The 31st National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC February 16 - 18, 2018
"The most important weekend of the year for Arts & Crafts collectors." - The New York Times
Pre-Conference Hands-On Workshops
In keeping with the Arts & Crafts philosophy of "Head, Heart and Hand", each year we offer individuals who are planning to arrive early to the National Arts & Crafts Conference the opportunity to take a pre-conference workshop.
These workshops are hands-on and are designed to give you the chance to either make something -- or work out a design challenge -- for your home.
We are currently finalizing plans for our 2018 workshops, so check back for more information.
Space in these workshops is limited and registration is done on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't delay!
Sign-up must be done over the phone (828) 628-1915.
Due to the high cost incurred by our workshop instructors in providing their time and supplies, cancellation of workshop participation must be done by February 1st to receive a full refund.
In the event that the minimum number of students is not reached for any workshop, refunds will be given in full.
If you have any questions about any aspect of these workshops, please call Bruce Johnson's office at 828-628-1915. Detailed descriptions of our workshops are below. Check back soon for more information.
Photo by Ray Stubblebine
Basic Arts & Crafts Embroidery
with Ann Chavez
Friday 8:30 - 3:00pm
$130 (including materials)
Noted textile curator, collector and teacher Ann Chaves is returning to the National Arts & Crafts Conference to again lead a two-part class on Arts & Crafts embroidery and applique. This class is suited for both beginners and for individuals who have taken some of Ann's previous classes. A kit, including all necessary materials, will be provided to each student as part of the workshop. There will be demonstrations of embroidery stitches throughout the day. As Ann's loyal and dedicated followers will attest, this is a rare and rewarding opportunity to learn an Arts & Crafts technique that you can utilize long after you have returned home.
Photo by Ray Stubblebine
Arts & Crafts Style
with Frank Glapa
Thursday 2:00pm - 5:00pm AND
Friday 8:00am - 11:00am $190
This two part workshop led by Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan Frank Glapa will get you started on the basics of copper repousse techniques. Your materials will be waiting for you as Frank guides you through the process of hammering and shaping your copper "tile" into an incredible piece of Arts & Crafts metalwork. Classic designs will be provided to fit the 4x4 copper tile. At the end of the workshop, take home your finished copper tile and continue to master your metalworking skills wherever you are! Professional coppersmithing tools are available for purchase at an additional cost. Register today for what promises to be an Arts & Crafts experience of a lifetime!
Arts & Crafts Printmaking with Laura Wilder
Thursday 2:00pm - 5:00pm AND Friday 8:00am - 11:00am $190 (including take home kit)
Students will travel back in time before ink jet printers and laptops with the latest photo editing programs even existed to learn the intricacies of linoleum cut printmaking. During this two part class you will carve and print two linoleum blocks, to create several of your own 3” x 5” two-color note cards. Designs will be provided, or you can bring your own sketches. The printing process itself will be done using a wooden spoon. Laura will demonstrate the steps, and as you work, she will tell stories of triumph and tragedy, using many of her own prints to illustrate. At the end of the workshop Laura will also provide you with your own printmaking kit to take home so you can continue on your own printmaking journey long after the conference weekend has ended.
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