Teen Outreach Program

When & Where?

June 26—June 30, 2017        

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Pennsylvania’s only residential craft education center is located on a 150 acre campus in the Laurel Highlands.

Participants will have access to eight  fully equipped studio spaces  while they live on campus. Students are housed in single-sex dormitories or cabins.  The dining hall is central to campus and Chef Meryl serves delicious home-cooked meals made with fresh local ingredients.  All students take a turn helping out in the kitchen and keeping campus clean.

Evenings are open for demonstrations, group activities or work in the studio.

Participants will:

    • Attend a five day interactive workshop
    • Extend their creative potential
    • Work with other students from around the region
    • Experience art in an immersive environment inspired by nature
    • Increase their ability to create art


Touchstone’s Studio Instructors are accomplished artists and educators from around the country, many of whom return to teach year after year.  They bring both technical expertise and real world experience to the studio.

The 2017 Teen Outreach Program Instructors include Matt Yeomans, Trevor King, Janice Patrignani, Mike Mangiafico, Boris Bally, Josh Mitchel, and Roger Hyndman. See instructor biographies and workshop descriptions below.

Why Participate?

Students spending a week on Touchstone's grounds benefit from the natural and artistic aspects of campus life.

“I increased my understanding of the variety of ways that people continue to make art and/or craft works throughout their lifetimes (professional artist, semiprofessional artist, etc.).”

 “I learned a variety of techniques in working with this medium that will inform my artistic development in the future.”

 “My selected workshop at Touchstone enhanced what I have learned and/or experienced at my high school.”


à Meet other students from the region and work with world-class instructors to improve your art. 

à Touchstone offers an Immersive experience, where you will live your craft for a week.

à Student to instructor ratio is a maximum of 12 to 1.

à Receive career guidance in areas such as creating a portfolio, applying to college and other topics from  guest speakers .

à Participants broaden their thinking with relation to their craft.

The Details

Scholarship opportunities are available for students from Allegheny County, Fayette County, Somerset County, and Greene County in southwestern Pennsylvania and include tuition, shared single-sex housing, and meals. 

Registration and Material fees are $100 and are to be paid in full at check-in or prior to the first day of the workshops. 

Scholarship applications are now available by following the link below. 

2017 Targeting Teens Registration and Release Form.pdf

2017 Targeting Teens Registration and Release Form.docx

2017 Workshop Descriptions & Instructor Biographies

Blacksmithing for Teens

Instructor: Matt Yeomans

All Levels, Grades 9–12

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Learn the basics of creating functional works of art with a hammer and anvil. We will focus on the basic tools and techniques of blacksmithing, as well as developing safe and responsible work habits. From decorative items to functional blacksmithing tools, you will have the opportunity to hand forge a wide range of projects.

Matthew Yeomans is a recent graduate form the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with degrees in adult education and art education and has studied multiple disciplines within the arts. He has spent the last eight years working with Touchstone Center for Crafts teaching blacksmithing workshops and working as a studio assistant to maintain the Hart Moore Blacksmithing Studio. Beyond his work with Touchstone, Matthew is also a featured author on the website,Instructables, where he writes articles and tutorials for his various woodworking and metalworking projects.


Pump up the Volume: Exploring the Poetics of Large Vessels

Instructor: Trevor King

All Levels, Grades 9–12

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

The pottery tradition is steeped in metaphor. From its earliest conceptions and across all cultures, clay pots have acted as vehicles for the expressions of daily life, culture, and spiritual awareness. With an emphasis on the importance of fun and an exploration in the creative process, you will learn through instruction, demonstration, and personalized guidance to create significant works of art in the form of large vessels. We will begin this journey by making clay boat lanterns to float down Touchstone’s McIntire Run. Then, you will learn both wheel-throwing and handbuilding techniques for creating large vessels. In doing this, you will also learn about the properties of two types of clay (terra-cotta and stoneware) as well as various methods of firing. Together we will explore the poetic possibilities of the vessel for communicating ideas of identity, passage, and the body/soul dynamic.

Trevor King is a visual artist working in ceramics, sculpture, and video. Born in western Pennsylvania, Trevor witnessed the regional transformations associated with post industrialization. His artwork actualizes questions relating to identity, labor, art, and entropy. His poetic observations grow from his own biography, oral histories, and a desire for documentary. Trevor received a BFA from Slippery Rock University (2011), a MFA from the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan (2015), and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland (2010). He worked as a studio resident assistant at Touchstone Center for Crafts in 2012, and has been a resident artist at Ox Bow School of Art, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. In 2014, Trevor was awarded an International Institute Fellowship to work under British sculptor Antony Gormley. In 2015, his work was awarded an Outstanding Student Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center. Trevor is currently an instructor and studio technician at Adrian College and teaching at the Ann Arbor Potter’s Guild.

Fiber Art Transformations: Silk, Wool, Paper, and Books

Instructor: Janice Patrignani

All Levels*, Grades 9–12

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Explore a potpourri of different fiber arts techniques this week. We will create glorious one-of-a-kind silk paintings as well as pattern silk scarves using the shibori method, experiment with wool felting, explore the fiber-transformation method of papermaking, and embellish with printmaking and marbling. We will also cut, fold, and assemble some of the decorative papers we made into personalized multi-use books or journals. By the end of the week, you will have a treasure trove of exquisite artworks and amazing personalized gifts——which you may want to keep!

* This class is a great resource for teachers or anyone who wants to discover the magic of Fiber Art.

