Friday, March 30, 2012

March Workshops at Shake Rag Alley

March is the time to shake off the winter doldrums and kick our workshop season into full gear. And this March was no exception with 11 classes, most full to capacity or nearly so.

In Art Scarves - Felting with Wool & Silk, local shepherdess and fiber pro Kriss Marion showed her students several techniques to create one-of-a-kind wearable works of art using wool from her sheep and silk habotai scarves. It was messy, but a lot of fun!

In our popular Beginning Photoshop Elements workshop techie guru Cheryl Smeja, once again helped her students navigate the ins and out of Photoshop Elements in order to make their photos come out just they way they "pictured" them.  And if their heads were spinning by the end of class, not to worry - Cheryl sends everyone home with tons of materials they can digest at their leisure.

Speaking of messy art, the Mixed Media Paint Layering students had a great time playing with paint and collage and stamps and glues led by local mixed media artist Sharon Stauffer.  They made some really fun layered and textured papers and collages.

We also had the first of our ever popular Bent Willow Chair workshops led by John Schakel. Clearly a great benefit of  a Willow Chair class is that after a hard day's work you get to relax:

In other workshops, weavers assembled their own Salish Looms, photographers explored how to use their new camera beyond point-and-shoot mode, and students from many craft areas delved into Zentangles. Jewelry students made pendants in PMC clay and learned how to set stones in PMC, while others made jewelry creations from hammered wire.

This coming weekend is Garden Getaway, our annual extravaganza of workshops in Garden Art and the Art of Gardening, and our first major event of the year. Eighteen workshops in everything from how to grow herbs to making Hypertufa planters. Over 125 students and 15 instructors will be on hand for a very busy weekend. Should be a great time! 

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