Upcoming Classes

Ellen Prophater continues with her wonderful beginner sessions and custom classes designed to teach you exactly what you want to learn.  Call if you want a good start to your polymer addiction. She is happy to teach one on one, or with a small group, and gives you a good foundation in polymer art. 

Below are some of the classes for 2018 and beyond. Feel free to call us for more information. We try to have work from the teachers on display in the gallery, so stop by and see firsthand what will be happening in the classes.

Ellen Prophater
January 19-21 or 26-28, 2018 (10:00-5:00 pm) $300
"Building Inro-style Vessels"

Ellen will share her continuing discovery of veneer making techniques. Her new line of silk screens is ideal for making large inro type vessels. We will investigate transfers of images, collaged with textures and paint techniques.

Claire Maunsell

February 9-11, 2018 (10:00-5:00 pm) $375
"Hollow Forms and Surface Exploration"

Claire is passionate about surface decoration and making hollow forms. This workshop will explore the many ways she creates veneers and the incorporates them into hollow forms. She will also share how she colors and alters these forms after curing. She has developed many crackled and altered surfaces, plate printed designs and transfers....all exciting and all waiting to cover your hollow forms. It should be a jam-packed three days sure to invigorate your new year.

Bettina Welker
April 14-16, 2018 (10:00-5:00 pm) $375
"Creative Clasps"

Bettina is working on a class to delve into new ways of connecting components and making unique clasps. We love her style and we are delighted that she is sharing some of her newest techniques with us.

Amy Koranek
June 8-10, 2018
"Polyform Extravaganza"
Amy Koranek, from Polyform Products, is coming for our opening weekend. If you have ever gone to Sculpey University, you have probably seen one of her projects. She will be here to share demos and information for polymer novices and 'old hands' alike. This won't be hands on, but there will be lots of fun to watch.

Ellen Prophater
June 22-24, 2018(full) and June 29-July1, 2018 (10:00-5:00 pm) $300
"Jewelry Design"
Bring all your unfinished but promising projects.....that series of orphaned beads, that one-off bead waiting to be a brooch, that mixed media piece you love but haven't paired with anything yet, all your good intentioned pieces that haven't found a home yet....even a pile of great veneers that haven't become anything yet. Ellen will guide you to a finished necklace with pieces you already have or can whip up on the spot. You'll learn some design techniques and get an understanding of how to pull it all together!

Julie Picarello
July 13-15, 2018 (10:00-5:00pm) $350
"Tube Bails with Meshed Up Imprint Mokume, Lunar Feather Beads and Faded Tapestry"
We've jammed as much as possible into this weekend! This is what happens when you can't decide which of the wonderful classes Julie teaches you want. So you say, "Yes, please!"

These are pictures of Julie's tube bails and pieces of 'meshed up' mokume. We'll work toward combining the looks. She is offering to do a similar idea with her lunar beads, creating feathered lunar beads.

We'll wrap up the weekend with 'Faded Tapestry', an awesome look you'll want to add to your repertoire.
Even if you have taken a class with Julie before, there is a lot of new ground to cover.

Lynda Gilcher
August 3-5, 2018 (10:00-5:00pm) $350
"Extruder Magic"
Lynda (and her husband Jon) have created a line of extruder disks that go far beyond your normal circle, triangle and square. She has made sets that allow you to create a cane like a butterfly or flower in nothing flat. 

Her acrylic dies are amazing. Thicker than 'normal', they hold the clay longer so there is less twisting. They make complex caning possible. In this class, she will show you techniques ranging from 'color changing' dots, florals, color shading, geometric deisgns, graphic patterns and more! You can even make a complicated looking butterfly made with the extruder. A big advantage of building canes with the extruder is that you make just what you need without a lot of waste and you don't end up with ten feet of a cane you really don't like. Learn how to easily create complex looking canes using a variety of disk shapes.

She also has made templates that are superior to anything else on the market. She will teach you all her tricks so get the most out of these fun tools. 

