Traditions Week 2: July 5 - July 10
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Course Descriptions

Special Gatherings      Distinctive Lectures     Literary & Performance Arts
Music Courses     Dance     Human Arts    World Village   
Visual Arts

 

~ VISUAL ARTS ~

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 paiddirectly to the instructor at the beginning of the class unless otherwise indicated in the class description.

~ 2-Dimensional Arts ~

Botanic Drawing and Painting FULL/CLOSED
This class is for those who love the beauty and joy of the flower form. Students will discover some basic botany and find out about the inner workings of those pretty little flowers—flowers that sometimes cavort in the dark with the insect world and other delicate botanic intrigue. Moving on to an artistic endeavor, they will also explore the art of Georgia O’Keefe known for her botanic works. There will be fresh-cut herbs and flowers to observe in the studio. (Bring a digital camera to take photos of the flowers and herbs for use later.) On Tuesday, the class will carpool to Barbara’s garden, Alloway Creek Gardens, to take a garden walk and retreat to the garden workroom to create potpourri and other herbal products. A student critique and display will end the class each day. The final project will begin with sketch pad and pencil, colored pencil for the preliminary design and then onto acrylics or watercolor.  steelefarm@embarqmail.com  All levels; limit 10 students; ages 16 and older.   Periods 3 & 4 ~ Barbara Steele

Students should bring:

  • Small Sketchbook—9x12
  • Drawing pencils—colored pencils
  • Acrylic paints-basic colors
  • Watercolors-tubes
  • Palette
  • Water cans
  • Sponges
  • Small canvas—size you are comfortable with
  • Or Canvas Board
  • Watercolor paper and drawing board or foam core board
  • Brushes-palette knife

Reading List for inspiration and potential style of images

  • Anatomy of A Rose-Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers, Sharman Apt Russell, Perseus Publishing, Cambridge, Mass 2001
  • The Art of Botanical Drawing, Agathe Ravet-Haevermans, Timber Press, Portland, Oregon 2009
  • The Art of Botanical Painting, Margaret Stevens & the Society of Botanical Artists, Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 2005
  • Florals and Botanicals, Walter Foster Publishing, Laguna Hills, California, 2008
  • Flowers in Waterolour, Judith Milne, Batsford Book, London, England, 1992
  • Georgia O’Keeffe, Arts & Letters, Jack Cowart-Juan Hamilton, National Gallery of Art, Catalogue of Exhibit, Washington D.C., 1987
  • Georgia O’Keeffe, Elizabeth Montgomery, World Publications Group Inc., East Bridgewater, MA, 2008 reprint
  • Look at a Flower, Anne Ophelia T. Dowden, Thomas Crowell Co., New York, 1963
  • Thoreau’s Garden-Native Plants for the Landscape, Peter Loewer, Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA. 1996

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Cell Phone Photography:  From the “Selfie” to Artistic Self Expression FULL/CLOSED
Cell phones and tablets are transitioning photography to a new form of image capture. Whether a student is an Apple OS or an Android OS user, a beginning photographer, or a photographer with years of experience, this class is designed to help participants see and be more playful when making photographs with a phone, tablet, or higher-end cameras. By understanding the limits of this new technology and through easy-to-master exercises, skills will be developed to capture an image using better light, focus, and composition. The class will explore the particular challenge of composing for Instagram. Alternative camera apps other than the standard camera that comes with the phone or tablet will also be demonstrated. Finally, the knowledge gleaned from this class will help increase understanding and use of any style camera from a digital point-and-shoot to a high end DSLR.  Students will use their own cell phone during class, as well as needing comfortable walking shoes to explore McDaniel’s campus and Westminster. http://www.walterpcalahan.com  All levels; limit 10 students; ages 16 and older.  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Walter Calahan

