TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REGISTER- AND JOIN US IN HONORING KATHLEEN DUSTIN

12 06 2017

SCHWARZENBERG – FILIGREE/FLORAL FUSION

Summer is upon us and many plans are in place.  For those attending MCC, we are so pleased and looking forward to having both Kathleen Dustin and Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg with us later this month for some intensive creative workshops.  There are still spaces available in Lynne Ann’s Butterfly Wing and Filigree workshops and Kathleen’s Big Bead workshop.  In this day of technology, we remind artists that there is no comparison to taking a workshop in person from a veteran instructor.

Don’t miss your chance: – CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER NOW.

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Honoring Kathleen: Kathleen has been teaching for a long time – earlier on at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA and traveling the world to bring this medium to others.  She is known to have instructed many of the pioneers in the polymer community (Nan Roche and Lindly Haunani, to name just two), so is no doubt one of the most respected instructors and polymer artists around.  Over the years, we’ve seen her work grow from inspirational to amazing.  She’s won awards and has had her work on exhibit in some of the most prestigious galleries and venues – becoming one of the first to raise polymer to the level of art. For this, we will all be grateful and would like to celebrate her.

As we celebrate our 5th Master Class Camp, we have chosen to honor this amazing artist on Saturday evening, June 24, 2017 with a small award celebration and auction. We invite members of the polymer community to join us for the evening and share your story of how Kathleen has influenced your life and your work.

To share your story with Kathleen and/or attend the celebration, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK NOW. 

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MCC 2017: SCHWARZENBERG ADDED TO TEACH NEW WORKSHOPS – REGISTER NOW!

6 06 2017

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SCHWARZENBERG: BUTTERFLY WING CANE-O-RAMA Friday, June 23 9AM-5PM

Beginners and advanced students alike can ‘spread their wings’ with Lynne Ann’s proven teaching style and over 25 years of experience while learning to make this butterfly wing cane in polymer clay. Students will learn to blend custom colors and transform them into a base cane that will be turned into the wings of a butterfly. While the cane looks quite complex, Lynne Ann has broken the process down into a series of easy steps shown in a packet with over 100 step by step color photos. The magic happens when Lynne Ann shows students how to transform the wing cane into all kinds of beautiful pieces, like a mermaid’s tail, complex flower petals and other recombinant canes.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP.

SCHWARZENBERG: FILIGREE/FLORAL FUSION  Saturday, June 24  9AM-5PM

The simplicity of leaves and petals and classic beauty of turn of the century style filigree come together in this beautiful piece that can be worn as either a pendant or a pin. Students will learn to create a subtle gradient blend with polymer clay, turn it into two different canes (one leaf, one petal), then build a pendant using neo-classic filigree pieces from Kabela Design and finish the piece off with a Swarovski Rivoli crystal and a finding that combines a bail and a pinback, making it wearable either way. Lynne Ann will cover cane design and construction, even slicing, the best way to create a metal and clay fusion piece using special adhesive material, finishing without sanding (as it is nearly impossible to sand a dimensional piece), and metal to clay and crystal to clay fusion.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP.

SCHWARZENBERG: PICTURE PERFECT PODS  Sunday, June 25 9AM-5PM (cancelled)

Learn to use polymer clay canes to create gorgeous, realistic or Avatar-like supernatural pods and buds! We’ll make a beautifully shaded petal cane, create these awesome little buds that work great as beads, earrings, pendants and more. Learn to form, reduce and manipulate the petal cane, construct a realistic looking pod and add sculptural elements like twisted calyx points. Learn to antique and shade the pods for more realism and finally, the best way to finish the piece without all the tedious sanding!
Please note: This picture demonstrates an assortment of pods, but students will be making just one petal cane and a couple of pods due to time constraints. However, each student will make enough cane to swap pieces with the others so that they can make several other pods with the techniques they’ve learned.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP.

 





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





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.





MCC 2016: A DUO TO REMEMBER – TWO CREATIVE CREATIVE GALS COLLABORATE

7 04 2016

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Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg and Jana Lehmann (yes, another “Jana” friend for Lynne Ann) have teamed up for Master Class Camp to bring you an innovative, versatile, and colorful workshop.   This 2-day FUSION workshop  looks exciting and will have you looking at so many other possibilities for combining techniques and collaborating with other artists to develop new works.

Their collaborative workshop will be taught on June 17-18 and then each will be teaching another individual one-day workshto register.op.  You can download the workshop descriptions and registration form here. (NOTE: this workshop has been cancelled and replaced with two additional one-day workshops)





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.

 








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