June 23rd, 24th & 25th
9am - 6pm
$360 + Material list or fee paid to the instructor
Expanding Horizons, a workshop series co-sponsored by Kimball Jenkins School of Art and League of NH Craftsmen, offers a unique learning experience designed for the working artist and working craftsman!
· Break out of your comfort zone!
· Learn something new!
· Be inspired!
· And discover two treasures of the Concord, New Hampshire arts and craft community!
Participants will sign up for two 3-day workshops and have the opportunity to study with two well-known artist-instructors throughout the weekend. Morning sessions will be held at The Craft Center at League of NH Craftsmen headquarters and afternoon sessions will be held at Kimball Jenkins Estate. Classes are limited to 8 students.
League of NH Craftsmen (Directions)
9am - 1pm
Intro to Boro: Hard Glass Made Easy
Materials fee $18
Explore the basics of working with borosilicate glass, while learning about the equipment and tools, and how to manipulate molten glass using a torch. We will make pendants, small sculpture, marbles, implosions, and beads for jewelry. There are so many possibilities, feel free to bring your own ideas as well. This class is geared toward beginners, open to all levels.
$20 Materials Fee + Materials list
Using hand dyed cottons, batiks and some vintage fabrics we will explore an improvisational approach to making fabric collages using a raw edge machine applique technique. We may also incorporate handmade papers or vintage elements into our compositions. This class will require students to bring their own sewing machine with a basic working knowledge of how to use it. We will be stitching through multiple layers of fabric and paper to create small collages that can be framed or incorporated into larger mixed media pieces.
A Collaboration with Nature
Participants will sculpt a spoon out of wood that has been selected for its natural shape and grain from the gifts of nature left upon the forest floor or river banks of New Hampshire using primitive tools.
Information will be provided on how to select and prepare freshly found green wood for spoon making, as well as how to use scraps of dry wood in the same manner.
Learn how to liberate the basic shape of your spoon using an axe. Hollow and define your spoon with straight and bent knives while learning effective holds and cutting techniques.
You will be shown a method of removing moisture from green wood, while at the same time rejuvenating and imparting the basis for a lasting shine into your spoon.
Learn how to prepare your spoon for a final finish without the use of sand paper, leaving it smooth and pleasant to touch using simple metal scrapers.
The basics to creating your own natural flax oil finish will be explained while you polish your spoon until it shines.
You will leave with the knowledge of how to harvest, create and refine a spoon from just about any piece of wood, as well as how to impart and create an all natural food safe finish for your work.
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Materials and Supplies:
Nature provides us with an abundance of materials to work with. A fine selection of hardwood will be available at no cost.
We will be using a small axe, a regular knife with a sharp and straight blade, a bent knife and a scraper blade. Tools are available to use at no charge. If you already have a favorite knife please bring it with you.
Incorporating text/writing in your artwork adds a personal dimension to the piece. Even using a text from a book, your personality comes through the writing. Art journals, using a combination of watercolor washes, found objects, and personal journaling have become a popular way of working one’s art practice into one’s daily life. Nothing encourages the muse as much as giving her attention every day.
The class will cover at least 4 different ways of using text in art.
1. Text as a geometric, or all over, surface. Calligraphy using materials other than ink will be covered.
2. Text as a background to work your own ideas over. This will be self-portrait (loosely defined) worked over text that you choose. It could be a type of journal, or significant poetry
3. Text as a way to add interest to shadows, or add detail in a watercolor.
4. Text used in pottery. I’ll be using the inspiration of potters like Jane Kauffman, and the Sumerians. (We may, or may not be able to fire the pieces. It depends on the pottery schedule)
Some of the materials you will be using are acrylic paints and mediums, graphite, chalk, and charcoal, watercolors, colored pencils, markers and possibly wheat paste. Please dress for the possibility of getting messy.
Starting with porcelain and stoneware we will incorporate common minerals as colorants, plus introducing sand, gravel and coffee grounds.
These clays will be folded, kneaded, layered, rolled, sliced and appliquéd to create patterns and textures into a ceramic collage. We will learn a way to make a ceramic frame for these pieces or to wall mount then in other ways.
Emphasis will be on aesthetic decision making with every material and every technique along the way.
The Painterly Print
Learn to improvise through monotype, the only printmaking process that produces only one print. The process involves applying ink directly to a printing plate to create a painterly and textural result unique to monotype printmaking. By exploring this exciting and spontaneous printing process, students will learn to disrupt their usual creative process and find new solutions that can be applied to their own studio practice.