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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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Knots & Spirals:  Celtic Imagery and Relief Printmaking FULL/CLOSED
Ancient Irish and Scots depicted their knowledge of the interconnectedness of all living things and the continuous cycles of life through their intricate knot work and complex spiral designs, carving them in stone and drawing them in elaborate, illuminated manuscripts. Unravel the secrets of simple Celtic knots and spirals as you carve a “stony” linoleum block. Design, carve, and print your image on paper and fabric. Art, books, photos, music, and stories will abound as sources of inspiration for your own unique creation. Students should bring an old apron and disposable gloves. Students may also want to bring their own paper, if desired, and a pre-washed, plain T- shirt or other lightweight fabric to print. Caution! Sharp tools are used. Hand strength is needed.  www.facebook.com/mara.artworks  seanmhara@gmail.com  All levels; limit 8 students, ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $20.   Periods 3 & 4 ~ Shawn Lockhart

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Manga
Manga, or Japanese comics, plays 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. Students should bring a color medium of your choice. For beginners, colored pencils or washable markers are recommended; for more advanced students, watercolors or permanent markers like Prismacolor brand or similar brand markers are recommended. You can find these online or at art stores like Michael’s. Bring whatever you are personally comfortable using. Additional supplies will be provided. Advanced students materials fee covers inks and fine brushes. To provide sufficient supplies for all students please email
kaijusensei@gmail.com so I can get a count of what to order. Beginner and advanced students welcome. All levels; limit 15 students; ages 12 and older. Materials fee: $10 (beginning), $15 (advanced).  Period 5 ~ Kelsey Wailes

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The Open Road FULL/CLOSED
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. Participants will be expected to get their images printed at several nearby locations and share their work with fellow students.  pix4u@qis.net  All levels; limit 8 students; ages 16 and older.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Phil Grout

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Pastel Painting:  Tips and Tricks FULL/CLOSED
Explore tips and tricks that will make pastels easier to apply, explore options for new papers and explore underpainting options. Learn how to create fur, feathers, texture in grasses, bark, light and reflection in the sky or water. Sanded, velour, cotton rag, and handmade papers will be used. Participants should bring any pastels they have or purchase a medium hard beginning set. Additional pastels will be available, from the very soft hand made to hard pastel pencils, used for fine line details. The instructor will provide papers, artist tape, tracing paper, tissue paper, additional pastels and pastel pencils to use in the class, rulers, and miscellaneous materials. Read more about Linda HERE.  lindahp@lindaharrisonparsons.com  www.lindaharrisonparsons.com  All levels; limit 10 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $15.  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Linda Harrison-Parsons

Students should bring

  • any pastels you work with: sticks, pencils, charcoal pencils. If you have never used pastels: Rembrandt (Medium-Hard) Soft Pastels beginning set or Dick Blick’s beginner set can be ordered online
  • Kneaded erasers, can be found in any arts and crafts store (grey color)
  • Drawing board larger than 12 x16”
  • Bring watercolors and brushes if you have them
  • Sketch book and pencils

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Photoshop 101: Collage Portraiture
Create a collage of a family member, a friend, or oneself incorporating elements of the subject’s life, photos of the person’s past and meaningful places and events, historical imagery or imagined futures, and meaningful words. Learn the tools and techniques that are used in the digital darkroom and workflow practices. This is a class for beginners but covers a great deal of information. Students should bring their own imagery (either digital images or photos to be scanned), plus a digital camera, USB flash drive, several blank CD’s, and sufficient cash for printing the final image. 
don.elmes1@gmail.com  Beginning level; limit 12 students; ages 16 and older.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Don Elmes

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Plein Air Oil Painting
From ancient times up until the 19th century artists always used a limited palette because that was all that was available. Now we have many choices of paint colors and brands and the result is overwhelming at times and there are far too many choices. In this workshop, students will focus on the use of a limited palette (3 primary colors) as it applies to landscape painting. Working with fewer color options is a great way to learn color harmony and understanding temperature relationships. It is actually easier to understand these relationships when there are fewer color options. Begin with only three primary colors: Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Red and Ultramarine Blue and White. We will then add a few more colors if needed but it is fine to stick with just the three primaries. The advantage to using a limited palette is that students will learn how to "mix" the colors needed rather than relying on a multitude of colors. Basic principles of landscape painting on location “en plein air” including composition, perspective, color and value will be discussed. Demonstrations in color mixing and beginning the painting with a loose monochrome underpainting will be demonstrated by the instructor. There will be individual and group critiques every day. There will be a power point presentation: "Painting the Landscape with a Limited Palette."
 jeaneansongcomartin6@gmail.com  All levels, limit 12 students ages 16 and older.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Jeanean Songco Martin

