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Jewelry Inspired by Nature: Mastering Silvermithing Techniques
July 9-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn and master basic metalsmithing skills in this three-day workshop taught by accomplished jewelry maker and designer, Moira (Katie) Lime. Use forms and shapes found in nature as inspiration for designing your pieces. Spend the first day learning techniques of sawing, filing/sanding, simple soldering, and bezel setting/prong setting. Apply these techniques during the next two days, as you create a necklace and a ring. Katie personally guides you in designing and fabricating your creations. Leave with a finished gemstone ring, a necklace/pendant, and perfected metalsmithing skills. Stones and materials will be available for purchase at the beginning of class each day. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Moira (Katie) Lime, MoiraKLime.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + materials fee, Non-Members: $365 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Foundry: An Introduction
July 11 - August 15, 2015 (Saturdays, 9am-5pm) — This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $950, Non-Credit $595, Lab Fee: $65
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Meditative Art & Yoga 8 days Retreat in B.C. Canada
July 18-26, 2015 — A quiet and inspiring environment, beautiful and natural surroundings; an ideal retreat to dive within, to discover and to establish our connection with the Creative Spirit. Eight days of Yoga, Meditative Walks, Mediation, and Art. Through working with natural and recycled materials, we explore creativity from a meditative and respective state, learning from materials and listening to their inner guiding wisdom. Sculpting with clay, painting with natural colors, creating with grains, pulses, spices, and much more... Give Yourself the Supportive Space to Reconnect with the Joy & Depth of Real Art. Taking place on Denman island, at 'The Hermitage', the program is designed for those that wish to learn how to use art as a tool for inner growth. Visit website


Location: B.C., Canada
Instructor: Mochita Har-Lev
Sponsor: Meditative Art School
Cost: $480
Email: Mochita

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Chasing and Repoussé Techniques
July 27-31, 2015 (9am-12pm) — Utilizing a pitch bowl as support, chasing is an ancient metalworking technique of tapping the metal with small punches to move it from a flat surface to a 3-D form. Repoussé is pushing the metal from the back, while chasing is texturing and refining the shape from the front. The pitch bowl holds a form with an elasticity to allow depth in forming. Learn to use ancient techniques to transform your silver jewelry design from a flat silhouette into a low relief sculpture. Learn to make the tools of Chasing and Repoussé and then, learn how to use them. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Sylvia Youell, wdcc.org/sylvia-youell
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $225 + materials fee, Non-Members: $250 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Jewelry Making in the Scottish Borders
August 2-7, 2015 (full day) — Tucked away in a traditional stone building, this fully equipped jewelry studio is the perfect place to shed distractions and let your creative spirit shine. Accommodation, welcome reception & transportation within Scotland are included. Visit website


Location: Peebles, Scotland
Instructor: Linda Lewin
Sponsor: Wild at Art
Cost: $2416
Email: Ellen Colingsworth and Ute Johnston

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Gem Setting in Five Days
August 3-7, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Join Gerry for a five day gem setting intensive to master bench techniques for setting faceted gem stones and diamonds. Learn the correct use of tools and equipment and how to determine stone angles and claw alignments. Gerry demonstrates stone setting techniques each day. Bench time is provided for practicing your skills in setting four- and six-claw heads and other settings. Learn to set square stones, set gypsy/flush settings, use wax to set stones, and more. Many tools will be provided, but the supply list includes those that are your responsibility. A ring set is purchased from Gerry and C-Z's are also available for sale. Prior experience with basic metalworking tools is desirable. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gerald Lewy, www.GemzDiamondSetting.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $525 + materials fee, Non-Members: $550 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Hollow Silver Ring: Soldering Intensive
August 10-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Strengthen your soldering skills and feel like a pro behind the torch as you fabricate a hollow ring. Also, discover how to set up your own soldering studio. Jeni works with you on-on-one to practice advanced soldering skills. Make a hollow silver ring of your own design, and leave this workshop with a completed ring and lots of new tips and techniques to make all of your soldering projects more successful. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jennifer Mokren
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + materials fee, Non-Members: $365 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Loom Woven Beaded Bracelets
August 14, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Complete a bracelet in one day. Learn how to use a bead loom or improve your process without all those pesky warp threads. Jeni teaches you how to create bracelets that come off the loom almost complete. Jeni shows you how to prepare a bead loom for the no-warp method of beading. You'll also learn how to finish the beadwork, create buttonholes, and add buttons for the clasp. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jennifer Mokren
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $110 + materials fee, Non-Members: $125 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Desktop to 3-D Print
August 18-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to create 3-Dimensional models using open source software, and watch your models materialize on a Makerbot 3D printer. Learn about the process of 3-D modeling, exporting files, slicing, and printing on the Makerbot 3-D printer. Previous digital 3D modeling experience is not expected or required - although general digital skills are helpful. Bring a laptop (either Mac or Windows format) with a wireless connection, and a mouse with left and right buttons and scroll wheel. Tablet style (iPad) computers will not work with this software. This workshop is intended to provide hands on access to this new tool set: for sculptors, jewelers, and creatives who are curious about 3D printing. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Burt Isenstein, NancyandBurt.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + materials fee, Non-Members: $365 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Vintage Metal Deck: Taking the Mystery Out of Working with Metal
August 29-30, 2015 (10am-5pm) — In this workshop we will transform ordinary metal into a fabulous, thick, chunky, beautifully embellished deck of cards! Each student will receive 10 flat pieces of metal, each 6 X 3 inches, to transform into a beautiful work of art. We will explore a variety of ways to use & distress metal, cloth, paper, found objects, and you will learn a plethora new ideas & techniques! You will receive in depth instruction on how to work with metal: how to apply texture; apply transfers; forge, distress & mark metal; add ink & paint; use patinas; attach objects; and more! Visit website


