Pre-Conference Workshops

These workshops are hands-on and are designed to give you the chance to make something for you or your home.

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.

Please note: the Conference Events Pass and Grove Park Inn weekend packages do not include registration for any Pre-Conference workshops.  

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 the office of the National Arts and Crafts Conference at 828-628-1915. Detailed descriptions of our workshops are below.

Coppersmithing: Arts and Crafts Style with Frank Glapa

Thursday, February 17th 2:00 pm -5:00 pm

Friday, February 18th 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Price per registrant: $225.00

This two-part workshop led by Roycroft Renaissance Master 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 4″ by 4″ 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!

Call (828) 628-1915 to register. Have a credit card ready to purchase the registration fee.

Arts & Crafts Block Print Making with Laura Wilder

Thursday, February 17th 2:00 pm -5:00 pm

Friday, February 18th 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Price per registrant: $225.00 (includes take home kit)

You love block prints, and would love to try block printing. But you hesitate to take this class, because you’ve never done any printmaking. Or even drawing. Or anything artistic in your whole dang life. Or you’re a professional artist who worries it will be too easy, and you’ll finish way ahead of everyone else.

Fear not! Block printing is The Great Equalizer: artists and amateurs and everyone in between are bound together by the challenges and rewards of this process. During this two-parter class, you will amaze yourself by carving and printing two linoleum blocks, one for each color, and printing your own two-color note cards. Laura will demonstrate the steps and as you work, she will tell stories of triumph and tragedy, using some of her own prints to illustrate.

Designs will be provided or you can bring your own. Laura will also provide you with your own block print making kit to take home!

Call (828) 628-1915 to register. Have a credit card ready to purchase the registration fee.

Arts & Crafts Embroidery with Natalie Richards

Thursday, February 17th 2:00 pm -5:00 pm

Friday, February 18th 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Price per registrant: $200.00 (includes take home kit)

Roycroft Master Artisan and instructor Natalie Richards will lead a two-part workshop on Arts & Crafts embroidery at this year’s National Arts and Crafts Conference. The class will not only be geared towards individuals who are new to embroidery, but to attendees that have taken previous embroidery workshops. The class will focus on perfecting prominent stitches present in historic Arts and Crafts textiles. Each participant will receive a kit that includes all necessary materials. The different stitches will be demonstrated individually followed by hands-on application with assistance from Natalie. Attendees will leave with the confidence to complete any embroidery project they select.

Call (828) 628-1915 to register. Have a credit card ready to purchase the registration fee.

*New Workshop!*

Hands On: Decorate Your Own Art Pottery

Thursday, February 17th 2:00 pm -5:00 pm

Friday, February 18th 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Price per registrant: $200.00

Call (828) 628-1915 to register. Have a credit card ready to purchase the registration fee.

Small Art Metal Project with Ron VanOstrand

Friday, February 18th 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Price per registrant: $100.00

This is a light workshop to introduce students to some of the tools and techniques used in the production of art metal objects and jewelry. Chasing, repousse, stamping, sawing and hammering techniques will be used by studebts to craft keychains, pendant drops, or other small objects or jewelry. The workshop is a “hands on” experience with demonstrations. Students are encouraged to take projects in their own direction or to follow the instructor’s example.

Ron VanOstrand is a Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan in metal, and an art teacher with two decades of teaching experience. He has been a seminar presenter on Art Metal techniques twice in recent years at the conference.

All materials are provided and students will leave with at least one completed project. Tools provided remain the property of the instructor.

Call (828) 628-1915 to register. Have a credit card ready to purchase the registration fee.