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

Woodworking for Women - Foundations of Woodworking

In this introductory woodworking class, organized especially to encourage and welcome women into the woodshop, 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, and prepare you to advance your woodworking skills.

Register Early! This class is limited to 12 participants.

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

2 Sun., Nov. 11 & 18
10:00 am -
4:300 pm
Room: VAPA 3003
Register before Sept. 10:  $180
Register after Sept. 10:  $195
Register 2 or more:  $172 each
Plus $45 materials fee paid at registration

register online



2 Sat., Dec. 8 & 15 - CLASS FULL, see below for new class dates!
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Room: VAPA 3003

Register before Sept. 10:  $180
Register after Sept. 10:  $195
Register 2 or more:  $172 each
plus $45 materials fee paid at registration

register online



2 Sat. & 2 Sun., Jan. 12 - 20, 2019
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 3003

Fee:  $180
Register 2 or more:  $172 each
plus $45 materials fee paid at registration

register online



4 Sun., Jan. 27 - Feb. 17, 2019
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Room: VAPA 3003

Fee:  $180
Register 2 or more:  $172 each
plus $45 materials fee paid at registration

register online

Inka Petersen is a cabinet maker/boatbuilder with more than 25 years experience. Inka studied techniques from various cultural backgrounds as well as functionality of this everyday item. She has been teaching woodworking to youth and adults for over 12 years




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., February 23 & 24
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register before Jan. 28: $395
Register after Jan, 28: $425
plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class

register online

 

 

Sat. & Sun., April 13 & 14
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register before Jan. 28: $395
Register after Jan, 28: $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., February 23 & 24
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register before Jan. 28: $395
Register after Jan. 28: $425
plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class

register online

 

 

Sat. & Sun., April 13 & 14
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register before Jan. 28: $395
Register after Jan. 28: $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 www.littlemissartypants.com/verncaron.html



Beginning Silver Metal Clay Jewelry

Silver metal clay is like magic! It starts in clay form and then fires to pure fine silver. Create two personalized projects while learning the essentials of working with metal clay.

Learn to shape and texture with simple tools to make solid silver jewelry without solder, saws or toxic chemicals. Then learn to fire and finish your beautiful creations.

Register Early! This workshop is limited to just 10 participants.

Sat., Nov. 17
12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before Sept. 10:  $95
Register after Sept. 10:  $110
Register 2 or more: $90 each
Plus $60 materials fee paid at registration

register online

 


Tues. & Thu., Jan. 29 & 31
6:00 - 9:00 pm
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before Jan. 28:  $95
Register after Jan. 28:  $110
Register 2 or more: $90 each
Plus $60 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Pat Evans - see bio below



Silver Metal Clay Leaf Pendant

Create two different pure silver leaves with two forms of Silver Metal Clay. Real leaves serve as a base for one pendant where the clay will be painted over the leaf; the leaf will burn out in the kiln leaving a .999 pure real silver leaf. In the other pendant, the leaves will be impressed into the clay and you'll form a unique "twig" bail. As you refine and enhance the design you will learn to use paste-style Silver Metal Clay, to attach findings to the pendant, to use natural materials to impress a design, then, and learn finishing techniques for silver clay.

Students will take one pendant home at the end of class, and pick the other up one week after class to allow for firing.

Tues. & Thu., Feb. 5 & 6
6:00 - 9:00 pm
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before Jan. 28:  $95
Register after Jan. 28:  $110
Register 2 or more: $90 each
Plus $60 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Pat Evans - see bio below



Silver Metal Clay “Quilligree”

Combine the traditional craft of paper quilling with Silver Metal Clay paper type to create delicate filigree-look silver jewelry, including one pendant with a pearl accent. Silver metal clay paper type looks and acts like paper, but it's really pure fine silver mixed with an organic binder. When fired in a kiln, the result is .999 Fine Silver (more pure than Sterling!).As you learn to create jewelry using paper quilling techniques, and the special properties of Silver Metal Clay, you will also learn about tools, design techniques and considerations for quilled jewelry.

2 Sat., Feb. 23 & March 2
9:00 am- 12:00 noon
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before Jan. 28:  $95
Register after Jan. 28:  $110
Register 2 or more: $90 each
Plus $70 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Pat Evans - see bio below



Silver Metal Clay Landscapes

Whether it’s desert dunes, a mountain range, or ocean waves... you can recreate your favorite landscape in pure .999 Fine Silver! Learn layering and texturing techniques, ways for adding dimension and a frame, then finish your scene with a semiprecious stone "sun" or "moon.” Take your metal clay skills to a new level and go home with a lovely pendant.

