We will be offering a variety of workshops in a beautiful natural setting. Come stay with us, make some new friends and explore your inner artist!
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Please Note! We are not yet open for registration. If you wish to be put on a list for a class, email us with your snail mail address. Prices for workshops will be posted once we receive the okay from the county. Thanks for your interest! More info about accommodations on the "Accomodations".
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January 9 & 10 Personal Shrines (2 days) Carol Owen
January 14 Handmade Paper (1 day) January 15-17 Altered Books, Personal Symbols (3 days) Barb V. February 1-4 Wouterina deRaad Concrete Sculpture and Mosaic workshop (4 days) February 8-12 Barbara Peacock (5 days) Mosaics Techniques - All you need to know about mesh
23-27, 2010 Annie Cicale
Artist Book, Vessel for Word and Image
March 22-26 Lisa Kerpoe (5 days) Cloth to Dye For!
March 4-7 Deb Aldo (4 days) Pebble Mosaics, a four day hands on class
May 12-16 Lesley Venable (5 days) 5 Day Mini retreat of altered art. (Sign up for any number of days!)
Date TBD, 2010 Merilee Tutcik Pique Assiette Mosaics Date TBD, 2011 Jane Dunnewold Complex Cloth
January 9 & 10 Personal Shrines (2 days) Carol Owen
Each student will learn how to construct a shrine that will tell their
own story, using photos and memorabilia special to them. Using simple
materials and techniques such as assemblage and collage, students will
make a house-like structure rich in personal meaning. This class will
allow time to make a house with drawers, doors and niches to hold
mementos. This is a chance to make a personal shrine, perhaps to
someone special in your life, to a favorite place, a remembered trip, a
beloved pet, or perhaps a fun event you'd like to commemorate. I will
show you how to make the shrine, what you choose to celebrate is up to
January 14 Handmade Paper January 15-17, 2010 Barb V. Altered Books, Personal Symbols, 3 days
Learn about your personal symbols and how to use them in an altered book or journal. Haven't made an altered book yet? Not sure where to start? We'll talk about that too! Even if you are an expert, learn some more techniques (you can never have enough!). We'll do exercises to find our own personal symbols, and what makes them powerful to us. Use them in your work, whatever it might be, to strengthen yourself and your art. Add Thursday if you are interested in making some handmade paper to use in your journals, books, whatever! February 1-4, 2010 Wouterina deRaad Concrete Sculpture and Mosaic workshop, 4 days
Two workshops in one! First, learn how to make a concrete statue using Wouterina's own techniques. Make a multi-layered metal armature and then cement it. You will learn how to cut and shape metal lath. You'll learn when and how to make reinforcements. There will be a demo on various cementing techniques and discussions of cement formulas, as well as pigments for coloring cement. In the second part, learn mosaic tiling skills. Learn how to cut and break glass and ceramic tile. Learn what materials and adhesives to use for subzero climates. There will be a grouting demo. Learn how to use pigments and to texture cement surfaces.
I took Riana's class at Hacienda Mosaico
in 2007 and it was a terrific class. You can make large scale
sculptures easily, and they are very sturdy but much lighter weight
than solid concrete. You can use the same technique to make something
small and weatherproof. Any shape you want. It's a very versatile
technique to add to your repertoire!
February 8-13, 2010 Barbara Peacock Mosaics Techniques - All you need to know about mesh
The Double Direct Method on Mesh is an advanced technique of laying mosaic
tiles, but also one that beginners can use. It allows the artist more freedom in
design and installation.
Whether you call it the ''mesh method'' or the ''double direct method'' , you
will love this new technique. Once your tiles are set, you can install it
anywhere, whether it is on a tabletop, on a pillar, or an outdoor mural.The
versatility is wonderful!
The workshop will include mesh techniques for indoors and
outdoors....large and small.
NOTE: Students who wish to incorporate their own special pieces of
china, found objects, or other materials, into their abstract mosaic are
encouraged to bring them to the first class...their suitability for the
project will be determined once seen.
23-27, 2010 Annie Cicale
Artist Book, Vessel for Word and Image The artist book can
be viewed as a combination of drawing, painting, sculpture and collage with a
traditional or contemporary approach. The structure becomes an expression of
your ideas, both in the way you design the pages and the way you assemble them.
Make non-adhesive book structures as prototypes, then develop a book to house
This is a conceptual class and specific skills can be acquired as needed,
though some book experience is helpful. Those more experienced will tack more
March 22-26, 2010 Lisa Kerpoe Cloth to Dye For! Explore a variety of ways to add color to cloth with
fiber reactive dyes. Those new to dyeing will learn the basics of working
with fiber reactive dyes and more experienced dyers will have an opportunity
to combine techniques to create a surface rich with depth. You will choose
a color palette for the week, and will gainan understanding of how
those colors work together in a variety of techniques, including
immersion, painting, pouring, and dripping. By working with a set
palette, you will also gain insight into how to mix and coordinate those
colors and how they respond differently to different application
techniques. In addition to creating fabulous dyed fabrics, you will
experiment with adding layers of texture. Using thickened dyes and
everyday objects such as rubber bands, textured placemats, plastic wrap,
and rug grippers, you will build a complex surface suitable for use in
other projects or that can stand alone as a piece of artcloth.
workshop is perfect for anyone who works with fabric, whether for quilting,
sewing, dollmaking or artcloth. Personalize your work, replacing
off-the-shelf fabrics with fabrics that are uniquely you.
