Recovering Your Life Through Craft

Living well with an ongoing illness: a program for patients, their families, & caregivers.

 

Spring is the time to renew your spirit in our expanded Recovering Your Life Through Craft (RTC) program. Our newest offerings are designed to fit around your busy schedule, so there’s never been a better time to explore your imagination in our clay, metal, or mixed media studios. This is also a great opportunity to learn a new technique you can use at home, in the hospital, or while visiting a loved one. No special artistic talent or prior experience is necessary for you to find joy in this relaxed and supportive community. You will leave feeling empowered and with something you made.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation we are able to offer RTC classes at a discounted rate to people dealing with ongoing illness, their families and caregivers. As with all of our programs, scholarships are available for these classes.

Have an idea for a Recovering Your Life Through Craft class? Interested in a class for a small group? Contact us! We welcome the opportunity to create a class that suits your needs.

Regrettably, some of our studios are not handicapped accessible. Please call if you have any questions.

Denotes classes and camps designed for 10-15 year olds who, although healthy themselves, have family members experiencing an ongoing illness.

Denotes other rejuvenating classes for adults and youth aged 15 & up throughout CraftStudies’ Clay, Metals, and Mixed Media Studios aligned with our Recovering Your Life Through Craft Program.

Scholarships are available and in some classes instruction is free.

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Click here for a pdf of our Recovering Your Life Through Craft program

What is Recovering Your Life Through Craft? Check out this video.

 

 

FREE RTC CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND YOUTH AGED 15 AND UP

 

A Taste Of Our RTC Program In Clay

Jill Koppers

Thursday, 9:00-11:30am

April 10. 1 session, 2.5 hrs

FREE

This free workshop is open to all and offers a chance to experience hand-building with clay. Come in and explore some of the many joys of working in this medium.

A Taste Of Our RTC Program In Metals

Kerstin Nichols

 

Friday, 6:00-8:00pm

April 25. 1 session, 2 hrs

Tuition: FREE.

Come to our metals studio and leave with a piece of jewelry you made yourself, and an introduction to this exciting studio and what it can offer. The materials fee is payable to the instructor and is due at the class.

 

ONE-DAY RTC WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS AND YOUTH AGED 15 & UP

 

Slip Carving On Clay Tiles—The Basics

Patty Goodman

 

 

 

Saturday, 9:00am-Noon

    •  April 26. 1 session, 3 hrs

Tuition: $25

This 3-hour workshop is an introduction to the process of decorating leather-hard clay tiles with slip—clay and water in liquid form. You will learn how to apply the slip to pre-cut tiles and then try out different decorative techniques that will result in a finished product suitable for the table, wall hanging or other decorative purpose. Satisfying and relaxing. No prior clay experience needed.

Wire Weaving For Jewelry And Sculpture                    Joy Raskin

 

 

Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm

    •  April 27. 1 session, 3 hrs

Tuition: $25.

Estimated materials fee: $20

Wire is such a flexible medium that lends itself beautifully to weaving. You will work with basket weaving techniques such as tabby weave, twining, and sumac to weave an assortment of flat patterns or a small wire basket. This is low-tech and does not require a loom. The materials fee is payable to the instructor at the workshop. The final fee depends on your project(s).

A Chain—Simple And Elegant

Maria Gross

 

Friday, 6:00-9:00pm

    •  May 2. 1 session, 3 hrs

Tuition: $25.

Estimated materials fee, payable to the instructor: $10

No metals experience is necessary. Making your own chain creates a unique statement. It can be very elegant yet, in its simplicity, be done in just one evening—time just for yourself. The chain can be made in copper, brass, or black soft steel wire, or any combination of these. You will be introduced to 2-3 different kinds of links, how to form them, join them, embellishments, and how to give the chain a finish.


Weekly Classes For Ages 10-15

Classes for 10-15 year olds who, although healthy themselves, have family members experiencing an ongoing illness.

 

Earth, Fire, Water & Metal—For Ages 10-15

Jill Koppers & Kerstin Nichols

Fridays, 3:30-5:30pm

April 4-May 30 (skip Apr 18). 8 sessions, 16 hrs

Tuition: $155

This RTC class is designed specifically for youth who have family members dealing with an on-going illness. Bend, pound, throw, and heat your way into experiencing four elements of art! Explore metalsmithing and clay in this fun introduction to two of our great studios. The first four classes will be in the clay studio, the next four in the metals studio. Tuition includes materials fee.

