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Start Date: Apr 21, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This workshop will explore how the technique of bent laminated wood is used to make unique skate decks. You will laminate a longboard deck from simple weights, and a street board using a polyurethane vacuum bag system. Then, using basic shop tools, these decks will be custom shaped to the students’ preferences. The workshop will cover making 2 decks and the mold for the pressing.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Apr 22, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sun)

Spend the day with Ashley Jennings learning this fascinating civil war-era process. You will learn how to mix up the needed materials and receive instructions on how to gather and build the equipment to make wet plate collodion tintypes. We will spend the day pouring plates and making images in the studio and darkroom. By the end of the day you will have had a chance to make several plates and should have a good understanding of the process. Learn to use equipment and materials needed for Wet Plate Collodion:

4x5 view cameras to make Tintypes and Ambrotypes

Pouring plates

Exposing plates

Developing plates by inspection

Finishing plates using sandarac varnish


Start Date: Apr 28, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

In this workshop, each student will design, carve and print a two color, 8”x10”, multiple block woodcut. Each image will be one print in a group portfolio with the theme, “transience.” Students will incorporate the meandering line from their given wood block into their composition. At the end of the workshop, each student will have a portfolio containing prints from everyone in the class. Time permitting, students learn to create a hard cover accordion artist book from the group’s prints. Examples of woodcut prints and artist books from the instructor’s collection will be presented and discussed. All skill levels welcome, beginning to advanced.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Apr 28, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Take a deep dive into the realm of 3D illustration and make a little world of your own. Create a scene from a favorite book or film, a universe suited to a character of your creation, or an abstract moment from your imagination. This two day workshop will provide an introduction to creating characters and sets using anything, everything and much more. Your diorama can be as crude or meticulous as you choose, but our objective is to start and finish a simple scene throughout the workshop. Whether you build a tableaux of miniature sculptures or a spatial illusion of flat cutouts, there are no wrong answers within this incredibly expressive and accessible medium.

Prerequisites: None


Start Date: Apr 29, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sun)

This one-day skill builder workshop will focus on the basics of turning on a lathe.  You will become familiar with the lathe, be introduced to different turning tools and techniques all while making a few quick spindle projects including a honey dipper and wine stopper.  This workshop will serve as a great introduction to turning and is open to all skill levels.  All materials will be provided.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: May 8, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm (Tue)

This class offers an in-depth look at digital photography. In this four week course, instructor Beth Conyers will help you navigate your camera’s settings, use manual modes, and learn what all of those camera buttons actually do! 

Photography is not all that complicated if you understand a few simple concepts like f-stops, shutter speeds, and ISO. You will learn how to beautifully blur backgrounds, perfectly freeze motion, and bring your entire picture into focus. This class will also cover camera topics and techniques such as metering, composition, and how to improve shooting conditions. We will also discuss some must-know technical details, such as determining file types, using histograms, setting white balance, choosing lenses, and post processing. 

Prerequisites: None, please bring your own camera

Start Date: May 12, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This workshop uses plywood as a modern material to introduce the use of standard shop tools. This includes gaining an understanding of wood veneer as a material, and techniques to use plywood properly. You will learn various construction methods for simple nesting boxes and applying finish. Those skills will then be expanded on creating a custom box for a small personal item.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: May 12, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

An introduction to the creative possibilities of iPhone photography. We’ll look at basic phone camera settings, experiment with composition and camera angles, see useful accessories, take lots of photos and learn how to edit and manipulate them using a variety of apps available on the phone. Styles covered range from gritty street photography, travel shots, family, pets, portraits and painterly multi-layered artistic creations.

Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; Opening and Closing programs, copying, cutting, pasting. Selecting files. Using a mouse or touchpad.

Start Date: May 19, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Design and create a unique artist book structure, the tunnel book (also known as a peep show book). A tunnel book is made as a set of pages suspended between two folded concertinas. Cut outs in the pages allow the viewer to see images through the entire book to the back that creates a dimensional scene inside. Tunnel books were popular optical toys inspired by theatre stage sets in the mid-eighteenth century. They were often produced as souvenirs of tourist attractions or were produced to commemorate special events. In this workshop, students will create a tunnel book using photographic and/or photocopied imagery. Text for the book will be self-authored. The writing generated through a thought-provoking assignment based on travel and perspective. The type will be applied with rubber stamp lettering. A hard cover with an inset image and slipcase will finish the book. Form, materials, content, and how the three are essentially integrated will be discussed throughout the workshop, as well as problem solving, design and typographic layout. Examples of artist books from the instructor’s collection will be presented and discussed. All skill levels are welcome, beginning to advanced.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: May 19, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This workshop is a weekend long course covering a variety of practical information relating to entrepreneurship for the visual artist. Topics covered will include documenting work, using social media, starting a website, running an online shop, negotiating licensing and contracts, making and selling limited edition prints and exhibiting work in galleries. The focus will be on professionalism, as well as the basic knowledge and skills needed to gain exposure and generate passive streams of income. 

Prerequisites: Experience as a visual artist

Start Date: May 30, 2018 Days: Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Inspired by Restoration Ecology, Maine artist, Patricia Wheeler invites you to paint from your intuitive side to explore and restore your personal center. She will show you how she processes memory – creating small abstract works on paper. Wheeler uses watercolor blocks that are very transportable with acrylics, cold wax, photo transfers, etc. – like a smaller version of her larger works. These completed small paintings can be framed or stored in a small, lidded box to use as studies for larger works. By day 2 we will take our studies and begin to transform our personal vision into large abstract paintings on wooden cradle-panels. As we build, layer, and cut into these paintings, we begin to understand the distressed surfaces of ancient places and how that accumulation of history and visual information can metaphorically reflect ourselves.  Emphasis will be on working in series. Our goal is to create our own vocabulary of symbols and to integrate the things floating around inside of us, releasing whatever is holding us back. We will work on multiple paintings, moving quickly from paper to panels.  Box, panels and grounds and other misc. supplies will be provided.

Start Date: Jun 4, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri)

Create colorful images through the ancient art of Moku Hanga. Japanese woodblock prints are characterized by the luminous brilliance achieved when water-based ink is printed on Washi (handmade Japanese paper). Multiple block registration and bokashi (color gradation) will be taught. Unlike Western relief printmaking, no press is used; water is the only solvent and minimal workspace is required. This is one form of printmaking you can safely and easily enjoy at home.

Prerequisite: Some familiarity with printmaking is helpful, but not required. Note: See supply sheet for how to prepare image for the first morning.