westminster, MD.  

 

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Building Thoreau's Cabin "By the labor of my hands"

“I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only,” wrote Henry David Thoreau in 1854. Together in this class, we will use hand tools to build a facsimile of the single-story, timber frame building in which Thoreau lived for over two years, and about which he wrote in Walden. In the shade of the coffee trees at the Grove Studio, we will use hand saws, mallets, chisels, slicks and brace & bits to make timber framed pegged joints that will stand the test of time. At the same time, we will discuss Thoreau’s ideas about simplifying our lives, integrating some of his philosophy into the process. Proper use of hand tools, safety, and how to maintain sharp tools will be shared. We will be using treated, pre-sized lumber to make the building, but will also have a beam hewing demonstration as part of the class. Timber frame buildings built hundreds of years ago still stand today. Take part in the Grove community, working together to create this long-lasting, functional art, and give thought to simple living. “I borrowed an axe and went down to the woods by Walden Pond.” All levels; limited to students ages 16 and older.
kckcreate@yahoo.com  Periods 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ~ Ken Koons

NOTE: Students may take any or all periods of this course.

 

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Common Ground on the Grill

This course is repeatable and will allow you to unite with friends both old and new through the culture of food. You will learn about open fire cooking techniques, recipes, and experience the “common ground” of a communal, family style meal prepared over an open fire. There will be some opportunity for students to assist with fire maintenance, Dutch oven baking, and preparing and cooking “quick” dishes to accompany the main meal. Students will also contribute to planning the next day’s meal and clean-up. The meal ingredients will come from local and sustainable harvest whenever possible. We will try to meet dietary restrictions for each meal. Students should bring a reusable ceramic style plate, bowl, mug, eating utensils, and an appropriate beverage to accompany your meal. We recommend exploring the Common Ground Store for some fantastic handmade dinnerware items. Materials fee $60. Limit 10 students, ages 16 and up. Please contact the instructors to discuss your questions or concerns. stonejugforge@embarqmail.com gwenhandler@gmail.com shelbrowder@gmail.com  Period 5 ~ Ted McNett, Shel BrowderGwen Handler



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Common Ground on the Grill: Dutch Ovens

This course allows students to explore outdoor fire making, food preparation, and cooking skills. We focus on preparing bread in the Dutch oven as well as other recipes for these amazing cooking vessels. You will learn about open fire cooking techniques, recipes, and experience the “common ground” of a communal, family style meal prepared over an open fire. The meals prepared and cooked during this session will be shared during Period 5. Students can focus on personal areas of interest and prepare and cook “quick” dishes to accompany the main meal. In this course you will learn the basics of breadmaking (recipes, dough preparation, and baking in a Dutch oven), and preparation of desserts in a Dutch oven (apple and blueberry pies, cobblers). Students should bring a reusable ceramic style plate, bowl, mug, and eating utensils, as well as an appropriate beverage of your choice. We will try to meet dietary restrictions for each meal. Please contact the instructors to discuss your questions or concerns. Materials fee $60. Limit 5 students, ages 16 and older. stonejugforge@embarqmail.com gwenhandler@gmail.com shelbrowder@gmail.com  Periods 4 & 5 ~ Ted McNett, Shel Browder and Gwen Handler


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Native American Flute Making

If you have ever been inspired by the sound of the haunting woodland flute of Native Americans, consider constructing your own personal cedar or cane flute under the guidance of an experienced craftsman. Your personal flute will be an ideal companion for personal meditation. Easy to play, you’ll enjoy hours of contented music-making alone or with other instruments. Please pre-register for this class so that instructor will be sure to have enough building materials on hand for all students. Students must be old enough to safely use power tools with instructions. Repeating students are welcome. There is a suggested related course: 
Native American Flute and Flute Playing. All levels; limit 10 students; ages 12 and older. Materials fee: $30 to $40. Please register early for this class so that instructor will be sure to have enough building materials on hand for all students.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Robin Tillery



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Native American Tribal Arts: Motifs, Techniques and Meaning


Pre-Contact North America had over 355 native language families and hundreds more tribal communities—more diversity than most places on earth. Yet despite such wide differences in almost every area of human life, there are identifiable common elements in their artistic traditions. This course begins with the archaic and paleo foundations of native expressions. Discover and explore major cultural areas and their traditions, tools and techniques, motifs and meaning, the materials utilized, and, finally, the what, why, how and purposes of native arts. This year's class will begin with the West Coast native peoples and work our way eastward to the Atlantic and Southeast. You may bring a native item for discussion. If you plan to take the class for credit, please bring a good book on American Indian Art and Architecture for your class text and reference. ❖ Period 5 ~ Bobbie Little Bear

 

Natural Dyes for Natural Fibers

Students will explore making dyes from the local environment and applying them to natural fibers using backyard chemistry and an open fire. A full rainbow of at least a dozen colors such as osage orange and goldenrod yellow, pokeberry rose, indigo blue, madder red, and logwood purple will be created. Participants will be able to see how these affect cotton, linen, wool, and silk. Then they can be modified: printing from rusted objects, or using mordant and stitching resists, or over dyes, or clamping. Anyone who reenacts history, hooks rugs, weaves baskets or textiles, will find this workshop inspires their palette and illustrates dye colors prior to 1860. Each student will leave with a scarf, pillow case, fleece/yarn, yardage, and an illustrated booklet of history and recipes. Fiber artists are encouraged to bring items to dye. Students should bring scissors, heat-proof rubber gloves, zip lock bags, clamps, rusted objects, personal textiles or basket reed, and should wear an apron or clothes that can be stained.  Please contact the instructor prior to class: patbfarm@hotmail.com. Limit 10 students, ages 14 and up.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Pat Brodowski




