2021 Guild School

July 24-31, 2021     Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

12 Hour Classes

Almeyda

INSTRUCTOR: Diane Almeyda, Artisan
COURSE: Metal Work
PROJECT: Metal Sign and Bracket

A sign can be decorative and/or informational. It can be placed just about anywhere…outside a shop or home, in a shop window, on a door, etc. It can be whimsical or elegant. There are so many ways to decorate a miniature scene with a sign that no one should be without at least one!

This class will teach students metal working skills (including forming, soldering and sawing) while they make a miniature metal bracket and sign. The instructor is willing to let students personalize the project as far as size and design if contacted well prior to class to discuss their thoughts regarding feasibility in the medium we will be using. There will also be a couple of options available for all students.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: flex shaft, drill press

SKILL LEVEL: All levels. Ability to see well with magnification; ability to use hands and fingers; and to be able to sit for a period of time.

MATERIALS FEE: $35 to be collected at school

Anderson

INSTRUCTOR: Jeanie Anderson, Artisan
COURSE: Polymer Clay Food
PROJECT: Deep Dish Pie with Ice Cream

This class is FULL.

Who can resist a deep-dish apple or cherry pie with a perfectly browned, sugared crust, especially when its paired with vanilla ice cream?

Students will make up to four lattice-top pies from polymer clay—some whole, and some with slices. Students may choose an apple or cherry filling, or try both. They will learn how to color and use liquid clay effectively; how to create convincing textures of the crust, fillings and ice cream; and how to shade with chalk pastel.

Each student will receive a glass pie stand, three metal pie pans and one beautiful handmade ceramic pie plate made by IGMA Artisan, Jane Graber; as well as a custom-made pie crimping tool and illustrated instructions to reference at home.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $35 to be collected at school. There will be additional ceramic pie plates available for an optional fee.

Anderson

INSTRUCTOR: Jeanie Anderson, Artisan
COURSE: Polymer Clay Food
PROJECT: Martini Board

This class is FULL.

In this appetizing class, we will create a gourmet cocktail board that will complement almost any miniature scene.

Students will explore simple but effective polymer clay sculpting techniques, as well as shading with chalk pastel and working with molds and resin. They will also shape their own marble trays and learn how to modify a bottle using two-part epoxy resin and enamel paint.

Each student will be provided with all the accessories shown plus an additional martini glass, reusable mold for the walnuts, and illustrated instructions to reference at home.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $35 to be collected at school. There will be liquor bottles, martini glasses, and cheese mold available for an additional fee.

boorum

INSTRUCTOR: Pam & Pete Boorum, Artisans
COURSE: Woodworking
PROJECT: Brides Boxes and Pantry Boxes

This class is FULL.

There is always a need to have a place to store things and special wooden boxes had a prominent place in the household and retail world before cardboard changed our lives. This class offers two different styles.

The Brides Box was meant to hold special treasures that were a part of her trousseau. Often beautifully decorated and painted with the happy couple’s names and wedding date, this decoration will be left to later efforts. Students will concentrate on cutting the parts, bending them around forms, fitting the lid bands and shaping the tops and lids.

Pantry Boxes were made for dry storage, both commercially and domestically. Students will work with several sizes, the basic techniques being the same as the Brides Box. However, the pantry boxes usually featured nails or tacks to secure the overlap. Students will do these in miniature as well.

Painting and/or aging will be an option for the students in this class. More elaborate decoration is “on your own.”

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, disk sander

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $40 to be collected at school

Ferguson

INSTRUCTOR: Annelle Ferguson, Fellow
COURSE: Needlepoint
PROJECT: Needlepoint Panel for a Handheld Fire Screen

Imagine living over two hundred years ago and it being very cold outside. The only warmth in the home is from a blazing log fire. It would be more than one hundred years or so before electricity was available and gas was not used until the early to mid 19th century. The 18th century woman was well aware of the hazards of standing or sitting too close to an open flame. They were subjected to damaging their make-up or clothing. Many were probably humiliated when the hems of their gowns caught on fire or by having the roaring fire melt their manicured face.

Therefore, handheld fire screens were created. Made of various materials, these screens could be used by women to shield their faces while warming the rest of their body. The screen might be embroidered, hand-painted or embellished with precious gems. The handles were usually carved from wood.

