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We welcome youth & teens at BARN! We’re especially excited about the lineup of summer 2019 youth classes. Here’s a list, in chronological order.
Get a good foundation in carving techniques, including push, stop and draw cuts. In this three-session class, you will learn the basics of safe handling and use of carving knives the first night, then go on to learn how to deal with changes in wood grain, hollowing techniques, and other concepts as you make a spoon and carve a figure during second and third sessions.
This class is open to both beginning carvers and those who already have some carving experience. Each time BARN schedules this class, the carving projects are new.
Instructor: 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.
The class consists of three half-day sessions.
What Students Need to Bring to Class
(Instructions from Barbara Ramsey):
Instructor Bio: Barbara Ramsey is a fabric artist who sews original abstract art works using traditional quilting techniques. Employing her own designs, she pieces together fabric shapes with a sewing machine and by hand. Her main materials are commercially printed fabric as well as fabric she has dyed and manipulated herself.
Her work expresses her fascination with light, color, texture, materials, and process. She love the ritual of taking fabric of one color and changing it into another color with dye or bleach. She is completely absorbed by the simple acts of washing, rinsing, drying, sewing, and ironing as she pull scores of separate colors together into a single piece. Like many traditional quilters, She is devoted to precise construction. She differ from many traditional quilters in that she design and cut fabric in an effort to distort geometry. She works to create irregularity, using various shapes to impel the viewer’s eye to roam over the entire surface of the quilt, seeking the harmonies in the middle of contrast. She create her work in order to disappear into its making.
Barbara loves to teach quilting and helping other quilt artists as they move from traditional designs to more free-form creations. She feel energized as she watches her students learn to improvise with shape and line, create more surprising color combinations, and gain the confidence required to do original work.
You don't want to miss our December Teen Night - holiday edition! In addition to the fun activities below, we'll have paper snowflake making and cookie decorating along with seasonal tunes. If you're in the mood, wear your favorite snow hat!
Tea Lights in the Woodshop
Make a trio of candle holders in the Woodshop to keep or to gift! First you'll cut tree limbs on the bandsaw, then you'll drill a hole the perfect size for a tea light candle. You can add your own personal touch with holiday decorations before you take them home.
Get suited up to make sparks fly in our welding studio! You will get to use your own creativity to make a design to cut out of metal.
Learn to knit or use skills you already have to start a simple rolled brim hat with super chunky yarn that you can finish at home!
Flower Vine Ornaments
Create a flower form by folding, cutting and layering a variety of decorative papers. String the forms together with embroidery floss and add some bling. A vine can hold one flower or many. They make great decorations to hang from trees or wherever a bright splash is wanted.
Stay tuned for the details about other activities in the works!
No pre-registration is required, although all students will need to sign in upon arrival.
The remaining dates for 2019-2020 are January 10, February 14, March 13, April 17, and May 8.
Questions: contact Jess Henderson at BARN at 206-842-4475 x221 or email: JessH@bainbridgebarn.org
“Buche de Noel” or “Yule Log” has its origins in European Christmas traditions. Made of sponge cake shaped into a Swiss Roll, frosted and decorated to resemble a miniature log. It is a technical recipe with a challenging practice of rolling a sponge, but once you figure out the art to a sponge and Swiss roll, you will be happy to share the beauty of this tradition. Decorate with tiny marzipan mushrooms, chocolate bark, live evergreens - the options are countless and we would like to introduce this holiday treat this season.
There is a $10 materials fee for the ingredients included in a class price
Please bring a presentation platter and couple leak proof containers to take home left-over baking and decorating supplies and a big cotton kitchen towel for rolling your cake
To comply with WA State Health Department guidelines, please wear closed-toe shoes to class and keep your hair up
Bring your family and create a one of a kind fused glass ornament celebrating 2019.
This class is open to everyone and is a great opportunity to experience the glass studio. You will choose an ornament blank and decorate it with embellishments available in the studio. Ornaments will be fired overnight and will be available for pick-up starting on Tuesday the 17th.
Experienced Glass Studio Elves look forward to welcoming you to their workshop and facilitating your masterpiece.
Remember to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.
Early Release Monday kid friendly holiday craft.
With step by step instructions, you will learn how to make brass or copper wire stars using a wire jig. You can make 6 individual star ornaments or attach your stars to twine or ribbon to make garland. Keep it simple or choose from hundreds of assorted beads to make your stars unique.
Instructor Bio: Sarah Jones is a local Bainbridge Island artist and jeweler with a background in ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, and photography. Her journey into metal arts and jewelry started in a beginner class gifted to her by her family. Completely hooked, she continued to take every class available to her while also assisting teachers, shadowing and learning from some of the PNW’s best.
When she’s not in her studio making her own art or spending time with her family, she enjoys teaching students from 8 to 80 years old, passing on what she has learned to new metal art/jewelry enthusiasts, introducing them to the trade’s skills and opportunities.
