NOVEMBER 5-8, 2015
BASKET WEAVING: MAKING A QUILTER’S TOTE
In this class, you will learn the basics of weaving a basket from reed, which comes from China. Shaping will also be taught. Students will learn to use color to make a design in the basket.
Class Level: Intermediate
Betty Bain has been weaving for 40 years and teaching for 30. She has won several awards. She is now teaching classes at "Black Belt Treasures," which is in Camden, Alabama. Her work was recently shown at Stonehenge Gallery in Montgomery, Alabama.
Join instructor, Lee McKee, for a blacksmithing class. This is a foundation workshop in which the seven basic forge techniques (tapering, scrolling, twisting, punching, cutting, upsetting, and forge welding) will be explored. Participants will complete projects incorporating these techniques and explore personal direction as time allows.
Class Level: Beginner
Lee McKee Has been a metal artist for as long as he can remember. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi School of Fine Arts where he was trained in sculpture with a focus on metal arts. While working with an Art teaching non-profit, Lee became an apprentice of Master Blacksmith James Whatley and after years of work began to help in the teaching of new students. Today Lee is an instructor at Tannehill Forge School of Blacksmithing and a proud member of the Alabama Forge Council. Lee’s work can be seen all over the World in private collections and in many public commissions around the South East.
SPLENDOR IN THE GLASS: GLASS MOSAICS & FUSED GLASS
Students will have the opportunity to explore three different but related art forms which use stained glass: traditional mosaic art, glass on glass mosaic art and kiln fused glass. During the workshop, students will learn design techniques, how to cut stained glass, how to grout the mosaic panels made in the class, and will also have a chance to make several pieces of fused glass jewelry for holiday giving.
Class Level: Beginner to Advanced
Linda Munoz has been working in the medium of glass since 1980 and has been teaching mosaic art and fused glass jewelry classes for the last 14 years. Her students’ work can be seen in many sites at Camp McDowell, including the benches on the grounds of the chapel , the panels at Eppes Dining Hall and the covered porch at Stough Hall. She taught students at a workshop in Birmingham in 2011 and the 5 ft. X 5 ft. mosaic that was created is on display at the United Nations Worship Center in NYC. She collaborated with another glass artist to make the iconic “Kentuck Tree” and “Caring Days” mosaic murals in Tuscaloosa, AL. Recently, Linda was one of four artists in the state chosen to make art awards for the “2014 Alabama Launchpad Innovation Award Ceremony” in Birmingham.
FUN WITH FIBER
Students in "Fun With Fiber" will be working with different fibers, including wool roving, silk, fabric scraps, paper scraps, and other "treasure" AC will bring and any treasure you might want to bring. "Treasure" is code for buttons, broken jewelry, old string, yarn, paper...any scrap of something that you think is pretty or means something to you. You will explore ways to use fiber to make scarves, collage, felted soap (What's that??? You'll have to take the class!), felted pendants and whatever else we can come up with. AC loves to work with fiber because there are very few rules and you ABSOLUTELY cannot make a mistake. You will definitely come home with 3 to 4 finished products.
Class Level: Beginner to Advanced
A.C. Reeves is currently the qualifying broker and co-owner of The Real Estate Gallery, LLC in Selma, Alabama. She takes a break from real estate one day a week and devotes herself to committing art! AC's art is primarily mixed media using found items or "treasure" as she likes to call it. She loves to work with materials that others may see as broken, discarded, and even junk and make something beautiful. AC has fallen in love with nuno felting lately, which is taking silk and wool and after soaking it in soapy water, "beating the ever livin' stew" out of it. Not only is this technique fun and makes beautiful, unique pieces of wearable art, but it is also a great way to take out some frustrations. AC Reeves is married to Allen Reeves, who is a lawyer in Selma. They have 2 daughters, Lizzie (20) and Anne Smith (18). Allen, Lizzie, and Anne Smith have all grown up at Camp McDowell and AC is so excited about finally finding a way to become part of Wonderful, Wonderful Camp McDowell as well through teaching at the Alabama Folk School.
NATURAL HANDMADE CRAFTS FOR GIFT GIVING
Learn to make your own gifts for any occasion. We will cover the basics of working safely with lye to produce handcrafted soaps, made with natural ingredients and colorants. Participants will also make scrubs, bath salts, infusions, lip balm, solid lotion and beeswax candles. Items can be packaged separately or as gift sets, ready to be shared!
Class Level: Beginner
Laura Spencer lives with her family on a small permaculture based homestead in Marion, Alabama. She has been owner of Simply Making It, her natural skincare line, since 2010. Her family raises dairy goats, pork, beef, chicken, lamb, eggs, honey and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables as a means of pursuing a sustainable lifestyle.
SGRAFFITO DESIGN ON POTTERY
This class will teach Sgraffito design and application. Students will begin with creating three ceramic pieces: a tile, a closed form, and a pendent; learning to mix and apply their own indigo blue slip; measuring and drawing a design for each piece; and using sgraffito tools to carve their designs. During the firing process, students will view and discuss historic and contemporary works of art using the sgraffito process. In addition, students will learn to hammer and alter ceramic wire to create a handcrafted neck form for their sgraffito-designed pendants.
Class Level: Beginner/ Intermediate
Kristin Law received her BFA in Ceramics and Art History from the University of Montevallo. She served as the Curator of Collections at the Hermitage Museum & Gardens in Norfolk, VA for eight years, while managing and teaching ceramics, pottery, printmaking, jewelry making, and sculpture classes at the Hermitage's Visual Arts School. Currently, she serves as the Art Programs & Marketing Director at Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center in Camden, AL, where she also teaches ceramics, pottery, painting, and printmaking, and is working to build a community ceramics facility.