Monday, October 29, 2012

A Great Bunch of Classes

Boy, what a great bunch of classes we've had the last few months. Great instructors, great students, great variety. Couldn't have been better. Here's just a sampling.

Master Preserver Judy Pincus taught gardeners how to do home canning safely in two hands-on canning classes: Tomatoes & Jam and Pressure Cooker Canning. Judy brought freshly harvested produce and participants left with yummy jars of food they had canned themselves.

In the Viking Knit Jewelry workshop, students pulled woven wire tubes through drawplates to make wonderful chains.

In Deb Donaghue's Cold Connections workshop, students learned various ways to put their jewelry pieces together but focused on a VERY useful skill, riveting.

Up at the Barn, blacksmithing students were able to take a longer in-depth class this fall with Bob Tuftee in the four day Blacksmithing 101 Plus workshop.

Photoshop Elements students not only learned how to manipulate images but also how to print them out on surfaces like fabric so they could be incorporated into other craft projects.

Every year, first weekend after Labor Day, our Rug Hooking friends return for a two and a half day workshop/retreat creating luscious wool fiber pieces under the tutelage of talented national and regional instructors.

We really enjoyed our time with abstract painter Lisa Pressman who came all the way from New Jersey to teach a class in Experimenting With Pigment Sticks. Totally messy, totally inspirational,  and totally fun...from the sketches and writing on the wall to the sea of paint EVERYWHERE.

Leslie Perrino brought her kiln and loads of tools and supplies for a great Enameling workshop. Got to do this one again.

An early cold snap didn't deter Stephen Gassman's Macro Photography students who simply bundled up and headed out to get some great outdoor close-up shots.

And look at all the creative designs that Cheryl Smeja's students came up with in the Polymer and Resin class.

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