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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
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: Mary Sloat [email protected]
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.
Studio Lead: Mary Sloat [email protected]
Learn how to use hand tools skillfully in this three-week component of BARN's Beginning Woodworking series.
You will build a two-compartment tote, handy for storing or carrying silverware, garden tools or other items. The project was specifically designed to give you experience with the most common hand tools. You will learn to use:
Instructor: Paul Kury. Paul studied woodworking at Lonnie Bird’s School of Fine Woodworking in Dandridge, Tennessee, and has been an active woodworker for 40 years. His preference is 18th century furniture. Paul also volunteers as a woodworking safety monitor at BARN.
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.**
The Go Your Own Way Tunic is more a concept garment than a strict pattern… especially in this class where we will show you how to take custom measurements and adapt this pattern to fit your body and your life.
This is, by far, our most exciting garment design class to date! We are combining our love of improv and abstract fabric piecing and bringing them back to our garment design roots to create new panels of fabric unique to each maker. Those panels are then used to create the Go Your Own Way Tunic. The resulting garment is loose, drapey, and easy to wear, vibrant, exciting, and as individual as you are.
If you’ve come along with us for one of our improv fabric classes, this is a similar process but presents its own unique challenges that come with using recycled garments to create new, composite fabrics. Step-by-step we will show you how to create these new fabrics all the while avoiding those challenges. We will then use our FAB new fabrics to craft a unique, one-of-a-kind garment that is sure to become your new favorite item in your closet.
Please note that this is a 3-session class. Sessions 1 and 2 will begin at 10:00 AM, break at 12:00 PM for lunch, and resume at 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Session 3 will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Thanks to the generous folx from Eileen Fisher Renew, students close enough to pick up fabric packs at the BARN facility OR choosing to have them mailed, will be able to use pre-sorted selections of upcycled Eileen Fisher garments as their base fabric for the tunic. We’re talking lightweight cotton and linen and blends of similar weight and content … gorgeous fabrics! Kits are available on a first-come-first-served basis. The number of Eileen Fisher Renew fabric kits is limited, so jump in there fast and reserve yours today! And remember, you can use your own fabrics or upcycled clothes for this tunic. If you want a kit when you register, please choose whether you want your kit mailed or will pick up locally at BARN.
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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. In December 2020 they published their newest book from C&T Publishing, Boro & Sashiko, Harmonious Imperfection: The Art of Japanese Mending & Stitching.
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.
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Learn the basic features of LightBurn, essential software that controls both of our new laser machines. This is the software you'll use whether you are quickly cutting out some parts for your project or are fine tuning your complex etching. LightBurn software replaces RetinaEngrave you may have used previously.
This class will get you started and will help you implement your own creative laser designs. This class is not a substitute for "Intro to the Laser Cutter".
Who should take this class?
If you took "Intro to the Laser Cutter" on the Full Spectrum Laser, this class can get you up and running with our new laser cutters. If you've taken "Intro to the Laser Cutter" on the new lasers and are ready to see how to get more from LightBurn, this class is for you. If you used Inkscape and RetinaEngrave with the FSL and didn't like the software, this class is for you. If you loved using Inkscape and RetinaEngrave, you'll learn how LightBurn fits into your workflow.
The class covers the basics of LightBurn in the laser cutter workflow. It also covers setting laser parameters for cutting and engraving, importing your designs, vector graphics (line art) vs raster graphics (pixel art), manipulating shapes and tuning images, using the laser libraries, and previewing your work.
Prerequisite: Laser 101: Intro to Laser Cutter Operations
Class size is limited to 6.
Mike Schrempp is enjoying retirement after spending 39 years in the design and development of computers. He’s done product development, mechanical part design, engineering management, and architected servers used in big data centers at Amazon and Microsoft. Now he enjoys making things -- from wood, plastic, metal, food, and Python code -- and showing others some of the tricks he’s learned along the way.
Instructor: Charles Sharpe
Like children, the picture book may be short, yet filled with variety and discovery. We’ll explore the range of voices and themes possible within 32 pages, begin gathering a toolbox of exercises to help get you from beginning to end, and, most of all, celebrate the process of writing for children too young to read.
George Shannon has been working with children and children’s books for nearly 50 years. His first picture book was accepted for publication in 1979 and he continues to write and submit in a world that often feels light years away from that beginning. His published works for children include narratives such as Dance Away and A Very Witchy Spelling Bee and concept books such as White is for Blueberry, Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar? and One Family.
