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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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Sedona Retreat: The Visual Arts Retreat
May 2-4, 2014 — The Sedona Art Retreats offer a unique tour of self-discovery as you explore a world of creative possibilities. Sedona is known for three things; its beautiful and unique landscape, its art colony atmosphere and as a place for spiritual retreat. The Sedona Arts Center has wrapped these elements into a unique package where art and self-discovery fuse - creating the opportunity for artists and those who would consider themselves non-artists to engage fully in the experience of art. Over a three-day period you will experience six different art mediums in an intimate group. You will explore artistic journaling, ceramics, collage, photography, mask-making and jewelry. There is an orientation the evening before the retreat. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: 6 instructors
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $650
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Sedona Retreat: The Visual Arts Retreat
May 30 - June 1, 2014 — The Sedona Art Retreats offer a unique tour of self-discovery as you explore a world of creative possibilities. Sedona is known for three things; its beautiful and unique landscape, its art colony atmosphere and as a place for spiritual retreat. The Sedona Arts Center has wrapped these elements into a unique package where art and self-discovery fuse - creating the opportunity for artists and those who would consider themselves non-artists to engage fully in the experience of art. Over a three-day period you will experience six different art mediums in an intimate group. You will explore artistic journaling, ceramics, collage, photography, mask-making and jewelry. There is an orientation the evening before the retreat. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: 6 instructors
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $650
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level

Metal Origami (for Adults and Teens)
June 16-20, 2014 (9am-noon) — This pilot introduction to metal will give students a chance to explore and familiarize themselves in the medium. Designing templates in paper, transforming them into folded patterns, and producing a full 3 dimensional piece is the bedrock of the class. Students will learn heating and forming techniques with provided tools along with learning and implementing basic design into their products. This class is designed for teens and adults at an introductory level. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Morgan Janssen
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $235
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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Russian Filligree
June 26-28, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Learn Russian (open back) filigree through extensive demonstrations and hands-on exploration. Learn the necessary steps to create a pendant, a ring, a large hollow bead and more. Victoria will share valuable tricks to ensure your success with this exquisite technique. Following Victoria's demonstrations, the majority of class time will be devoted to your hands-on experience. Those familiar with filigree from Victoria's DVD will have the opportunity to work on more advanced projects. If time allows, there may be an opportunity to investigate more three-dimensional possibilities with the process. Participants must know how to solder with a torch. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Victoria Lansford, VictoriaLansford.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $475 + materials fee, Non-Members: $500 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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A Trio of Chains
June 30 - July 2, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Explore techniques that can be used to fabricate a variety of chains. Learn the most ancient of forms, single loop-in-loop chains, then work with contemporary center-ball chains. Lastly, create side-weave chains. Students of all ability levels can master these chain techniques. Sterling Silver will be the predominant material for this class. Using the equipment available at the School, create three bracelets using three different chains, completing all with simple "S" hook clasps. Cora's group demonstrations and individual guidance ensure your success. All materials will be available for puchase from Cora. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Cora Acor
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $325 + materials fee, Non-Members: $350 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Foundry
July 12 - August 16, 2014 (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
Instructor: Pavel Efremoff
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $675, Non-Credit $595, Lab Fee $60
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Silver Beadmaking
July 14-18, 2014 (9am-12pm) — Create silver beads - large and small. Hollow beads can be round, square, oval, lentil, triangular, with roller printed texture, copper or nugold accents. Use them in a bracelet, chains, necklaces, with other beads or alone. Employ the basic skills of soldering, sawing, dapping, roller printing, and using the hydraulic press. Sylvia demonstrates her techniques to the group, followed by one-on-one instruction, as you work on your own to create your unique vision in beads. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: 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

