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Woodworking, Leatherworking
Metals, Fabrication and other 3D Art Forms

Showing and Selling Your Art: How to Get Started!

As an artist, the jewelry, painting, or art you create is beautiful, and you’re selling to family and friends. You are ready to sell to a larger audience, but you are not sure where to start. Whether you’re thinking about Open Studios, our local Art and Wine Festivals, or perhaps expanding beyond our local region and going on the road, this workshop will help you prepare, apply and ultimately have great success showing your jewelry, ceramics, paintings, or any form of art at fairs, festivals and open studio events. 

We will cover the artist application process, the importance of excellent photography, basic concepts for booth design and layout, display ideas, packing lists, taking payments, and defining your scope. We’ll have plenty of time for questions and answers, and an opportunity to discuss what your next steps will be!


Sat., Sept. 7
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Room: 2100B
Fee:  $20
Register 2 or more: $18 each

register online

 

Lynette Cederquist, B.A., is a member of the Open Studios committee with the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County. She has a Bench Jeweler certification, a National JA Certification, and has been a jeweler for over 20 years. She previously taught jewelry and small metals at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. 

 


Wood Carving - Hand Tools and Techniques

Come learn the fundamentals of wood carving from a master artisan luthier and craftsman! In this 2-day workshop Ron offers instruction and demonstrations on various types of carving tools, carving styles, the best woods and materials for carving, finishing, and safety. After instruction and demonstrations on the properties and characteristics of different woods, students craft small projects using hand chisels and gouges to practice what they have learned. Completed small projects can be taken home.

Cabrillo's wood shop has a wide selection of hand tools including gouges and chisels with which to experiment. Students may also bring in their own tools and learn how to sharpen them.

Practice woods are included.

Register Early! This workshop is limited to just 8 participants.


Sat. & Sun., January 11 & 12, 2020 - NEW DATE!
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 3003
Fee:  $180
Plus $25 materials fee paid at registration

register online

 

Ron Cook has been a woodworker and woodcarver for over 40 years. His work has been shown in galleries, juried craft shows and arts festivals across the United States and Europe. He is a master member of the Baulines Craft Guild, a member of the Guild of American Luthiers, and a charter member of the Santa Cruz Woodworkers.

 


Handcrafted Felt Slippers

 

Create a custom pair of cozy, soft slippers just in time for the cool winter months. In this one-day workshop students will create a pair of slippers from 100% felt uppers, a leather sole, and a cozy wool insole. The ultimate in comfy, cozy footwear, wool felt is incredibly soft, non-abrasive to the touch, and naturally insulating, keeping your feet cool during the heat of summer, and warm during winter. This ability is thanks to the felt’s fibers, which breathe easily. Students can choose from several different colors of thick, soft felt to create your slippers, and learn about foot measuring, slipper patterning, construction, and sewing.

Students will go home with one pair of soft, cozy slippers, and the ability to make more at home. A resource list of where to find leather, felt, wool, tools and equipment will also be provided. No prior experience necessary, but some sewing, making or crafting experience is helpful.

Sat., September 28
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Sept. 9 : $98
Register after Sept. 9: $105
Plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

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Terry McInerney, MSW, is the artist/owner of Nuala, a local leather accessory business. She has been designing and selling leather goods for over seven years in Santa Cruz, and has been working in a school environment for 6 years. She loves to share the unique craft of leatherwork with others. 

 


Leatherwork: Handcrafted Leather Tote

leather tote

Do you know exactly what kind of leather bag you want, but just can’t find it anywhere? Have you ever wanted to make a leather bag, but were afraid to try? This class is your answer! In this 2 day leatherwork class you will design, construct, and finish, totally by hand, your bag made from soft, supple leather. No machines necessary! Learn the skills of leather dyeing using water-based dyes, as well as leatherwork cutting and construction.

Students are encouraged to bring their own simple designs of bags no larger than 12” x 12”, or use the 8” x 11” design templates of totes provided in class. This class is a stand alone workshop as well as a natural progression from the Image Transfer on Leather workshop.

Students will go home with their custom designed and handmade leather tote perfect for daily use, and the ability to make other leather projects at home. A resource list of where to find leather, tools and equipment will also be provided. No prior leatherwork experience necessary, but some sewing, making or crafting experience is helpful.

Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes.

REGISTER EARLY! This workshop is limited to 10 participants.

Sat., November 23 NEW DATE and TIME!
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520- Click HERE for campus map.

Register before Sept. 9: $142
Register after Sept. 9: $150

Plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

register online

 

Terry McInerney - see bio below

 


Leather Gift Making

leather cuffs

Create custom designed leather items for your friends, family, or yourself, and get an early start on your holiday gifts by making them! Design and make cuffs, coin purses, small bags, patches, coasters, keyrings, and other small leather projects, while also learning basic leather work skills. Choose from various colors of  soft, supple leather, and personalize or embellish with designs, rivets, buttons and clasps. Students may also bring small treasures, objects, closures, or buttons to incorporate into their projects.

