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Do you want to learn computer programming, or are you looking for a place to practice and improve your coding skills? We invite you to join our online BARN Coders club on Thursday afternoons! If you’re new to coding, we’ll get you started with the Scratch programming language and support you in your learning process. This class is open to those unfamiliar with coding in Scratch, or those who are familiar with Scratch but want to join in the fun with others.
If you already know how to code, you’re welcome to come and work independently on your own projects, with experienced mentors on hand to answer questions and troubleshoot problems that arise. You’ll also get to learn from your peers and make new friends in the process! Parents, you are welcome to participate alongside your children. We look forward to seeing you and what you create in code!
Here is what you will need to have for the class:
1.) A dependable internet connection.
2.) A computer or tablet able to run Scratch in one of the following browsers:
Desktop Compatible Browsers
Note: The online version of Scratch is preferred, but you may also use an offline version which is accessible here - requirements are Windows10+, Android 6/0+, macOS 10.13+, and ChromeOS. FAQ about Scratch are found here.
Our team of mentors is made up of community members who collectively represent a vast range of experience in computing, engineering, robotics, and working with youth. They are all screened volunteers who are eager to get young people excited about programming!
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.**
Break through the barriers of the fabric industrial complex and create your own FAB improv fabrics! Let go of pre-made and pre-printed fabrics and start creating our own textiles starting with one simple shape and working outward to build a one-of-a-kind improv fabric panel. No experience necessary! If you have a basic machine, random fabric, and thread, we will have you creating your own Improv FABric in no time then we’ll transform that fabric into a one-of-a-kind designer tote bag. Be the envy of everyone in the market!
Want to recycle/upcycle your own wardrobe? Feel free to use some of your own garments to cut apart and sew into new textile pieces. Anything goes… denim, linen, cotton… bring it on!
Session One – 2 hours
Homework: finish your fabric panel and baste it to the tote template; make the fabric for the handles
Session Two – 1.5 hrs
Session Three – 1.5 hrs
(You don’t HAVE to use these if you don’t have them on hand but you’ll see us using them in the workshop.)
Meet the instructors:
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz, the inspired creators of Shibaguyz Designz studio.
The Shibaguyz’ award winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of dozens of domestic and international publications. Together, the Shibaguyz team currently has over 300 published patterns and 11 books credited to their name since their first design was featured on a magazine cover in 2010.
Their fashion and portrait photography work can be seen in four of their books. They are sought-after freelance book-packaging designers having created books for major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, and Creative Publishing. The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 30+ years. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues like STITCHES Events, Vogue Knitting LIVE, and DFW Fiber Fest. They also have a wide range of online classes available from Blueprint and Interweave.
Shannon and Jason are proud ambassadors for Aurifil, Clover, BERNINA, Soak Wash, and the Daylight Company. They are working on a new book with C&T Publishing. Look for it in December 2020.
Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures in sewing, stitching, and crafting… so long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.
This class is now full. Please "join waitlist" if you would like us to schedule a later session.
Get hands-on experience with Cold-Bend Hardwood — wood that's so flexible you can tie it in knots, without the need for steam or laminating thin layers. Yet when the wood dries, the shape will be fixed and you can wow your friends by asking: "How in the heck did I do that?"
A Gig Harbor company, Pure Timber LLC, sells the wood for use in everything from curved-roof buildings to wooden bicycles. The wood is also used to great effect by artists, including the instructor for this online class, who made the jigsaw creature with the curved tail and snout shown in the picture. The wood is subjected to intense heat and pressure in a way that compresses the fibers longitudinally but leaves moisture in the cell cavities. Until that moisture evaporates, the wood remains flexible.
Pure Timber sells sample packs on its website, but they start at $120. For this class, you will get a smaller sample pack with sizes that the instructor recommends as a good place to start. Your kit will include at least a dozen pieces 48 inches long in a variety of thicknesses and widths, from 1/8 inch to 1/2 inch, plus at least one piece about 1/8 inch thick and 3 inches wide. The pieces will arrive in plastic wrap, which should keep them flexible.