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Primitive Skills: Making a Green Wood Bow

In nature, good bow woods are somewhat rare. Survival bows are not "character" bows. The object of this class is to select a blank that can be worked "green" into a functioning bow with the least amount of difficulty. Students will select and form a hunting bow of at least 40 pounds from green wood. When starting with green wood, such a bow cannot be dried in one day; after it has been thinned and shaped, it can be dried, using fire, to be an effective hunting weapon in just a few days. This class will emphasize bow design strategies and why some woods make the best bows. Each student will be able to take their bow home. Strings will be applied, and we will practice with some demonstration arrows on the final day of class. A material fee of $20.00 will be applied, for each bow blank. All levels; limit 8 students ages 16 and up. guyrneal@yahoo.com   Periods 3 & 4 ~ Guy R. Neal, Primal Knowledge LLC   


Southern Plains Buckskin Moccasins

Learn the culture, traditions, and significance of the style and design of Native American moccasins. Make a pair of baby moccasins with beadwork in class and prepare an adult pair which can be finished, beaded, and worn later. Learn to measure, develop a custom pattern, cut and sew the footwear. Applying the appropriate style of beadwork will be demonstrated. We will talk about Native American history, mythology, culture and traditions. Materials fee: $6 for baby mocs only or $32 for both baby and adult mocs. All levels; ages 14 and older. littlebearfink@wildblue.net  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Bobby Little Bear



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Vinegar Graining on Boxes and Frames

Vinegar graining is an Early American art form for creating decorative finishes on boxes, frames and furniture. This old art form will help you recycle and decorate some of your “junk furniture”. You will learn formulas for vinegar paint, wood preparation, texturing techniques, use of graining tools and varnishing. By the end of the week, you will have decorated a small jewelry box and a collection of small frames to take home with you, as well as the knowledge you will need to work on larger pieces of furniture. Former students can bring small pieces of furniture to work on but must email me 3 weeks in advance of class so I can see photos of the furniture. Materials fee $28. Beginner to advanced.  Limit 8 students, ages 16 and up. kristin.helberg@verizon.net  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Kristin Helberg

Materials Fee:

The consumable materials fee per beginning student is $6.00 and covers the base coat paint, vinegar paint, practice boards, stain and final varnish. The cost of both the wooden jewelry box and small frames per student is $22.00. A total of $28.00 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Advanced students must contact me directly to find out materials costs as some of the materials they will supply themselves .

Beginner students must bring:

  • 5 pairs of latex exam gloves
  • 1 sheet 150 grit fine sandpaper
  • chip (type) brushes in 1” width size
  • 4 art brushes either a “Bright” or a “Wash” (those are brush types) in a ¾” or 1” width. Don’t buy expensive brushes.
  • 10 rags that you have cut from old T-shirts, about 6”x 6” in size.

You can get the chip type brushes at Home Depot, Lowes, hardware stores and in some craft stores. They are good to use with the varnish. They are a natural bristle brush and are very cheap. The art brushes can be purchased at Michaels, AC Moore, and art and craft stores. These are not expensive brushes. Look for discount packages of all types of brushes. If you have any questions, contact me at kristin.helberg@verizon.net.

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Wheel and Dream Catchers

Students in the class will learn the techniques and skills needed to throw pottery on the wheel. Hand building techniques will be used to enhance wheel thrown designs. Ceramic artists and potters of all levels ages 14 and up are encouraged to join this exciting look into the world of clay art. Students will make beads and use them to make dream catchers. Advanced students can explore wheel thrown stacked vessels with sculpted figures, and the use of piercing and carving techniques. Each student should come to the first class with 25 pounds of clay offered for sale in The McDaniel Book Store and any “clay tools” they may have or make, and some plastic bags for storing work in progress. Firing options will be discussed. Limit 10 students, ages 14 and up.  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Jeremy Wright

 

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Visual Arts Workshops

Visual Arts Week 1          Visual Arts Week 2

 

Schedules-at-a-Glance Evening Events
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Week 2 Workshop Course Descriptions
Special Gatherings Distinctive Lectures Literary & Performance Arts Music Courses
Dance Human Arts World Village Visual Arts

Download Common Ground on the Hill Catalog as a PDF HERE.

Traditions Week 2: July 2 - 7

 

WEEK 2 VISUAL ARTS: Quick Links

2-Dimensional Arts     3-Dimensional Arts     The Art of Making Instruments     Fiber & Wearable Art     Traditional/Native Skills


Art courses have a limited enrollment, so sign up as soon as possible! Most art courses are designed for persons ages 16 and older, unless otherwise stated. If email addresses are listed, you may contact instructors directly with questions. All materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of the class unless otherwise indicated in the class description.