We will cover hand texturing, pattern making, adding dimension, layering, framing and adding a non-fireable stone while creating your personalized landscape pendant.

Depending on time constraints for firing, students may need to pick up pendants the following week.

2 Sat., March 16 & 23
9:00 am- 12:00 noon
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before Jan. 28:  $95
Register after Jan. 28:  $110
Register 2 or more: $90 each
Plus $60 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Pat Evans - see bio below



Silver Metal Clay – Silver Linings

This fine silver and resin cloud will remind you always to look for the silver lining. In this class, you will learn the secrets to controlling pure silver syringe-style Metal Clay and adding colorful UV activated resin to create an unusual cloud pendant outlined in silver and filled with sky blue. The cloud is accented with dangling raindrops. Learn to master the use of syringe style silver metal clay, securely insert findings into metal clay, and use resin to fill an open-backed design. Students will leave with a pure silver and resin pendant in a cloud and dangling raindrops design.

2 Sat., April 27 & May 4
9:00 am- 12:00 noon
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before Jan. 28:  $95
Register after Jan. 28:  $110
Register 2 or more: $90 each
Plus $40 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Pat Evans teaches metal clay, fused glass, and traditional metal jewelry-making nationwide and at her studio, Creator Haven, in Watsonville. She has a passion and talent for bringing out the creativity in every student. Pat is a Senior Art Clay Certifying Instructor and is president of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild.



Leather Gift Making

leather cuffs

Get an early start on your holiday gifts by making them! Create custom designed leather gifts for your friends, family, or for yourself! Design and make your own small leather goods such as cuffs, coin purses or 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 and 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.

Sat., Nov. 17
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for campus map.
Register before Sept. 10: $98
Register after Sept. 10: $105
Plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Terry McInerney - see bio



Make Your Own Custom Designed Leather Wallet

 

Design and create your own custom wallet from leather while learning leatherworking skills and methods. Students may choose from various colors of soft, supple leather, and may choose to add an image to their wallet using photos and images provided in class, or may use their own images. Students will learn two image-transfer methods as well as leatherworking skills such as riveting, beveling, and burnishing.

Students will go home with a finished wallet as well as the leather working skills and image transfer skills to create more leather products at home.

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

Sat., Nov. 18
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for campus map.

Register before Sept. 10: $98
Register after Sept. 10: $105
Plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Terry McInerney - see bio



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.

Sat., Feb. 2
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for campus map.
Register before Jan. 28: $98
Register after Jan. 28: $105

Register two or more: $95 each
Plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Terry McInerney - see bio



Multi-Purpose Leather Roll

 

Whether you are a chef, an artist, or just someone with a zillion cords, cables and adapters, you’ve likely seen those expensive leather “rolls” in catalogs for your tools and equipment. The pockets are perfectly sized for your items, and they all roll up safely inside a soft, sturdy leather wrap.

In this one day class you will design and create your own personal leather roll, made from soft, supple leather, to store your brushes, knives, technology, or anything you want to keep safe and organized. You will hand cut, stitch and decorate your leather and learn leatherworking skills.

Students will carry away their own personalized leather roll 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.

Sat., March 16
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for campus map.
Register before Jan. 28: $98
Register after Jan. 28: $110

Register two or more: $95 each
Plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Terry McInerney - see bio




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.

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.

CIOMING SOON!
Register before Jan. 28: $142
Register after Jan. 28: $150
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



Laser-Cut Solar Garden Lanterns

Imagine a small pagoda glowing in your garden, powered by solar energy, with light shining through custom designed panels! Make your lantern with butterfly panels, flowers, or abstract patterns. Several templates for design options will be available, or you can design and cut your own, unique patterns and images to use for your lantern.

Each student will create their lantern frame and roof, customize the removable panels, then install a solar light unit in their lantern. Students will spend time working with traditional woodworking tools in the Cabrillo woodshop, as well as the state-of-the-art Makerspace.

Learn and practice basic woodworking skills, see how to use the laser engraver, and finally how to install small solar lighting fixtures. This class invites students to creatively combine traditional making with advanced technology, and you’ll go home with a beautiful garden lantern.

Sat. & Sun., August 18 & 19 CANCELLED
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Room: 1301
Register before May 31:  $138
Register after May 31:  $145
Register 2 or more: $125 each

Plus $45 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Timothy Lydgate began his woodworking career in Hawai’i in the 1970s after earning a degree in History of Art from Yale. His work has been shown in galleries, museums and private collections around the world and he is a regular exhibitor in the Santa Cruz Open Studios tour.



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