Location: Taos, NM
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $185 + $25 materials fee
Email: Leighanna Light
Phone: 505-369-4777

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Faux Etching, Surface Design on Metal
September 12, 2015 (9:30am-4:30pm) — Oh how I love texture on metal! This workshop evolved from a happy accident, ever since I've been having a blast etching anything that I can get my hands on! In this workshop, you will learn a fast & easy technique for creating "etched" metal surfaces without having to deal with toxic chemicals & hours of agitation. After etching the metal in the morning, we will spend the rest of the day constructing a unique figurative sculpture using the metal that we altered. While working on the sculpture, we will cover basic cold connection methods as well as composition & design. Visit website


Location: Taos, NM
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $95
Email: Leighanna Light
Phone: 505-369-4777

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PUK 4.2 Welder Demo - Monday
September 14, 2015 (1-4pm) — Major improvements have been made to micro TIG welding equipment. Experience the new technology first hand. TIG Welders were hard to use in the past, did not work well with sterling silver and were primarily used for gold and platinum. Now, micro TIG welders are more user-friendly and can be used to join dissimilar metals without heat. They are also used to repair, restore, repurpose and create jewelry and mixed metal medias. Pin backs can be repaired in a few minutes without removing a stone, and prongs can be made with a stone in place. Joy demonstrates joining metals with a micro TIG welder. Bring a sample of something you would like to see welded (no family treasures, please). Students may have hands on experience. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $50, Non-Members: $75
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Launching and Running an Etsy Shop
September 14-15, 2015 (9am-12pm) — Learn how to set up your Etsy shop. If you already have one, learn the site's ins and outs of SEO (search engine optimization) for Etsy/Google searches. Understand how key words help your shop get noticed, and enable advertising on Etsy. Increase exposure by linking Etsy to Facebook and a blog. Bring your laptop (4 years old or newer--HDMI ports and camera slot are helpful.) If you only have an iPad, you may use it, but it is not optimal. Create a shop banner and experiment with shop listings, using logos and photos of your work. Joy guides you in shooting, editing and loading the images. Learn how to maximize your use of this highly popular website to market your work. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $95, Non-Members: $105
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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PUK 4.2 Welder Demo - Tuesday
September 15, 2015 (1-4pm) — Major improvements have been made to micro TIG welding equipment. Experience the new technology first hand. TIG Welders were hard to use in the past, did not work well with sterling silver and were primarily used for gold and platinum. Now, micro TIG welders are more user-friendly and can be used to join dissimilar metals without heat. They are also used to repair, restore, repurpose and create jewelry and mixed metal medias. Pin backs can be repaired in a few minutes without removing a stone, and prongs can be made with a stone in place. Joy demonstrates joining metals with a micro TIG welder. Bring a sample of something you would like to see welded (no family treasures, please). Students may have hands on experience. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $50, Non-Members: $75
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Intermediate Level

Metalsmithing: Ring
September 16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Joy's workshop introduces you to designing, soldering, sawing, filing, finishing and other metalsmithing techniques used to fabricate a ring. Learn to prong- and bezel-set regular and irregular stones, and even found objects, during this workshop. From the beginner to the intermediate level student, Joy works with you to learn completely new techniques or push your knowledge to the next level. Take home a one-of-a-kind, sterling silver ring of your design and creation. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $110 + materials fee, Non-Members: $125 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Metalsmithing: Earrings
September 17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Beginner's learn introductory soldering techniques, wirewrapping, and how to fabricate pieces such as earrings and small findings with texture. Advanced students can take this project to the next level by setting stones and creating a hinged earring mechanism. Create each component of an earring. Then, learn to use the hydraulic press and rolling mill to create interesting textures in metal. Leave this one-day workshop with a pair of earrings you can be proud of. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $110 + materials fee, Non-Members: $125 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Metalsmithing: Pendant
September 18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to make a sculptural pendant out of sterling silver, incorporating the setting of irregular stones and found objects into a pendant. Beginning students will learn to solder, set a stone and cut out metal shapes. More advanced students can make multiple stone settings, prong settings, bezel settings, and a custom chain. Bring a focal stone or found object you want to use in your design; some metals and studio supplies are available in the studio for a fee. Please see supply list for this workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $110 + materials fee, Non-Members: $125 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Designing Jewelry Using the Lost Wax Process
October 14-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will be designing up to three pieces of jewelry out of wax from start to finish and will prepare it for casting. Nadine will provide the supplies for the class and students will be able to choose gemstones and pearls for a nominal fee, or if students have their own gems they are welcome to use them. Nadine will demonstrate every morning what technique will be used for the day to create a piece of jewelry. On the last day, students will be able to choose their favorite pieces created during the workshop and will send them to Nadine's casting company in Sedona. Once casted, they will be sent to a finish jeweler who will set the gems. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nadine Leo, www.mspearlco.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395 + $50 material fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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