Intermediate Level

Handmade Decorative Clasps
July 28-30, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Create both decorative toggle clasps and box clasps that include gem settings in sterling silver. Make box catch fabrications that can be used in simple or elaborate designs, with gems or other decorative elements. Elevate the level of your work by eliminating prefabbed ordinary findings. Fabricate ornamental toggle catches by using simple forming and piercing techniques that enable you to embellish strands of beads or simple chains. Complete one of each type of clasp and open the door to many variations that will enhance your jewelry creations. You should possess basic soldering and fabrication skills as a prerequisite for this workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Christine Cooper Hill, ChristineCooperHill.Com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350 + materials fee, Non-Members: $375 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Hand Made Settings
July 31 - August 2, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Explore handmade, decorative settings in sterling silver, including both bezels and prong settings. Learn how to problem solve the setting of unusal cuts as well as safe settings for more fragile gem material. Leave with one to two pieces of sterling silver jewelry (rings, earrings, or pendants). Christine provides individualized attention to help you realize your unique vision. Gems and silver are available for purchase. You should possess basic soldering and fabrication skills as a prerequisite for this workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Christine Cooper Hill, ChristineCooperHill.Com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350 + materials fee, Non-Members: $375 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Basic Metalsmithing Techniques: A Five Day Series
August 4-8, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Learn the basics of jewelry metalworking from Beth Millner as she demonstrates a multitude of techniques during her upbeat and lively workshop. This series of one day workshops is meant for beginners with basic experience using jewelry pliers. Experience with a torch is not necessary. Sign up for any day(s) you wish--register for all five and save 10%. (You must take the days prior to that day, or days, to have the necessary skills for each project.) Beth provides a required materials kit for $150-$200; all tools are provided in the studio. Beth demonstrates new skills each day and briefly repeats techniques learned during previous days to reinforce what you have learned. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Beth Millner, BethMillner.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Nature Inspired Jewelry: Mastering Silvermithing Techniques
August 14-16, 2014 (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 own creations. Leave with a finished gemstone ringring, a necklace/pendant, and perfected metalsmithing skills. Stones and materials will be available for purchase at the beginning of class each day. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Moira (Katie) Lime, MoiraKLime.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350 + materials fee, Non-Members: $375 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Silversmithing Art Course with Adrian Hope in Scotland
August 24-29, 2014 (9.30 - 4.30) — Exceptional artists and passionate tutors Adrian Hope and Linda Lewin lead side-by-side courses. In silversmithing, you learn specific techniques: soldering, casting, basic bench works. Experienced craftsman develop your creative instincts and design with this award winning master craftsman. Edinburgh International Arts Festival and Peebles Art Festival are in full swing so plenty of inspiration, and entertainment, or distractions, for travelling companions. Visit website


Location: Peebles, Scotland
Instructor: Adrian Hope
Sponsor: Wild at Art Ltd
Cost: $1,875
Email: Ellen Colingsworth or Ute Johnston
Phone: +1333 350289

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Silver Jewelry art course with Linda Lewin
August 24-29, 2014 (9.30 - 4.30) — In this small group course you create a unique piece of work guided by artists Linda Lewin, an exceptional jeweller. Explore and experiment with a variety of techniques - patterning, granulation, stone setting. This course runs parallel with the silversmithing course run by Adrian Hope, creating further opportunity to share and learn. Peebles Art Festival and Edinburgh Arts Festival will entertain travelling companions! Fee includes tutoring, 4 star accommodation in Edinburgh & Peebles, breakfasts & lunches, welcome reception & dinner, transport within Scotland. Visit website


Location: Peebles, Scotland
Instructor: Linda Lewin
Sponsor: Wild at Art Ltd
Cost: $1,875
Email: Ellen Colingsworth or Ute Johnston
Phone: +1333 350289

