A LESSON IN VARIATIONS

12 05 2016

Some would say find a steady path and stay on it.  Others, myself included, prefer to experiment, modify, and adjust.  Melanie Muir has taken this to heart and will be sharing her extensive knowledge and experimentation with us in June.

While you will be learning all you need to make Melanie’s superb ‘Shards’ necklace at Master Class event in June, when you register for her two day workshop, you will ALSO learn how to make these bold and original ‘Mid Century Modern’ variations!! Because Melanie’s class is technique based, but project inspired, she will be able to spend a bit of time demoing all the tips and tricks for making earrings and pendants too. Great value and you will come away buzzing with new ideas!  Register today.

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IT’S ALL UP TO YOU: WHAT’S YOUR DREAM?

11 05 2016

“WHAT’S YOUR DREAM?  HEY, WHAT’S YOUR DREAM?”

Don’t you remember the opening lines of the movie, Pretty Woman?  

So many of us start out with dreams for our future – but will we accomplish them?  And how do we get there?  Some are fortunate enough to have a mentor and champion who helps promote and encourage, but most are left struggling and pushing the limits to achieve their goals.  How sweet it is when they accomplish even small goals – wouldn’t you agree?

We’ve had so many students come through our Cabin Fever and Master Class events – some who have gone on to great success.  Julie Eakes, Barbara Poland-Waters, and Ann Kruglak have tutorials on Craftart.edu.  Barbara Liedahl has had an article published in Polymer Arts and Lisa Haney is now an ambassador for Makin’s Clay.  There are many more success stories about artists who are willing to push themselves a little further – even pushing the limits to what they want to achieve.

We want to hear your story and Master Class Camp is that safe place where you can come, learn, and share your story while hearing others’ successes (and failures) and continue on to find your happy place. Don’t give up – Will you join us in June?

Master Class Camp Registration form and workshop descriptions here.

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NEW COLORFUL CLASSES ADDED! LEHMANN/SCHWARZENBERG UPDATES – REGISTER TODAY

6 05 2016

I’ve been fascinated with Jana Lehmann’s use of color and the fact that her work involves very little cane work – just precise placement of design to create veneers.  Her two new full day workshops at Master Class Camp will prove to those who are color challenged that anything is possible!  This may be Jana’s last trip to the US for a while, so if you are on the edge – take the plunge and join her at MCC.  Workshop descriptions and registration form here.

Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg has mastered, among many other things, flower and leaf canes.  Her ability to refine and create such detailed floral covered tiles has won her numerous awards over the years, including Bead Dreams (two years in a row) and Bead and Button honors.  We are so pleased that she will be bringing one of her “classic” workshops to Master Class Camp.  Her detailed TILES workshop will please even the novice.  Workshop descriptions and registration form here





NEW CLASSES! – WHEN OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: CHANGE DIRECTIONS

3 05 2016

image1 (1) IMG_3635 (1) (1)Let’s face it, there is a lot of “stuff” out there.  We all make choices in our lives every day, every hour, every minute. But what if what we see we don’t like?  Is there another choice or opportunity available? The answer is usually YES!

So, two of our instructors are changing directions in their class offerings in June. Along with the other inspiring workshops, Sylvie Peraud and Donna Greenberg have each added a new workshop based on what their followers are asking for.  Sylvie is adding this incredibly scrumptious polymer and brass wire workshop (love the texture).   And Donna is adding the Tidal Pool necklace (looks so real!)

Do you want in?  Then download the workshop descriptions and registration form attached and send in as soon as possible.  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.





THE VALUE OF A FACE-TO-FACE HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: COME AND HAVE FUN WITH FRIENDS

25 04 2016

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How do you like to learn your craft?  These days, there are many more choices that students can make when it comes to how they learn techniques and projects.  All are good in their own respect whether it be online, a video, or in a classroom (see some of the photos above from previous Creative ARTs Fests events.)

However, I believe there is nothing better than being in a classroom, face-to-face with the teacher, watching as they work their magic and amaze students with their techniques.  Master Class Camp offers this opportunity from eight internationally acclaimed instructors and you can take up to 4 workshops over 4 days in a laid-back environment.  Interacting with other students and learning more tricks of the trade is fun too.

So, what are you waiting for, my friends?  Jump on board with the other folks who are excited for MCC 2016.  We’ll save you a spot!

CLICK HERE to download the registration form and workshop descriptions and register today.





TWO MONTHS AND COUNTING – WHO WILL YOU CHOOSE?

19 04 2016

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Nope, not talking about the election, although I find it fascinating and scary at the same time.  I’m talking about learning and absorbing every bit of knowledge that can possibly fit into your brain.  I’m talking about growing and using your creative energy and steering away from inertia.

Honestly, that’s where I’ve been for the past 6 or so years.  Not able to find enough time in the studio and dealing with a creative block – one that I intend to break through this year.  So, in selecting instructors for the Creative ARTs events, I consider many things, including the medium (preference to polymer) and look at how much the artist/instructor pushes themselves to develop new and exciting avenues for their work.

I can say that each instructor at Master Class Camp in June has excelled at this.  It’s positively packed with the kind of mental energy to move me and others willing to take the plunge, onto the next phase of our body of work.

So, I ask you this question again – Who will you choose?  Workshop information and registration form is available here.





OF THE GROUND AND THE SEA: SCULPTING NATURE’S RELICS

15 04 2016

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There has been a recent trend exploding onto the art scene – back to nature/faux pieces.  Donna Greenberg has been a shining light with her various microbial experiments and studies in fossils and coral.  The time she has spent with the detail work really makes me question sometimes – is it real?  She is just so good at it!

We are pleased to have Donna joining us for the first time at Master Class Camp along with our other artists/instructors.  Her workshops will teach those curious students the ins and outs of making realistic looking coral and bone fossils.  For information on the workshops available and to register for June’s event, download workshop descriptions and registration form here.








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