~ 2-Dimensional Arts: Week 2 ~


     

Basic Skills in Photoshop

For teachers and others with little or no knowledge of Photoshop. Using photographs provided by the instructor and photographs of their own, learn techniques for improving their photographs, including layering, masking and selection techniques; transformation techniques; adding type to imagery; preparing images for the web or for printing; and fun techniques suitable for children. Students should bring a USB flash drive containing  the photos with which they wish to work. Because of limited time and printing constraints, no finished projects will be undertaken.  Beginner; limit 12 students, ages tweens and up. don.elmes1@gmail.com  Period 5 ~ Don Elmes

 

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Collage Art Journaling

Equally pleasurable for both artists and those who “can’t draw a straight line,” art journaling is a useful expressive tool for exploring a variety of art media and techniques, as well as an enhanced application of journaling that combines visual art and the written word. Using a 12-page 9” x 12” spiral watercolor pad and a broad variety of materials, students will be encouraged to create their own personal images-and-words journal. They will use paints, markers, oil pastels, and anything that makes a mark, along with decorative papers, magazines, photocopies, stamps, ribbons, and anything that can be glued on a page. The humble glue stick will be the main adhesive. Riki will teach a variety of techniques, with emphasis on covering the page with many layers and types of materials, aiming for a densely colored, textured, and patterned journal page. All students, regardless of experience level, should come away from the class with a sense of pride, and most importantly, joy in their creations. Returning students will have the opportunity to learn new techniques and deepen their exploration of the various media. This is a class where we aim to have fun! The instructor will provide journals, scissors, and a range of beautiful materials, but encourages class members to bring in their own art media, personal photocopies, cards, papers, and anything else they might wish to include in their imagery. 
riki@rikischneyer.com  All levels; limit 10 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee:  $35.  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Riki Schneyer


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Figure Drawing for Teens: From Human to Hero


This course is for “tweens” and teens who want to learn to draw the human figure both realistically and super-hero style.  Middle and high school teachers are also welcome to take this course to adapt these techniques and concepts in their classrooms. Begin by drawing a posed model. Using tracing paper overlaid on the model drawing, invent and transform the model into a super hero. Students will learn drawing techniques and practices such as contour line, gesture, proportion and perspective. Students should bring a spiral-bound sketchbook, (at least 9”x12”), colored pencils, and colored markers. The instructor will also have some colored pencils and markers to provide. Most importantly, bring your imagination! Limit 15 students, ages 10-15.  ellen.elmes@gmail.com  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Ellen ELmes

 


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Geometric Origami for Teachers

This workshop is oriented to middle and high school teachers as well as home-schooling parents but interested students ages 16 and up are welcome. We will explore two dimensional figures (polygons) and its relation to kirigami, three dimensional figures (polyhedra) and especially Platonic solids, Froebel squares and hexagons , basics of Euclidean compass construction as translated into paper folding, and informal and constructionist elements of proof and logical thinking. Gain a deeper and richer sense of what origami can offer you and your students in how to learn, think about, and appreciate geometry, whether in the classroom or at home.  You will receive plenty of opportunity to learn how to fold the models we discuss, and both digital and paper instructions. Previous experience with folding is always helpful but not a requirement.Limit 15 students.
kandel.david@gmail.com  Periods 1 & 2 ~ David Kandel

 

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Making Your Photos Pop with Adobe Lightroom

Use Adobe Lightroom’s Library module to organize and select photos. Use the Develop module to bring photos to life. Lightroom handles about 90% of any photographers’ needs, but when it doesn’t we will explore Photoshop techniques. Bring a camera capable of shooting RAW images and/or other images to work on. A $5+ fee for prints to display during the week and at the student art show. Limit 10 students, ages 16 and up with some experience on camera and computer.
cary@bluesaccess.com ❖ Periods 3 & 4 ~ Cary Wolfson

 

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Mastering the Basics of Geometric Origami (Teen Class)

Do you like geometry?  Have you done a little bit of origami now and then?  Why not come explore the best of both worlds.  The field of geometry and origami has exploded in the last ten years:  modulars, tessellations, and corrugations.  In this workshop, we will explore a whole range of geometry models, simple underlying math principles, how to read folding and creasing diagrams, experiment with different types of paper, and discover the beauty of the constructed and folded world.  Limit 15 students, middle-school aged and up. All materials will be supplied.  Period 5 ~ David Kandel

 

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Monotype & Drypoint Printmaking

Join master printmaker Lee Newman for a special hands-on workshop learning to create small original prints using monotype and drypoint printmaking techniques. This workshop will suit beginners as well as more experienced artists. Students should bring a set of watercolors, brushes, a sketch pad 11x14 or smaller, and some basic drawing materials. The instructor will provide all materials. Materials fee $15. Available to 12 students aged 16 and up.  Periods 3 & 4 ~
Lee Newman

 

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Painting Watercolors with Expressive Color

Autumn can be a time and place of emotional impact, bringing to the surface intensified feelings ranging from uplifting joy to longing melancholy. In this workshop, each participant will create two small watercolors which use identical imagery and composition:  one will feature bright fall colors expressing a joyful mood; the other will utilize cooler colors that also exist within the autumn environment. This exercise will be an opportunity for participants to practice basic watercolor techniques and color mixing, discovering how different color schemes can enhance the expressiveness of paintings. Materials fee $20 or students can bring their own. See the essential supply list below. Limit 15 students, ages 16 and up with some watercolor experience.
ellen.elmes@gmail.com  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Ellen Elmes

PAPER

140 lb. watercolor paper, single sheets or pads.  Not all-purpose watercolor/drawing paper.  Suggested brand:  d'Arches, 100% rag, cold-pressed, 22 x 30 inch sheets, 140 lb.

Needed for workshop: one (1) full sheet (to cut to size) or two (2) sheets from pad – at least 11”x15”

PAINTS

Necessary colors for limited palette: cadmium red light, alizarin crimson permanent or carmine, cadmium yellow light or Aureolin yellow, yellow ochre, Hooker’s green dark, sap green, cobalt or ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, Quinacridone violet, burnt sienna.

