2017 Workshops and Class List

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Paint Your Own Barn Quilt, November 11

Instructor: Bonnie Shropshire

Date: Saturday, November 11, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $44.00 / Non Member $55.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) 2×2- $125, 3×3- $150, 4×4- $175 and a $25 later fee if the student is within 7 days

Class Description: Barn quilts can be painted and mounted on any structure, not just barns. Many chose to use the designs as art to decorate the interior of their homes. Locally, barn quilt designs are found on anything from barns, to sides of houses, above fireplaces, and even on the side of metal storage buildings. A website with hundreds of designs to choose from will be given when you sign up for the class.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 6, Maximum Enrollment: 14

About the Instructor: Bonnie Shropshire, Artist/Designer – After retiring in 2004 after 25 years as a paralegal, Bonnie fulfilled a longtime dream to finish college. She enrolled as a full time student at Surry Community College where she earned her degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. Bonnie is also a designer for OESD/Bernina. She currently has four sets of embroidery designs on the market, including: Feather Beauties and Floral Beauties among others which are based on her very detailed pencil drawings.   Bonnie Shropshire is passionate about art and quilting. An artist her entire life and quilter for more than 29 years, she wanted to combine quilting and art in a way that everyone could participate, even if they have no background in art or quilting.   As a Quilting Instructor for Surry Community College, she became familiar with barn quilts when she and the Surry Quilter’s Guild traveled to Ohio and visited a Mennonite relief auction in August a couple of years ago. She saw so many beautiful designs on the local barns and houses it inspired her to combine both of her loves, quilting and art, into one form.     Bonnie enjoys meeting with fellow quilters, teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds where she shares her ideas and continues to learn new things from other quilters and artist.   When not traveling and teaching, she spends her time developing new quilt patterns for Hoffman’s of California fabric company and enjoying the peace and quite of her studio on their farm just outside of Dobson, North Carolina. She and her husband of 45 years, Jerry, are the proud parents of two grown sons, Marty and Anthony. They have two grandsons, Dawson and Aiden, who live next door to them and has easy access to “Big Nanny’s” cooking and spoiling. They round out their household with Sophia, a golden retriever and four cats, Sylvester, Amy, Misty and PJ.

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Blacksmithing: Think it, Make it, Reshape it, July 22-23

Instructor: Bryan Fritts

Date: Saturday & Sunday, July 22-23, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20

Class Description: We will forge and fabricate items from old tools, scrap metal and whatever else your imagination brings to life. All skill levels welcome. If you can think it we can make it. Come on let’s have fun. Students are asked to bring their own safety glasses and to wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Aprons and gloves are optional.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 5, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Brayn Fritts has been blacksmithing since 1997, and is Manley Brown’s ( blacksmith in Lexington VA ) last living apprentice . He has worked in the blacksmith shop as an historic interpreter at Virginia Explore Park and does public demonstration’s at fall festivals across southern VA. Brayn is self taught, as well as, has taken classes at John C Campbell Folk School and attended numerous blacksmithing workshops sponsored by the guilds located in the area. He is a member of ABANA and the Old Dominion Blacksmith’s Association. Bryan states “I love working with iron and non-ferrous metals. I also do fabrication and welding and upcycled / repurposed art from junk.I live in Blue Ridge VA with my wife Becky and have four children and two grandchildren.”

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Beginning Ceramics, June 26-29

Instructor: Cory Potrafka

Date: Monday-Thursday, June 26-29, 5:30-7:30pm

Tuition: Member $44.00 / Non Member $55.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20

Class Description: Work all day? This week long, evening class, workshop will be a perfect way to relax, but still be productive. All levels welcome at this workshop that will focus on beginning throwing skills and basic hand building techniques.   We will practice throwing, measuring and envisioning these pots in our home or as gifts for friends and family. We’ll explore handtools and how the wheel and our imagination create the pots that we want to make and use. Join us, have some fun and try your hand at something new!