Add dynamic color to your jewelry with enamel! Fired glass can be added to fabricated, cast, or even metal clay jewelry. It's fun, easy, and the results are stunning!
This two session class will introduce you to the vast world of enameling. Each session you will learn different techniques that can be combined or used separately. Topics to be covered include: torch and kiln firing, painting and sifting techniques, surface textures, sgraffito, limoges, and multiple enameling techniques. All base materials will be provided.
In each session you will make several samples of different techniques and walk out with one or more completed pieces of enamel jewelry!
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 enameling jewelry masters Linda Darty, Jessica Calderwood, Mi-Sook Hur, and Aurélie Guillaume. Karin achieved Graduate Jeweler status under Alan Revere of the world renowned Revere Academy of San Francisco, California, 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.
Contact: [email protected]
Mastering the Hook, the Query Letter, and the Verbal Pitch
Agents report that they’re flooded with more queries and proposals than ever before, even as publishers cut back the number of books they produce each year. How can you break through the noise and get your project noticed? This class will help you step back and see your fiction or nonfiction work through fresh eyes and a business-based perspective. We’ll identify the things that make your work unique, marketable, and irresistible to publishing gatekeepers, and then with lots of examples and time for practice and personal feedback, we’ll work on verbal “elevator pitches,” the short hooks that are also great for query letters. We’ll also cover the structure of a query letter, and some tips and tricks for getting an agent or publisher’s attention.
This is also a valuable class for self-publishing writers who want to pitch their books so that readers pay attention.
Beth Jusino is a publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors, with almost 20 years of experience helping writers navigate the complicated space between manuscript and final book. A former literary agent and marketing director, she’s the author of the award-winning The Author’s Guide to Marketing and has ghostwritten or collaborated on half a dozen additional titles. Beth is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, a regular speaker for Seattle Public Library’s #SeattleWrites workshops, and has taught at writers’ conferences across the country. Visit her online at www.bethjusino.com or on Twitter @bethjusino.
This class combines both TIG #1 & TIG #2. TIG #2 is normally the second in the TIG welding series to be taken after the TIG #1 class. However, in this combined class the instructor will provide instruction for both beginners as well as those who’ve already taken the TIG #1 class. Students will progress from making a basic TIG bead to the techniques and practice required to make TIG welded joints. Students will learn how to perform different kinds of TIG welds – butt, lap, “T”, corner, and edge.
TIG welding requires more dexterity and practice than MIG welding. Students are encouraged to use open studios to practice their technique and develop confidence. The goal at the end of the class is to feel comfortable with the operation of the welding machine and the TIG welding process in performing different welds.
Erin Munter was raised locally on the Island. In her 20's she moved to Oakland, California and attended the welding program at Laney College for 4 years. During this time she interned and volunteered at a metal arts school called The Crucible. She returned to Bainbridge Island and began doing furniture bases and other fabrication for Coyote Woodshop. Eventually she moved on to work at an Island fabricating shop as well as teach at another Kitsap area school aimed towards children's welding education. She still currently does fabrication all over Kitsap. Her passion is everything welded including large and small indoor and outdoor household amenities. She also takes part in the local art community with sculptures in local shows past and future.
Contact: [email protected]
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
DIY e-Bike SIG
There are lots of acronyms in that title, so let’s break it down, starting at the end.
SIG: Special Interest Group. Basically, that’s a fancy name for a club.
e-Bike: electric bike. I.e., a bike with both pedals and a small battery-powered motor.
DIY: Do It Yourself.
So if you’re interested in making your own e-bike, either from a kit or from scratch, tune in! Perhaps you have an e-bike and want to experiment with some DIY tweaking? You’re also welcome! Or if you’re simply curious, we won’t turn you away either – come take a peek.We’ll meet once a month online, and we might get together once in a while to check out the bikes (and projects) in person. After a short talk, we’ll take questions, problem-solve, and show off our projects.
Possible topics (subject to change):
September: Building an e-bike from a kit
October: Fixing a dead e-bike and turning it into a dual-motor monster
November: Batteries. Power vs range. Buy vs build. Charging and discharging.
December: Who needs two wheels? Let’s talk about one-wheel.
* This class has prerequisites. Please see below.
Make two bowls 6 to 7 inches in diameter in this two-session class as you build your woodturning skills and learn some of the special techniques and insights needed for bowl-turning.
