Paper making with plants pop-up at ACNC

 

Join us outdoors at Audubon and learn how to make paper from plants. We will be working with fibers you can harvest from your garden, along with fibers from invasive species, paired with more traditional paper making fibers like abaca and cotton to make sheets of handmade paper.

We will start the afternoon with a walk to identify and collect suitable plant materials, then we will process the fibers and make lots of paper. We will press and stack our sheets ready for drying. Students will have the option to take their paper home damp and dry it themselves, or pick up their dry sheets at a later date.

Students should come suitably dressed and prepared to walk around the property, and to process the fibers, which can be both hard work, and get a little messy. Making sheets of paper can be wet work, you may want to bring rain boots or water shoes or other foot wear that can get wet, and a plastic apron.

This class is suitable for beginners.

The ticket price of $50 includes all the use of all tools, materials, and tuition, which will be split evenly between to benefit both Pearl City Clay House and Audubon Community Nature Center.

Class size is very limited. Book your tickets here.

Blackout meditation Workshop

Some of you asked for a daytime session – so here it is!

Join me, Deb Eck, program director and resident teaching artist, as I gently guide you through the relaxing art of blackout meditation. What is that? It’s an art form I invented many decades ago, a mash up of blackout poetry, doodling and occasionally some drawing & coloring.

This session will cover the how-to-get-started basics, along with a few different techniques you can use to take your blackouts to the next level. Absolutely NO prior art experience needed!

Previous Blackout students are always welcome to join us!

BOOK NOW!

 

Before the class you will need to assemble a few simple supplies:

A pencil and eraser,

a book you are willing to use to write on/in,

a sharpie or two (I use an ultra fine point and a regular fat sharpie most of the time)

In addition its nice to have – but not essential –

a white gel pen – Posca pens, uniball or jellyroll pens are all great choices

some colored pencils and/or markers

a small set of alphabet stamps & an ink pad

Stencils that fit the size of your book (or smaller)

 

Recycle a hardback book

Join our resident paper and book artist, Deb Eck, and learn how to turn an old hardback book into a fun and functional journal. In class Deb will cover how to reinforce and decorate your up-cycled cover, how to measure for new pages, and make sure the grain is correct so they lay flat and are nice to use. We’ll talk about other inclusions, and wrap it all up with a demonstration of three styles of sewing – pamphlet, Coptic and French link stitch – that can be used to put your unique journal together.

A full supply list will be sent upon registration.

Space is very limited so BOOK NOW!

Blackout meditation Workshop

Looking for an affordable new way to unwind?

Join me, Deb Eck, program director and resident teaching artist, as I gently guide you through the relaxing art of blackout meditation. What is that? It’s an art form I invented many decades ago, a mash up of blackout poetry, doodling and occasionally some drawing & coloring.

This session will cover the how-to-get-started basics, along with a few different techniques you can use to take your blackouts to the next level. Absolutely NO prior art experience needed!

Previous Blackout students are always welcome to join us!

BOOK NOW!

 

Before the class you will need to assemble a few simple supplies:

A pencil and eraser,

a book you are willing to use to write on/in,

a sharpie or two (I use an ultra fine point and a regular fat sharpie most of the time)

In addition its nice to have – but not essential –

a white gel pen – Posca pens, uniball or jellyroll pens are all great choices

some colored pencils and/or markers

a small set of alphabet stamps & an ink pad

Stencils that fit the size of your book (or smaller)

 

block printing on fabric – session 3

Join our resident teaching artist, Deb Eck, and learn the traditional art of block printing on fabric. Over three sessions, (Friday evening June 4th, plus two sessions on June 5th) students will learn how to safely use the tools needed for linoleum printing, then design and carve their own blocks, before printing them onto fabric. In class we will print our final design onto tea towels, but students are welcome to bring their own fabric items also. The class fee includes all materials, blocks and inks, fabric and paper for test printing, plus tea towels for the final project, along with use of all the tools and equipment.

