VA Cultivating Harmony and Personal Expression (311)

Lisa Naples, Visiting Artist
Studio 5
Saturday and Sunday, January 19 - 20, 2019
9am - 5pm/2 days
$175/Members: $155
$50 cancellation fee. No refund after January 5.

Lisa will demonstrate hand-building pottery using soft earthenware slabs. She'll teach the principals of dart cutting so participants will be able to create their own designs after the workshop. Lisa will also demonstrate her dry brush slip application and speak to concepts around decoration: specifically the use of stories as narratives, where they come from and how to place 2-D onto 3-D forms respecting both. Finding a way to express something personal through functional pottery will be discussed. How one finds their voice through form and accentuates that expression through decoration, involves an embrace of three forces working together: Play, Process and Practice. It happens over a lifetime. Getting started is often the most daunting part. One must start over and over again throughout a long career in ceramics.
The Jim and Lois Richmond Workshop Fund subsidizes this workshop.

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Nature in Watercolor w/ Peggy MacNamara (918)

Friday - Sunday July 12-14, 2019
9 am - 5 pm
$300/Members: $280
$50 cancellation fee. No refund after 6/28

Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing.
Participants will receive instruction in painting wildlife, landscapes and botanical subjects. Employing techniques such as modeling, measuring, building greys and browns, color theory and composition will be demonstrated. The versatility of watercolor will be explored experiencing its many possibilities and qualities. A supply list will be available online or in the school office (June 2019). Peggy's website;
Our visiting artist workshops are subsidized with The Jim and Lois Richmond Workshop Fund.

Inkjet Printing in an Alternate Universe (833S)

Printing with Translucent Vellum, Precious Metals, Gesso and More!
Visiting Artist, Dan Burkholder
Saturday, Sunday, June 29-30
9 am - 4 pm
$425/ Members: $405
$50 cancellation fee. No refund after June 14.

In this workshop you"ll dive headfirst into the magical world of translucent paper, hand-applied gold leaf, palladium leaf, silver leaf, gesso and more - all combined with archival inkjet printing. Learn how to create prints with the look, feel and intrigue of handmade prints without the expense and hassle of a wet darkroom. Combine the best of archival inkjet printing with the charm of the handmade print! This workshop lets you bask in the hand-applied world of voluptuous paper, magical precious metals, mica powders, archival varnish and opaque gesso to create lasting works of art.

  • Explore the beauty and intrigue of archival, translucent vellum.
  • Discover tantalizing ways to blend gold, palladium, silver and other metals.
  • Experience the joy of hand-applied gesso, making your highlights glow.
  • Brushing, grinding, and rubbing will become your new go-to skills.
  • Grasp easy but powerful Photoshop skills to fine-tune your gilding-bound images.
  • Learn how to identify image problems before you hit Print. Dan's "diagnose and treat" approach will save you time, paper and disappointment as you learn how to make prints you'll be proud to display, share and sell.

All of the skills learned in this workshop can be applied to the classic darkroom for those wishing to print on vellum with platinum/palladium, cyanotype, etc. Dan's website;


Tapestry Weaving (574)

Nancy Crampton, Weaving Studio
Saturday & Sunday, January 19-20
9 am - 5 pm/Two days
$175/Members: $155

Learn the basic tapestry joins and ways to
shade and blend yarns using adjustable
tension frame looms furnished by the
instructor. Several warping styles will be
demonstrated and used. Discussions will
include making a cartoon or plan for the
tapestry and transferring the design for
the warp threads. Finishing techniques,
lining the weaving and mounting it will
be demonstrated. No prior experience is
needed. Frame looms may be purchased.

One-Day Watercolor Experience (928)

Denise Lisiecki, Studio 2
Sunday, January 27
12:30 - 4 pm/One day
$65/Members: $45

Enjoy an afternoon earning the basic
techniques of colorful watercolor painting.
All materials are included. Instructor s

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Greeting Card and Stationery Workshop (763)

Deborah Mattson, Print Studio
Saturday-Sunday, February 2-3/2 days
Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday, 1 - 4 pm
$100/Members: $80

Make your own greeting cards for the spring
holidays, or some personalized stationery
using carved relief blocks along with simple
letterpress text. Some experience carving
linoleum is helpful but not necessary. You ll
be doing some simple typesetting, also.
We ll provide cards with envelopes; you can
also bring your own.

Creative Fun Night: Fresh Folds Card Making (762)

Debbi Hands Kreps, Print Studio
Friday, February 8
6 - 9 pm/One night
$60/Members: $40

Celebrate the coming of the holidays with a
night out! Make beautiful monotype cards
without a press using a remarkable product
called Gelli Plate. By using a combination
of paint, soft rubber rollers, color shapers,
and stencils, you ll create unique cards
perfect for giving to your friends and family.

