"Long Tall Sally" Book

This is a very tactile book with a great deal of embroidery work both machine and hand. The book measures 16 1/2″ high x 5″ wide and contains 4 signatures of watercolored paper that are painted and then adorned with small panels of embroidery that joined together to fill the pages; the panels are embellished with beads, sequins, buttons, metal objects and other ephemera. Having said that this book isn’t just about embroidery it is also about many other different mixed media techniques, so whether you are adept at embroidery or not, this workshop is for you !!

The techniques that we will be exploring are:

  1. Painting “Lutradur” and decorating with rubber stamped and painted images highlighted in stitch.
  2. Painting deli papers with alcohol inks.
  3. Photo-transferring images using “Mod Podge” and “Liquid Sculpey”.
  4. Stenciling with “Ink Aid”.
  5. “Gelli” plate print designs onto fabric.
  6. Making fabric paper from old book pages.
About the Instructor

Beryl Taylor arrived in the USA in 2002 from England, having graduated in City and Guilds Creative Embroidery. Whilst in Britain she had spent many years exhibiting her work with a textile group called “Threadmill”. She has taught many workshops in mixed media collage. Since arriving in the USA, Beryl has continued to teach workshops, has had her work published in many national and international magazines and has continued to exhibit her work both in the USA and throughout the world. Beryl is also a published author ( “Mixed Media Explorations” ) and DVD / television instructor.

3-Ring Circus

The “Circus” is coming to Valley Ridge! Richard Salley and Jessica Papke team up to bring you an intensive 3-day workshop that focuses entirely on the process of ring making. In this series of workshops we will be presenting how to make 3 rings, 3 different ways in 3 days. Whether this will be your first foray into ring making or you want to expand your ring making knowledge, you will leave the workshop with newly acquired skills that will launch you into a new level of jewelry making. 

DAY ONE

The Spinner Ring – although simple in design, the spinner ring will lay the foundation for the other types of rings you will make. You will learn how to properly size a ring for any given gauge of metal, how to resize a ring and then focus on finishing and polishing. You will complete one sterling silver spinner ring and have the opportunity to make additional rings from copper and brass stock. The Spinner Ring offers a wide variety of design options limited only by your imagination. 

DAY TWO

The Bezel-Set Cabochon Ring – this day will be spent creating a sterling silver bezel-set ring with a turquoise cabochon. You will be free to explore either a Southwest style ring or a more modern version. We will also discuss various ring shank possibilities. Learning how to create a soldered bezel and how to securely set a stone is a skill that can easily be transferred to an endless variety of ring possibilities. These are basic skills that every jeweler should have in their design and fabrication arsenal.

DAY THREE

The Torch-Fired Enamel Ring with Tube-set CZ – this final day of the “Circus” will be spent on learning the basics of torch-fired enameling and then how to combine your enamel piece with a tube-set CZ to create a truly unique ring. Your bezel making skills from Day 2 will come in handy for fabricating the thick-walled bezel to hold your enamel creation. Knowing how to set a faceted stone in tubing will open up new possibilities for your own rings. 

About the Instructors

Richard Salley began working with metal in 1969 as an assistant to Carmel, California metal sculptor Malcom Moran. His metal working experience turned to ‘found object jewelry’ after taking a workshop with Keith LoBue in 2002.

Richard has recently retired from teaching in public schools to devote more time to his art and teaching workshops around the country. His interests include digital art, mixed media collage/assemblage, sculpture and jewelry.

Richard’s work has been featured in ‘Belle Armoire Jewelry’, ‘Art Jewelry’ and ‘Jewelry Artist’ magazines, Susan Lenart-Kazmer’s book ‘Making Connections’, ‘Steel Wire Jewelry’ by Brenda Schweder, ‘Steampunk Style Jewelry’ by Jean Campbell and ‘Metal Style’ by Karen Dougherty.

Richard and his wife, Jane, live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • View Richard’s work at his website
  • Contact Richard via email

Jessica Papke graduated in 2006 from North Carolina State University’s College of Design with a bachelor’s degree in Art & Design. Largely self-taught in the realm of metal, Jessica rounded out her college curriculum after graduation by attending independent metalsmithing classes at Penland School of Crafts and the John C. Campbell Folk School.