The best (and most fun) way to hone your bowl-turning skills is to use green wood for the blanks. In this class you will turn two green-wood bowls, working on smooth and efficient cuts. In the first session, you will learn the best bowl shape for a novice turner, how to safely mount the blank on the lathe, and how to use of a scroll chuck and bowl gouge. You will also learn how to maintain even wall thickness, and how to treat the bowl to prevent cracking while it dries. In the second session, in addition to turning a second bowl, you will learn the basics about balancing grain and which Northwest woods are best for turning.
By successfully completing these two sessions and turning two bowls, you will have a good understanding of the process and techniques, and be qualified to turn bowls of this size independently during Open Studio time in the BARN Woodworking Studio.
While this class is oriented to novice turners, it is also appropriate and useful for experienced turners who have predominantly used scrapers and wish to acquire or improve their gouge skills.
Photograph by Joy McCallister Photography.
Instructor: Jamie Straw
In this class you will learn about basic metal cutting, and the tools in the BARN machine shop studio used for drilling, turning, milling, sawing and grinding. There will be a basic demonstration of what the drill press, lathe, milling machine, cut off saw, band saw and surface grinder do. Throughout, there will be an emphasis on safety issues surrounding these powerful and potentially dangerous machines.
This class is all about using the camera in your smart-phone to photograph objects in metal or glass. We will look at lighting, backdrops, props, and the use of tripods. This class will focus on how-to get a good image through Focus, Lighting, Shadows, Angle. Photo file naming conventions (.jpeg, .raw, .tiff and others) will be covered along with how-to transfer digital images to computers. Focus and lighting will be at the top of the discussion list.
The instructor will set up a sample “photo shoot” for several items, and show how adjustments can be made to achieve the final photo. Students will get a chance to take photos followed by discussion of ways to resolve difficulties.
Ms. Dinah Satterwhite is an active artist living on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She manages the regional Studio Tour, and coaches artists. She is a professional photographer and specializes in photographing artists’ work. Her work is displayed in art galleries and stores.
*Prerequisites are required to take this class. Please see below.
This class is intended to introduce the operating concepts and safety protocols needed to operate BARN's CNC metal lathe.
We’ll cover CNC lathe basics beginning with the details of the machine, understand motion on the Z & X axes in the lathe, various cutting tools, the tool library and diameter & Z-offsets. We’ll also touch on different ways to generate g-code (the language that instructs the CNC machine what to do and where to do it). Finally, we’ll create some simple g-code, cut some air and if there’s enough time, cut some material.
David Hays retired from his IT services company of 25+ years. As a young man, he worked as a machinist while gaining his engineering degrees, and went on in his later years to create his own hobby machine shop that included a DIY CNC mill.
Contact: David Hays at [email protected]
Instructor: Jeanne Huber
Share your woodworking successes and challenges and learn what others in the BARN woodworker community are doing in a new series of online meetings.
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 [email protected].
Interested in accessing the Jewelry Studio Makers Space at BARN? Then this session is designed for you!
This orientation/ skills assessment is required for all who wish to work in the Jewelry Studio during open studio times and already has some previous experience making jewelry.
Participants will be asked to demonstrate basic tool use you are familiar with. At the end of your assessment, you will be issued a skills card noting what tools and equipment you are able use based on what you have demonstrated proficiency with during this assessment.
For BARN Guests and Members, successful completion of this short session will be allowed access to the Jewelry Studio for working independently on projects of your choosing during monitored Open Studio hours only. Please note that the general open studios times are free to Members. For guests/non-members there will be a $20 drop-in fee (please bring cash or check made out to BARN) to use Open Studio. To view the Open Studio times click here.
Areas generally covered during this orientation:
Questions? Contact Karin Luvaas [email protected]
This is hands-on introduction is aimed at students interested in trying MIG welding.
(Note: the A represents an Amateur welder is the instructor in the MIG #1A title. P would indicate Professional welder).
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
Henry is an amateur welder.
Contact: Henry Sharpe: [email protected]
**This live demonstration will be streamed via Zoom.**
Join the Shibaguyz as they give you a FREE Demo course in making a great meal with just some “stuff” from your local Farmer’s market! Why is this class free? Consider this a THANK YOU gift from the Shibaguyz -- they have enjoyed having you in their classes and want to teach you something easy and fun to make and also alert you to the classes they will be teaching through the end of the year!