At the first session, the instructor, Art Liestman, will show how he has used this wood, often as a component of pieces that also involved woodturning. He will share tips and discuss limitations of the wood. Liestman will suggest ideas for experimenting with the material, but there is no set project. You will then have a week to experiment.
At the second session, students will show their projects and the instructor and students will discuss what went well and what didn't. Both sessions will be interactive, so you can ask questions and get answers.
You will need to supply tools and other materials:
Art Liestman, who lives in Vancouver, B.C., is well-known as a wood turner and woodturning instructor. He has presented to woodturners' clubs throughout the United States and Canada, including several repeat trips to the Olympic Peninsula Woodturners. He has been teaching online since the pandemic closures last spring.
He specializes in what he calls the lost wood process, in which he turns turning spindle blanks made of three layers. He then cuts the pieces, separates the layers and glues the outside layers back together to create turned objects that aren't round in cross-section. It was a short journey from that sleight-of-hand to incorporating cold-bending wood in his pieces.
Liestman's work can be seen on his website, artliestman.com
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: Sallie Maron Writers.Lead@bainbridgebarn.org
Learn to make bentwood rings using thin layers of wood called veneer. In this two-evening online class, you will complete one ring and wind up with the know-how and materials to make five to 10 more rings on your own.
During the first session, the instructor will discuss the process, explain what woods work well for rings, and suggest ways you can incorporate patterns into your design. You will begin making your ring by cutting and then steaming or boiling the wood to make it pliable for bending.
You will pick up the process the next session, once the wood has fully dried in place. During this second session, you will glue, sand, and then finish the ring with fast-curing cyanoacrylate (CA) glue, giving you a finished piece that is both lightweight and durable.
The materials fee covers veneers, glue, sanding materials and other disposables, and the shipping cost to mail these to you. If you are a member, you can opt to pick up the materials at BARN and save the shipping cost.
You will need to provide the following:
Kevin Kelly is always making things: building nonprofit databases in his day job, turning bowls on the lathe in the evenings, or building new things for around the yard on the weekend. He has been making bentwood rings since 2014, when he finally gave up on his poorly-fitting wedding ring in favor of a homemade one from walnut.
Due to Power Outages on Bainbridge Island the October 13 session has been canceled.
Share your woodworking successes and challenges and learn what others in the BARN woodworker community are doing in a new series of online meetings.
Scheduled on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings of the month, these sessions will usually begin with a small bit of prepared content, such as pictures of projects that members want to show, or interviews with local pro woodworkers, or tours of home shops — whatever content members of the group suggest. After the prepared content, we’ll have a chance to touch base on areas of interest with each other. You can ask technical questions, share lessons you've learned, suggest classes you'd like to take.
If you have pictures to share or a topic to suggest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Stafford’s Online Weaving Guild is back!!! We are going to gather weekly to virtually watch part of the Season 4 episodes, focusing on twill weaving techniques. You will be sent a zoom link one day prior to each session, we can gather online and through the magic of screen sharing, we can together watch the episode and chat as we view them. Because each episode runs about 3 hours, we will just watch the first hour of the episode, then you are on your own to finish the episode. You must be a subscriber to the JST guild, per agreement with Jane Stafford. We have also shifted the time to 10:00 am. Hope this works for you.
Catherine Camp, email@example.com
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.
**This workshop will be conducted via live streaming with Zoom.**
In this 2.5-hour workshop, you will learn to create six simple book structures for use as greeting cards, photo books or small journals. No art experience necessary. Ten days before class, BARN will mail kits with the materials for six books.
Students will need to supply the following:
All other project materials will be provided in the mailing.
Sally Penley is a fine artist and professional calligrapher living in Olympia. In addition to her love of letters and mixed-media painting, Sally enjoys many forms of bookmaking and creating Asian-inspired
images with Sumi ink and simple makeshift tools on a variety of textures and surfaces. Sally holds a BFA in Visual Communications. Before her “day job” retirement, she was director of communications at Weyerhaeuser Company in Federal Way. Sally manages the Loft Gallery at Buck’s 5th Avenue in Downtown Olympia, where she also has a studio and teaches art and calligraphy classes.