Lindly Haunani
September 7-9, 2018 (10:00-5:00pm) $350
"Your Color Story--Harmonious Color Schemes"

Are you ready to immerse yourself in the glorious world of color and design for three days? Gain color confidence as you discover how to translate your color preferences into impactful color schemes. Lindly returns to Creative Journey to share her color expertise.

During this class you will . . .

Expand your color awareness
Refresh your knowledge about color
Perfect your skills when combining colors

Using modern half square quilt block patterns as inspiration you will make a dramatic decorative wall hanging tile. See how balance, placement and proportion all play key roles while designing successful color schemes.

Starting with one master palette of pigment primaries, you will be guided to choose between three different options to customize your palette. Learn how to make adjustments in saturation that reflect your color preferences. There will be dozens of illustrative color samples on display and plenty of time for individual attention while you make your color choices.

The veneers you will be making during this workshop are inspired by painterly fabric designs and include: Shibori, fractured stripes and a simple tear-away technique.

Using a template you will cut half squares from your veneers, which will then be puzzled together to form a geometric quilt block pattern. You will have ample “yardage” of blends to experiment with and may opt to concentrate on one combination or try several.

Our closing group discussion will emphasize how you can translate what you have learned about color in this workshop towards telling your own unique color story while designing color schemes. Samples illustrating how the patterns read at a smaller scale suitable for jewelry design will also be presented.

You will be encouraged to take at least one quilt block panel to completion, ready for hanging in your home during class. Learn, laugh and have fun while increasing your color confidence.

Carol Blackburn
October 12-14, 2018 (10:00-5:00pm) $375
Missoni Veneers and Asymmetrical Necklaces

We are very excited to welcome Carol Blackburn to Creative Journey Studios. She brings a textile background, having studied at Manchester College of Art and the Royal College of Art. This 'Londoner' has written one of my favorite books of all time--"Making Polymer Clay Beads(2007) which you can find in several languages on Amazon. At the moment she is intrigued by the family-run brand Missoni, which was launched in 1953 when Tai and Rosita Missoni began producing their signature crochet-knit designs. She has developed a polymer version of this amazing look. She will introduce you to wavy blades and show you how to experiment with this interesting tool. You will arrange layered stacks of polymer from which to create 'Missoni' style decorative veneers. 

Carol will also guide you through making a variety of hollow free-form beads with other patterns that will be used to make an asymetrical necklace.

Donna Greenberg
November 9-11, 2018 (10:00-5:00pm) $350
Budding BioSystems (aka 'Reef'-er Madness)

 Donna has been busy making forms and shapes loosely based on organic corals, lichens and fungi. She will translate these into a tableau suitable for the wall.

She has been experimenting with the best products to realize her vision.  She is making armatures and creating a gessoed substrate. She places her creations and then heads for the paint.

  This is a great opportunity to learn sculpting techniques that we admired in her New York subway series that she did with Doreen Kassel for Synergy last year. Be sure to check our her facebook posts and get lost on her Flicker site.

Jana Roberts Benzon
December 7-9, 2018 (10:00-5:00pm) $360
Murmurations and Still Life

Ellen Prophater -- January 19-21 and January 26-28, 2018
Claire Maunsell -- February 9-11, 2018
Bettina Welker -- April 14-16, 2018
Ellen Prophater -- June 22-24 and June 29-July1, 2018
Julie Picarello -- July 13-15, 2018
Lynda Gilcher -- August 3-5, 2018
Lindly Haunani – September 7-9, 2018
Carol Blackburn -- October 12-14, 2018
Donna Greenberg -- November 9-11, 2018
Jana Roberts Benzon -- December 7-9, 2018
If you have questions or would like to sign up for any of the classes, call us at 404-314-5767 . Your place in the class is secured when it is paid for. The teachers make their travel plans at least sixty days in advance. We are only able to offer a refund if we can fill your space.

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