Workshops

Please be sure to check our Calendar page for a complete list of workshops and events.

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Note: When you successfully register for a workshop, a receipt for your purchase will be emailed to you. If you do not receive a receipt, your registration is NOT confirmed. Please contact us.

COVID-19 Update: We are excited to be offering IN-PERSON workshops again at the studio! To keep our students, instructors, and members safe, we are continuing to follow CDC and local recommendations. If you’ve been fully vaccinated, you may choose to wear a mask in the studio or not. You may also eat and drink in the studio if you wish. If you’ve not been fully vaccinated, we kindly ask that you wear a mask and refrain from eating in the studio.

 
 
 
 
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Introduction to Wet Felting —FULL

 

Date: Saturday, 7/24

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $51 (Members), $55 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Camille Daunno

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials & Tools Needed: All materials supplied.

 

Note: This workshop is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact us.

Description: Wet felting, the process of applying water to layers of wool and repeatedly agitating them until the fibers weave together, has become very popular in the past few years. It’s fun, easy, and can be very useful!

 

In just a few hours, Fiber Artist Camille Daunno will teach you how to make a sheet of felt using only wool fibers, soap, water, and good old fashioned “elbow grease.” Then, she’ll show you how to turn your sheet into a beautiful bowl, or, if you’d rather, give you suggestions for manipulating it into something else: clothing, bags, or other decorative items.

 

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Introduction to Resin Art Pouring: Tray —FULL

 

Date: Saturday, 8/7

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $71 (Members), $75 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Donna Cook

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials & Tools Needed: Apron or clothes that can be stained. All other materials supplied.

 

Note: This workshop is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact us.

 

Acrylic pour painting is all the rage these days, and the results ARE amazing. Resin art pouring uses a similar process, but the results are even more beautiful—if you can imagine! Its translucent and ethereal layering of colors is difficult to recreate using any other medium.

 

In this exciting workshop, Resin Art artist Donna Cook will show you how to create a stunning, one-of-a-kind resin tray. In the process, you’ll learn the basics of epoxy resin pouring, including: safety precautions, materials and tools needed to get started, how to use resin pigments to produce colors, and how to move resin to achieve the results you want.

 

In addition to learning a new skill, you’ll walk away with a beautiful 13” x 9-1/2” tray—which is worth the cost of the workshop in and of itself!

 

Notes:

  • To preserve the integrity of your design, your tray must lay flat for at least 72 hours before moving. You will need to return to the studio to pick up your piece.

  • Donna will seal your tray after it’s dry so it will be ready to use when you pick it up.

 

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Introduction to Polymer Clay: Mandala —FULL

 

Date: Saturday, 8/21

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $59 (Members), $65 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Barbara McGuire

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials & Tools Needed: All materials supplied.

Note: This workshop is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact us.

 

Description: Polymer clay is an amazingly versatile art medium! In this workshop, internationally-known author and artist Barbara McGuire will fast track your learning by showing you how to create a beautiful polymer clay mandala pin or pendant. You’ll learn how to build a colorful polymer clay “cane” and further enhance your project with a delightful assortment of premade cane designs. Along the way, you’ll learn all the basics of creating with polymer clay. 

 

As a bonus, you can just come-as-you-are! We’ll provide everything you need (materials, tools, and equipment) to create a piece that will delight and inspire.

 

Note: If you would prefer to have your own supplies to take home, you may contact Barbara at least two weeks prior to the class to order a personal kit. (Barbara’s email will be provided upon registration.)

 

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Introduction to Barn Quilt Painting

 

Date: 9/11

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $69 (Members); $75 (Non-members)

Instructor: Nancy Grindstaff

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials & Tools Provided: 1 prepped 2’x2’, 3/8” thick exterior plywood board; exterior satin paint for design*

Materials & Tools Needed: 1 roll of 3/4"-1" Scotch blue painters tape; 1 angled paint brush (1-1/2” wide is ideal but anything in the 1”-2” range will work); 1 angled trim brush (1/4” is ideal but something slightly larger will work); yard stick; pencil; soft eraser; hair dryer; additional exterior paint (optional)

 

Description: Join the barn quilt movement by creating your own painted Electric Fan quilt block! These beautiful outdoor pieces are popping up everywhere—and typically cost upwards of $100-$150! Once you learn the process, however, you can make them for a whole lot less, as Barn Quilt Painting artist Nancy Grindstaff has discovered. Follow along as she teaches you her process.

