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lntarsia I - Bill Boggs
[04/09, 08/13, 09/24, 10/15]
lntarsia may be one of the world's first examples of the cut and paste technique. We will be learning to cut small pieces of patterned, colorful or otherwise interesting rocks and actually gluing them together to form intricate scenic or geometric patterns. This is a basic class, so we  will  be using flat laps and intarsia grinders, but not faceting machines. Materials are provided, but bring some of your own if you like. Lab fee covers a start-up kit of basic supplies; materials cost for the week will depend on how many slabs, and which types of material, you purchase and will be less if you have your own material.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$15
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $10-40
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••CABOCHONS I

 

lntarsia  I -  Richard Shackleton
[04/30, 05/07, 06/25, 07/02]
In this class, we will use a faceting machine to create intarsias. The first project will be a small center square with thin multi borders. The second project will deal with changing angles. The third project will involve multiple sides. After these three intarsias, you will have the knowledge to design and make your own pieces. Lab fee includes all materials, even for extra projects. You can bring own material if you want. It is extremely important that you know how to facet and follow a worksheet before taking this class.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$60
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••FACETING I

Richard Shackleton

 

Jewelry Design  I -  Brenda Smith
[10/01, 10/08]
This class is for students who have taken previous jewelry making classes, learning the technical skills required  for their preferred fabrication method,  and would like to take the next step by using those techniques to create their own designs. The objective of this class is to stimulate creativity resulting in more interesting and  creative  designs.  There are design principles that can be learned and applied to guarantee greater success in creative design. You will broaden your toolbox of resources through a series of creative exercises, expanding your ability to come up with new ideas. Some design principles  explored  include  the use of contrast and texture, size relationships, repetition, symmetry, asymmetry and color. Contrast is needed to create interest and reduce the possibility of a static design. We will explore color principles using a color wheel. We will also use tools such as a sketchbook, tracing paper, colored pencils and, for non-threatening 30 exploration, foils  and clay. Through  exercises  that take us away from our   usual methods of creating and decision-making, we discover surprise shapes and forms than can be combined to create designs we might not have thought of otherwise. Experimenting is encouraged; pushing and refining your designs by asking, "What if I did this or that?" Good design is not a linear equation, but an evolutionary process.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$165
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
PREREQUISITES:.................PROFICIENCY IN A JEWELRY FABRICATION METHOD

Brenda Smith

 

Junior Rockhounds  I -  Sandra Bergquist
Wire and Chain for Teens
[06/18]
This course combines basic information  for both chain and  wire wrap, containing information on materials, tools, suppliers and references. Projects will allow students to build skills steadily to accomplish projects of increasing complexity in both wire wrap and chain. By the end of class, students should complete five chains, as well as five wire wrap projects. Additional projects will be offered as time allows. Students who have taken this course previously will be provided new projects commensurate with their experience and ability. Aluminum and anodized aluminum jump rings will be used for chain projects while shaped brass, bronze and copper wire will be used for wire wrap projects. Student must be able to participate in classroom activities without sponsor intervention and  be capable of obeying the adult in charge. Although all required supplies and tools will be available for use during the class, students may bring their own tools and supplies. Lab fee  covers supplies for proposed projects including all jump rings, beads, findings, wire and cabochons. Wire wrap projects in silver-filled, sterling silver, or gold-filled wire or any chain projects beyond those planned can be completed at additional cost. You can contact Sandra with questions about this course at:  slbergquist@cox.net

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$80
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE AGE REQUIREMENT •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••12-18

 

