Arts, Craft, & Folklore Classes / Augusta Heritage Center Andrew Carroll June 14, 2016 Check out the details for all the Craft & Folklore Classes for summer 2015 at the Augusta Heritage Center! Click on the “See More” below for the full listing. Over 40 years ago, Augusta Heritage Center began as a craft and folklore program with a special emphasis on traditional Appalachian culture. Our summer-long offerings have grown over the years to include various regional and ethnic traditions of music, craft, dance and folklore in a truly multi-cultural program. Several different week-long craft and folklore classes are offered during the summer session. Foodways and folklore classes are combined with music and dance workshops, concerts, public dances and special presentations that cover the history and literature of many traditions. Craft and folklore classes are limited in size, with minimum ages for some classes for reasons of safety. Classes meet all day, typically from 9 a.m. to noon, break for lunch and resume from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Our craft studios often buzz with activity late into the night as students immerse themselves in their projects. Students sign up for one class per week. Tuition is $450 plus room & board. Registration is now open! Some classes will have a materials fee. Michael Doig (Coordinator) grew up in rural West Virginia where he developed a passion for plants, animals and geology. Exploring the landscape, he would find fossils of marine creatures and wonder how they got there. He was curious about the mountains and how huge expanses of time and geologic activity could not only push them up but also whittle them down. He left West Virginia for many years, but returned in 2008 to take a position at Davis & Elkins College as Assistant Professor of Art. Much of his artwork has dealt with Appalachian identity and geology, created with the people of Appalachia and the idea of erosion and geological processes in mind. He mostly paints in oil but also uses acrylic, encaustic and spray paint. WEEK ONE: July 5-10 Cajun History & Culture (Ann Savoy) Students will explore many aspects of Cajun life, from dance steps to cooking to Mardi Gras. Learn a little Cajun French, visit with guest musicians for in-depth discussions and understanding of the music of southwest Louisiana. Learn about the history of the music of this unique area. All levels. Cajun Cooking (Jackie Miller) Learn the secrets of the Cajun kitchen, from roux to sauce piquante and étoufée, the typical home-style cooking which is an essential part of the culture of southwestern Louisiana. The class will prepare and feast on several dishes each day and will also learn to cook gumbo and other traditional foods for a large group. Judie Smith will assist. Materials: around $50. Advanced Wheel Thrown Pottery (Doug Peltzman) This class is for advanced students who already possess a basic ability to throw pottery on the wheel. Students will build upon their skills as Doug introduces his unique approaches to pottery form, wheel-throwing, surface decoration, finishing and glazing. Doug will work one-on-one with students as they make pottery, from throwing on the wheel through glazing and firing. Students should come prepared with their own tools. Materials: $60 for clay and glazes. Blacksmithing (Woody Harman) Blacksmithing is the age-old art of smithing black iron into beautiful and functional items. David “Woody” Harman, proprietor of the blacksmith shop at BrenWood Forge & Broom, will instruct students in this heritage craft. Using tools similar to what your great-grandfather may have used, students will learn how to draw, upset, split, twist and shape iron into ornate functional items such as nails, hooks, fireplace tools, candle holders, letter openers, eating utensils and hinges. Experience the thrill and satisfaction of forming rigid steel into pleasing and functional shapes. Let your imagination go free and create one-of-a-kind items for your home, office or garden. All levels. Instrument Repair I (Bob Smakula) Students will learn how to make nuts and saddles, do fret jobs, re-set necks, make intonation adjustments, repair cracks, touch-up to finishes and more. Students should bring their own instruments in need of repair. It is strongly recommended that participants be familiar with woodworking tools such as a band saw, belt sander and drill press. Students may sign up for either or both weeks. Assisting is Rebecca French. When registering, please specify Week 1 and/or Week 2. Minimum age: 18. Materials: approx. $15 per week. Needle Felted Wool Sculptures (Enrica McMillon) Students will learn to use a needle to create felt, a modern take on the ancient craft of wet felting. Students can expect to complete one or two small projects or one larger one. Materials: $35 for a basic project. (Students may purchase additional materials for additional or larger projects.) Wet Plate Collodion Photography (Lisa Elmaleh) This is an intensive class that dives into the wet plate collodion process that was the leading mode of photography in the 1850s and 1860s. The process is most commonly known in 3 forms – tintypes (positives on tin), ambrotypes (positives on glass), and glass negatives (negatives on glass). Students will learn all of the basics of the process: preparing the plate, cleaning glass, pouring collodion, exposing, developing, fixing, and varnishing. The class will cover how to properly and safely mix any and all of the chemistry needed to achieve the process, plus how to build a darkroom and modify a camera for the process. All materials will be supplied. Materials: $100 WEEK TWO July 12-17 History of the Blues: 1900-1970 (Gayle Dean Wardlow) Groundbreaking blues historian Gayle Dean Wardlow will lecture on the early blues, particularly examining the first blues recordings made in 1920 through modern Chicago blues in the 1950s-’70s. Wardlow will present recorded music, photos and his own interviews