The Inkscape SIG (Special Interest Group) is focused on users of Inkscape for laser cutting and engraving. It is open to anyone interested in kibitzing with other inkscape enthusiasts. Each month may have a specific topic or just a discussion of current interest.
Bring your questions each month and your expertise in Inkscape. This will be a great way to broaden your skills and the skills of the community.
Hosted by Clayton Baber
Please join us for this free event! The Jewelry Online Connections (JOC) is an informal way for us to gather and share. After we have a chance to say “Hi” and catch up with each other, we’ll get right into our monthly topic.
Later in the session, you’ll have an opportunity to share a project that you’re working on, get feedback on a design, or get advice from the other participants on how to solve a technical challenge.
We welcome your suggestions for future topics. If you have a topic that you’d like to host, let us know! Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE: Wednesday, October 28
TOPIC: To Bead or Not to Bead? Demystifying The Art of Bead Weaving
HOST: Chris Eisenberg
Description: An introduction or refresher to the joys of bead weaving. Our discussion will include an overview of types of seed beads, basic tools needed and setting up a work space. If you have done some bead weaving, you are invited to share your experiences with it (good and bad) as well as any projects you have made or that are in progress. For those new to this art, let’s talk about what draws you to it or any fears that keep you at arms’ length. Our session will finish with a brief overview of the “Exploring Bead Weaving” series I will be offering at BARN along with a description of upcoming classes and projects.
Presenter: Chris Eisenberg
Chris Eisenberg discovered beading while recovering from an accident and the resulting traumatic brain injury. Beading was her therapy and credits it for helping her become whole again. Chris has a doctorate in classical piano performance from the University of Northern Colorado and am a performance coach and collaborator at Central Washington University. She has previously taught workshops at the Autumn Artist Retreat and in the Iron Mountain Arts studio near Port Gamble.
Are you interested in photographing distant galaxies and nebula in the night sky? Join astrophotographer Steve Ruhl for an introduction of getting that awe-inspiring image of the night sky.
Session 1:Introduction-We will look at the steps and an overview of what is required for a Deep Sky Astrophotograph.
Session 2:Equipment- We will do a deep dive into the equipment required to obtain an image. How much equipment do you need - what will work and what won’t for your photo.
Session 3:Finer Points- We will look at software, obtaining focus, tracking adjustments and other technical pearls.
Session 4:Constructing an image – How do you take 15 Gigabytes of data and reduce to an image that you can mount on the wall or share with your friends.
Prior to becoming an astronomer, Steve Ruhl had an ill-spent youth in a darkroom. He made the mistake of taking “Introduction to Astronomy” his senior year in college, changed major to physics, and took up astrophotography. After a career as a Computational Physicist and Software Engineer, he spent 10 years as president of the Battle Point Astronomical Association.
BARN’s annual Dark and Stormy Night is creeping up on us again but this year will be a little twisted. Please join us from the comfort and safety of your own place for a few star local authors reading original spooky stories in an online format. You bring your own snacks and cocktails and we will bring the thrills and chills.
Get ready for terrifying tales written and read by:
Garth Stein is the internationally bestselling author of the contemporary classic, The Art of Racing in the Rain, the story of a beloved philosopher dog named Enzo who teaches us everything we need to know about being human. As a major motion picture starring Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, and Amanda Seyfried, it hit the big screen in 2019.
Raven Stole the Moon—as well as a full-length play, Brother Jones “Brother Jones“, which had its premiere in Los Angeles and was described as “brimming with intensity,” by The Los Angeles Weekly.
The Cloven: Book One, the first of a three-book series, illustrated by Matthew Southworth (Stumptown), published in July 2020 by Seattle's own Fantagraphics Books.
Elizabeth George is the New York Times and internationally best selling author of twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her crime novels have been translated into 30 languages and featured on television by the BBC. She is also the author of a young adult series set on the island where she lives in the state of Washington.
A longtime instructor or creative writing, she has taught at colleges, universities, writers’ retreats, and conferences internationally. She is the recipient of the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, France’s Grand Prix di Literatture Policiere, Fullerton, and an honorary MFA from the Northwest Institute of Language Arts (Whidbey Island MFA Program).