Junior Rockhounds  I - Scott Forward PG
Juniors and Seniors
[06/04]
Enjoy the thrill of hunting for rocks and minerals with your son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter. You will learn how to identify and classify all that you find; you will find a lot. This class aims to bring family together while searching for  awesome minerals. Do not miss this opportunity to  spend  some time together, and you may even inspire some new rockhounds. Enrollment for this class requires two students; one student age 7-14 and a second 21 or older. Lab fee is for both students and includes a hardness/streak test kit, a notebook, miscellaneous supplies and mineral specimens. Applications for this class will be reviewed and approved prior to confirmation.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$300
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Junior Rockhounds  I -  Cassie Loftin
Wire Wrap
[07/09]
This class is intended for those with little or no experience. Students will learn basic wire wrapping, Wig-Jig use, coil making and jewelry basics. Lab fee covers all patterns, all artistic wire, beads and cabochons needed for all assigned twelve projects. We will use square, half-round, and round wire. Extra wire will be available for purchase for those who finish early or want to take wire home.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE AGE REQUIREMENT •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••10-15

Cassie Loftin

 

Junior Rockhounds  I -  Ruthie Loftin
Polymer Clay [07/02, 08/13]
This class is intended for students with little or no experience. We will cover clay preparation, color mixing, basic cane making, how to form various bead shapes, how to make textured surfaces and baking strategies. Students will make beads and pendants  for  jewelry  and  earrings and a mini-humming bird  feeder,  as well as being  guided  in making their own selected projects (animals of their  choice or other projects). Extra clay will be available to purchase if students want to do additional projects, or students are welcome to bring their own Premo or Sculpy clay if they want specific colors. Lab  fee  includes  handouts, use of clay machines, mica powders and my tools, instructions and clay needed for assigned  projects and one project of their choice.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
AGE REQUIREMENT •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••9-15

Ruthie Loftin

 

Lampwork  Beads I -  Judy & Laurence Kelly
The Hot and Cold Sides of Lampwork [07/30]
In this class, you will learn both the hot and cold sides of lampworking. The cold side includes preparing beads for incorporation into jewelry designs, torch maintenance and setting up a studio with focus on safety practices.  Safety  will be covered Sunday night so that we can start Monday with a hot side demo and have you ready and practicing immediately. You will  receive  individual  attention  in learning heat control and the magic of making lampwork beads. We will focus on proper form and shapes  appropriate for surface decorations including use of stringers, twisties, dots and murrini cane. You will learn the use of different types of mandrel (Popper, Pandora  and disc), as well as which colors work well together and the relationships and reactions between colors. Kits containing didymium glasses and basic tools are available in the classroom. Lab fee includes twenty-five rods of standard glass and basic tools you'll use for years to come, as well   as use of many books, presses, specialty mandrels and equipment. One hundred percent cotton clothing and closed-toe shoes are required; leather apron and clip-on magnifier (OptiVISOR) are highly  recommended.  You will be encouraged to incorporate your beads  into  jewelry, which will help you sell your creations so  you  can  buy more glass to create even finer works of  art.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$125
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Judy & Lawrence Kelly

 

 

Lampwork  Beads I -  Judy Peppers
[04/09, 08/13, 10/29]
We will be learning the fundamentals of lampwork, beginning with drawing out stringers and twisties, and progressing to dots, stripes, poking and raking. With hot glass now under control, we will move on to make critters (both land and sea), buttons, drawer pulls and plunge flowers. Bring any of your own tools and materials. Wire findings and other materials will be available for stringing finished beads. Lab fee includes all materials necessary to complete class projects. Closed-toe shoes  and  100%  cotton clothing must be worn. Call Judy at 828-361-3100.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$75
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE 

Judy Peppers

 

Lampwork  Beads I -  Cindy Reed
[06/04, 07/09, 07/16, 10/15, 10/22]
Students will learn about studio set up with an emphasis on safety. You will then move to working with hot glass, learning how to pull stringers and twisties. Next, we will make beads using these stringers to add embellishments to your works of art. You will also learn to make tabs, hearts, flowers, fish and other shapes, as time permits. Metal leaf/foil, encasing, raking and fun with frit and presses will also be covered. You are encouraged to turn your treasures into wearable art using wire, chain, Swarovski crystals and satin cord (available for purchase or you can bring your own). Didymium glasses are supplied by the School. Students are welcome to bring their own tools and supplies. You must wear 100% cotton clothing and closed-toe shoes. Lab fee covers glass, mandrels, frit and other goodies. Additional materials and supplies are for sale from the instructor. Maximum of six students.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$75
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE 