For fuller palette, add any of the following: turquoise, burnt umber, Winsor blue, Quinacridone gold. Quantity: one (1) tube of each.  Suggested brands: Winsor & Newton (Cotman), Grumbacher, van Gogh tube watercolors

BRUSHES: (Synthetic brushes recommended)

Wash Brush: at least 3/4", preferably 1".  Suggested brands: Winsor & Newton, Robert Simmons, Cheap Joe's.

Round Brush: full at base but comes to a point; medium size.  Suggested brands:  Robert Simmons Whitesable Rounds #10 or #12.

Some art supply resources online:

Cheap Joe’s (800.257.0874) and www.cheapjoes.com

Utrecht Art Supplies (800.223.9132) and www.utrecht.com

Blick Art Materials (800.828.4548) and www.dickblick.com


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Portrait Drawing

Working from life and photographic references, learn basics of portrait drawing. Basic ideas about the human head, various approaches by past and present artists and various issues associated with portraiture will be discussed. Please below for required materials.  Limit 15 students, ages 16 and up.
hampsj@yahoo.com  Periods 1 & 2 ~ John Hampshire

 

Students should bring their own materials and may opt to bring comparable items:

  • charcoal  pencils (general’s hard),
  • white charcoal pencil, 
  • vine charcoal, 
  • plastic eraser,  
  • (Canford card stock gray) Any gray or colored charcoal paper could suffice.  Approx. 18x24”. 
  • A cloth, such as a chamois cloth or cut up t shirt. 

Optional

  • something to sharpen pencils with, such as a matte knife. 
  • Photographic references for portraits- printed on 8.5x11 scale.  Higher resolution/color is helpful, but not necessary.  
  • A single, dramatic light source is also helpful.

 

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Portrait Painting


Working from life and photographic references, learn basics of portrait painting.  Basic ideas about the human head, various approaches by past and present artists and various issues associated with portraiture will be discussed, as well as color relationships, paint application and methods. Projects will include working from a grisaille underpainting to color glazes and working from burnt umber wiping towards building color. Please see below for materials information. Limit 15 students, ages 16 and up. hampsj@yahoo.com  Periods 3 & 4 ~ John Hampshire

 

Students should bring their own materials and may opt to bring comparable items.

  • Various acrylic paints.  black and white, burnt umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium red light, cadmium yellow. 
  • Other colors may also be added to this. Acrylic glazing medium.
  • Various brushes- hog hair bristle and soft hair synthetic brushes will be fine.  A variety of sizes - a 1 inch flat, and a smaller round at least would be helpful.
  • 2-3 painting supports- canvas or canvas boards or canvas paper, 18x24” or 16x20” range.
  • A jar or can for water. 
  • A rag for wiping, and cleaning brushes.

 

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Scanner Art

Learn to use the scanner as if it were a camera, scanning objects from flowers and leaves to fossils and insects. Then we will combine scanner images, using Photoshop, to create multi-layered and textured digital collages. Available to 10 students ages 16 and up who should plan to have $10 or more to print some of their finished imagesat the copy center (11x17” for 60 cents) or at Staples in town.
sue@suebloom.com   Periods 1 & 2 ~ Sue Bloom

 

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~ 3-Dimensional Arts: Week 2 ~


Adventures in Glass Beadmaking II

This is an intermediate course in glass beadmaking for students who want to improve and advance their skills and knowledge. This class is limited to students who have made beads within the last three years and can reliably light a torch and make a round bead. Students should expect to increase their beadmaking repertoire to include a variety of bead shapes, decoration with metals, surface application, hollow bead forms and stringer work. Studio safety and an overview of materials will be included, as well as lively discussion while we work. Students should bring 2-3 MAPP gas canisters (available in the plumbing department at Lowe’s and Home Depot). Hot Head torches and tools will be provided by the instructor. The materials fee covers glass rods and other materials used in class. Additional materials will be available at cost from the instructor. This class will be presented in a demo/hands on format which will allow the student plenty of time to practice the skills demonstrated. Expect to learn expanded skills beginning with a refresher of good beadmaking techniques. We will wrap up our week with a half-class on using your beads in jewelry. Please bring materials or use those provided by the instructor. If you don’t like jewelry, make more beads!!
nolly@nollysfolly.com  www.nollysfolly.com Intermediate/Advanced level; limit 8 students ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $20.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Nolly Gelsinger

 


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Creating a Personalized Amulet: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood

In this workshop, students will explore Five Element Theory, a cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine.  We will identify the personal element for each participant (wood, water, fire, earth, or metal) and then choose an associated gemstone that will be incorporated into a unique jewelry piece.  Each student will design and create a stamped metal amulet featuring a gemstone that relates to their element. Materials fee $15. Any skill level; limit 8 students, ages 16 and up.
joelproper@charter.net kathrynosgood@hotmail.com  Period 5 ~ Joel Proper and Kathryn Osgood

 

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Glass Boot Camp with Ragtime

Learn everything needed to begin a journey into the wonderful world of cutting glass and the first steps towards creating a small panel. Students will learn to cut, grind and foil glass. Soldering techniques will be taught, and students can expect to leave with a finished piece of their own design. Please bring a design idea, 10 inches round or square. Materials fee: $33. All levels; limit 8 students, ages 16 and older.
1000pointsofpeace.net ragtime33@frontier.com  ❖ Period 5 ~ Ragtime

 

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The Luna Moth Project
 

A collaborative memorial project with the Common Ground on the Hill Veteran’s Initiative. Visitors are welcome to stop by to see the progress. The life-sized luna moths will be included in a second memorial sculpture or may be taken/given to a family member in memory of a veteran. No materials fee. Limit 8 students; preference given to members of the Veterans Initiative.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Ted McNett

Click for more information about the memorial project.

