Workshops & Events

2017 is going to be an exciting year at SWH Art Studio Inc. I hope you will join us in Bell Buckle…and beyond!

…Together we will…Make your dreams concrete!

2016 ended with art being installed and the biggest project of my life getting ready to ship. I will be busy posting after I’m done being busy delivering!  Watch my Blog posts for more information in the coming months.  My immediate goal is to get out information on the amazing workshops and events that are developing for 2017.
2017 Workshops in Bell Buckle 

Take a workshop to learn a new skill, refine your technique, or to give yourself time and space to be creative.  The Studio Workshops have been held annually since 1991 and are held just outside the historic town of Bell Buckle at SWH Art Studio, Inc., with Sherri Warner Hunter and prestigious visiting artists. It’s about an hour drive southeast on I-24 from Nashville.  If you live locally, you may want to commute or, like out-of-town participants, stay at a local Bed & Breakfast to immerse yourself in the creative experience. Delicious lunches and refreshments are included, and all supplies and tools are covered by the Materials Fee.  Enrollment is limited to ensure personal attention so early registration is recommended. Lodging is extra and arranged by participants.  Local lodging suggestions will be included with your confirmation.


STEPPING STONE WORKSHOPback by popular demand!

Instructor:  Sherri Hunter
Dates:  April 22, 2017…Earth Day!
Workshop Fee:  $80
Materials Fee:  $25
Limit:  10
Time:  Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm                                                                                             …and you’ll need to ‘unmold’ at home.

Learn the basics of the art of mosaic using glass and ceramic tile.  You will learn how to use various tools to cut the materials into shapes as well as how to design for mosaic artwork while creating a unique stepping stone for your yard and garden.  We will be doing both a reverse cast method and an embedding technique.  You will leave with a cast stepping stone and a mold to continue your ‘path’.  There will  also be time to create a second design so you will be ready to make your second one at home!



Instructor:  Sherri Hunter
Dates:  May 17 – 21, 2017
Workshop Fee:  $700
Materials Fee:  $80
Limit:  8
Time:  Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Whether you are sculpting in clay plaster, concrete or some other media, many forms need some type of inner structure to help them stand rigid – a skeleton; an armature.  Different construction methods will be demonstrated to address the needs of sculptures in different scale and media.  Wire, rebar, and metal meshes will be some of the basic materials utilized.  The focus will be on mastering hand tools and basic wiring techniques however foam carving will also be covered and utilized in some of your structures.  Welding will be part of the discussion but not taught in this class.  Installing sculptures for interior and exterior display will also be addressed.

We will go through the process of designing and building the appropriate armature structure for your sculpture. Maximum size: About the size of a medium dog.  The key will be what you can transport or ship home.


CONCRETE FORMS – Just 2 weeks away but still a couple of places open!

Instructor:  Sherri Hunter

Dates: June 23 – 25, 2017
Workshop Fee:  $325
Materials Fee:   $75
Limit:  8
Time:  Friday Evening, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm                                                                       Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Learn how large-scale sculptural forms can be created using lightweight polystyrene foam as the base for freestanding sculptures, bas relief, totems, water features, or architectural elements as well as a substrate for mosaics.  You will be guided through creating a maquette (scale model), enlarging designs, and visualizing a three-dimensional form to prepare you for carving an 18″ polystyrene foam block.  Once carved, the forms will be covered in a layer of fiberglass mesh and polymer fortified concrete.  Once completed, the pieces can be used as a base for mosaic or finished with a variety of surface treatments.

How to go ‘big’ with this process will also be discussed.


CONCRETE CAMP: Sculptural Forms and Substrates                                                               Come join us!                                                          

Concrete Camp

Instructor:  Sherri Hunter
Dates: July 12 – 16, 2017
Workshop Fee:  $700
Materials Fee:  $80
Limit:  8
Time:  Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Two very different techniques for utilizing concrete to create sculptural forms will be presented in this workshop.

Carved polystyrene foam is (literally) at the core of Hunter’s public artworks. Polymer fortified concrete combined with alkali resistant fiberglass mesh is applied over the foam, creating a relatively lightweight sculpture for interior or exterior use. This process invites you to engage both subtractive and additive sculptural thinking. Not all forms are suited for this system.

We’ll also create a simple armature construction to utilize as a base to apply and model a face in concrete.  Working with basic metal forming techniques we’ll develop an understanding of choosing the right armature for the sculptural forms we image.

Facial proportions will be presented and sculpting techniques demonstrated with plenty of time to refine your techniques through hands-on practice working both horizontally and vertically.

BIRD BATH WORKSHOP – Sorry.  Due to change of date for an installation, this workshop is postponed until next Spring.

Instructor:  Sherri Hunter
Workshop Fee:  $325
Materials Fee:  $75
Limit:  8
Time:  Friday Evening, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm                                                                                
Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm*

*The Bird Bath needs to wait a minimum of overnight before transporting.

Add color, sparkle and a welcomed oasis for for birds in your yard or garden!   You will learn both simple casting for the bowl, and simple armature construction for the the base or stem as you form and embellish your birdbath.  The studio is jam packed with brightly colored tile and glass to use as your embedded decorations.  You are also invited to bring personal treasures to make your birdbath truly unique.  This is also a great workshop to collaborate on with another person.

* Creative Partner Fee is $50 and can be noted on the Registration Form.

Other Exciting Events & Workshops!!



Concrete Intensive – 2 week workshop!                                                                                         October 22 – November 4, 2017 Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts                               For more information:

This workshop will be the best concrete camp ever!  We will cover both the light weight system that I use for all my large scale commission work and tied armature techniques.  Once you have learned  the basics, these techniques can be combined to create a hybrid structure.  You’ll have the time to incorporate personal iconography and imagery.  With the extended format, there will also be added concrete systems and techniques to experiment with, including surface treatments and coloring.



         Hacienda Mosaico in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico          Concrete Garden Art in Paradise!  

January 21 – 27, 2018

To register or for more information click here:  

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CONFERENCE: Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA)

For more information:

It was a blast!  The 2018 conference is in Boston!!  Watch the SAMA website for updated dates and information.

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