Leather I - Tom Slavicek
You will have time during the week to create several beautiful paintings on leather like you have probably never thought of doing. You can decide the size of your leather canvasses: from 8” X 10” up to 16” X 20”. Let your imagination take off as you learn new techniques of drawing your design onto the leather, and adding colors and textures using a wood burning tool. Numerous art templates will be available for you to choose from: animals, birds, flowers, sea creatures, “you name it”. Or you can design your own artwork. You will have access to various types of inks – India Ink Brushes, Gel Pens, Acrylic Paints, etc. A scanner, computer and printer will be available in the classroom for you to scan your artwork and print out a set of note cards, or a bundle of business cards, or art prints…maybe even a tee shirt (we’ll have tee shirt transfer paper available – bring some light colored tee shirts!). After you get home you can frame your leather paintings. All leathers, paints, materials, templates, note cards, tee shirt transfer papers, etc. are provided. No artistic ability is needed, just your enthusiasm and willingness to create some beautiful art!
Leather I and II – Ages 13 and up - Tom Slavicek
You will have time to make up to 5 to 7 projects depending on size and complexity. Choices for your projects can be from the following: Make a leather shoulder bag or two, learn how to use a wood burning tool to inscribe a design onto the leather and then colorize it, depending on time make a small backpack, a couple of leather belts, wallets, passport wallet, journal, belt pouch for your phone, a Scottish Sporran, instrument strap, lady’s wallet, clutch purse, and more. All leathers, materials, tools, and instructions are provided, along with templates. If you have an idea for a leather project you can bring it and can make it real. As time allows, you can learn how to make tassels and fringe to add to your projects. No artistic ability is necessary, nor is any previous leather working experience. The class typically runs from Sunday evening and concludes on Friday by noon. You do not need to bring anything except your enthusiasm, and your desire to make something beautiful!