In this class, students will needlepoint a small panel to be attached to a turned handle created especially for this class by Mark Murphy. The approximate measurements are 7/8" H x 5/8" W. Referring to antique screens for inspiration, students will sketch and chart a pattern on graph paper. They may select to needlepoint their panel on either #58 or #72 silk gauze, using silk threads. A partial chart, for stitching on #58 silk gauze, will be available for those not wanting to design their own pattern. Class discussions will include the essentials for setting up the project and in the selection of colors, plus adapting antique designs into 1/12 scale.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely. If not, students will have all the necessary instructions and materials to finish the needlepoint at home.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate and advanced. Students should be experienced with basic needlepoint and feel comfortable working on #58 or smaller count silk gauze.

MATERIALS FEE: $65, includes turned handle by Mark Murphy, to be collected at school

Hartman

INSTRUCTOR: Pat Hartman, Fellow
COURSE: Needlework
PROJECT: French Knot “Hooked” Rug

Hooked material has been found as far back as 5th century Egypt. Hooking skills were brought to America from Europe, but the craft is now considered a distinctly North American folk art. The creative peak of rug hooking was in the early 19th century in New England and the Canadian Maritime Provinces. This technique was mainly used to make area rugs, stair runners, welcome mats and bed coverings; often using material from clothing that was no longer serviceable.

The class project is an adaptation of a hooked rug found on the internet that was listed for sale at an auction house. The auction listing states the rug was “American folk art, New York, 1800.” The class rug is done using French knots which give a very good scale “hooked” rug look. The focus of the class is for students to learn and/or perfect the French knot stitch so they are uniform in size. The finished rug measures approximately 3" x 4". There will also be discussion on design, color and resource materials.

time: 12 hours. Completion is unlikely. However, students will go home with all the techniques and materials to finish on their own.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $25 to be collected at school

Kraft

INSTRUCTOR: Tim Kraft, Artisan
COURSE: Electrical Techniques
PROJECT: Late 1800’s Chandelier

This 8-bulb chandelier has the classic styling of the late 1800’s. In 1871, when the light bulb was first designed, it had enormous novelty value and the earliest fixtures displayed the bulb and its filaments quite prominently. The bulbs used in this fixture simulate the characteristic incandescent bulbs of that era.

The oversize bulbs will cast a warm glow or light up a room, depending on the voltage applied after completion. This is a beginner’s project where students will learn wood bending techniques and precision soldering.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Beginning and intermediate. Note: This project does use Epoxy Glue.

MATERIALS FEE: $55 to be collected at school

Kraft

INSTRUCTOR: Tim Kraft, Artisan
COURSE: Electrical Techniques and Lighting
PROJECT: Crystal Chandelier

This six light chandelier is a timeless style. It could have been found in the late 1890’s when electric bulbs were becoming common in chandeliers up to present day. This chandelier even could have started “life” using candles. In mid-1800’s some would have been converted to oil or gas and finally to electricity. Many were retro-fitted for electricity and can still be seen in historical homes and museums today.

Assembly will utilize epoxy and CA glues. Precision soldering will be involved to join the multiple bulb connections to a common feed wire. There will be a color choice of hand blown globes for this beautiful light with Swarovski crystals adding the finishing touch.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Beginning and intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $80 to be collected at school

Lee

INSTRUCTOR: Iulia Chin Lee, Artisan
COURSE: Turning Wooden Bowls with Gilding
PROJECT: Gilded Vase or Bowl

This course is a lovely introduction to basic techniques of lathe turning. Students will gain an understanding of, and familiarity with, turning tools and their proper use. They will also learn how to create different contours and shapes. Through practice, the students will be able to develop these skills, which will enable them to create beautiful, artistic pieces.

Beginners will receive individual coaching and instruction, especially during the basic wood turning. Students will be turning a variety of woods, including some exotic wood. Lastly, the focus will be on gilding. Students will learn how to prepare the surface of their turnings, how to apply size, and how to gild.

The main techniques include: 1) turning basic cylindrical shapes with variations—beginners will turn bowls and intermediate students will turn vases; 2) hollowing turned objects on a lathe; 3) final finishing and applying finish on a lathe; 4) preparing surface for gilding; and 5) applying gold leaf gilding.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: lathe

SKILL LEVEL: Beginning and intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $55 to be collected at school. Students need to have their own micro turning tools in class. Those who do not have turning tools may purchase hollowing tools made by Harmony Water. Also, a Robert Sorby micro-turning, high quality tool set, made in England, is an option for $150.