Sarah's current work can be viewed on Instagram @sarahjonesjewelry
Take a break from holiday hubbub and spend some time carving! This informal event is designed so you can bring guests and family along and spend a pleasurable afternoon exploring this craft and making something together.
Master Carver Jeff Iller will have ideas and materials for shallow relief carvings — simple projects that even beginners can make. He'll guide you in how to carve safely and efficiently.
Iller will be in the shop three afternoons — Friday, Saturday and Monday, Dec. 27, 28 and 30. Each day is listed separately on the BARN calendar so you can sign up for one or more sessions, as you wish.
Instructor: 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 he especially enjoys carving multiple parts inside a single piece of wood and making physically detailed and accurate carvings of women's faces. Carving on the entry sign to the BARN Woodworking Studio shows the quality of his work.
No experience necessary. We will be on hand to help as needed.
Start a project, finish a project, or just play with wood and see what happens. We will have some extra wood available or bring in your own.
Middle schoolers: come on over to BARN after school on early release days for our Maker Monday sessions! In this series beginning January 6th, you will have the chance to explore the medium of printmaking with our dynamic instructor Lauren Campbell.
Over the course of six weeks, you will learn the techniques of carving into a soft material that you will then ink up and print onto a variety of surfaces, including paper, fabric, cork, and even a canvas pencil pouch! You will have the chance to fine tune at least two different blocks then print away to your heart's content.
Sign up with friends or on your own, and feel free to bring some good tunes to share. We'll provide snacks.
We're looking forward to seeing you at BARN this winter!
Ages: Current 7th and 8th graders
Questions? Email: email@example.com
Middle Schoolers: join us for creative time after school this winter! In this six-week class, students will be introduced to jewelry studio tools and equipment the first three weeks, followed by three weeks of guided project time to practice and build on their newly-learned skills. Students with all levels of experience are welcome!
Tools, equipment and content covered in this class will start with an introduction to basic use of jeweler tools of the trade, sawing, bench shear, step shear, guillotine, circle and shape cutters, dapping tools, stamping tools, rolling mill, flex shaft, introduction to metals, studio guidelines safety and policies.
Come see what you can create in the BARN Jewelry Studio!
Build one or more birdhouses of your own design as you learn to use hand woodworking tools safely, efficiently and with precision.
In this class you will learn what different kinds of birds need in a birdhouse. You will then design one that will attract the type of bird you choose — and has the artistic elements you want.
Then, to make your birdhouse, you will learn how to "read" a board to choose the best places to cut specific parts, how to use measuring and marking tools, how to choose and use the appropriate saw to cut out parts, how to smooth the parts and square up edges with hand planes, and how to attach the parts to make a sturdy birdhouse.
The birdhouses will be made of pine, which doesn't have the risk of allergies that can develop from working with cedar. Pine stands up fine in the weather as long as the wood isn't on soggy ground — a non-issue for a birdhouse perched on a pole or attached to a tree.
Instructor: Matt Carrig. Matt is a multi-disciplinary designer and the originator of the Ferries Over Winslow project, which you can read about here. He is also a safety monitor in the BARN woodworking studio.
Learn to carve shallow designs so they look like 3-D objects with far more depth — an essential skill if you want to carve a wall decoration, a sign by the front door, a plaque or other relief carving.
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.
Instructor: 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.
He was taught early on that he could make anything from wood and he is still trying to prove that statement wrong.
No pre-registration is required, although all students will need to sign in upon arrival and out upon departure.
Teen Nights are generously funded by a grant from Bainbridge Community Foundation.
In this 4-session 'Knit-Along', participants will gather to support each other in knitting a pattern in the book "Seamless (or Nearly Seamless) Knits" by Andra Knight-Bowman. The choice of pattern is yours.
Why choose a knitting pattern without seams? The book description states "Anyone who loves to knit--but doesn't love the finishing--can now enjoy all the fun parts and escape the tedium. Discover stylish projects cleverly designed for knitting either all in one piece or in sections added on by simply picking up stitches."
What to bring:
*If you are going to make the 'Deb' vest, you do not need to purchase the book because we have permission to reproduce this pattern from the designer.
*If you are going to make the 'Deb' vest, you do not need to purchase the book because we have permission to reproduce this pattern from the designer.
Instructor Bio: Sandy Hall has been knitting and spinning for over forty years. As an occupational therapist and special education teacher, she has taught a variety of classes with appreciation for diverse learning styles. People who have taken her knitting and spinning classes at BARN describe her as an excellent and knowledgeable teacher with a wonderful way of working with students.
Bring in your steel-string acoustic or electric guitar and learn how to get it sounding and playing its best.
We'll start with a refresher on terminology and the factors that impact tone and playability. Then we'll evaluate the instruments for structural integrity and discuss the importance of temperature and humidity control. (Please note that if your instrument is deemed to need more than a basic setup, you'll be offered a refund or the option of working on another instrument.)
Then comes the hands-on tweaking of truss rods for perfect neck relief, nut and bridge adjustments for great action, and saddle adjustment for intonation improvements.
