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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. 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.
BARN is closed Monday, July 4th. See you next week!
Come spin with us!
Everyone - first-timers to experts are welcome! Spin on one of BARN's spinning wheels or bring your own. Dive into BARN's stash of fleece or bring your own.
Whether you've been spinning for years or you are just curious, drop by and check out BARN's spinning community.
Registration is not required. Please click here to read BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols before you attend.
Every Sunday between 1pm and 3pm you can take a free guided tour of BARN. Visit all 10 studios, and find out what you can create at BARN.
We’ll answer all your questions and show you examples of what other makers have made in BARN's fully-equipped workspaces. Tours are free, no need to register. See you on Sunday!
Calling All Open Weavers:
This Open Weave is a place (vessel) to expand your knowledge, experience, and artistic talents in creating fiber arts. Come see what these enthusiasts are doing, share ideas and create. A place to share, support and inspire one another. Open Weave studio will be once a month on the third Tuesday of the month.
These open weave gatherings started in the studio of weaver artist and instructor JoAnn Hart, who has mentored many basket weavers in the area. We would like to welcome BARN's open weavers to this gathering!
Registration is not necessary. Free for BARN Members and a suggested $10 donation for non-members.
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 before you attend.
If you have questions, please contact Dale Walker, Fiber Studio lead at firstname.lastname@example.org
Write Now (formerly 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.
Additional sessions held on Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM and Wednesdays, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
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: Jessica Dubey Writers.Lead@bainbridgebarn.org
Write Now-- 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.
Additional sessions held on Tuesdays, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM and Wednesdays, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
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.
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.**
Designed as a user's guide to BARN ETA studio, this free orientation session is highly recommended for all participants. It will cover everything from studio etiquette and policies to an overview of what we have and where stuff is.
You'll get to see the 3D printers, laser cutter, soldering station, hand tools and more. Overall BARN policies as well as studio-specific ones will also be covered.
Participants will also learn about the leadership structure within ETA and about opportunities to participate in helping everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range range from serving as studio monitors to helping with studio maintenance.
This is a BARN holiday. Doors will be locked to the public, members, and non-members.
Learn the basic features of VCarve Pro, a popular program used to make signs, engravings, intricate inlays and imported 3D shapes and models on computer-controlled routers. VCarve Pro is easier to learn than Fusion 360, the other 3D design program taught at BARN, and can be used for projects on both the large CNC router in the Woodworking Studio and the small CNC router in the ETA Lab.
Session 1 will be in the ETA studio where you will use the VCarve Pro software to design an 8x16" sign. You will prototype your design on ETA's laser cutter then in session 2, you will meet down in the wood shop to carve it on the CNC router.
Please note: To take this class, you need a laptop computer with a mouse and a working copy of VCarve Pro 11 already downloaded to that computer. Download a free trial at www.vectric.com. The software requires a PC or a MAC that has Windows installed. There is no time during the class to download the program. If you have questions or run into problems downloading the program, please email the instructor for help. If you don't have a laptop you can bring to the class, you may use an ETA studio desktop computer with the required software already loaded.
BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.
Instructor: Al Ebken is a retired ocean engineer with many years of computer and computer-aided design experience. (In the picture, he's using the Woodworking Studio's CNC router to make parts for face shields to protect against coronavirus infection.
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom. **
In this class via Zoom you will learn about the various ways to make patterns that define the shape of your cast parts. Patterns can be made from many materials including wood, clay, wax, foam, 3d printed materials and even directly into the sand itself using specialty 3D printers. The types of patterns depend on the type of casting process to be used. We will discuss the steps to make patterns so you can cast parts of beauty and utility at the BARN Foundry.
Contact: David Hays - David@haysys.com
If this posting looks familiar, it's because it is a continuation of the Tiny House community service project we began in June. Rainy weather delayed the work, so we need three more days to complete the project.
BARN is building a Tiny House in partnership with the Low-Income Housing Institute in Seattle. LIHI, a non-profit organization that is one of the largest providers of tiny houses in the nation, is providing plans and materials; BARN is providing the volunteer labor. The completed structure will go to one of the Tiny House Villages that LIHI is organizing to provide warm, secure shelter to homeless people in Puget Sound communities.
This will be the second Tiny House built by BARN volunteers. The picture shows the first house soon after it was installed at the Friendship Heights Village, located at 12245 Aurora Ave N in Seattle. The village has 40 tiny houses that serve approximately 55 formerly homeless people.
