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Break the Rules of Your Medium – NEW!

January 14, 2019

Stuck in a rut? Trying to find a new groove? Through a series of discussion, and class-guided creative assignments, we’ll take a critical look at the framework of rules that we as artists create and follow in our work. This class is open to artists working in any medium. Expect to complete creative exercises outside […]

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Cheese Platters, Cutting Boards and Cookie Trays – New!

January 14, 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 one of the hand-carved spoons, bowls, cheese boards or […]

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Concrete Casting: Creating A Small Piece of Furniture – New!

January 14, 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.

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Concrete Casting: Creating A Small Piece of Furniture

January 14, 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.

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Embracing Wood’s Natural Edge

January 14, 2019

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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Embracing Wood’s Natural Edge

January 14, 2019

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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Glass + Wood Sculpture

January 14, 2019

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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Furniture Finishing and Painting Techniques

January 14, 2019

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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Furniture Finishing and Painting Techniques

January 14, 2019

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 Joinery– NEW!

January 14, 2019

Learn about selected joints used in furniture making. You’ll craft useful wooden joints that you can practice making later to gain confidence in making furniture and other woodworking projects.

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Introduction to Woodworking

January 14, 2019

Transform rough–cut lumber into a small, functional step stool or box. You’ll learn to use a table saw, planer, router and a variety of hand tools.

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Introduction to Woodworking

January 14, 2019

Transform rough–cut lumber into a small, functional step stool or box. You’ll learn to use a table saw, planer, router and a variety of hand tools.

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Introduction to Woodworking

January 14, 2019

Transform rough-cut lumber into a small, functional step stool or box. You’ll learn to use a table saw, planer, router and a variety of hand tools.

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Introduction to Woodworking

January 14, 2019

Transform rough-cut lumber into a small, functional step stool or box. You’ll learn to use a table saw, planer, router and a variety of hand tools.

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Beginner Basketry

January 14, 2019

Learn the basic steps of making different shapes and sizes of baskets. You’ll finish at least two projects such as a bowl, a pencil holder, a small round basket with a lid and a small egg basket with a handle.

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Introduction to Cane Weaving

January 14, 2019

Learn the art of cane weaving, a method of applying rattan cane or rattan peel to a piece of furniture. This technique is most often used for chair seats and backs and dates back to the 1700s. You’ll explore basic cane weaving techniques on a wooden frame, and leave this workshop ready to cane or […]

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