She has also written the longtime best selling creative writing book Write Away, has edited two volumes of short stories, and is the executive chair of the Elizabeth George Foundation, which makes grants to poets, emerging playwrights, and unpublished novelists.
Megan Chance is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of several novels. Her work has been chosen for Amazon Book of the Month, Borders Original Voices, and Booksense/Indie Next. The Best Reviews says she writes “fascinating historical fiction.” Her novels have been translated into several different languages. She is included in the short story collection Stories for Suffragette City (Henry Holt, October 2020), and her latest novel, A Splendid Ruin, will be released by Lake Union Publishing in January 2021.
Megan is a former television news photographer with a BA in broadcast communications from Western Washington University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters.
Lynn Brunelle is a four-time Emmy Award-winning writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy with over 25 years’ experience writing for people of all ages, across all manner of media. Previously a classroom science, English, and art teacher for kids K-12, an editor, illustrator, and award-winning author of over 45 titles, Lynn has created, developed, and written projects for Chronicle, Workman, National Geographic, Scholastic, Random House, Penguin, A&E, Discovery Channel, Disney, ABC TV, NBC, NPR, the Annenburg Foundation, World Almanac, Cranium, and PBS.
New Day Northwest as a family science guru, Martha Stewart Radio as a family activity consultant, and a contributor to NPR’s Science Friday, she is the creator of the Mama Gone Geek blog and Tabletop Science (videos that make science fun and accessible). Lynn won five Telly Awards and two CINE awards for her music videos, which range in topics from bullying prevention, child protection, and the adolescent brain for international curriculums through Committee for Children, to independent projects encouraging science literacy and STEAM.
Mama Gone Geek, was released in 2014 and won the Independent Publishing Award Gold Medal. Her newest book, Turn This Book into a Beehive was released in 2018.
Maureen McQuerry is an award winning poet, novelist and teacher. Her YA novel, The Peculiars is an ALA Best Book for Young Adult Readers 2013 and winner of the Westchester Award. Her other novels include the Celtic Mythology duo Beyond the Door and The Telling Stone, and most recently Between Before and After, one of Barnes and Nobles most anticipated historical fictions for 2019. Big Ideas for Little Philosophers, a 4 book series featuring Socrates, Descartes, Aristotle and DeBeauvior, for preschoolers, releases in July 2020 to be followed by Big Ideas for Little Environmentalists.
Warren Read is the author of a memoir, The Lyncher in Me (2009, Borealis Books) and the award-winning novel, Ash Falls (2017, Ig Publishing). His fiction has appeared in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season Review, Sliver of Stone, Inklette, Switchback Magazine and East Bay Review. He is an assistant principal in Bainbridge Island, WA; in 2015 he received his MFA in from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. His latest novel, One Simple Thing, will be released by Ig Publishing in January 2021. Learn more about Warren at www.warren-read.com
Bridget Foley is originally from Colorado, and attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television. She worked as an actor and screenwriter before becoming a novelist. Her first novel Hugo & Rose was published in 2015.
She now lives a fiercely creative life with her family. Bridget's next novel Just Get Home will be published by MIRA in 2021.
Jim Brunelle is an award-winning journalist, television host and author. Winner of the New England AP News Executives Association Award for Editorial Writing and Political Reporting, Jim is an inductee to the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame. He now makes his home on Bainbridge Island, where he continues to write.
Spend Halloween modeling chocolate and making show stopping sugar cameos and sugar roses for your next cake, cupcake or centerpiece. Self taught cake expert, Christine Chapman will share her secrets to modeling chocolate toppers, just in time for holidays. Christine will also share one of her favorite buttercream recipes - swiss meringue. This hands on class promises decorating techniques that you can use time and time again.
This is a live, hands-on cooking class held in your kitchen via Zoom. This class is meant to be as interactive as it would be in the BARN Kitchen. Participants will learn how to work with modeling chocolate and fondant to create edible treats. Registration is limited and will close early to ensure equipment and materials are received in time.