As with the 2021 house, the one being built this year will be insulated and dry, but it won't have a kitchen or bathroom. Each village provides shared dining and bathing facilities.
BARN members with experience in residential construction will supervise the work of up to five other volunteers each day. Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome to participate. Besides helping people who need housing, volunteers will also learn how to build a small building using a variety of tools
Most work will be done outdoors, so please dress appropriately. You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
Project leader: David Grant. If you have questions, please email him at David.Grant@bainbridgebarn.org
Training is for applicants for dishwashers and volunteer kitchen assistants during our classes. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or a paid dishwasher for our scheduled classes, this is the place to begin. Classes are a great way to learn new skills as an instructor's assistant, work with an instructor, and learn new recipes.
In this orientation, we will be making chocolate chip cookies as you learn how to navigate our commercial kitchen.
Curious about what upcoming classes we really need your help with? Click here to see the Kitchen Arts volunteer opportunities calendar.
Contact: Marcela Sandoval
Spend 30 minutes in the studio reviewing safety and equipment care protocols. In exchange, we’ll (re)activate your BARN Member fob so you can use the studio whenever BARN is open and other scheduled classes and activities allow.
Modern Sashiko artists are breaking the rules of traditional Hitomezashi and coming up with incredible results. By making small changes to the way we look at a basic Hitomezashi grid, it’s easy to create all kinds of modern adaptations using one simple stitching technique. Join Shannon and Jason as they show us how to stitch “off the grid” while remaining “on the grid.” This second-level course is where old-style sashiko meets modern aesthetics.
Ring thimble with plate
12-weight thread or Sashiko thread
a couple of 8” x 8” fabric swatches
Washable marking pens suitable for drawing on your fabric
Ruler (preferably a clear quilting ruler)
An optional kit is available from the instructors here for $25. The kit contains one ring thimble, one long Sashiko needle, one white marking pen, two colors of Aurifil 12-weight cotton thread, and assorted practice fabric.
Order your kit by June 30 to make sure it arrives in time for class!
Note: This workshop will be recorded. The recording will be available to registrants for 30 days after the class. Can’t join at the scheduled time? Register anyway, and you can watch—as many times as you like—for 30 days!
Prerequisite: Sashiko Essentials: Hitomezashi or equivalent, or instructors’ permission. Check here for info about a good prerequisite (the Hitomezashi Rice Stitch class).
A Zoom link will be in your registration confirmation email. The link will be emailed to you again one day before the start of the event. Class time is Pacific Time.
Shannon Leigh Roudhán and Jason Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo from Seattle, Washington. Their award-winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of domestic and international publications and their craft, portrait, and fashion photography has appeared in books and magazines around the globe. Shannon & Jason have published 10 books of crochet and knitwear patterns including complete Crochet Course – the Ultimate Reference Guide, Designer Crochet, and Crochet Geometry. Their latest book is titled Boro & Sashiko: Harmonious Imperfection from C&T Publishing.
The duo have been partners in life for 27 years and have been teaching adults for 20+ years. With their mastery of subjects from crochet and knitting to photography, spinning, sewing, and quilting, their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues such as Sew Expo, Houston Quilt Festival, Pacific International Quilt Festival, and the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN). They also have a wide range of online classes available from Craftsy and Creative Spark Online. The “edu-tainment” experience of a class with Shannon & Jason will leave you informed, empowered, and in stitches (see what we did there?). Visit them at shannonandjason.com.
This class will certify you to use the new Babylock Presto 2 sewing machines in the Fiber Studio. This class is a prerequisite for Fiber Studio workshops, sew-alongs, and other events where you'd like to use these machines, and it is also a prerequisite for future orientations for other sewing machines in the studio. This class also qualifies you to use these machines for your own projects any time you’re in the studio.
Please note that this class is about the Babylock Presto 2 sewing machines. This class is not for the industrial sewing machine or the embroidery machine. We will not focus on learning to sew, though learning to use the machines is a great start for learning to sew.
Anyone who was previously certified on our old Brother sewing machines should take this class in order to use these new machines—much of the information will be familiar to you, but these new machines can do a lot more.
The Presto 2 machines are easy to use and have many, many functions. This class will guide you through basic machine use including:
We’ll end the class with a checklist for putting your machine away so that it’s ready for the next person to use.
BARN will provide neutral-color thread, a size 70 needle, and quilting cotton for the orientation. You are welcome to bring other materials for your own use.
