Guild Show Classes

September 19-21, 2018   |   Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport   |   Windsor, CT

Following are the classes offered by exceptional instructors. Because of occasional poor lighting in hotel class rooms, students are urged to include lighting and magnification in their tool kits.

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3-Day Class | Wednesday to Friday | September 19-21

“Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?”
Instructor: Jeanne Rullie, IGMA Artisan Member
8:00AM – 6:00pm

This class is full.

Students may create their inner witch in this 1:12-scale doll-making class. Starting with the instructor's basic mold for the head and torso, students will learn sculpting techniques for making a character doll with either a cheerful or grumpy expression. 

Hands will be free-sculpted complete with fingernails, veins, and knuckles. Shoes will then be sculpted using colored polymer clays on pre-made legs. All parts will be wired for assembly and painted with Genesis paints. Optional patterns for costuming will be provided and are not limited to the style shown in order that each witch will be unique to the maker.

It is likely that the project will be completed in class. All necessary tools and supplies will be provided, along with hats, brooms, and legs made in advance by the instructor. The instructor's favorite sculpting tool will be available for students to use with the option of purchasing. Students should bring magnification, preferred sculpting tools, and any special fabrics or trims they would like to use.

Skill Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 8
Class Fee: $575.00 for Guild members/$585.00 for non-members
Last date to register for this class: September 1

2-Day Classes | Wednesday to Thursday | September 19-20

Art Nouveau Cabinet
Instructor: Bill Studebaker, IGMA Artisan Member
9:00AM – 5:00PM

The focus of this class will be creating brass grillwork for the doors of a prepared cabinet. Using brass rods of various sizes, students will hammer and form individual pieces, which will be soldered together to form a feather-inspired grill. These will be attached to form the cabinet's door inserts.

It is likely that the project will be completed in class. Supplies needed: needle files, small hammer, round nose-pliers, and wire cutters. Lighting and magnification are recommended if needed.

Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Class Limit: 10
Class Fee: $270.00 for Guild members/$280.00 for non-members
Last date to register for this class: Day of class

Georgian Dolls House Cabinet c.1770
Instructor: Geoffrey Wonnacott, IGMA Fellow Member
9:00am – 6:00pm

Based on the original "Throstlenest House," this beautiful cabinet was built as an attractive piece of furniture, a focal point for any room setting, or as a stand-alone piece. Made in mahogany with a fine Georgian façade, it contains six tiny rooms to furnish at your leisure. From a prepared cutting list of timber, each student will construct the cabinet and facade. The quoined edges will be formed using wood blocks; the dentil moulding cornice will be applied. The windows will be fitted with moulded surrounds; the columned moulded portico doorway will be assembled and applied. The double-door facade will be hinged to reveal and access the rooms. A simple mahogany stand will be made, and a finish will be applied. Approximate size in miniature: 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" x 1-3/4" deep.

Completion is likely in class; however, a detailed booklet is provided to complete the piece at home, if necessary. All tools and supplies will be provided. Students may feel free to bring their personal small tools and any optical equipment they may require.

Skill Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Class Limit: 13
Class Fee: $400.00 for IGMA members/$410.00 non-members
Last date to register for this class: Day of class

Thursday Classes | September 20

1:144 Patio with Potting Bench
Instructor: Fran Sussman, IGMA Artisan Member
8:00AM – 5:00PM

This class is a great introduction to 1:144 for the beginner; however, the experienced student should have fun and learn a tip or two as well. Students will begin with a pre-formed base and learn how to make a realistic-looking slate patio using watercolor paper and paints. The class will then create an aged brick wall using cardstock and high-quality photo-realistic printed brick. Students will age and weather the supplied 3D-printed potting table and pots, and put finishing touches on the prepared tree and garden implements. After installing the items in the vignette, the remainder of the time will be spent making different plants to decorate the patio using foam, wire, paper, ink, and powders. Students will be supplied with extra materials and detailed instructions to make plants for this or another project. The approximate finished size is 1" wide x 1" deep.

It is likely that this project will be completed in class. Supplies needed: small fine-bladed scissors, craft knife with 5 new #11 blades, fine tweezers, and several brushes. All other materials and tools will be provided by the instructor. It is recommended that students bring good magnification and lighting (including extension cord) appropriate to working in very small scale.

Skill Level: Beginner–Advanced
Class Limit: 8
Class Fee: $135.00 for Guild members/$145.00 for non-members
Last date to register for this class: September 19

Penny Rug
Instructor: Patricia Richards, IGMA Fellow Member
8:30AM – 4:30PM

This class is full.

