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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

Beginner Level

Metals Retreat 2017!
February 26 - March 3, 2017 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — Using a selection of jasper slabs Jeff is hand picking for this project, we’ll cut, shape and finish a free form cabochon and fabricate a thick fine silver bezel setting. Then we’ll learn the ins and outs of stone inlay, creating a gorgeous, multicolored panel of jasper, sterling silver and inlaid accents set in a thick, substantial sterling silver setting. We’ll finish up by combining our two elements into a one-of-a-kind pendant that will change the way you look at cabochons and stones forever. As always, your retreat fee includes absolutely everything you’ll need to complete the project: all materials, all equipment, all tools. You just need to pack your bags and come ready to play! Visit website


Location: Kyle, TX
Instructor: Jeff Fulkerson and Mellisa Muir
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $850 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Layered and Riveted
March 10, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Join metals instructor Gwen Youngblood for a one day workshop exploring creative riveting techniques. We’ll begin with a discussion of design opportunities then dive into cutting, shaping, and texturing metals. Then we’ll use tubes and rivets to embellish our elements before we combine them into a dimensional, elevated pendant. We’ll finish our project with a knotted leather cord. Come get your hammer on and join us for a day of metal fun! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 + $35 Material cost
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Riveted Leather Watch
March 18-19, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Ever wanted to add leather to your bag of tricks? We did too! Inspired by recent workshops with artist Lisa Barth, metals instructor Gwen Youngblood has reinvented her classic riveted watch workshop in this two-day class combining metal and leather. Starting with plain pieces of metal and a few tools, you’ll create textured and embellished metal components, then you’ll cut, stamp, dye and finish raw leather for a unique watchband. You’ll finish by combining all the elements to create a one-of-a-kind watch cuff. You’ll have plenty of dye colors to choose from, and they can be layered and combined, so no two watches will be the same. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $149 (non-taxable) Materials Fee: $45 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Austin
March 24-26, 2017 (9am-4pm with break for lunch) — Paint urban scenes with Plein Air Austin members and instructor Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3-day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making, compositions, values, and shape - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location in downtown Austin. Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel. Sexton works in oil medium but is open to all mediums. Class size is limited to 13. Visit website


Location: Austin, TX
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Plein Air Austin, www.pleinairaustin.org
Cost: $450 for PAA members / $475 for non-members
Email: Alexis McCarthy
Phone: 512.695.5174

Intermediate Level

Master Class - The Photo Montage
March 25-26, 2017 (9:30 to 4:30 pm) — In this intensive workshop, you will use the tools of Photoshop to create composited images from your own found, taken, and scanned images. Since you have mastered many of the technical issues, we will now address what makes the image work as a piece of art. To create a sense of magic realism or the possibility of a new reality, we will see how the disparate elements meld seamlessly. We will consider masking, edge treatments, color space, shadows and highlights, texture, perspective, depth of field, harmony, symmetry, and of course composition and narrative, all in the service of creating a cohesive image. Visit website


Location: Johnson City, TX
Instructor: Fran Forman
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Cost: $425.00
Email: Amanda Smith
Phone: 512-422-4080

Beginner Level

Book Making: The Ribbon Book
March 25, 2017 (12:00 - 4:00 pm) — Join mixed media artist Carrie Avery for an afternoon creating this beautiful hard back book with tied ribbons on the spine. Depending on the materials used, it can be romantic or elegant, and its lovely presentation makes it a wonderful gift or coffee table piece. All supplies are provided and no previous bookbinding experience is required, so bring a friend and come have an afternoon of fun! (If you have your own bookbinding tools, you are welcome to bring them!) Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Carrie Avery
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $40 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Patchwork Silver: Fused Silver Projects
April 7, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Join instructor Gwen Youngblood for a day of fire, metal and fun, while we explore Gwen’s take on the ancient art of sterling silver fusing. You’ll create a pendant and earrings set that evokes vintage patchwork with a hint of modern sparkle and shine. Gwen will walk you through the process of fusing sterling silver to create the base pieces, then show you how to create granular embellishments; solder the granular embellishments, settings, and bail in place; and create and set tube rivets. She will also share a quick and easy hand finishing technique that will add sparkle and shine to your pieces in no time. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 (non-taxable) Materials Fee: $65 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Fired Up Fabrication: Next Steps in Metal Jewelry
April 8-9, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Join instructor Gwen Youngblood for a 2-day exploration of next level metal jewelry fabrication. You’ll spend day 1 learning how to create a dimensional pendant complete with a square wire border, tube set cabochon and CZ, and a fused sterling silver center you’ll rivet in place. Then on day 2, you’ll focus on creating a unique chain, including discussion of design considerations; forming, sawing and soldering jump rings; and forming and soldering decorative granules in place. You’ll add leather cord, create and attach the hook and eye clasp, set the gems, and wear your necklace home! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $159 (non-taxable) Materials Fee: $85 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Creative Storytelling on the iPhone
April 20-24, 2017 (9am to 4pm) — Want to learn to tell stories on your iPhone? Come and learn the app Leonardo, an iPhone app equivalent to Photoshop but much easier, allowing for 20 layers of information. We’ll use each of these layers to add various elements such as background detail, people, shapes, and mysterious and literal objects to create emotion and metaphor, keeping the viewer involved. In this workshop, we step outside the role of photographer and into that of an artist—pushing the limits of how we see by isolating textures, forms, and shapes. As we set aside the analytical mind and approach imagery using our intuition, we are guided towards the photographs we want to make, using only the iPhone and iPad. Visit website


