Upcoming Classes in July and August at the Arkansas Craft School

July 25 – 29, Dana Shaeffer will be presenting a workshop on weaving tapestries with rags.  Although usually associated with rugs, rags – or strips of cloth- are the perfect material for the weaving of tapestries, making this normally rather slow process quicker and more accessible for the student.  Looms will be provided by the instructor; all you have to bring is an idea for a lovely, large picture that you would like to paint – with woven strips of cloth!

 If you are a fan of PBS, perhaps you have seen the series “Craft in America.”  The most recent series, broadcast in May, featured the work of renowned jeweler Thomas Mann.  Tom will be teaching two courses at the Craft School in July. 

The first, entitled “Metalsmithing Basics,” presented July 28 – 30, will be an introduction to the art of making jewelry with metals – be it bronze, silver or gold.  Beginners will find they will achieve a strong foundation for learning the skills necessary to create jewelry including soldering, sawing and the proper use of tools.  Established jeweler’s will find ways to improve their skills and incorporate tricks of the trade from one of our most beloved and innovative professionals.

 Finishing up the weekend, Tom will be presenting his workshop “Design for Survival” – a course in marketing your craft work – on July 31.  If you could only participate in a single class to learn to market your artwork, this would be that class.  Discussions include a subject that is puzzling to most artisans – how do I price my work?  Find out during this one-day professional marketing class.

 Early August begins with two more fiber classes.  The first, “Portrait Quilts” will be presented by Barbara Carlson August 1 – 5.  In this contemporary quilt class, students will learn to create a quilt which memorializes a favorite photo or drawing of a person – whether a self-portrait or the portrait of a loved one.  While retaining a clear relationship to folk art quilts, art quilts explore and express aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual arts: painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, assemblage and sculpture. 

 August 8 – 12, Sylvia Trout will bring her surface design skills to the Craft School to teach a course in the ancient art of Batik.  Batik is an ancient art, practiced in many parts of the world for at least 1500 years.  In this process, the fabric designer starts with white fabric – cotton or silk.  Wax is painted on areas in order to keep the white, and then the rest of the fabric is immersed in or painted with dye.  Progressing from lighter to darker, subsequent areas are waxed and re-dyed, creating numerous layers of color and design.  At the end, the wax is removed and the final harmonic design revealed.  Students can expect to come away from the class with a basic understanding of dye reactions, several pieces of batik to do with as you wish and an 8” X 54” batik dyed silk scarf.

 The Arkansas Craft School, located in Mountain View, Arkansas is dedicated to the education of aspiring and practicing craft artisans for success in the Creative Economy.  The Craft School partners with the Arkansas Craft Guild and Ozarka College; and offers Continuing Education credits for all of its courses.  Scholarship grants are available for most courses.  Support for the Arkansas Craft School is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment of the Arts. 

 Visit the Arkansas Craft School’s website,  www.arkansascraftschool.org  for more information on these and other upcoming classes; as well as registration forms and information on scholarship applications.