Artist 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 | 2016 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, or drawing with colored pencils? Groups may request a class in the Riverview Clay Studio or with the bird carver, or colored-pencil artist. Prices vary. Contact the instructor to arrange your special workshop or class.


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


Gary Yoder will offer advanced topics for returning students. Beginner groups may arrange a one-day workshop for up to 4 students (see June 7 Hummingbird feather description)
Contact: Gary Yoder 301-268-4318


Lenore Lancaster will offer individual students aged 16 and up one-hour to 1⁄2 day instruction in basic colored pencil techniques.
Contact: Lenore Lancaster 304-738-3180


Four Seasons Stitchery in Grantsville offers a 10-week quilting course during which students learn techniques and complete a queen-sized quilt. Classes often meet at Spruce Forest Artisan Village during the spring and summer. Please contact Shelley at Four Seasons for more information about a summer class.
Contact Shelley at Four Seasons 301-895-5958


Upcoming Workshops

2016 Schedule

Sept. 30 from 9am - 4pm (lunch break at noon for 1 hour)

Abstract Acrylic Painting
$110 (includes color wheel for each attendee)
Instructor: Mary Byrd

Explore black lines and hand altered papers/collage on textured surface. Learn how to assemble papers, collage material and acrylic paints with balancing design and color. Supply list available at:

Contact: Mary at 301-520-7724

June 10-12 and Oct 21-23 8am - 5pm each day

Beginning Weaving Class
$210 plus materials fee ($50 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 first day is spent weaving a small project from beginning to completion. The next two days are spent on a “work blanket” that 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.

Ann at 301-895-3159

Oct 24, 25, 26

Advanced Beginning Weaving
$210 plus $50 material fee
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.

Ann at 301-895-3159

October - TBA

Instructor: Joan Miller

Joan at 301-884-7349

July 30- 31 and Aug 27- 28

Feather Carving: Ruffed Grouse
Instructor: Gary Yoder

Using traditional hand carving tools and wood burner, students will carve, texture, and tint Ruffed Grouse feather. Great class for beginners

Gary at 301-268-4318

Thursday June 9th and Saturday August 6th

Beginning Paper Quilling
Instructor: Reita Marks

The students will learn basic techniques of quilling and complete one project

Reita at 724-504-8130

Saturday June 18th

Paper Quilling: Flowers
Instructor: Reita Marks

The project in this class will be a 4 x 6 picture of asters.

Reita at 724-504-8130

August 3rd, September 4th, October 23rd

Ring Making Workshop  
$100 plus material fee $30
Instructor: Hannah Ehlman and Douglas Salmon

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. Leave with a load of experience after only one afternoon.

Contact: or call 301-895- 3332

Tuesday August 30th

Quilled Christmas Ornaments  
$25 (add $18 to frame)
Instructor: Reita Marks

Students will have the option to make a cross or snowflake.

Reita at 724-504-8130

April 2nd & June 11th

Jewlery Making: Rings
$100 (plus $30 material fee)
Instructor: Doug Salmon

One day workshop. Form shape and solder 2 to 3 rings.

Doug at 301-895-3332 afternoons or Hannah Ehlman at

May 14- 15, July 9- 10, and November 5- 6

Beginning Jewlery
$200 plus $50 material fee
Instructor: Doug Salmon

Two day workshops. Learn elementary techniques for creating three dimensional jewelry designs. Cutting, forming and welding with a variety of metals.

Doug at 301-895-3332 afternoons or

May 14th & 15th

Intermediate to Advanced Jewlery
$200 plus $50 material fee
Instructor: Doug Salmon

The focus will be on hollow forms, raising and sinking and small tool making for jewelry and small sculpture forms.

Doug at 301-895-3332 afternoons or

Upon request

Colored Pencil
$20 per one hour instruction
Instructor: Lenore Lancaster

Bring own pencils for a private training session. Lenore will custom tailor your session from beginner to advanced, private or small group session available.

Lenore at 240-522-4631

Upon request

Wheel Thrown Pottery
Instructor: Lynn Lais

The resident potter at Spruce Forest, will offer 1-2 day workshops for up to 3 adults in special topics, including forming or glazing techniques.

Lynn at 301-895-5932

Upon request

Wood Turning
Instructor: Gene Gillespie

The resident woodworker at Spruce Forest, Gene can do private workshops tailored to the students abilities. Contact him directly to discuss options.

Gene at 540-336-5127

Upon request

Blacksmith Workshops
Instructor: Mike Edelman

Classes will cover fundamental forging techniques with an emphasis on both design and technique. Participation is hands-on allowing the opportunity to complete your own hand-forged project. Students will use both traditional and modern tools. The metal will be heated to over 2000 degrees, and then shaped on the anvil. Blacksmith class sizes are limited to 2 people per class, so the curriculum can be catered to the students skill level and interests.