Students should bring

  • Paper towels or rags
  • Hat for shade, comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Umbrella optional
  • Oil Paints: limited palette of 3 Primaries: Cadmium red, cadmium yellow, Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White, Burnt Umber, I also include: yellow ochre, cadmium orange, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, viridian green, alizarin crimson, burnt sienna & violet. Brand: Windsor Newton or Grumbacher.
  • Brushes: 3 bristle brushes in sizes 4, 6, 10. I suggest filberts or flats. #4 round sable brush for fine details. Synthetic nylon is fine, just make sure it is soft. Brushes are an investment but if you buy a good brand and keep them clean they will last for years.
  • Palette Knife: Metal, trowel-shaped (not a painting knife – you want a mixing knife); metal is best, but plastic is okay.
  • Palette: I prefer wood but a paper palette is okay. Size: at least 8 ½ x 13. Note: if you use a wooden palette, oil it the night before you use it with watco oil or linseed oil. Note: If your palette does not fit in your easel it is important to transport your palette in a protective case so as not to spill paint everywhere. Paint is expensive and you want to be able to “save” unused paint. We will learn how to “set up” the palette for efficiency of mixing. I organize my colors on the palette the same way each time.
  • Medium/Solvent: I use very little medium working out of doors to facilitate drying. I begin the painting very loosely with turpentine (odorless turpenoid). Brand: Gamsol, or Turpenoid. Optional, either: I will sometimes dilute the paint with linseed oil or liquin. You will only need a small amount.
  • Portable Easel: Please bring if you have one
  • Painting Supports for Oils: Bring at least one small panel or canvas for each day of the workshop. There are many choices for painting supports. You may use whatever you want. A cheap alternative is the Canvas pad which is pre-primed and ready to paint on. I would not recommend for finished work, but for quick studies I think they are fine and inexpensive. I like to use either Fredrix canvas pad or Centurion linen pad. 12 x 16 is a good size to start. Or you can buy a larger size pad 16x20 and cut a few in half to 8x10 size. You will need a thin piece of foamcore, then use masking to tape down the canvas each time you paint.

NOTE: When the painting is dry to the touch, remove from foamcore. Separating each painting with a piece of waxed paper, you can stack together to carry home. You can also put a small piece of cardboard in each corner to keep from rubbing together. I have also found a neat “self-sticking” weatherstripping that comes in a roll. It can be cut into 4 small squares pieces that are placed on each corner of the painting. I will bring some to share. It is a challenge transporting wet paintings but it is definitely doable.

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Stained Glass Sun Catchers FULL/CLOSED
Students will create a "sun catcher" type of stained glass piece, using the copper foil method. Hands-on learning proceeds from choosing a pattern, choosing colors of glass, cutting glass, assembling the pieces and then admiring your finished glass window hanging. If you have a special piece of glass you've been saving for something, bring it along and you can use it. Materials fee covers glass, foil, solder and chain. Tools will be provided. Bring protective eye gear if you have it. Additional glass may be purchased locally at Carousel Stained Glass. It is also possible to make your creation into body adornment. Students can bring a pattern of something not too complicated - flower, peace sign, butterfly, meaningful symbol, etc.  ragtime33@frontier.com  All levels; limit 8 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $33.  Period 5 ~ Ragtime