To ensure delicious results, every participant will receive a BARN package (please verify your mailing address when registering) which includes:
1 silicone mold
2 paint brushes
4 oz of black fondant
4 oz of white modeling chocolate
1 exacto knife
3 Halloween stencils
Black sugar sprinkles
Additional supplies that are needed for the class:
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! https://www.crumbs-cakery.com/
In this 3-week course, we will meet on Mondays and Thursdays for an hour and a half each day to discuss design exercises and share our creative responses to them. The daily stress and trauma of our current social environment have a way of shutting off creativity. These design exercises are meant to reinvigorate the creative muscles inherent in every human being. Design elements and principles are the basic visual toolbox of every craft. The elements form the basic vocabulary of visual design, while the principles constitute the broader structural aspects of composition. Join us in getting your creative juices flowing again.
Photo credit: BARN's Certificate of Craft Student, Patrick Azcarate 2020
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 international 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.
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
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.
In these troubled times, the news reminds us daily that the difficult history we share is with us still and we all suffer as a result. The often unexamined legacies of the attempted genocide of indigenous people and the enslavement of Africans, in particular, continue to haunt our land. Through writing fiction, poetry or memoir, we can chart a path to help us move forward together.
This class invites writers from all cultural lineages to bring their stories to the table. Lessons and assignments are designed to fit each individual’s skill level and project—beginner, intermediate, or advanced; fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction. Each session focuses on a different aspect of story craft—narrative arc, sensory detail, dialogue, mature narrator. Participants also learn to critique in ways that are supportive, honest and helpful by practicing deep listening.
Writing can be a spiritual practice that teaches us to be fully present and alive to ourselves and the world. Take a journey inward, tap into your imagination, and find the deep truths and visions. In witnessing one another’s stories, let’s combine our energies to form a creative community of inspiration and compassion.
Laura Bowers Foreman and Ann Holmes Redding met 14 years ago and have been partners in teaching writing for nearly a decade. Their friendship began with sharing their personal stories and discovering common commitments both to writing and healing from ancestral and national historical harms. Together, Laura and Ann embody African, European, and indigenous heritages. Over the years they have jointly participated in a number of circles dedicated to healing and restorative justice.
Dubbed “the story doulas” by one student, Ann and Laura consciously support and coach each writer on the journey from inception to delivery of their work. They are experienced fellow travelers, helping students negotiate the sometimes unsettling information and emotions that may surface en route. They also confer with their students as they discern what vehicle—fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or some combination—best suits the task at hand.
Laura Bowers Foreman offers her students all that she has gleaned from her twenty-five years as a writer. Her writing is informed by a passion for both the environment and social justice at every level, from the personal to the global. Her work has appeared in such publications as The Whitefish Review, About Place Journal, Nature in Legend and Story, Wildlife Conservation Magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor. She also has contributed to the anthologies Memoirs in the Light of Day and The Sweet Breathing of Plants (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), among others.
Ann Holmes Redding brings 40+-years of teaching experience, wisdom, and compassion to her students. Creative expression as a medium for transformation stands at the center of her life work as a spiritual guide, speaker, and instructor. Her essays and articles have been published in the Fairacres Chronicle and The Living Pulpit, as well as in scholarly works. She is co-author Out of Darkness into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Qur’an with Reflections from Jewish and Christian Sources.
Join us for this demonstration introducing viewers to the Lost Wax Casting Process. BARN will soon be offering a "Casting by Proxy" service to Members who wish to have their wax or 3d models cast.
Once a month, starting in December, Members will be encouraged to drop off their wax models or other objects for casting at BARN. More details will be available during this session.
A Casting By Proxy live viewing session will be held online once a month. BARN Jewelry Studio monitors will perform the multi-task process of Lost Wax Casting into metal of wax carvings, 3d print outs, organic materials, or other non-toxic models that have been submitted to the Jewelry studio. We will have these viewing opportunities on our website soon.
Please click here to view a class being offered on Wax Carving Basics beginning on December 5th. Registration closes 11-23 so check it out soon!
November: Pumpkin Bread
Do you like to bake and learn with others? This is a perfect opportunity to get together each month and learn to make a seasonal dessert, and one savory galette. Your instructor will work with you while we all prepare together!