Cindy Reed

 

Lampwork Beads II -  Judy & Laurence Kelly
[08/06]
This is a fast-moving, high-level class that teaches the finer points of lampwork, including both the hot and cold sides of these projects. Instruction will include special cabochon works, high-level poppers, silver glass specialty beads, hollows, ovals and mega cabs. The instructor will assess class skill level and include the appropriate level of  sculpting as well. Special standard mandrel  discs will also be covered. The instructor will assess each student, and work with them to further their advancement toward their goals. We are hoping for many return students ready for amazing new projects, as well as an understanding of heat control or a willingness to work within a control flame. We will focus on learning to design finished pieces before going to the torch to make our visions happen. Lab fee includes twenty-five rods of standard glass and some specialty glasses and manufactured specialized equipment.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$125
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••LAMPWORK BEADS I @ WILLIAM HOLLAND

 

Lampwork Beads II -  Judy Peppers
Large Beads and Organics [08/20]
Focus will be on large beads and organics. Bring any of your own tools, glasses, etc. Lab fee includes all materials necessary to complete class projects. Closed-toe  shoes and 100% cotton clothing must be worn. Call if you have any questions 828-361-3100.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$75
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••LAMPWORK BEADS I OR PRIOR EXPERIENCE

Judy & Lawrence Kelly

 

Lampwork Beads II - Georgia Van Zyle
Exploring Electroforming on Lampwork Beads [05/21, 10/01]
In this class, we will explore the electroforming process on glass beads. While making lampwork beads to electroform, you will work on advancing your skills in heat control, working with larger focal beads, bead shaping and  encasing. The process of electroforming a bead takes many hours. Bring a bead with you so that we can prepare it for electroforming on Sunday night; we will try to get one bead electroformed each full day of class. We will also review studio safety. Didymium glasses are necessary and are supplied by the School, if you do not have your own. You should bring your own tools and mandrels. A basic tool kit isavailable for student use. Closed-toe shoes and 100% cotton clothing must be worn. Lab fee covers glass  and other materials for assigned projects, as well as use of specialized tools. Some glass will be available  for  purchase. You are welcome to bring you own glass.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$150
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $5-200
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••LAMPWORK BEADS I AND 250 HOURS OF TORCH TIME OUTSIDE

 

Lampwork Beads II -  Georgia Van Zyle
Exploring Silver Reactive Glass [05/14, 09/24]
In this class, we will explore working with silver reactive glass. You will learn techniques to work with both reducing and striking glass. Using reactive silver glass in frit, twisties, murrini and shards, you will work on advancing your skills in heat control, working with larger focal beads, bead shaping and encasing. We will also review studio safety. Didymium glasses are necessary and are supplied by the School, if  you do not have your own. You should bring your own tools and mandrels. A basic tool kit is available for student use. Closed-toe shoes and 100% cotton clothing must be worn. Lab fee covers glass and other materials for assigned projects, as well as use of specialized tools. Some  glass  will be available for purchase. You are welcome to bring your own glass.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$150
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $5-100
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••LAMPWORK BEADS I AND 250 HOURS OF TORCH TIME OUTSIDE

 

Leatherworking I -  Tom Slavicek
Pouches and Shoulder Bags [05/07, 07/02, 10/15]
Students will learn the basics of pyrography on leather using a wood burning tool, as well as basic techniques for cutting and stitching leather and methods of adding color to your projects. You will make three to four (as time permits) useful and functional leather bags that can be worn  on a belt or as shoulder bags. Several styles, shapes and sizes  of bags and pouches will be available, from a rugged hiker/camping pouch, to phone pouches and even "special occasion" shoulder bags. Included in the lab fee, Tom provides all tools, materials and different types and colors   of leather needed to craft three to four pouches or bags, as well as tassels and leather straps for these projects. He  also makes available templates and samples of artwork for students to choose from. No experience working with  leather or artistic talent is necessary.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$144
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE 

Tom Slavicek

 

 

 

 

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