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Watercolor Exploration: Gaia and the Green Man
In the ancient mythologies of our ancestors, the spirit of nature and the earth is often visualized and personified as “Gaia” (from Greek mythology) or the “Green Man” (Celtic origins). In this workshop, each participant will choose to utilize one of these two ancient icons – one of Mother Earth or the other of the fertile forest face – to develop a figure-centered expression of praise for our natural world. The instructor will provide numerous printed images of the goddess and god for reference and use by all; students can bring additional reference pictures as well. She will demonstrate step-by-step instructions of how to use basic watercolor lifting and glazing techniques to bring out the figure emerging from a loose wet-on-wet background. Working in a circular format, painters will work from the central figure outward, adding other less-detailed imagery of natural forms that each chosen spirit figure might embody. Here’s the good news…although this process may sound complicated, it will be broken down into step-by-step instruction and demonstration for the benefit of beginners as well as advanced students! High school art teachers could particularly benefit from learning this means of bringing basic watercolor techniques to teens inexperienced in the sometimes intimidating realm of watercolor painting. Students may bring their own supplies in lieu of materials fee. 
ellen.elmes@gmail.com  All levels; limit 16 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $15.   Periods 1 & 2 ~ Ellen Elmes

Students will need to bring or purchase:

  • Paper
  • 1” Flat Wide Brush#10 or #12 Round Brush
  • Full Sheet of Cold Pressed 140 lb. Watercolor Paper (“22 x 30”)
  • Watercolors (tubes) of:
    • Basic Colors (or equivalent colors that might go by a different name of certain brands): Cobalt Blue Hue or Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium or Light, Cadmium Red Medium or Grumbacher Red, Alizarin Crimson, Sap Green, Hooker’s Green, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre.
    • Optional Colors: Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Violet, Copper Penny (a Cheap Joe’s American Journey brand), Windsor Blue or Turquoise, Payne’s Gray, Violet, Permanent Green Light, Cerulean Blue Hue.
  • Miscellaneous: pencils, kneaded eraser, palette, water cup, paper towels, masking tape, scissors, single-edged razor blade, and lightweight board.

Suggested Ordering Choices and Resources:

PAINTS – Reputable Brands: Van Gogh Watercolor sets, 12-tube set; Grumbacher Academy Watercolors, (8) 7.5 ml tubes of basic colors listed above; M. Graham Artists’ Watercolor Sets; Daler Rowney Watercolor Tubes; Koi Watercolor Tubes or set

BRUSHES – Reputable Brands: Cheap Joe’s White Synthetic Brushes; Robert Simmons Synthetic Brushes; Windsor & Newton Series 995 Flat Wash Brushes; Richeson Watercolor Brushes

PAPERS – Reputable Brands: Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Sheets; Arches Watercolor Sheets; Canson Montval Watercolor Paper

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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~ 3-Dimensional Arts ~

Adventures in Glass Beadmaking II
(Int.) For those who have made beads within the last three years and can comfortably light a torch and make a round bead. Increase your 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. Students should bring2-3 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. 
ngelsinger@gmail.com  Intermediate level; limit 8 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $20. (additional materials at cost).  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Nolly Gelsinger

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Appalachian Egg Basket FULL/CLOSED
An egg basket’s form is dictated by function. This class will discuss the history of the egg basket and emphasize the round ribbed technique in basket construction. Using 10” oak hoops, natural ribs and flat weavers, students will weave a finished basket that will measure approximately 12” in length, 12” tall and 10” diameter opening. Students will learn to weave a decorative pattern for the basket handle, weave a God’s eye, and learn 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. Students will be able to experiment with various color reed combinations to add individual patterns. 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 oak 10” x ¾” hoops, ¼” flat reed, #7 round reed and written directions. Colored reed will be available to weave into their basket for highlights as desired.  swschae@gmail.com  All levels; limit 12 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $30.  Period 5 ~ Sharon Schaeffer

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Custom Vinyl Toys!
Customize a vinyl toy with a variety of blank toys and materials to work with. The toy can be painted, added to with polymer clay, fabric, metal, or whatever materials will help make the toy a uniquely personal creation. The materials fee covers two 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. Blank vinyl toys can be found at art stores like AC Moore or Michaels, Barnes and Noble, or even at Wal-Mart or Target. Any questions can be sent to
kaijusensei@gmail.com  All levels; limit 15 students; ages 12 and older. Materials fee: $15.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Kelsey Wailes

