Artist Workshops

Workshops


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

Workshops meet in various historic buildings on the Spruce Forest Campus. The Annie Stanton house (white house between the church and Fernwood Gallery) has two classrooms and the Riverside Studio (beneath the Pottery cabin) also holds workshops for pottery. Some classes may be presented in an artisan’s individual studio cabin or in the Great Hall at Penn Alps Restaurant. Students may bring lunch or purchase lunch at one of the neighboring restaurants. There are many motels, hotels and bed and breakfasts in the area, some in walking distance. All registrations are with the instructor number or email provided in the class description listed on this website. Spaces are limited and the workshops will fill up fast, so call or e-mail the instructor to hold your spot. You may also download the Registration Form and send it in, the instructor will contact you to confirm.

Special Topics Workshops | 2017 Schedule | Workshop Gallery



Special Topics Workshops

Does your small group: home-school, scouts, clubs or other groups want to try pottery or carving a feather or other classes offered? Groups may request a class and prices will vary depending on size and specifics. Contact the instructor to arrange your special workshop or class.


WHEEL THROWN POTTERY

Lynn Lais (see Artisans for more detailed biographical information), the resident potter at Spruce Forest, will offer 1-2 day workshops for 4-8 adults. Special topics, including forming or glazing techniques will be offered upon request. Weekly classes in pottery may also be arranged for groups of three adults.
Contact Lynn at 301-895-5932


FEATHER CARVING

Beginner through advanced. Workshop limit is 5-6 students. Instructed by Gary Yoder (see Artisan for more detailed biographical information). Students will use traditional hand carving and wood burning tools. See schedule posted below for individual subject matter and instruction.
Contact Gary at 301-268-4318


QUILLING

Beginner through advanced. Workshops limited to 6 students. Quilling is an art dating from back at least to the 12th century. It as been practiced in United States as early as 17th century. Quilling consists of rolling narrow strips of paper to form designs. Instructed by Reita Marks, a guest artist at the Village.
Contact Reita at 724-504-8130


JEWELRY AND RING MAKING

Beginner level, no experience necessary. Instructed by Hannah Ehlman (see Artisans for more biographical information), students will make two to three rings using metalworking techniques in bronze, copper, or sterling. Each student will texture, sculpt, design, weld, and polish these original wearable works of art. Student will leave with a load of experience after one afternoon.
Contact Hannah at 301-895-3332


WEAVING

Beginning and Advanced classes. Instructed by Ann Jones (see Artisans for more biographical information). An introduction to weaving on a four-shaft loom, this three day class will take you through two projects. Previous weaving workshop students will take their knowledge a step further with an introduction to reading and planning drafts that you will then weave.
Contact Ann at 301-895-3159


FUNDAMENTALS IN DRAWING

Designed for students ages 10 to 17 and instructed by Lenore Lancaster, a guest artist at the Village. Lenore is a Colored Pencil artist with exhibitions and awards in National and International Exhibitions. Class limited to 8 students. Students will learn basic drawing techniques and subject matter with drawing exercises in this one-day class.
Contact Lenore at 304-738-3180 or 240-522-4631


WOOD TURNING

Upon request only- scheduling varies. Gene Gillespie (see Artisans for more detailed biographical information) is the resident woodworker at Spruce Forest; Gene can do private workshops tailored to the students’ abilities.
Contact Gene at 540-336-5127


BLACKSMITH WORKSHOP

Instructed by Mike Edelman (see Artisans for more detailed biographical information). Classes cover fundamental forging techniques with emphasis on both design and technique. Participation is hands-on using both traditional and modern tools. The metal will be heated to over 2000 degrees, and then shaped on the anvil. Class size limited to 2 people per class.
Contact Mike at mike@medelmanart.com


PAINTING OUTSIDE THE LINES

Beth Hilliker, instructor. Beth is a full time massage therapist at Nemacolin Woodlands Spa. She is also a scenic artist of most Front and Centre Stage Productions. She works in acrylic and loves painting in impressionistic style. She conducts workshop in Painting Outside the Lines.
Contact Beth at 240-522-6958 or bethann68@yahoo.com


ACRYLIC PAINTING WORKSHOP

Workshop focus: PEARS, instructed by Mary Byrd. Mary is a former Hallmark card artist and instructs acrylic painting workshops. She is a guest artist at the Village the month of October.
Contact Mary at 301-520-7724 or mary@marybyrdproductions.com


EVENING PAINTING WORKSHOPS

Subject matter varies by workshop, instructed by Peggy Nixon. Peggy is a former resident artist at the Village and is well known for her acrylic painting on slate (and canvas) as well as evening workshops.
Contact Peggy at 301-997-4199


SCHERENSCHNITTE

Paper Cutting, instructed by Joan Miller. Joan is a retired surgical nurse and has been doing the German art of paper cutting over thirty years.
Contact Joan at 304-203-5614



