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Pennsylvania’s Premier Craft School

724-329-1370

pictured: artwork by Randy McDaniel, Yoshi Fujii, Dean Simpson, Kerri Cushman

CRAFT YOUR WEEKEND

Touchstone's weekend workshops begin August 28th and run through September! Choose from 20 workshops in 5 different studios for an unforgettable 2-3 day weekend craft getaway in the beautiful mountains of the Laurel Highlands. Workshops include blacksmithing, ceramics, glass, drawing/painting, and various special topics.

 

Tuition Prices:
2-Day Workshops: $300 Member | $330 Non-Member
3-Day Workshops: $410 Member | $440 Non-Member
Plus Materials and Studio Fees

See Workshop pages for more information

Affordable lodging and meal plans available

We are taking precautions to keep all participants safe.

• 6 participants per workshop  • Single occupancy lodging  • Mask-wearing and social distancing required in indoor spaces  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting procedures  • Our updated cancellation policy* can be found​​ HERE and our Covid-19 Policies and Procedures* can be found​​ HERE *Subject to change.

Workshops are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Many fill quickly. Please register at least 15 days ahead of the start of any workshop so that we can count you in! Touchstone makes the determination of whether a workshop will run 14 days in advance of all workshops’ scheduled start date, primarily based on the number of participants registered at that time.

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS:

AUGUST 28-30 – 3-DAYS  (PLUS TWO community wood firings)

BLACKSMITHING

AUG 28-30 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)

Animal Heads and the Tools to Create Them

Instructor: Randy McDaniel

Obsessed with animals and art just as much as we are? Join Randy McDaniel (@drgnfly4g) for a 3-day workshop where you will learn how to forge animal heads and faces from hot steel - along with the tools you need to create them. Learn More...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

CERAMICS

AUG 28-30 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)

Seductive Elegance: Carving

Instructor: Yoshi Fujii

Want to discover the “Seductive Elegance” of hand-carved lines? Join Yoshi Fujii (@yoshifugiiceramics) for a 3-day workshop where you will explore the elegant quality of porcelain and hand-carved lines. Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

DRAWING & PAINTING

AUG 28-30 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)

Seeing Nature as Shapes

Instructor: Ron Donoughe

Explore the basics of outdoor painting with Ron (@rdonoughe) as your guide. Concentrate on seeing nature as a series of shapes, which will become the building blocks of a painting. Learn more...

 

This Workshop Is Full

SEP 25-27 & OCT 22-24

COMMUNITY WOOD FIRINGS

Community Wood Firings

Instructors: Meghan Burke & Daniel Tomcik

Learn more...

 

Call 724-329-1370 to check availability

SEPTEMBER 4-5 – 2-DAYS

BLACKSMITHING

SEP 4-5 | 2-DAY (SAT-SUN)

Beginner Bladesmithing:
Forging an Iron Age Knife

Instructor: Jared Ondovchik

Jared will guide you through the process of forging your own Iron Age Knife while learning the skills of a bladesmith. No prior experience is necessary. Learn more...

This Workshop Is Full

CERAMICS

SEP 4-5 | 2-DAY (SAT-SUN)

The Bottomless Oval as Functional Form & Canvas

Instructor: Kyle Houser

Spots are filling up fast in our 2-day weekend workshop with Kyle Houser (@khouser922)! Explore the oval form and its variety of functionalities as well as several surface decoration techniques. Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

DRAWING & PAINTING

SEP 4-5 | 2-DAY (SAT-SUN)

Intro to Watercolor Painting

Instructor: Dean Simpson

Want to learn how to paint in a loose, expressive style? Start by learning the basics with Dean Simpson (@deanjsimpson). You will learn to enjoy the spontaneity and magic that happens when layering transparent colors and effects in watercolor. Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

SPECIAL TOPICS

SEP 4-5 | 2-DAY (SAT-SUN)

Papermaking: Hold onto Your Deckle!

