Working both sides of the miniatures hobby, as I am frequently doing, I have just returned from teaching at the Guild Study Program in Williamsburg, Virginia. While many of the IGMA Study Programs are held in locations around the country, this one has been held annually in Colonial Williamsburg since about 1995. There have been so many really neat projects offered here that I have almost gone as
a student many, many times, but, I’m in the same boat as many others, I just can’t afford to do everything I’d like to, so when the opportunity came up to teach there, I happily took it.
This year there were 4 classes offered, 35 students divided among them, a handful of guests to round out the group and, just as at Guild School in Castine, a gathering of miniaturists is a really fun event!
There was a museum tour to examine some really wonderful examples of early American furniture, lots of great food, good shopping and plenty of other things to explore and enjoy.
Next year the Colonial Williamsburg
Study Program will offer classes by Pete and Pam Boorum, Bill Studebaker, Phyllis Hawkes and Pat Richards, yes, I’m lucky enough to be invited back for a second year in a row! Projects are as yet, not firmly decided upon, the Boorums have tentatively selected a ladderback chair and Bill Studebaker thinks a spinet might be a nice challenge. More information will be posted on the IGMA website later in the year.
The next study opportunity with the Guild will be the classes on offer in the 3 days prior to the Kensington Dollshouse Show in London, England. The next Study Program will be held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire at the Strawbery Banke Historic Museum in September. More information on that program will be found on the IGMA website when it is available.