This will be an IN PERSON class. While we wait on our new location to be finished we will be using the art rooms at Infinity Visual and Performing arts in Jamestown, NY. All local covid regulations will be observed.

Not local or not ready for in-person attendance yet? Join us via zoom instead. Reserve your class spot, then email Deb @ pearlcityclayhouse.org to arrange shipping for your class kit and to discuss the necessary tools.

A three session class – book your ticket in the listing for session 1!

block printing on fabric – session 2

Join our resident teaching artist, Deb Eck, and learn the traditional art of block printing on fabric. Over three sessions, (Friday evening June 4th, plus two sessions on June 5th) students will learn how to safely use the tools needed for linoleum printing, then design and carve their own blocks, before printing them onto fabric. In class we will print our final design onto tea towels, but students are welcome to bring their own fabric items also. The class fee includes all materials, blocks and inks, fabric and paper for test printing, plus tea towels for the final project, along with use of all the tools and equipment.

This will be an IN PERSON class. While we wait on our new location to be finished we will be using the art rooms at Infinity Visual and Performing arts in Jamestown, NY. All local covid regulations will be observed.

Not local or not ready for in-person attendance yet? Join us via zoom instead. Reserve your class spot, then email Deb @ pearlcityclayhouse.org to arrange shipping for your class kit and to discuss the necessary tools.

A three session class – book your ticket in the listing for session 1!

 

block printing on fabric – session 1

Join our resident teaching artist, Deb Eck, and learn the traditional art of block printing on fabric. Over three sessions, (Friday evening June 4th, plus two sessions on June 5th) students will learn how to safely use the tools needed for linoleum printing, then design and carve their own blocks, before printing them onto fabric. In class we will print our final design onto tea towels, but students are welcome to bring their own fabric items also. The class fee includes all materials, blocks and inks, fabric and paper for test printing, plus tea towels for the final project, along with use of all the tools and equipment.

This will be an IN PERSON class. While we wait on our new location to be finished we will be using the art rooms at Infinity Visual and Performing arts in Jamestown, NY. All local covid regulations will be observed.

Not local or not ready for in-person attendance yet? Join us via zoom instead. Reserve your class spot, then email Deb at pearlcityclayhouse.org to arrange shipping for your class kit and to discuss the necessary tools.

Book Now!

Coptic Binding

 

Join book and paper artist Deb Eck and learn this traditional binding technique. Coptic binding was employed by early Christians in Egypt, the Copts, and used from as early as the 2nd century. It is a popular binding style because the finished book lies completely flat when opened making it perfect for writing or sketching.

THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES A KIT, you can find it in the shop here.

*If you already have some bookbinding tools and materials, you can request a supply list in lieu of the kit.

Long-Link Stitch Binding

Join our resident book and paper artist, Deb Eck, on night 3 of our mini book intensive, and learn a traditional style of binding which originated in Germany and was in use between 1375 and 1500.  We will use some contemporary recycled materials, including a brown paper lunch bag, to replicate this glue- free binding.

THIS CLASS REQUIRES A KIT – you can find it in our online shop here.

Or you can assemble your own materials and tools – email us for the list.

 

Ribbon Journal

Learn this traditional sewn binding technique while creating a customized journal to keep or gift. Usually this binding would be sewn on tapes and then hidden under the spine of the book – but we are going to show it off by sewing over ribbons and leaving the spine exposed!

Order a kit for this workshop from the online shop – you can customize it by supplementing your own ribbons for the ones included in the kit.

*If you already have some bookbinding tools and materials, you can request a supply list in lieu of the kit.

Class Guide

  • Root

    Beginner level classes suitable for everyone.

  • Shoot

    Ready for a little more of a challenge?

    These classes build on skills from root level classes – but may still be suitable for those with little experience. Not sure if the class is for you, just ask us.

  • Bloom

    Get ready to REALLY grow your skills!

    Classes for students with experience. Our teaching artists will identify what skills you should already have. If you are unsure if a class is for you, please ask, we’d be happy to help you!