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A message UPDATE from BARN’s Executive Director:
Dear BARN community:
In response to updated guidance from the CDC and the Washington State Department of Health, BARN will continue to be closed through the end of April.
However, the real story is how our volunteers are stepping up with creativity and care to make a difference in our community. BARN is working with Bainbridge Prepares and COBI's Emergency Operations Center to organize volunteers who are making face masks for health care providers. Several studios have donated N95 masks and nitrile gloves that they had in stock. We are keeping our commercial kitchen available for organizations like Arms Around Bainbridge to continue to provide healthful meals to families in need. This past weekend, the Woodworking Studio designed and built outdoor food cabinets for Helpline House, so they can continue to provide food to those who need it.
In addition, we are making connections through Internet channels. BARN staff and volunteers are developing ideas for online learning and sharing. Certificate of Craft students and faculty are learning through technology: doing design work and home jewelry projects.
If you want to learn more about how you can contribute to the COVID-19 response, please contact https://www.bainbridgewa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=638
Listen to the latest BCB/BARN media arts podcast with Loren Bast of Bainbridge Prepares:https://www.bestofbcb.org/were-all-in-this-together/
Thank you for your understanding and support. I continue to welcome your questions, ideas, or concerns. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May we all remain healthy and be happily reconnecting in person, soon,
Denise M. Dumouchel, PhD
NEW: This class will take place with Zoom video-conferencing.
Writing for middle grade readers is an incredibly rewarding experience – magic is made when such earnest readers engage with an author’s work. With New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Honor recipient, Kirby Larson, workshop participants will spend the day exploring the key elements of successful middle grade fiction, through conversation, examples from published work and in-class writing exercises. Come prepared to channel your inner 11-year-old! Substantial doses of humor and chocolate included.
Kirby Larson is the acclaimed author of the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, Hattie Big Sky, and its sequel, Hattie Ever After. In addition to the Dogs of WWII series-- which includes Duke, Dash (Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Prize), Liberty, and Code Word Courage-- she has written The Friendship Doll, The Fences Between Us and Audacity Jones to the Rescue and Audacity Jones Steals the Show (an Edgar award nominee).
With good friend Mary Nethery, Kirby has written the award-winning Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival (illustrated by Jean Cassels) and the New York Times bestseller, Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle.
Instructor Bio: Once a journalist in New York, A.C. Fuller now writes stories at the intersection of media, politics, and technology. He’s the author of eight novels in two series: The Alex Vane Media Thrillers and Ameritocracy. Before he began writing full time, he was an adjunct professor of journalism at NYU and an English teacher at Northwest Indian College. He lives with his wife, two children, and two dogs near Seattle.
The class covers how to prep a design for cutting and engraving on the laser cutter as well as the set-up, settings and operation of the laser cutter.
Optional: Bring a laptop with Inkscape installed. It is the free design software we use with the laser cutter. Click here to go to Inkscape.org where you can download it. There are versions for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. This is not strictly necessary, but will help you get the most out of this class.
Successful completion of this workshop is the first step toward becoming qualified for independent operation of the laser cutter. It also prepares you for more advanced laser cutting classes.
Class size is limited to 4.
Contact Annette Walker: ETA.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org
Writing by chasing publishing trends is a fool’s errand. Narratives about apocalyptic survival and vampires can be hot one day and over by the time you finish writing your book. In this class we will discuss the types of universal stories readers and publishers truly want, and how your unique voice and life experience can inform a story that speaks to readers today, and still holds universal themes and timeless truth.
Jennifer Longo is a novelist with Random House Books. Her first two YA novels, Six Feet Over it and Up To This Pointe were both finalists for the Washington State Book Award. Her third novel, What I Carry, received a starred review from Kirkus and publishes January 21, 2020. Jen holds a B.A. in Acting from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Humboldt State University, and lives in the PNW with her husband and daughter. Join Jen for updated book tour dates, blog posts, and other antics at www.jenlongo.com
In this open studio one or more experienced machinists will be on hand to assist you with your project. The prerequisite for attending this Open Studio is Machine Shop Orientation and preferably at least one lathe and milling class.
Some experience with machine tools desired. Bring your own metal or plastic and hardware for your project. Bring safety glasses and hearing protection may be needed. We have ear plugs available.
Get checked out on the Woodworking Studio’s major power tools not covered in the Tools 1 safety class. This Tools 2 safety class may be taken without first having taken the Tools 1 safety class. Provided you have also attended our free Orientation to the Woodshop class, completing Woodshop Tool Safety 2 will qualify you to use the following tools during Open Studio time or in classes that have this as a prerequisite:
In this class the print maker will be able to create monoprints (1 of a kind prints) using the technique of layering hand cut paper stencils. The student will create their own stencils and print the shapes on a plexiglass plate with etching inks using the Takach press. These abstract layered prints will have depth and reveal surprises.
