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2021 Workshop Season Update:

Touchstone is pleased to be able to offer a modified 2021 workshop season. Based on best practices related to Covid-19, workshops will run at a reduced capacity of 6 participants, all multi-occupancy lodging has been converted to single-occupancy, and mask and social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced. Our updated cancellation policy* can be found​​

HERE and our Covid-19 Policies and Procedures* can be found​​ HERE *Subject to change.

2021 Workshop Schedule

These workshops are no longer open for enrollment.

 

JUN 28-JUL 2 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI) 

Designing Your Own
Digitally Printed Fabrics

Instructor: Becka Rahn

Beginner
$585 Member | $615 Non-Member 
$70-$100 Materials and Studio Fees
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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

JUL 12-16 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI) 

Color on Cloth

Instructor: Angie Knowles

Beginner
$585 Member | $615 Non-Member 
$30-$60 Materials and Studio Fees
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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

AUG 9-13 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI)

Bronze Casting
with Rivers of Steel

Instructor: Ed Parrish

All Levels
$585 Member | $615 Non-Member
$140-$170 Materials and Studio Fees
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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

AUG 9-13 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI) 

Transformations in Paper
– A Workshop for Veterans

Instructor: Frontline Arts

FREE FOR VETERANS AND
ADULT FAMILY MEMBERS!*

A limited number of spaces available
No Experience Necessary
$35 Materials and Studio Fees
Materials List will be provided

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

AUG 16-20 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI)

Natural Fiber Baskets:
Grow & Weave

Instructor: Jo Campbell-Amsler

All Levels
$585 Member | $615 Non-Member 
$90-$120 Materials and Studio Fees
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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

SEPT 4-5 | 2-DAY (SAT-SUN) 

Papermaking:
Hold onto Your Deckle!

Instructor: Kerri Cushman

Beginner
$300 Member | $330 Non-Member 
$45-$75 Materials and Studio Fees
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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

 

In this 2–day workshop you will discover how to produce handmade paper with low-tech methods yielding high-end results. Experimenting with pigmented natural fibers (kozo, cotton, abaca), we will create a variety of sheets using western molds and deckle boxes. The papers formed will be pulled, poured, dipped, vacuumed, and stretched. You will be introduced to the world of surface design with room for creative experimentation. No prior experience required.

Kerri is a sculptural book artist and avid papermaker. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Know for her artist books, Cushman has shown her works in over 100 exhibitions nationally and internationally.  She teaches traditional papermaking, book arts, and letterpress printing at Longwood University in Virginia. Her innovative work was selected for the cover of 500 Handmade Books, and has been featured in  Hand Papermaking’s portfolio Fiber Exposed!, 500 Handmade Books vol. I & II, 1000 Artists’ Books, and 500 Paper Objects. She is the proprietor of Performing Goats Press.

Instructor website: kerricushman.com

SEPT 25-26 | 2-DAY (SAT-SUN) 

The Art of Calligraphy

Instructor: Jim Lavrinc

All Levels
$300 Member | $330 Non-Member 
$20-$50 Materials and Studio Fees
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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

 

Calling all lovers of letters! Come relax for a weekend and enjoy learning beautiful hand-written lettering. Lessons will consist of group instruction followed by one-on-one attention. Beginners will learn basic italic through individual guidance and group discussion. Experienced students will enhance their font style and create a finished, frameable piece you’ve been wanting to design and complete. Bring a creative attitude, a willingness to have fun, and your imagination!

Jim has been teaching lettering design for over 30 years. After graduating from LaRoche University with a degree in Graphic Design, he taught at CCAC, North Hills Art Center, Kaufmann’s, Three Rivers Art Festival, Fox Chapel Adult Education program & various community centers. Jim is an experienced logo designer and produces calligraphy for individuals and company clients. He is a proud member of the Association for the Calligraphic Arts and The Calligraphy Guild of Pittsburgh.

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. 

A processing fee of $15 will be added to 1-5 day workshops.

Nonrefundable COVID-19 Fee: A $10 (1- & 2-day workshops), $15 (3-day workshops), and $20 (5-day workshops) COVID-19 fee will be charged per participant, per workshop during the 2021 season to help offset the extraordinary additional and increased expenses to Touchstone for cleaning, sanitizing, PPE, disposables, and other costs directly related to ensuring health, safety, and social distancing requirements as outlined by the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This fee is nonrefundable.

To view a full listing of the Terms and Conditions as part of your enrollment, download the 2021 Student Guide.

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.

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.

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