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor: Cory Potrafka, a second generation potter, who now lives in Meadows of Dan. In the summer of 2016 he volunteered to become the Center’s Ceramic Studio Manager and now works for the Center, helping organize all of the special events and classes.  On his off days from the Center, he is also a production potter at the Phelps Studio.  Cory also manages the Friday Night Artisan Market in Downtown Floyd and is a talent musician as well.

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Teen Ceramics: Intro to Wheel Throwing, July 17-18

Instructor: Abby Reczek

Date: Monday and Tuesday, July 17-18, 5:30-7:30pm

Tuition: Member $22.00 / Non Member $27.50

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10

Class Description: This two day, four hour class is a great opportunity for teens 13-19 to get a focused lesson on wheel throwing. We are offering a small class size in order to allow Abby to give each student more attention. Students who have never thrown will learn how to center clay and make whatever objects they can come up with. They will learn how to handle clay once the wheel thrown piece is off the wheel.   Students with experience can expand their knowledge by working with Abby directly.  Part of the focus of this class is also learning how to be an artist in a community studio. This includes taking care of tools, our pottery wheel, and cleaning up after ourselves. 

Minimum Age: Teens 13-19

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 6

About the Instructor: Abby Reczek graduate from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She is originally from this area of Pennsylvania, but her love of pottery has brought her down to Virginia. Following graduation she started a 10 month long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA where she learned extensively about wood firing. While at Cub Creek she learned more about the town of Floyd, its rich art culture, and the apprenticeship opportunities. Abby was awarded the position of apprentice to Silvie Granatelli and has been working with her since September of 2013. She has also been lucky enough to be working with someone who uses carving as a decoration technique because it has allowed her to begin refining the skill that she had started experimenting with at Cub Creek. Abby will be working with Silvie until the fall of 2015. Abby’s work is largely based off things she sees in nature and reinterprets through line drawings which she carves onto her pieces. The pieces are made of porcelain and are fired in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere.

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Kids Ceramics: Intro to Wheel Throwing, May 24

Instructor: Abby Reczek

Date: Wednesdayy, May 24, 4-6pm

Tuition: Member $11.00 / Non Member $13.75

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $5

Class Description: This one day two hour class is a great opportunity for kids 8-14 to get a focused lesson on wheel throwing. We are offering a small class size in order to allow Abby to give each child more attention through their learning process as well as to provide a safe and supervised environment. Kids will learn how to center clay and make whatever objects they can come up with. They will learn how to handle clay once the wheel thrown piece is off the wheel Part of the focus of this class is also learning how to be an artist in a community studio. This includes taking care of tools, our pottery wheel, and cleaning up after ourselves. But we certainly won’t discourage them from getting a little messy!

Minimum Age: Kids 8 to 14

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor: Abby Reczek graduate from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She is originally from this area of Pennsylvania, but her love of pottery has brought her down to Virginia. Following graduation she started a 10 month long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA where she learned extensively about wood firing. While at Cub Creek she learned more about the town of Floyd, its rich art culture, and the apprenticeship opportunities. Abby was awarded the position of apprentice to Silvie Granatelli and has been working with her since September of 2013. She has also been lucky enough to be working with someone who uses carving as a decoration technique because it has allowed her to begin refining the skill that she had started experimenting with at Cub Creek. Abby will be working with Silvie until the fall of 2015. Abby’s work is largely based off things she sees in nature and reinterprets through line drawings which she carves onto her pieces. The pieces are made of porcelain and are fired in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere.

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Kids Art Camp, July 10-14

Instructors: Many!!

Date: Monday – Friday, July 10-14, 9am-3:30pm

Tuition: Jax Member $125.00/ Non Member $150.00

Material Fee: All materials included

Class Description: Returning again this year is our popular annual Kids Art Camp!  Many adults want to join us, but Sorry!, its just for kids!  This year will include lessons in drawing, painting and ceramics, as well as a very special large format paper-mache sculpture project, and many other arts activities.  Each year we strive to teach campers about all kinds of art (no just visual arts), art techniques, and of course, make art!   During the week your child will engage in at least 2 different art classes during the day, have time outside to play and get some exercise, have their lunch with friends, and have a healthy snack.  Tuition includes all materials and classes and the healthy daily snack.  Lunches will need to be packed and brought from home.  The week will culminate with a Friday Art Exhibit.  Parents/family/friends are invited join us at 2pm for a special art show that the campers will produce themselves.

