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TOE RIVER ARTS | WORKSHOPS

For any of questions about the workshops, contact Community Outreach Coordinator Melanie Finlayson at 828.765.0524 or melanie@toeriverarts.org. Participants must wear cloth face coverings over the nose and mouth and properly socially distance during workshops.

Winter / Spring 2021 Workshops

Kids Make Fused Glass (ages 4+)

with Amanda Taylor

When: Saturday, February 6, 2021, 10:30AM – 12PM 
             Saturday, February 6, 2021, 12:30PM – 2PM
             Saturday, February 6, 2021, 2:30PM – 4PM
Where: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery

Amanda Taylor a kiln-formed glass designer, from O-AT-KA Studios will be teaching a two- hour fused glass workshop for kids. Design and create a unique glass ornament, dish or pendant. All ages are welcome over four years old. Participants may choose from a variety of glass and colors to create their own glass ornament, dish or pendants.  Taylor will fire the pieces, to be picked up at a later date or shipped for an additional fee. Bring your imagination and be ready for some creative, family fun.

Workshops are full.  Email melanie@toeriverarts.org to be placed on the waitlist.

Clay Birdhouses for Kids (ages 5+)

with Linda Powell

When: February 6, 12:30 – 3:30PM
Where: High Country Ceramic Arts in Burnsville

When: February 13, 12:30 – 3:30PM
Where: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery

Linda Powell from High Country Ceramic Arts is hosting this three-hour clay hand building workshop for kids. Each student will design their birdhouses using hand building techniques such as building from slabs, coiling or pinching. Students will assemble the birdhouses from multiple pieces and apply underglaze. After the workshop, the pieces will be bisque fired, clear glazed, and glaze fired. The finished pieces will be delivered to Toe River Arts to be exhibited in the Student Showcase Exhibition and can be picked up after the exhibition, during open hours March 8 through March 20.

This workshop is full.  Email melanie@toeriverarts.org to be placed on the waitlist.

 

Make Decorative Paste Paper (ages 3+)

with Melanie Finlayson

When: February 20, 2021, 10:30AM – 12:30PM
             February 20, 2021, 1:30 – 3:30PM
Where: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery

Melanie Finlayson, a printmaker and Toe River Arts Community Outreach Coordinator, will teach this two-hour paste paper workshop for kids. Paste paper is one of the earliest forms of decorative papers, commonly used for bookbinding, as well as calligraphy, printmaking, collage, stamping, and origami. Paste paper is created using acrylic paint mixed with paste. Students will create fun, unique patterns by pulling various utensils across the paste. This fun activity can be replicated at home with simple materials.

Workshop is full.  Email melanie@toeriverarts.org to be placed on the waitlist.

 

Monotype Printmaking (ages 3+)

with Melanie Finlayson

When: February 27, 2021, 10:30AM – 12:30PM
             February 27, 2021, 1:30 – 3:30PM
Where: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery

Melanie Finlayson, a printmaker and Toe River Arts Community Outreach Coordinator, will teach this two-hour monotype printmaking workshop for kids. Kids will learn multiple printmaking techniques, including trace monotype, mirror image monotype and more in order to create custom designed prints and patterns. Fun for all ages.

This workshop is full. Email melanie@toeriverarts.org to be placed on the waitlist.

 

Ready, Set, Fold: Innovative Book Structures

with Karen Hardy

When: Saturday, March 20, 2021, 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery

Learn the secrets of unique and intricately folded book forms that do not rely on sewing or adhesive. This workshop will focus on bookbinding techniques that take the architecture and action of the book to new levels through masterful paper engineering.

Participants will begin with a suite of books folded from a single sheet of paper, building on this basic foundation with more advanced projects. These include such inventions by renowned artist and conservator Hedi Kyle as the fishbone fold and triangle fold. Partipants will analyze the merits and limitations of a variety of materials, tools, and papers, and discuss the ways that each structure is uniquely suited to creative expression.

Each student will produce a collection of books that can be used as motivation and reference for further projects. A great advantage of these folded books lies in their minimal use of specialized supplies; they can easily be made at home, or even when traveling, with just a few readily available small tools. No previous experience required.

Workshop fee: $115, includes pre-cut paper for all book models

Karen Hardy is a visual artist based in Asheville and Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Her practice is centered on an experimental approach to materials and process, with particular focus on using innovative hand papermaking techniques and a variety of non-traditional materials in artist books, prints, sculpture, and installation. Karen’s award-winning artist books are widely exhibited and held in collections across the country and abroad. Since 2008, Karen has designed and printed ephemera for both retail and commission as the proprietor of Hardy Letterpress.

Blizzard Folded Book Structure

with Karen Hardy

When: Saturday, April 17, 2021, 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery

Stranded by a snow storm during travel, artist Hedi Kyle passed the time experimenting with paper, and invented a unique folded book structure that came to be known as the “blizzard book.” Since then, the basic pattern has been altered and expanded to create numerous additional designs, including the crown book, wheel of fortune, blizzard pockets, crown card, and blizzard boxes.

Developed by Hedi and her protégés, a key feature of all these structures is their ability to hold contents without the use of adhesive – there is flexibility built in. Each blizzard variation addresses a unique engineering goal, and thus each fills a niche in the book artist’s arsenal of structures to suit different purposes. Get “caught in a blizzard” and spend a day learning all of the structures you can create from the blizzard fold.

No previous experience required.

Workshop fee: $115,  includes pre-cut paper for all book models

Karen Hardy is a visual artist based in Asheville and Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Her practice is centered on an experimental approach to materials and process, with particular focus on using innovative hand papermaking techniques and a variety of non-traditional materials in artist books, prints, sculpture, and installation. Karen’s award-winning artist books are widely exhibited and held in collections across the country and abroad. Since 2008, Karen has designed and printed ephemera for both retail and commission as the proprietor of Hardy Letterpress.

Twined Basket

with Sarita Westrup

When: Saturday, May 1, 2021, 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery

Create a beautiful and functional twined basket in the round. Learn how to weave with round reed, begin with a six-pointed star base and weave a spiral to form the basket. Finish the lip of the basket and add a strap to hang on the wall. This is a wonderful beginning level basket weaving class; all levels are welcome.

Workshop fee: $100 includes all materials need and tool kit.

Sarita Westrup is a textile artist and educator living and working in Penland, North Carolina. Her personal textile and sculptural works are inspired by where she was born and raised, the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.  Sarita is also co-founder of TIERRA FIRME a project-based collaborative effort that speaks to their identity as women born and raised on the border of the US & Mexico. She received her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas in 2016.  Sarita teaches basketry, clay and natural dye workshops and most recently has taught as visiting art instructor at the Mitchell High School, Penland School of Craft, and Southwest School of Arts. She currently works at the Penland School of Craft as the Textile Studio Coordinator.

Mayland Community College – Small Business Center

In collaboration with Toe River Arts, Mayland Community College’s Small Business Center has the following lineup of classes that are art-focused for those in an arts-related field and seeking more information about the arts—marketing, bookkeeping, sales, just getting started. All classes are held at the Arts Resource Center [ARC] in Spruce Pine [above the Toe River Arts Gallery; entrance in back] on Wednesday, but please note the times. Classes are FREE, but you must register.

Click here to access classes.

Please go to MCC Small Business Center, search for your class by location and date, and click the “Register” link. You can also contact Allen Cook at 828.766.1295 or tcook@mayland.edu.