ONSITE: Make Music: Create a Wooden Rattle in our Woodshop
Make some noise and try your hand at transfroming wood into a rattle. Over this 2 day course, we will explore how to mill, saw, carve, smooth and otherwise shape wood into functional, beautiful noisemaking pieces by using the bandsaw, jointer, planer, drill press and carving tools. Our rattles/noisemakers will be filled with beans, rice or any other material that is well suited for percussion. Participants will move through projects at their own pace and experiment with their own designs. We will focus on safety, skill building and personal expression in a safe, supportive atmosphere. Everyone will leave with one finished piece.
- Students should come to class both days to finish their piece. We will have a 30 minute lunch break both days. Students should come prepared with safety gear (eye protection, ear protection and dust mask/respirator) and material to fill their rattle with such as rice, beans, small seeds, small stones, etc. Please dress comfortably and wear closed toe shoes.
This instructor speaks Spanish, but class is held in English.
Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. For more info visit visarts.org. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program: if interested please visit visarts.org.
About the Instructor
Sarah Grace Cheek
Sarah Grace Cheek is an artist and woodworker based in Earlysville, VA.
She holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Craft & Material Studies where she focused in furniture and textile design.
After leading a production style wood shop for the last 4+ years, Sarah Grace made the leap in summer of 2022 to pursue being an artist full time. Her work centers around nourishment, usefulness and joy. She’s enjoyed venturing into the realms of more representational art and exploring relief carvings. Sarah Grace uses hand carving and power carving techniques to create most of her work. Some of her inspiration includes bones, rocks, salvaged materials and antique textiles including late 19th to early 20th century quilts, just to name a few things.