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Explore Enameling
August 25-27, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Discover the colorful magic of fusing glass to metal - a fun mixture of design and happenstance - to create the bold and brilliant colors of enamel. These materials offer unlimited possibilities when employing techniques such as sgraffito, silkscreen, stenciling, mark-making, and more to create pattern, texture, and design effects. Experience the process of firing glass to metal using a kiln under Gail's guidance. Expect to complete several small jewelry items or small work suitable for framing. Gail's class offers lots of personal attention and freedom to create at your own pace. This class is for the complete novice and also the experienced enamelist who would like to brush up on the basics and add new skills to their vocabulary. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gail Nelson, GailNelsonEnamels.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $325 + materials fee, Non-Members: $350 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Get Unstuck and Take your Metalsmithing to the next Level
September 4-6, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Do you need help finishing a project? Or do you have any metalsmithing tools you don't know how to use? Bring them to this workshop along with any questions. Jeni helps you choose the proper tools to purchase, or master tools you have but are struggling with. Jeni works with each individual student to identify and practice skills, such as, sawing, soldering, bezel setting, etc. This is your chance to ask any questions and benefit from the skills of an expert jewelry maker. Bring projects that you've had trouble finishing. Jeni will help you decide what to do next and how to complete them. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jennifer Mokren
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350 + materials fee, Non-Members: $375 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Metal Meshworking in 3D
September 13-16, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Create biomorphic and geometric three-dimensional forms out of metal mesh in this fun experimental meshworking class. Explore the myriad of form making possibilities as students manipulate, join and connect together stainless steel, aluminum and bronze mesh. Lanny will share his extensive knowledge on how to create structures out of metal mesh and he will demonstrate many of the techniques he uses in his work. Students will explore the fascinating world of propane torch flame patterning on stainless steel mesh. They will also learn wire wrapping and edging techniques; how to work with silicone caulk, both as glue and visual enhancement, and they will learn how to use cold formed colorful glass frit in their work. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lanny Bergner
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $475
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Telling a Story with a Stone
September 17-19, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Design a piece of jewelry with a storyline in mind. Create a ring, pendant, pin or bracelet using sterling silver. Concepts and techniques covered in the workshop include: design, soldering, sawing, filing, Cab stone setting, finishing, patinas, and chain making. Beginners start with a simple bezel setting. More advanced students can be as elaborate as time allows. Bring your favorite stones or choose to purchase them from Joy. All other workshop supplies can be bought from Joy's large selection of items. Copper, which can be used as a substitute for sterling silver or used for practice, can also be purchased. Some torch experience is preferred but not required. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $325 + materials fee, Non-Members: $350 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Setting Stones and Other Found Objects
October 2-4, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Do you have stones or other found objects that you would like to use in a piece of jewelry? Discover limitless ways to integrate them into your unique, personal creations. Instruction is provided to assist you in using both soldered bezels and cold connection methods in creating your jewelry pieces. Learn not only how to fabricate the classic bezel but quickly move beyond the basics to explore many variations that can be used to capture unusually shaped objects. This class will include building stepped, modified shoulder and tabbed bezels as well as incorporating cold connections through the use of tube and wire riveting. You should be comfortable with soldering techniques to register for this workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Susan Richter O'Connell
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350 + materials fee, Non-Members: $375 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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New Directions for Jewelry, Art Quilts and Surface Embellishments
October 18-19, 2014 — This workshop is packed full of new ideas and directions for many disciplines in Art. Metal work, weaving techniques, and a variety of surface design applications will all be covered. Students have the option of making jewelry, applying the techniques to fabric for Art quilts or a paper surface for books, or making samples to use later. The focus of the class will be to introduce and incorporate weaving and metal smith techniques that can cross over to be used in many disciplines of artwork. Students will use linens, fibers, copper sheeting, wire and mesh, as well as found, recycled and natural items to incorporate surface design techniques such as weaving, twining and looping and to learn a variety of low tech metalsmith techniques. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger, www.maryhetts.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $255 plus $22 Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Creating Spoons Using Silversmithing Techniques
December 9-12, 2014 (9am-12pm) — Create a decorative spoon of your choosing using silversmithing techniques. From a dainty salt spoon to a slotted spoon, learn techniques such as dapping, sawing, and forging to shape the bowl and handle. Create decorative elements using the large selection of tools in our jewelry studio. Ample time is allowed for practice and mastery of techniques under Sylvia's direction and guidance. Expect to take home a spoon of your unique design. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Sylvia Youell
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $200 + materials fee, Non-Members: $225 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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