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Teen Week

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 #TouchstoneTeenWeek – July 18-23 

2021 Teen week is no longer open for enrollment.

 

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 Available* 

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

*Deadline for submitting applications has been extended to May 1st


**ALL TEENS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN TEEN WEEK MUST FILL OUT A TEEN WEEK APPLICATION REGARDLESS OF WHETHER YOU ARE APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

2021 Schedule

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JUL 18-23 | TEEN WEEK | 6-DAY (SUN-FRI)

Blacksmithing for Teens

Instructor: Anna Koplik

All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$615 Tuition
$75 Materials and Studio Fees
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Join other teens learning the basics of forging beautiful steel objects in a fun, enthusiastic, and inclusive environment! Throughout the week Anna will guide you through proper techniques of swinging a hammer at the anvil and working a coal forge, while covering forging techniques such as tapering, twisting, bending, and spreading steel. These basic skills and techniques will allow you to complete a variety of projects and create your own unique works of art and functional objects. Be prepared to get dirty and have fun!

Anna has a passion for teaching blacksmithing and showing beginner smiths the many different possibilities the medium has to offer. Her personal work focuses mainly on tool and utensil making, combining functionality with a refined, delicate aesthetic. Anna attended Pratt Institute (BFA in Jewelry) and has worked at Peters Valley School of Craft, Atlas Forge, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Spirit Ironworks, Inc., and Center for Metal Arts. She has taught blacksmithing at a variety of craft schools including Peters Valley and Touchstone.

Instagram: @arkoplik

JUL 18-23 | TEEN WEEK | 6-DAY (SUN-FRI)

Illustrative Clay: Form, Function, and Gumption

Instructor: Benjamin Lambert

All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$615 Non-Member
$75 Materials and Studio Fees
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In this week-long course, we will explore a variety of ways to make and assemble forms with processes including wheel throwing and hand-building. Through imagination, curiosity, and playful experimentation, we will learn ways to transform simple forms and surfaces into illustrative, and expressive pots and sculptures. Bring some images that you would like to reference for sculpting or drawing from, or you might prefer to use your imagination. We will talk about some strategies to come up with imagery and surface information.  Underglaze, and colored textured glazes will be used to jazz up your surface.

Benjamin is currently an assistant professor of Art at Baldwin Wallace University, in Berea, OH where he teaches ceramics and sculpture. Benjamin is from Greene, Maine. He received a B.F.A. with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Southern Maine in 2008.  In 2010, he worked as a summer staff member at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, in Newcastle, Maine, and he completed an MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture in 2015 at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA. Ben has presented workshops at institutions including Oxbow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI, the 2018 Michigan Mud Ceramics Conference, and Westminster College, S.L.C. UT.   He also exhibits his ceramic work nationally at invitational and juried shows.

Instructor website: blamceramics.com
Instagram: @blam_ceramics

JUL 18-23 | TEEN WEEK | 6-DAY (SUN-FRI) 

Making Your Mark

Instructor: Phil Ashworth

All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$615 Non-Member 
$75 Materials and Studio Fees
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In Making Your Mark we will be learning the fundamental techniques of drawing to establish a strong foundation and then build off that, diving into more involved projects. We’ll be focusing on studying perspective, contour, light and dark values, different mark making techniques and how all these can help you create unique, dynamic images. From carefully studying and working from still-life, landscape, and portrait-drawing, we’ll take the knowledge we’ve obtained from these exercises and explore the avenues we can go down to further develop our own personal voices in the images we create.

After graduating from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 with a BFA in illustration, Phil Ashworth made his way to Brooklyn, NY to chase his big city dreams. Since then his work has appeared on books, magazines, posters, skateboards, apparel and in various gallery shows throughout the US. His illustrations have been recognized by American Illustration, 3X3, the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and have also been featured in The New York Times Fashion & Style, NPR’s Studio 360, and Bloomberg Businessweek. He is available for commissions and movie marathons.

Instructor website: philashworth.com
Instagram: @philashworthstudio

JUL 18-23 | TEEN WEEK | 6-DAY (SUN-FRI)

A Colorful World of Glass Beads

Instructor: Joy Knepp

All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$615 Tuition
$75 Materials and Studio Fees
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Explore the world of glass bead making and see why it can be so addictive. From the time you light the torch and melt the glass, you will be guided through a variety of techniques for creating many different shapes, sizes and designs for your beads. You will learn to decorate your beads with stringers and dots and will use tools to manipulate the shapes and designs with raking, twisting and altering the surface of the glass. We will experiment with different effects that can be achieved in glass such as adding metals, dichroic glass, and metallic frits.

 

Joy Knepp has been working as a glass artist for more than 15 years and is a retired art educator from the Shanksville-Stonycreek School District. Her education includes Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Art and Education from Pennsylvania State University. She has studied and taught techniques in Glass at Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA. She has also studied at Pittsburgh Glass Center, Goggleworks in Reading, PA and various workshops sponsored by the International Society of Glass beadmakers Her work has been exhibited and sold in galleries in the region. She is a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, the Three Rivers Glass Beadmakers, PA Art Education Association and Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh.

Instructor website: http://joybeadzglass.etsy.com
Instagram: @joyknepp

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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