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Developing Decorative Imagery for Ceramics
Learn to develop decorative elements for ceramics, both utilitarian and/or architectural. Choose concept-pertinent imagery, and then learn various forming techniques and methods of application. Students may bring their own tools or a pottery tool kit ($17.95) is available from Baltimore Clayworks Supply. The materials fee covers a 50 lb. box of Laguna Soldaate 60 sculptural stoneware clay. Together, the class will build a paper kiln, made of newspaper and clay slip. The construction and firing of which will be a day event, with the firing finishing in the evening hours. 
danielcavey@hotmail.com  All levels; limit 8 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $28.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Daniel Cavey

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Paper kiln firing

Exploring Sculptural Forms:  Hand-Building Techniques
Create the illusion of movement through the repetition of modular forms using Laguna Soldate 60 clay. Students may bring their own tools or a pottery tool kit ($17.95) is available from Baltimore Clayworks Supply. In addition to working on hand-building techniques at the end of the course, the class will build together a paper kiln, made of newspaper and clay slip. The construction and firing will be a day event, with the firing finishing in the evening hours. All levels; limit 8 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $28.  Periods 3 & 4 ~
Angelica Tulimiero

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Introductory and Advanced Mosaics
Have lots of fun learning basic Modern and Byzantine mosaic techniques in this course for both beginners and advanced students! The class begins with basic mosaic design, breaking techniques and application processes. Returning Mosaic students will learn advanced techniques and will create a furniture mosaic that includes and builds on previous introductory skills. Create garden stepping stones, 2-D artworks, coasters, trays, and picture frames! Beginning students will complete a stepping stone and a small work. Students should bring: small notebook, 2b pencil, eraser, apron, sectioned snack tray and an empty yogurt container, work gloves, hand lotion, 220 & 100 grit sanding block.  
Rebeccadrayer@gmail.com  Rebeccaquattrone.com  All levels; limit 12 students; ages 12 and older. Materials fee: $50.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Rebecca Quattrone-Drayer

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Polymer Clay – Technique Sampler
Create jewelry, functional objects, wall art, and other projects which teachers can use in their classrooms. Techniques include basic conditioning, color mixing, gradient blends, pearlescent and translucent clays, textures, stamps and impressions, millefiore, mokume gane, surface embellishments, imitative techniques, and inclusions. Returning or advanced students may choose face canes, landscape canes, vessel construction, or other projects and should email the instructor about their preferences. 
lenora@lenorastudio.com  All levels; limit 9 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $25 (waived for students who wish to provide ALL of their own materials and tools).Full materials list is online.   Periods 1 & 2 ~ Lenora Kandiner

The instructor will supply:

  • Primary-colored polymer, pearlescent, translucent, and accent colors jewelry findings and cording
  • paints, mica powders and embossing powders
  • metal leaf and foils
  • cutting blades, shape cutters
  • texture plates, work surfaces
  • deli wrap to contain work in progress and polish clay
  • sandpaper and buffing materials
  • pasta machines for students to use to sheet their clay, and a convection oven for baking projects.

Students may wish to bringa shallow box such as a shirt or sweater gift box in order to contain work in progress. Also, they may bring items to cover with polymer, such as small glass vases or small bottles, smooth wood frames, metal tins, or metal water bottles. Students who already work in jewelry may prefer to bring their own pliers and other jewelry tools.  

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Reticulation: Torch and Hammer
Reticulation is known as "painting with a torch." Students will learn this HOT process along with some spontaneous granulation and hot connections. Forming wire by forging and sheet with repoussé techniques will also be demonstrated. Previous experience is helpful but not required. Students should bringmetals and any tools that you have, or prepare to buy supplies at wholesale prices from the instructor. Eye protection and a dust mask are stronglysuggested! Returning students: come with a design incorporating a hollow reticulated form, repoussé and diminished diameter forging! 
lvanhart@mcdaniel.edu  All levels (previous experience is appreciated but not required); limit 8 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $10 for consumables and many tools provided.  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Linda Van Hart

