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TOE RIVER ARTS | WORKSHOPS

To register for any of these 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

Introduction to Precious Metal Clay

with Amy Brandenburg

When: Saturday, January 9, 2021, 11AM – 5PM
Where: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery

Explore jewelry making using precious metal clay (PMC). PMC is clay made of metal particles, which may be sculpted to create pieces that become solid, fine silver when fired. Each student will create a pair of small earrings and a charm or a bead. Students will learn how to texture the clay, fire, patina and polish. All skill levels welcome.

Workshop Fee: $125 (includes material and tool rental)

Amy Brandenburg is a certified PMC instructor in Asheville, NC who has been teaching metal clay for the last 9 years. She received a BA in Jewelry Design from Columbia College in Chicago and an MA in Visual Culture; Costume Studies from NYU. An award-winning metal clay artist and member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, she creates jewelry inspired by history, nature and architecture that is enameled, carved and three dimensional. Sharing her passion for metal clay, she creates an environment where others can experiment, learn and grow. View Amy Brandenburg’s process here.

Kids Make Fused Glass (ages 4+)

with Amanda Taylor

When: Saturday, February 6, 2021,  1:30PM – 3:30PM
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.

 This workshop is free, but registration is required.

Clay Birdhouses for Kids (ages 5+)

with Linda Powell

When & Where: February 6 from 12:30-3:30PM at High Country Ceramic Arts, Burnsville.
When & Where: February 13 from 12:30-3:30PM at Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery.

Linda Powell from High Country Ceramic Arts will be hosting a three-hour clay hand building workshop for kids.   Each student will design their birdhouses using hand building techniques that will include slabs, coiling and pinching.   The bird houses will be made from multiple pieces, assembled. Underglazes Will then be applied on the bird house.  After the workshop, the pieces will be bisque fired, clear glazed and glazed fired and delivered to Toe River Arts will be exhibited in the Student Showcase Exhibition and pieces will be available for pick up March 8- March 20th 10:30-5pm.

This workshop is free, but registration is required.

 

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.

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.