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Comic Connections is all about storytelling through drawing. From simple pencil doodles to the pages of any Marvel action thriller, comics are a form of communication that goes beyond language. Funny or serious, hilarious or heartbreaking, full of witty dialogue or completely wordless -- comics can be all this and more. In this course, we will explore different ways of making comics, create our own comics, and collaborate with each other to learn what makes a comic work.
Students will be encouraged to use different mediums, techniques and styles, and to let their creativity shine! Over the course of three sessions, students will develop and make their own comics, as well as collaborating and contributing to a "class comic": a free-form group project where students can show what they've learned.
Sarah Neff is an illustrator and artist in Seattle. She grew up in Northeast Ohio, where both of her parents worked for the local newspaper. As a result, Sarah read the comics pages every day, and this grew into a lifelong obsession with comics, drawing, and visual storytelling. Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2018, drove out West and has lived in Seattle ever since!
Her professional work involves illustrating children's books (and the occasional Shakespeare edition), editorial comics and freelance illustration for a variety of clients. In her spare time she makes webcomics, personal comics, graphic novels and all kinds of nerdy things. Dungeons & Dragons, video games, history and historical fiction have been an endless well of inspiration for her work. She's so excited to teach what she loves here at BARN!
This three week (in-studio) class is designed for students ages 12-16 to become familiar with the jewelry studio space and tools. You will learn how to safely and efficiently use jeweler's tools through instructor demonstration and guided hands-on practice exercises. Students will start with a studio tour/facility walk through, studio guidelines, safety and policies. In addition, you will learn how to order materials & tools, how to acquire a skills card and learn about our open studio protocols.
The skills you will be introduced to are: how to safely use a jeweler’s saw, files, disc cutters, stamping tools, dapping tools, pliers, rolling mill, flex shaft.
All of these skills will help you feel more comfortable and confident in our studio or yours and ready you for project classes. Each student gets to take home their practice samples and handouts for future practice and revision.
Sarah Jones is a BARN founding member, jewelry studio programming and steering committee member. She is a local Bainbridge Island artist, and teacher with experience in fine metal arts, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, and photography.
Because Sarah is a visual and tactile learner herself, her classes typically involve a lot of hands-on learning time. In addition, Sarah’s classes are accompanied by printed information and resources for her students to refer back to when practicing their new skills.
Sarah’s art has been displayed in the Seattle Metals Guild exhibitions and Bainbridge Arts & Craft exhibitions.
You can view her recent work on Instagram at: @sarahjonesjewelry and @foggyroaddesigns
Let’s make dessert! Together we will travel to Europe and learn how to make some of their famous desserts.
Week 1 ~ Pâte à Choux et Crème Pâtissière: Choux pastry is the backbone for a variety of desserts like éclairs, profiteroles, etc. We will transform our choux into a cream puff with the finished touch of pastry cream.
Week 2 ~ Macaron: These delicate French almond cookies will be piped, baked and then we will sandwich them together with a delicious buttercream.
Week 3 ~ Swiss Roll: It’s a bit of a challenging technique to roll the sponge cake, but this cake filled with jam and whipped cream will be worthwhile.
Christine Chapman has 20 years of cake decorating experience. She is the owner of Crumbs Cakery, a custom cake studio on Bainbridge Island. Christine is a self-taught cake artist and opened her shop 6 years ago on the island. Her work is known for its realistic art projects (dragons, robots, superheroes, etc ) and has been featured in numerous magazines. Check out her Instagram account crumbs.cakery to see her latest work!
You will start with the basic shape cut out from basswood, allowing you to skip the tedious time needed to carve away the background. This frees more class time for developing techniques for creating the embellishments that bring a relief carving to life.
You will be able to choose one or more designs from among those that the instructor will provide. If you've taken this class before, you will be able to carve something new this time. Your materials fee includes the cost of the basswood blanks.
Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
BARN will supply carving tools to share, but students are also encouraged to bring their own.
As a third-generation woodworker, Jeff Iller learned about woodworking tools and knives early on. By high school, he was winning ribbons with his wood carvings at his hometown fair. Around 1996 Jeff found room for a shop and he has carved ever since. He’ll carve most anything, but prefers to innovate with the working tools to carve multiple parts inside one piece of wood and to make physically detailed and accurate carvings of women's faces. Carvings on the entry sign to the BARN Woodworking Studio shows the quality of his work.