 

Nancy will provide each student with a 2’x2’ exterior plywood board whose back and sides have been pre-painted so you can spend the entire workshop creating your design! Nancy will take you through each step, from drafting to taping to painting, and will provide several different paint colors you can use for your quilt. You are also welcome to bring your own paint, but please make sure that it’s a high-quality exterior satin paint. At the end of the workshop, Nancy will discuss hanging options based on your situation.

 

You’ll leave the workshop with a beautiful, finished quilt block that you can use to adorn your own home—or barn, if you’re lucky enough to have one!

*Students may choose from the following paint colors or bring their own: orange, lemon yellow, ruby red, dark blue, medium blue, medium teal, deep purple, dark green, light sage green, medium grey.

 

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Mixed Media: Altered Fabric —FULL

 

Date: Saturday, 9/25

Time: 1:00-4:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $46 (Members); $50 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Christy Ammerman

Skill Level: All

Materials & Tools Supplied: All materials supplied.

Note: This workshop is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact us.

 

Take your mixed media skills to the next level by making your own altered fabric! In this fascinating workshop, Mixed Media artist Christy Ammerman will show you how to turn ho-hum fabric scraps into inspiring, collage-worthy material.

 

In just a few hours, you’ll learn how to “rust” fabric, as well as dye it using tea, alcohol inks, acrylic paint, and bleach sticks. The results will surprise and delight you!

 

While there won’t be time during the workshop to make a collage using your altered fabric, Christy will suggest lots of ideas to get your creative juices flowing. You’ll leave with plenty of samples—and enthusiasm—to use when you get home.

 

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Girls' Night (or Day) Out (Online)

Date: Ongoing

Time: Varies with workshop

Workshop Fee: Varies with workshop

Instructor: Varies with workshop

Skill Level: All

Materials & Tools Needed: Varies with workshop

Looking for something a little different for your next Girls' Night (or Day) Out? Consider scheduling a private arts and crafts party at Purple Crayon! We've got lots of great workshops to choose from, and, if you don't see what you're looking for, we'll be happy to try to find an instructor! More...

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Introduction to Needle Felting: Pumpkin 

 

Date: Saturday, 10/16

Time: 1:00-4:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $51 (Members), $55 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Karen Kennedy

Skill Level: All

Materials & Tools Needed: A kit will be provided that includes all of the materials needed to complete the pumpkin, plus a foam work surface and felting needles.

 

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to make this adorable needle felted pumpkin! Whether you use it to decorate your home, or turn it into something more functional, like a pincushion, you’ll have a blast making this gourd-gious little guy!

 

Fiber artist Karen Kennedy will explain what fibers are appropriate for creating a needle felted structure. Then, she’ll teach you the basic process for needle felting a ball. Next, you’ll build your skills by adding additional layers—and color—to your pumpkin. And, finally, you'll practice your technique as you continue to refine and add realistic detail to your creation.

 

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Mixed Media: Curiosity Cabinet 

 

Date: Saturday, 10/23

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $51 (Members), $55 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Kate Corcoran

Skill Level: All

Materials & Tools Needed: All materials supplied, including a range of cabinets (old kitchen drawers, printer’s trays, small hanging cabinets) and natural and manmade objects. You are also encouraged to bring your own supplies—especially if you have items that are meaningful to you.  

 

Just as the natural world slows down in autumn, we, too, feel the urge to move inward, literally and figuratively, and reflect on our own life cycles. Creating a “curiosity cabinet” is a great way to organize and process your experiences.

 

In this thought (and feeling!) provoking workshop, Mixed Media artist Kate Corcoran will show you how to arrange natural and manmade objects to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Your curiosity cabinet might reflect a particular theme, mood, etc., or it might simply be a hodgepodge of interesting things.

 

Kate will begin by suggesting ways to build a collection of found objects. Then, she’ll demonstrate—and you’ll practice—preserving natural objects. Next, you’ll learn how to juxtapose, layer, and secure natural and manmade objects to create a pleasing composition. And, finally, Kate will show you how to finish your assemblage.

 

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