 

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Making YOUR Mark on Clay

Use hand building to explore the tactile potential of clay. Students focus on coil and slab, building functional vessels, and making and using tools to mark and decorate those vessels. These techniques are informed by Japanese ceramic traditions centering on finding ways to mark and scar the surfaces of functional and sculptural creations to reflect the natural patterns and designs observed in the world.Students will learn about Japanese ceramics and how their history and tradition interact with contemporary American ceramics. Students are asked to arrive with a 25 pound bag of clay available in the college store and any tools they may have.  Students may want to budget to purchase some raku clay from the instructor to participate in a raku firing with his other class. Limit 12 students, ages 16 and up.
absartorius@gmail.com ❖ Periods 1 & 2 ~ Andrew Sartorius

 

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Pizza/Bread Oven Building

Learn how to build a masonry wood-fired oven. We will build an oven together on a trailer. Students will gain the information and experience needed to build their own oven at home. Understand designs of masonry ovens, and the materials and costs required to construct them. Learn about concrete, firebricks, mortar, and insulation.  Mix cement and lay bricks to create arches within the firebox.  Cook wood-fired pizza and bread using the oven. Materials supplied: Firebricks, cement, vermiculite, diatomaceous earth, rebar, chimney liner, etc. Shared tools:  cement mixer, trowels, grinders, hammers, wooden forms, etc. Limit 10 students, ages 14 and up.
thomas-sterner@outlook.com ❖ Periods 1 & 2 ~ Thomas Sterner

 

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Porcelain Beads: Working Small with Color, Texture, and Pattern


Form wet clay into fired beads and pendants. Finished work is ideal for use in jewelry, clothing or decorative elements in other creative projects. Guidance will be provided on considerations such as color scheme, pattern, and texture on scaled-down surfaces. Work with hand tools, brushes, and fine tipped applicators for glaze paste and underglazes. A full palette of colors will be provided to brighten up your work. Material fee $25. Limit 12, all ages and experience levels. rcs52025@gmail.com ❖ Period 5 ~ Robert Strasser

 

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Pysanky: Ukrainian Egg Decorating

Pysanky is the Ukrainian art of decorating eggs. Eggs are not painted, but are dyed using a wax-resist method. Students will learn about the cultural origins of this art and the symbolism behind the intricate designs. Designs will be demonstrated and discussed, ranging from basic to more detailed, and students will complete several eggs in class. Participants should bring: a roll of absorbent paper towels, a pencil, an egg carton, and two to four clean white chicken eggs. The materials fee will cover the cost of dyes, kistky (writing tools), beeswax, candles, and additional eggs and supplies. Materials fee $20. Limit 15 students, ages 16 and up. amchapp@carrollk12.org   Period 3 & 4 ~ Mandy Chappell

 


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Raku Kiln Building

Students as will build and fire a very portable and easy to use raku kiln as a group, as an experiential guide to later building their own. Learn about the tradition of raku from both Japan and in America, and do a firing or two to learn how to safely use the kiln built to fire up to 1900-2000 degrees. We will make some small cups and kiln buttons which will be fired in the kiln. Additional clay may be purchased from the instructor. Materials provided include: Ceramic Fiber Wool - 48'' by 50'' blanket at about  $85 from Ebay (this is enough to make two to three kilns); 31 gallon steel trashcan, $20-30; heat resistant wire, $16 per spool; and special raku stoneware clay for making interior kiln buttons: an $18 bag can be split by several students. Fiber wool is used in the construction of these kilns, so all students must bring a respirator or face mask and a pair of garden or work gloves. Materials fee $30. Limit 10 students, ages 16 and up.absartorius@gmail.com   Period 3 & 4 ~ Andrew Sartorius

 

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Reticulation: Flat & Hollow Forms

Design with a torch texture called depletion gilding or painting with the torch. Beginning students will learn the basics of torch techniques, concentrating on creating and finishing a flat or gently curved pendant and/or earrings. More advanced students will design and create hollow forms to use as beads, pendants or containers. Soldering techniques will be introduced and reviewed. There will be a demo on creating findings such as jump rings and clasps. Materials fee approximately $25, depending on the student’s choices for metals available from the instructor at wholesale cost; McDaniel Lab fee $10. Limit 8 students, ages 16 and up. lvanhart@mcdaniel.edu   Period 3 & 4 ~ Linda Van Hart

 

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Seat Weaving with Shaker Tape

This workshop will use Shaker Tape to first weave a seat on a stool (frame provided). For the second project bring a chair/stool of your own to weave a seat. The chair/stool should have a rung on each side of the seat level and have already been stained/painted as you desire. Fast weavers may be able to begin a third project (materials not included in fee). (PLEASE NOTE: If you want specific colors for each project email jpsmaggie@yahoo.com. Also: if you don’t have a chair/stool for the second or third project, instructor can pre-order, but need an 8-week lead time to have it for the class. This will be an additional cost. Please call or email if you wish to do this: jpsmaggie@yahoo.com or 410-346-6617. Students should bring 2 1” or 2” spring clamps (like spring clothespins only larger/stronger), large long flat-headed screwdriver, sharp scissors, tape measure, felt-tip marker, clothespin, heavy sewing needle, thimble, needle nose pliers (extra tools and supplies will be available for purchase). Materials fee $66. All levels; limit 12 students ages 12 and up.  Period 1 & 2 ~ Joyce Schaum