Iller says he was taught early on that he could make anything from wood. He is still trying to prove that statement wrong.
Both BARN members and guests of all skill levels are welcome to join us at BARN every other Thursday morning for knitting, chatting, and sharing. This is not a formal class with a planned curriculum, and there’s no need to sign up—just bring your yarn and needles and meet us in the studio!
*This class has prerequisites. See below.
Gain confidence in using a wide array of power tools safely in this three-week component of BARN's Intro to Woodworking series.
You will build a sturdy, two-step stepstool of solid wood and plywood. The project was specifically designed to give you experience with the most common stationary and portable tools in the woodshop:
Instructor: Dave Whitacre
The Writers Studio is happy to announce the revival of Word Sprint-- a weekly time to write in the company of others. Using Zoom to come together, we'll write for twenty-five minutes, take a break, repeat. There is no sharing or critique of your writing, only fast-paced, supportive productivity in the company of other writers. It will be fun, exciting, and might be the thing to help you finish (or start...) your manuscript. These virtual sessions will help participants set aside time to write and be with other writers in an informal setting.
The sessions will be led by a rotating team of hosts including Jen Scheiderman, Amelia Ramsey, Kassia Sing, Genevieve Douglass, and Steve Bice
This class will be conducted via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial. Please make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
Studio Lead: Mary Sloat Writers.Lead@bainbridgebarn.org
In this unique class, you will explore the meditative technique of powdered glass frit. Using frit powders of various colors and choosing previously dried foliage you will create striking floral images in this class.
In the three-hour session on day 1 (12:00 to 3:00 PM) you will come to understand the necessary safety practices and clean up using glass powders. Then with step-by-step instruction you will practice the process of layering frit to colorize the dried foliage you have chosen to decorate your dishware.
During the one-hour session on day 2 (12:00 to 1:00 PM) you will learn how and why to clean your powdered and initially fired pieces to prepare them for fully fusing each to a background piece of glass prior to slumping. Frit combined with foliage creates delicate organic images that will compliment your food presentation or anything you might imagine.
In this class you will produce one 9” x 9” square swoop serving piece, one 3" x 9" channel plate, and three 3” x 3” condiment dishes.
Instructor: Diane Bonciolini
Diane Bonciolini, the "olini” of Mesolini Glass Studio, is a founding member of BARN, she & her husband Gregg Mesmer, both recognized with the 2015 Island Treasure Award, moved to Bainbridge Island in 1977 and started the iconic Mesolini Glass Studio. They have been working professionally in the art glass industry for decades. Their expertise incluldes various types of fabrication processes for creating stained glass, copper foil, fused glass, glass & concrete, as well as public art and teaching.
Over the years they have worked on many Public Art projects such as Bainbridge Beach Glass Quilt, the Waypoint beach glass project, Rotary Centennial Park, and others. Many of their projects include school age students on the Island and beyond.
Diane's love of glass is her passion. As a full-time glass artist she grows with every project, she is proud to be founding member of BARN.
What best describes her career to this point is she has more ideas then time!
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom. Class time is Pacific Time.**
Build your confidence in Book Arts skills by learning to make a variety of quite simple book-forms such as pamphlets, booklets, brochures, cards, and zines. Then challenge your own personal creativity by adding to each thoughts/words you want to convey, then uniquely enhancing your creation to become an original art-book.
This two-session class is part of the Print & Book Studio’s Beginners Series, in which all the basic techniques will be explored; all the vocabulary of the world-of-book will become familiar; and each of your creations/products will be a source of pride.
In this class, Pamphlets & Company, not only will you acquire and refine book-making skills, you will also learn tips & hints along the way that will make future book-making experiences really fun!
Construction techniques like measuring, cutting, folding, gluing, extending, covering, and wrapping are all utilized, along with more complex notions such as creating illusions, 3-D effects, the power of words, and the subtlety of color will all become tools for you to effectively use as you work. We will be using a variety of materials in making these “cousins” of bound books – both as a means for learning the different characteristics (and demands) of available materials, and for you to actually experience the different effects that different materials can make.
In the first of the two sessions we will get acquainted with each of these ‘book’ forms through –
We will make two of the five forms during the first session, but leave the embellishing and writing as homework between session – this gives each of you time to think, ponder, edit.... and finalize on your own. It will also provide you with experience: that priceless element of creative discussion. And THAT – a creative review and discussion – is exactly how we will start the second session. Then, with lots of great ideas flying around, we go on to the creation of the remaining three forms.
