Class Descriptions

Descriptions for our regular workshop classes (taught by Denny) appear below.  Classes taught by guest teachers appear under Guest Teachers & Classes.  Questions?  Contact Denny at info@dennys-workshop.com.

DESCRIPTIONS FOR CURRENT CLASSES:

Open Studio — Days and times vary

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Open Studio Days are an opportunity to come in and work independently on your own personal project.  You have access to all of Denny’s mosaic and glass tools, stamps, stencils, gelli pads, Cricut machine, glass grinder, mat cutter and more.  Work at the shop and make the mess here and not at home.  Free time, space, use of equipment.  Charge varies if you plan to use any of Denny’s materials.

Alcohol Ink 1 — January 26 or 28, 1-4 pm — $15

Explore the world of alcohol inks.  It’s a new way of painting, stenciling, and more.  Learn the basics in one of these two identical classes.  Experiment with Yupo paper (synthetic or plastic paper), watercolor paper, and Terraskin (paper made from rock) and more.  This is a “no fail” class.  Make a “mistake”?  Add another layer or remove the ink that is there.  Create landscapes, flower gardens, and abstracts.  Doodle on the finished art — or not.  It’s fast and it’s fun.  Make greeting cards, framed art pieces, journal pages, backgrounds and much more.

Alcohol Ink 2 — February 3, 6 – 9 pm — $15

This is the second class in the series of exploring alcohol ink.  You’ll take alcohol ink to the next step as you stencil on ceramic tiles, add a stamp and emboss it to make tiles or drink coasters.  Find out what alcohol ink does on silk…  Come and play!

Gelli Printing — March 19, 1 – 4 pm — $10

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If you haven’t tried Gelli plate printing yet, it’s past time!  It’s a fun way to make prints of all sorts to use in journals or scrapbooks, frame, use as wrapping paper, make greeting cards, and more.  Another “no fail” art.  Use a brayer with colors; add a stencil, a mask, or a stamp; use a texture tool; take a print… and then another.  Print on prints.  Wear an apron!

Valentines — February 11, 1-4 pm — $7

Create a mini-book from tags to express your heart for your significant other, child, parent, or BFF.  Give a one of a kind gift/card.  You’ll tape, paint, stencil, and then add your words or those of a favorite poet.

Marbling Paper — February 25, 1 – 4 pm — $5

This class is an introduction to the art of marbling papers.  You will learn the basic process and try your hand at creating fun patterns on different kinds of paper.  It’s a fun afternoon!

Shibori Dyeing — March 4, 1 – 4 pm — $15

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Learn the basic shibori technique of the accordion fold for a contemporary result. You will leave with two indigo and white silk scarves you’ve made yourself following the ancient technique.  This is tie-dying for adults!

Stamp Carving and Block Printing — March 18, 1 – 5 pm — $20

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This is a beginner’s class on learning to carve your own stamps and then  take prints from them.  Leave with at least two stamps you’ve carved and prints of both!

Journaling — Tuesdays from 7 to 9 pm (except for February 14)

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Every Tuesday evening  (except October 26) will be focused on Journaling from 7 to 9 pm.  We will begin by exploring Julie Balzer’s Junque Journal methods and, over time, move on to other methods.    As we experiment with different techniques of art journaling, we will use gelli pads, stencils, layering, collage, paints, memorabilia and more. Cost is $5 per session.

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DESCRIPTIONS FOR PAST CLASSES:

Card and Tag Making — Dec 17, 3-9 pm

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Mosaic Frames — Dec. 18, 1:30-6 pm

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Collages — Dec 19, 1:30-5:30 pm

 

Resin Jewelry — Dec. 20, 2-5 pm

 

Kid’s Krafts — Dec. 22, 1-5 pm

 

Journaling — Tuesdays from 7 to 9 pm (except for October 25)

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Every Tuesday evening  (except October 26) will be focused on Journaling from 7 to 9 pm.  We will begin by exploring Julie Balzer’s Junque Journal methods and, over time, move on to other methods.    As we experiment with different techniques of art journaling, we will use gelli pads, stencils, layering, collage, paints, memorabilia and more. Cost is $5 per session.

Open Studio –Wednesdays from 10 am to 4 pm (except for October 26)

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Join Denny in her studio and use her space and equipment to work on a personal project. Use of Denny’s tools (embossing and die-cut machines, Cricut, binding (plastic combs), mosaic tools, stamps, stencils, embossing folders, tile cutter, and more — is $5 per hour.  Some supplies available for purchase.  Note: If you bring all your own supplies, it is free to just come and work!  Open Studio time is also open to children.  Please contact me if you have a specific project in mind.  I will be announcing what I am personally working on each week and you can join me in my project as well.

Beginning Mosaic — October 16, 1:30 – 5 pm

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Beginning Mosaics introduces beginners to the basics of mosaic making: the variety of materials and adhesives, design and composition, the cutting and laying out of tile, and the grouting process. Supplies such as glass tile, ceramic tile, sheet glass, and china are available for students to explore and incorporate in their work, and all the necessary tools, adhesives, and materials are provided. No prior art experience is necessary.  $25.  Note: Students will need to return at a later date to grout their piece or do it on their own at home.

