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.

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POLYMER AND METALSMITHING – FOLD FORMING AND GEM SETTING

12 04 2016

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Gotta be honest here – there are few jewelry artists who I admire as much as Robert Dancik for his ability to use almost anything (concrete included) to create one-of-a-kind eclectic jewelry pieces.  When I see his work up close, I say to myself – I’d like to be this good someday.  Every piece unique and carefully, or not, thought out, balancing color, texture, and medium.

Robert will be returning for his third time to Master Class Camp and has decided to share his fold forming and gem setting techniques incorporating polymer as the focal piece.  He has been busy these last few years, so we are pleased to have him joining us again.

Both of his workshops will be one day and are guaranteed to take you to a new level of possibilities. You can read more about Robert’s workshops and download the registration form here.

 





TELL YOUR FRIENDS! EXCITING WORKSHOPS – CABIN FEVER REGISTRATION CONTINUES

1 12 2015

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Over the past 8 1/2 years, we have striven to bring you some of the best and brightest artist/instructors available to Cabin Fever and Master Class Camp.  Cabin Fever, in its 9th year is no different and once again, a premier event offering workshops from:  LISA PAVELKA, MAUREEN CARLSON, DAYLE DOROSHOW, NANCY ENNIS, LISA HANEY, LINDLY HAUNANI, ANKE HUMPERT, DOREEN KASSEL, ROBERT LIU, JANA LEHMANN, ANN and KAREN MITCHELL, NAN ROCHE, LYNNE ANN SCHWARZENBERG, and EUGENA TOPINA.  Registration continues for all attendees – click here to register.

Some have asked about the change in format.  The fact is, we listened to what our attendees were requesting – longer classes from more instructors.  The new format offers more full-day workshops and fewer 4-hour workshops with additional class time at a lower fee – bringing attendees more bang for their buck!  If you have questions about the format, just write us – we’ll answer your inquiries as quickly as possible.

Lisa Pavelka, who has brought the polymer community many useful tools and techniques, will be teaching several workshops and will be honored with the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award for her contributions over the years. Last year’s honoree, Maureen Carlson, will present the award and will also be teaching workshops at the event.  Click here to find out more on the workshops being offered.

 





A NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT COLOUR –

3 06 2015

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Have you seen what Tracy Holmes has been up to? WOW!  She’s got a great article in the Summer issue of The Polymer Arts Magazine AND she will be debuting her new colour cards during her 2-day workshop at right here in Maryland during Master Class Camp in July.  Tracy’s color and Dan Cormier’s Matrix Cane workshop sounds like a terrific combination!

Register for Tracy’sn and Dan’s workshops here: https://creativeartsfests.wufoo.com/forms/znmjqnl176o6ft/





BUILDING YOUR WORK FROM POLYMER SCRAP AND METAL

19 05 2015

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STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR MASTER CLASS CAMP IN JULY.

Eugena Topina, originally from Russia, has used her science background in planning and creating new and innovative multi-functional tools for use with polymer and other media.  The stamps, created from scrap polymer and small strips of metal, are exquisitely detailed with simple, elegant lines.  She does not teach very often and we are lucky to have her living here in Maryland.

This will be her first time teaching at Master Class Camp and she is thrilled to be among some of the other talented instructors.  Take a look at some of her other work and you will see the value in learning from her.

Workshop descriptions can be found here and online registration can be done here.

 





GETTING YOUR WORK TO WHERE YOU WANT IT TO BE…ALWAYS LEARNING AND GROWING

15 05 2015

KASSEL – POUF necklace

We can see examples all over the internet of work from those who are just starting out (where we were all at one time) to those who have moved their work to the next level and above and are considered “professional” artists.  The Master Class Camp in July is not meant to intimidate, but to help you grow in your art.

One artist whose work I’ve seen grow and change so much over the last few years is Doreen Gay-Kassel.  She is my friend but also a very talented artist who has continued to amaze and surprise me with the extent of her work.  She will be teaching a 2-day workshop on this new technique in July. You can see more on her 2-day workshop here https://polymerclayfests.files.wordpress.com/…/mcc-2015… and REGISTER online herehttps://creativeartsfests.wufoo.com/forms/znmjqnl176o6ft/





MCC 2015: BASKETS AND MATRIX – COMPLEXITIES SIMPLIFIED

1 05 2015

I am so very excited to have two of the leading men in the polymer world, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever and Dan Cormier, joining us again for Master Class Camp.  These two have mastered their look and feel – in other words, their work is easily recognizable.

Hope from Heart of Darkness

DEVER – HOPE FROM HEART OF DARKNESS

Jeff is a full-time business man, heading up a graphic design business with his wife, Kay.  He is an award winning artist and has his work displayed in museums and galleries around the country.  He returns to MCC and brings us his miniature baskets combined with hollow ware  for jewelry.  The detail is exquisite and the colors pop!  He doesn’t teach often, so get him while you can!   Updated workshop information is here.  Register online for Jeffrey’s workshop here.

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CORMIER – MATRIX CANE

Dan Cormier is another master.  He has been working in polymer for decades and has become known as a perfectionist – and his work shows it.  He will be visiting us once again all the way from Mexico and if we are lucky, we’ll have a chance to visit with his son, Griffin.  Dan has taken his Matrix cane technique to the max and I am very excited to see what he does this year using his signature templates, dies, and cutter.   Updated workshop information is here.  Register online for Dan’s workshop here.








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