Felted Tote Bag

Saturday, September 16, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Leslie Granbeck

Explore the fascinating art of seamless feltmaking! Without knitting or sewing, create a durable tote bag using wool fibers and traditional felting techniques. This roomy tote carries everything from your art supplies to your laptop. You can even make it reversible! Learn a variety of embellishing techniques using prefelts, yarn, and other natural fibers. $35 supply fee, payable to instructor, includes fibers and supplies for your bag. A variety of handle options are available for an additional fee, or you can provide your own handles.

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Pocket Sketching

Wednesday-Friday, September 20-22, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Kath Macaulay

This is the perfect technique for travel journaling, hiking, biking, sauntering, or sitting in a café. Students will learn to capture what they think they see in 25 minutes or less using a water soluble pen, a 4 x 6 inch pad of paper, and a small paint set. This class is ideal for the timid beginner to learn to paint fearlessly in public, and for the advanced artist who wants minimal equipment, total portability, speed, no interruptions, and no clean-up. To quote a former student at Canyon Ranch, “You just changed my life: I can do this!” $40 material fee covers paint set, paper, water soluble pen, and water container. Please sign up at least 2 weeks in advance for this class.

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Abstract Expressions in Mixed Media/Collage

Monday-Wednesday, September 25-27, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Shirley Blake

Collage is an ancient art enjoying resurgence in the fine art arena. Join Shirley for an adventure into the limitless expression possible using mixed media as your base. This opportunity for creative work is non-intimidating and expansive for all levels of artists. The workshop focuses on making and using various handmade papers with a variety of materials, mixed media, and acrylic paints. Each session (morning and afternoon) will be on different collage methods and techniques. The instructor will give step by step demonstrations with guidance on combinations for maximum impact in your collage. Individual help and critique is a part of each class. To accommodate travel plans, please register for this class at least 3 weeks in advance.

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Build a Portable Brick Oven

Saturday, October 7, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
David S. Cargo

Join award-winning baker David S. Cargo to learn how to build a portable stacked-brick oven. The oven is built from stacked bricks that are not mortared together and can be moved after the oven is built. Learn how to build a small oven by yourself and go from bare ground to cooking pizza in about 4 hours. Class discussion covers some of the differences between these portable brick ovens and more familiar designs such as Alan Scott ovens, Forno Bravo Pompeii ovens, and cob ovens such as those made popular by Kiko Denzer. The class covers siting the oven, preparing the ground for the oven, and then the practical techniques for construction. Everyone will get a handout with plans for three different sizes of ovens, their bills of materials, and recipes for use with the oven. The oven is built to demonstrate the techniques used, and the plans that show how the ovens go together will be read. While the fire is heating the oven up, David demonstrates how to make dough for pizza, bread, naan, and pita bread. Later in the afternoon, the dough is formed into the proper shapes for baking, and some dough is formed for a loaf of bread. Finally, the pita bread, naan, and pizzas are baked (and eaten) and then the loaf of bread goes into the oven.

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Greta Gaard, Ph.D.

A practicing writer and teacher of writing since 1980, Greta Gaard has practiced Vipassana (mindfulness) since 1995, combining the two practices in a “Mindfulness and Writing” workshop for Village Books in Bellingham, Washington, and assisting in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and…

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