This is a live, virtual demo style cooking class from the comfort of your own home. The Shibaguyz will make cooking fun and interactive. Follow along, ask questions, learn with others just like you would if you were in the BARN Kitchen. Cooking along with the Shibzguyz is optional for this presentation but feel free to cook this amazing meal right after this demo class. You will receive the recipe one day before the start of class.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have it easy when it comes to finding fresh produce. Local farmers bring in their wares daily to various weekly farmers markets throughout the area with some of these markets running year around. Most of us only have to drive a few blocks to pick up fresh winter greens in January, fragrant strawberries in July, and juicy tomatoes in September. The food is there waiting for us to come and get it.
This recipe came about from one of the Shibaguyz’s weekly visits to the West Seattle Farmers Market. After spending the better part of the morning shopping and visiting their farmer friends they would arrive at home around lunchtime ready to eat anything in sight. Luckily their bags held everything needed for a delicious, healthy(ish) quick lunch that was ready about the same time the groceries were put away.
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.
In this class you will be introduced to the components of the tool room lathe; safety issues, and how to use the lathe to make various types of shapes. During the class you will make a pretty and functional spinning top to take home.
Instructor Bio: Peter Moseley is a retired mechanical engineer and manufacturing manager who’s shop experience includes making operating live steam 2.5”/foot scale narrow gauge model locomotives along with an associated outdoor railroad.
Contact: David Hays [email protected]
*This class has prerequisites, please see below.
In this class you’ll build on your previous casting and pattern-making experience to make a basic mold using your pattern, assist in pouring the bronze into the mold, and then cleaning and finishing your bronze piece.
This class is offered in conjunction with Alchemy Industrial Arts (AIA) at their facility. Intermediate Casting is one of several classes in a series that builds toward a working knowledge of casting in the foundry. The series includes:
• An Introduction to Metal Casting (an online class)
• Beginning Casting in the Foundry (hands-on)
• Pattern-Making for Foundry
• Intermediate Casting in the Foundry
• Advanced Casting (an Open Studio format)
Location: This is an off-site class.
Alchemy Industrial Arts
9392 Wardwell Ave NEBainbridge Island WA
Frank Wurden - While getting his BS Electrical Engineering degree at University of Washington, Frank also obtained a BFA degree with emphasis in life drawing, sculpting and foundry art working with green sand, CO2 sand casting, investment casting, and ceramic shell casting. Sculpture materials were clay, foam, wood, or wax for the patterns, and casting in aluminum, bronze and stainless steel. Frank says it’s been many years since actually casting, so it’s great fun to get back into it! “I totally enjoy the entire process and look forward to helping other people do the same.”
Jeff Oens is a widely renowned sculptor with his bronze artwork exhibited in prominent art collections and public displays across the United States and Canada. Jeff is best known for his outstanding wildlife sculptures, but his portfolio also includes human figures, mythical creatures, and other diverse subjects, ranging in size from miniature to monumental. Many of Jeff’s sculptures can be seen around the industrial park on Three Tree Lane.
Mario Oblak - Mario honed his passion for casting metal with BFA (UofW) and MFA (Rhode Island School of Design) degrees in Sculpture. Creating, designing and building in different materials and mediums is a joy, but working in liquid metal is “it” for him. Mario feels “Casting is a magical process that requires patience, skill, labor and teamwork, with the results both satisfying and permanent.” By sharing his knowledge and experience, Mario wants to help others explore, learn, and develop skills so they can see their ideas come to life.
Discover the best and most enriching journaling practice for archiving the stories that run through your days and revisit those memories already long in the past. Instructor Chelsea Leah will share five important factors for achieving a satisfying memoir journaling practice. She’ll also lead a journaling exercise for each of the five factors with room for a brief share and discussion at the end. With these tools, writers of all ages can craft and document their memories and learn to love the process.
Have handy your journal, a favorite pen, and a memory or two to write about (or photos from the past to use as reference).
Books referenced during the class: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldman, Stranger than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk, Traveling with Ghosts by Shannon Leone Fowler, and Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain.
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 weekend (in-studio) class is designed for students of all levels to become familiar with the jewelry studio space and tools. You will learn how to safely and efficiently use jeweler's tools through instructor demonstration and guided hands-on practice exercises. Students will start with a studio tour/facility walk through, studio guidelines, safety and policies. In addition, you will learn how to acquire a skills card and learn about our open studio protocols.