It’s going to be a great class! DON’T MISS IT.
Susan M. Callan has been a devotee of Book Arts for almost 30 years.
In the mid 2000’s, she was invited to join a 12-artist team, each teaching their own discipline under the auspices of The Creativity Center. In the Center’s 5-year run here on Bainbridge, she discovered the genuine joy of sharing her Book Arts knowledge and skills with enthusiastic students. She has been teaching (and, of course, still learning) all aspects of Book Arts, as well as the study of Creativity, ever since.
Come spin with us!
Everyone—first-timers to experts!—is welcome. Spin on one of BARN’s spinning wheels or drop spindles, or bring your own. Dive into BARN’s stash of fleece or bring your own. We’ve got fleece prep equipment, too.
Whether you’ve been spinning for years or you’re just curious, drop by any time on Fridays between 1:00 and 3:00pm and check out BARN’s spinning community. We’d love to see you!
Registration is not necessary. BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Please read our overall BARN safety policies here.
High schoolers, come on down to BARN for an evening of games, friends, music, and creativity! You're not going to want to miss it. You'll get to choose from the awesome featured activities below, or just chill and hang out or work on free-form art projects.
This fall, our Teen Nights will be based outdoors, with some activities taking place under our large canopies and some small group activities happening inside our facility. All participants will be required to wear masks and only students who are fully vaccinated will be permitted inside the building for the indoor activities.
No registration is required, but teens will be asked to sign in and out and provide a parent phone number and email address upon arrival.
Bring a friend or come on your own and meet new friends!
In October, our featured activities are:
Wood Carving: Learn how to use a specialized knife and carve your own dog to take home.
Glass Bead Making: Play with fire. Melt Glass. Make cool beads out of basically lava.
Pumpkin Carving & Popcorn Mixes: Carve a jack-o-lantern to take home, and make some seasoned popcorn to munch!
Wire Jewelry: Learn how to make a variety of rings out of copper or brass wire.
LGBTQ+ Writing Circle: Spend an hour in a safe space exploring identity through writing prompts and discussion.
Teen Nights are generously funded by a grant from the City of Bainbridge Island.
This class is designed for makers getting started with the laser cutter in the Electronic and Technical Arts Studio. You will learn how to operate BARN's laser cutter safely as you make a small item. Successful completion of this workshop is the first step toward becoming qualified for independent operation of the laser cutter. It also prepares you for more advanced laser cutting classes.
The class covers how to prep a design for cutting and engraving on the laser cutter as well as the set-up, settings and operation of the laser cutter.
Required: Bring a laptop with Inkscape installed. It is the free design software we use with the laser cutter. Click here to go to Inkscape.org where you can download it. There are versions for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. If you don't have a laptop you can bring to the class, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as BARN may be able to provide an alternative
Class size is limited to 4.
Contact Doug Salot: ETA.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org
The class covers how to prep a design for cutting and engraving on the laser cutter as well as the set-up, settings and operation of the laser cutter.
Required: Bring a laptop with Inkscape installed. It is the free design software we use with the laser cutter. Click here to go to Inkscape.org where you can download it. There are versions for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. If you don't have a laptop you can bring to the class, please email email@example.com as BARN may be able to provide an alternative.
Class size is limited to 4.
Make a stunning 10” plate/platter using pebbles and geometric shapes. This is a Skills Building Project Class where you will practice straight glass cuts, learn to make pebbles and use kiln schedules to add details to your art pieces. This class is designed for beginners who would like to become more familiar with design elements, assembly steps and kiln options.
On day 1, you will lay out your platter design, prepare your pebbles for firing, cut your glass and begin your assembly. On day 2, you will harvest your pebbles and complete your platter assembly which will first be contour fused and then slumped into a gentle swoop mold. Completed projects will be ready approximately 72 hours after day 2 and will be on display in the glass cabinet outside of the glass studio. Your platters may be picked up the following Saturday morning. The instructor will be available for project review and any questions.
Class Dates: Saturday, October 16, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Sunday, October 17 from 1-4pm. Project review and pick-up: October 21st between 10-11am.
Constance Ducar is enthusiastic about working with beginning students and encouraging a love for glass. She sometimes incorporates fiber or wood as display options with her glass pieces.
