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October ArtEscape Anyone?

We definitely know how to welcome in the fall with a weekend ArtEscape selection that won’t quit! So what are you planning to do for yourself this fall….Each one of these exciting weekend options start with a Friday night introduction to the material. It’s a meet and greet session with wine and goodies. What a great way to start the weekend! Saturday is a full day from 10am-6pm, so that you have ample time to work with your new craft and enjoy the studio environment. Sunday is a shorter day from 10am-2pm, but the studio is open to 7pm both Sat and Sunday evenings to allow you to work independently if you so choose….so which one will you choose? Follow the link to sign up! http://www.artnightout.com/artescape.htm

Next Weekend: October 17-19th
Non-Soldered Metalsmithing with Betina Clark
Learn how to shape, texture and join metal using techniques that do not involve soldering. In this intensive, learn how to work with wire and sheet metal and combine techniques of texturing and cold-connections. Great for the metalsmithing novice, or the experienced student who wants to expand their skills!

Recycled Neckties with Diane Brakeley
Looking for something fun and innovative to do with that collection of unworn neckties? This weekend will show you that the possibilities are endless! You’ll learn how to alter silk neckties to create handbags, skirts and even a chair! Not one bit of tie will go to waste as you bring new life to your old neckties!

Stained Glass with Gayle Raposa
Unlock the mysterious of stained glass! Great for beginners or for those looking to coax their inner artist to the next level. Learn the copper foil method, from start to finish. Learn tricks for cutting and grinding glass and creating flawless solder lines. Choose from our designs, or take a leap and design your own!

Last Weekend of October 24-26th

Acrylic Painting with Emily Leonard
This class begins with a thorough introduction to the tools and materials that are used for painting. Explore the basic elements of line, form, color, and composition. Finally, investigate how to create space and light on a two-dimensional plane. Great for the first time painter as well as the continuing student.

Precious Metal Clay with Ann Liller
Curious about this popular new material? PMC, is an intriguing material that has the versatility of clay and the rewards of fine silver! Get your ideas ready as you learn the basics of PMC. Develop your confidence as you learn how to prep, roll, cut, stamp and shape your PMC as you experiment with the possibilities!

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Fall Artist Series News

There’s a little chill in the air. It’s time to start thinking about taking some of your activities inside. So what are you planning to do for yourself this fall? What about learning a new craft or deepening your artistic skills?

Suzanne, our amazingly talented studio manager, has been working hard over the summer to wrangle up some very talented teachers and expanding our Artist Series listings. The Artist Series is a 6 week class to allow you to really indulged your inner artist, investigate materials and connect with fellow free spirits. Our Early Fall Artist Series will begin this Sunday, Sept 14th, with a brand new addition, PMC with Ann Liller. She has become quite a PMC star over the years. Her Art Night Out Classes and ArtEscape Weekends are always packed, so make sure to take advantage of learning about this amazing silver clay material with our PMC guru. Class from 10am-1pm.

We will have a busy Monday from 10am-1pm with two Series offerings. Libby Barrett will teach Decorative Painting while Christina Taylor will host her metalsmithing class. Tuesday mornings, Gayle Raposa is back with her popular Stained Glass Artist Series. Wednesdays are another busy day. Liz Prescott starts us off early with Acrylic Painting from 9:30am-12:30pm and our newest Metalsmith teacher, Clint Fulkerson, will make his debut with his Wednesday night jewelry class from 6-9pm. Look for a future blog on this exciting new teacher….

10am-1pm on Thursday, Sue Drown-Trout returns for Batik and Dying and Suzanne Kiertianis, the mastermind behind all this, will end the week with her Sewn Beading class. We request preregistration for all courses to ensure running the classes without a hitch. Please click on this link to find out more details about these fantastic offerings. http://www.artnightout.com/artistseries.htm

So now all you have to decide….which one should I start with! Feel free to give us a ring if you are having trouble deciding which one. Our talented staff of Stewards will be able to help direct you to the right choice…like there’s a wrong one!

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PMC ArtEscape Weekend Review

PMC ArtEscape Weekend with Ann Liller-
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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