Martha Makosky has been a printmaker for 15 years. She finds the most fun in learning new techniques and combining them in different ways, collecting and layering materials in response to the emerging image. See more of Martha’s work at www.marthamakosky.com
Learn to create beautiful wirework jewelry and improve your soldering skills! Filigree jewelry is made all over the world, from Thailand to Norway to Mexico and everywhere in between. In this class, you will learn how to make these graceful and intricate pieces yourself. We will explore how to construct wire frames to create forms that are lightweight but strong. We'll then work with different soldering methods, including chip solder, paste solder, and dry powdered solder. You will leave with a pair of filigree earrings, a pendant, or both. This is an intermediate-level course; some experience with soldering is required.
Instructor: Peggy Foy received a formal training in metalsmithing from the University of Georgia, graduating with a BFA in Jewelry/Metalwork. Drawn by the vibrant arts community (and the natural beauty and ethical sensibilities of the region), Peggy relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2005. She served on the board of the Seattle Metals Guild from 2011-2018, and was its President from 2016-17. Peggy teaches at art centers throughout the Puget Sound region, and in 2020 she opened an art jewelry gallery within her Pioneer Square studio. Visit www.arcanametalwork.com for more information.
**This is a 21+ event. Registration is required.**
It’s time to create the aromatic flavors of Moroccan cooking in this “hands-on” class where you will be preparing three dishes typical of a Moroccan midday meal. This is the largest meal of the day, so it is traditionally heartier than the late evening meal.
The Moroccan Table menu will include:
During this class your cooking adventure will introduce you to a range of traditional dishes; including a Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons and Olives (including instructions for making preserved lemons at home), Zaalouk, an eggplant and tomato dish that can be a side dish or a vegetarian main, and a Moroccan Chocolate Mousse for dessert. As a bonus there will be a quick tutorial on Moroccan-Spiced Oranges, an alternative end of meal dessert that you can make at home.
Class will culminate in a sharing of the food prepared at our Chef’s Table where the fruits of our labors will be paired with Mediterranean wines and stories of the region.
Marcia Newlands is a chef and recovering attorney who has been cooking since she was small. She spends as much time as possible traveling in the Mediterranean countries. Her classes will include detailed instructions on the recipes, suggestions for wine pairings, as well as tales of living, traveling, and eating in the Mediterranean world.
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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:
The Ham SIG (Special Interest Group) is open to newly licensed amateur radio operators (and OT/old timers alike), those who are interested in becoming hams and the radio curious.
Each month there will be a different radio-related topic. A presentation will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.
May topic TBD. Stay tuned.
Cost: Free to members and non-members
Organized by BARC (Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club)
Lace knitting is all about making strategically placed decreases and holes (yarn-overs) in your knitting to create beautiful, intricate, flowing designs that look much harder to make than they really are.
Come to the Fiber Studio on Sunday afternoon, May 17, 2020 for a no stress hands-on session where you will become familiar with common lace knitting techniques and make a knitted lace bookmark (or begin a lace scarf).
This lace knitting session is for new knitters or more experienced knitters wanting to expand their range of techniques. You should be confident with basic knitting skills including casting on, knit, purl, and basic increases and decreases.
What supplies students should bring:
Bring size 10 (or sizes 9 to 11) straight or circular knitting needles and (optional) 200+ yards of worsted weight yarn to make a scarf.
( We encourage students to go to Churchmouse, our local Bainbridge Island yarn store, for material supplies.)
Instructor Bio:Terry Winer is a long-time knitter, spinner, dyer, and sewist who enjoys creating a community of fiber artists who get together work on their fiber projects.
No registration needed. Free for members. Open to non-members. For non-members, there is a $20 drop-in fee payable to the studio monitor by cash or check made out to BARN.
All are welcome to drop by during this Open studio if you would like to observe.
No registration needed. Free for members. Open to non-members. For non-members using the studio, there is a $20 drop-in fee payable to the studio monitor by cash or check made out to BARN. There is no charge for stopping by to check out the studio.
Designed as a user's guide to BARN's Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio, this free orientation session is required for all who wish to work in the Woodworking Studio. It will cover everything from shop etiquette to specifics of how to use the shop's dust collection and compressed air systems. Overall BARN policies, as well as shop-specific ones, will also be covered.
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.
This class is free, but please register so we know how many to expect.
Instructor: Jeff Williams
Wondering what Letterpress is? Whether you are a beginner or an experienced letterpress printer, drop in any time between 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM during this monitored studio session to become acquainted with BARN’s Letterpress Studio — its equipment, tools and resources. Join us for one or more sessions to get your questions answered and talk letterpress. Please see our calendar for other dates and times.