Electric guitar players will also learn how to adjust their pickups.
Finally, we'll discuss string differences, put on a set of fresh strings, and test out our improvements. You'll go home with a better guitar, a better understanding of how it works, and a checklist for future reference.
Instructor: Doug Salot started playing the guitar about 10 years ago and occasionally tries to distract himself by building guitars and ukuleles. He studied instrument building with local luthier Alan Simcoe.
Learn basic mosaic skills as you make a mosaic mirror for your home. This two day hands on beginner level class will introduce you to the basics of creating and grouting indoor mosaics out of vitreous glass tiles, gems, and/or sheet glass scraps.
We will cover materials, design, cutting, setting on a wood base, grouting as well as the difference between indoor vs. outdoor mosaics.
You will take home a completed 10" x 10" mirror using the glass elements you have chosen.
Darcy Thompson - Artcycled Mosaics
Darcy Thompson has taught mosaic classes for the Schack Arts Center in Everett, Bassetti Gardens in Woodinville as well as private classes. She has been a working artist for over 20 years and shows her work at a variety West Coast art shows including the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour as well as in various galleries. She is entirely self taught and loves to teach the varied steps in the process of re-purposing cracked or broken plates into fun and colorful mosaics for the home and garden.
Tapestry is one of the oldest forms of weaving, blending art and design with the practical need of adding warmth to chilly stone castles. Today's tapestry weavers focus on art and design to create a wide variety of fiber masterpieces.
In this class, students will learn the fundamental first steps in how to weave tapestry. It will cover weaving techniques, including warping, tensioning, and basic tapestry skills.
The class will also include how to most effectively design a tapestry and complete a cartoon, color-blending, and other color effects to enhance the design.
The class will be taught on hand-held small frame looms.
Instructor Bio: BARN is fortunate to have Nancy Klos Smith, a Portland-based fiber artist, painter and designer, teach this class. She has taught in many regional workshops, exhibits her work in galleries and shows, and has been commissioned to weave tapestries for organizations and individuals. Her tapestries are pictorial, and are described as organic and sensual. She emphasizes design elements in her teaching, particularly the key role color and color blending plays.
It’s easy enough to send out to have polymer plates made, but wouldn’t you like the control (and economy!) of making your own? Learn the process in this one-day workshop. Carl Youngmann and Ellie Mathews, letterpress printers, will demonstrate do-it-yourself, U-V exposure, water-wash methods for producing raised images using the BARN equipment or at home in your kitchen sink.
We’ll start by discussing high-contrast images—whether from photographs, digital files, or scanned drawings—from which we’ll select an example and make an inkjet negative. We'll expose the polymer to UV light, and we’ll process it in ordinary tap water. Then we’ll print proof copies. Specific products, timing and details will be outlined.
Ellie Mathews began using photo-polymer plates forty years ago to make Braille signage. More recently, Carl Youngmann has figured out the intricacies of printing ink-jet negatives, exposure times, and washout temperatures to make his own plates at home, sometimes by using nothing more complicated than the sun as his light source. Together, they will guide you through the basics and share their enthusiasm for DIY methods.
If you have any questions, please contact Peggy Graving, Program Coordinator for Letterpress: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This two session class will introduce you to the art of stone cutting. Learn how to cut and polish cabochons from rough, using various cutting and polishing equipment in the process. All base materials will be provided. Students will have an opportunity to purchase additional varieties of rough stones and are welcome to bring any stones of their own that they have questions about or want to try cutting.
Instructor: Karin Lee Luvaas is a local Bainbridge Island artist and jeweler. With an art degree in encaustics, painting and metal sculpture, Karin has studied under acclaimed jewelry masters Michael Boyd, Kent Raible, Petra Class, and Sarah Graham and achieved Graduate Jeweler status under Alan Revere of the world renowned Revere Academy of San Francisco, California. Karin is also a GIA certified Graduate Gemologist and holds a Jewelers of America Bench Jeweler Technician certificate.
Karin’s current work can be viewed on Instagram @karinluvaas.
Middle Schoolers: join us for creative time after school this spring! In this five-week class, students will be introduced to jewelry studio tools and equipment the first three weeks, followed by two weeks of guided project time to practice and build on their newly-learned skills. Students with all levels of experience are welcome!
Wooden spoons can be completely utilitarian — or real works of art. In this class, you will learn to make the more challenging, artful kind. You'll be well prepared if you later want to make purely utilitarian spoons on your own.
Spoon carving involves grain changes, curves and hollowing — all techniques that are useful in many kinds of carving projects. The instructor will explain a variety of tools you might want to use and how to use them safely. You will also learn how to hold or secure the wood safely and the steps involved in carving spoons efficiently. You will work from prepared basswood blanks.
Be a Maker for a Day!
Check out our 10 studios, participate in making crafts or generally check out BARN! It's free, and open to all ages.
More information will be posted later in October 2019.
For more information contact: info@BainbridgeBARN.org