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Dirty Hands Workshop Series

Four fun crafter-noon events, full of hands-on creativity

The Studio@620 and local artist Coralette Damme, aka The Crafty Hag, invite you to participate in the Dirty Hands Workshop Series.  Four Sunday "crafter-noons" full of hands-on creativity.  Choose one or attend them all, each will give you a brief introduction to a fun art activity that you can continue to pursue at home.  Open to all ages and ability levels, participants under 17 must be joined by a participating adult.   Class sizes are limited so sign up today!

About the instructor

Coralette Damme, aka The Crafty Hag, is a local artist and printmaker who believes art should be fun and can be a part of anyone's daily life.  This series of workshops aims to encourage creativity and dissolve the mistique that art is lofty, unattainable, or inaccessible.

Learn more about The Crafty Hag online.

Session 1: Simple Silkscreen

Sunday February 7, from 1-5 PM

Take basic household items and use them to make silk screened cards and gifts.  Each participant will be provided with basic materials and instruction to create a screen printed kitchen towel using an embroidery hoop and water proof glue.  What To Bring: a black and white image to work from (i.e. shapes or a line drawing, not shades of gray) and extra items to print on, both paper and/or fabric, if desired.  Limited to 12 participants

Session 2: Basic Block Printing

Sunday March 14, from 1-5 PM

Learn to carve your own simple blocks/rubber stamps for making cards and artwork at home!  We'll learn the basics of relief printing with a "beginners" technique that produces great results.  Easily carved rubber blocks substitute for wood or linoleum more commonly used.  Cutting tools, blocks, and ink for printing will be provided.  Participants should bring a black and white image to work from (4 x 6 inches or smaller - remember to reverse your image or it will print backwards), and extra paper or other items to print on if desired. You may also want to bring large ink stamp pads to experiment with.

Session 3: Mail Art

Sunday April 11, from 1-5 PM

Use a variety of repurposed materials to make art postcards to mail and learn about the network of mail artists that span the globe!   Participants will be initiated into the "anything goes" world of mail art where the primary rule is "senders receive".  Using a variety of techniques from collage to stamping you'll create multiple postcards to mail out to other mail artists and learn about blogs, mail art calls, and more! Participants are encouraged to bring their own rubber stamps/ ink pads/markers or any of their favorite creative materials to enhance their designs.  But no worry if you don't have those things on hand there will be plenty of fun supplies to work with the day of the class.



Session 4: Artist Trading Cards


Great things come in small packages! Create your own Artist Trading Cards, which are restricted in size to 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.  These mini-works can be traded and cherished.  Learn about the ongoing ATC trend and be a part of it!




This series of workshops is made possible in part by a grant from the Pinellas Community Foundation through the Tonne Cultural Outreach Grant program.







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