Free event - all levels of learners are welcome
No prerequisites required
Please register so we know how many to expect
Letterpress Monitor Bio's:
Hidde Van Duym is a Founding Member of BARN and is a member of the Book-Arts/Letterpress Steering Committee. He is a book-arts artist whose work has been shown at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, Roby King Gallery, Craft in America, and the Artist's Books Collection at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. He regards the letterpress as an opportunity to expand his book-arts horizons.
Peggy Graving is a member of the steering committees at the BARN for the Book Arts/Letterpress Studio and the Printmaking Studio. Her letterpress knowledge and skills have been developed in multiple BARN courses taught by Ellie Mathews and Carl Youngmann of The North Press in Port Townsend.
This workshop is all about photographing bright, shiny and tiny objects in metal or glass. We will look at lighting, backdrops, props, and the use of tripods. Students are encouraged to bring samples of their own work and we will choose a variety of items to photograph. Focus and lighting will be at the top of the discussion list.
The most common issues in photographing bright, highly reflective, small scale objects will be addressed. 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.
Instructor: 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.
Join like-minded photo enthusiasts for a morning of shooting and sharing. We will meet at 7:15 AM for coffee at Blackbird Bakery and then set off photographing in the Eagle Harbor Area for 1.5 to 2 hours. During the coffee chat, the instructor will provide a shot list to kick-start and provide ideas for the shooting process.
We will return to BARN at about 9:30 AM to edit our shots down to 3-5 which we will share and discuss. Suggestions for improvements, image edits and next steps will be offered by the instructor. Don’t be shy. This will be a friendly and positive experience whether you are a beginner or a more experienced amateur shooting with your mirrorless / DSLR.
There will be a few iMacs available for image importing, reviewing and selecting. If you have a laptop, please bring it so that we can efficiently sort our images and make them ready for viewing.
If the weather is truly inhospitable, we will reschedule for a future date and you will get a “raincheck”.
7:15 - 7:30 Coffee and Chat at Blackbird Bakery
7:30 - 9:30 Shoot Pics
7:55, 8:55 Ferries Arrive - Depart
9:30 - 10:30 Edit shots down to favorites (@ BARN)
10:30 -12 Review and Discuss Shots
Ken Rothmuller has been shooting images since getting his first camera as a teenager. Later in life he had both a B/W and color darkroom before switching over to a digital workflow. More recently he has had the opportunity to study under some great mentors, including: Jay Maisel, Joel Meyerowitz, Eddie Soloway, and Margo Davis.
Ken especially enjoys traveling with his camera allowing him to see new places more deeply, cementing memories and giving him the opportunity to interact with locals.
He has taught photo workshops and photography courses at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. You can reach Ken at: email@example.com
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The Ring Border Basket is a challenging and rewarding intermediate level basketry workshop.
Students will brush up and sharpen their twining skills during the first day of the workshop while making the basket base. There will be many colors to choose from to create a dynamic combination.
A stunning Ring Border will bring this basket to completion.
Student baskets will measure approximately 6” tall by 18” in diameter.
During all three days we will discuss the importance of tension on the materials, hand/finger placement, shaping and materials selection.
The Ring Border Basket uses multiple diameters of round reed that have been dyed with cellulose fiber dyes. All weaving materials have been selected and prepared for ease and flow during the workshop.
Students should bring:
For directions, transportation, and lodging information click Getting to BARN.
Ages 18+ Welcome.
Instructor Bio: Peeta Tinay grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born into a family of creatives: her father a chemist by day and a jeweler by night, her mother a painter and weaver. Art work from both parents and their friends filled the house throughout her childhood. Her grandfather was an inventor, keeping a fully functional foundry and pattern shop behind the family home. Roaming through his old work buildings was always an adventure. This early creative environment was fertile ground through which she came of age and discovered her life’s work. From 1990 to 2000 at The Caning Shop in Berkeley California she was introduced to techniques involved in the restoration of wicker furniture. In 2000 a move to Washington gave a fresh start motivating her to branch out. She continued restoration work and also started making wicker pieces from the ground up using 1920's wicker as inspiration.
Artist Statement: I spent the first two decades of my career learning and refining restoration techniques of antique and contemporary wicker furniture. In 2011, at age 43, a cathartic personal discovery about my birth and heritage threw open a door to creativity and set my work on a new and unexpected course. This experience provided the catalyst I needed to start creating my own designs for the baskets I make. I am inspired by techniques from antique wicker furniture, passementerie and anything exceptionally made and beautiful finished. Repeating patterns intentional and unintentional always catch my eye for a second look.
