Sawtooth Collaborates with Penland School of Crafts for a workshop weekend
Sawtooth School for Visual Art will host eight visiting artists from Penland School of Crafts for A Taste of Penland weekend from 9:30 AM until 5:00 PM on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Workshops will be held at Sawtooth in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts at 251 N Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem. Choose from printmaking, woodworking, textiles, ceramics, glass, and metals. Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Space is limited. Please register for classes in advance at www.sawtooth.org/penland.
Imagery On Clay Surfaces with Susan Feagin
Sawtooth School for Visual Art- Expand your ceramic vocabulary as Susan shares forming and decorating techniques she uses to make per pottery. Her demonstration will include: making simple drape molds, printing directly on the clay, transferring slip imagery to the clay, sgraffito imagery, paper stencils, and more. Students will have an opportunity to practice some of the techniques using slabs provided.
Hammer in a Day!
Sawtooth School for Visual Art – Put down those commercial tools – we’re metalsmiths and we can make our own! In this workshop we will make a small riveting hammer while we learn the remarkable properties that make steel so useful. Starting from fresh stock, we’ll learn shaping, decorative filing, hardening and tempering, polishing, and handling of our hammers. You will leave with a very handy little hammer, but also with the knowledge you will need to make your own scribes, chasing tools, touchmarks, etc. Fee includes all materials.
Demonstration Workshop with Tom Jaszczak
Sawtooth School for Visual Art – Get inspired as you watch Tom demonstrate a variety of clay making techniques from simple handbuilding, using drape and bisque molds, to throwing and altering on the wheel. In addition, you will learn about the tape/wax resist decorating techniques and handle making that he employs in his work. Tom works in red earthenware which is soda fired to cone 3. He is the featured cover artist in the May/June issue of “Pottery Making illustrated”.
Experimentation with Monoprints
Sawtooth School for Visual Art – Students will learn various low-tech printmaking techniques which include direct stencil, monotype drawing, pochior, and transfers. We’ll use a variety of tools and techniques which include elements of drawing, painting and collage-like techniques to make an image. Students will find results in one-of-a kind pieces and learn new low tech print techniques they can use at home by the end of this workshop. We will emphasize experimentation and encourage students to bring source imagery and an open mind. All supplies provided.
Indigo Paste Resist
Sawtooth School for Visual Art – Indigo is an astonishing dye that can be built up in layers for variations in shade. We will start with mixing a fructose indigo vat, and talk about how to start, feed, and maintain an indigo vat with different reduction materials. We will then mix a paste resist, which will block the dye from adhering to the fabric in the vat, but rinses away easily with water. The resist can be painted, stamped or printed onto the fabric. Indigo by itself is beautiful, but the combination with paste resist opens an enormous range of design possibilities, as we plan and create small compositions that make use of indigo in shades from light to dark. A few different types of fabric will be available to help us understand how weave, fiber, and texture factor into the final visual effect, and we will discuss how to neutralize the indigo and finish with a final boil. All supplies provided.
A Whittle Workshop
Slow down time and enjoy the details found in working with a whittle. Whittling is a wonderful way to hone hand skills while creating artistic objects with lasting character. Carving clear wood with a sharp knife, students will complete three playful exercises that will enhance one’s understanding of wood and how to shape it. Students will learn to care for and sharpen carving knives, how to source and prep material for future projects, and through practice how to safely position a knife to wood to reach personal expression through whittling.
Flameworked Glass Beads
Sawtooth School for Visual Art – This workshop will teach up to 8 students to use soft glass to create beads using minor bench burner torches. We will cover the basics of applying colored glass to mandrels, making simple patterns including dots and using clear glass to create magnification. This is an all levels class and beginners are welcome. This will be a fun and fast way to introduce anyone interested in making with glass. All materials are included.
Exploring Wood Surfaces
Sawtooth School for Visual Art – The finish can be the first impression a person has of your piece, it is a step in the woodworking process that requires as much attention as anything else but can easily be overlooked or difficult to achieve due to misinformation. This class will not only cover the fundamentals in traditional finishes used in fine woodworking today, but dive deep into the exciting world of paints, ebonizing methods, surface embellishments, and more. This workshop will allow everyone to engage with these finishing techniques hands-on. Everyone will leave equipped with their own catalog of samples and information, setting you up to hit the ground running on your next project.
Sawtooth School for Visual Art is the Piedmont Triad’s premier community visual art school, providing art education to artists and art lovers of all ages and skill levels. Funded in part by the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council, Sawtooth School is located in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts at 251 N. Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem. Additional information about the Sawtooth School can be found on-line at www.sawtooth.org, or by calling (336) 723-7395.