We’ve designed an after-school craft class for youth in BARN’s outdoor classroom this fall! For two Thursday afternoons you will learn the basics of making your own felt creations from wool fibers.
The first week you will make a simple bead that can be turned into a keyring or a necklace, or possibly a mini-creature. As time allows you can start a more complex project making a little critter or small figure.
The second week will be focused on another technique called ‘wet felting’ where you will create a landscape or simple design that will be turned into a small wall hanging.
You will learn how to layer the wool ‘roving’ to create color and depth in your piece. Bundle up for this outdoor craft experience under the canopies in BARN’s backyard. We’ll have an outdoor heater and serve hot cocoa and hot cider for extra warmth! Masks and physical distancing will be required. The fees for this class have been subsidized by a grant from the City of Bainbridge Island in support of youth programs at BARN.
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.
Cropping is one of the best, and easiest, ways to improve your photos. Determining the goal of the photo, and highlighting the parts of the photo that help achieve that goal while removing distracting elements, creates stronger and more impactful images.
In this class, we'll discuss various cropping guidelines, like the Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio, along with popular aspect ratios (if you don't know what those terms mean, you should definitely take this class!) We'll also discuss cropping before you take your photo, using your zoom lens (or your feet), and the location you take the photo from. We'll be using Lightroom and Preview, but the concepts you learn can be applied using any tool. This will be a highly interactive class, and the instructor will use images submitted by the participants to demonstrate the various techniques.
Marc Shor feels amazingly lucky to be alive during this photography revolution. Trained in 35mm and 4x5 film cameras, he worked at Microsoft when digital cameras were first coming out, and started working with a pre-release Photoshop 1.0. He has worked with various iterations of software and hardware photography tools, and is constantly amazed at what is possible now, and what will be possible in the near future. He works primarily on outdoor and landscape photography, along with finding abstract shapes and colors in the natural world. He has studied with Bruce Barnbaum, had several local one-man shows, and, as a professional web developer, is not afraid of the technical aspects of the tools. He's the guy who actually reads the manuals!
This month's Bake Along: Chocolate Torte
Do you like to bake but are gluten free? Baking can be one of the more challenging aspects of following a gluten-free diet. This is a perfect opportunity to get together each month and learn to make a seasonal gluten free dessert in the comfort of your gluten free kitchen. Dharma Cafe chef/owner Katalin Gyorgy will be sharing and guiding you through some of her favorite recipes while you work alongside, via zoom.
A shopping list will be shared 5 days in advance with participants prior to class. Please watch for this email.
Each month on the second Friday of the month, we will feature a new gluten free recipe. This is a live, hands-on cooking class held in your kitchen via Zoom and meant to be as interactive as it would be in the BARN Kitchen.
Katalin Gyorgy has lived on Bainbridge Island for 6 years now and has been keeping her momentum in the art of healing with yoga, body work and creating nourishing, healthy plant based meals. At an early age she learned the art of cooking from her Hungarian grandmother, giving her a deeply rooted Eastern European foundation. This has evolved into creating from her heart and utilizing an intuitive approach. Her interest in food grew as her need for life with a whole health approach.
In February of this year she opened Dharma Cafe located inside Dayaalu Center. Her repertoire is broad and diverse. Katalin is looking forward to sharing skills with you and for you to grow your cooking interests and offerings as she has done. Visit livingyourdharma.com to learn more about the cafe and Kat’s offerings.
We’ve designed a craft class in BARN’s outdoor classroom for homeschoolers and other youth who have Friday mornings free! In two sessions you will get to explore different ways of altering fabric through plant-based pigments. The first week, you will learn about Indigo Dye and how it is made. We will provide a T-shirt and bandana to use to test dying resist techniques known as Shibori. You are also welcome to bring in your own piece of fabric or clothing to dye. The second week you will get to practice the fun activity of pounding flowers onto fabric.
We will provide colorful flower petals and you can collect leaves and flowers from the BARN property. You will design a layout using your chosen leaves and flowers and hammer them into the fabric which will be used to make a wall hanging.