Instructors: Rotating Fiber Studio volunteers
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.**
Get introduced to 3D printing in this 2-hour session. You'll get to see BARN's printers and gain an understanding of how they work and what they can make.
You will see a computer file get readied for printing in a process called "slicing."
You'll see the different printers we have and learn about filament, the material 3D printers use to make prints. We'll start a print and you'll see the printer print.
3D printing has many uses, ranging from practical to fun, such as replacement parts, mold-making, medical models used in surgery, prototypes and more.
Bring your curiosity and questions. You can continue to use the 3D printers at Open Studio where a studio monitor or other member can help you.
Fix-It Saturday takes advantage of the equipment and skills of the Metal Fabrication group at BARN to meet the challenge of repairing items brought in. Requested repairs should be focused on metal or related electrical projects. Your hands on participation in the "fix-it" process is encouraged.
See what we can do, what suggestions we can make, or what other avenues you might pursue if a fix is not at hand.
(No wheeled vehicles, please).
Registration is suggested. Fix-It Saturday is free and open to members and non-members.
Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
Please Note: Fix-It Saturday runs concurrently with an Open Studio available to qualified users. Open Studio users must register and pay the required materials fee for the Open Studio that is also held on this day.
BARN will provide Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for participants.
Participants who plan to weld must wear natural fiber clothing, long pants, long sleeves, closed toe shoes (natural fiber or leather), no stretch fabrics, and long hair tied back.
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Shellac Plate printmaking is a low-tech and versatile technique for creating etching-like intaglio prints as well as subtly textured collographs. Through demos and lots of hands-on work we will create and print plates using shellac on an illustration board matrix. Students will be encouraged to experiment with the wide range of effects that can be achieved with shellac plates to express their own visual ideas and aesthetic.
Some printmaking experience is useful but is not necessary.
Dawn Endean has been making art for over 40 years and works primarily in the disciplines of printmaking and painting. She has exhibited extensively in the Seattle area including at Davidson Galleries; Shift Gallery; the Jacob Lawrence Gallery; the Columbia City Gallery; the Schack Art Center in Edmonds; The Island Gallery on Bainbridge Island; The Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend and Mighty Tieton in Tieton, Washington. Her work has also been shown at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, WA; the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds, WA; the Turner Print Museum in Sacramento, CA; and Gallery 25 in Fresno, CA. She has studied printmaking at Northern Illinois University, Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle and in San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca Mexico. Endean has taught Printmaking at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, The BARN on Bainbridge Island and at FEAST Art Center in Tacoma. She is represented by Columbia City Gallery in Seattle, WA, (www.columbiacitygallery.com) and by 1+1=1 Gallery in Helena, MT (https://1plus1is1.com)
Participants will also learn about the leadership structure within the shop and about opportunities to participate in helping everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range from serving as safety monitors to helping on Maintenance Mondays.
Instructor: Jeff Williams
This is the introductory course to learn to fly first-person view (FPV) drones. Flying a FPV drone uses FPV high-definition goggles to provide a truly immersive experience similar to virtual reality (VR). Students will be introduced to the steps needed to learn to fly a FPV drone using a flight simulator. Note that training on a simulator is a prerequisite for being able to fly a first-person drone without crashing it!
Students can prepare for this course by browsing the information at https://oscarliang.com/fpv-drone-guide/#what-is-fpv-flying. Especially useful is to read chapter 4 "Get a Taste of Flying in a Simulator". Pick a simulator with a compatible controller and get some early practice in before the start of the course.
Required Prior to Class:
All levels 18+ are welcome.
Contact Doug Salot: ETA.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org
MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding is the easiest kind of welding to learn and a technique with broad applications.This hands-on introduction is aimed at students interested in trying MIG welding.
The goal at the end of the class is to feel comfortable with the operation of the welding machine and the MIG welding process. The class begins with a safety briefing. There is a brief introduction to welding theory and materials. There will be approximately two hours of hands-on practice and guidance on technique (within the 2 1/2 hour class). At the end of class, students should be able to lay down a MIG bead and to be able to identify and remedy problems with the bead. Many students will have advanced to exploring different types of weld joints or welding different thicknesses of material.
Students who have completed the class are eligible to participate in welding shop open studios.
Small class size (3) provides one-on-one learning and direct mentoring. Each participant will have the use of a fully equipped Miller 215 welder and will go through the welding set up process.
