Thursday, March 31, 2011

2011 Class Season Gets Going

It was a cold and nasty March here in Wisconsin, but that didn't dampen the spirits of students in our March classes. There was a whole lot of art-making going on!

A full class of students joined Eric Donaldson to cast pewter charms, students in Sharon Stauffer's Mixed Media Paint Layering class had a glorious time playing with paint and collage, Di Sterba inspired her students to do some wild and fun paint applications to furniture, and Cheryl Smeja shared her Photoshop expertise with Digital Scrapbooking students.


Weavers put together their Salish Looms from kits designed by Jane and Stosh Potocki and went to town on their weaving projects.






The weekend of March 19th was especially busy. Hammers were pounding away in the Cabinet Shop as students made Willow Footstools, some to accompany the Bent Willow Chairs they had previously made in one of John Schakel's popular Bent Willow Chair classes.



Meanwhile, the Potters House was lively as an overflowing class unleashed their creativity to come up with some very fun "Whimsies" from dyed pieces of gourd, bits of fiber, wire, and who-knows-what in Terri Schmit's class:



And over in the Ellery House, humble mint tins were being transformed into even more whimsical art (creative reuse!).
And speaking of creative reuse, the month wrapped up with one of our most popular classes, Wine Tumblers. Once again, there were THREE (!) full classes of students up at Green Lantern Studios with Carole Spelic', cutting wine bottles and etching designs into the sides.



The great group of ladies who get together every Wednesday night for Women's Art Party spent the month of March making cloth birds, terrariums, and clay and bead power dolls...and on this night created a glorious mess with Blue Jean Art:





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