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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. These finished tile mosaics can be the first step to making a niche, decorating your furniture, trivets, coasters, etc. Let your imagination run wild.  Enjoy this class led by two Southwestern artist/instructors from our sister organization, Common Ground on the Border.  Periods 3 & 4 ~
Pablo Peregrina, Rich Ramirez

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~ The Art of Making Musical Instruments ~

Bodhran Construction FULL/CLOSED
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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Mountain Dulcimer Construction
Construct a straight-sided trapezoidal wooden mountain dulcimer made with a lovely African mahogany top and sugar maple back. Builders will cut, rasp, sand, glue and fret materials that have been slightly worked to allow the project to be completed in one week. The mountain dulcimer will have four strings and use mechanical tuners which the builders will install. All tools and materials are provided as part of the materials fee. All levels; limit 8 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $55.  Periods 3 & 4 ~
Tom Jolin

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~ Fiber and Wearable Arts ~

Adventures in Glass Beadmaking II
(Int.) For those who have made beads within the last three years and can comfortably light a torch and make a round bead. Increase your 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. Students should bring2-3 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. 
ngelsinger@gmail.com  Intermediate level; limit 8 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $20. (additional materials at cost).  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Nolly Gelsinger

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All Tied Up Silk Scarf Painting FULL/CLOSED
Silk is a natural fiber that has inspired artists throughout history, dating back 4000 years to China. Over the millennia, the art of silk decoration has developed into a complex craft, using techniques that have been passed down through the generations in many cultures. Silk is created from the cocoons of the Bombyx Mori moth which eats a diet consisting solely of the leaves of the white mulberry tree. Silk is the perfect fabric for natural dyeing, and can be used for anything from personal adornment to home accents. This class will explore a different approach to painting on silk. We will begin by using a discharge process, to create a pattern on a silk scarf. Then we will use traditional silk techniques for adding graphics using the Gutta Serta technique. Students should bring drawings to use for your finished silk designs. No previous painting experience is needed.  cattracksstudio@aol.com  All levels; limit 8 students; ages 18 and older.Materials fee:  $30.  Period 5 ~ Carolyn Seabolt

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Braided: Intricate Hair and Beard Designs FULL/CLOSED
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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Designing and Creating a Scandinavian Rya Rug
Rya is the word for woven shag rugs and bed coverings woven in Scandinavia since the Viking era. In the early 1950s, backings were woven for export so that fiber-artists without looms could learn this age old craft. Students will learn how to design and knot a pillow-size rya, a wall hanging, or small rug. Very basic designs as well as more intricate ones will be discussed and demonstrated. Students can select backing size and rya yarn from approximately 100 colors provided by instructor. Students can design on graph paper, draw the design on the backing, or simply ad lib with no design at all. The knot can be mastered in minutes, and the skillful techniques learned quickly, but larger backings may require more time than we have during class to complete, however, students will gain the confidence to complete these on their own. Participants should bring: tote bag for supplies, notebook, pencil, eraser, good scissors, and potential design inspirations. NOTE: Email instructor for specifics on design possibilities and materials costs: 
byrdcallstudio@gmail.com  www.byrdcallstudio.com.  All levels; limit 12 students; ages 15 and older. Material fees: $115 and up depending on size project.   Periods 1 & 2 ~ Melinda Byrd

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Fashion Fantasy Collage:  Wearable Art
Students will work toward a fantasy collage purse or bag and jewelry pouch using various elements of surface design. Examples are faux chenille layering and slashing, appliqué and free motion stitching with machine. The class will also explore French ruching and darting for texture plus collage and embellishment with fabric paint markers and gold leafing with metallic foils. Another project will begin with a photo transfer onto fabric and embellishment with a collage of trims, zippers, laces, antique jewelry trinkets, and vintage buttons. The finished project might be used as a frame-able art piece or appliquéd onto a jacket or clothing border. Basic experience with sewing machines is helpful but not necessary. Students should bring: scissors, thread, pins, needles, paper, pen, fabric pieces, trim, zippers, buttons, beads, a favorite photo as well as a t-shirt or jacket suitable for embellishment. Please bring a sewing machine if possible. All levels; limit 12 students; ages 16 and older.  Periods 3 & 4 ~
Mimi Hay