Minimum Age: Recommended for children 8 to 12 years old.  However 6-7 year olds and 13-14 year olds may be taken on a case by case basis.  Please contact the Center to discuss your child with our Education Director, Leia Wood at 540-745-4873

Minimum Enrollment: 7, Maximum Enrollment: 20

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Kids Ceramics: Intro to Wheel Throwing, Aug. 23

Instructor: Abby Reczek

Date: Wednesday, August 23,  5-7pm

Tuition: Jax Member $11.00 / Non Member $13.75

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $5

Class Description: This one day two hour class is a great opportunity for kids 8-14 to get a focused lesson on wheel throwing. We are offering a small class size in order to allow Abby to give each child more attention through their learning process as well as to provide a safe and supervised environment. Kids will learn how to center clay and make whatever objects they can come up with. They will learn how to handle clay once the wheel thrown piece is off the wheel Part of the focus of this class is also learning how to be an artist in a community studio. This includes taking care of tools, our pottery wheel, and cleaning up after ourselves. But we certainly won’t discourage them from getting a little messy!

Minimum Age: Kids 8 to 14

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor: Abby Reczek graduate from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She is originally from this area of Pennsylvania, but her love of pottery has brought her down to Virginia. Following graduation she started a 10 month long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA where she learned extensively about wood firing. While at Cub Creek she learned more about the town of Floyd, its rich art culture, and the apprenticeship opportunities. Abby was awarded the position of apprentice to Silvie Granatelli and has been working with her since September of 2013. She has also been lucky enough to be working with someone who uses carving as a decoration technique because it has allowed her to begin refining the skill that she had started experimenting with at Cub Creek. Abby will be working with Silvie until the fall of 2015. Abby’s work is largely based off things she sees in nature and reinterprets through line drawings which she carves onto her pieces. The pieces are made of porcelain and are fired in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere.

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Paint Your Own Barn Quilt, July 22

Instructor: Bonnie Shropshire

Date: Saturday, July 22, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $44.00 / Non Member $55.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) 2×2- $125, 3×3- $150, 4×4- $175 and a $25 later fee if the student is within 7 days

Class Description: Barn quilts can be painted and mounted on any structure, not just barns. Many chose to use the designs as art to decorate the interior of their homes. Locally, barn quilt designs are found on anything from barns, to sides of houses, above fireplaces, and even on the side of metal storage buildings. A website with hundreds of designs to choose from will be given when you sign up for the class.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 6, Maximum Enrollment: 14

About the Instructor: Bonnie Shropshire, Artist/Designer – After retiring in 2004 after 25 years as a paralegal, Bonnie fulfilled a longtime dream to finish college. She enrolled as a full time student at Surry Community College where she earned her degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. Bonnie is also a designer for OESD/Bernina. She currently has four sets of embroidery designs on the market, including: Feather Beauties and Floral Beauties among others which are based on her very detailed pencil drawings.   Bonnie Shropshire is passionate about art and quilting. An artist her entire life and quilter for more than 29 years, she wanted to combine quilting and art in a way that everyone could participate, even if they have no background in art or quilting.   As a Quilting Instructor for Surry Community College, she became familiar with barn quilts when she and the Surry Quilter’s Guild traveled to Ohio and visited a Mennonite relief auction in August a couple of years ago. She saw so many beautiful designs on the local barns and houses it inspired her to combine both of her loves, quilting and art, into one form.     Bonnie enjoys meeting with fellow quilters, teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds where she shares her ideas and continues to learn new things from other quilters and artist.   When not traveling and teaching, she spends her time developing new quilt patterns for Hoffman’s of California fabric company and enjoying the peace and quite of her studio on their farm just outside of Dobson, North Carolina. She and her husband of 45 years, Jerry, are the proud parents of two grown sons, Marty and Anthony. They have two grandsons, Dawson and Aiden, who live next door to them and has easy access to “Big Nanny’s” cooking and spoiling. They round out their household with Sophia, a golden retriever and four cats, Sylvester, Amy, Misty and PJ.

