Artist Workshops

Workshops


To sign up for a class, please print off and return the Registration Form or Contact Spruce Forest

Workshops meet 10-5 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday, unless otherwise noted. Workshops meet in various historic buildings on the Spruce Forest Campus. Students may bring lunch or purchase lunch at Penn Alps Restaurant across the street. There are many motels and bed and breakfasts in the area, some in walking distance. Please check the Spruce Forest website for links to lodging options.

Special Topics Workshops | Calendar | 2014 Schedule



Special Topics Workshops

Does your small group –home-schoolers, scouts, clubs, or other groups- want to try pottery on the wheel or carving a hummingbird feather, hand-building clay Christmas ornaments, drawing with colored pencils, or making monoprints by hand? Groups may request a class in the Riverview Clay Studio or with the bird carver, colored-pencil artist or printmaker. Prices vary. Contact the instructor to arrange your special workshop or class.


WHEEL THROWN POTTERY

Lynn Lais, the resident potter at Spruce Forest, will offer 1-2 day workshops for 4-8 adults in special topics, including forming or glazing techniques. Weekly classes in pottery may also be arranged for groups of three adults.
Contact the pottery: 301-895-5932


HANDBUILT CERAMICS

Natalie Atherton will offer 1-2 day workshops for children and adults. Possibilities include coil-built pottery, tiles, masks, holiday ornaments.
Contact riverviewclay@yahoo.com or 301-641-8171


FEATHER CARVING

Gary Yoder will offer hummingbird feather carving for 3-6 beginner students. And advanced topics for returning students.
Contact 301-268-4318


PRINTMAKING

Natalie Atherton will offer 1-day and 2-day workshops in hand-pressed non-toxic printmaking. Groups of 4-6, ages 10 and up.
Contact riverviewclay@yahoo.com or 301-641-8171


COLORED PENCIL DRAWING

Lenore Lancaster will offer individual students aged 16 and up ½ day instruction in basic colored pencil techniques.
Contact: Lenore Lancaster 304-738-3180



Calendar

Upcoming Workshops

  • Feather Carving - August 23rd 2014
  • Christmas-Themed Quilling Project - September 13th 2014
  • Feather Carving - September 13th 2014
  • Advanced Beginning Weaving Workshop - September 19th 2014
  • Silver Jewelry - September 20th 2014


  • 2014 Schedule


    April 26-27

    Jewelry Fabrication $200.00 plus 55.00 materials
    Instructor Douglas Salmon

    Play with fire in this exciting weekend course.  Learn elementary techniques for creating three-dimensional jewelry designs. Cutting, forming and welding with a variety of jewelry metals.

    Contact:
    Doug 301-895-3332 info@spruceforest.org

    May 19

    Quilled Paper Roses
    $45 includes materials Instructor: Reita Marks

    Quilling is also known as paper filigree. Students will learn and use folding and quilling techniques to complete a 4x6” picture of roses.

    Contact:
    Reita Marks 724-504-8130

    May 24-25

    Silver Jewelry
    $200 plus $55 materials
    Instructor: Douglas Salmon

    Focus for beginning work in silver -including; soldering, fabrication techniques, and Precious Metal Clay (PMC).

    Contact:
    Doug 301-895-3332 info@spruceforest.org

    May 31

    Basic Techniques of Paper Quilling
    $45 includes materials
    Instructor: Reita Marks

    Quilling, also known as paper filigree, was thought to have originated in the 12th century when the colorful curled designs were used by nuns to decorate religious texts. In Reita’s class students will learn basic techniques of quilling and complete one project.

    Contact:
    Reita Marks 724-504-8130

    June 6,7,8

    Beginning Weaving Workshop
    $210.00 plus instructor’s materials fee ($25) and optional book

    Instructor: Ann Jones

    An introduction to weaving on a four shaft loom, this three day class will take you through two projects.  The intention is to begin to get you familiar with the process and encourage you to continue weaving in the future.  The first day is spent weaving a small project from beginning to completion.  The next two days are spent on a “work blanket” this is woven with perle cotton in squares, each square showing a different color and weave combination.  It is a reference project that makes a beautiful table runner or wall hanging when done.  There is an optional text book for this class.  It serves as a reference for learning loom set-up and weave structures as well as other information that beginners and more experienced weavers need to know.

    Contact
    Ann Jones 301-895-3159

    June 7
    12 noon-4:30

    Draw Your Pet
    $35 (bring your own materials)
    Instructor:
    Lenore Lancaster

    Use colored pencils to draw your pet.  Students should bring a clear photo of their pet, plus their own drawing paper, drawing board –large clip board or any hard surface, and a basic artist-grade colored pencil set.

    Contact:
    Lenore Lancaster
    304-738-3180

    June 14-15

    Jewelry Fabrication for teens (13-18)
    $200.00 plus 55.00 materials
    Instructor: Doug Salmon

    Play with fire in this exciting weekend course. Learn elementary techniques for creating three-dimensional jewelry designs. Cutting, forming and welding with a variety of jewelry metals.

    Contact:
    Doug Salmon 301-895-3332 info@spruceforest.org

    June 28
    12noon-4:30

    Draw Your Pet
    $35 (bring your own materials)
    Instructor:
    Lenore Lancaster

    Use colored pencils to draw your pet.  Students should bring a clear photo of their pet, plus their own drawing paper, drawing board –large clip board or any hard surface, and a basic artist-grade colored pencil set.