Instructor: Henry Sharpe
To use the shop, you will also need to attend our free one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class.
Woodshop Tool Safety 1 will qualify you to use the following tools during Open Studio time and in classes that require certification in these tools:
Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
BARN is committed to accessibility. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.
We invite you to join us in sharing and cooking with the BARN Kitchen Arts community as we review some of our favorite cookbooks from 2021. We will work through a few recipes and spend time tasting something new. Buy your book, share your thoughts or just come ready to cook. Feel free to email your recipe suggestion to Marcela Sandoval.
JULY Book Club:
Ripe Figs: ”Recipes and Stories from Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus,” by Yasmin Khan. Food writer and traveler Yasmin Khan believes that “language, religion, music, and storytelling all form part of a person’s culture but nothing provides more of a sense of identity than food.” Through her writing and recipes, she shares stories of migrants, resilience, and a love of food. This book will set us up for a Mezze Table to share this summer.
In this class, we will attempt and taste the following dishes:
Zucchini & Feta Fritters
Spicy Bulger & Lettuce Cups
Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Tahini Salad
Chef Marcela Sandoval served as BARN’s Kitchen Studio Lead from 2019-2020. She has been teaching and volunteering at BARN since 2017. Before moving to Bainbridge Island in 2016, Marcela spent 18 years accompanying her diplomatic husband around the world. She has lived in China, Zambia, North Korea, Nepal and Tanzania.
Growing up in South Texas, Marcela’s culinary roots are with traditional Mexican cuisine. She is Cordon Bleu trained, worked in restaurants in DC and Beijing, sold gelato in Lusaka, ran a tapas bar in Pyongyang, trained restaurant staff in Kathmandu and taught cooking to students from Tanzania to Bainbridge Island. Marcela’s life experiences are reflected in her cooking.
TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding is generally recognized as the welding technique of choice for artisans and more exotic materials including aluminum and stainless steel. TIG welding is more difficult to learn than MIG welding since it requires greater hand/eye coordination and requires the simultaneous use of both hands and one foot (controlling the amperage pedal.) TIG welding is a precision welding process particularly useful in high grade artwork and metal sculpture.
The class includes shop safety and hazard awareness and proper use of Personal Protection Equipment.
There will be approximately 2 hours of hands-on instruction in making a weld, different types of welds, and torch and filler rod manipulation.
Patrick Clanton is a professional welder with more than 30 years of experience. He participates in the artisan community on Bainbridge as a welder in support of other artists and as a sculptor in his own right.
Patrick Clanton Email: PHClanton@hotmail.com
You may have seen TV shows such as BattleBots® and thought it might be cool to build a robot of your own. Maybe you'd like a robot to use at home or perhaps to compete in battle. Or possibly you’re thinking you could design a better robot yourself.
This Tech Talk will show the different options for getting into combat robotics from the entry level 150g robots to the enormous robots that can send refrigerators 20 feet into the air! We’ll show examples of each weight class and the typical costs for each.
Keith will address how a competition works and how matches are managed. He’ll also cover the basic components to build a robot and how the BARN ETA studio’s 3D printers and laser cutters can be used to make components. He’ll also show where you can get robots and designs on the internet.
Finally, we’ll talk about the “secrets” to winning and how you can get involved in this new sport. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to build a robot.
Keith La Plain - Keith is a retired physicist who has spent the last 30 years developing medical devices and systems. His experience in electronics, software and more recently mechanical design has driven his interest in robotics and all things IOT.
Join the glass studio for a full week of glass fusion, torchwork, and casting.
Day 1 & 2: Dinner Set
Overview of Project
Glass & Mold Options
Basic cutting/grinding practice
Cut & Assemble Projects
First kiln firing (contour or full)
Day 3: Torches
Overview of working with torches
Complete 2nd Kiln firing (Slump) of dinner set
Unload plates/bowls from kilns and review
Overview of glass heart casting project
Arrange for heart pick up after firing
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.
Students will learn through instructor demonstration and guided hands-on practice how to repurpose and recycle old jewelry into something new. The instructor will provide an assortment of old or broken jewelry/beads and new findings like chains and earring wires to use during the class. Students are encouraged, but not required, to bring in old jewelry they would like to give new life to. All the tools needed will be provided for use during the classes.
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.
Re-use, re-purpose, recycle—that’s the theme of this class! You’ll start with repurposing a pair of jeans: get your scissors out, cut off the pockets and pant legs, and invent yourself a tote bag! In the process, you’ll get an orientation and learn basic sewing machine skills on BARN’s new sewing machines.