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Market Style Basket Weaving, October 2

Instructor: Dillard Frazier

Date: Monday, October 2, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $44.00 / Non Member $55.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10 – $20

Class Description: Carry all of your “stuff” in a sturdy rectangle market style basket with a woven bottom. Beginning and intermediate students are welcome in this workshop with an emphasis on technique, attention to detail, and shaping to create crisp corners. Dillard can work one on one with students to add patterns and unique details into their basket.  All materials will be provided by the instructor.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Dillard Frazier lives in Meadows of Dan, Virginia Dillard and his wife Pam, began Heritage Arts, a family organization with the goal of preserving the arts of their Appalachian area and heritage. They have made it their goal to be the reservoirs and transmitters of as much of the traditional Appalachian arts and crafts as possible.

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Polymer Clay Series: Kitty Ring Holder, October 21

Instructor: Teri Walters

Date: Saturday, October 21, 1-4pm

Tuition: Jax Member $17.00 / Non Member $21.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10

Class Description: Sculpture and polymer clay go hand in hand. Join us for this fun Kitty Ring-Holder sculpture workshop with artist Teri Walters. Teri will demonstrate basic sculpture techniques to create this functional design. If you haven’t worked with polymer clay yet, don’t worry, this class is great for beginners too. More experienced students will also get a chance to experiment with color selection and texture techniques. Students can also customize their sculpture by adding seasonal decorations to their sculptures, like fall leaves at the kitty’s feet.   The final product would also make a great gift for the upcoming season.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

 

About the Instructor: Teri Walters was introduced to polymer clay in 1999 and quickly became a “polyholic”. Since then, her artwork has taken her to many different places. She has been featured on local television, has won 1st and 3rd places in Polymer Cafe magazine for her work in millefiori caning and mixed media work, featured in newspapers, participated in various exhibits, has her creations in retail stores, and can be found at local craft shows selling and teaching in her booth. Teri has a great desire to teach and thoroughly enjoys passing on her knowledge and experiences in polymer clay to all those desiring to learn.

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Beginning Ceramics, August 26-27

Instructor: Cory Potrafka

Date: Saturday & Sunday, August 26-27, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20

Class Description: Work all week? This weekend long workshop will be a perfect way to relax, but still be productive. All levels welcome at this workshop that will focus on beginning throwing skills and basic hand building techniques.   We will practice throwing, measuring and envisioning these pots in our home or as gifts for friends and family. We’ll explore handtools and how the wheel and our imagination create the pots that we want to make and use. Join us, have some fun and try your hand at something new!

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor: Cory Potrafka, a second generation potter, who now lives in Meadows of Dan. In the summer of 2016 he volunteered to become the Center’s Ceramic Studio Manager and now works for the Center, helping organize all of the special events and classes.  On his off days from the Center, he is also a production potter at the Phelps Studio.  Cory also manages the Friday Night Artisan Market in Downtown Floyd and is a talent musician as well.

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Beginning Portraiture, September 30

Instructor: Karen Sewell

Date: Saturday, September 30, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $44.00 / Non Member $55.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $0

Class Description: Learn how to use common facial and body measurements to create portraits that are realistic and true to the model. Students will use charcoal and/or pencil as their medium learning the importance of value and composition. Students will finish a completed portrait from the photo they provide. MATERIALS: Newsprint, Drawing Pad, Pencil, Charcoal, Kneaded Rubber Eraser, Photos of a person’s face (full on, profile ¾ view would be best).

