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We welcome youth & teens at BARN! Here’s a list, in chronological order.
Come on over to BARN after school for Youth Maker Mondays this fall!
After this class you will amaze your family and friends with your command of GLASS! Learn about the magic of stained glass using the copper foil technique to create pieces that sparkle in the sun. You will assemble two projects from several available patterns. Your choice of colored and textured glass will make for a very personal project. Prior to tackling your project, you will learn to hand cut clear glass, copper tape and then solder the shapes together into a 10-square design.
By Day 2 you will be cutting curves and using a glass grinder to finish the shapes of your heart project for a better fit. By the end of the class you will have a good understanding of the copper foil technique for stained glass; how to cut glass in straight and curved lines with carbide glass cutters, how to use a diamond glass grinder, copper foil techniques to assemble glass pieces, tacking and soldering the fit pieces into a beautiful piece.
You may also get to learn patina techniques to provide contrast and set off the colors of the glass. A border will be added to your last piece to further enhance the look and provide strength for hanging. Students that may have had previous glass cutting and stained-glass experience may choose a more complicated pattern with the instructor’s approval. The instructor’s focus is on your completion of a nice-looking project rather than the complexity of a project.
The material fee covers all materials and equipment required for your project. BARN ensures safe practices and a safe environment for the students; any special considerations should be discussed beforehand. While working with soldering irons at high temperature, we request you wear cotton or other natural fiber clothing.
Jim Washington comes to BARN with 35 years in vocational education settings. He has taught classes in cold, warm and hot glass, glass batching, ceramics, manufacturing, woodshop, and composites. His first love was the glass arts program in Central Kitsap which he built and ran for 12 years.
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 local Bainbridge Island artist and teacher with experience in fine metal arts, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, and photography.
Sarah teaches because she feels that making art is a creative outlet everyone should have the opportunity to experience.
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.
Try three of the many different crafts available in the fiber studio, or choose your favorite and build deeper skills.
Each week, we’ll have a quick featured project you can try, or, if you already have a fiber project in mind—sewing, knitting, weaving, or any fiber project you can imagine—we’ll help you make progress.
October 4th – Wet Felting
Pack roving (un-spun wool) around a ball, add water and soap, and then see what happens after you bounce and roll the ball for a few minutes. You’ll end up with a bag or a hat you can decorate with your own personal style.
Instructor: Isobel Coney
October 11th – Weaving on a Lap LoomWeave plush yarns of different colors on a small lap loom to design a cool wall hanging for your room. You will learn the basics of weaving and several techniques to add design.
Instructor: Catherine Camp
October 18th – Sewing to Upcycle Denim
Start with old jeans and denim scraps to create a quick lunch bag you’ll love to carry every day. In this class you will be learning basic sewing machine operation and hand sewing skills.
Teacher: Isobel Coney
Supplies provided by student: If you’re making your own project, you can bring any supplies you need.
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.
Catherine Camp will share her enthusiasm for weaving. She has been weaving at BARN over the past three years. She was raised with a gaggle of sisters where sewing, knitting, and crafts spread throughout every room in their home.
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.
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 activities like cooking, woodworking, sewing, jewelry-making, metal-working, and more - every month is a different lineup. You can also just hang out and chill or work on your own 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 in the building.
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.
Teen Nights are generously funded by a grant from the City of Bainbridge Island. BARN is pleased to partner with Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island, and Bainbridge Youth Services for this event.
Youth guided practice class will be offered once a month, for ages 12-16. The instructor will provide guidance and supervision while students practice their skills and use studio equipment they may not have at home for their own projects. The instructor will also provide a new project idea each class for students looking for inspiration or wanting to try something new. This class can also serve as a refresher for students who previously took a class before the pandemic and want to get acquainted with the studio and tools again.
In this 3 session (in-studio) youth class designed for students ages 14 -16. Students will learn through instructor demonstration and guided hands-on practice exercises how to: safely set up a soldering station in the studio, ignite the torch, anneal and solder metal together.
The last day of class students will get to make a project with their new skills.
Gamers, it's time to get behind the scenes! In this after-school class, students will learn to make retro-looking video games that they can play on their own handheld game consoles. They will be using Makecode Arcade, a web-based coding platform that enables students to create their own video games including the visual elements like characters and backgrounds and all the rules and mechanics of the game, programming everything using block-based coding.
During the class the students will be introduced to the coding environment; we’ll talk about different games, taking inspiration from them and then the students will design their own simple game (like Flappy Bird, Squirrel Eat Squirrel, etc).
When the games are ready, we’ll be downloading them into their own Meowbit codable console (included in the price of the class) where they’ll be able to play their game and show it off to friends and family.
This could also make a great gift to a friend or family member! This is an introductory class where students will learn how to create a simple game and will acquire skills to make more in the future.
For more artistic-minded students, it is an opportunity to make visually interesting gaming assets and coding them to make beautiful retro-looking games.
Please Note: Students will need to either bring their own chromebook or laptop, or they can use one from BARN - please select one of these options during the registration process. iPads or phones will not work.
Cecilia Olivera-Hillway is an artist and maker who loves combining art and technology. Her career in education has included positions like Educational Technology Specialist and Maker Space Associate. A recent transplant to the Olympic Peninsula, she is looking forward to sharing her love of nature, art, and technology. You can visit her website at: www.cohillway.com
November Maker Mondays: Choose Your Project—Open Labs
Build on the skills you developed in one of our past youth classes to come up with your own project and discover the fiber artist in you! Fiber arts include sewing, knitting, weaving, embroidery, and other similar crafts.
We will have Fiber Arts artisans in the fiber studio each week to help you design and work on your own fiber project. Want to knit a scarf? Want to sew pajama bottoms or a top? How about making a menagerie of felted animals or a flock or embroidered birds? How about upcycling some worn out jeans? Or how about making a macramé plant holder or wall hanging? These three Monday afternoons will be your time to explore the fiber arts that interest you!
After you register, please email email@example.com and let us know the project you have in mind so we can have the appropriate expert to assist you.
Materials fee: $10, plus you may want to bring your own supplies to complete your project.
What supplies students should bring:
Any supplies you want to use. The fiber arts studio also has a stash of yarn and fabric you can scrounge through.
Everyone loves a handmade gift! We’ll bring a few ideas for gifts you can make in the fiber studio, or you can dream up your own.
Ideas we’ll bring could include woven potholders or pillows, small tote bags (good for wrapping gifts), Shibori or tie-dye scarves, aprons made from upcycled denim or scrap fabric, patchwork book covers or phone holders, woven fabric baskets, and macrame plant holders.
Ideas you might develop … could be anything you can make in the fiber studio!
Come make some great gifts for family and friends!
Materials fees: $20, plus you may want to bring your own supplies to complete your gifts.
What supplies students should bring:
Any supplies you want to use, the fiber arts studio also has a stash of yarn and fabric you can scrounge through.