 

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Opening Doors: Shrine Carving & Painting

Create a wooden, low relief, wall hung, shrine sculpture that opens. Learn techniques of using hand and power tools.  Understand wood types, grain, carving, and finishing. Instructor will provide wood, hammers, chisels, routers, rotary carving tools, engraver, paint, and brushes. Bring an idea or find it in the wood.  Materials fee $20.  All levels; limit 12 students, ages 14 and up.
thomas-sterner@outlook.com  Period 3 & 4 ~ Thomas Sterner

 

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Southwest Tile Mosaics

This class will have two components: creating your own tiles and then including them in a Southwest mosaic, featuring multi-colored Mexican Talvera. Create your own tiles using art from the ancient petropglyphs seen in the Sonoran Desert, or use the flora from the many desert blossoms to decorate your tile. Use the colors of Mexico and the Southwest to add brilliance to your projects. Students should bring a sturdy work apron and several pairs of gloves including disposable latex. Bring goggles if you have them. You may want to bring a coffee or end table to upcycle as mosaic Southwest furniture. Materials fee $50. Limit 20 students ages 16 and up.
azrichgv@msn.com  Period 1 & 2 ~ Rich Ramirez

 

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Stained Glass Sun Catchers

Create a stained glass sun catcher piece using the copper foil technique. Hands-on learning proceeds from choosing a pattern, choosing colors of glass, cutting glass, assembling the pieces and then admiring a finished glass window hanging. Participants are asked to find a pattern, such as a flower, peace sign, butterfly, or other meaningful symbol, and to bring any special piece of glass that they want to incorporate. Materials fee covers glass, foil, solder and chain. Tools will be provided. Additional glass may be purchased locally at Carousel Stained Glass. Bring protective eye gear if you have it. Please wear closed toe shoes. Materials fee: $33. All levels; limit 8 students, ages 16 and up.
Veronica@frogvalley.com  www.frogvalley.com  Period 3 & 4 ~ Veronica Wilson

 

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Torch-Fired Enamels: Glass, Metal, and Fire

Learn to add color to your jewelry and metalwork using vitreous enamels.  Torch firing provides a quick and fun way to add glass to metal.  Explore color in your jewelry using enameling techniques including sifting, stenciling, layering opaques and transparents, sugar firing, and fusing glass beads.  Students can expect to create several torch-fired enamel pendants and earrings during this class. Instructor will provide all enamels and copper sheet.  If you have a jeweler’s saw and blades, files, and needle files, please bring them along.  Materials fee $30. Studio fee $10. All levels are welcome. Limit 8 students ages 16 and up.
kathrynosgood@hotmail.com   Period 1 & 2 ~ Kathryn Osgood

 

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Weave an Egg Basket

Students will have the opportunity to weave a traditional shaped egg basket. This class will discuss the history of the egg basket and emphasize the round ribbed technique in basket construction. Using oak hoops, natural ribs and flat weavers, students will weave a finished cream colored reed basket with color highlights of their choosing. Students will learn to weave a decorative pattern for the basket handle, weave a God’s eye and how to sight, whittle and insert primary and secondary ribs. They will learn how to weave so that the basket ‘sets’ well and how to weave a neat decrease. Advanced students may wish to weave a larger basket using 12” hoops. First time egg basket weavers may wish to start with a 10” hoops. Please email the instructor prior to the class to select your hoop size at
swschae@gmail.com. 8” and 6” hoops will be available for weavers who desire to make a second smaller basket. Students should bring a water bucket or tub, a hand towel, scissors, reed clippers, and/or whittling knife, clips or clothes pins, spray bottle, and any other standard basket making supplies they have. The materials fee provides each participant two hoops, ¼” flat read , #7 round reed and written directions. Colored reed will be available to weave into their basket for highlights as desired. http://swschaeffer-baskets.blogspot.com Previous basket weaving experience is helpful, but not required. Materials fee: $30.00 for 10” egg or $40 for 12” egg. All levels; limit 12 students ages 16 and older.  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Sharon Schaeffer

 


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~ The Art of Making Musical Instruments: Week 2 ~


Bodhran Construction

Learn how to make the frame, apply the drum skin to the shell, how to tune and decorate your very own Bodhran. A unique chance to build and learn to play this wonderful Celtic instrument. Taught by Frank McGuire, Bodhran player/maker and percussionist.  
frankmcguire79@hotmail.com  All materials supplied by the instructor. All levels; limit 8 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $40.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Frank McGuire


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Native American Flute Making 

If you have ever been inspired by the sound of the haunting woodland flute of Native Americans, consider constructing your own personal cedar or cane flute under the guidance of an experienced craftsman. Your personal flute will be an ideal companion for personal meditation. Easy to play, you’ll enjoy hours of contented music-making alone or with other instruments. Please register early for this class so that instructor will be sure to have enough building materials on hand for all students. Students must be old enough to safely use power tools with instructions. Repeating students are welcome. All levels; limit 10 students ages 12 and older. Materials fee: $30 to $40.  Periods 1 & 2 ~
Robin Tillery

 

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~ Fiber and Wearable Arts: Week 2 ~