She is currently the sole proprietress behind “Rosy Revolver”, an unflinching line of jewelry handbuilt for women who appreciate silver, stone, and the strength of the female spirit. In addition to jewelry making, her passions include history, literature, shooting, writing and graphic design. Jessica’s most recent venture has been to enter the art retreat/workhop area as an assistant/collaborator with jewelry artist Richard Salley.

Jessica’s work has been featured in several small North Carolina galleries, as well as published in SavorNC Magazine.  She resides in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina with her son and two dogs.

A Personal Treasure Box

Would you love to have a special little box that you can hold in your hand? One that invites you to peek inside to see what treasures will be found? If you do, this workshop will show you how to solder a one-of-a-kind box complete with see-through mica and tiny images.

These boxes use a myriad of materials for decoration: fabrics, shells, buttons, pictures, drawings, etc. Once the sides, top, and bottom are constructed, you will solder them together! A metal or ribbon hinge will be formed for your box and then you can add a special piece to the top or little feet to the bottom before you take it home. Previous soldering experience is not necessary.

A Tote With A View

Create a one-of-a-kind, whimsical handbag with a view! Make your class project horizontal, or vertical, and just about any size you would like. We will be adding a giclee canvas print, creating a fabric landscape or other composition of your choosing, and embellishing it with acrylic paint washes. No painting experience necessary. You may use your own image if desired. It can be transferred to fabric prior to class.

A Woman's Book of Shadows: A Grimoire for Soul Keeping, Secret Telling, and Self-Enchantment

Creating a book of Ancient Memory utilizing the Extreme Journalism techniques created by Juliana Coles (no prior art or writing experience necessary. A certain amount of self awareness or the openness and willingness to venture inward will be expected as well as a playful spirit.)

Come closer, women: As summer edges into fall, shadows grow longer and the veil between this world and the other is thinnest. It is time to make the sacred journey we all knowingly wish for, but put off time and time again … Let us gather our memories, words, and art around us for this magical and mystical journey of initiation where light and dark converge in the pages of our Book of Shadows to reveal the true self. Awaken as you discover your own guide into unknown territory where you will be called upon to develop intuition, intention, self dialogue, and self expression. Inspired by those who have gone before us, you will uncover personal signs and symbols in a precious journal where peacock feathers, rose petals, and the smoke from sacred fires speak knowingly from between its pages.

With each day of this retreat we deepen and enrich the mystery within as we begin our Book of Shadows through gentle guidance and creative visual journaling techniques for insight, healing, and self-bewitching. Words and thoughts, combined with unique imagery and intention, will create good spells, charms, cures; this is ancient medicine and will reveal a powerful force. Your grimoire, a personal instructional manual, handed down through the ages, woman to woman, is a record of your spiritual growth, and will unveil to you all you desire. You have chosen a unique and difficult path; the way of the wise woman, full of ancient ritual, secrets, and blessings. Welcome to this sisterhood. You are the wisdom that you seek. Call upon the spirits and powerful energies that surround you.

This is more than a workshop, it is an event. Step out of the shadows. Come forward. Reveal your true self. It begins now for you in choosing your book, creating your altar, and gathering your supplies. I encourage you to do anything that sets the mood for you – or do absolutely nothing. You can decorate supplies to make them seem old. You can even come dressed in a witchly enchantress costume, complete with magic wand and chalice – but remember, we are working in paint, so anything you wear please be willing to mess it up. You could even decorate your apron or create a magical cloak to work in. We are setting the stage for self expression, and creating a character and a world that is different from our own helps us to see ourselves from a different perspective, one we may be unfamiliar with. This other voice has much to teach us. Dressing up is an act of devotion and can create intention and focus. This is how we become that which we seek. This is how we let our child play. I’ll be there in character and I hope my coven will be too. Our assignments will combine words with images to access our inner voices will revolve around this theme of creating the grimoire. We will play with astrology, the tarot, power animals and familiars, and many other magick arts. So come out and play little ones. You are creating your first book of shadows.

