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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

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The Big Ass Ring
December 9, 2016 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — You asked for it, so here it is: the Big Ass Ring is back! This fast-paced one day workshop will have you cutting, stamping, soldering and forming sterling silver wire and sheet into a one-of-a-kind setting for a gorgeous statement ring. You’ll learn how to size and solder a ring band, create a bezel from scratch, and set a stone using age-old techniques with a modern twist. If you’re interested in taking your metalsmithing skills to the next level, this is a don’t-miss workshop. (Please note: This is an advanced beginner workshop. Students without prior soldering experience may not be able to finish their project in class.) Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 + Material cost
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Wire Essentials for the Jewelry Maker
December 10, 2016 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — Looking to add wirework to your bag of tricks? Want to learn to create uniform loops and links? Tired of using manufactured findings? This is the class for you! Bend, twist, form and embellish wire to create all the elements for this necklace and earrings set. Variations for ear wires and clasps will be explored. You will be the boss of the wire in no time! At The Makery, we provide all tools and materials as part of your materials fee, so all you need to do is show up ready for fun! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 + Material cost
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Wire Wrapping the Stone: Wrapped Cabochons
December 17, 2016 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — Are you looking for a way to show-off all those beautiful cabochons in your collection? Wire wrapping is a great way to create one-of-a-kind pieces with those special stones. In just one day, metals instructor Gwen Youngblood will show you the fundamental techniques necessary to securely and attractively combine wire and undrilled stones using your best tools – your hands! – and a few extra odds and ends. You’ll will take home at least one pendant – so be sure to bring a cord or necklace with you to class. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 + Material cost
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Foundry: An Introduction
January 26 - April 20, 2017 (Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm) — 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 welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Pavel Efremoff
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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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Felted Jewelry
April 5-6, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this class I will guide you to create complex wearable-art shapes inspired by nature. You will learn how to attach fancy fabrics or yarns to the wool, how to felt beads in different shapes of settings, make the cord of a necklace and attach the segments by building and felting pieces together. We’ll discuss after-felting embellishment possibilities, such as bead-work or embroidery that can be added at home. Previous felting experience is helpful but not necessary. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $15 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Kumihimo with Cords
April 15, 2017 (10am-1pm) — Textile artist Margo Ellis teaches how to make attractive and unique corded bracelets using a Kumihimo loom. Students learn a simple weaving technique, using a round loom and satin cord, which can be done at home. This class can also be taken as a parent/child class (discounts available). Want to take things a step further? Ellis also demonstrates beaded Kumihimo bracelets. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Margo Ellis
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $85, $70 members (includes supplies)
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sculpting Hollow Form: Application of Partial Felt Density
August 5-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Wool fiber is typically wrapped around either a pre-existing form such as a ball or balloon or a 2-D flat resist made from a variety of materials impenetrable by the fibers in order to felt hollow forms. In addition to the shape of the resist, understand how varying the density of wool in a given area and circumferential fulling can provide more control to sculpt desired forms. Participants will make partially felted sheets of wool fiber in varying thicknesses and states of structural integrity to apply as distinct shapes in their fiber layout. Proper fulling and the thickness of the vessel’s wall in relationship to its volume will determine the forms integrity. Hand stitched structural ribbing, steam blocking and shellac stiffening can then be applied to refine the forms. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lisa Klakulak
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500 plus $40 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Explore, Create, and Resinate Jewelry
August 11-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join Mixed-Media Artist Jen Cushman for two days of resin exploration to learn the basics and beyond of working with ICE Resin, a jeweler’s grade two-part epoxy resin. We’ll explore small collage techniques combining imagery, text and inclusions encapsulated in crystal clear resin. Each bezel will be as unique as the artist who makes it. On Day 2, we’ll delve into wire, metal and fiber techniques to create a finished jewelry set (necklace and bracelet and/or necklace and earrings) combined with our cured resin components. Even if you have zero jewelry-making experience, you can enjoy this workshop and create wearable art. For those with intermediate jewelry making skills, instructor has cold connection samples that you can work toward. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $35 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos
March - November — The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: Starting at $500
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 40 24240 24143

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Community Open Studios
Thru April (Tuesday-Saturday) — Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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