WORKSHOPS.

We are so excited to share with you a great collection of workshops for our 2021 Summer Session! 
 

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BASKETRY WITH JUDITH SAUNDERS

Instructor: Judith Saunders

Date: August 12- 14

Time: 9 am – 4 pm each day

Fee: $150

Participants: 8

Location: Pavillion at the Highland Center

Materials Cost: $35 - $50

Explore traditional and non-traditional materials used in basket-making with mixed media artisan Judith Saunders.

Workshop Summary: Whether you are making your first basket or you are an experienced weaver, you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of materials, techniques and designs. You mayt hen choose to spend your three days creating one larger more involved basket or you may choose to create several smaller baskets. The choice will be yours. If you are an experienced weaver and have your own tools you may bring and use them. If you are anew weaver I will provide all tools necessary to complete your baskets for use during the workshop. The most important items for you to bring are enthusiasm and willingness to experiment

About your Instructor: A Norfolk, VA native, Judith retired from the Norfolk Public School System, following thirty years as an art educator. She is currently a member of the National Basketry Organization, the Handweavers Guild of America, as well as several regional associations and guilds. She has participated in annual conferences and conventions, taking classes with nationally known weavers from across the country. She has taught basketry workshops in Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania including most recently at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.

Judith has had work accepted in the following juried exhibitions: Basket Trends at the Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center in Athens, OH in 2004; the “New Waves” Exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center of VA in 2005; Basketry International 2006 at the Dairy Barn and the Northeast Basket Guild’s “Waves of Tradition” Exhibition at Pawtucket, RI 2006, receiving their Handweavers Guild of America Award; and the 2010 HGA Convergence Small Expressions Exhibition. Judith received an invitation to have her work included in the National Basketry Organization’s “All Things Considered IV” Exhibition held in conjunction with the 2008 NBO Convention at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and she was juried into the 2015 NBO “All Things Considered VIII” Exhibition in St. Paul, MN.

Judith’s work is included in the Contemporary Basketry Artists section of the book Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark by Vladimir Yarish, Flo Hoppe and Jim Widess and in the NBO 2016 Winter Quarterly publication where her work is featured on the cover and includes her member profile.

​ALL THINGS WHISK- BROOM MAKING 

Instructor: Emily Bell

Date: June 25
Time: 10 am – 4 pm 

Fee: $75 

Participants: 10

Location: Pavillion at MPC

Materials Cost: The class fee covers the materials to make one small and large turkey wing whisk as well as one flat stitched whisk. Participants have the option of purchasing more materials to craft more in class or to take home with them.

Workshop Summary: All Things Whisk – Learn to make a few styles of whisk broom. Try your hand at small and large turkey wing whisks as well as flat stitched whisk brooms. Various techniques will be shown and students will be able to create unique brooms to reflect their own style and personality.

About your Instructor: Descended from a long line of grandmothers whose bones now rest in the Appalachian mountains, Emily Bell has chosen to reclaim her ties to her heritage through a craft of hand tied brooms. She views her work as practical art: one that embodies beauty, simplicity, heritage, and functionality. When we truly belong to ourselves and to a place, we find grace and rhythm in the day to day tasks. Emily’s handmade brooms are an invitation to the beauty of presence in the everyday.

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There will be two sessions, each lasting one day. Day 1 will be for the beginning broom weaver. Participants will focus on whisk broom construction. Day 2 will be for the person who has had some experience in broom making and will make a long handled sweeper broom.

​SWEEPER BROOM MAKING 

Instructor: Emily Bell

Date: June 26
Time: 10 am – 4 pm 

Fee: $100

Participants: 5

Location: Pavillion at MPC

Materials Cost: Participants have the option of purchasing more materials to craft more in class or to take home with them.

Workshop Summary: Sweeper Brooms - Learn how to make your very own beautifully handcrafted sweeper broom! The workshop will start with a discussion on the materials used and demonstration of each step as students work on their own project.

Students will have the option of bringing their own handle (finished or unfinished) or choosing from a selection of unfinished handles that will be provided. Participants will need to have taken the Fall 2020 or June 25, 2021 Arts Academy broom workshop.


About your Instructor: Descended from a long line of grandmothers whose bones now rest in the Appalachian mountains, Emily Bell has chosen to reclaim her ties to her heritage through a craft of hand tied brooms. She views her work as practical art: one that embodies beauty, simplicity, heritage, and functionality. When we truly belong to ourselves and to a place, we find grace and rhythm in the day to day tasks. Emily’s handmade brooms are an invitation to the beauty of presence in the everyday.

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There will be two sessions, each lasting one day. Day 1 will be for the beginning broom weaver. Participants will focus on whisk broom construction. Day 2 will be for the person who has had some experience in broom making and will make a long handled sweeper broom.