You will see how you can use hand-stitching and other techniques for embellishing your bag. From there we’ll share ideas for other projects you can make out of your old jeans.
You are encouraged to bring old, clean, jeans and other denim to use yourself and share with the class. Any color or weight of denim is great! Ask your family and friends to contribute, too! BARN will provide additional thrift-shop and donated denim, plus materials for embellishment such as rivets, beads, embroidery floss, fabric paint, and more.
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 of the Arts Washington Roster of Teaching Artists and passionate about experimenting with new techniques and sharing that journey with students.
Do you have stories or ideas you'd like to share with the world? Join us for this four session class where you will learn the basics of podcasting including how to prepare, record, edit, publish and distribute thoughtful and insightful interviews and stories. By completion of the class, you will be able to construct a 3-8 minute podcast.
Please bring your own PC or Mac laptop, if you have one, or you may use one of BARN's. Chromebooks or tablets are not useable for this class. You will select whether you are bringing your own laptop or using a BARN laptop in the registration process. Please bring your own headphones/earbuds to class as well.
General Course Outline/Key Points:
Learn how to work with metal this summer, or build on your metal-working skills! You'll use your imagination to combine scrap parts to make a 'pet' to take home - a dog, cat, bunny, turtle, or whatever you dream up.
In this four-day class, you'll begin with a safety briefing in our welding and sheet metal shop, then you will learn how to use all the tools you'll need to prepare and build your creations: cutters, grinders, vices, and spot welders.
Next, it's time for you to practice your skills and make your own unique creations with old silverware and other scrap metal parts that have been collected.
This is a great chance to have fun and learn some new skills this summer!
Participants must wear natural fiber clothing, long pants, closed-toe shoes (natural fiber or leather), no stretch fabrics, and long hair tied back. This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you!
Instructor: Bob Mathisrud. Bob was cross-trained in many trades as a stationary operating engineer, for over 20 years.
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Full STEAM ahead! In this class, students will be combining art and technology to make critters (real or imagined) out of common materials like cardboard, paint, and paper and bringing them to life through coding, motors, lights, and a variety of components.
The class will begin by introducing the robotics kits they will be using: micro:bit and the HummingbirdBit. We will explore the different components, how to use them, and code them using block-coding applications like MakeCode. Then they’ll learn different cardboard building techniques and mechanisms that can be used for their creations. They’ll be making music videos and clips with their lip-syncing characters that can then be shared with the world.
This is an introductory class. No prior coding or building experience is necessary. To keep the costs of the class down, robotics kits will be provided for use during class time and will be returned to the instructor at the end of the week. Families will be invited for a socially-distanced sharing time from 3:30 - 4 pm on the final day of the class to view and take photos of student creations.
We recommend students bring their own devices, whether a laptop (PC or Mac), Chromebook, iPad, or iPhone. If they don’t have one, we will have a limited number available to borrow during class. Upon registration, please select 'Using BARN Computer' or 'Bringing Device From Home'.
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
Let’s dive into the world of cake baking and decorating! We will explore how to bake, torte, fill, ice, stack, and decorate a two-tiered cake and best of all you will walk home with your very own masterpiece.
Day 1 - it’s flower decorating time. We will learn how to make gum paste and figure out how to make a giant gum paste hydrangea.
Day 2 - It’s all about the cake. We will bake a deliciously moist chocolate cake from scratch, wrap and chill it for the next day. Our gum paste will be cured by then and we will make green leaves (cut from our self-made stencils), many sugar daffodils, and more loose hydrangea petals out of gum paste. To give these blooms life we will color each petal individually. These will be set aside to dry.
Day 3 - Buttercream! Participants will learn how to make Swiss meringue buttercream to torte, fill, and ice their chocolate cakes. Christine will share her technique for getting straight and level cake sides. It promises to be a messy and delicious day.
Day 4 - On the final day, participants will bring everything together as well as learn more piping techniques to pipe ruffles - horizontally, vertically, diagonally, or make swirls. The cakes will then be stacked and decorated with all the sugar flowers made on day 1. Participants will take home a masterpiece to share with family or friends.
Participants will also learn the importance of cleanliness in the kitchen. All participants will be responsible for assisting in washing up and cleaning the BARN Kitchen Arts Studio in accordance with our restaurant permit standards.
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!
Ktchen Arts trained volunteers can register to volunteer here.