What is a grimoire: A grimoire is defined as a book of spells and incantations used for calling forth spirits. It was meant as a purely instructional tool with practical applications: a “how to” manual for spells, secrets, and enchantments. Today’s grimoire is often handwritten by individuals for their own personal use and not meant for display or for sharing with others. The term grimoire is generic and may be used instead of the title of the actual book, which is often kept secret. The “Book of Shadows” is a Wiccan tradition. A sort of recipe book that included spells and incantations, but much more. A Book of Shadows may also contain dreams, poems, revelations, art, inspiration, mythology or anything else that can be considered a personal record of a spiritual journey, which is every woman’s path of initiation. A Book of Shadows, a unique book of self reflection, can resemble a diary or Visual Journal. And much like the visual journal, the grimoire, or Book of Shadows will be our container for safe keeping – a soul house to protect our visions. This initiatory journey focuses on process and self expression, and will begin by preparing the book that will become our grimoire.

a. We Each Have Our Charms; b. Knot Now, Nina

Pull elements of nature from outdoors and work rocks, sticks, and other assorted festoons of the landscape into your jewelry and mixed media. Learn how to combine this work very simply with Precious Metal Clay in ways that take your designs another step, in what could be considered a more formal, elegant detail. The finished look of fine silver, something that is initially fashioned from a malleable clay, is an art form with enormous appeal, and can be applied to everything from jewelry to book art and beyond.

In this extensive, technique-filled three day workshop, we will take an elemental, beginner

a. We Each Have Our Charms; b. Knot Now, Nina

Pull elements of nature from outdoors and work rocks, sticks, and other assorted festoons of the landscape into your jewelry and mixed media. Learn how to combine this work very simply with Precious Metal Clay in ways that take your designs another step, in what could be considered a more formal, elegant detail. The finished look of fine silver, something that is initially fashioned from a malleable clay, is an art form with enormous appeal, and can be applied to everything from jewelry to book art and beyond.

In this extensive, technique-filled three day workshop, we will take an elemental, beginner’s approach to creating small flat charms as well as Nina’s signature frame-and-mica designs. After shaping, filing, firing, tumbling and polishing the pieces, you will then incorporate them into the next step of the workshop, which involves wire-wrapping, chain and clasp making, etc.

Acrylic Manipulations, Experiments With Watermedia

Spend two days probing mixed media. Explore acrylic–from surface, texture, pattern, to gold leaf and composition.
Class will examine hand-stamped paper, stencils, glazes, dry brushing, squeeze bottles, shapes, advanced acrylic techniques and the pouring of paint. Anne will share secrets and tips on how to use these techniques and each artist will have time to experiment on their own. Because the class will use a variety of paint and materials, participants should wear old clothing, and come prepared to try everything.

Acrylic Painting ~ Deluxe Decorative Papers!

Make an assortment of unique decorative papers to use in book arts, card and box making, scrapbooking or other collage work, paper dolls, gift wrapping, etc. Learn techniques of painting, stenciling, texturing, layering, glazing, and use of metallic paints. Experiment with liquid acrylic paints and inks. Cut your own rubber stamps; make your own texturing tools and stencils. Using acrylic paints, mediums and grounds, you will make a set of 10 or more large sheets of patterned paper. The techniques learned may be applied to painting many different surfaces including wood and metal. If you’ve admired painting you’ve seen in magazines like "Cloth, Paper, Scissors," but wondered how it’s done, this is the class for you.

Instructor’s Note
Be prepared to have lots of fun being messy; please wear old clothes, as acrylic paints won’t wash out of fabrics.

For those who don’t have a local art supply store, most of the supplies below (including Roulor foam paint rollers, Speedball linoleum cutters, and Canson 80 lb. drawing paper tablets) are available on line through www.dickblick.com as well as other on-line suppliers. Use the search feature at the top of the Dick Blick home page to find what you need.

Alchemy & Relics

Get the classic look of silver without paying the current price. How? By using readily available and inexpensive, silver-bearing lead-free solder. Heated to a molten stage, the solder can be easily stamped and takes on the look of cast silver.  In this class you will learn how to etch a master stamp of heavy gauge non-ferrous sheet metal, and then use the stamp to create “cast silver” components. You will then learn to set cabochons into bezel cups which will be affixed to the “silver” impression. Riveted onto a metal backdrop, these will turn into gorgeous earrings and/or pendants …or both for the ambitious, industrious student.

(Soldering experience will be helpful, but not essential as the basics will be discussed and demonstrated.)

About the Instructor

Richard Salley began working with metal in 1969 as an assistant to Carmel, California metal sculptor Malcom Moran. His metal working experience turned to ‘found object jewelry’ after taking a workshop with Keith LoBue in 2002.

Richard has recently retired from teaching in public schools to devote more time to his art and teaching workshops around the country. His interests include digital art, mixed media collage/assemblage, sculpture and jewelry.