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 5, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Karen Sewell has had a passion to create all of her life. She enjoys working with multiple media and any subject matter that whispers to her. She was raised in Floyd County, and the beautiful surroundings are a constant inspiration to her.   Karen has diligently developed her own style of painting, which she feels is still evolving. Being diverse in her creative process prevents her from becoming stagnant, allowing her to continue to grow as an artist. When looking at her work, she knows that through the years she has developed a style that reflects her life, her values, and her passions. She is a founding member of the Floyd Artists Association LLC and instruct students in pastels, oils, portraiture and color theory. karensewellartist.com

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Capturing the Light Workshop: Plein Air Painting with Thomas Bradshaw, October 20-22

Instructor: Thomas Bradshaw

Date: Friday-Sunday, October 20-22, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $285 / Non Member $325

Material Fee: $0 – Bring your own materials, a supply list will be provided

Class Description: 

Suited for outdoor painters, from intermediate to experienced, this workshop will allow you to explore the essentials of a limited pallet and why it is key for successful painting.

Enjoy three full days with Thomas Bradshaw, award-winning oil painter, for an intensive workshop of painting landscapes on location in beautiful Floyd, VA. He will demonstrate his technique and explain in detail how to catch the ever-changing light conditions outdoors and how to eliminate the everyday problems of mixing from a limited pallet.

The specific areas of focus are:

  • The value of choosing your scene and understanding the key elements of your composition.
  • The improvement of deliberate brush strokes.
  • Capturing light movement and speed.
  • Discovering the five key essentials to successful paintings.

Before attending the workshop:

  • Make sure know your equipment and how to use it.
  • Bring at least six, 6 x 8 panels for 30 minute studies and three, 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 panels for larger studies.  Do not bring canvases.

A complete materials list will be provided by the Center after registration.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Thomas Bradshaw has been painting his impressionistic paintings since 2002. He comes from a dedicated family of creative artists and doctors who always pushed him to follow his own personal journey into fine art.

Thomas is a nationally collected artist with many awards over the years. He has gained success through various juried shows like Plein Air Easton and Winter Park Plein Air, along with other juried shows along the east coast. Thomas’ style is often described in various ways; sometimes a painting will lean toward Impressionistic Realism while other times it leans more abstract.

“Each subject is its own director,” he points out. “Always approaching each scene with an open mind allows the subject to say what it wanted to say.” That is very important to Thomas. “It is a very versatile yet challenging mode of expression through light and shadow. Through this way I am able to imply detail without overstating it. Using my own style of brushwork and palette knife together to create a textured impression and paint quality that entices a closer look.”

Thomas currently teaches Plein Air workshops and indoor classes through For Arts Sake Gallery in Richmond VA. When he is not teaching Thomas travels as much as he can to keep the juices flowing. See you along the trail sometime!

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Cone 10 Clay, Glaze and Reduction Firing, October 9-12, 26-30

Instructor:Abby ReczekHona Leigh Knudsen and Josh Manning 

Date: Monday-Thursday, (skip a week) Thursday-Monday, October 9-12, 26-30, Oct. 9-12,26-27 – 5-8pm, Oct. 28 all day, Oct. 30 at discretion of instructors

Tuition: Jax Member $210.00 / Non Member $262.50

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) 50

Class Description: Have you always wondered about that big gas kiln behind the Center? Now you can learn how to prepare ceramic work for it, load it, and fire it during this multiple week class with three of our local potters!

First, Abby Reczek will lead the class in throwing, trimming and hand-building with high fire stoneware clay for 4 days starting on Monday, October 9 through Thursday October 12 from 5-8pm. After the work dries it will be bisque fired in our electric kilns. Then Josh Manning and Hona Leigh Knudsen will help you glaze the work with some of their production glazes on Thursday, October 26 from 5-8pm. On Friday, October 27 from about 5-8pm you’ll learn hands-on how to stack the shelves, load the kiln with work and how to brick up the door. Saturday, October 28, you’ll start early in the morning and learn where to place the burners, how to start the kiln, and throughout the day you’ll learn how to heat the kiln up to Cone 10 temps (over 2300 degrees Fahrenheit). The kiln will need to cool all Sunday, so Monday, October 30 at 5pm you’ll un-brick the kiln door for your first look at the awesomeness of Reduction Firing!

