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Arts & Needle Arts

PORTRAITS IN SOFT PASTELS  

Students will be introduced to the tradition of portraiture, with some preliminary study of the genre through a slide show. We will spend some time looking at how to create a strong composition and students will be instructed to bring suitable photographs to work from, which they would take themselves,  using criteria presented in the first class. We will discuss with students the importance of capturing not only a likeness,  but a character in a portrait, and we will talk about how this could be achieved, using props or symbols, and choosing an appropriate vantage point and colour scheme, for example.

The first technical lesson will be about finding the angles of the head and the placement of features. Students will learn by observing demonstrations and then practicing the techniques in sketches.

We will study the use of warm and cool colours to create convincing skin tones. We will tackle techniques for rendering the individual features of the subject – eyes, nose, mouth, hair, etc.  Finally, we will discuss techniques for preserving and framing the portraits.  Each student will finish the course with a 24 x 36 inch portrait.  A $20.00 supply fee is payable to the instructor on the first night of class.

Tue Oct 1-Nov 19 7:00-8:30 pm 8 classes $150.00 + HST
Orangeville DSS Rm 228 Mary Philp   PR-5554

 


SOAP MAKING 101  

Learn the fundamentals of Traditional Soap Making in this hands-on workshop where you will learn the techniques, ingredients and equipment needed to make your own sudsy bars. We will touch on some “fun science” (the backbone of soap making), the differences in ingredients, soap making methods and techniques to then create your own custom bars equalling over 2lbs or 10 bars. Participants will mix, customize and mold your own bars to take home. All supplies, including a detailed handout containing all the information discussed during the class, with recipes and instructions will be provided. A bonus suppliers list is also included. **Ages 18+.  Participants must have legs covered and closed toed shoes. Safety glasses and aprons will be provided.  An $80.00 material fee is payable to the instructor at the time of the class.  **Hard to source ingredients will be available to purchase at the end of the class at below retail prices for those wanting to practice at home.  **Advanced classes will be offered by email to those completing Soapmaking 101.  These will include making a Beer Soap, Goats Milk Soap or using colourants.

Thu Oct 24 7:00-9:30 pm 1 class $15.00 + HST PR-5475
Thu Nov 14 7:00-9:30 pm 1 class $15.00 + HST PR-5546

 


SILVERSMITHING FOR BEGINNERS

Classes are held at Laurie Stevenson Bullock’s studio in Belwood. The address will be printed on your receipt after registering.

HAMMERED PENDANT  

Step into a jeweller’s studio and create your own sterling silver pendant.  No experience necessary. Students will be shown how to use jeweller’s tools to file, texture and polish their creation. A $95 fee is payable to instructor. Ages 16+

Wed Oct 9 1:00-4:00 pm 1 class $15.00 + HST PR-5467
Sat Nov 23 1:00-4:00 pm 1 class $15.00 + HST PR5466

 


PERSONALIZED BAR PENDANT  

Create your own sterling silver bar pendant. No experience necessary. Students will be shown how to use a jeweller’s saw and file, sand and polish their pendant.  Add a personal touch with a hand-stamped name or word.  An $80 fee is payable to instructor. 5 grams of sterling silver are included in fee.  Ages 16+.

Fri Oct 18 1:00-4:00 pm 1 class $15.00 + HST PR-5470
Sat Nov 2 6:00-9:00 pm 1 class $15.00 + HST PR-5471
Tue Dec 3 6:00-9:00 pm 1 class $15.00 + HST PR-5472

 


SILVER AND COPPER RINGS                                

Step into a jeweller’s studio and create your own sterling silver and copper band rings. No experience necessary. Students will be shown how to use a jeweller’s saw and file, sand, texture and polish their creations.   5 grams of sterling silver are included in fee. Ages 16+.  A $95.00 fee is payable to instructor day of class. 

Fri Sept 27 1:00-4:30 pm 1 class $15.00 + HST PR-5463
Thurs Oct 3 6:00-9:30 pm 1 class $15.00 + HST PR-5464
Thurs Nov 7 6:00-9:30 pm 1 class $15.00 + HST PR-5465

 


JEWELLERY- STAMPED EARRINGS OR PENDANT   

Make a great personalized pair of earrings or pendant using your choice of metal blanks.  Use letter, number and symbol stamps to personalize and add a charm to make it unique.    A $20 fee is payable to instructor. Kids under 13 must have adult supervision.  These make great Christmas gifts!

Sat Dec 7 11:00 am-12:00 pm 1 class $15.00 + HST PR-5468
Sat Dec 7 2:00-3:00 pm 1 class $15.00 + HST PR-5469