Richard’s work has been featured in ‘Belle Armoire Jewelry’, ‘Art Jewelry’ and ‘Jewelry Artist’ magazines, Susan Lenart-Kazmer’s book ‘Making Connections’, ‘Steel Wire Jewelry’ by Brenda Schweder, ‘Steampunk Style Jewelry’ by Jean Campbell and ‘Metal Style’ by Karen Dougherty.

Richard and his wife, Jane, live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • View Richard’s work at his website
  • Contact Richard via email

All on Board for Mixed Media

In this class, you will experiment and play with all the boards and panels that are on the market today. From the incredibly versatile Claybord to Gesso Board to Pastel Board to MDF to Wood panels, we will check out all the rigid substrates.  Work on a number of pieces at one time, trying the same technique across the board (tee hee) to see how they react and how unique effects can be achieved. You will work with stencils and texture mediums, crackle paste that really cracks, gold leaf and 3D semi-sculptural elements.

We will play with acrylic paints, inks, paint markers, soft and oil pastels, airbrush paints and rubber stamps. Carve texture into the pieces and also build textural dimension on top of the pieces. Paint and collage and distress to your heart’s content. And finally, learn how your end products can easily be bound into books or mounted on floating cradles.

Mary Beth will bring all the supplies except for a few listed below.

All Wrapped Up – Bracelets & Chokers

Spend three full days designing richly detailed jewelry wraps that are perfect for layering assorted treasured findings, beads, and ribbons around either your neck or wrist; if made long enough, these pieces will look wonderful wrapped around the waist as well.  

I’ll be teaching a very wide variety of jewelry techniques for this brand new workshop:   wire wrapping (hooks/clasps, charm connections, link fabrication, attachment of leather/ribbon to metal clasps, bead tip formation for dangling pearls from chain), letter stamping into metal, drilling, patina aging for brass, copper and silver, embroidery stitching for leather, my “cocoon wrap” bead using lace or ribbon with wire, incorporation of vintage laces and ribbons into jewelry design, bead wire crimping, and pearl/gemstone bead knotting onto silk cord.  

The rest of the time we will have relaxed sessions sharing layering ideas as we hammer, stitch, dangle, attach, thread, and knot to our hearts’ content.   I’ll share with you how my quirky brain works when forming a story with bits and pieces of jewelry findings, and discuss how a few words and images can create a narrative piece of wearable art.  i can’t think of a better environment for this special time than the beloved studio of valley ridge, surrounded by soft and beautiful  rolling farmland and the songs of swallows nesting in the eaves of the porch.  Prepare to head home with a full heart and a mind overflowing with inspiration from creating amongst like-minded kindred spirits.

Instructor’s Note: If making as a gift, try to discreetly measure width of wrist before leaving home….finished length of thrice-wrapped bracelet is 22”, give or take a bit of length (based on my own wrist); I love to keep going with five or six layered wraps around the wrist.

About the Instructor

Nina has been a professional jewelry designer since 1987, a mixed media artist for as long as she can remember (thinking here of a little clay mushroom “ensemble” that was created in perhaps the third grade, for starters), and has been teaching mixed media/jewelry workshops, both in the United States and worldwide, since 2000.  Her artwork is featured in many books and magazines, and has been sold in multiple boutiques and museum shops across the world.  Ever changing jewelry designs can be found in her etsy shopNina’s blog of six years provides a wonderful outlet for writing and sharing with readers all the intricate beauties of the natural world that surrounds her in the mountains of western north Carolina.

All Wrapped Up – Bracelets & Chokers II

Spend three full days designing richly detailed jewelry wraps that are perfect for layering assorted treasured findings, beads, and ribbons around either your neck or wrist; if made long enough, these pieces will look wonderful wrapped around the waist as well.  

I’ll be teaching a very wide variety of jewelry techniques for this brand new workshop:   wire wrapping (hooks/clasps, charm connections, link fabrication, attachment of leather/ribbon to metal clasps, bead tip formation for dangling pearls from chain), letter stamping into metal, drilling, patina aging for brass, copper and silver, embroidery stitching for leather, my “cocoon wrap” bead using lace or ribbon with wire, incorporation of vintage laces and ribbons into jewelry design, bead wire crimping, and pearl/gemstone bead knotting onto silk cord.  

