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Inspired April Art Night Out Classes

Check out our April Art Night Out® schedule! We have been inspired by all of the new ideas Catherine brought back from her exciting trip to the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) show this year.  At the CHA show artists from around the world gather to share ideas and inspiration. Artascope Studios founder Catherine Bickford went to the CHA and the Gem Show in Tucson, AZ and learned about new materials and techniques that now we get to incorporate into classes at Artascope this spring.

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Art Night Out® classes are all about personalization and showing the world how exceptionally unique we are. This April you can learn how to use collage to make personally meaningful art in the Collage Resin Pendant class. Or create a story with a necklace that will be 100% yours as you learn wire working techniques and add charms, findings and beads. Personalize your cell phone or i-pod with the felted cover, or create your own rubber stamps and make everything from your grocery list to party invitations personalized with your own seal. Check out the whole list of Art Night Out® classes start to personalize your life!

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Some of the the national artists that Catherine met at the CHA show are coming to Maine and you can take Art Escape® classes from them at Artascope this year. Donna Downey comes in June to teach “Simply Irresistible Surfaces”,  in September Claudine Hellmuth teaches “Beeswax Collage” and Catherine Matthews-Scanlon teaches “Sewn Paper Cards” in November. There are Art Escape® classes every month with great teachers, like Gina Lee Kim’s Watercolor Class in the Summer and Fall, and Bethany Haeseler teaching “Stained Glass with Fusing Techniques” this April. Visit the Art Escape® website to see all of the classes!

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Metalsmithing at Artascope!

Our Summer Artist Series Session just started! One class we love to pop in with is the Wednesday evening Metalsmithing class.

Many of the students in this class have been working with the teacher, Clint Fulkerson, and each other, for well over a year. It has been great addition to our Artist Series line up! New students also have enjoyed joining the class and getting lots of different perspectives of what they can do in the medium!

From learning the basics of metalsmithing with ring making, stone setting and other techniques, students are able to grow and expand their skills. Students in the class, like Kelley and Gretchen love making jewelry, whether it be pendants or rings. Sheri’s ring is beautiful and is one of her earlier projects! Jim often makes jewerly items as well, but also explore more scuptural elements of metalsmithing.

Whether you are curious, need a refreshed or a teacher’s guidance to pull together your inspirations, Metalsmithing at Artascope is HOT!

Our Summer Session runs until the end of August. Starting up September 16th, Clint will again be teaching Metalsmithing on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9pm! Clint will also be teaching in our ArtEscape! workshop format, these are three day weekend intensives.

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To plan a creative weekend getaway, visit our ArtEscape! site!

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Stained Glass Workshops for Everyone!

Over the past couple of weeks, folks have been signing up for Stained Glass like crazy!  Gayle is a phenomenally talented teacher, who had been teaching with us for years, that we totally understand why people just can’t get enough of Gayle!  She always goes above and beyond for students in her classes!

We had Lorrie and Alex join us for an ArtEscape! Weekend to explore and develop their stained glass skills!  Lorrie had found several items that had belonged to her father, and they inspired her to sign up for the weekend.  Her friend, Alex, joined right in, ready for her own exploration into Stained Glass

The gals definitely had a blast with Gayle as they worked from patters and dove into our collection of glass shard and sheets to find the perfect colors to complete their pieces.  Lorrie made a beautiful seascape wreath and Alex was inspired by a sunrise design!  They worked intensely over their weekend!  We were so proud of their results!

Lorrie enjoyed her weekend with us so much that she, “wanted to say thank you for all the support this past weekend as Alex & I learned a lot in our introduction to stained glass.”

And just the other night, Gayle returned for more Stained Glass, this time as an Art Night Out, one night all inclusive workshops where participants designed their own stunning Stained Glass Panels!

It was a fun group, mixed with a husband and wife enjoying a night to themselves, a mother and daughter for a surprise Mother’s Day treat, an fellow Artascope teacher, and some new Artascope friends!  The guys in the class were able to quickly find their inspiration and complete beautiful panels that blew everyone away.  The folks that came with people they knew were fun to watch as they inspired each other throughout the class to design their own fabulous stained glass panels!

Looking to learn about Stained Glass?  Gayle will be teaching a 6 week Artist Series starting next week.  May 6 through June 10th from 10am to 1pm.  Looking for just a taste?  Our next Stained Glass Art Night Out will be offered Saturday May 9th from 2 to 6pm.

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Sally dives into Metalsmithing with an ArtEscape! Weekend Intensive

Back in one of my personal favorite studios, Studio 2, the JEWELRY Studio!

So many amazing things have been created in here, in many different classes, by many different people.

Sally, one of our amazing students, has dabbled with us over the years in painting, stained glass, and jewelry, primarily,  wireworking is her fancy!  She joined in a fantastic group of students, some with  a little experience, and others who were dearly curious about metalsmithing and what adding fire can do to their jewelry making abilities….and Christina Taylor, our fabulous metalsmithing instructor, was here to guide them!

They made silver rings, pendants, practice their ideas on copper and then created stunning pieces of silver jewelry!  We also had a Dye & Batik weekend going on upstairs.  The two classes were able to share their creations, projects and patterns over their complimentary lunch.  It was great to see students in such different weekend be inspired by other mediums!

Christina Taylor will be teaching an Artist Series starting Monday May 4th thru June 8th (10am to 1pm). Her own beautiful creations can be found at Artascope Studio’s Gallery, as well as Wyler’s Gallery in Portland.

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PMC ArtEscape Weekend Review

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Every third weekend at Artascope Studios, we run a weekend intensive. It’s our ArtEscape Series. In May, our PMC guru, Ann Liller, taught a very packed PMC, Precious Metal Clay, ArtEscape intensive to 8 students. Friday night is the kick off from 6-9pm. It just happened to be Ann’s birthday….not a bad way to spend your day. I am sure there were a few wine glasses used and treats to celebrate the beginning of the weekend adventures!

Students learned about the properties of Precious Metal Clay and started experimenting immediately. The three day format allows them time to work out designs, investigate and invent new ways to play.

Ann had just returned from her PMC certification weekend and had lots of new and exciting techniques to share with her eager audience. Saturday is a full day from 9am-6pm. Lunch is on us as students work through their longest day. The weekend is finished off with a half day on Sunday 10am-2pm. Students are welcome to stay until 7pm Sunday to finish up their projects and have time to share their experience of the weekend class. Many times, members and stewards will stop by over the bustling weekend to check out the progress and see the dramatic results.

Here are a few pics to show the process of this amazing material. As you see, many students use nature not only as their inspiration, but for their actual piece. PMC can be rolled out and stamped, squeezed out for more delicate applications or even painted on the surface of objects. The possibilities are endless and inspiring! Once this porcelain like substance is finished and dried, it is loaded into our jewelry kiln. After only a few hours of firing, these fantastic creations are now solid 99.9% silver works of art. The PMC companies work with silver, gold and looks like there will soon be copper and brass versions to add to the mix. Metalsmiths take note!

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