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.**
What makes a poem memorable? It touches things that matter. Learn about the qualities that give poems their moral and emotional reach from Washington state poet laureate finalist Gary Lilley. We will look at writers whose work achieves that reach, including Jericho Brown, Diane Seuss, and Warsan Shire, and discuss ways to bring this into our own writing.
Since Covid, time has become more accelerated, more demanding, and the intensity of the life we wish to live can be reflected in our writing. We will discuss the quality of gravitas and how to write in such a way that focuses on the moment with a power the reader cannot escape. Writers are encouraged to be thinking of what matters in the poems they want to write. Bring your seed poems or create new drafts. Poets of all levels are welcome.
Author Bio: Gary Copeland Lilley is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent being The Bushman's Medicine Show, from Lost Horse Press (2017), and a chapbook, The Hog Killing, from Blue Horse Press (2018). He earned his MFA from the Warren Wilson College Program for Creative Writers. Lilley is a veteran of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarine force. He is originally from North Carolina and now lives, writes, performs, and teaches in the Pacific Northwest. He has received the Washington DC Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry. A founding member of The Black Rooster poetry collective, he is published in numerous anthologies and journals. He was a finalist for the 2018 and the 2020 Washington State Poet Laureate. He is a Cave Canem fellow. He can usually be found with a guitar strapped around him.
This class is designed for students who wish to learn the art and skill of shaping sheet metal into compound curves. We will use the English wheel, the shrinker/stretcher, hammer and dolly, and various other tools as appropriate. Past students have made a bird feeder, a fish, a wok, motorcycle and car parts, and other similar things that can only be made using these skills and equipment.
We will start with simple hammer/dolly and English wheel exercises to learn basic shaping skills, and then move on to individual projects as time allows. This is a two day class. You may continue with your project during an open studio.
Instructor Bio: Bill Wentworth studied sculpture and industrial design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA, and at San Jose State College, San Jose CA. He became interested in metal work at a young age, and became fascinated by the handiwork that went into the custom-made bodies of Italian and British racing cars. As an adult, he studied drafting and the machine trade, which led to a to starting and operating a company that specialized in architectural metal fabrication. He began his career as artist after moving to Poulsbo in 2004, and opened a studio – Sterling Design – in Poulsbo, Washington. He finds that his attention is repeatedly drawn to the natural architecture of plants, a theme which often shows up in his abstract sculpture. You can see some of Bill’s work at NorthwestSculpture.com.
In this one day (in-studio) class, students will learn through instructor demonstration and guided hands-on practice exercises: how to safely set up a soldering station, ignite your torch, anneal and solder metal together. Students will be given the opportunity to work with the industry standard Smith Little torch and propane/oxygen torch during this class.
This is an introduction/beginner/refresher level class, all levels of experience are welcome. Ages 14 and up.
Curious about techniques for dyeing fabric? Join us for this three-hour "Try It!” class in the BARN Fiber Studio. We'll use a simple dye kit containing pre-reduced synthetic indigo to create our dye bath--no pre-treating, heating, or mordants required. And we'll explore several techniques for creating "resist" on fabric: clamps, tying, stitching, even glue! The resist will prevent the dye from adhering to the fabric, and we'll be left with white patterns on that gorgeous indigo blue background.
We'll have a bandana, a small banner, and a T-shirt for you to experiment with, and you are encouraged to bring 100% natural fiber items (cotton, wool, silk) from home to dye (you can try synthetic and mixed materials if you like—the dye may be uneven or wash out quickly).
Isobel Coney enjoys combining cultural, environmental and historical studies with art, using techniques spanning painting, quilting, felting, knitting, batik, printmaking, hand-made paper and woodland crafts. She has experience teaching in schools and running workshops for adults. She is an active member on the Arts Washington Roster of Teaching Artists and passionate about experimenting with new techniques and sharing that journey with students.
Have you ever wondered if it’s okay to write a fictional piece about someone from real life, whether famous, family, or your old boss? Indeed, it is, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ethical, moral, and legal issues to understand and contend with. In this class, we’ll discuss legalities and best practices, as well as how to fictionalize her or him “enough” in your writing, without losing the qualities that made you want to write that person in the first place. Please come with an example of someone real to cast in a fictional context, whether it’s your mom or Abe Lincoln. This class will include handouts, worksheets, and writing exercises.