The rest of the time we will have relaxed sessions sharing layering ideas as we hammer, stitch, dangle, attach, thread, and knot to our hearts’ content.   I’ll share with you how my quirky brain works when forming a story with bits and pieces of jewelry findings, and discuss how a few words and images can create a narrative piece of wearable art.  i can’t think of a better environment for this special time than the beloved studio of valley ridge, surrounded by soft and beautiful  rolling farmland and the songs of swallows nesting in the eaves of the porch.  Prepare to head home with a full heart and a mind overflowing with inspiration from creating amongst like-minded kindred spirits.

Instructor’s Note: If making as a gift, try to discreetly measure width of wrist before leaving home….finished length of thrice-wrapped bracelet is 22”, give or take a bit of length (based on my own wrist); I love to keep going with five or six layered wraps around the wrist.

About the Instructor

Nina has been a professional jewelry designer since 1987, a mixed media artist for as long as she can remember (thinking here of a little clay mushroom “ensemble” that was created in perhaps the third grade, for starters), and has been teaching mixed media/jewelry workshops, both in the United States and worldwide, since 2000.  Her artwork is featured in many books and magazines, and has been sold in multiple boutiques and museum shops across the world.  Ever changing jewelry designs can be found in her etsy shopNina’s blog of six years provides a wonderful outlet for writing and sharing with readers all the intricate beauties of the natural world that surrounds her in the mountains of western north Carolina.

Altered Books

Altered book artists like to say there are no rules. To that add, “just a chance to play and have fun!” Learn how to use collage and embellishments to turn old books into interactive works of art. Each student will make
a reference book for a permanent record of the techniques demonstrated. Then, you will have time to use those techniques to make more finished books.

This program will demonstrate various ways of doing backgrounds, how to get color and texture on a page. Learn how to create pockets, slits, pull-outs, tip-ins, niches, windows and drawers, transparencies, and many different kinds of pop-ups. Discuss glues and paints, and the types of books that work best for this art form.

Altered Books from Beginning to End, Background Techniques To The Cover

This two-part workshop begins with Painting Without Planning, where you’ll play with a lot of different ways to make backgrounds for books or cards: scraping, bleaching, masking, stamping and more, using simple materials such as sponges, old credit cards, shaving cream and more. Be prepared for fun and lots of surprises! Part two of this workshop is Altered Book, where you’ll take an old, unloved, book and turn it into an interactive work of art. You will learn to make pockets, pop-ups, windows, niches and drawers that entice the viewer to keep turning pages.

Altered Fabric Collage and Book

This is such a fun book – it’s not difficult, and although we will be adding images, you won’t be painting them from scratch, and you don’t need to know how to draw. We will use supplied sketches (or you can bring your own), and layer them on fabric, add more collage elements, finger paint, add texture and washes of color. Explore simple ways to create fabric landscapes, and/or abstract compositions. We will add blank journal pages inside, and complete the signatures with more collage elements. Covers are thick and sturdy, yet flexible, and can be changed to any size you desire, or, can even be used as frameable art. No sewing required, but you can bring a sewing machine if you would rather machine-stitch the pages to the signature instead of by hand, or if you would like to add sewing as an embellishment.

Altered Words and Imagery

Behold the power of word and positive thinking. In this session, you will construct a wish book to hold little notes and images for what you wish for in the present and future. Working with lightweight wood for the book structure, we will create “folder pages” that can hold smaller collages, photographs, letters, notes, and other manifestations of wishes. Think creative positive magic.

Next, you’ll explore different processes of altering traditional and digital photographs and how to use them in mixed media arwork. Think of it as photoshop without the computer! Rediscover your love of photography by using your own imagery in your art. You will complete approx. 2 mixed media collages which incorporate our altered photos.

Finally, go deeper into altered imagery with a mixed media portrait, a fun and inspiring way of reinterpreting the portrait regardless of your drawing skills. Using magazine images and/or color laser copies of your own photos you will alter these images in a painterly way using paints and pens. Portrait will be mounted on canvas board.

Alternative Photo Workshop I

Learn new techniques; add photographic images to your work without the use of a darkroom. You can make a cyanotype anywhere if you have sun and water. In this workshop, you will explore Cyanotype and Acrylic Lifts and Transfers. These process are great for anyone who has wanted to use photography in their: book making, painting, sculpture, or even quilting.

Anthropomorphic Dolls

Learn to make animal heads using soft sculpture techniques and other techniques developed by Akira. These heads are attached to human doll bodies to create innovative anthropomorphic figures.