This class is designed for intermediate to advanced students who have knowledge of throwing/handbuilding and a basic understanding of the firing process. If you are concerned whether this class is right for you, please contact the Center and discuss you’re experience with our Ceramics Studio Manager, Cory Potrafka.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor:

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Simple Stone Setting, August 26-27

Instructor: Nell Fredericksen

Date: Saturday & Sunday, August 26-27, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $120.00 / Non Member $150.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) Approx. $100

Class Description: Students with some metalsmithing experience will advance their skills while making bezel settings for stones to incorporate into a ring project. This is a great addition to your metalsmithing knowledge and will allow you to elevate your jewelry creations. Focus will be on precision and advanced soldering and surface embellishment techniques.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 6

About the Instructor: Nell Fredericksen took time off between a MS in Zoology and beginning a PhD program and took classes in pottery, stained glass and metalsmithing. When her PhD funding fell through, she turned to the arts and as a result has been a professional artist and fine art jeweler for over 20 years. She has never lost the fascination and wonder she feels in connection with nature and has continued work as a wildlife biologist through the years. After spending 6 years in Bolivia, Nell and her husband (and then baby boy) moved to Ferrum, where she has reestablished her studio and art career.  Learn More about the Instructor at: http://www.nellfredericksen.com/mm5/merchant.mvc

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Beginning Blacksmithing, November 11-12

Instructor: Dillard Fraizer

Date: Saturday & Sunday, November 11 & 12, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20

Class Description: This beginning blacksmithing class will introduce students to the equipment, tools and safety precautions involved in the use of the blacksmith’s forge. Once familiar with the tools of the trade, the class will practice fundamental blacksmithing techniques while learning to make basic hooks, tools and decorative flares.  Students are asked to bring their own safety glasses and to wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Aprons and gloves are optional.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Dillard Frazier lives in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Dillard and his wife Pam, began Heritage Arts, a family organization with the goal of preserving the arts of their Appalachian area and heritage. They have made it their goal to be the reservoirs and transmitters of as much of the traditional Appalachian arts and crafts as possible.

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Lampshade Making, November 6 & 7

Instructor: Susan Icove

Date: Monday & Tuesday, November 6 & 7, 1pm-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $60.00 / Non Member $75.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) Approx $30

Class Description: Join Susan Icove and make your own perfect lampshade for a one-of-a-kind lamp! Come spend two half days at the Floyd Center for the Arts to learn the process of making lampshades.  If all aligns correctly you should be able to make a few shades to take home.

The types of shades taught during this class are:

Drum Lampshades

and Cone Shape Lampshades

You will be asked to bring your own paper or fabric for this process. When you sign up the instructor will guide you in the selection of appropriate materials. You will also want to bring the lamp(s) you intend to put the lampshade(s) on. This will help determine the size and style of shade you will want to make.

In the class, you will be provided with the following items.

1. Cutting mats

2. Wire to forms for the top and bottom of the shade

3. Spray glue for attaching the fabric or paper to the styrene

4. Arc Patterns to make the shade from

5. Styrene to line the shade

6. Grosgrain to trim both the top and bottom of the shade

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 5, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: As an artist, Susan Icove seeks to find the beauty in what others may consider junk.  She draws on her love of combining elements of the past with the world of the present.  She creates three-dimensional collages to form lamps and other furnishings, that are often surprising and humorous, using household objects, broken appliances, odd family heirlooms, or just leftover odds and ends. She finds these objects by searching junkyards, thrift stores, yard sales, and even dumpster diving.  Often a lamp will grow around a few parts that work together so that each lamp has a theme.  “Each creative decision builds upon the one before it, perfectly orchestrated in accordance with the message that I seek to inspire,” states Susan.  She feels that lighting is one of the foundations of the atmosphere in our lives and her lamps reincorporate found and recycled objects into our homes in unexpected ways.  Living in the rural southwestern Virginia town of Floyd, Susan has many interests, ranging from her 125 year old home, the local community, and as an owner of a local gallery, Troika Contemporary Crafts.  When not making lamps, she divides her time between her husband David, her children, Max and Margaux, and their many dogs and horses.  After an earlier career as a successful studio potter, Susan turned over a new leaf, and began to assemble her unique lamps.  The challenges of adapting modern living to an old home, while preserving the character of the house, has been a profound influence on Susan’s development as an artist.  Her often playful and surprising solutions to lighting are an obvious outcome.   You can learn more about Susan Icove and her work at her gallery in Floyd and online at www.TroikaCrafts.com.