with artists and 1920s record executives to tell the story of early blues music and musicians. Guest artists from the Blues & Swing Week staff will visit the class to share their music and stories. Creative Writing: Exploring and Writing about Nature (Cat Pleska) Students will explore the surrounding nature in order to write about its complexity and mystery, as well as write about the connection between our beautiful outer world and our own inner natures. Brief readings will be provided as models and inspiration. The class is suitable for all levels of writing. Instrument Repair II (Bob Smakula) Students will learn how to make nuts and saddles, do fret jobs, re-set necks, make intonation adjustments, repair cracks, touch-up to finishes and more. Students should bring their own instruments in need of repair. It is strongly recommended that participants be familiar with woodworking tools such as a band saw, belt sander and drill press. Students may sign up for either or both weeks. Assisting is Rebecca French. When registering, please specify Week 1 and/or Week 2. Minimum age: 18. Materials: approx. $15. Beginning Pottery (Brett Kern) This week-long course is an introduction to clay and making pottery on the wheel. This class is designed for students who have no prior experience working with clay on the wheel. Throughout the week, students will learn wedging, centering, throwing, trimming and pottery form. Time permitting, students will be able to take home fired, functional pottery. Students should bring a towel and wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty. Minimum age: 13. Materials: $25 for tools and clay. Stained Glass (Dave Houser) This class is both an introduction to the ancient art of stained glass and the more contemporary techniques used in kiln working, or warm glass. We call it “FUSION INCLUSION,” where unique kiln worked glass details can be created and then incorporated into a larger traditional leaded stained glass panel. Both leading and copper foil panel assembly will be taught, along with glass slumping and fusing. Proper use of hand tools used in glass cutting, shaping, soldering, strengthening and finishing are emphasized, with one-on-one instruction as student projects progress. Stained glass and kiln work supplies will be available. Students are invited to bring their own panel designs and/or any unfinished work from previous classes. The instructors aim to create a safe, relaxed and supportive stained glass studio for the week, in which students share their ideas and creative experiences equally. Assisting is Mary Stewart. Minimum age: 16. Materials: $50. WEEK THREE July 19-24 Irish Traditional Music: History, Tradition, Culture & Practice (Ben Power) A series of lectures will explore Irish music from various times, places and perspectives. The class will examine the canonical instruments of the tradition and how they came to be so, iconic players and their influence, the golden age of Irish music recordings and some of the great historical events and discourses that have made Irish music what it is, including the immigrant experience and the integration of Irish people and their music into the United States. Finally, we will examine the current culture of Irish music and state of the tradition, paying close attention to what it is that Irish musicians think they are doing—i.e., how to listen like a player. Living the Musical Life: Songwriting – Performance – Creativity – Community (Paul Reisler) Songwriting is a deep way to respond to the stories inside and around you. In this workshop, we’ll draw inspiration from the beauties of our surroundings to write our lyrics and melodies. From the spark of an idea into a finished song, you’ll learn and write in a creative and supportive atmosphere. You’ll also discover the performer in you, sharing your work in evening song circles. Open to songwriters of all levels of experience. Encaustic Painting (Michael Doig) Encaustic painting is the ancient technique of painting with molten, pigmented beeswax. Students will experiment with traditional and contemporary encaustic painting techniques, learning to pigment their own beeswax and use tools such as heat guns and heated stylus to manipulate their paintings. No prior artistic experience is necessary. Materials fee: $45. Figure Sculpting (Andy Thorne) This course introduces different types of modeling clay and the sculpting of the human form. Designed for students with little to no experience in the medium, this course will cover how to sculpt busts, how to sculpt the human form and how to construct armatures while using both water-based clay and oil-based clay. Students should bring a towel and clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty. Minimum age: 13. Materials: $50 for tools and clay. Rustic Chair Making (Tom Lynch) Tom Lynch is a West Virginia chairmaker with more than 30 years experience. In this class, using greenwood mortise and tenon joinery, students will design and build a chair or stool including a Shaker tape or hickory bark seat. Basic hand and power tools are supplied and no woodworking skills are necessary. Students should be in good physical condition. Minimum age: 15. Materials: $75. Shibori & Indigo: Experimentations in Traditional Japanese Dye Techniques (Nellie Rose Davis) This course will introduce and explore various shape-resist dye techniques traditionally developed and used in Japan to create patterns on fabric. Students will experiment with sewing, folding and clamping and pole-wrapping to name just a few! Students will also make indigo dye baths to use throughout the week, which will allow the class to play with the rainbow of indigo to make beautiful wall pieces (or whatever students choose to make!) Materials: $45. WEEK FOUR July 26-31 History of Bluegrass (Fred Bartenstein) This class offers an engaging overview of the music’s first eight decades, four generations of performers, the musical ingredients that went into bluegrass