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Touchstone CENTER FOR CRAFTS

Pioneering Craft Education for Over 50 Years

Touchstone Teen Week: July 16-21, 2023

Participants (Ages 14-17) will have access to our fully equipped studio spaces while they live on campus. Evenings are open for demonstrations, group activities or work in the studio. Students are housed in single-sex dormitories or cabins. The dining hall is central to campus where delicious home-cooked meals are served with fresh local ingredients. All students take a turn helping out in the kitchen and keeping the campus clean.

Teen Week Scholarships:

Ages 14-17
100% Tuition, Room, & Board:
Touchstone works with schools to provide students with these scholarships. Individual teens are welcome to apply directly through Touchstone and will also be considered.

  • Applications are accepted through SlideRoom: touchstonecrafts.slideroom.com
  • There are no fees to apply.
  • Deadline for submitting Teen Week applications is May 1st.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
APPLY FOR TEEN WEEK

All teens interested in participating in Teen Week MUST fill out an application regardless of whether you are seeking a scholarship or intend to pay for all/some fees.

Please contact us at 724-329-1370 if you prefer a paper/PDF application.

BLACKSMITHING

JUL 16-21 | 6-DAY (SUN-FRI) | TEEN WEEK
Blacksmithing for Teens
Instructor: Nathanael Weiss

All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$710 Tuition
$100 Materials and Studio Fees

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In this five-day workshop, you will go on an exciting journey that will provide you with basic blacksmithing knowledge. No prior forging experience needed! Through traditional methods, you will learn to taper, spread, isolate, punch, drift, and rivet a project to chart a course for success. An emphasis will be put on fundamental hand skills, design foundations, and fun!

CERAMICS

JUL 16-21 | 6-DAY (SUN-FRI) | TEEN WEEK
Object, Identity, and Alternative Firing
Instructor: Sharif Bey

All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$710 Tuition
$100 Materials and Studio Fees

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During this workshop, participants will use earthenware clay and alternative/Indigenous firing methods to create functional and sculptural objects that expand notions of object, ritual, and function. We will explore pinch, coil, press-mold, and thrown and alter forms to construct objects of cultural, historical, political, and personal meaning. Participants will additionally experiment with various alternative low-firing methods including open pit firing, low-temperature salt, and saggar firings. We will further develop our unique surfaces by layering non-ceramic materials such as nail and shoe polishes, paste wax, permanent makers, and acrylic and spray paint in addition to glazes, oxides, slips and terra-sigillata.

DRAWING & PAINTING

JUL 16-21 | 6-DAY (SUN-FRI) | TEEN WEEK
Creating Personal Storybooks
Instructor: Susan A. Wilson

All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$710 Tuition
$100 Materials and Studio Fees

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Participants will explore the multimedia techniques of collage, nature printing, drawing, graffiti and journaling, while incorporating their personal pictures to create their own story pages. Various altered book techniques will be explored to create pockets, compartments, and person pages, making each book an individual creation of their own.

GLASS

JUL 16-21 | 6-DAY (SUN-FRI) | TEEN WEEK
Fused Glass Fundamentals
Instructor: Meredith Edmondson

All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$710 Tuition
$100 Materials and Studio Fees

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In this workshop, we will start with the basics: cutting and prepping glass, layering and patternmaking, and simple yet reliable firing schedules that can be replicated in any kiln. We will then move into to cutting complicated shapes, glass decals and image making, and slumping into molds to create unique shapes. Come with an open mind ready to design!

METALS & JEWELRY

JUL 16-21 | 6-DAY (SUN-FRI) | TEEN WEEK
Jewelry & Mini Sculptures
Instructor: Erika Broas

All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$710 Tuition
$100 Materials and Studio Fees

APPLY FOR TEEN WEEK

Make your own jewelry and mini sculptures! In this workshop, we will focus on building strong foundations in jewelry and metalsmithing techniques, whilst taking lots of inspiration from the incredible land around Touchstone. We will learn skills such as sawing, piercing, chain making, soldering, texturing metal, stone setting, and incorporating alternative materials from our natural surroundings like wood, seeds, stones and flowers. Participants are encouraged to lean into their own personal style and voice, creating unique wearable pieces and sculptures that couldn’t be made by anyone else! Participants are encouraged to bring their own foraged finds from home if they please, otherwise we will be collecting trinkets from the campus grounds and from provided materials.

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 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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