Instructor: Kerri Cushman

Ever wondered how to make handmade paper? Join Kerri Cushman (@kerri.cushman) and discover how to produce handmade paper with low-tech methods yielding high-end results. Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

SEPTEMBER 11-13 – 3-DAYS

BLACKSMITHING

SEP 11-13 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)

Raising, Japanese Style

Instructor: Glen Gardner

In this hands-on workshop, you will be introduced to the basic tools and methods of the Tsuiki process with the intention of producing a copper bowl or cup. Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

CERAMICS

SEP 11-13 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)

Press Molds & Terra Sigillata

Instructor: Mark Arnold

Explore a variety of utilitarian forms from cups to vases, and discuss how to use carving, inlay, and terra sigillata as surface decoration to make each piece unique to you. Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

DRAWING & PAINTING

SEP 11-13 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)

Figure Drawing & Painting

Instructor: William Pfahl

Don’t miss out on a chance to learn solid methods for painting the figure from life with the guidance of William Pfahl (@william_pfahlfineart). You will acquire painting and pastel techniques for creating dynamic figurative art. Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

GLASS

SEP 11-13 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)

Introduction to Linework

Instructor: Jake Erie

Come learn the founding tenets of creating and utilizing your own lined tubing with the help of Jake Erie (@headiyeti). You will learn how to create a variety of different patterns in linework and incorporate them into shot glasses and other drinkware. Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

SEPTEMBER 18-19 – 2-DAYS

BLACKSMITHING

SEP 18-19 | 2-DAY (SAT-SUN)

Kitchen Tools

Instructor: Dan Neville

Imagine how impressed your dinner guests will be when you tell them you made both the meal AND the utensils! With the guidance of Dan Neville (@nevilleforge), learn to create functional kitchenware objects through forging and fabrication techniques. Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

CERAMICS

SEP 18-19 | 2-DAY (SAT-SUN)

Making Functional Pottery

Instructor: Tim Sherman

We put the “fun” in functional during this 2-day workshop with Tim Sherman (@shermanceramics). Work to strengthen your techniques and take a deep look at how form and function work together to make successful pottery. Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

DRAWING & PAINTING

SEP 18-19 | 2-DAY (SAT-SUN)

The Studio of Nature: Observing and Drawing from Found Objects

Instructor: Julia Castor

All the world’s a studio! With the help of Julia Castor (@castor.art.and.pottery), focus on an in-depth study of the natural world with an emphasis on the flora and fauna around Touchstone’s beautiful campus. Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

GLASS

SEP 18-19 | 2-DAY (SAT-SUN)

Introduction to Flameworking: Beads, Marbles, and Pendants

Instructor: Michael Mangiafico

“Beads, Marbles, and Pendants” oh my! Delve into the fundamentals and explore the colorful world of glass with the expert help of Michael Mangiafico (@deedleweed). No experience – no problem! Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

SEPTEMBER 25-26/27 – 2 & 3-DAYS

BLACKSMITHING

SEP 25-27 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)

Organic Blacksmithing

Instructor: Nick Ireys

It’s Alive! Learn to form metal using heat and force to create natural elements and give it life with Nick Ireys (@nimetaldesign). This workshop with give you the space to experiment with your forging skills and develop new ones. Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

CERAMICS

SEP 25-27 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)

Face Facts: The Human Portrait Bust

Instructor: Kevin Rohde

It’s time to “Face Facts” and learn how to make a life-size human portrait bust and develop techniques to express varying emotions with the expert guidance of Kevin Rohde (@kevinrohde). Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

DRAWING & PAINTING

SEPT 25-27 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)

Understanding & Exploring Modern Portraiture

Instructor: Paige Tibbe

Spice up your portraits to make them more thought provoking in our “Understanding and Exploring Modern Portraiture” Workshop with Paige Tibbe (@paige.tibbe). Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

SPECIAL TOPICS

SEPT 25-26 | 2-DAY (SAT-SUN) 

The Art of Calligraphy

Instructor: Jim Lavrinc

Calling all lovers of letters! Come relax for a weekend workshop with Jim Lavrinc where you will learn to create beautiful hand-written lettering from basic italic to your own font style. All you need is a creative attitude, a willingness to have fun, and your imagination! Learn more...

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

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 stands in solidarity with the Black community and 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.

Touchstone Center for Crafts · 1049 Wharton Furnace Rd. · Farmington · PA 15437

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