Jennie Shortridge is the author of five novels, including Love Water Memory and When She Flew, and is currently working on a memoir. Her books have been translated, optioned for screen, and selected to grace many “best pick” lists in the industry. Jennie has enjoyed teaching over the past twenty years at such places as BARN, Hugo House, Hedgebrook, the PNWA Conference, and many more. In a recent past life, she was the cofounder and executive director of Seattle7Writers, a literary nonprofit.
Do you want to go on a culinary journey to Austria? This is your chance to bring a slice of old Vienna into your home! Christine Chapman, born and raised in Austria will share her family Apfelstrudel recipe with you. This recipe has been handed down verbally from generations and is written down as a proper recipe for the first time!
She will teach you how to make the classic strudel dough, stretch it on a table cloth, fill it with spiced apples and roll it up, for one of the yummiest desserts of Austria.
You will take the strudel home and bake it in your own kitchen.
To ensure delicious results, every participant will need to bring the items listed below.
Old, clean table cloth, for stretching and rolling the strudel
An airtight container to take your strudel home in
Christine Chapman has 20 years of cake decorating experience. She is the owner of Crumbs Cakery, a custom cake studio on Bainbridge Island. Christine is a self taught cake artist and opened her shop 6 years ago on the island. Her work is known for its realistic art projects (dragons, robots, superheroes, etc ) and has been featured in numerous magazines. Check out her Instagram account crumbs.cakery to see her latest work!
Spend 30 minutes in the studio reviewing safety and equipment care protocols. In exchange, we’ll (reactivate) your BARN Member fob so you can use the studio whenever BARN is open and other scheduled classes and activities allow.
3D printers convert your digital design into reality. You've probably seen the 3D printers at BARN extruding plastic, but did you know you could also 3D print with clay and then fire the results to produce ceramic sculptures? Come to this Sunday talk to see a demo of a 3D ceramic printer in action. The instructor will be available to answer questions about her experiences in using the printer as well as any recommendations.
Instructor: Jill Taylor Potter/sculptor in ceramic clay for 35 years, largely self taught. I do mostly functional figurative work, faces being my favorite subject. There's still so much to learn. The last 3 months I have immersed myself, learning from ground zero, 3D printing to develop prototypes for production and most recently trying the 3D scanner on some my older work too. My husband, Doug, helps me with maintenance of equipment, design, and is an all around genie in the studio. I have a fully functioning pottery studio on my property. For 27 years, we've been on our acre of ramshackle paradise, carved out of the bracken, only 3 blocks from the BARN.
Ramen is the new “it” food. Shops and restaurants are popping up all over the country with lines wrapping around the block just to get a taste. Make no mistake, these delicious noodles are not the same as the plastic-wrapped sodium bombs lurking on the supermarket shelves for $2.00 a piece. True ramen is divine! And you can skip the lines for these irresistible noodles and let Leo share with you his personal secrets of an impressive, soul-satisfying, and surprisingly easy to make, bowl of ramen.
Self-taught, teen chef, Leo is sharing one of his current passions for all things ramen. In this class you will learn to:
Participants will be chopping, dicing and slicing vegetables, so some knife skills are required for this class. The art of noodle-making will be shared as well as how to develop and prepare your own combination of toppings such as: crunchy sprouts, colorful vegetables, pickled ginger, chili oil, the perfect hard-boiled egg or nori. We will spend the class preparing, cooking and eating together while experimenting with flavors and skills to be used again and again.
Leo is a talented, Japanese-American, teen, home cook with a true passion for food, history and culture. After spending time with his family in Japan he has nurtured a deep curiosity and love of ramen. He takes pride in being able to share a little bit of his culture and experience.
In these preparatory classes students will learn torch handling to anneal copper rod and use of the rolling mill to reduce the copper rod to exact specifications. The copper rods will then be used to create file patterned bracelets.
This class is a prerequisite to File Cuff Bracelet beginning on October 26. You can register and read more here.
Nanz Aalund’s wide ranging career as a jewelry designer, goldsmith, and educator, began with high school shop classes. After serving as a fine jewelry designer and marketing consultant for Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co., Aalund taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington and at the Art Institute in Seattle. Earning a Masters of Fine Art (MFA/Metals) and a Masters of Education/College and Technical Teaching Curriculum (CTTC). Her work has been exhibited both national and internationally since the 1980’s. She authored the book, “Masters Gold,” published by Lark Books in 2009 and her most recent publication, “A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeship” published in 2017 for MJSA, received a national AM&P Excel Award in 2018.