In this class students will concentrate on mastering the skills necessary for making a small penny rug from felted wool. This is a traditional craft that dates from the mid-19th century when decorative table rugs, or mats, were made with scraps of fabric and stitching.

Students will be using woven wool that has been previously hand-dyed and felted, from which they will be cutting out "pennies" and piecing them on the background fabric. Once pieced, a blanket stitch will be worked around each penny with embroidery floss to secure it in place. With that skill mastered, students will cut out and apply a border to the background fabric, stitching around those edges to complete the rug.

It is unlikely that the project will be completed within class time. Students will be given all relevant instructions and materials to complete the rug at home. Supplies needed: small pair of sharp scissors, tweezers, magnification, and lighting, if needed. As an option, students may bring to class their favorite colors of embroidery floss. 

Skill Level: Beginner–Advanced
Class Limit: 8
Class Fee: $120.00 for Guild members/$130.00 non-members
Last date to register for this class: September 10

Hummingbird
Instructor: Beth Freeman-Kane, IGMA Fellow Member
9:00AM – 5:00PM

Everybody loves a hummingbird! Spend a fun day creating a magical scene where the vibrant colors of flowers and bird reflect the outstanding skill of this tiny aeronautical acrobat. The cast bird will be provided, and acrylic painting techniques will be taught to bring it to life. Basic flower-making and scene-setting will be taught, and the complete framing kit will be provided. The finished project is a quality piece of art ready to bring into your home.

It is likely that the project will be completed in class. Supplies needed: fine scissors, tweezers, scalpel/craft knife, and stylus. Lighting and magnification are highly recommended. 

Skill Level: Beginner–Advanced
Class Limit: 12
Class Fee: $220.00 for IGMA members/$230.00 for non-members
Last date to register for this class: September 1

French Macaron Drizzle Cake
Instructor: Ruth Stewart
9:00AM – 5:00PM

The instructor invites students to join her for a day of making French-themed macaron cakes. She will guide students in creating a sliceable layered cake. Students will use a macaron mold for assembling the macarons. The instructor will explain and demonstrate decorating techniques, such as using drizzles and frostings. Each student will go home with a beautiful cake, tools, and cutters to make more, plus the macaron mold. Butterflies and accessories are included in the supplies furnished by the instructor.

It is likely that the project will be completed in class. Supplies needed: tweezers and X acto knife. Lighting and magnification recommended, if needed.

Skill Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 15
Class Fee: $97.00 for IGMA members/$107.00 for non-members
Last date to register for this class: Day of class

French Louis XVI-Style Box
Instructor: Geoffrey Wonnacott, IGMA Fellow Member
7:00PM – 10:30PM

This class is full.

Students will create a very elegant and decorative burr-veneered box typically placed on a desk as a writing box or equally displayed as a stand-alone piece on a shelf or table. From a prepared cutting list of timber and brass, each student will assemble the box, mitre and apply the brass rails and decorative brass work before hinging the lid. The unfitted interior could be partitioned or silk-lined at home for a specific use.

Completion is likely in the allocated time; however, a written illustrated instruction booklet will assist those who prefer to have a fun and relaxed time in class and finish at home. All tools and supplies will be provided. Students may feel free to bring their own small tool boxes and any needed optical equipment. The approximate size of the finished box is 1" wide x 3/4" deep and 1/2" high.

Skill Level: Beginner–Advanced
Class Limit: 13
Class Fee: $60.00 for IGMA members/$70.00 non-members
Last date to register for this class: Day of class

Friday Classes | September 21

Halloween Treats
Instructor: Jeanie Anderson, IGMA Artisan Member
8:00AM – 5:00PM

In this fun polymer-clay class, students will be using a variety of techniques to create a chocolate layer cake, decorated with pumpkins, bat sugar cookies, eyeball gobstoppers, and fondant ghost cupcakes. Students will be working with molds and liquid clay, and also exploring piping and painting techniques.

It is likely that this project will be completed in class. All tools and materials will be supplied by the instructor. Students may feel free to bring their own favorite brushes and tools. Magnification and lighting are recommended.

Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Class Limit: 10
Class Fee: $140.00 for IGMA members/$150.00 for non-members
Last date to register for this class: September 21

Shaker Side Table
Instructor: Pete and Pam Boorum, IGMA Artisan Members
8:00AM – 12:00PM

This class is full.