McClain

INSTRUCTOR: Marcia McClain, Artisan
COURSE: Upholstery/Fabric
PROJECT: Traditional Sofa

This class is FULL.

This sofa is an elegant version of a sofa that spans quite a time period from perhaps the 1930s to present time. It has an inviting feeling of comfort with its deep padded back and arms. It is shown in the striped fabric with a waterfall skirt but may be altered to the student’s taste to a traditional skirt or the fringed skirt shown in the second photo. Depending on one’s choice of skirt treatment and fabric, it may be very elegant or quite casual. The instructor will work with students to pick a fabric prior to class so that the sofa can go home and effortlessly find a place in its new home.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner. Simple sewing experience will help in handling fabrics comfortably.

MATERIALS FEE: $35 to be collected at school

McClain

INSTRUCTOR: Marcia McClain, Artisan
COURSE: Upholstery/Fabric
PROJECT: Chair and Ottoman

A chair and ottoman are a very versatile furniture combination. Together they provide a refuge for one to relax and enjoy life in a number of places in a home. This particular chair and ottoman are copies of a traditional loose back lounge chair and ottoman owned by the instructor. Each student will be given a chair and ottoman form to create their own version of the pieces in a variety of fabrics and ribbon colors to go with their decorating scheme. The resulting finished product may be formal or informal and feminine or masculine depending on the colors and textures of the fabric one chooses.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely if students work overtime on their own outside of the classroom.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner. Simple sewing experience will help in handling fabrics comfortably.

MATERIALS FEE: $35 to be collected at school

O'Brien

INSTRUCTOR: Mary Grady O’Brien, Fellow
COURSE: Folk Art Painting and Shell Work
PROJECT: A Sailor’s Delight

The purpose of this class is twofold. To learn some basic techniques to encourage decorating with shells and to develop a nautical oil painting that will reflect the magic of the sea. Students can follow the explicit pattern provided in class or develop their own creation. Some students prefer more direction, while others have a definite personal preference. Both are acceptable because this is a project that allows for flexibility for creative expression.

The instructor’s goal is for student to enjoy the learning experience in a relaxed manner and end the week with additional confidence and skill. This project promises to be a lovely remembrance of time spent enjoying the beauty of Maine.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $50 to be collected at school

Rubin

INSTRUCTOR: Sandy Rubin, Fellow
COURSE: Flower Making
PROJECT: Peonies, Peaches and Apricots Floral Arrangement

Students will create from scratch materials a new method of making peonies. They will utilize new materials to create these blossoms, as well as create leaves, branches, tiny berries and peaches and apricots using polymer clay and air-drying clay. Students will also learn new clay techniques and shading using soft pastels and inks. Students will learn to arrange the blossoms, leaves and fruit into a stunning floral arrangement. The vase to be provided by the instructor. 

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely. If overtime is needed, it can be done as a small amount of homework. 

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $35 to be collected in advance of school

Veeder

INSTRUCTOR: Sue Veeder, Fellow
COURSE: Painting with Heat Set Oils
PROJECT: “Sailing on Penobscot Bay”

The painting is an original by the instructor, based on photos taken during many visits to Castine and Guild School. The simple color scheme, the sparkle on the water—you can almost smell the ocean! The view is mostly from Battle Avenue toward Dyce Head Light, looking down on the bay.

This very complete class will teach students how to prepare a canvas in the correct scale for miniatures; sketching; color blending from basic colors; proper brush use; various brush techniques and many other things. The beauty of the Genesis heat set oil paints that will be used is that there are NO fumes, and once the paint is set with heat, students can continue painting immediately! Students will love these paints and their texture, ability to blend, and ease of use.

Materials provided will be detailed instructions, color charts, paints, thinners, palette, paint brushes and more. If students have, or can borrow, an embossing tool/heat gun, please bring it—otherwise there will be several for use in class. It’s helpful to have your own, as everyone works at different speeds. The finished painting is about 3 1/8" W. This is a fun, relaxing and rewarding class. Even if students have never tried painting before, they will be surprised to see that they CAN do this and have a lovely painting of the water as a souvenir from their week at Guild School.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: All levels are welcome, especially beginners.

MATERIALS FEE: $60 to be collected at school. Handmade frames may be available for purchase in class.