Workshops & Events

2018

…Together we will…Make your dreams concrete!

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 other 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.

Hunter also teaches at other locations around the country and the world.  She may be teaching at a venue closer to home so please be sure to check the opportunities towards at the bottom of this page.  If you’re looking for something a bit more exotic you might want to join her in Mexico!

January

Sunny and in the mid-80’s…where?

Hacienda Mosaico in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

  Create Concrete Sculptural Forms for Mosaics

January 21 – 27, 2018

with master sculptor and mosaic artist  

Sherri Warner Hunter

To register or for more information click here: http://www.haciendamosaico.com/ws_02.html

Workshops in Bell Buckle:

April

CONCRETE CAMP: The Hybrid Armature – Combining Metal and Foam *Only a couple of spaces left!*IMG_2909

Instructor: Hunter 
Dates: April 18 – 22, 2018
Workshop Fee: $700
Materials Fee: $80
Limit: 8
Time: Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Create a different kind of armature by combining carved foam with the addition of metal for details or support. This has often been a small part of other workshops but this time it’s going to be the focus. By combining the properties of both materials, you open up the possibilities of form development.

The design and maquette process will enable you to ‘see’ your idea before embarking on the actual piece and will help to guide you with material selection. The emphasis will be on creating non-welded structures.

The intention is that you will spend most of the workshop designing and constructing a complex armature for your next concrete adventure. Concrete systems and application methods will be demonstrated and utilized, including GFRC, premixes, modeling and carving.

NOTE: This workshop is open to all levels but would be more satisfying if you have already taken one of Hunter’s Concrete Forms workshops.

May

CERAMIC MOSAICS: Part IIMG_0713

Instructor: Hunter
Dates: May 4 – 6, 2018
Workshop Fee: $325
Materials Fee: $40*
Limit: 10
Time: Friday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM**
Sunday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

*This fee covers materials for the basic project: a ceramic mosaic on Wedi Board, up to 15” x 15”, prepared for hanging. Options include wall art, mirror frame, small table top, or previously constructed 3D concrete form.

**These are instructional hours. Participants may work in the studio until 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday.

A wide range of ceramic tile, broken china (pique assiette), and glass accents will provide color and texture for your mosaic project. You’ll learn how to successfully use your tile nippers to create the tesserae (mosaic pieces) that bring your design to life. All aspects of ceramic mosaic will be demonstrated with plenty of hands-on time to complete your project, including tools, substrates, material selection, material manipulation, adhesives, and grouting.

Many folks wonder how and why my mosaic work looks so distinctive. I will be glad to share that with you! If you have taken a Concrete Forms class and would like some guidance on how to mosaic 3D forms, you are welcome to bring it and work on it instead the flat surface.

 

CERAMIC MOSAICS: Part II

Instructor: Hunter
Dates: May 7 – 9, 2018
Workshop Fee: $325
Materials Fee: $40*
Limit: 10
Time: Monday – Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM**

Starfish underside

* This fee covers materials for the basic project: a ceramic mosaic on Wedi Board, up to 15” x 15”, prepared for hanging. Options include wall art, mirror frame, small table top, or previously constructed 3D concrete form.

**These are instructional hours. Participants may work in the studio until 10:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday.

If you want more information and more time to mosaic, sign up for this workshop too! We will explore additional mosaic processes, including indirect and reverse casting, which will result in an additional project. If you choose to take both workshops, your initial project can be larger or you can work on both a flat and 3D piece.

SPECIAL OFFER: If you take both Part I and Part II, you can deduct $50 from your combined registration fee!

 

GARDEN ART EXTRAVAGANZA!

Phyto Planter

Wet carved concrete, Phyto Planter, by Elder Jones

Instructors: Hunter & Jones
Dates: May 30 – June 3, 2018
Workshop Fee: $700
Materials Fee: $80
Limit: 10
Time: Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Not one, but two concrete enthusiast will be teaching this class with the goal of adding color and WOW to your garden!

Elder G. Jones will be on hand to teach his signature wet concrete carving process. Using his special techniques, you will create a one of a kind planter or pedestal for either interior or exterior use.

Sand casting and reverse cast mosaics will be taught by Hunter. Get started on making that meandering garden path by casting a mosaic design in reverse while choosing from a variety of shape options. We’ll also use sand to cast a simple bowl that can be embedded with the design of your choice; great for enticing birds or butterflies. A sand cast bowl can also be used as a base to model a face or mask to hang on your garden fence. The possibilities are endless and are sure to provide unique focal points for your garden!

Student BB with glass decoration

June

 

Other 2018 Events & Workshops!

 January

Sunny and in the mid-80’s…where?

Hacienda Mosaico in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

  Create Concrete Sculptural Forms for Mosaics

January 21 – 27, 2018

with master sculptor and mosaic artist  

Sherri Warner Hunter

To register or for more information click here: http://www.haciendamosaico.com/ws_02.html

March

CONFERENCE: Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA)

The 2018 Mosaic Summit in Boston, March 13 – 18, 2018

I’ll be teaching two workshop as part of SAMA’s educational programing.  Going Big with Polystyrene:  “Let’s make a Chair!”  will be held Tuesday and Wednesday.  Tuesday has one space as of 12/09/17; Wednesday seven.

I’m also honored to be included among the list of prestigious presenters.  On Saturday I’ll be sharing  what I’ve experienced over several decades of doing public and private commissions in a presentation entitled “The Commission Process:  Lessons Learned”.  Come learn what has worked for me…and some of my mistakes.  There’s no reason we should both have to make the same ones!

Hope to see you in Boston!

For more information:  americanmosaics.org

August

WORKSHOP:  Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA), Arkansas

Concrete Camp, August 13 – 17, 2018

For more information:  www.essa-art.org 

Watch for more listings to come as details get confirmed!

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