for people dealing with chronic illness, and caregivers
Spring is the time to renew your spirit through our expanded Recovery 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 caregivers and people dealing with ongoing illness. As with all of our programs, scholarships are available for these classes.
Have an idea for a Recovery 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.
Want more rejuvenating CraftStudies options? Look for classes marked with “c” in our regular schedule.
Scholarships are available and in some classes instruction is free.
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c A Taste Of Our Recovery Program In Metals
Friday, April 5. 1 session, 2 hrs
Sunday, June 2. 1 session, 2 hrs
Thursday, June 27. 1 session, 2 hrs
Tuition: FREE. Materials fee: $8
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 first class.
c A Taste Of Working In Clay
April 5. 1 session, 2.5hrs.
FREE. Materials fee: none
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.
c Introduction To The Empowerment Of Working In Metals
• April 26-May 31
• July 11-Aug. 15.
6 sessions, 15hrs.
Tuition: $150. Estimated materials fee: $25
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. The $25 estimated materials fee, payable to the instructor, is due at the first class. The final fee will depend on your project(s).
c Mixed Media Collage
• April 10. 1 session, 2 hrs
• April 24. 1 session, 2 hrs
Tuition: $20. Materials fee: $5
Using an assortment of collage materials, you will put together a “frame of inspiration”. Emphasis is on making the collage personal, so that it gives you continued strength. Bring a favorite quote or poem.
c Chains: Simple And Unique
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 6:00-8:30pm
• April 15, 17 & 19. 3 sessions, 7.5 hrs
Tuition: $75. Estimated materials fee: $35
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm
• July 27 & 28. 2 sessions, 6 hrs
Tuition: $60. Estimated materials fee: $35
Come and learn to make wire chains from the very simple to those with a statement of their own—however wonderful and crazy! Make them out of copper, brass and/or soft steel wire. Techniques of working in wire are very simple to start and slowly become more complex and unique according to your comfort level and ability. Finishing chains and options on how to add beads/pendants will be covered. No metals experience necessary. The $35 estimated materials fee, payable to the instructor, is due at the first class. The final fee will depend on your project(s).
c Getting to Know Clay
Fridays, 6:00pm to 8:30pm
• April 26-May 31. 6 sessions, 12.5 hrs
Tuition: $150. Materials: $15
You can experience the meditative act of coil rolling, the joyful freedom of expression, and the empowerment of creating something new through a variety of handbuilt clay projects. Basic hand building skills will be taught and projects will allow for individual embellishment and interpretation. Gather for an evening of relaxation as we explore the many healing qualities of working with clay.
c Prayer Flags
• May 1. 1 session, 2 hrs
Tuition: $20. Materials fee: $10
In this class, the “raison d’être” of prayer flags will be discussed. We will then decorate several small pieces of cloth using a variety of techniques and tools. When finished, the flags will be sewed onto a string for hanging. Emphasis is on making them personal, so that your prayers can be sent out to the universe.
c I Want To Smash Something! An Introduction To The Art Of Mosaics
• May 1-29. 5 sessions, 15 hrs
Tuition: $150. Materials fee: $35
• May 11-June 2. 4 sessions, 12 hrs (dates changed!)
Tuition: $120. Materials fee: $35
This class focuses putting together broken and non-broken china, glass and other objects into a pleasing composition. You will learn the basics of laying and gluing tesserae (mosaic pieces) using the picasette method. You will use a hammer to smash pottery into pieces and use tile nippers to refine the shape. Mosaic is very contemplative and relaxing. Breaking things releases stress and putting the pieces together is empowering—out of chaos comes order. You will complete at least one 8” x 8” wall piece. No art or mosaic experience is necessary. This class is held in the artist’s studio. Open studio time is also available.
c Woven Chains
Saturday & Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm
• July 13 & 14. 2 sessions, 6 hrs.
• August 3 & 4. 2 sessions, 6 hrs.
Tuition: $60. Estimated materials fee: $20
Using a modified “Viking weave” technique, you will learn to make beautiful woven chains for necklaces, bracelets, or whatever your imagination inspires. Alice will provide the materials you need. The first day will focus on the weaving technique itself. The second will expand on the technique and show you how to incorporate charms, beads, or other items to make each piece uniquely yours. Returning students are welcome. The very act of this repetitive weaving process brings an almost meditative calm. The $20 estimated materials fee, payable to the instructor, is due at the first class. The final fee will depend on your project(s).
c Making Connections—Focus On Clay For Ages 8-12
Monday to Friday, 9:00am-Noon
• August 5-9. 5 sessions, 15 hrs
Tuition: $200/$190. Includes materials.
This camp is for children who have experienced illness or are close to someone who has. Children love clay! Clay allows us to move from observation and imagination into three-dimensional forms, creating wonderful opportunities for self-expression. It fosters right brain thinking, cause-effect, and sequencing. Practicing these skills leads to verbal and nonverbal communication—social skills, patience, creativity and impulse control. In this small friendly group setting, projects will be presented daily, with room for individual preference and whimsical creations.
c Wire Weaving For Jewelry And Sculpture
• August 25. 1 session, 3 hours
Tuition: $30. Estimated materials fee: $25
Wire is such a flexible medium and lends itself beautifully to weaving. You will work with basket weaving techniques such as tabby weave, twining, and sumac to weave flat strips, diagonal weaving and 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).
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