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Funky Junque Jewelry and Sculpture
Join this class for a fun, free-spirited exploration assembling found objects and recycled materials. Choose to work on a small scale or large scale, creating anything from expressive jewelry to sculptural pieces for home décor. Experience an open studio format where you are encouraged to follow your inspiration. The principles of design guide students as they bring together the many skills acquired as artists, as people, exploring new and exciting possibilities, putting pieces together using various methods of assembly including wire wrapping, gluing, sewing, weaving, etc. Participants are encouraged to rummage through old jewelry, junk drawers, visit yard sales or hit the thrift store to find interesting materials with which to work. Materials fee varies with the choices made from instructor’s collection. 
patrinkets@verizon.net  All levels; limit 14 students; ages 16 and older.   Periods 1 & 2 ~ Sara Murphy

Students should bring

  • pliers
  • wire cutters
  • tweezers
  • various types of wire
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • jeweler’s glue
  • Goop
  • various fibers, chain, beads, even broken jewelry

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Loom Bead Weaving
Create beautiful loom beaded objects including the mysterious Wolf Eyes design. Make custom sized looms. Create patterns to scale, make beading looms from commonly available materials, and learn the Endless Warp, Pulled Warp, and beaded closures (used for making bracelets). We will use Size 11/0 Czech Seed beads. The instructor will supply all materials including beads, loom making materials, needles, thread, wax, patterns and drawing, measuring and cutting tools. 
barkingwaters@gmail.com  All levels; limit 10 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $25 (additional beading supplies available for purchase from instructor).  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Donna Wiggins

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Southern Plains Moccasins
Learn the significance of the style and design of Native American Moccasins. Make either a pair of baby moccasins with beadwork or an adult pair which can be worn and beaded later. Learn to measure, develop a custom pattern, cut and sew the footwear, and to do the appropriate style of beadwork will be discussed. Then the class will enjoy “Rock Your Mocs Day.” 
littlebearfink@wildblue.net  All levels; limit 10 students; ages 16 and older. Materials Fee: $6 (Baby Mocs) or $22 (Adult Mocs).  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Bobby Little Bear

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~ Traditional & Native Skills ~

Bowl and Spoon Carving with Hand Tools
This class will teach the use of hand tools to carve a wooden bowl or spoon. In the shade of the coffee trees at the Grove Studio, students will shape wood with hatchets, adzes, gouges and scrapers to create useful items out of wood. Proper use of hand tools, safety, and how to maintain sharp tools will be shared. Using wood directly from the tree, as opposed to buying kiln dried lumber, will be discussed. Carving wood can be very therapeutic. Working without the din of motorized power tools allows the body to relax and find the rhythm of working with the hands.  
kckcreate@yahoo.com  All levels; limit 8 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $25.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Ken Koons

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Common Ground on the Grill
This course is repeatable and will allow you to reunite with friends both old and new through the culture of food. During this course 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 as well as to prepare and cook “quick” dishes and accompaniments to the main meal. Students will also contribute to planning the next day’s meal and clean-up. All students will positively contribute as needed to accomplish a successful dinner. The meal ingredients will come from local and sustainable harvest whenever possible. Students are required to bring a reusable ceramic style plate, bowl, mug, and eating utensils. We recommend exploring the Common Ground Store for some fantastic handmade dinnerware items. We also recommend checking the Goodwill store on Route 140 at Englar Rd for some bargains. You may bring an appropriate beverage of your choice to accompany your meal. The materials fee covers the cost of five meals and the necessary resources to prepare them. Dietary restrictions will try to be met for each meal.  
stonejugforge@embarquemail.com All levels; limit 15 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $60. NOTE: Period 4 students in Having Your Way with Fire have priority in signing up.  Period 5 ~ Ted McNett, Sheldon Browder and Gwen Handler

