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Weekend art workshops at Bucks

Learn techniques in woodworking, bookmaking and more

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Registration is open for the spring Weekend Art Workshops at Bucks County Community College. For the first time, the Arts and Communication Department is offering four workshops taught by experts in woodworking, photography, jewelry and bookbinding. Each workshop is for two days. Visit hicksgallery.bucks.edu/spring-2024-workshops to register before spots fill.

“Turn a Tripod Stool” will be taught by Janine Wang on April 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Design and make a sweet and simple small tripod stool using a wide variety of traditional woodturning and woodworking techniques. Both faceplate turning and turning between centers will be used to produce its parts on the lathe, and machine and hand skills will be used to construct the lathe. Design possibilities are endless with this template, and attendees will leave with a unique, handcrafted, functional piece of furniture, as well as exposure to a whole suite of skills, including spindle joinery and fitting, paper joining, sacrificial work holding, layout work, through tenon joinery and more. All levels are welcome, including beginners.

Photographer Sandra C. Davis will teach “Cyanotype Printing” on April 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This workshop introduces participants to working with photographic images and light resists (anything that blocks light in various tones) on a variety of alternative surfaces. Participants will learn the steps to make digital negatives from digital captures. Coated surfaces can be exposed in the sun or using an ultraviolet light source. There will be an emphasis on making unique prints that convey a personal vision. This workshop does not require any darkroom or Photoshop experience.

On April 20 and 21, metal smith and jeweler Paris Muchanic will guide participants to create a one of a kind “Viking Bracelet.” During day one, participants will learn the basics of wire handling for the weaving process, the Viking weave pattern and finishing the chain. On day two, attendees will explore soldering and sawing basics, stone setting and finishing touches to complete the sterling silver and stone bracelet.

Dave DiMarchi’s “Hardcover Binding, Zines & Journals” workshop on April 20 and 21 will explore the ins and outs of contemporary bookmaking, toward making participants’ own professionally (and archivally)-bound journal, sketchbook or albums. This workshop will introduce participants to bookmaking techniques — the basics of paperfolding, adhesives, stitching and sewing, and handcraft — to begin to integrate bookmaking into the participants’ artistic practice. Participants will work with high-quality archival materials, easy-to-master skills and step-by-step processes toward creating a suite of handmade books. Along the way, participants will establish basic mark-making techniques in printmaking processes to further personalize their book cloths and end papers.

Lunch will be provided on both workshop days. Material fees are not included in the workshop fee. Material lists will be sent to participants after registration. Any person under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times. This workshop series is not intended for children under 15. Direct any questions to gallery@bucks.edu

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