The skills you will be introduced to are: how to safely use a jeweler’s saw, bench shear, step shear, disc cutters, files, hammer identification, stamping tools, dapping tools, pliers, rolling mill, flex shaft, and the buffing wheel.
All of these skills will help you feel more comfortable and confident in our studio or yours and ready you for project classes. Each student gets to take home their samples and handouts for future practice and revision.
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
Get to know the names of the tools in the student Tool Box and the tools in the Jewelry studio. Learn how to handle them safely through a series of introductory exercises. Safety teams will help each other remember and practice safe tool protocols. October 13 & 14 sessions will be an introduction to torch use for annealing, safe handling of torches with installing regulators safely as well as lighting torches.
Safety in the Studio
Please read the Jewelry and Fine Metals Studio safety protocols here. BARN-wide safety protocols can be found here. All participants will be required to wear a mask.
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 internationally 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.
In this 6 session class, we will meet online Monday and Wednesday afternoons to discuss the design exercises and share via Zoom our creative responses to them. Each class will have a slide show of a different historical design movement and explore design through thought provoking exercises.
Design elements and principles are the basic visual toolbox of every Craft discipline. The elements form the basic vocabulary of visual design, while the principles constitute the broader structural aspects of composition. This class is the beginning of a journey to understanding how design principles and elements shape our world.
Students will need:
Registration will close on Saturday, October 2nd.
Come on over to BARN after school for Youth Maker Mondays this fall!
After this class you will amaze your family and friends with your command of GLASS! Learn about the magic of stained glass using the copper foil technique to create pieces that sparkle in the sun. You will assemble two projects from several available patterns. Your choice of colored and textured glass will make for a very personal project. Prior to tackling your project, you will learn to hand cut clear glass, copper tape and then solder the shapes together into a 10-square design.
By Day 2 you will be cutting curves and using a glass grinder to finish the shapes of your heart project for a better fit. By the end of the class you will have a good understanding of the copper foil technique for stained glass; how to cut glass in straight and curved lines with carbide glass cutters, how to use a diamond glass grinder, copper foil techniques to assemble glass pieces, tacking and soldering the fit pieces into a beautiful piece.
You may also get to learn patina techniques to provide contrast and set off the colors of the glass. A border will be added to your last piece to further enhance the look and provide strength for hanging. Students that may have had previous glass cutting and stained-glass experience may choose a more complicated pattern with the instructor’s approval. The instructor’s focus is on your completion of a nice-looking project rather than the complexity of a project.
The material fee covers all materials and equipment required for your project. BARN ensures safe practices and a safe environment for the students; any special considerations should be discussed beforehand. While working with soldering irons at high temperature, we request you wear cotton or other natural fiber clothing.
Jim Washington comes to BARN with 35 years in vocational education settings. He has taught classes in cold, warm and hot glass, glass batching, ceramics, manufacturing, woodshop, and composites. His first love was the glass arts program in Central Kitsap which he built and ran for 12 years.
Comic Connections is all about storytelling through drawing. From simple pencil doodles to the pages of any Marvel action thriller, comics are a form of communication that goes beyond language. Funny or serious, hilarious or heartbreaking, full of witty dialogue or completely wordless -- comics can be all this and more. In this course, we will explore different ways of making comics, create our own comics, and collaborate with each other to learn what makes a comic work.
Students will be encouraged to use different mediums, techniques and styles, and to let their creativity shine! Over the course of three sessions, students will develop and make their own comics, as well as collaborating and contributing to a "class comic": a free-form group project where students can show what they've learned.
Sarah Neff is an illustrator and artist in Seattle. She grew up in Northeast Ohio, where both of her parents worked for the local newspaper. As a result, Sarah read the comics pages every day, and this grew into a lifelong obsession with comics, drawing, and visual storytelling. Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2018, drove out West and has lived in Seattle ever since!
Her professional work involves illustrating children's books (and the occasional Shakespeare edition), editorial comics and freelance illustration for a variety of clients. In her spare time she makes webcomics, personal comics, graphic novels and all kinds of nerdy things. Dungeons & Dragons, video games, history and historical fiction have been an endless well of inspiration for her work. She's so excited to teach what she loves here at BARN!
Try three of the many different crafts available in the fiber studio, or choose your favorite and build deeper skills.