Metal, Fire, & Water—Metals For Ages 10-15

Kerstin Nichols

Fridays, 3:30-5:30 pm

June 6-13. 2 sessions, 4 hrs

Tuition: $30

Estimated metals materials fee, payable to the instructor: $15

This RTC class is designed specifically for youth who have family members dealing with an on-going illness. Bend, pound, and heat, your way into experiencing three elements of art and so much more! Come to this class to get lost in metal and the cool processes and tools that allow you to transform it into your own sculptures and/or jewelry. The estimated materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor at the first metals class. The final metals fee is based on actual materials used, and is payable to the instructor at the last class.

Earth, Fire, & Water—Clay For Ages 10-15

Jill Koppers

Fridays, 3:30-5:30 pm

June 6-13. 2 sessions, 4hrs

Tuition: $45

This RTC class is designed specifically for youth who have family members dealing with an on-going illness. Bend, pound, and throw, your way into experiencing three elements of art! Come to this class to get lost in clay and many of the creative paths you can take with it as you find how best to explore it, and yourself. Tuition includes materials fee.

 

Summer Camps For Ages 10-15

Designed for 10-15 year olds who, although healthy themselves, have family members experiencing an ongoing illness.

 

Click here to download a quick guide of our summer camps

Metal, Fire, & Water For Ages 10-15

Case Hathaway-Zepeda

 

•  July 21-25 / 9:00am-Noon

Materials fee: $45

This RTC camp is designed specifically for youth who have family members dealing with an on-going illness. Bend, pound, and heat, your way into experiencing three elements of art and so much more! Come to this camp to get lost in metal and the cool processes and tools that allow you to transform it into your own sculptures and/or jewelry. The materials fee, payable to the instructor, is due at the first class.

Earth, Fire, And Water For Ages 10-15

Jill Koppers

 

•  July 21-25 / 1:00pm-4:00pm

This RTC camp is designed specifically for youth who have family members dealing with an on-going illness. This experience will introduce participants to the power that can come from working with clay. We’ll exp

lore a variety of hand-building techniques to allow your creativity to unfold.

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Weekly Classes For Adults and Youth Aged 15 and Up

No prior experience necessary

 

Clay Pure And Simple

Jill Koppers

Thursday 9:00-11:30am

   •  April 24-June 12. 5 sessions, 12.5 hrs

Tuition: $105

Materials fee: included in tuition.

Connecting with the earth has cleansed and soothed humans for centuries. Bask in the meditative act of coil rolling, the joyful freedom of expression, and the empowerment of creating something new. Basic hand-building skills will be taught and projects will allow for individual embellishment and interpretation. Gather for mornings of relaxation as we explore the many healing qualities of working with clay. You pay $105 and choose any 5 of the 8 sessions offered. Additional classes cost $15 per class; this tuition can be paid to instructor at the class.

I Want To Smash Something! An Introduction To The Art Of Mosaics

Carrie Fradkin

 

Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm

    •  April 5, 19, 26, and May 10

Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00pm.

    •  May 7-28. 4 sessions, 12 hrs

Tuition: $85. Materials fee: $35

This class focuses on putting broken china, glass and other objects broken with a hammer and tile nipper into a pleasing composition. You will learn the basics of mosaic using the direct method. Mosaic is very contemplative and relaxing. Release stress and put the pieces back together—create a very relaxing and wonderful time for you. You will complete at least one 8” x 8” wall piece. No art or mosaic experience is necessary. Class meets at the artist’s studio in Lebanon, NH

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The Empowerment Of Working In Metals

Kerstin Nichols

Fridays, 6:00-8:00pm

    •  May 9-June 13. 4 sessions, 8 hrs

Tuition: $55.

Estimated materials fee, payable to the instructor: $30

The power of taking a raw material and transforming it into something that is beautiful and “works” is immeasurable. In our studio you will develop concrete skills that will allow you to leave feeling fulfilled. The class as a whole will be walked through different projects that allow creative space for as much personal decision-making as you want. The added benefit is you will become a part of a community that will nourish you in surprising ways. You pay $55 and choose any 4 of the 6 sessions offered. Additional classes cost $15 per class; this tuition can be paid to instructor at the class. The estimated materials fee of $30 is payable to the instructor at the first class. The final materials fee is based on materials actually used.

Paper Mosaics: Let’s Do Some Cutting Up!

Carrie Fradkin

 

Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00pm

    •  May 13-27. 3 sessions, 9 hrs

Tuition: $60. Materials fee: $35

This class focuses on using cut paper and creating mosaic-type designs to apply to paper, wood, furniture or another object. A decoupage technique with countless possibilities. Mosaic is very contemplative and relaxing and this technique can easily be done at home by all ages. You will complete at least one 8” x 8” wall piece. No art or mosaic experience is necessary. Class meets at the artist’s studio in Lebanon, NH.

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