This class has prerequisites. Please see below.
Learn how to create a lidded wooden box to hold a range of small items – candy, rings, trinkets – or just for show or gift-giving. Turning wooden boxes is an enjoyable, creative past-time; it’s also a skill-builder that encourages you to employ a variety of tools and techniques.
In this class you will make a classic cylindrical box with a fitted lid from a single piece of stock. You will use not only familiar tools such as a roughing gouge and spindle gouge, parting tool and scrapers, but also explore using a skew to help the quality of finish and provide crisp transitions. You will learn the sequence of steps that must be followed to successfully complete a box with a precision fit to the top, and how to create and use a jam chuck for finishing the bottom.
This class is designed for turners who have mastered the basics and long to expand their techniques.
Instructor: Bob Abresch. Bob is a long-time woodworker who started turning two years ago when the BARN facility opened. He has taken classes from several notable local turners and has enjoyed creating a variety of turned objects which, much to his surprise and delight, have been popular items at BARN’s annual bazaar.
Use a forge to heat pieces of steel red hot and hammer them into the shape and edge of a knife. Repeat, again and again. Temper and quench. Then grind a final edge. You have a hand made knife to fit with a handle. These knives are utility knives, not kitchen knives.
The knife-making class serves as an introduction to basic blacksmithing. The traditional knife-making class is a four hour hands-on class culminating in completion of a hand made knife.
The class covers:
Location: This is an off-site class.
Alchemy Industrial Arts
9392 Wardwell Ave NE
Bainbridge Island WA 98110
Jeremy Loerch is a successful small business owner of Monkey Wrench Fabrication studio, focused on original pieces made from all types of metal. Expertise includes teaching and curriculum development for youth, as well as adult programming. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 992-8509
Further Contact: David Hays, David@haysys.com
In this 2 session class you will learn how to use the BARN CNC milling machine much like you would a manual machine. Making use of the Pendant and the Centroid interface you will learn how to find part zero, move to different locations, drill holes and do simple milling without resorting to G code. You will also learn how to make use of simple G code commands to improve your productivity without having to resort to Fusion 360.
We will make some basic parts to practice your skills.
Instructor Bio: Peter Moseley is a retired mechanical engineer and manufacturing manager who’s shop experience includes making operating live steam 2.5”/foot scale narrow gauge model locomotives along with an associated outdoor railroad.
Contact: David Hays email@example.com
You can register at anytime even if a session has passed.
A Zoom link will be sent one day prior to each session to the email you registered with. Please watch for this email. Signing up does not mean you have to commit to all the sessions.
Studio Lead: Mary Sloat Writers.Lead@bainbridgebarn.org
This class has a prerequisite. Please see below.
Using the hydraulic press and specially-designed forming dies, you can create synclastic and anticlastic cuff bracelets. These dies allow you to design and finish your cuff first and then form it into a cuff without distorting the design.
In this two session class, you will learn what synclastic and anticlastic shapes are, and how to design a cuff for comfort and strength. You will be able to produce cuffs of different widths and shapes. You can use the studio's pattern plates to texture your metal or bring your own texturing material to run through the rolling mill.
Students should bring:
Pen, notebook, fine-point Sharpie or other pen that writes on metal, and a 6” metal ruler. If you want to work in silver, please bring your own 18 or 20 gauge sterling sheet at least 2" x 9" (if you have a larger piece, don’t cut it prior to class).
Prerequisite: Students must have taken “Add Texture and Dimension to Your Work Using the Hydraulic Press.” Please login to your BARN account and click "Events" to confirm that you have completed this class before registering. If you have not completed the prerequisite yet, you can register for this class being held on September 21st by clicking here.
There is a $30 Materials included in tuition for 18 and 20 gauge copper, and 20 gauge brass.
Joan Hammond began working in metal in 1994, when she started taking metalsmithing classes as an antidote to documenting computer software. What she discovered was a medium that not only utilized her previous training in painting, printmaking, and ceramics, but also opened the possibilities of creating art that can be worn. Family artifacts and history, plants and animals, and the textiles and jewelry of non-Western cultures inspire her current work, which Hammond executes using various fabrication techniques, including chasing and repoussé. Her long-time interest in Asian art, which deepened when she studied calligraphy and tea ceremony in Kyoto, Japan, continues to influence her aesthetics and sense of design.
