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: All workshop participants are required to show proof of vaccination or a valid exemption. Anyone with a valid exemption will be required to wear a mask. 

 
 
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Girls' Night (or Day) Out

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 Resin Art Pouring: Tray —FULL

 

Date: Saturday, 2/5

Time: 1:30 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 will be 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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Knit Blanket

Chunky Blanket —FULL

 

Date: Saturday, 2/19

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. (Additional information about purchasing yarn will be provided upon registration.)

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

 

Spring is getting closer, but it's still mighty cold outside. Fortunately, you'll stay nice and warm under this chunky blanket! 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 required!

 

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!

 

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Alcohol Ink Silk Scarf

 

Date: Saturday, 3/5

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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

Instructor: Deana Murchison

Skill Level: All

Materials & Tools Needed: Apron or clothes that can be stained. All other materials supplied, including one 11" x 60" silk scarf.

 

If you love experimenting with color, you’ll love making these beautiful, one-of-a-kind scarves! Deana Murchison, one of our most popular instructors, will be teaching this NEW workshop. 

 

As you drip, blow, and manipulate the brilliant colors of alcohol ink onto silk, you’ll have fun watching intricate patterns emerge! In just a couple of hours, you’ll have created a stunning 11” x 60” scarf that you’ll be proud to wear out or give as a gift.

 

No dyeing, drawing, or painting experience necessary!

 

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Watercolor for Absolute Beginners

 

Date: Mondays, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 & 3/28

Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $113 (Members); $125 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Terrilynn Dubreuil

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials & Tools Needed: List of materials and tools for Watercolor for Absolute Beginners

 

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at watercolor but thought it might be too hard, think again! Local artist Terrilynn Dubreuil has been helping first-time painters get their feet—or, rather, brushes—wet for over 30 years. Join her as she explores the many creative possibilities the medium presents.

 

In this four-week course for ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS, you’ll start by learning how to select appropriate watercolor materials. Then, you’ll use simple photos to learn basic watercolor concepts, including paintbrush usage, basic color theory, color mixing, color application, composition, and other watercolor approaches and techniques. Finally, Terrilynn will help you to find your unique painting style! The class will include informal critiques for greater learning and understanding.

 

No previous drawing or painting experience necessary!

 

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Wire Wrapped Rings

 

Date: Saturday, 3/19

Time: 1:30-4:30 PM

Workshop Fee: $66 (Members); $70 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Nadine Fidelman

Skill Level: Previous wire wrapping experience preferred but not required.

Materials & Tools Needed: All materials supplied.

 

Have you always wanted to make your own professional-looking jewelry? Jewelry Designer Nadine Fidelman will show you how to create a beautiful sterling silver and gold filled “hug” ring and a sterling silver “snake” ring in just a few hours!

 

Among other skills, Nadine will teach you how to:

 

  • Size your ring using a ring mandrel

  • Adjust sizing for a perfect fit

  • Cut, straighten, and bind wire

  • Set faceted cubic zirconium or Swarovski crystals or gemstones with snap sets

 

You’ll leave with two (or three, if time permits) one of-a-kind pieces that all your friends will envy!

 

Notes:

  • Students must let instructor know at least one-week ahead of time what crystal(s) or gemstone(s) they would like to use.

  • Good eyesight and a steady hand required.

 

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Introduction to Shibori: The Japanese Art of Tie Dying

 

Date: Saturday, 1/22

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $56 (Members), $60 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Camille Duanno

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials & Tools Needed: Apron or clothes that can be stained and a hair dryer. All other materials will be supplied.

Although the exquisitely detailed patterns of Shibori, a form of tie dye, look complicated, they can actually be quite easy to make—especially if you learn from a pro. In just a few hours, veteran textile artist Camille Duanno will teach you everything you need to know to get started with this ancient Japanese art.

 

Camille will be begin by presenting an overview of Shibori, including its history, materials, and tips and tricks for success. Then, she’ll demonstrate several basic Shibori techniques, and you’ll be invited to follow along, creating your own samples of the pole wrap, crumpled cloth, whip-stitch-over-fold, and pine larch techniques. After that, you’ll choose a favorite Shibori technique and use it to create a beautiful 15” x 60” scarf.

 

You’ll take home not only a wearable piece of art, but several smaller pieces of Shibori that you can hang on your wall or turn into another home accessory.

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