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Current and upcoming Special Workshops

Special Workshops are conducted by well-known artist-instructors who come to the Spruill Center from around the country. They often have theirown following of students who also travel here to take the workshops. Browse through our Special Workshops and register for our current workshops:

New workshop info with Rick Berman coming soon!!

Check out our past workshops

Tony Clennell at the Spruill Center - Stuck in the Mud

March 2 March 3: "Stuck in the Mud" with Tony Clennell

Tony is a second generation potter with over 3 decades of experience being stuck in the mud. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at Sheridan College School of Craft and Design and Ontario College of Art and Design University. He has taught workshops in Canada, USA, Japan, China and Italy. He has a Master of Fine Arts from Utah State University and is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He has written more than 55 articles for ceramic journals and is exhibited in museums and collections in North America, Europe and Asia.

This will be a demonstration only workshop that will focus on larger than life utilitarian pottery for occasional use. Attention will be paid to the details on large casseroles, pitchers, bowls, buckets and baskets so they may be used for celebration and presentation. Tony's specialty over the years has been sectional or composite throwing where he adds many pieces together to make one vessel. He will also focus on texture and pattern using stamps and roulettes for a decorative surface.

Sonia King Mosaic Inentsive

March 4 – March 6, 10 am – 4 pm: "MOSAIC INTENSIVE WITH SONIA KING: Enhancing Technical Skills & Integrating Artistic Expression"

The goal of the workshop is to offer an elevated sense of what mosaic is about, presenting a deeper way to think about one's work and the knowledge to push to the next level while broadening both skill-set and knowledge. Special emphasis will be made on personal expression and developing one's individual style.

Sonia King Mosaic Inentsive

March 11 – March 15, 9:30 am – 4 pm: "PUSHING THE ENVELOPE IN WATERCOLOR: EXPRESS YOURSELF - A Workshop with Mel Stabin"

Join us for Mel's new workshop emphasizing; Energetic Drawing with a Brush, Experimenting with Abstract Shapes, and Expressive Color. Challenge yourself and go beyond your boundaries in watercolor. This workshop will encourage you to express yourself and to experience the uniqueness of watercolor and its magical, spontaneous, unpredictable, and transparent qualities. Mel will help you discover that watercolor is at its best when it is set free.

Sonia King Mosaic Inentsive

March 15 – March 17, 10 am – 4:30 pm: "ETCHING: A KITCHEN SINK APPROACH Workshop with Carol Webb"

The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating imagery in metal. In this three-day workshop, students will learn the basics of etching using the toner transfer method. The class will also focus on image development using photos, patterns, textures, doodles, words and other curiosities. Other topics will include; the use of PNP, repair of image transfers, alternative resists, etching copper clad bi-metal, patinas, forming, roller printing and soldering issues with bi-metal.

Sonia King Mosaic Inentsive

March 19 – March 22, 10 am – 4:30 pm: "Special Workshop: DESIGNING FOR 3D ETCHING Workshop with Carol Webbb"

Join me in a design oriented exploration of 3-D etching as I introduce you to various sources and kinds of artwork for etching. Initially, we will etch a line and dot reference sampler. We will use paper and acetate to combine images for the purpose of creating a small layered piece combining various etching applications and patinas, then assemble those layers with 00-90 brass screws and nuts. Using table and spray etching methods, we will etch through copper based alloys.