While building a nut and preparing a threaded rod you will gain experience with our lathe and mill. You will also practice layout, facing with the mill, drilling, taping, adjusting a four jaw chuck, using the cut off saw, and filing a chamfer.
This class is suitable both as a beginning class and for those who are fairly new to the shop and wish to gain experience.
You will not only get a chance to gain confidence in using our shop tools, but have a lovely square nut that spins freely on your threaded rod demonstrating your proficiency with threading.
Teacher Bio: Peter Moseley is a retired mechanical engineer and manufacturing manager who’s shop experience includes making operating live steam 2.5”/foot scale narrow gauge model locomotives along with an associated outdoor railroad.
Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom is fun and easy. The looms are small and portable and your weaving can be as simple or as complex as you like. This class is for those new to weaving or established weavers looking for a way to make quick projects.
Class participants will learn how to direct warp the loom, how to do simple balanced weaving, how to identify and fix simple mistakes, and how to remove the finished project from the loom.
Rigid Heddle Looms are perfect for weaving with hand-knitting yarns. Participants will choose from a variety of yarns provided by BARN that will be used to make a scarf that they will finish by the end of class and take home with them.
This class will be taught by a rotating team of Fiber Studio weavers and fiber artists, including Terry Winer, Dale Walker, Sybil Carrere, and Sandy Hall.
In this 2 session (2 hours each) class, students will learn how to do gravity pour casting (no centrifugal casting machine required). We will discover the importance of spruces and vents. Learn to avoid undercuts in sand casting and compensate for the various shrinkages in metals. These processes are suitable for making small objects, such as charms, pendants, rings or components of larger pieces. We will be casting two items out of bronze. Students can provide their own metal if they wish to use a different metal.
Instructor: Chris Stanley
Learn how to create direct and expressive images with this versatile form of printmaking. Apply ink on Plexiglass plates using brushes, rollers and rags, and then run the plate through an etching press to make one-of-a-kind images. Begin to master the technical aspects of monotype as you discover and explore what fascinates you. We will cover a wide range of monotype techniques designed to kick start your creativity and develop your skills as a printmaker.
Wendy Orville is an artist and educator who was born in New York and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. She received a BA in Fine Arts from Yale University and an MFA in painting from American University. Wendy’s monotypes have been exhibited at the Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Northwest Art, the Bellevue Art Museum and the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Her monotypes are featured in the book Singular & Serial: Contemporary Monotype and Monoprint. Wendy has taught at Pratt Fine Arts, The Henry Art Gallery, University of Indiana and numerous other venues. She is represented by Davidson Galleries, Seattle, Washington. “I was trained as a painter but I’m largely self-taught as a printmaker. I fell in love with the monotype process when I lived in Taos, New Mexico. Something happened when I started making monotypes that opened up a different part of me. I felt genuinely free to experiment and fail, trusting myself to follow the process anywhere it led.”
Read an article about Wendy in the Bainbridge Currents.
Visit Wendy's website here: wendyorville.com
* This class has prerequisites. Please see below.
If you want to be more effective when using any of the four bandsaws in the BARN Woodworking Studio, this class is for you. A bandsaw seems like a simple machine, but to get the best results, one must understand the types of blades, the guides that support the blade, the size and power of the saw, and how the teeth cut wood. And some cuts — such as resawing, cutting curves and beveling — require special techniques. All bandsaws need to be tuned regularly, and with the heavy use in our studio, more often than once per week.
In the first session, you will learn about the mechanics of the saw and blades, how to choose which saw and blade to use, how to tune each saw, and how to change the blade when you need a different one for your project.
In the second session, you will practice making cuts of various kinds, including those that require relief cuts, templates, stock support or special tuning of the fence. Such cuts include resawing, cutting round stock, tapering (for pieces such as table legs), easy circle cutting, beveling and template-cutting for duplicates.
Completing this class will qualify you to use the 36-inch Northfield saw, which is not included in the tool safety class that covers the other bandsaws.
You will be encouraged to ask questions relevant to your own project interests, and to share any problems you've had using bandsaws.
Instructor: Jamie Straw. Jamie has been woodworking for more than 20 years and has experienceon all of the standard stationary tools of a wood shop. Her first floor-model tool was a bandsaw, which she uses for both sawing large woodturning blanks and processing dimensional lumber.