Opus Oaks has a brand new lineup of exciting art workshops, offered in cooperation with Clarke County Parks and Recreation Department.
First, a 2-day Plein Air watercolor workshop will be offered May 19-20 from 2 to 4 pm both days. The site will be Island Ford Farm, a historic Shenandoah River front farm near “Low Water Bridge” in Northwestern Warren County, north of Front Royal and just south of White Post. Participants age 18 – adult will have a chance to paint watercolor scenes outdoors directly from nature under the guidance of nationally known naturalist, watercolorist and illustrator Doug Pifer.
During the week of June 18 –22, blacksmith and artist Phil Travis will help participants ages 16 to adult learn to operate and use a coal forge to create a set of forge tools, plus small individual projects. If you always wanted to learn basic blacksmithing techniques, this workshop at 2330 Crums Church Road, Berryville is for you.
On June 25-29, a stone carving workshop will be held at the same location from 9am to 4pm. Participants age 13 to adult will enter the wonderful world of stone carving with master sculptor and stone carver Malcolm Harlow. Participants will first make a clay model, and then learn to carve their design in limestone using basic stone carving techniques with hammer and chisel. Bring your own leather gloves and safety glasses and have a truly unique experience under the direction of a nationally known instructor.
Then, on July 2-6 a 4 day (skipping July 4) metal forging workshop will be held at 2330 Crums Church Road, led by artists Gale Bowman Harlow and Holly Hetz. From 9am to 4 pm each day, participants age 8 to adult will learn to use a metal forge to design an exciting hanging sculpture in forged metal, wire and wood, inspired by the art of Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson and David Smith. Participants should wear cotton clothing each day, and bring a sketchbook.
Meanwhile at the same time and place, artist Gail Gramprie will conduct a 2 Day Fused Glass Workshop for participants age 13 and up. Using a special kiln, participants will be introduced to techniques on how to use special colored glass to create wonderful art objects and jewelry.
If you want to explore the world of fused glass further, Gail Gramprie will hold a week long fused glass workshop at the same location July 23-27 . Participants will learn techniques of cutting, decorating and assembling glass and then fusing it in a kiln to create sun catchers, art glass and dazzling jewelry. Learn how adding mica and certain metals will enhance the glass’s beauty, or use a mold to shape fused glass into a dish or candleholder. All this plus a brief introduction to jewelry making awaits participants age 13 and up who want a more intensive fused glass experience. But hurry, as attendance will be limited to 6 students.
During the week of July 9-13 a workshop by artists Angela Renner and Gale Bowman-Harlow will explore the ancient wax-resist hand painted art on fabric or paper known as Batik. Works by Gustave Klimt will inspire the images used to make a hanging piece of fabric art. Workshop will be from 9am to 4pm daily.
The following week, artist and teacher Patience Wyman will join Angela Renner to lead a Printmaking workshop, from 9am to 4pm on July 16-20. Participants aged 13 to adult will use a variety of printing methods including linoleum, monoprint, and cyanotype printing. As you draw your inspiration from nature, workshop leaders will guide and encourage you to create multiple copies of your art, using both traditional and experimental printmaking methods.
Patience Wyman and Doug Pifer will conduct a unique sculpture workshop from July 30 through August 3 from 9am to 4pm. Adults and young people age 8 and older will gather, combine and transform everyday recycled objects of wire and plastic into small sculptures inspired by nature’s little things: a nest nestled on a branch, or a bird with flowers and foliage. Enhanced by acrylic paint and medium, the results will be realistic and beautiful objects of art!
To register for a workshop, call Clarke County Parks and Recreation Department, 540-955-5140. For questions and other Opus Oaks program details call Gale Bowman-Harlow, Director, 540-955-4226. All workshops are open to adults and children of certain ages, depending upon the workshop, and they require little or no experience, just an interest in learning basic techniques.
Attendance is limited and workshops are filling up quickly, so sign up now!