Each student will be able to make a number of small leather goods. Students will go home with basic leather work knowledge, and the ability to make other leather projects at home. A resource list of where to find leather, tools and equipment will also be provided. No prior leatherwork experience necessary, but some sewing, making or crafting experience is helpful.

Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes.

Sun., November 24
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: VAPA 3004 - Click HERE for campus map.
Register before Sept. 9: $98
Register after Sept. 9: $105
Plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

register online

 

Terry McInerney, MSW, is the artist/ owner of Nuala, a local leather accessory business. She has been designing and selling leather goods for over seven years  in Santa Cruz, and has been working in a school environment for 6 years. She loves to share the unique craft of leatherwork with others. To learn more about Terry’s leatherwork, please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b2CYYGfC0s

 


Forging and Toolmaking - Beginning

forging and tool

Experience the exciting craft of steel forging and toolmaking through demonstration and hands-on exercises in this weekend workshop. After instruction on the properties and characteristics of different metals, students work a forge and learn how to manipulate hot steel.

Demonstrations of various hammer types and the applications of different anvil designs are given. Building and operation of both gas and coke-fired forges are discussed. Students are encouraged to develop their own direction and interests in forging and toolmaking as an art form.

This class is limited to 4 students—enroll early! Class will be held at the instructor's forging studio. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver before class begins.

Please go to our Class Resources page for more information about this class, including a map to the location.

Sat. & Sun., September 28 & 29
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register before Sept. 9: $395
Register after Sept. 9: $425
plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class

register online

 

Sat. & Sun., November 2 & 3
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register before Sept. 9: $395
Register after Sept. 9: $425
plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class

register online


Vern Caron - See bio below

 


Forging and Toolmaking - Intermediate

forge

 

This intermediate-level workshop builds on the introductory class by emphasizing more advanced stages of manipulating metal for art forms and tools, rather than fire making. Participants should have previous experience creating a coal forge fire and manipulating hot steel with hammer and anvil. In addition to hand-forming exercises, students will be offered the opportunity to use a power hammer after various techniques are demonstrated. Students will also discuss aesthetic possibilities and design elements such as texture, form and how to achieve various shapes.

Prerequisite: Students must have taken Vern's "Introduction to Forging & Toolmaking" class above, or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge.

This class is limited to 4 students - enroll early! Class will be held at the instructor's forging studio. You will receive a map upon registration and you will be asked to sign a liability waiver before class begins. This is an off-site location; portable restrooms will be available for students.

Please go to our Class Resources page for more information about this class, including a map to the location.

Sat. & Sun., September 28 & 29
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register before Sept. 9: $395
Register after Sept. 9: $425
plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class

register online


 

Sat. & Sun., November 2 & 3
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register before Sept. 9: $395
Register after Sept. 9: $425
plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class

register online

 

Vern Caron, M.A. has taught forging and toolmaking through Cabrillo College and UC Extension for more than 20 years. Visit Vern's website to learn more about forging and toolmaking and see pictures of previous classes at Vern Caron Forging & Toolmaking

 


Woodworking for Women - Foundations of Woodworking

In this introductory woodworking class organized with women in mind, students will make two projects, a hardwood cheese board and a pine tool tray. Learn the foundations of working wood by hand and with machines, and skills to build useful objects in wood, all in a supportive, inclusive environment.  

We will cover the foundations of working wood, including hand carving, lamination, hand and machine joinery, jig making and nontoxic finishing. We’ll discuss the historic and current role of women in woodworking, and prepare you to advance your woodworking skills.

Register Early! This class is limited to 12 participants, and is open to anyone interested in learning about the foundations of woodworking.

Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes for work in the shop—safety first!

COMING SOON!
6:00 – 9:30 pm
Room: VAPA 3003

Register before May 30: $195
Register after May 30: $210
Register 2 or more:  $180 each

plus $45 materials fee paid at registration

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Sasha Petrenko, MFA, is an adjunct lecturer at Sonoma State and San Francisco State Universities, a visiting professor at Western Washington University College of Fine and Performing Arts, and the Artistic Director of The New Urban Naturalists. Her work utilizes sculpture, performance, social practice and new media to draw parallels between ecology and human relationships.

 


Make Your Own Leather Journal, Sketchbook, or Photo Album

 

Create your own custom designed leather bound journal, artist’s sketchbook, photo album, or any other kind of book. Learn leather cutting, stitching, and basic bookbinding techniques as you create your own leather cover made from soft, supple leather and stitch your pages within. Fill your pages with art, recipes, poetry, treasured photos, or give your book as a gift!

Students will leave class with a personalized hand bound leather book, and the ability to make other leather projects at home. A resource list of where to find leather, tools and equipment will also be provided. No prior leatherwork experience necessary, but some sewing, making or crafting experience is helpful.

Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes.

COMING SOON!


Terry McInerney, MSW, is the artist/ owner of Nuala, a local leather accessory business. She has been designing and selling leather goods for over seven years  in Santa Cruz, and has been working in a school environment for 6 years. She loves to share the unique craft of leatherwork with others. To learn more about Terry’s leatherwork, please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b2CYYGfC0s

 


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