and the cultural, technological, sociological and historical context in which the genre emerged and spread. Class members and other instructors in Bluegrass Week will share their own experiences and perspectives. Lots of video and audio examples will be played in class and we will end by envisioning bluegrass music’s future. No advance preparation or homework is required but participants are encouraged to read Neil Rosenberg’s Bluegrass: A History (University of Illinois Press, 1985, 2005). Gourd Weavings (Suzi Nonn) Explore the endless possibilities of combining different techniques of basketry on a gourd. The class will start with creating four unique gourd baskets choosing from coiling (or reverse coiling), couching, random, twining or twilling. Although each gourdbasket will be an example of a traditional basket technique, they will be enhanced with color and individualized with beading or natural embellishments. The final project will be a large gourd with a tapestry weave using a variety of materials and embellishments. As part of the class students will also enhance twenty Tennessee spinner gourds using different coloring techniques. Materials: $75-$100 for all supplies, depending on student projects. All levels. Quilt Repair & Restoration (Deb Farrell) Those of us who like quilts usually have one or more that needs some sort of repair. It may be due to the breakdown of certain fabrics over time or from the wear of everyday use. Through traditional techniques, learn how to remove damaged areas, select proper fabrics as replacements and restore your quilts. Bring your own quilts to work on or help work on a quilt supplied by the instructor. Fabrics, batting and other materials will be supplied. Material cost will vary depending on student projects. All levels. WEEK FIVE August 2-9 Appalachian Music & Cultural History (Ron Pen) Appalachia is the song of a people bound to place through the history and culture of the mountains that embrace them. During the week, amble through the narrative context of Appalachian music, pausing to appreciate square dances, balladry, Afrilachian expression, mining songs, lined out psalmody of Old Regular Baptist churches, hollering and old-time fiddling. Through presentations, videos, guest appearances and engaged conversation, students will come to know the traditional music best described by Aunt Molly Jackson as “the folks that composes there own songs about there own lives and there own folks that live around them.” Appalachian Broom Making (Brenda Harman) Learn the traditional Appalachian hand-tying technique of broom making, learning how to craft a variety of round and flat-sewn brooms, kitchen brushes and whisks. Plait broomcorn to create functional and fanciful brooms for gifts or home. Students are encouraged to bring a favorite item from home to use as a broom handle. Long sleeve shirt and pants are recommended. Some manual dexterity is needed. Materials: $50. All levels. Letterpress Printing and Wood Engraving (Jim Horton) Letterpress printing (using metal and wood hand-set type) has its roots in centuries-old traditions yet remains viable in contemporary art and graphic design. This class will cover the basics of typography and typesetting while offering wood engraving as an illustration medium. This class will instruct in the designing, setting, illustrating and printing (on a vintage press) of a limited edition broadside (a single-sided print). The content of the broadside might be a real or imagined event. It might showcase the lyrics of a song or poetry. No previous experience necessary. Materials: $25 will cover all materials and presses. All levels. Spinning (Enrica McMillon) Students will learn how to prepare and handle fibers from raw wool to completed works using a variety of preparation techniques. Experienced spinners can join the class to hone their skills. Students with wheels are encouraged to bring their own. A few wheels will be available for rent from the instructor for $40. Materials fee will vary, based on students’ choice of projects. Beg./Int. Stonecarving (Kevin Stitzinger) Come and explore stonecarving as a stress free, meditative and highly creative art form that you can do at home with minimal setup. In this hands-on, five day class the instructor will guide you through the process of designing, roughing out and finishing your own alabaster sculpture. The class will focus on the safety, tools and techniques necessary for soft stone, but these are transferable to any rock type. This is an introductory course, however those with a bit of experience are welcome as well. Whether you have never picked up a chisel or you are looking to get back to the basics and refine your technique, sign up for this enjoyable week of exploration. Materials: $100 includes alabaster stone and a set of basic tools for students to take home. White Oak Basketry (Alan Miller) The class covers tree selection, log splitting and the making of stakes, splits and handles for white oak baskets. Students will learn to make a small Williamsburg and a shopper style basket. Returning students will have new projects. Minimum age: 16. Materials: $12 for hickory handled carbon steel knife. Nancy Weston (Liaison) has immersed herself in Cajun music, culture, and history for over 25 years. As a former educator, Nancy has made presentations on Cajun culture and music. For nine years she published a monthly Cajun events calendar, and has been on staff at Augusta Heritage Arts Center’s Cajun Week for over a decade. She plays guitar, accordion, ‘tee fer, and sings, and has been in the northeastern bands Bayou Midnight, Jolie Belles du Bayou, Back Porch Rockers, and Bayou Brew. Nancy has been recognized by the C.F.M.A. (Cajun French Music Association) as performing authentic traditional Cajun music in a non-Cajun region and for contributing toward preserving Louisiana’s Cajun music heritage. Betsy Fuller (Assistant Liaison) Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.