Photos from the Colorful Landscapes class at ArtBliss 2013
Photo from Worlds of Color—Textured Polymer Clay Beads class at ArtBliss 2013
Stories They Tell & Christine Damm announce
Art on the Farm: A 3-Day Polymer Clay
New Ways with Construction, Texture & Color
Bonnybrook Farm – Braintree, VT
October 9-11, 2013
This course was created to provide insight into my technique but also into my method of working, with an emphasis on nurturing each participant's exploration of their own artistic expression and development of an individual creative voice. We all want to make art that is meaningful, emotional and that tells a story. I intend for this course to facilitate that ability.
We'll begin this 3-day intensive class learning my signature method of texturing polymer clay. We'll use my extensive collection of my handmade silicone molds and I'll teach how to make molds and how to use everyday objects in unique ways for impressing textures and other designs on polymer. Then we'll explore innovative ways to use layering to construct textured beads and other jewelry elements, such as pendants, using wire and other metal findings to create integral connections.
Finally, a wide variety of surface-coloring techniques will be discussed and demonstrated on the completed polymer forms using oil and acrylic paints, chalk, texturing media, pencils and inks. In addition to studio time devoted to instruction and demonstrations, students will have ample time to apply the coloring techniques to their own pieces.
Consultations with individual students can be scheduled to discuss personal style and how the techniques taught can enhance and broaden their work.
This intensive is suitable for beginners in polymer clay, as well as advanced polymer users, as the technique I teach involves a completely different approach from traditional color blending-based polymer applications such as cane-making and mokume gane. Artists from any discipline may benefit from this class-- mixed media and collage, painting and watercolor, stoneware clay and jewelry arts, to name a few. All that's required is curiosity and a well-developed artist's or crafting skill-set. Class size will be limited to 8 students.
Participants will have access to all my personal coloring supplies, such as Pan Pastels, Genesis Heat-Set Oil Paints, Neocolor II crayons, Prismacolor pencils, acrylic and alcohol inks and acrylic paints. A tool kit with basic polymer clay supplies (blade, scalpel, Genesis Heavy Medium, Genesis Burnt Umber Heat-Set oil paint for antiquing, sanding pads, molding putty, and Premo clay) will be available for purchase for $20; other basic supplies, such as jewelry findings, wire and additional clay will also be available in the studio for purchase. Upon receipt of class fees, a list of useful tools and items needed for the class will be sent.
The Garden Workshop with hens
Battles Brook, which runs next to our house
For more information about tuition, registration and all the other fine print, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The class size is capped at 8 students so that everyone will receive the maximum of personal attention and instruction. I'm very excited to invite you all into my studio. I think we can do great things together.