The side table comes from the Pleasant Hill Shaker community in Kentucky. The record suggests that it was used as a desk, but it would be equally at home as a hall table, an informal dressing table, or a work table in a country kitchen.

Custom legs for the quarter-sawn cherry table will be supplied by the instructors. Students will use the Proxxon table saw to cut lumber to size and make the dadoes and rabbets to create the table top. Fitting the drawer will complete the project. It is likely that this project will be completed in class. The instructor's will supply all tools needed for the project.

Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Class Limit: 10
Class Fee: $65.00 for IGMA members/$75.00 for non-members
Last date to register for this class: Day of class

Tooled Leather Satchel
Instructor: Deb Mackie, IGMA Artisan Member
8:00AM – 5:00PM

Learn to transform a simple piece of premium-grade veg-tanned tooling leather into a stylish leather satchel, using traditional (and some not-so-traditional) leather crafting techniques, such as carving, stamping, embossing, faux stitching, and skiving. Students will follow the supplied sample pattern or may explore the instructor's extensive leather stamp collection to create their own design. Students can choose from several dye colors and explore other types of finishing methods. There will be plenty of leather scrap for trying new designs. This will be a fun, easy, and laid-back class.

It is likely that this project will be completed in class. Supplies needed: pointed tweezers, small sharp scissors, x-acto knife and, as an option, lighting and magnification.

Skill Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 10
Class Fee: $95.00 for IGMA members/$105.00 for non-members
Last date to register for this class: Day of class

Potting Bench
Instructor: Bill Studebaker, IGMA Artisan Member
8:00AM – 12:00PM

The use of shipping pallets has become popular as raw materials for a variety of furniture projects. The class will assemble a potting bench from miniature shipping pallets.

It is likely that this project will be completed in class. The instructor will provide all materials. Lighting and magnification are recommended, if needed.

Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Class Limit: 10
Class Fee: $80.00 for Guild members/$90.00 for non-members
Last date to register for this class: Day of class

Bunny the Toddler
Daniela Kiefhaber, IGMA Artisan Member
9:00AM – 4:00PM

Students will sculpt a cute toddler from scratch. This toddler will be a full-body sculpt. After completing the sculpting, students will paint the body and face. The toddler will be dressed in a cute outfit (fabric provided) and wigged. The instructor will bring bunny hats and a toy for the completed toddler.

It is likely that the project will be completed in class. All tools will be provided by the instructor. Supplies needed: lighting and patience.

Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Class Limit: 5
Class Fee: $200.00 for IGMA members/$210.00 for non-members
Last date to register for this class: September 1

Garden Gazebo
Instructor: Pierluigi Pirovano, IGMA Artisan Member
9:00AM – 5:00PM

This class is full.

This lovely 1:12-scale garden gazebo class is a must for those wanting to create a scene for relaxing, for reading a book, or to use simply as a space for chatting with friends. All wooden parts are laser-cut, attached with PVA glue, and painted with acrylic paints. The base dimensions are 8.3"(w) x 6.7"(d) x 7.3"(h). The instructor will also illustrate techniques for weathering the structure and using acrylic paints and washes on the floor.

It is likely that this project will be completed in class. Supplies needed: PVA glue (fast-drying) or aliphatic glue, brushes of different sizes, at least 3 acrylic colors (for structure, roof, and stone floor), a small cutter, and medium-grit sandpaper.

Skill Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 10
Class Fee: $165.00 for Guild members/$175.00 for non-members
Last date to register for this class: August 26

Regency Display Cabinet on Stand, c.1825
Instructor: Geoffrey Wonnacott, IGMA Fellow Member
9:00AM – 6:00PM

Made in mahogany with a glazed brass-beaded door, this small display cabinet is the perfect hideaway for those precious items to be seen and not dusted. It can be placed as a table cabinet or a stand along piece. The cabinet size is 2 1/4" high (4" on stand) x 1 1/2" wide x 1" deep. From a prepared cutting list of timber, brass, and cut glass, each student will assemble the cabinet, fitting two shelves, applying partial brass gallery to the moulded top, and shaped mitred feet to the moulded base. The door will be glazed and a decorative brass bead applied before hinging in place. The stand will be completed and a finish applied before fitting the brass key plate.

Completion is likely in the allocated time, however, students will be given fully detailed instructions. All basic tools and materials will be provided by the instructor. Students may feel free to bring their own small tools, work light, and optical equipment. 