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ECO PRINTING- PAPER 

Instructor: Theresa Brown

Date: October 1st

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Fee: $75

Participants: 8

Location: Highland Center Pavillion

Materials Cost: $25.00 material fee: Covers all equipment (turkey roasters, dowels, twine, baskets, scissors, paper dowels, latex gloves, plastic) mordants, assorted papers in various sizes (enough for 10-12 projects), sheet of basic instructions, dyes for color

                

Workshop Summary:  Learn how to ecoprint (also known as Botanical printing) on assorted papers using the tannins from the leaves to imprint beautiful designs onto the fibers! You will also learn additional techniques to add color into the backgrounds of your designs! In the end, students will know how to use Nature’s resources, different papers and techniques to create beautiful note images to frame or use as cards! Students will be imprinting on approximately 10-12 pieces 4” x 4” up to 8”x10”

 

Students should bring leaves from their area with emphasis on high tannin leaves such as oak, maples, rose, hickory, sumac and interesting weeds. Fun additional plants (usually store bought) are eucalyptus and colorful flowers such as carnations, gerber daises. No thick plants. You can also bring small pieces of thin rusted metals such as screen

ECO PRINTING- SILK AND WOOL NATURALLY 

Instructor: Theresa Brown

Date: October 2nd

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Fee: $75

Participants: 8

Location: Highland Center Pavillion

Materials Cost: $20.00 material fee: Covers all equipment (turkey roasters, dowels, twine, baskets, scissors, paper dowels, latex gloves, plastic) mordants, 1 silk scarf and 1 wool sample fabric, sheet of instructions  

                

Workshop Summary: Learn how to ecoprint on silk and wool naturally! Ecoprinting (also known as botanical printing) involves collecting leaves, plants and flowers to imprint their images directly upon protein fibers using a water bath process.  Students will learn techniques to create beautiful, natural designs with colors drawn directly from Nature on silk and wool.  At the end of the day, students will take home their silk and wool ecoprinted samples and the knowledge to continue Ecoprinting from Nature's resources. Ecoprinting is a natural, sustainable art form.

Students should bring leaves from their area with emphasis on high tannin leaves such as oak, maples, rose, hickory, sumac and interesting weeds. Fun additional plants (usually store bought) are eucalyptus and colorful flowers such as carnations, gerber daises. No thick plants.

ECO PRINTING- LARGE SCALE ECO PRINTING 

Instructor: Theresa Brown

Date: October 3rd

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Fee: $75

Participants: 8

Location: Highland Center Pavillion

Materials Cost: See information below

                

Workshop Summary: In this workshop, students should be experienced in the basic techniques of Ecoprinting! Using silk yardage 36"-45” x 72", they will learn about dye and mordant blankets, layering silk yardage, plus techniques for condensing large ecoprinted pieces into manageable size bundles!
 

SUPPLIES:  $50.00 material fee OR $20.00 material fee: (Students are welcome to purchase their own or additional silk fabric prior to the workshop.)
 

$50.00 includes: one 45" x 72" silk habotai (8mm), one 45" x 72" silk noil, one 36” x 72” dye blanket. Covers all equipment (turkey roasters, dowels, twine, baskets, scissors, paper dowels, latex gloves, plastic barrier, mordants, sheet of instructions.


$20.00 includes a 45" x 72" pre-dyed blanket plus all of the above (less additional silk)  

Recommended:

Silk Charmeuse  https://www.dharmatrading.com/fabric/silk/charmeuse-195mm.html

Silk Noil (raw silk): https://www.dharmatrading.com/fabric/silk/raw-silk-silk-noil-45-inch-and-55-inch-wide.html

Silk Habotai 8mm Natural White   https://www.dharmatrading.com/fabric/silk/silk-habotai-8mm.html

About your Instructor: Theresa is a long time professional portrait artist,  painter and fiber artist whose career embraces many areas of the Arts. She attended East Carolina University, majoring in Commercial Art and Printmaking.  Years of painting, printmaking and color work led her to explore the fiber arts. Using many similar skills and accumulated knowledge, she has evolved as a hand painter and ecoprinter on leather and fabric.

Using natural dyes and low impact synthetic dyes, Theresa merges them into unique, beautiful designs on silk, wool and leather and transforms the finished fabric into artisanal clothing, accessories and art. She has taught workshops at many Fiber Shows such as Maryland Sheep and Wool (MDSW), Michigan Fiber Fest (MFF), Southeastern Animal Fiber Fest (SAFF), Kentucky, Wisconsin, Blue Ridge, Carolina Fiber Fest as well as art centers and shows around the country as well as at my own studio. She returns by popular demand to the Highland Arts Academy for these 2021 sessions.

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Students should bring leaves from their area with emphasis on high tannin leaves such as oak, maples, rose, hickory, sumac and interesting weeds. Fun additional plants (usually store bought) are eucalyptus and colorful flowers such as carnations,daisy type flowers. No thick plants.