Janice Patrignani is a design professional, visual artist, and art educator. She holds a BS from the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, and Art. Since 1995, she has been developing and teaching workshops in her many areas of media expertise, which include watercolor, acrylic, and silk painting; shibori; fiber arts; bookmaking; paper transformations; and ceramic sculpture. Janice’s mixed-media sculpture has been exhibited throughout New York. She received third place for sculpture in the Best of New York Artists and Artisans 2005 book series, and was awarded honorable mention for ceramic sculpture inArt Buzz, the 2009 Collection.

Marbles and Beads

Instructor: Michael Mangiafico

All Levels, Grades 9-12

$595 Member | $625 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Explore the world of creating flameworked glass, marbles, and beads. Melting colorful soda lime glass that was manufactured in Italy, we will make and incorporate traditional Venetian Zanfirico (fancy twisted glass canes or pattern bars) into magnificent disks and orbs of delight. Pursue the anatomy of a well-proportioned marble or bead all the while playing with sparkly dichroic coated glass. We will then have fun transforming said creations into enjoyable tops, pendants, and fetching sculpture.

Michael Mangiafico is a glass artist and teacher working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a BFA in glass art from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985 and has continued his education by attending or teaching glass art seminars across the globe. In 1996, Michael built a glass studio, FIG Studios—Forms in Glass. He designs and creates sculpture and craft items from glass by blowing, casting, torch working, and cold work. FIG Studios has work in fine art galleries across the country.

Selfie: All about Me!

Instructor: Boris Bally

Beginner, Grades 9–12

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

In this metals course, you will use selfies to create wearable art (brooches, pendants, rings). Through lively demonstrations, we will explore the basics of simple metal fabrication (sawing, filing, riveting, soldering, forging, polishing, finishing, and simple stone setting). You are welcome to experiment and will be expected to finish at least one wearable “selfie”.

Boris Bally is a Swiss-trained metalsmith/designer working in Providence, Rhode Island where he maintains his small studio business, Bally Humanufactored, LLC. Recently, Boris was interviewed for the Smithsonian Institution, Archive of American Art: Oral History Project, part of the Nanette Laitman Grant.

SNAG presented Boris with their Volunteer Recognition award in 2016. His artwork has earned him the 2015 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) Fellowship in Craft as well as two RISCA Design Fellowships. He also received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Crafts Fellowship. Boris won first prize from the international Green Dot Awards for his Broadway AmChair design in 2012. He was a finalist in both Eco Arts Awards in 2013 and the 2009 International Spark Design Awards. In 2006, Boris received an Individual Achievement Award for Visual Arts presented by the Arts and Business Council of Rhode Island. His work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions and publications. Public collections include London’s Victoria and Albert Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Brooklyn Museum; Luce Foundation Center; Renwick Gallery; and Copper Hewitt National Design Museum.

The Power of a Series: Creating a Small Body of Related Pieces

Instructor: Josh Mitchel

Beginner, Grades 9–12

$545 Member| $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Focusing on creating a small series of 3 to 5 related works through direct observation of a still life, you will explore traditional methods of oil painting—including a subtractive imprimatura (umber wipeout paintings)—and strategies of developing an oil painting through a process of layers. Discussions will cover basic color mixing through a limited pallet, properties of color temperature, and fundamental compositional elements. The instruction provided is intended to serve as a foundation for a more sophisticated future practice. You are encouraged to share and discuss your work as well as bring past work to share with the group for feedback. Creativity is encouraged and deviation from the outline is allowed!

Josh Mitchel is a Pittsburgh born artist who earned his BFA in studio arts from Indiana University in 1997, his BFA in interior architecture from the Design institute of San Diego in 2008, and his MFA in painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Formally a high-school art teacher, Josh returned to graduate school after a decade on the west coast to mature as an artist and actualize dreams of teaching in higher education. Josh was recently published in the February international edition ofFresh Paintmagazine as well as featured on the cover of theLocal Pittsburghto be released in June. Josh has received juror’s awards from the 104th annual Erie Spring Show, 79th Annual Spring Show at the Butler Institute of American Art, and a Best in Show for the 49th Annual Juried Show at the Meadville Council on the Arts. Working primarily on a large scale in oils, Josh investigates the complex relationships and struggles within ourselves. His work is deeply rooted in drawing and a respect for academic training. Heavily inspired by the figure, Josh’s models often serve as both surrogates for autobiographical content and as symbols with empathy revolving around the human condition.


Intaglio Printmaking

Instructor: Roger Hyndman

Beginner, Grades 9–12

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Explore the unique sensitivity of intaglio—solar printmaking—using an intaglio press to create limited edition etchings. You will be introduced to a variety of techniques, printmaking practices, and participation in critiques. The workshop will conclude with a class exhibit, critique, and celebration. Solar printmaking will appeal to artists of all media, such as printmakers, photographers, and painters.

Roger Hyndman has conducted numerous workshops for artists, arts councils, arts organizations, professional organizations, and school districts. He has engaged in artist residencies at arts organizations, colleges, and regional schools. Roger’s partnership and teaching experience includes the View (a multi-arts center in Old Forge, New York), Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Yates County Arts Center, Mid-Hudson Teacher Center and State University of New York at New Paltz, Hartwick College, University of New Hampshire, Fletcher Farm School, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Sagamore Great Camp, and the Saratoga Arts Council. Roger has organized and coordinated travel across the United States, Canada, Italy, Sicily, Fair Isle, Shetland Islands, Scotland, and France. Several of his recent intaglio prints reflect the influence of his travels across the United States, Europe, and the Tuscan countryside.


Touchstone Center for Crafts
1049 Wharton Furnace Rd.
Farmington, PA 15437
T: 724.329.1370
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