Nature-Themed Workshops at Touchstone

Robert Little Scholarship 

100% Tuition Scholarship: To honor respected nature printer, Robert Little, a scholarship has been set up in his name. This scholarship is open to anyone taking an adult-level course that incorporates nature. Apply Now!

Touchstone’s 150-acre campus in the beautiful Laurel Highlands is the perfect natural setting to inspire creativity.

Choose from one of these Nature-themed Workshops:


AUG 19–23 | 5-Day

Altered Elegance
with Martha Grover

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Working with porcelain on and off the wheel, Martha demonstrates how to make her signature undulating functional forms. You will create an assortment of functional forms including cups, bowls, vases, pitchers, lidded forms, and baskets.

SEP 28–30 | 3-Day

Alternative Firing Techniques
with Bob Green

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Explore several different ceramic firing techniques: raku, burnishing with a terra sigillata slip, and naked raku– combining raku and burnishing. Participants must bring both bone-dry and bisque-fired pieces.

Glass & Basketry

JUL 8–12 | 5-Day

Intro to Stained Glass Copper Foil Technique
with Neile Cooper

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Learn the fundamentals of creating stained glass using the copper foil technique. You will learn how to incorporate non-glass, unconventional materials like crystals, shells, or pressed flowers into your pieces.

AUG 31–SEP 2 | 3-Day

Flameworking Glass Flora
with Erin Garmezy

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Create botanical works on the torch using borosilicate glass. You will discover basic techniques for constructing organic forms to create leaves, flowers, vines, and other organic forms.

AUG 19–23 | 5-Day

Willow Baskets to Grow and Weave
with Jo Campbell-Amsler

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Focusing on the basic techniques used in willow basketry, you will learn everything from making basic basket shapes, rims, and handles to finishing techniques. You will design and weave 3-4 of your own rib style willow baskets in 5 days.


JUN 8–9 | 2-Day

Plein Air Painting
with William Pfahl

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Find your own vision learn how to see colors in nature while mixing paint to match the colors you see. Bill will demonstrate what excites him – building the bones of a painting from a few color/value shapes that relate in a strong harmony.

AUG 31–SEP 2 | 3-Day

Back to Basics
with Ron Donoughe

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This workshop reinforces the basics of landscape painting including composition, value, color, seeing shapes, and edge treatment. The workshop will also touch on the use of digital photography as an aid. Ron will be giving numerous demonstrations and plenty of individual attention.

 Drawing & Photography

JUL 29–AUG 2 | 5-Day

Drawing Nature
with Roger Hyndman

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This workshop focuses on the beauty of the Laurel Highlands and Touchstone’s 150-acre campus, with 2 days of special access to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Learn to record the countryside, waterfalls, organic forms, wildlife, and the human figure in a natural environment.

SEP 7-8 | 2-Day

A Closer Look at Nature: Botanical Illustration
with Robin Menard

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Botanical illustration involves very close observation and scientifically accurate drawing to capture the habits, details, textures, and color of a plant. You will take a closer look at the common things all around us while immersed in the beauty of Touchstone’s 150-acre campus in the Laurel Highlands.

JUN 8–9 | 2-Day

Fundamentals of Digital Photography
with Rick Szymanski

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Get your camera off AUTO mode and take manual control for better photos! You will explore Touchstone’s 150-acre campus and nearby locations in the beautiful Laurel Highlands while learning various styles and techniques such as portraiture, landscape, documentary, and abstract art, as well as computer editing techniques.


Mission Statement: Touchstone Center for Crafts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression.

Touchstone Center for Crafts condemns all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless violence. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to dignity, respect, and equality without fear.  As an organization, we commit to listen and learn and to grow. We will continue to work to empower people to use art as a means of expression, a way to build community, and a powerful voice for change.

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