Adventures in Glass Beadmaking II

This is an intermediate course in glass beadmaking for students who want to improve and advance their skills and knowledge. This class is limited to students who have made beads within the last three years and can reliably light a torch and make a round bead. Students should expect to increase their beadmaking repertoire to include a variety of bead shapes, decoration with metals, surface application, hollow bead forms and stringer work. Studio safety and an overview of materials will be included, as well as lively discussion while we work. Students should bring 2-3 MAPP gas canisters (available in the plumbing department at Lowe’s and Home Depot). Hot Head torches and tools will be provided by the instructor. The materials fee covers glass rods and other materials used in class. Additional materials will be available at cost from the instructor. This class will be presented in a demo/hands on format which will allow the student plenty of time to practice the skills demonstrated. Expect to learn expanded skills beginning with a refresher of good beadmaking techniques. We will wrap up our week with a half-class on using your beads in jewelry. Please bring materials or use those provided by the instructor. If you don’t like jewelry, make more beads!! 
nolly@nollysfolly.com  www.nollysfolly.com Intermediate/Advanced level; limit 10 students ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $20.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Nolly Gelsinger


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Artistic Tie Dyeing - Japanese Style

Enliven older garments or restyle some old favorites with Japanese tie dyeing techniques including shibori and texturizing, wood grain dying (mokume), casual pleating and ruching (bomaki), folding and clamping (itajime), reverse negative dying and removing color. Also try foiling and shiva fabric paints for embellishment. Students will complete two silk scarves and garments brought from home as well as sample squares to be added to garments or bags. Students should bring: plastic clothes pins and clamps, needles, thread, scissors, masking tape, markers, crochet thread (thicker) or string, rubber bands, towels, large soaking bucket, plastic gloves, wet apron, garments for restyling — natural fibers only (linen, silk, ramie, wool, cotton), and sewing machine (helpful but not required). Materials fee $35. Limit 10 students ages 16 and up.  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Mimi Hay

 

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Braided: Intricate Hair and Beard Designs

During the Braided workshop, the class will learn about the history and importance of braiding in different cultures as well as the basics of how to create different types of French braids. Complete beginners are welcome! Students with experience will learn more advanced styles and also how to work on their own hair! Students should bring a brush, mirror and hair ties with you. 
https://www.facebook.com/braidingbooth  All levels; limit 8 students; ages 16 and older.   Period 5 ~ Carly Miller


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Creative Silk Painting

Over the millennia the art of silk decoration has developed into a complex craft, using techniques passed down through the generations in many cultures. Silk is the perfect fabric for natural dyeing, and can be used for personal adornment to home accents. Explore painting on silk using a discharge process to create a pattern on a silk scarf followed by the traditional Gutta Serta technique for adding graphics. Students should bring: drawings to use for your finished silk designs; at least ten 100% silk neckties (OTHER FABRICS WILL NOT WORK!) to use and share with the class. No previous painting experience required. Limit of 8 students, ages 18 and older. Materials fee $30.00.
cattracksstudio@gmail.com  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Carolyn Seabolt

 

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Design Your Own Rya Rug 

Rya is the word for woven shag rugs and bed coverings crafted in Scandinavia since the Viking era. Design and knot a pillow-size rya, a wall hanging, or small rug. Bring any past abstract artwork you have created such as mosaics, quilts, weavings, watercolor paintings, or photographs; Melinda will help you use your inspiration to design a rya. Gain the confidence to complete work on your own if not completed during class. Students should bring:  tote bag for supplies, notebook, calculator, pencil, eraser, good scissors, and potential design inspirations.   Material fees:  $75 (For 16” x 16” project) and up depending on size. Email instructor for specifics on design possibilities and materials costs. Material fees:  $75 and up, depending on size. All levels; limit 12 students age 15 and older. 
byrdcallstudio@gmail.com   Periods 1 & 2 ~ Melinda Byrd


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Knit a Two Color Reversible Rib Scarf

COLOR-COLOR-COLOR: that's the name of the knitting game. Mosaic knitting is the topic of this class.  We will be making a reversible scarf in mosaic knitting, as well as learning traditional knitted mosaic patterns. 
The instructor has a vast collection of patterns to share with experienced knitters but the patience to work with novices. Students should bring: two different colors of yarn @ 230 yards each in #5 weight mohair or mohair type.  You will also need a 24 inch #10 circular needle, a knitting bag containing scissors, a tape measure, plastic markers, index cards and a pen. Two colors of worsted weight yarn (250 yards each) can also be used for this project with a 24 inch circular needle size 8.  Worsted yarn can also be used to make additional mosaic patterns. All skill levels; limit 10 students ages 16 and up.  brwknit@comcast.net  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Bobbi Ward

 

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~ Traditional & Native Skills: Week 2 ~


Building Thoreau's Cabin

“I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only,” wrote Henry David Thoreau in 1854. Together in this class, we will use hand tools to build a facsimile of the single-story, timber frame building in which Thoreau lived for over two years, and about which he wrote in Walden. In the shade of the coffee trees at the Grove Studio, we will use hand saws, mallets, chisels, slicks and brace & bits to make timber framed pegged joints that will stand the test of time. At the same time, we will discuss Thoreau’s ideas about simplifying our lives, integrating some of his philosophy into the process. Proper use of hand tools, safety, and how to maintain sharp tools will be shared. We will be using treated, pre-sized lumber to make the building, but will also have a beam hewing demonstration as part of the class. Timber frame buildings built hundreds of years ago still stand today. Take part in the Grove community, working together to create this long-lasting, functional art, and give thought to simple living. “I borrowed an axe and went down to the woods by Walden Pond.” All levels; limited to students ages16 and older.  Periods 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ~
Ken Koons

NOTE: Students may take any or all periods of this course.

