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 Mask Update: To keep our students, instructors, and members safe, and in accordance with current CDC recommendations, we are now requiring that all workshop participants and instructors wear a mask, whether fully vaccinated or not, while our community experiences levels of "substantial" to "high" viral spread. 

 
 
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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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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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Introduction to Needle Felting: Pumpkin —FULL

 

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.

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

 

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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Introduction to Resin Art Pouring: Tray —FULL

 

Date: Saturday, 11/6

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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Chunky Blanket —FULL

 

Date: Saturday, 11/13

Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $41 (Members), $45 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Pam Robbins

Skill Level: All

Materials & Tools Needed: 5 skeins of super bulky (6) or jumbo (7) chenille yarn, such as  Bernat Blanket Big yarn, Yarn Bee Eternal Bliss yarn, or Lion Brand AR Workshop Chunky yarn.

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

 

Looking for a great holiday gift? You’ve probably seen these super soft, super snuggly blankets in your favorite home goods store for $75-$100 or more. Now you can make your own for a lot less, once you learn the technique. No knitting experience necessary!

 

Non-knitter Pam Robbins will step you through the process. First, she’ll show you how to cast on to start your project. Then, you’ll learn how to knit your blanket until it’s approximately 45”x 60”. Finally, Pam will show you how to bind off your piece to give it a professional look. And you’ll do all of this using just your hands; no needles required!

 

To make sure you’ll love the color(s) of your blanket, you’ll need to purchase your own yarn.

  • Please purchase your yarn as soon after registering as possible. If you wait until the last minute, the colors you want—or the yarn itself—may not be available.

  • You can purchase just one color, or different colors, of yarn, depending on how you'd like your blanket to look. 

  • You can often find deals on yarn at the big box stores, like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and JOANN.  

  • Please make sure you purchase super bulky (6) or jumbo yarn (7). Thinner yarns will not produce the same results.

To ensure students have ample space to work, class size is limited to 6 participants.

 

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Fluid Art Sampler

 

Date: Saturday, 12/4

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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

Instructor: Dawn Barnard

Skill Level: All

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

 

Have you ever wanted to create an abstract painting but weren’t sure how to start? If so, fluid art—also called [acrylic] pour painting, flow art, liquid art, etc.—might be just what you’re looking for!

 

Fluid art is a form of abstract art that uses acrylic paints with a runny (fluid) consistency. The paints react with each other when combined to make interesting and visually organic motifs. As the paints run amok and spill across your canvas, the possibilities are endless!

 

In this workshop, Dawn Barnard will show you how to do a few different types of acrylic pours using a few different surfaces: an 8 x 10 canvas, a picture frame, and either a vase or votive, depending on product availability. You'll also learn how to finish your pieces with an acrylic coating.

 

This class is great for people who have never created fluid art, but it also gives “frequent flyers” opportunities to try new pouring methods on different surfaces and continue experimenting with color!

 

Note: To preserve the integrity of your design, your pieces must dry for at least 24 hours before moving. You will need to return to the studio to pick up your art and finish your pieces with acrylic coating at home.

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Polymer Clay Pens

 

Date: Saturday, 12/11

Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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

Instructor: Pam Robbins

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials & Tools Needed: (3) 2 oz packages FIMO Soft or Sculpey Premo colored clay, (1) 2 oz package FIMO Soft or Sculpey Premo white clay. All other tools and materials supplied. (Additional information about purchasing clay will be provided upon registration.)

Polymer clay is an amazingly versatile art medium. Once you learn how to work with it, you can make beads, buttons, figurines, decorations, etc. In this introductory workshop, PC owner Pam Robbins will teach you everything you need to know to get started—and you'll walk away with several beautiful pens!

 

After reviewing the basics, Pam will show you how to blend polymer clay and make some simple polymer clay “canes”: logs of clay that have a design running through them. You’ll practice your new techniques, and then you’ll spend the rest of the class making pens using your blends and cane slices. 

 

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have multiple gifts to give to family and friends—if you can bare parting with your creations!

 

Notes:

  • Students will receive a “baking kit" so that they can finish their pens in their home oven.

  • Pam will demonstrate how to sand and polish the pens after they’re baked.

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