Hot Date Night: Ceramics (322)

Brian Hirt and Chad Bagge, Studios 3 and 5
Friday, February 8
6:30 - 9:30 pm
$75/Members: $55 (per couple)

Bring your special someone and experience
working on the potter s wheel. We ll turn up
the heat with a Raku firing that will produce
a piece to take home. It s the perfect
opportunity to have creative time together,
while learning something new. Couples can
bring their own beverages and snacks.

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Small Sets, Big Pictures (833)

Bill Finger, Photo Studio
Saturday-Sunday, February 9-10, 2 days
Saturday, 10 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday, 12 - 4:30 pm
$175/Members: $155

You will assemble miniature 3-D
environments to be photographed. Playing
with scale, camera angles and simple
lighting techniques to best photograph your
small scene. We will discuss construction
and the intricacies of model-making in
addition we will look at work by various
artists and photographers that build and
photograph miniatures, to inspire your own
small sets. All camera types are welcome.
Please bring a sack lunch on Saturday.
Instructor s website:

Encaustics / Techniques with Transfers and Painting (832A)

Laurie Pruitt, Studio 6
Saturday & Sunday, February 16-17
12 - 5 pm
$210/Members: $190

The encaustic medium will be used in
combination with photographs, photo
transfers, collage and painting techniques.
Add color through the layering with pigment
stick, oil pastels and the encaustic medium
to create a transparency and depth to your
imagery. Equipment, paint, medium and
brushes will be supplied for the weekend.
Most materials will be provided.
Laurie's website:

Chase Away the Winter Blues (926)

Drawing, Painting or Photographing in the Greenhouse
Denise Lisiecki & Mary Whalen
River Street Flowerland
Saturday, February 23
12:30 - 4 pm/One day
$65/Members: $45

Get rid of the winter blues by drawing,
painting or photographing beautiful plants
and flowers in River Street Flowerland s
greenhouse. Individual instruction will be
provided. Bring materials of your choice to
create your beautiful images.

PMC/Precious Metal Clay/Fine Silver (729)

Linda Kekic, Jewelry Studio
Saturday and Sunday, February 23-24, 2 days
Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm
Sunday, 12 " 5 pm
$145/Members: $125

Explore Precious Metal Clay and make a
variety of beautiful jewelry pieces! PMC is
fine silver mixed with an organic binder that
is shaped by hand and fired in a kiln or with
a torch. Students will have the opportunity
to create several pieces using both firing
techniques. Students will also create molds
for making multiples and learn how to set
a small stone. All materials provided with
additional available for purchase.

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Encaustics / Techniques with Transfers and Painting (832)

Laurie Pruitt, Studio 6
Saturday & Sunday, February 23 - 24
12 - 5 pm
$210/Members: $190

The encaustic medium will be used in
combination with photographs, photo
transfers, collage and painting techniques.
Add color through the layering with pigment
stick, oil pastels and the encaustic medium
to create a transparency and depth to your
imagery. Equipment, paint, medium and
brushes will be supplied for the weekend.
Most materials will be provided.
Laurie's website,

Encaustics / Open Studio (832b)

Laurie Pruitt & Mary Whalen, Studio 6
Sundays, March 3 - 24
1 - 4:30 pm /4 weeks
$195/Members: $175

Prerequisite: Encaustic class or experience with

Perfect afternoon to work on an encaustic
project, we ll supply the equipment and
encaustic medium. Panels of various sizes
will be available for purchase.

Egg Tempera Painting (935)

Mary Kenney, Studio 4
Saturday & Sunday, March 9 & 10
Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, noon - 5 pm
$185/Members: $165

Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing
xplore egg tempera, a classic painting
technique that dates back to antiquity.
Learn traditional methods of underpainting,
preparing and layering paint to achieve
the luminous results unique to this often
overlooked medium. Most materials are
provided. A supply list for the first class is
online and in the school office.

Fabulous Felt Poppy Necklace/Lariat (575)

Dawn Edwards, Multi-Purpose Classroom
Saturday, March 23, 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, March 24, 12 - 5 pm
$155/Members: $135

In this fun hands-on workshop, we will
transform beautiful Merino wool into a
beautiful felt flower necklace/lariat suitable
to wear for a dressy night out on the town
or equally beautiful worn with your favorite
pair of jeans and t-shirt. Create felt flower
necklaces through the wet-felting process
using just our hands, imagination, and a little
soap and water. Come enjoy felting and leave
with a beautiful fashion accessory. Supply list
is available online or in registration office.

Leather For Jewelers (730)

Tracy Bell, Jewelry Studio
Saturday, March 23
10 am - 4 pm/One day
$95/Members: $75

Are you curious about working in leather?
This class will cover basic terminology,
principles, and types of leather and how
they apply to jewelry making. Students will
go through all the steps necessary to create
a handmade bracelet. Dyeing techniques
for leather will also be covered. Please
bring any questions and photos of items
you would like help creating to class. All
materials provided with additional materials
available for purchase.