Location: Marathon, TX
Instructor: Karen Divine
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Cost: $1275.00
Email: Amanda Smith
Phone: 512-422-4080

Beginner Level

Rustic Color: A Torch-Fired Enameled Necklace
April 21, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — This fast-paced, hands on beginner workshop will begin by introducing you to the magic of roll printing patterns on copper sheet. Then we’ll punch up the impact by using the heat of a torch to coax incredible color from simple white enamel – you won’t believe the effects you get with just this one color! We’ll finish by creating a simple sterling silver tab setting, embellished with a chunky stone drop and a knotted leather cord. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 (non-taxable) Materials Fee: $55 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

The Big Ass Ring
April 22, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — The Big Ass Ring is back! This fast-paced one day jewelry workshop will have you cutting, stamping, soldering and forming sterling silver wire and sheet into a one-of-a-kind setting for a gorgeous statement ring. You’ll learn how to size and solder a ring band, create a bezel from scratch, and set a stone using age-old techniques with a modern twist. If you’re interested in taking your metalsmithing skills to the next level, this is a don’t-miss workshop. (Please note: This is an advanced beginner workshop. Students without prior soldering experience may not be able to finish their project in class.) Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 (non-taxable) Materials Fee: $65 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

In The Line of Fire: Three Days with Anne Havel
April 28-30, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Enameling is the nearly magical alchemy of combining glass and metal, and artist Anne Havel is a master at torch firing enamels to create mystical, deeply moving, and evocative work. Join us for three days as she leads us through various methods of line creation and teaches us to communicate both imagery and feeling in our enameled work. We’ll use successive layers of liquids and sgraffito, transparents, opaques, graphite, acid-etching, underglaze lines, under- and over-firing, to build and preserve drawings in the final piece. No matter your skill level, there will be the opportunity to immerse yourself in new ideas and principles, and to stretch your expression in this media. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Anne Havel
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: Workshop Fee: $575 (taxable) includes all materials and
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Decorative Letters
May 6, 2017 (12:00 - 4:00 pm) — In just one afternoon, local artist and calligrapher Delores Schultz will introduce us to the world of decorative letters. Learn how to plan for balance and scale, how to add emphasis, and how to create interest with embellishments and detail. We’ll use ordinary colored pencils and drawing pens to turn simple letters into works of art. All materials are included, so just come and enjoy an afternoon of laid-back fun! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Delores Schultz
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $30 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Basic Encaustic with Photographs
May 6, 2017 (9am to 4pm) — Encaustic in its most basic interpretation means hot melted wax applied to an absorbent surface. Encaustic is typically bees wax mixed with damar resin and pigments. Painting with encaustic has continued through the ages and has relatively recently been discovered by photographers. The application of encaustic to digital pigment prints transcends the photographic process adding depth, luminescence and providing the opportunity for greater artistic expression. This workshop will cover the history of encaustic, preparing digital images for printing, preparation of boards, application of encaustic medium and care of encaustic art. Visit website


Location: Johnson City, TX
Instructor: Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Cost: $175.00
Email: Amanda Smith
Phone: 512-422-4080