 

 

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Common Ground on the Grill 

This course is repeatable and will allow you to unite with friends both old and new through the culture of food. You will learn about open fire cooking techniques, recipes, and experience the “common ground” of a communal, family style meal prepared over an open fire. There will be some opportunity for students to assist with fire maintenance, Dutch oven baking, and preparing and cooking “quick” dishes to accompany the main meal. Students will also contribute to planning the next day’s meal and clean-up. The meal ingredients will come from local and sustainable harvest whenever possible. We will try to meet dietary restrictions for each meal. Students should bring a reusable ceramic style plate, bowl, mug, eating utensils, and an appropriate beverage to accompany your meal. We recommend exploring the Common Ground Store for some fantastic handmade dinnerware items. Materials fee $60. Limit 10 students, ages 16 and up. Please contact the instructors to discuss your questions or concerns. stonejugforge@embarqmail.com gwenhandler@gmail.com shelbrowder@gmail.com ❖ Period 5 ~ Ted McNett, Shel Browder, Gwen Handler

 

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Common Ground on the Grill: Dutch Ovens

This course allows students to explore outdoor fire making, food preparation, and cooking skills. We focus on preparing bread in the Dutch oven as well as other recipes for these amazing cooking vessels. You will learn about open fire cooking techniques, recipes, and experience the “common ground” of a communal, family style meal prepared over an open fire. The meals prepared and cooked during this session will be shared during Period 5. Students can focus on personal areas of interest and prepare and cook “quick” dishes to accompany the main meal. In this course you will learn the basics of breadmaking (recipes, dough preparation, and baking in a Dutch oven), and preparation of desserts in a Dutch oven (apple and blueberry pies, cobblers). Students should bring a reusable ceramic style plate, bowl, mug, and eating utensils, as well as an appropriate beverage of your choice. We will try to meet dietary restrictions for each meal. Please contact the instructors to discuss your questions or concerns. Materials fee $60. Limit 5 students, ages 16 and older. stonejugforge@embarqmail.com gwenhandler@gmail.com shelbrowder@gmail.com ❖ Periods 4 & 5 ~ Ted McNett, Shel Browder, Gwen Handler

 

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Contemporary Native American Philosophy & Religion in the Southeast CANCELLED

This course creates a foundation for understanding the vibrant Southeastern Native American cultures of today and their philosophy. It includes an introduction to Native languages, ceremonies and their public and private roles, the Great Duality of life and its many expressions, and the spiritual nature of foods, herbs and healing. We will touch on art, music, death and dying, family life and child-rearing. Time and interest permitting, we’ll try our hand at dance and crafts, and gain a taste of ceremony and food. This class is very interactive and hands-on with related text materials provided to all students. If taken for credit, please contact the instructor in advance for selected reading materials. There is no course fee, but contributions are welcome to offset the cost of materials and foods to be sampled Period 5 ~ Sakim

 

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Native American Flute Making 

If you have ever been inspired by the sound of the haunting woodland flute of Native Americans, consider constructing your own personal cedar or cane flute under the guidance of an experienced craftsman. Your personal flute will be an ideal companion for personal meditation. Easy to play, you’ll enjoy hours of contented music-making alone or with other instruments. Please register early for this class so that instructor will be sure to have enough building materials on hand for all students. Students must be old enough to safely use power tools with instructions. Repeating students are welcome. All levels; limit 10 students ages 12 and older. Materials fee: $30 to $40.  Periods 1 & 2 ~
Robin Tillery

 

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Primitive Skills: Stone, Bone, Wood & Fire

Primitive means "first" and primitive technology allowed mankind to emerge from the Neolithic age with an amazing array of tools. This class will teach the basics of fracture mechanics of flint, obsidian, and other silaceous minerals. The course will allow students to learn basic skills, such as pressure flaking, direct and indirect percussion, “pecking” and grinding of stone. The course will also cover Cherokee style blowguns, their manufacture from river cane or bamboo, and the construction of Cherokee blowgun darts made from black locust wood and thistle down fletching. This course will also teach students a variety of skills and techniques to manufacture gourds into containers, bottles, bowls etc. Each student will make a blowgun, set of darts, a canteen or bowl, a flint flake knife and what ever projectile points they manufacture during the course as well as their entire flint knapping kit. Students should bring a sturdy knife with a locking blade. NOTE: goggles or safety glasses, long pants and closed shoes are required. All levels; limit 10 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $20.  Periods 3 & 4 ~
Kirk Dreier

 

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Traditional Blacksmithing: Beginning to Advanced

Through individual, independent instruction, students of all levels will be able to advance their blacksmith skills. Beginner skills include: using a coal forge, proper fire tending skills, drawing, upsetting, twisting. Projects will start with an “S” hook or “J” hook and progress to more challenging projects as the student’s ability develops. Intermediate/advanced skills include punching, drifting, riveting, and forge welding .These skills will be learned on a variety of traditional items to include kitchen utensils, trivets, clevis hook with chain attached, a small belt axe, and a small garden hoe. Hardening and tempering will be included in tool making. Limit 8 students, aged 16 and up.
mankyoungrs@verizon.net   Periods 1 & 2 ~ Steve Mankowski

 


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