​ECO PRINTING- EXPERIENCED  

Instructor: Theresa Brown

Date: June 12

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Fee: $75

Participants: 8

Location: Highland Center Pavillion

Materials Cost: $20 for beginner workshop on June 11, 

Workshop Summary:  June 12 – Experienced - Ecoprint with Silk and Wool in Color:    

Learn how to ecoprint on silk and wool with beautiful background colors! Students will learn techniques to create beautiful, natural designs with colors drawn directly from Nature as well as the techniques to create colored backgrounds on silk and wool.  Part of the technique involves the use of dyed “blankets.”

 

For the workshop, pre-dyed “blankets” will be used with a demo on how students select colors and dye their own blankets.  Students will take home both silk and wool scarf length fabrics which have been ecoprinted in color plus the knowledge to continue Ecoprinting from Nature's resources. For best results, previous experience in ecoprinting is suggested. Ecoprinting is a natural, sustainable art form.

About your Instructor: Theresa is a long time professional portrait artist,  painter and fiber artist whose career embraces many areas of the Arts. She attended East Carolina University, majoring in Commercial Art and Printmaking.  Years of painting, printmaking and color work led her to explore the fiber arts. Using many similar skills and accumulated knowledge, she has evolved as a hand painter and ecoprinter on leather and fabric.

Using natural dyes and low impact synthetic dyes, Theresa merges them into unique, beautiful designs on silk, wool and leather and transforms the finished fabric into artisanal clothing, accessories and art. She has taught workshops at many Fiber Shows such as Maryland Sheep and Wool (MDSW), Michigan Fiber Fest (MFF), Southeastern Animal Fiber Fest (SAFF), Kentucky, Wisconsin, Blue Ridge, Carolina Fiber Fest as well as art centers and shows around the country as well as at my own studio. She returns by popular demand to the Highland Arts Academy for these 2021 sessions.

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Students should bring leaves from their area with emphasis on high tannin leaves such as oak, maples, rose, hickory, sumac and interesting weeds. Fun additional plants (usually store bought) are eucalyptus and colorful flowers such as carnations, daisy type plants. No thick plants.

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​THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY WITH ELIZABETH LARSON

Date: May 12 - 14

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Fee: $150

Participants: 8

Location: Highland Center Arts Council Room or Conference Room and Highland landscapes

Materials Cost: n/a

Workshop Summary:  EXPLORING HIGHLAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA - Learn how to create inspiring and memorable photographs with beautiful Highland County as your backdrop. We will focus on the natural environment, the landscape, local culture, architecture, and the people of the area. Learn more about exposure, lighting, composition, and what makes a photograph better. This class is for the beginning to intermediate photographer, however it will be helpful to know some basics about your camera beforehand, as we have a lot to cover in three days.

About your Instructor: Elizabeth Larson has been a professional photographer for 30 years this year. She specializes in wedding photography, lifestyles,portraiture, travel, editorial, and business branding photography. Elizabeth is a native of Virginia, however she relocated to North Carolina in 2005. Elizabeth has been teaching photography workshops about once a year at the prestigious John C. Campbell Folk School since 2011 and has taught several local workshops as well in NC. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, journaling, live music, kayaking, and the great outdoors. She’s a member of Professional Photographers of North Carolina, American Society of Media Photographers, Wedding & Portrait Society, and the Guilford Horticulture Society. To view more of her work, please visit her websitewww.elarsonphoto.comand her Instagram pagewww.instagram.com/elizabethlarsonphotography

EQUIPMENT & MATERIALS LIST ~ Digital DSLR, Mirrorless, or any camera that has manual capability settings on it ~ YOUR CAMERA’S OWNERS MANUAL (if you don’t have one, please look it up online beforehand and download it as needed. It’s always best to have a hard copy of it to take out in the field with you, in the event you can’t access it without WIFI or cell coverage. ~ 1-3 lenses of your choice (wide, macro, telephoto, etc.) ~ External flash, if you have one. (And batteries that fit it, plus extras – typically 4 AA for most) & an owner’s manual if you have it. ~ Memory cards (SD, CF, etc. depending on what your camera uses). I would bring at least 2. ~ Memory card reader or a way to download your images. ~ VERY IMPORTANT! Please bring a USB thumb/flash drive with plenty of space/memory on it. Also I strongly recommend bringing an external hard drive, especially for long term storage & backing up your work. These are less prone to fail than a USB thumb/flash drive. ~ Batteries for your camera and a battery recharger. I would bring at least two batteries and make sure one is always charged. ~ A tripod or monopod if you have one. ~ A camera bag. I prefer my backpack or a sling bag for hiking. ~ Your own personal laptop,, if you have one. We will spend more time on photography & very little on photo editing, since we only have so much time in and out of the classroom those 3 days. ~ We will be doing a bit of walking/hiking. Please be sure to wear comfortable & if possible weatherproof shoes. Also bring/wear a light jacket, rain gear, and/or a hat as the weather in higher elevations, even in summer, can be unpredictable. Also, bring anything you will need for a full day away… prescriptions, sunscreen, insect repellant (hope we won’t need it!), plenty of water/water bottle, snacks, lunch, etc.

