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Silly Stuff, Beads, Buttons and Textures Classes

All of these will be run at the Art Gallery of Swift Current – the nifty little place I spend far too much time at here in town – and they’re the people you need to call or email to register.

First up, I’ll be continuing with classes for the kiddos. We’ll be doing what I call the Silly Stuff this time around. By Silly Stuff I mean we’ll be making flip books, wobblers out of clay, pop up pranks in time for April Fool’s day and whatever else gets dreamed up. The Art Gallery has an amazing stash of crafty materials and the kids are frighteningly creative. I mostly just have to referee for this. Grade 1 and 2s will be on Tuesday and the 3-5s will be on Wednesday since this seemed to work before.

My polymer classes start off with a basics session where we’ll go over all of the basics: conditioning, working, curing and finishing. We’ll also do the fun stuff, the embellishing: basic canes, colour mixing and a few tricks for how to make great pieces simply. For this class our “basics” projects will be beads and buttons since I see these as instant gratification items. I will have a few finished items to demonstrate what you can use YOUR beads and buttons to create and time depending we may get the chance to go over a few of these.

Following the Basic Beads and Buttons session we’ll be doing an in depth introduction to textures in clay. We’ll go over how to use polymer clay to make your OWN versatile tools and then we’ll use our new stamps, molds and textures to make tiles, inchies, ATCs and, knowing me, beads. We’ll also get into surface embellishments to help highlight all the great textures we’ll be making.

The nitty gritty:

Kids classes will be:
* Gr 1 & 2: Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 – February 28, March 6 & 13
* Gr 3, 4 & 5: Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 – February 29, March 7 & 14

Adult classes will be:
* Polymer Clay Beads and Buttons Basics: 6:30-8:30, February 29, March 7 & 14
* Polymer Clay Textures and Surface Decoration: 6:30-8:30, March 21 & 28, April 4

A Horse Tale

The last class, in my last series, for the grade 3 to 5ers was about how to make small animal figures. One of my students is horse obsessed so I wasn’t surprised when she built a horse. However, this one has a full foil and wire armature, right down to her mane. I was so impressed!

Horse Sculpture

Classes Galore!

Historically, my summers are my slowest periods for work, both computer and art. This year I prepared for that by booking extra shows leading up to the summer and a week of classes in each of July and August! Phew. Plus the 20% off sale in my Etsy bead, Etsy cane and ArtFire shops. That ends today.

Here are some of the excerpts from my week of class. I had returning students and all new ones:

New Clayers

One of my regulars is a die-hard football fan (the local team is the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the team colour is pretty much Premo’s sea green): Football fan

One of the adult classes we covered small bottles to make wish bottles. Combinations of embellishment, canes and imagination were on the docket. One of my first time students whipped up something awesome right to order of course!

Student Wish Bottles

A rerun of a popular kids project class for a local day camp were the Turtle Rocks. We had neon turtles, winged turtles, fanged turtles… and lots of fun:

Student Turtle Rocks

Of course, after all that over-planning and over-preparing for a “slow summer” it hasn’t gone slow yet. Go figure. How’s YOUR summer going?