My basketry projects combine a variety of weaving techniques including twining, plaiting and lashing. I now prefer to create large works, moving beyond previously held notions of scale and proportion. Fine detail is achieved by using small-diameter round reed in the beginning stages of weaving which eventually transitions to larger reed. The combination of bold scale and fine detail are, to me, simply sublime. When plaiting with flat reed, I discovered additional interest by using multiple layers - juxtaposing interior and exterior colors that draw the observer deeper into the work. Cellulose fiber dyes are hand-blended creating either natural hues or vibrant colors. Finishing steps include a UV archival varnish and a hand-buffed wax finish.
From weaving techniques using a variety of materials to replicating complex finishes using paints, stains and dyes, my skills are continuously expanding. Reed, the primary material used in antique woven furniture, is the material I have chosen to use in all my projects. Derived from the vine rattan palm, it has been a workhorse in the production of handwoven wicker furniture since the 1880’s which ushered in America’s Golden Age of wicker furniture production. The versatility and resilience of this amazing material gives each new project infinite possibilities.
I feel that my current work captures and showcases all of my skills with reference to design and technique. I will continue to evolve as a craftswoman, seeking excellence in my work and within myself.
This class has a prerequisite. Please see below.
Spend the Memorial Day weekend making an intriguing three-stringed instrument called a Strumstick.
It's tuned as a dulcimer, but whether you already know how to play that instrument or not doesn't really matter. A Strumstick is easy to play by placing the finger of one hand on a string while your other hand strums the strings. Plus, in this class, you're sure to have fun simply creating a beautiful wooden instrument using basic bandbox technology.
You will complete a playable instrument in the class, but there won't be time for final finishing. The instructor will discuss finishes and embellishments, and there will be examples of different approaches. But you will need to decorate your instrument as you desire after the class is finished.
Tools used will be the bandsaw, a variety of sanders, and the router table.
Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
Instructor: Ted Newman. Ted is a BARN safety monitor and instructor. He studied woodworking and assisted in classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. Ted is spending much of the summer of 2020 assisting at workshops led by the Strumstick's inventor, Beth Ireland, at three of the country's top craft schools: Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. Beth gave him permission to teach Strumstick-making at BARN. He made the instruments in the picture above.
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.
This hands-on introduction to BARN's Kitchen allows participants time to work through a recipe, be trained on various pieces of equipment (ovens, induction burners, Kitchen Aide mixers, and/or food processors), as well as, orient themselves to BARN's Kitchen. BARN's Kitchen is permitted by the Kitsap Health Department. This requires food novices to become familiar with appropriate methods of food preparation for public consumption, storing food and kitchen cleanliness. These standards will be reviewed and practiced as a part of the orientation production.
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This 1 day workshop teaches how to easily hot burnish 24K gold foil onto silver objects. This incredibly simple designing technique was re-introduced to the West from Korea in the last twenty years. It lets you apply 24k yellow gold shapes onto silver sheet to be used for later construction, onto finished silver objects, on any gold alloy, platinum and palladium.
Please bring silver sheet or finished silver jewelry, which you would like to use in practicing the Keum-boo technique.
The white silver/gold alloy Electrum can be used the same way and with liver of sulfur provides options for yellow, white and black on the same silver object. This is a really rapid, easy method of adding the richness of 24k gold to silver and gold objects.
Check out another workshop with Charles Lewton-Brain:
A Jeweler's Bench Tricks and Tool Hacks
2 sessions, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Instructor: Charles Lewton-Brain has studied and worked as a goldsmith and artist in Europe and North America for over 40 years. He has lectured and published internationally on his research into manipulating metal and art of jewelry. He has been honored with Canada’s highest award in Craft and retired as Prof. Emeritus from the Alberta College of Art, in Calgary.
These workshops are the result of his lifelong research into technical and compositional systems in metals, as well as his art practice, conceptual research, and design skills. “My workshops are about thinking, using metalworking as compositional systems and providing deeper insights to students and professionals.” -CLB
Want to elevate your usual Taco Night for family and friends? Interested in learning from scratch cooking techniques for better entertaining? Change things up with fresh ingredients and amazing flavors. The class will consist of meal production as well as demonstration. Students will work in groups cooking different recipes. The class will be concluded with everyone enjoying a casual meal together giving you the opportunity to taste the different menu options you has just created.
Taco Night Menu
Meghan Males has 20 years experience in the Hospitality & Food Service Industry to pull from in teaching and mentoring students. After attending the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, she went on to work as a Chef in restaurants, hotels, and corporate dining throughout the Bay Area.
Some career highlights include being the Executive Chef for the opening of a Rick Bayless restaurant, feeding large numbers of employees as a Corporate Chef at Gap Inc., and most recently, working as the Event Coordinator at our very own BARN. Meghan has always had a passion for food and providing exceptional service, and she hopes to pass on some of the wisdom and techniques she has learned throughout her time in the kitchen.