Bundle up for this outdoor craft experience under the canopies in BARN’s backyard! We’ll have an outdoor heater and serve hot cocoa and hot cider for extra warmth! Masks and physical distancing will be required. The cost of this class has been subsidized by a grant from the City of Bainbridge Island in support of youth programs in the community.
BARN's Kitchen is pleased to welcome The Shibaguyz to share their creative spirit and love of food. This is a live, virtual hands-on cooking class from the comfort of your own kitchen. Make a delicious red sauce that you can serve that night or freeze and eat later with the family. The Shibaguys will make cooking fun, interactive, as well as hands on. Follow along, ask questions, interact with others just like you would if you were in the BARN Kitchen.
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz. Their award-winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of domestic and international publications. Over the past ten years they have developed a cult following with their “Fun Food Friday” cooking classes live on Facebook. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in local and national venues. The Shibaguyz live in Seattle with their three Shiba Inu who support their ventures… so long as there’s time for face rubbins.
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:
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.**
Get introduced to 3D printing in this one and a half 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.
In this 2-hour workshop, you will learn to create a lay-flat book with hard cover and heavyweight pages using the heifer hitch binding technique. This book structure is perfect for small journals or photo books. You will create three finished HH books—two sizes, plus your 3” x 4” learning model. No art experience necessary, but some bookbinding knowledge is helpful. BARN will mail the materials for the three books to registered students.
Students will need to supply:
Join Meloni Courtway for a pie 101 workshop - Just in time for the Holidays. Working online from her kitchen, Meloni will guide and instruct you through the secrets to the perfect butter crust in your own kitchen.
Participants are asked to shop and do some minor prep in advance of the class. Recipes and an ingredients list will be provided in the reminder email sent 5 days prior to the class start. Please look for this email.
Meloni Courtway is a professionally trained chef, published food writer and certified teacher of culinary foundations and consumer sciences at Woodward Middle School on Bainbridge Island. As owner of Courtway Catering, a small event company dedicated to making cooking skills and team building part of every kitchen, she taught intimate in home classes and large scale farm workshops, as well as catering events. She has written for Gannett and New York Times publications, and was one of the New York Times first paid food bloggers. Meloni loves working with kids and adults as they explore their own power and capabilities in the kitchen. She also loves pie.
Sashiko, the Japanese hand stitching technique for patching and reinforcing fabric is the hot “new” trend in hand stitching. Traditional Sashiko stitches and modern adaptations can be seen in the visible mending trend, in home décor, and on fashion runways. In this class, we will learn the traditional hand stitched patterns of Kogin Sashiko – a version of the sashiko running stitch that is worked by counting threads or “bars” in fabric to create stunning Japanese motifs of repeating geometric patterns. Once you learn the skills for creating these motifs, you can apply them on a larger scale to overall fabric embellishments and enhancements. Embroidery enthusiasts will love adding this stitching technique to your repertoire.
Session one – 2 hours
Homework: finish beginning motif
Session two – 2 hours
Kit provided by instructor:
Kits will include: fabric, sashiko needle, palm thimble, Aurifil embroidery floss, hand sewing needle, 50 wt thread and extensive handout with Sashiko templates.
Kits will be mailed out to participants 10 days before the class. Please verify your mailing address when you register.
Supplies students need to have on hand
Magnifier lamp (like the Daylight Yo-Yo or Halo Go) – If you need brighter lights or magnifiers for cross stitch and embroidery, you will need that same lighting and magnifier for Kogin. You will probably see us working with one or both of these during class and we definitely use them when we are sitting on the couch and stitching.
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz, the inspired creators of Shibaguyz Designz studio.
Join us for a conversation with Jonathan Evison, New York Times Bestselling author of All About Lulu, West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (made into a movie), This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, and Lawn Boy (set on Bainbridge Island where he grew up).
His latest novel, Legends of the North Cascades, will be published in 2021.
Johnny will talk about his books, his writing process, his family, and whatever else comes to mind. Prepare to be informed, enlightened, moved, and amused.
The format will be conversational so come prepared to pick his brain. What an opportunity!
Jonathan Evison lives with his wife and family on Bainbridge Island and near Sequim.