 

There will be no materials fee.

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PRINT MAKING

Instructor: Karen Milnes 

Date: July 22 - 24

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Fee: $150

Participants: 8

Location: Arts Council Room at the Highland Center 

Materials Cost: $35 - Each student will have a set of knives, 3 5”x7” blocks, 7 pieces of standard student-grade printmaking paper, and 4 pieces of heavyweight. 

Workshop Summary: Participants will go over the basic types and techniques of printmaking. Experienced or beginner printmakers are welcome to join as we create multiple prints in this three part class. Students will learn the balance of composition (negative/positive space) that makes an intriguing print no matter your skill level. The compositions will be transferred to linoleum blocks and carved to create a plate that can be used over and over. Paper handling, inking, and printing techniques will be demonstrated, and each student will create an edition of prints. Depending on the speed at which we commence, some students might move on to reduction prints with multiple colors, or have the choice to carve more than one block.

About your Instructor: Karen Milnes is an artist living in Highland County. She concentrated in printmaking at the University of Virginia, and holds degrees in Studio Art and Biology. She is deeply influenced by the natural world around her and is drawn to the methodical process of printmaking. 

FELTING FOR YOUTH-WE FELT GREAT 

Title: We Felt Great

Instructor: Tate Dunn

Date: August 14

Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Fee: $35

Participants: 6 students ages 10 - 16

Location: Monterey Presbyterian Church Pavilion

Material Cost: $15

Workshop Summary: This workshop is designed for youth, ages 10-16, that want to learn more about felting with wool and other natural fibers.  3 techniques will be introduced; making a felt ball, using felt to wrap wire and creating art by painting with wool fibers.  Students can use these techniques to make everything from jewelry and felted animals, to replicating still life objects and landscapes using fibers instead of paint. 

 

Class is limited to 6 students.  There will be free time in the afternoon to create a piece of art or jewelry using one or more of the techniques they've learned.  Their supply package will also provide materials to take home to continue their felting adventure. 

About your Instructor:

Tate Dunn is a fiber artist living on a small organic farm in Highland County, Virginia.  Fair Hill Farmstead is where she combines her love of art and nature, using them to create artisan textiles from natural fibers, including wool, cotton and silk, turning them into one-of-a kind art that you can wear or display, or utilitarian household objects.

 

Her goal is to live a healthy, organic, environmentally friendly lifestyle and still reconcile that with her art. That has led her to experiment with traditional methods of eco-dyeing, and the newer art of eco-printing, as well as using wet and dry felting techniques on natural fibers.

 

Taking wool fibers and getting them to felt into cloth or objects can produce unique, even unpredictable results. Tate teaches basic techniques that once learned produce more control over the finished product, as well as giving the student the skills to branch out on their own, creating their own imaginative works. 

POTTERY

Instructor: Heather Scott and Lorraine White 

Date: July 19 - 21 and July 29-30

Time: 1pm – 4 pm

Fee: $250

Participants: 8

Location: Highland County Public School Art Lab

Materials Cost: $25

Workshop Summary: This is a perfect opportunity to discover your skill and interest in pottery. The workshop provides experience throwing on a wheel as well as hand built pottery, information about clay characteristics, and glazing options. Participants will produce completed works in both techniques. The materials cost includes up to 10 lb. of clay, use of molds, wheels, tools, and a variety of glazing colors.

 

Workshop will begin with demonstration and instruction on wheel thrown and hand built pottery.from July 19-21. It will then reconvene July 29 & 30 for glazing techniques and completion of participants’ creations.

About your Instructor:

Heather Scott graduated from Eastern Mennonite University, while there she took many courses at James Madison University with an emphasis on ceramics. She continued with post graduate work at JMU around ceramic arts, studying with the renowned potter Masako Miyata. Heather likes to focus on functional pottery.

She owns and operates Lightning Bug Hollow Studios and continues to work in a variety of media. Heather has been a public and private school art teacher for 17 years and currently teaches at John Handley High School and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA. You can find her art for sale in several shops and galleries around Virginia and Pennsylvania. 

 

Lorraine White will be assisting Heather during the July 19 – 21 session. Lorraine is not only Heather’s mother but her student over the years. She has established herself as an accomplished potter in Highland County. She will oversee the kiln drying of the pieces and then lead the workshop on glazing techniques the following week on July 29 & 30. This time lapse from participants building their pieces until glazing allows for drying and kiln time.