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Touchstone CENTER FOR CRAFTS

Pioneering Craft Education for 50 Years

DETOUR: Wharton Furnace Road is closed Between Fayette Springs Road and Touchstone. follow the detour – from Rt. 40, Take Rt. 381/Elliottsville Road, in 2.4 miles turn right onto workman road, 2 miles to Touchstone

This weekend only (Sat & Sun): Touchstone's Galleries will be closed. Please join us at Tissue Farm in Confluence, PA for the opening of Business/Front | Party/Back - an exhibition organized by Touchstone's 2022 Interns. Click for more information
NEW Gallery Hours (beginning next week)* Thurs.-Sat. 10am-4pm. *Closed on Sundays.

Educators Retreat

2022 Workshop Season Update:

Touchstone is again offering a modified workshop season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please review our COVID-19 policy* and our cancellation policy* prior to registering for any workshop.

*Subject to change, check back for up-to-date information. Registered participants will be notified of any changes.

2022 #EducatorsRetreat – July 11-15

Not Just For Art Teachers!

 

Open to anyone but designed for K-12 educators and those studying to be educators (any subject or grade).

“This has been the best professional development I’ve had in years! It is the best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time.”

-Educators’ Retreat Participant

Educators’ Retreat provides a week for professional development that will enhance an educator’s own creativity while offering rich content that can translate to the classroom. Choose from a variety of studios and delve into the processes as you explore these techniques and share your findings with other educators/artists. Return to your classrooms revitalized with fresh ideas and unique resources.
 
Act 48 Credits are available for PA educators, sponsored by PAEA (Pennsylvania Art Education Association). (Touchstone is happy to work with education associations from other states to make any special requirements attainable).
 
A limited number of scholarships may still be available – please check our scholarship page for more details.

2022 Schedule

JUL 11-15 | EDUCATORS’ RETREAT | 5-DAY (MON-FRI)

Hot Metal Modeling Clay!
Instructor: Nicholas Ireys

 

No Experience/Beginner
$620 Member | $650 Non-Member
$40-$90 Materials and Studio Fees

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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

Learn to move hot metal like modeling clay! You will first learn to hold and swing a hammer to move the material using heat and force. With those basic skills, you will be able to design and forge a unique project within your own skill level. We will be using all the tools in the shop, including power hammers and welders. The outcome of this class is to form a basis of skills to be comfortable using heat and force to shape steel, all while creating pieces to take home and be proud of.


Nicholas Ireys is a metal artist in Baltimore, MD, where he specializes in metal sculpture, architectural ironwork, and historic restoration. He has a sculpture degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University in blacksmithing. Much of his metalworking skills came from a 10-year journeymanship that took him to six different countries. Nick has taught at such institutions as the Estonian Academy of Art in Tallinn, the University of Gothenburg in Das Långed, Sweden, and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. His work focuses on the natural forms that can be achieved in metal using the forging process. While creating visually beautiful objects, Nick seeks to conceptually address the impact of personal perception and self-reflection, and how that self-image affects our interaction with the world we live in.

 

Website: NImetaldesign.com
Instagram: @NImetaldesign

JUL 11-15 | EDUCATORS’ RETREAT | 5-DAY (MON-FRI) 

Finding Your Voice in Clay
Instructor: Yoko Sekino-Bové

 

All Levels
$620 Member | $650 Non-Member
$60-$110 Materials and Studio Fees
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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

 

The artist’s voice is often constructed with the materials, structures, colors, surfaces, and techniques they choose. This workshop will be about discovering and developing your voice and telling your stories through clay. Materials, functions, tools, and firing methods will be discussed and demonstrated to improve your technical skills. Since ceramic work often presents stories of its own, your creative challenge in this workshop will be to establish a conversation with it and discover where that dialogue leads.


Yoko Sekino-Bové was born in Osaka, Japan. After receiving an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Oklahoma, Yoko moved to Washington, Pennsylvania, and started working from her home studio. Her porcelain work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and – most importantly, in many private homes (mainly kitchens) all over the world. She approaches ceramic art as a way to share stories, using function as a design element to enhance the experience. Her ambition in art is for her work to serve people in many different ways, bringing joy and excitement.

