Fall workshops planned at RAG

Roxbury — The Roxbury Arts Group (RAG) and the Catskill Artisans Guild continue their collaboration in a series of workshops scheduled at RAG this fall.

Master craftspeople will lead hands-on workshops in a broad range of materials. The fee for each workshop is $35 plus a materials fee. Unless otherwise noted, no prior experience is required to participate. Space will be limited. In order to ensure that the workshops will take place, pre-registration is required, and early registration is strongly recommended. Please call 607 326-7908.

Classes are as follows:
Carlyle Bradford, “Concrete Botanicals.” September 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This class will provide a brief overview of concrete; its history and uses. Participants will create a sculptural piece for their home or garden. Piece may include supplied botanicals or found objects and other personal items students may wish to bring. Materials fee: $15. Carlyle Bradford is a potter and mixed media sculptor who has been selling and exhibiting her work for over two decades.

Val Wells, “Paper Marbling.” September 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Paper marbling is a unique craft familiar from 19th-Century endpapers. Participants will place paint on a surface of viscous liquid, move the floating paint with rakes and combs to draw patterns, and transfer these designs to paper. Materials fee; $15. Val Wells has practiced marbling and bookbinding for more than two decades.

Carla Shapiro, “Photography - Cyanotype workshop.” September 23 from 12:30 to 3:30p.m. Cyanotype is a 19th century, non-silver technique that is beautiful to work with and safe for the environment. Participants will create photograms from objects found in nature and will then create silhouette photograms on fabric. No cameras necessary. Materials fee; $10.
Carla Shapiro is a photographer and artist who divides her time between New York City and the Catskill Mountains.

Tara Hu, “Chinese Calligraphy.” September 23 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. This class will give a brief history of the traditional art of Chinese Calligraphy which dates back more than 3,000 years. Participants will learn brush techniques that are both ancient and modern. Materials fee: $15 includes a calligraphy brush. Tara Hu is primarily known for her Chinese calligraphy, but her ceramics and jewelry have been exhibited and sold throughout California and New Mexico.

Jill Cline, “Felting.” October 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The art of felting began more than 6,000 years ago. Participants can create a scarf, small bag, hat or vessel. Materials fee: $15. Jill Cline began felting about 10 years ago and has shown her work at craft shows throughout the northeast.

Becky Nielsen, “Painting Rocks-Beyond Child’s Play.” October 23 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The class will focus on using color, and playing with the given shapes and textures of the rock itself. Participants can make pins or pendants or create pocket icons or small pieces suitable for framing. Materials fee: $5.

Claire Herz, “Quilted Bog Coat.” October 23 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The bog coat is one of the most primitive coats on the planet. It is the garment all of our western clothing evolved from. Learn design concepts and pattern making, cut, quilt and sew a garment. You may bring your own coordinated fabrics or purchase them at the class. Basic machine sewing skills required.