Submitted by Laurie Marechaux
On August 8 & 9 learn the art of carving a Woodspirit or Wizard Walking Stick with Don Heuerman, this class is for beginners and advanced carvers. Students will carve and finish a walking stick. As you learn how to carve the eyes and hair on your Woodspirit or Wizard you will be surprised how the face will develop its own personality. Start early and create your own gifts for the holidays. Wood carving is fun and easy and is for all ages and genders. Don Heuerman, has been carving for 35 years and studied under Harley Refsal, Wayne Barton and Stu Martin. Don has taught classes in his home, at the New England Carousel Museum and at many woodcarving clubs. He has won many awards at woodcarving shows.
Have you ever wanted to learn to machine piece a quilt and thought it was too hard? Join Pat Psholka, August 8 & 9 and learn to use a rotary cutter, mat and ruler to accurately cut your own choice of fabric and then machine sew a small lap quilt or wall hanging. This is truly a beginner’s guide to quilting that will open doors to a new and fun hobby. Pat received her teacher certification in heirloom sewing from Martha Pullen in 2001 in Huntsville, AL and in 2004 received her Martha Pullen® Serger Teacher certification. Martha Pullen is the host of the PBS TV series, Martha's Sewing Room. Pat offers her students the opportunity to create lasting treasures using the sewing machine and the serger.
Join local weaving instructor Judith Nevin and learn to make Mini Baskets (a great accessory for 18” dolls) on August 8 & 9. The tallest of these baskets stands 4” tall. Small baskets are tricky and take patience. Basket makers with some experience will enjoy the challenge of these baskets. The students will be using a variety of basket making techniques to create these lovely baskets. Our goal is to make four baskets, using twill, carving legs and handles and over weaving. Judith has been making baskets for more than 20 years. She has traveled throughout the country researching baskets and their history. She continues to study with basket makers from all over the country.
Here is what else is taking place this summer, Aug. 10-13-Shaker Oval Boxes, Carriers, & Trays-Eric, Aug. 10-14, Beginning Chip Carving, Stained Glass/Open Workshop, Colored Pencil Explorations, Young Artists' Program-Girls Just Wanna' Have Fun!, Aug. 11, 12, 13, 14, Splint Weave & Fibre Rush Seats, Aug. 12-14, The Beginner Pastelist-Karen Baker, Aug. 15, 16, Skinner Blends-Polymer Clay-Laura Rizzi, Lotion, Potions, Creams, Oils, etc.-Erika Martin, Drawing Nature-Roger Hyndman, Lake Champlain Stone Jewelry-Penny Cox, One Stroke® Painting on Glass and Enamelware-Barbi Weaver. Aug. 17-21, Baskets, Baskets, Baskets-Kate Conroy, Quilting Club and American Pie, Solarplate Printmaking, Plein Air Pastels, Drawing in Graphite. Aug. 24 & 25, Beginning Appliqué. Aug. 24-27, Intuitive Quilting. Aug. 26-28. Moving on in Appliqué. Aug. 24-28, Wood Carving Animals , Lets Decoratively Paint Old Furniture, Acanthus Woodcarving, Carving Realistic Faces in Wood, Woodcarving Faces, Carving Santa's & Story Book Characters, Painting in Acrylics. Aug. 28-30, The Watercolor Sketchbook. Aug. 29 & 30, Native American Beading/Peyote Stitch Amulet, Murals in the Style of Rufus Porter, Carving Noah's Ark Creatures, Painting Hindeloopin, Carving Wooden Spoons, Landscape Weaving…Off Loom, Forging, Flips & Surface Treatments, Decorative Copper Creations, instructor.
Take an Arts and Crafts break this summer and learn some new skills or brush up on old ones. August classes are still open for registration. One-on-one instruction is always emphasized in all of our classes and class size ranges from 6-10 students. Come on in out of the rain and take a class at one of the countries leading Arts and Crafts Schools. If you are a Ludlow, Cavendish or Proctorsville resident (age 7 & up) you are entitled to 50% off one class per calendar year. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from the country’s finest instructors.
Fletcher Farm School is the oldest residential arts and crafts school in Vermont also offers Young Artists Programs serving youth ages 7 through 17 as well as their Fall-Winter-Spring courses which are held on Saturday and Sunday from October to May.
Classes are June 27-Sept 11 and are range from 1 to 5 days in length from 9:00am-5:00pm with Open Studio hours in the evening. There are many possibilities available to those who are inspired to venture into a new area of creativity or to further enhance a passion for growth in something already love.
For more information or prices on any of our programs visit our website at www.fletcherfarm.orgor call 802-228-8770 for a copy of our 2009 summer catalog complete with color photos of all of our course offerings.
The Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts is operated by the Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc. The Society has leased the campus and buildings that house the school from the Fletcher Farm Foundation, Inc. since 1947. The Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) publicly supported organization.