2017 Schedule


Date Workshop Instructor Costs Materials Contact
April 2 Ring Making Hannah Ehlman $100 $30 hjmetalworks@gmail.com or 301-895-3332
May 26 6:30 pm Painting Outside the Lines- 11x14 Butterfly Beth Hilliker $30 included bethann68@yahoo.com or 240-522-6958
June 8 9:15 am Quilling for Beginners Students will learn the basics of quilling & complete one project. Reita Marks $25 included 724-504-8130
June 8,9,10 Beginning Weaving Class An intro to weaving on a four shaft loom, you will complete two projects over the 3 day workshop, including a "work blanket" that is a beautiful reference project. Limited to 4 students. Ann Jones $210 $35 301-895-3159
June 24 9:15 am Quilling Subject: Fruits, students will select the ones they wish to make, class limited to 6 students. Reita Marks $25 $35 optional frame 724-504-8130
June 30 6-9 pm Evening Acrylic Painting Class- Subject "Patriotic" Class held in the Riverview Studio, limit 16 students. No experience necessary, everything provided. Peggy Nixon $35 included 301-997-4199
July 7 11am-4pm Fundamentals of Drawing for ages 10 through teens, limit 8 students. You will use a workbook to learn basic fundamentals of drawing. Bring regular pencil, eraser, and ruler (and please pack a lunch). Lenore Lancaster $35 included 304-738-3180 or 240-522-4631
July 14 6-9 pm Evening Acrylic Painting Class- Subject "Beach" Class held in the Riverview Studio, limit 16 students. No experience necessary, everything provided. Peggy Nixon $35 included 301-997-4199
July 22 & 23 Jewlery Fabrication Learn elementary techniques for creating 3D jewlery design. Cutting, forming, and welding with a variety of metals. Hannah Ehlman $200 $50 hjmetalworks@gmail.com or 301-895-3332
July 29 & 30 Feather Carving: Ruffed Grouse Perfect for beginners, using traditional hand carving tools and wood burner, students will carve, texture, and tint a Ruffed Grouse feather. Gary Yoder $250 included 301-268-4318
August 4 9:15 am Quilling Subject: Floral Bouquet, in 5 x 7 inch frame, class limited to 6 students. Reita Marks $30 included 724-504-8130
August 11 6-9 pm Evening Acrylic Painting Class- Subject "Night-time" Class held in the Riverview Studio, limit 16 students. No experience necessary, everything provided. Peggy Nixon $35 included 301-997-4199
August 16 11am - 4pm Fundamentals of Drawing for ages 10 through teens, limit 8 students. You will use a workbook to learn basic fundamentals of drawing. Bring regular pencil, eraser, and ruler (and please pack a lunch). Lenore Lancaster $35 included 304-738-3180 or 240-522-4631
August 17 9:15 am Quilling Subject: Christmas Items, students will select the ones they wish to make, class limited to 6 students. Reita Marks $5 $5 - $20 724-504-8130
August 26 & 27 Feather Carving: Kestrel Students will be using bending methods for shaping feather with emphasis on painting, maximum 5 students. Gary Yoder $250 included 301-268-4318
September 22 Evening Acrylic Painting Class- Subject "Fall" Class held in the Riverview Studio, limit 16 students. No experience necessary, everything provided. Peggy Nixon $35 included 301-997-4199
September 23 & 24 Feather Carving: Blue Jay Using traditional hand carving tools and wood burner, students will carve, texture, and paint a Blue Jay feather. Gary Yoder $250 included 301-268-4318
September 28 9am-4pm Acrylic Painting: Pears Intro to successful layout and color application, all levels welcome. Mary Byrd $100 included
October 20 6-9 pm Evening Acrylic Painting Class- Subject "Moonlit Owl" Class held in the Riverview Studio, limit 16 students. No experience necessary, everything provided. Peggy Nixon $35 included 301-997-4199
October 2,9,16,23,30
Mondays 10 am - noon
Scherenschnitte (Paper Cutting) Learn the German art of paper-cutting to form patterns, animals, or scenes. Limited to 2 students. Other times/days available upon request. Joan Miller $30 included 304-203-5614
October 21 Feather Carving: Hummingbird In this one day workshop, using traditional hand carving tools and wood burner, students will carve, texture, and tint a Ruby Throated Hummingbird Tail feather Gary Yoder $100 included 301-268-4318
October 26, 27, 28 Beginning Weaving Class An intro to weaving on a four shaft loom, you will complete two projects over the 3 day workshop, including a "work blanket" that is a beautiful reference project. Limited to 4 students. Ann Jones $210 $35 301-895-3159
November 3, 4, 5 Advanced Weaving Class Previous students can take their knowledge a step farther with an intro to reading and planning drafts that you will then weave. Various projects and materials, lots of handouts. Ann Jones $210 $35 301-895-3159
November 17 6-9 pm Evening Acrylic Painting Class- Subject "Christmas" Class held in the Riverview Studio, limit 16 students. No experience necessary, everything provided. Peggy Nixon $35 included 301-997-4199