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Silk Scarf Dyeing, October 14

Instructor: Darcy Meeker

Date: Saturday, October 14, 1pm-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $22.00 / Non Member $27.50

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) Approx $50

Class Description: Create beautiful silk-wool scarves or silk-rayon velvet scarves during this intensive day of creativity. Each scarf will be a unique piece of you. Use them as gifts or keep them for yourself! Darcy will bring all sorts of fun materials to use to help dyes create visual textures on the scarves. Students should expect to make about 3 scarves during the workshop, however, if students make more or less, the material fee will be adjusted accordingly.

Minimum Age: Responsible young adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Darcy Meeker tools copper (from earrings to 38-foot wall work), creates sculpture in stone, clay, silk, aluminum, and, well, pretty much anything she can get her hands on, and paints, collages and prints on a variety of materials with the same wide-ranging enthusiasm. She also works in light, currently developing a walk-through light/sculpture experience. Her commissions include a large public sculpture for General Electric in Schenectady, NY, one for the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Blacksburg, Va., and other sculptures for private homes coast to coast. Five colleges have given her one-person shows. Galleries in North Carolina, Washington, DC, Virginia, Oregon and Tennessee have included her work in one-, two- and three-person shows. She has been in invitationals and juried shows in Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, South Carolina, Arizona and North Carolina.

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Painting Gauche Postcards, September 16

Instructor: Darcy Meeker

Date: Saturday, September 16, 1pm-4pm

Tuition: Jax Member $16.50 / Non Member $20.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $40

Class Description: This is a relaxed, fun, creative workshop.  Students will enjoy palette-knife play with gooey gouache straight from the tube on wet, heavy, textured water-color paper.  Yum-yum!  Create images on several postcards, then two quarter sheets of heavy watercolor paper with the best quality gouache paints.  Supplies are provided by the instructor so that students won’t have to scramble and buy materials.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Darcy Meeker tools copper (from earrings to 38-foot wall work), creates sculpture in stone, clay, silk, aluminum, and, well, pretty much anything she can get her hands on, and paints, collages and prints on a variety of materials with the same wide-ranging enthusiasm. She also works in light, currently developing a walk-through light/sculpture experience. Her commissions include a large public sculpture for General Electric in Schenectady, NY, one for the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Blacksburg, Va., and other sculptures for private homes coast to coast. Five colleges have given her one-person shows. Galleries in North Carolina, Washington, DC, Virginia, Oregon and Tennessee have included her work in one-, two- and three-person shows. She has been in invitationals and juried shows in Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, South Carolina, Arizona and North Carolina.”

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Chair Weaving, September 10

Instructor: Dillard Fraizer

Date: Sunday, September 10, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member 44.00 / Non Member 55.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10

Class Description: Don’t throw that old chair frame away: learn to weave a traditional splint seat and put it back into use. This is a rapid, easily-mastered technique using sturdy rattan reed and a minimum of tools. All levels of students are welcome.  Students should bring one or more chair or stool frames in good condition.  Stool frames are available from the instructor if requested in advance of the class.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Dillard Frazier lives in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Dillard and his wife Pam, began Heritage Arts, a family organization with the goal of preserving the arts of their Appalachian area and heritage. They have made it their goal to be the reservoirs and transmitters of as much of the traditional Appalachian arts and crafts as possible.

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