Skill Level: Beginner–Advanced
Class Limit: 13
Class Fee: $165.00 for IGMA members/$175.00 non-members
Last date to register for this class: Day of class

Christmas Tree and Ornaments
Instructor: Maggie Anderson, IGMA Artisan Member
1:00PM – 5:00PM

After students select their tree size (1"–6"), the instructor will illustrate techniques for drying, antiquing, or distressing the tree branches. The instructor has a large selection of different styles of ornaments, and students will be able to make as many as time allows. Instructions will be available for making additional ornaments to finish after class. The instructor will also share her method for making beautiful mini bows.

It is likely that the project will be completed in class. Supplies needed: scissors for cutting paper and needle nose pliers. Magnification is recommended.

Skill Level: Beginner–Advanced
Class Limit: 10
Class Fee: $65.00 for IGMA members/$75.00 for non-members
Last date to register for this class: September 1

“Two Orioles” Painting
Instructor: Phyllis Hawkes, IGMA Fellow Member
1:00PM – 4:00PM

This charming wall hanging is from the North India Mughal Empire and was created in 1610. It depicts two stylized birds among several varieties of flowers. The upper bird is a male Indian Golden Oriole, and the lower bird is a male Black-hooded Oriole. It is unusual, and the composition is closely related to European botanical and natural-history studies. Students will paint in acrylic on a prepared wood panel, 1 3/16" wide x 2 1/16" high. They will learn how to transfer an image, brush handling, shading techniques, working with glazes, and many more hints and tips. Each student will receive a 20/0 mini round brush and a step-by-step instruction booklet with photographs.

It is likely that the painting will be completed in class. The instructor will supply the needed 20/0 mini round brush and the other supplies needed for the project. Students will need to bring scissors for cutting paper. Magnification and lighting, (with an extension cord) are highly recommended, plus a smock or apron to protect clothing. Students are welcome to bring their favorite mini brushes.

Skill Level: Beginner–Advanced
Class Limit: 10
Class Fee: $100.00 for IGMA members/$110.00 for non-members
Last date to register for this class: September 14

Furniture Finishing Techniques
Instructor: Mark Murphy, IGMA Fellow Member
1:00PM – 5:00PM

This class is full.

This class is designed to teach the instructor’s furniture-finishing techniques. Students will learn how to give furniture pieces a stained and glazed finish, and how to apply a painted and aged finish to other pieces of furniture. When creating a painted piece, the instructor uses an acrylic paint for the color and oil-based products for the aging glaze. It is also effective to do more than one color and wear through to expose the color underneath.

Students should bring one or more completed but unfinished (unpainted or unstained) pieces of furniture on which to work. The instructor will bring to class a small selection of his favorite paint colors, but students may bring their own favorite acrylic paint colors, if they wish. The instructor will provide the remaining necessary materials.

It is likely that the finishing process will be completed in the allotted time. Supplies needed: unfinished (construction completed) piece(s) of furniture, favorite color of acrylic paint, optional. Supplemental lighting is recommended.

Skill Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 10
Class Fee: $45.00 for IGMA members/$55.00 for non-members
Last date to register for this class: Day of class

1:144 Scale – A Day at the Beach
Instructor: Fran Sussman, IGMA Artisan Member
1:00PM – 5:00PM

As the days grow shorter, who doesn't want to cling to those last moments of summer? In this class students will construct and finish a shadow box out of pre-cut and partially assembled pieces. They will add a backdrop, sand, the tiniest of shells, and other accessories to complete the project. The shadow box will be designed primarily to attach to a roombox or dollhouse wall, but can also be displayed on a surface using a small stand. Students will have several choices, including alternative backdrops and interior accessories. This class is a great introduction to 1:144 scale for the beginner, but fun for more advanced students. The approximate finished size is 1" wide x 1" high x 1/2" deep.

It is likely that the project will be completed in class. Supplies needed: small fine-bladed scissors, craft knife with 5 new #11 blades, fine tweezers, and several small brushes. All other materials and tools will be provided by the instructor. It is essential that students bring good magnification and lighting (including an extension cord) appropriate for working in very small scale.

Skill Level: Beginner–Advanced
Class Limit: 8
Class Fee: $60.00 for Guild members/$70.00 for non-members
Last date to register September 19

Register

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Please send the form and your payment to: Annelle Ferguson, Guild Show Class Coordinator, 511 Gibbs Ferry Lane, Clinton TN 37716.