Renee  Kelley

"Originally from Binghamton, NY. Renee has been an instructor at WH since 2006. Her career began in1971 in jewelry design and she has widened her endeavors throughout the years. For those who have taken her classes in enameling, glass fusing and leatherwork, you know she holds nothing back. A few of her students have fine-tuned their skills learned and have gone on to be instructors themselves. 

This year she will introducing you to the world of calligraphy. For many years past and present she has made her living designing custom works such as family trees, quotes, poems, bible insertions, greeting cards and has designed signage and boardroom work for some of Georgia large companies. The possibilities are endless. Her classes are always fun and productive!"

Class List

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Calligraphy - Renee Kelley
Students in this class will learn basic Calligraphy skills. Students will begin class by learning lettering strokes and how to put them together. I will be teaching at least 3 lettering styles using guide lined practice pads. Students will be using Calligraphy to create Jewelry signage, quotes, envelopes and much more. Each student will be provided a Calligraphy Pen Set, practice pads, instruction manual, mat board & frame, assorted envelopes, inks and assorted artwork that they can put their name or saying in. Students will be able to take their pen sets home when they leave class. Lab Fee includes all materials and supplies.

Lab Fee: $135.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Leather I - Renee Kelley
This class is to familiarize students with various techniques of leatherworking. I will be going over tool information and how to apply your designs to leather to be used in carving and stamping. In addition, you will learn leather dying, stitching and how to apply these techniques to get the look you want for each individual project. LEATHER CARVING is the art of cutting a design into your leather and then beveling and texturizing your cuts so that you have a 3-dimensional look to your finished dyed piece. LEATHER STAMPING is one of the most common ways of adding a design to leather using different stamping tools to create on bracelets, belts and wallets. Class projects include such projects as a coaster, key ring, bracelets, pendant, earrings, a carved art piece for practice and end with a leather carved journal. These techniques can also be adapted to what projects the class would like to do. (The small projects prepare you to work with the tools and dying.) There will be additional tools, kits and supplies for purchase. My lab fee covers all materials for planned projects, use of tools, dyes, and equipment. Intricate designs, as well as how and what tools work together will be covered. Bring: OptiVISOR (or borrow one from school). You are welcome to bring your own leather tools if you like.

Lab Fee: $185.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Leather II - Renee Kelley
Leather II will take the student beyond the basics and each student will create one of a kind leather pieces. I will be taking you through the steps of making a carved leather purse, simple pouches, and a carved journal. For the men (or the man in your life!), you will be able to make knife sheaths, wallets, belts, dog collars etc. Carving and tooling will be covered and practiced on smaller projects until you feel comfortable enough to tackle the bigger items. Some leatherworking experience is helpful but not required. There will be additional tools, kits and supplies for purchase if you desire. My lab fee covers all materials for planned projects and use of tools, dyes and equipment. Bring: OptiVISOR (or borrow one from school). You are welcome to bring your own leather tools if you have them.

Lab Fee: $195.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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