Beginner Level

More Encaustic with Photographs
May 7, 2017 (9am to 4pm) — The simple application of wax to photographs is miraculous in how it transforms the image. However, this can be just the beginning. Wax can be incised, carved, pigmented and be a vehicle for collage using an amazing amount of substances. In this class, we will explore the more conceptual and creative aspects of working in this medium. This workshop will cover incising in the wax with various tools, handcoloring with color pigment, image transfer onto the wax with inkjet copies and graphite paper, layering of images with tissue paper on boards, finishing the sides of the boards and proper hanging techniques. Visit website


Location: Johnson City, TX
Instructor: Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Cost: $175.00
Email: Amanda Smith
Phone: 512-422-4080

Beginner Level

Wire Wrapping the Stone: Wrapped Cabochons
May 7, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Are you looking for a way to show-off all those beautiful cabochons in your collection? Wire wrapping is a great way to create one-of-a-kind pieces with those special stones. In just one day, metals instructor Gwen Youngblood will show you the fundamental techniques necessary to securely and attractively combine wire and undrilled stones using your best tools – your hands! – and a few extra odds and ends. You’ll will take home at least one pendant – so be sure to bring a cord or necklace with you to class. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 (non-taxable) Materials Fee: $30 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Rock ‘n Roll Necklace: Fine Silver Fusing
May 13, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Join instructor Gwen Youngblood for a full day of exploring fine silver fusing and riveting. You’ll learn how to form and fuse fine silver links and fabricate a chain – no solder needed! After you cut and texture your centerpiece, Gwen will make riveted embellishments easy-peasy with her patent-pending riveting tools, Riveting Essentials. Learn to make balled headpins and how to use them for riveting, as well as making and setting traditional wire rivets. Add that last bit of bling by riveting a bezel cup to the centerpiece and set a brilliant gemstone – still no soldering! And finally, attach the leather cord and wear your Rock ‘n Roll Necklace home. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 (non-taxable) Materials Fee: $50 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Book Making: Exposed Stitch Eco Journal
May 20, 2017 (12:00 - 4:00 pm) — Carrie Avery brings us a technique featuring a beautiful exposed stitch, meaning the binding is visible from the outside of the book. The result is a rustic and organic book with a hint of romance, ideal for saving mementos or journaling special moments. It’s the perfect workshop for the paper and fabric created in Laura Dehart’s eco printing workshop: you can choose to have fabric and paper ready for you if you missed it. If you’re bringing materials from Laura’s workshop, we’re providing a discount on the workshop fee. Otherwise, all supplies are covered and no previous bookbinding experience is required. (If you have your own book binding tools and materials, you are welcome to bring them!) Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Carrie Avery
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $50 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Rich Color: Painting on Silk
May 21, 2017 (12 pm - 4:00 pm) — Join local textile artist Laura Dehart for an introduction to the wonderful world of silk painting. We’ll use a water-based resist instead of traditional gutta, and learn how to create colorful designs on silk with simple silk paints. Laura will also show us how to easily remove the resist and properly care for our silk creations. Purchase a silk scarf from our collection of dyeables or bring your own – all other materials are included in the session fee, so join us for an afternoon of laid-back creative fun! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Laura Dehart
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $25 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Ferrous Musings: Five Days with Chris Nelson!
June 21-25, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Join us for a unique, intensive workshop with Chris Nelson exploring ways of creating vivid, graphic jewelry and components by fusing gold alloy to mild steel. Chris will introduce us to the techniques and materials required to create distinctive ferrous jewelry with gold. We will learn how to make simple punches and chisels, how to use chisels, punches, hammer handpiece, hammers, and burs in a flexshaft to create texture, cold forging, cold forming, and hydraulic press forming techniques. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Chris Nelson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $975 (taxable) includes all materials and tools
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 13-15, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: New Braunfels, TX
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Email: Sandy Oberg
Phone: 210-861-0751

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic
By Appointment — Get personal one-on-one painting lessons from artist & teacher Ann Bell in her Houston studio at mutually convenient time and day. Ann has taught hundreds of people how to paint in watercolor and acrylic. You can begin to paint for fun in as little as one 4 hour lesson. Even if you have never painted before. Even if you can't draw a straight line. Even if you "don't have talent." Of course, expertise takes longer, but once you understand the basics, books, videos and group classes will make more sense. Individual attention speeds your progress. All materials are provided for your first lesson. Online classes are available if you can't come to Houston. Near downtown, close to all freeways. Visit website


Location: Houston, TX
Instructor: Ann Bell
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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