I created my first Spirit Protectors during a particularly difficult time in my life and I can’t seem to stop. I absolutely love making these and I would love to teach you how!
On day one of this two-day workshop, I will teach you my favorite surface design techniques on metal. We will explore leaf printing, faux etching, texturizing, metal transfers, and I will bring several products that will add solid color to your metal. We will prepare our wooden bases and create cool funky faces for our figures.
On the second day I will share my favorite tips and tricks to achieve balance, contrast, and a powerful composition. We will cut up our tin, combine it with the metal that we made on the first day and I will show you how to make beautiful woven pieces out of metal strips. You will learn simple cold connection techniques, no glue here, as well as how to safely and properly operate tools.
Finally we will put it all together to create two figurative assemblages attached to a wooden base. Each base is approximately 5” x 7”, which is used for the body only. After adding the head and legs your Spirit Protector can be as large as your imagination can take you! You will leave with at least one finished piece, however most people complete two in this workshop.
No experience necessary, just plan to come and have a blast!
A $35 kit fee (payable in class) includes 2 wooden bases prepped with gesso, tin for faux etching, all hardware, screws, nuts and bolts, nails and wire, paint, glaze, gel medium, clear coat, gilders paste, hanging hardware and most tools. Please bring your kit fee in cash to class.
Class size 9
Level Beginner and above
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- Tuition $280
- Materials Fee $35 (payable to instructor at class time)
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> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.
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> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.
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