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The Dugout Canoe Project
The romanticized image of the birch-bark canoe is the stereotypical American Indian boat, yet it exists only in the northern regions where the birch tree is native. The dugout canoe provided and still provides transportation for indigenous peoples around the world. This demonstration will focus on the archeological and cultural aspects of the dugout canoe while the construction of two 12-foot Spruce dugouts, one made with hand tools and one with fire takes place in the Grove Studio. Class topics will include: types of construction, metal tools, stone tools, and fire; archeological information related to dugout; and archival photos of Seminole canoe construction. To experience some of the dugout work previously done at Common Ground on the Hill, watch a documentary video at:
 http://www.worldcommunityproductions.org/dugout.html. A community has formed around the making of the dugout canoe, so all are invited come join in the fun and see what can be learned from the project.  kckcreate@yahoo.com,  shelbrowder@verizon.net.  Periods 1-4 (Demonstration), Period 5 (Lecture) ~ Ken Koons, Sheldon Browder

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Having Your Way with Fire
This course will allow the students to explore outdoor cooking skills and food preparation. Students will learn fire making, knife skills, food preparation, and other essentials for a successful meal. The meals prepared and cooked during this session will be shared during Period 5, Common Ground on the Grill. This course is repeatable as the menu and skills will change and can focus on student interests. During this course students will learn basic fire making skills including flint and steel, making char cloth, tinder, and fire building for cooking; knife skills including selection and use, sharpening and care, and cutting techniques; food preparation which will include preparing meats, bread, side dishes (such as rice, corn and potatoes); plus deserts in a Dutch oven.  
stonejugforge@embarquemail.com  All levels; limit 8 students; ages 16 and older.  Period 4 ~ Ted McNett, Sheldon Browder and Gwen Handler

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Loom Bead Weaving
Create beautiful loom beaded objects including the mysterious Wolf Eyes design. Make custom sized looms. Create patterns to scale, make beading looms from commonly available materials, and learn the Endless Warp, Pulled Warp, and beaded closures (used for making bracelets). We will use Size 11/0 Czech Seed beads. The instructor will supply all materials including beads, loom making materials, needles, thread, wax, patterns and drawing, measuring and cutting tools. 
barkingwaters@gmail.com  All levels; limit 10 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $25 (additional beading supplies available for purchase from instructor).  Periods 3 & 4 ~ Donna Wiggins

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Shell Gorgets: Icons of Ancient America
Students will develop personal symbolic designs based on historic Native American symbols and ceremony to carve into the surface of shells using hand and power tools. The instructor will help each student discover an appropriate design to express his or her own being: spiders, birds, serpents, mystical beings, heavenly patterns which will grace the carved treasure. To defray costs, students may bring their own flexible shall and dental burrs and buffs, dremel tool with dental burrs and buffs, and dust masks or respirators. The materials fee covers supplies and protection masks and can vary depending on student choice of shell, and need for instructor supplied tools. 
tillrod@gmail.com  All levels; limit 6 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee $40 (cash only).  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Robin Tillery

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Southern Plains Moccasins
Learn the significance of the style and design of Native American Moccasins. Make either a pair of baby moccasins with beadwork or an adult pair which can be worn and beaded later. Learn to measure, develop a custom pattern, cut and sew the footwear, and to do the appropriate style of beadwork will be discussed. Then the class will enjoy “Rock Your Mocs Day.” 
littlebearfink@wildblue.net  All levels; limit 10 students; ages 16 and older. Materials Fee: $6 (Baby Mocs) or $22 (Adult Mocs).  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Bobby Little Bear

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Traditional Blacksmithing FULL/CLOSED
Beginner skills include using a coal forge, proper fire tending skills, drawing, upsetting, and twisting. Projects will start with an “S” hook or “J” hook and develop to more challenging projects. Intermediate/Advanced skills include punching, drifting, riveting, forge welding. Skills will be learned with a variety of traditional items including kitchen utensils, trivets, clevis hook, a small belt axe, and small garden hoe. Hardening and tempering will be included in tool making. Students must bring: Safety Glasses, long pants, and closed toed shoes required. NOTE: Meet at The Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland’s school at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 South Center St., Westminster, MD.  mankyoungrs@verizon.net  All levels; limit 8 students; ages 16 and older. Materials fee: $50.  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Steve Mankowski

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