Beginning Glass on Glass Mosaic — October 29, 12:30 – 4:30 pm

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Beginning Glass on Glass Mosaics focuses on the art of glass mosaics using glass, glass scraps, and other tesserae (small pieces used in mosaics). Using a frame piece of glass as a blank canvas, students will create their own beautiful mosaic design. Students will learn basics of mosaic design, glass cutting, layout and grouting. Note: The piece above used resin to “grout” the design.  Students will learn the difference between traditional grouting and the use of resin. $25 + $5 materials fee.

Polymer Clay Mosaic —  November 2, 9 am – 4 pm

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In this class, you will create a mixed media mosaic art panel using a variety of media including glass tiles, polymer clay tiles, jewelry, and beads. You will create your own tiles with polymer clay using a variety of techniques including stamping, painting or applying micas, and gold leafing. You’ll also learn how to embellish glass tiles and mosaic with beads. You’ll combine all three mixed media materials—glass, clay and beads—into an abstract mosaic that is not grouted. This class is open to students at all levels.  You may choose to bring favorite stamps and any polymer clay tools you have.  Clay, jewelry, and all other materials will be supplied.  Studio will have an assortment of stamps for class use. $30 + $10 materials fee.

Scrapbooking — November 19, 1-9 pm

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Come alone or gather some friends.  Work on your scrapbook.  Use my embossing folders, stencils, stamps, and more.  I’ll clean up the mess afterwards!  Limited amount of paper and ephemera free with class.  Additional products available for purchase. $30.

Coloring — September 17, October 8, and November 5, 6 to 9 pm

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Come relax and color with old or new friends.  Pens, pencils, paints available for use.  Coloring books available for purchase.  FREE.

Lavender Resin Jewelry Class   — July 1-2 — 10 am – 4 pm  — $20

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Embed blooming lavender into resin to make a necklace.  Lavender and other ephemera will be available.  Or bring your own tiny pieces (or photo) to add to a necklace.   Drop in any time, takes about an hour.  Pieces will be available for pick up the next day or can be mailed out.

Happy Mail — July 5 — 7-9 pm — $15

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Bring color, art, joy/laughter/humor into someone’s life by using an envelope created at this workshop.  Learn different techniques.  Walk away with a dozen “happy” envelopes and templates to make more at home…

Arts, Crafts and Kids — Every Wednesday in July and August — 10 am to  noon — $25 each session or $80 for four classes

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Each session will include two or more activities — clay play (building, glazing, and firing included), study famous artists and try their techniques, paper marbling, dyeing, collage, drawing and more…

Open Studio — Every Wednesday in July and August — 1-4 pm — $15 each session

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Join Denny in her studio and use her space and equipment to work on a personal project.  Embossing and die-cut machines, Cricut, binding (plastic combs), mosaic tools, stamps, stencils, embossing folders, and more.  Some supplies available for purchase.

Artist Trading Cards and Lavender Cards — July 8-10 –10 am to 4 pm — $2.

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Drop in during the Helvetia Lavender Festival and make two cards. Use fresh or dried lavender, lavender themed stamps, and embossing supplies.  Kids welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Coloring Books — July 12, July 30, Aug 27  —  6-9 pm — $10 each session

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Come relax and color with old or new friends.  Pens, pencils, paints available for use.  Coloring books available for purchase.

Art Journaling —  July 19, 26, Aug 2 — 7-9 pm — $20 each session  (adtl $10 to purchase journal)

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These three classes can be taken separately or as a series (take all 3 and get the journal free).  Experiment with different techniques of art journaling.  We will use gelli pads, stencils, layering, collage, and more.

Bookmaking — Aug 9,16, 23 — 7-9 pm — $20 each session — $10 materials fee per session

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This class may be taken individually or as a series ($10 discount when you take all 3).  You will come away with a new blank book each week.  The first book we will make is the star.  (Note: Bookmaking is different than bookbinding.)

Glass Fusing 1 — Aug 20 — 9 am – 4 pm —  $20 materials fee

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Come explore the process of glass fusing.  This is an introductory class for people who are new to glass fusing and working with glass.  We will cover the process, vocabulary, practice cutting glass and then creating simple pieces that can be used for jewelry or in mosaics. Note: firing will not be done during class.  Students will need to return to pick up their completed projects approximately one week later.  Class size: 4 students max.  This is a special class.  Please contact Denny for further information.

Scrapbook Retreat — Aug 13 — 1-9 pm — $30

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Come alone or gather some friends.  Work on your scrapbook.  Use my embossing folders, stencils, stamps, and more.  I’ll clean up the mess afterwards!  Limited amount of paper and ephemera free with class.  Additional products available for purchase.

Miniature Gardens — Aug 30 — 7-9 pm — $20 — $10 materials fee

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Create a miniature garden for inside or outside. Variety of vessels available.  Choose two plants and three figurines.  “Landscaping” materials provided.  If you have special items you’d like to include, bring them along.