    Contact:
    Lenore Lancaster
    304-738-3180

    July 19-20

    Jewelry Fabrication $200.00 plus 55.00 materials
    Instructor
    Douglas Salmon

    Play with fire in this exciting weekend course. Learn elementary techniques for creating three-dimensional jewelry designs. Cutting, forming and welding with a variety of jewelry metals.

    Contact:
    Doug Salmon 301-895-3332 info@spruceforest.org

    July 21-25

    CLAY CAMP 2013
    Monday-Friday
    9am-12 noon
    $125, includes all materials
    Instructor:
    Natalie Atherton

    Clay camp for 8-11 year olds.  Campers will learn basic hand-building techniques. Projects include tiles, masks, pinch pots, and clay critters.  Healthy snack served every day.  Limit 8 campers

    Contact:
    Natalie
    riverviewclay@yahoo.com
    301-641-8171

    July 26-27

    Feather Carving
    $250
    Instructor: Gary Yoder

    Roughed Grouse feather.  Great course for beginning carvers. Use traditional tools for carving.   Shape the feather using moisture and heat, and use a wood-burning tool for color and texture.  Paint using thin washes.

    Contact:
    Gary Yoder  301-268-4318

    July 31
    Thursday

    Basic Techniques of Paper Quilling
    $45 includes materials
    Instructor:
    Reita Marks

    Quilling, also known as paper filigree, was thought to have originated in the 12th century when the colorful curled designs were used by nuns to decorate religious texts. In Reita’s class students will learn basic techniques of quilling and complete one project.

    Contact:
    Reita Marks 724-504-8130

    August 4

    Basic Techniques of Paper Quilling
    $45 includes materials 
    Instructor: Reita Marks

    Quilling, also known as paper filigree was thought to have originated in 12th century Europe where the colorful curled designs were used by nuns to decorate religious texts. In Reita’s class students will learn basic techniques of quilling and complete one project.

    Contact:
    Reita Marks 724-504-8130

    August 16

    Paper Quilled Bird
    $45 includes materials
    Instructor: Reita Marks

    Learn more advanced quilling techniques to make a cardinal or chickadee on a pine branch.  This class meant for those with some quilling experience, but beginners are welcome.

    Contact:
    Reita Marks 724-504-8130

    Aug 17-19

    Beginning Weaving Workshop
    $210.00 plus instructor’s materials fee $25 and optional book
    Instructor: Ann Jones

    An introduction to weaving on a four shaft loom, this three day class will take you through two projects.  The intention is to begin to get you familiar with the process and encourage you to continue weaving in the future.  The first day is spent weaving a small project from beginning to completion.  The next two days are spent on a “work blanket” this is woven with perle cotton in squares, each square showing a different color and weave combination.  It is a reference project that makes a beautiful table runner or wall hanging when done.  There is an optional text book for this class.  It serves as a reference for learning loom set-up and weave structures as well as other information that beginners and more experienced weavers need to know.

    Contact
    Ann Jones 301-895-3159

    Aug 23-24

    Feather Carving
    $250
    Instructor: Gary Yoder

    Wood duck or Pintail feather. Students will carve a feather from Tupelo. Using heat and water students will bend and shape their feathers. Painting will focus on blending and vermiculated patterns.

    Contact:
    Gary Yoder  301-268-4318

    Sept 13

    Christmas-Themed Quilling Project
    $30-45 depending on projects completed
    Instructor: Reita Marks

    Reita will lead students through a series of small paper quilling projects on a Christmas theme. No experience necessary.

    Contact:
    Reita Marks 724-504-8130

    Sept 13-14

    Feather Carving
    $250
    Instructor: Gary Yoder

    Red Tailed Hawk feather.  For beginner to advanced students. Learn or improve your knife skills.  Use a wood-burning tool for texturing, and paint the feather by layering washes.

    Contact:
    Gary Yoder 301-268-4318

    Sept 19-21

    Advanced Beginning Weaving Workshop
    $210.00
    $50 materials fee
    plus optional book

    Instructor: Ann Jones

    Previous Weaving Workshop students:  take your knowledge a step further with an introduction to reading and planning drafts that you will then weave.   Projects include Swedish Lace, Twill Variations, Overshot, and an eight shaft twill pattern.  Students will gain experience using cotton, wool, and a linen blend.  We will also experiment with various finishing techniques.  This three-day class will keep you busy and give you a lot to take home for further experimentation.  Lots of handouts in this class.

    Contact
    Ann Jones 301-895-3159

    Sept 20-21

    Silver Jewelry
    $200 plus $55 materials
    Instructor: Doug Salmon

    Focus for beginning work in silver -including; soldering, fabrication techniques, and Precious Metal Clay (PMC).

    Contact:
    Doug 301-895-3332 info@spruceforest.org

    Oct 19

    Feather Carving
    $125
    Instructor: Gary Yoder

    Hummingbird Feather: For beginner to advanced students. Learn or improve your knife skills.  Use a wood-burning tool for texture, and paint the feather using layering and glazing techniques.

    Contact:
    Gary Yoder  301-268-4318