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ONSITE: Embracing Wood’s Natural Edge

February 09, 2021

Make a piece of live edge wood furniture such as a stool, bench or coffee table, using wood native to Virginia. You’ll learn how to work with the surprises wood presents, and we’ll introduce you to several simple but professional finishing techniques.

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ONSITE: Embracing Wood’s Natural Edge

October 27, 2020

Make a piece of live edge wood furniture such as a stool, bench or coffee table, using wood native to Virginia. You’ll learn how to work with the surprises wood presents, and we’ll introduce you to several simple but professional finishing techniques.

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Woodworking (Ages 13–14)

January 27, 2020

Using simple woodworking techniques, we’ll work on practical projects for your room. This class is held in VisArts’ professional woodshop with powertools, so safety and cretaivity are our number one priority!

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Build a Canvas + Paint a Self Portrait (Ages 11–12) – NEW!

January 27, 2020

Learn how to build a stretcher, then stretch and gesso a canvas. We will cover the process of creating a self-portrait. This process includes a fun photo shoot that involves silly costumes and accessories. Artists will leave class with a beautiful hand-stretched self portrait that was created from scratch.

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Making Wooden Go-Karts (Ages 11–12)

January 27, 2020

Using simple woodworking techniques, we’ll work in small groups to build go-karts that we’ll race on the final day of class. Learn how to use the drill press, band saw, drill and jigsaw in the woodshop. There’s an emphasis on teamwork and safety.

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Woodworking (Ages 13–14)

January 27, 2020

Using simple woodworking techniques, we’ll work on practical projects for your room. This class is held in VisArts’ professional woodshop with powertools, so safety and cretaivity are our number one priority!

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Making Wooden Go-Karts (Ages 11–12)

January 27, 2020

Using simple woodworking techniques, we’ll work in small groups to build go-karts that we’ll race on the final day of class. Learn how to use the drill press, band saw, drill and jigsaw in the woodshop. There’s an emphasis on teamwork and safety.

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Making Wooden Go-Karts (Ages 11–12)

January 27, 2020

Using simple woodworking techniques, we’ll work in small groups to build go-karts that we’ll race on the final day of class. Learn how to use the drill press, band saw, drill and jigsaw in the woodshop. There’s an emphasis on teamwork and safety.

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Exploring Mosaics

January 15, 2020

Design and create your own small mosaic. Learn basic techniques such as adhering and grouting tile, incorporating objects into your design and finishing your piece. You’ll leave with at least one completed project you can hang in your home or garden.

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Elevating the Everyday: Vitrine Building

January 15, 2020

Calling all collectors! In this custom vitrine-building class, we’ll explore our love for the miniscule and unglamorous lives of unfamous objects. Students are invited to bring their collections to class. You’ll design and build a custom vitrine for your collection of corks, National Geographic magazines, bugs, receipts, sewing notions, etc. All woodworking abilities welcome. You’ll […]

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Spoon Carving (A)

January 15, 2020

Explore spoon carving, a wonderful introduction to woodworking that combines both hand and machine work. You’ll learn to use hand tools such as chisels, gouges, rasps and files to hollow and shape. You’ll also use the bandsaw, drill press and sanders. Enjoy your next meal with your own hand–carved spoon.

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Create a Dovetailed Box

January 15, 2020

Master hand-cut dovetails. You’ll design and construct a dovetailed box using the wood of your choice. Learn about basic woodworking, machines, hand tools and finishes.

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Introduction to Woodworking (B)

January 15, 2020

Transform rough-cut lumber into a modern stool (A) or small, functional side table (B). You’ll learn to use a table saw, planer, router and a variety of hand tools.

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Wooden Cover Books

January 15, 2020

Make three unique, blank books and develop skills in both bookbinding and woodworking. We’ll focus on coptic binding as well as wooden and hard covers. Bringing skills and techniques from other mediums is much encouraged in this interdisciplinary bookbinding course.

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Spoon Carving (B)

January 15, 2020

Explore spoon carving, a wonderful introduction to woodworking that combines both hand and machine work. You’ll learn to use hand tools such as chisels, gouges, rasps and files to hollow and shape. You’ll also use the bandsaw, drill press and sanders. Enjoy your next meal with your own hand–carved spoon.

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Furniture Finishing and Painting Techniques

January 15, 2020

Transform your furniture from trash to treasure. You’ll learn nine paint techniques including distressing, antiquing and applying metallic finishes. We’ll go over the differences between chalk, milk and latex paint and discuss how to select the best furniture pieces and make minor repairs. You’ll learn to paint and protect your finished product. We’ll practice on […]

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Introduction to Woodworking (A)

January 15, 2020

Transform rough-cut lumber into a modern stool (A) or small, functional side table (B). You’ll learn to use a table saw, planer, router and a variety of hand tools.

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Wood Adornment: Carving and Jewelry Fabrication – NEW!

January 15, 2020

Create wearable jewelry pieces from carved wood and fabricated metal components. Students will carve wooden forms using hand and machine operations, and set them into jewelry work using traditional metalsmithing techniques. The first few weeks of this class will focus on carving wooden forms, while the second half will focus on fabricating metal to set […]

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Glass + Wood Sculpture

January 15, 2020

Create a free-standing sculpture with both wood and glass elements. You’ll explore the sculptural properties of wood while learning some basic woodworking skills. Then, you’ll learn how to incorporate glass into your piece. This class is for students skilled in either glass or wood. Students can build upon the skills they know in one media, […]

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Concrete Casting: Create a Small Piece of Furniture

January 15, 2020

Create a small, functional object out of concrete, such as a small bench, stool, side table, or planter. You’ll learn how to properly pour and cast concrete into molds. We’ll also explore different techniques for creating textures and colors on the outer surface of the concrete object.

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Design and Build Your Own Wood Project

October 07, 2019

Do you have a wood or furniture project in mind but need help in design, construction, wood selection or building techniques? This class is designed to help you through that process. Submit your ideas and pictures two weeks before classes start and we can work together to make your vision a reality.

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Create a Dovetailed Box – NEW!

October 07, 2019

Master hand-cut dovetails. You’ll design and construct a dovetailed box using the wood of your choice. Learn about basic woodworking, machines, hand tools and finishes.

read more

Spoon Carving

October 07, 2019

Explore spoon carving, a wonderful introduction to woodworking that combines both hand and machine work. You’ll learn to use hand tools such as chisels, gouges, rasps and files to hollow and shape. You’ll also use the bandsaw, drill press and sanders. Enjoy your next meal with your own hand–carved spoon.

read more

Concrete Casting: Create a Small Piece of Furniture

October 07, 2019

Create a small, functional object out of concrete, such as a small bench, stool, side table, or planter. You’ll learn how to properly pour and cast concrete into molds. We’ll also explore different techniques for creating textures and colors on the outer surface of the concrete object.

read more

Elevating the Everyday: Vitrine Building – NEW!

October 07, 2019

Calling all collectors! In this custom vitrine-building class, we’ll explore our love for the miniscule and unglamorous lives of unfamous objects. Students are invited to bring their collections to class. You’ll design and build a custom vitrine for your collection of corks, National Geographic magazines, bugs, receipts, sewing notions, etc. All woodworking abilities welcome. You’ll […]

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