March 4-7, 2010 Deb Aldo Pebble Mosaics, a four day hands on class Deb Aldo, of Pietre Dure Designs is an artist, mosaic artist and landscape architect. As part of her work, she has begun doing pebble mosaic installations. We are looking forward to hosting Deb Aldo teaching a four day class. She will be teaching two methods of creating this type of mosaics, and students will design and create small pieces.
May 12-16, 2010 Lesley Venable 5 Day Mini retreat of altered art. (Sign up for any number of days!) - Words of Wisdom - Altered Coaster Book Class Description: We will be altering a set of inexpensive coasters using rubber stamps, vintage ephemera and images, buttons, ribbon, charms, leather laces, hardware and tape transfers (will do small demo in class on tape transfers). The book can be used to relay words of wisdom to someone who my be making a big life transition soon (wedding, moving away, college, baby, etc.) or it can be used to house those verses or images that are special to you. Kit Fee $12.00 per student. - The Artist's
Block as Inspiration - Aces & Eights - The Artist Trading Card
(Morning Class) Class Description: I love Artist Trading Cards, the small size of thes treasures allow you to complete a wonderful work of art in a vey short amount of time. In this class we will be using playing cards as our foundation as we allow our creativity to overflow using collage, tape transfers (I will be showing this technique in class), rubber stamping, ribbons, button, etc. At the end of the class we can trade with our classmates (you are not required to trade) and begin, or expand, our collections. I will also be showing a few ideas on how to store and/or showcase the cards you have received or created. Kit Fee $5 per student. - Your Creative Journal (Afternoon Class) Class Description: Journaling is something that I feel every artist should do to keep their creative juices flowing as well as to write down those ideas your muse places in your thoughts. That being said, for a while I literally had to force myself to put pen to paper and write about my day, my moment, my anything. So I decided that although there are plenty of beautiful journals out there I could buy it would mean much more to me to be adding my words, thoughts and feelings to something I had actually created. We will be using vintage and scrapbook papers, tissue paper, vintage images, rubber stamping with inks and acrylics, rub-ons and dimensional ephemera to adorn these beauties. We will create pockets on the inside to hold tags with quotes and/or questions to help you set your pen to paper. I will have several samples in class to give you ideas. - Altered Board Book - Treasure Within Altered Tin
Class Description: We will be altering a metal band-aid tin using our Patina Kit, rubber stamps, vintage hardware (or other goodies you've got hidden in that embellishment bin), ribbon and fluid chalk "painting". Encased inside this beautiful treasure tin will be an altered Formica sample booklet that you will create using ephemera, your favorite quotes, charms, images, lace, tape transfers (will do a small demo in class on tape transfers) and ribbon. Although I will have the tin prepared and read for you to patina and later I will demonstrate (outside) how to easily clean the paint off of tins you wish to alter. Kit fee $12 per student.
Date TBD, 2010 Merilee Tutcik Pique Assiette Mosaics
My friend Sandy and I are taking a class right now with Merilee, and the word "wow" just starts to describe our reaction to the wonderful pieces that Merilee has around her home. We are like two puppies! Besides very cool mosaic work, Merilee is a painter and wonderful teacher. I'm thrilled that she will be moving north and will be close enough to be able to teach frequently at The Fernery! Check back for dates and classes.
Lesley is one of those people that you love the moment you meet. My sister and I had such a great time in the two classes we took at Art Is (October, 2008). When we were talking about how we both liked small classes, she said that (the class at Art Is, which had 7 students) "It felt like sitting down with friends to create art instead of me just standing there and 'directing'."
That's exactly the feeling that I hope workshops at The Fernery will give!
Do Not Do
Calligraphy by Annie Cicale
Barbara Peacock, the column that captured my attention!
The Fernery studio has facilities for Japanese paper making, glass bead making, glass fusing and slumping, metal work (including soldering and etching), weaving, sewing, fabric dying and machine felting. Supplies are available for these crafts as well as all kinds of beading, mosaic art, collage, assemblage, art journaling. There is a library of how to, historical, and general art and craft information for inspiration. The studio is available after workshop hours and during retreats. (Before you use some equipment, such as kilns and torches, you will need to show expertise.)
A computer with internet access is available, as well as a scanner and printers. Use Photoshop to alter photos and artwork for image transfer or collage work.
The equipment may be used with prior permission to add to any of the workshops repertoire. Paint some fabric for use in altered books. Make metal pieces to add to altered art. Use your own handmade paper in your collage work. If you don't know how to use some of the equipment, instruction is available after workshop hours. Or come a day early.
Work study retreats available. Come work four hours a day and stay for free. Use the studio for your specific project. Or work and spend time visiting local attractions including the beach at famous Daytona Beach, or even Disney World. Work can be tailored to your talents and abilities. There'll be ongoing mosaic projects to join if you are so inclined.