 

Website: yokosekinobove.com

Instagram: @yokosekinobove

JUL 11-15 | EDUCATORS’ RETREAT | 5-DAY (MON-FRI) 

Confident Watercolors in 5 Days
Instructor: Marita Hines

 

All Levels
$620 Member | $650 Non-Member
$15-$45 Materials and Studio Fees
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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

 

This 5-day workshop will breathe freshness and light into your watercolors. Marita Hines is a seasoned painter who believes the key to any good painting is in the planning process. She will demonstrate how to create an easy value study, something that she frequently uses to evaluate composition and light. From planning to washes to final touches, this workshop is full of practical tips about how to work with a difficult medium. Artists will gain skills for creating art that looks simplified and effortless.

 

Marita Hines has practiced her art from an early age. She was able to retire from her desk job at the age of 60 and has become immersed in her art ever since. Marita owns a gallery and studio space in Marietta, PA, runs a plein air group and started a group called Marietta Art Alive, with other artists whose goal is to bring the arts to the river towns where she resides. Jurors frequently comment on Marita’s “traditional” watercolor style. This insight is likely due to her ability to use the medium to its full potential. Her passion for painting en plein air has won her numerous awards regionally and she feels it has had a positive impact on her studio work as well. Marita finds the time to teach watercolors because she wants other artists to be as passionate about the medium as she is. 

 

Website: Maritahines.com
Instagram: @maritahinesart

JUL 11-15 | EDUCATORS’ RETREAT | 5-DAY (MON-FRI)

Prints and Printability
Instructor: Meredith Edmondson

 

All Levels
$585 Member | $615 Non-Member 
$50-$80 Materials and Studio Fees
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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

 

In this workshop, we will be working with the screenprinting process to transfer imagery to glass. We will focus on traditional screenprinting techniques, as well as doing some experimentation using different types of light sources and objects to create unusual images for printing. Students will then learn basic fusing techniques to transform the flat glass into functional works of art!

 

Meredith Edmondson began working with glass in 2005, having first fallen in love with the material during a chance visit to the Appalachian Center for Craft, from which she later received her BFA in 2009.  Edmondson’s work incorporates a variety of techniques, including glass blowing, fusing and slumping, kiln casting, and screenprinting.  Central to her work is the extraordinary ability of glass to look like what it is not; each object is as beautiful as it is deceptive, and the illusion is the craft.  Currently, Edmondson works out of her studio located in the heart of the Wedgewood Houston Arts District of Nashville, TN. In addition to her glass design work, she maintains a strong studio practice and teaches as often as possible.

 

Website: meredithedmondson.com
Instagram: @glassgal85

JUL 11-15 | EDUCATORS’ RETREAT | 5-DAY (MON-FRI)

Intro to Jewelry and Metals
Instructor: Jim Bové

 

No Experience/Beginner
$620 Member | $650 Non-Member
$65-$115 Materials and Studio Fees
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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

 

Discover jewelry making! This workshop will offer a thorough introduction to jewelry and metalworking. You will learn basic fabrication techniques such as sawing, piercing, cold connections, soldering, stamping, forming, and even basic stone setting! There will also be an introduction to casting using cuttle-fish bone and discussion of tools and studio setup.


Jim Bové is an educator and artist living south of Pittsburgh, PA. His artwork has been exhibited around the world, including the Royal Ueno Museum in Tokyo, Japan, Schmuck in Munich, Germany, New Taipei City, Taiwan, and the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea. Jim teaches workshops throughout the United States and abroad.

 

Website: jimbove.com
Instagram: @jimbo_ve

Touchstone Center for Crafts prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or association preference. Touchstone Center for Crafts also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to its facilities and programming.

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All workshop participants must be 18 years or older except where indicated.


Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Many fill quickly and have wait lists months in advance – don’t wait to register! Registrations for onsite workshops should be made no later than 15 days ahead of the workshop start date so that we can count you when making workshop determinations, ordering materials, etc. Touchstone’s onsite workshop determinations are made 14 days in advance of their scheduled start dates, primarily based on the number of participants registered at that time. Virtual workshop registrations should be made at least 8 days ahead of the session as determinations are made 7 days in advance of the scheduled start time, primarily based on the number of participants registered at that time.

 

A processing fee of $15 will be added to 1-5 day onsite workshops and community wood firings.

 

Nonrefundable COVID-19 fees are charged to each participant per onsite workshop: $20/5-day workshop, $15/3-day workshop, and $10/1- & 2-day workshops. These fees help to offset the additional and increased expenses to Touchstone for cleaning, sanitizing, PPE, disposables, and other costs directly related to ensuring health and safety for all. This fee is nonrefundable.

 

To view a full listing of the Terms and Conditions as part of your enrollment, download the 2022 Participant Guide.

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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