Arcana – A Tale of Tarot

The Workshop

January 22-27, 2018

 

It was 1973 and my parents were James Bond fanatics. One evening they plopped me into the back seat of the family station wagon and away we went to the drive-in theater where the latest 007 film was playing…Live and Let Die. As a kid I was big into magic and all things otherworldly, thus this film was a treat to behold for a young eight year old with such inclinations. The movie had lots of goodies to keep me interested…snakes and skeletal Voodoo villains, but perhaps the most enthralling part of the film was the heroine, Solitaire (Jane Seymour), who foretold the future using a strange deck of cards called Tarot. Forty-some years later, here I am, still mesmerized by Tarot cards. I’m not certain that I believe in the soothsaying aspect of them, but as a symbolic art form they are fascinating. Each symbol, picture, and gesture is meaningful and emblematic; then placed in conjunction with other cards the story becomes even more complex.

A Tarot deck is divided into two parts: the Major and Minor Arcana. In a nutshell the Minor Arcana is about earthly situations and the Major Arcana symbolizes the otherworldly influences on the world. Personally, I find the Major Arcana to be the most fascinating of the parts, because the cards in this category are so iconically rich…such as the Lovers, The Magician, The Fool, The Devil, and of course the ever unsettling Death card. This collection of images is really a journey that starts with the Fool and moves through a variety of characters until the journey is completed 22 cards later with the World. It the journey of all of us…we all start as the Fool and, with any luck, we gain enlightenment and completion. Last summer it dawned on me that since the Major Arcana embodies such a rich cast of characters, why not literally transform them into three-dimensional beings. Instead of a deck of cards…perhaps a stage of cards where the theatrics of existence can be performed; a place where the Fool can literally travel and experience the world and beyond. Thus the Tarot Theater concept was born.

Workshop
In my mind I cannot imagine a city better equipped to explore the mysteries of the Tarot than New Orleans. The city is filled with magic and mystery and literally has fortunetellers and Tarot readers on every corner. So, because of this, Tarot will be our ArtVenture theme in 2018. Your task will be to create a few puppet characters based on a few cards (Major or Minor Arcana). Using found objects as your base, you will modify them into a metaphorically rich persona. Next you will create a little stage or stand for your creations. This could be one stage to house all your creations or a smaller individual stage for each card you choose to interpret. Since it is rather unlikely you’ll be able to complete all 78 cards during class, this means you’ll have a choice to make: Which cards to personify? You could select them based on what most inspires you, or the most appealing story, or the most compelling imagery…OR you could be really daring: shuffle a tarot deck, spread them out face down and let the Fates decide your creations. Pick a card any card.

The Soothsayer’s Shindig – The Second Line Parade
One of the most exciting aspects about the New Orleans retreat is the costumed 2nd line procession. Each year we are led by the Panorama Jazz Band and wander through the French Quarter decked out in our thematically outrageous getups. This year’s participants will be adorned as Tarot characters and/or fortunetellers and will wander the nighttime streets in a bit of prognosticating pageantry.

Workshop Gallery

About the Instructor

Michael deMeng is an assemblage artist from Vancouver, Canada who exhibits throughout the United States. As an educator, he has been actively involved with VSA Montana, providing art education and encouraging participation in the arts to people with disabilities. Through these activities, as well as his artwork, deMeng fosters community awareness, and offers creative methods to explore the human experience.

In his art, he addresses issues of transformation. Discarded materials find new and unexpected uses in his work; they are reassembled and conjoined with unlikely components, a form of rebirth from the ashes into new life and new meaning.

These assemblages are metaphors for the evolutions and revolutions of existence: from life to death to rebirth, from new to old to renewed, from construction to destruction to reconstruction. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing.

Supplies

Michael will provide a variety of materials included in your registration fee.

Students should provide the following supplies:

  1. A base for your stage. Could be a cigar box if you want more than one character on the stage or a small plaque for each one
  2. A variety of found objects. Items like watch parts, gears, typewriter parts….just about anything, really. Look for things that are interesting shapes or designs. Tiny doll parts.
  3. Fabric or burlap if you want to line the interior
  4. Paint Brushes (a couple small detail brushes, and some cheap brushes (1/2 inch to 1 inch in size)
  5. E 6000 Adhesive
  6. Eyes or things that might replicate eyes. Tiny doll eyes would be great.
  7. Paints: Any colors you might want just in case I don’t bring it.
  8. Optional Things to bring – Heat gun, Dremel (with cut off wheel and engraving bit, sanding drum