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Contact: Fran Fuller
ETA Steering Committee meeting held the 4th Sunday of the month.
Registration for this event will close Monday, September 6th. This class will be live streamed through Zoom.
Join plant-based chef Nancy Travis as she guides you through a 21-day plant-based challenge which is perfect for someone who is interested in losing weight, maintaining a healthy weight or those curious about the numerous health benefits of a whole food plant based diet and would like to “test drive” this diet for themselves.
This is weight loss without restricting “carbs” or counting calories. The key to healthy weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight is learning to choose the right foods that are satisfying and health promoting. This program based on clinical research and created by The Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine, will help you lose weight and stay healthy, all while bolstering clinical benefits such as lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, gaining better diabetes control as well as improving energy and mood.
Each class in the series will include an educational video, class discussion and support as well as a cooking demonstration of 3 recipes. Lots of tips and tricks, recipe handouts, as well as additional resources will be shared. You will also have access to Nancy via email to answer any questions between sessions.
Session 1: The Power of Your Plate - September 12We will focus on getting ready to start a low-fat, plant-based diet. We will guide you through what the diet entails, what groceries to purchase and what a healthy menu will look like.
Session 2: Let’s Go! - September 19thAfter a week of preparations and today’s lesson, you will have all the tools you need to start a low-fat, plant-based diet for the next three weeks. We will go around the "zoom room" and see how everyone did in their preparatory week of food shopping and meal planning.
Session 3: Getting into Gear - September 26thAfter the first week of the challenge we will discuss how things went; share successes and get support for things that were challenging. You will gain some new insights from other class participants and may choose to share some of your own.
Session 4: Breaking the Food Seduction - October 3thThis class will go over why specific foods high fat foods like cheese seem addictive and why foods like broccoli are not. Today’s lesson will address what we can do to break those addictions.
Session 5: Keys for Natural Appetite Control - October 10th This final class you will have been following a plant-based diet for 21 days! We will discuss next steps to creating a permanent diet change as we learn the secrets to appetite control.
Bonus Session 6: Kitchen coaching and questions answered- October 17thThis is an optional one hour class session to help you put your new diet into action with more kitchen tips and tricks along with answering any last minute questions.
This class was developed by Food for Life, an award-winning nutrition education and cooking program created by a team of physicians, nurses and dietitians for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
As a health educator and personal chef, Nancy Travis supports people on their journey towards health and wellness through cooking, teaching and promoting a whole-foods, plant-based diet. She cooks for families in their homes and teaches people how to prepare easy, delicious plant-based recipes in private, public and corporate settings. She brings more than 25 years of experience in cooking plant-based meals and is honored to be a licensed instructor with the Food for Life program. She has taught cooking at BARN for the past three years. She can be reached through her website, Sukhikitchen.com.
Kitchen Arts Programming meeting held the third Thursday of each month.
Contact: Joanna Bressel-Wilder
Jane Stafford’s Online Weaving Guild for 2021 will focus on Lace Weaves. BARN is sponsoring watch parties for each episode. We will break the episodes into two viewings, reserving 90 minutes per viewing. You will be sent a zoom link one day prior to each session. We will gather online and through the magic of screen sharing, watch the episode and chat as we view them. You must be a subscriber to the JST guild, per agreement with Jane Stafford. We hope to be back in the studio at some point, and will set up a "hybrid" model, allowing some to come into BARN and others to watch on-line.
2021 Viewing Schedule
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More about the instructor Jane Stafford:
Jane began weaving at the age of 21, purchasing a new Fanny with the help of a chattel mortgage on her Chevette. Before two years were up she was accepted as an under-qualified, but very ambitious student at the Baniff School of Fine Arts. Two years later she was a teacher’s assistant there and, in a few more, an instructor herself. In subsequent years, Jane has had the great fortune to be able to earn a living doing what she loves most, weaving, and sharing her passion for excellence in cloth. Jane has been both a production weaver and a workshop instructor, helping students reach their potential across the continent, for over 25 years. She was the recipient of the “Teacher of the Year” award for 2014 from Handwoven Magazine. Jane now teaches exclusively in her studio on beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.
In this 6 session class, we will meet online Monday and Wednesday afternoons to discuss the design exercises and share via Zoom our creative responses to them. Each class will have a slide show of a different historical design movement and explore design through thought provoking exercises.
Design elements and principles are the basic visual toolbox of every Craft discipline. The elements form the basic vocabulary of visual design, while the principles constitute the broader structural aspects of composition. This class is the beginning of a journey to understanding how design principles and elements shape our world.
Students will need:
Registration will close on Saturday, October 2nd.
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.
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 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
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!
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.
What do you do with coffee bean bags that can't be recycled? Make a tote bag of course! Did you see these at the 2021 Trashion Show? Using a simple pattern and upholstery scraps of your choosing, make a custom tote bag with pockets and sturdy straps to tote whatever you can think of.
Materials and supplies:
Naomi Spinak has been digging around in the trash bin for quite some time to create new treasures. Creator at one time of a line of organic and scrap-based children's clothing (Free Range Kids), Naomi is a costume designer, fiber artist, dressmaker, and currently Committee Chair for the Bainbridge Island Trashion Show. Her work has been featured in the Bainbridge Island Quilt Show; Bainbridge Performing Arts; Austin, Texas, at the State Capitol; the Kirkland Center for the Arts; and the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in California. She has a piece in an upcoming issue of the Surface Design Association Journal. She has taught numerous classes at her children's school, Odyssey, on Bainbridge Island, and is excited to expand the offerings of repurposed items into craft for BARN.
Calling All Weavers:
Do you like to weave on a rigid heddle loom?
Crazy about frame loom weaving?
In love with weaving on floor looms?
Does weaving tapestry pieces make your heart flutter?
Do you love turning cards when you tablet weave?
Do you want to practice your inkle loom weaving?
If your answer to one or more of these questions is yes, then drop on by and come hang out with your fellow weavers every Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
Registration is not necessary but there will be only 12 people at one time allowed in the studio. 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.
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!
A team will be using the Woodworking Studio to build a conference table for the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce as a community service project. No monitor-only access during this time.
No additional volunteers are needed for this project. If you would like to receive notice about upcoming projects, please contact Marianne Spur via firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Work on your project during Machine Shop Open Studio. Use studio tools and equipment, or check out what's going on, talk shop and hang out. It's maker time for enthusiasts of varying skill levels and interests.
A trained monitor is present. Open Studio is, however, not like a class where instruction can be given.
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.
Work on your project during the Welding/Sheet Metal Open Studio. Use studio tools and equipment, or check out what's going on, talk shop and hang out. It's maker time for enthusiasts of varying skill levels and interests.