American Made Mini Workshops
Take part in great artistic traditions through these mini-workshops inspired by the American Made exhibition. Each evening workshop is led by a local practicing artist and features a new studio medium, such as embroidery, sgraffito, and papercutting. Teaching artists include Sofia Gonzales, Ben Edwards, Laura Redford, Martha Benson, Eugene Sargent, and Emily Chase. Sign up for just one workshop, or for all six! Visit our website for the theme of each class.
Register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Sofia Gonzalez: Contemporary Embroidery
Wednesday, August 10, 6 to 8:30 pm
Little Rock artist Sofia Gonzales will lead tonight's mini workshop, inspiring participants to create small embroidered samplers that incorporate contemporary techniques while nodding to tradition.
For more information on Sofia's work, visit her website.Register
Ben Edwards: Sgraffito
Wednesday, August 24, 6 to 8:30 pm
Local artist Ben Edwards will lead tonight’s mini workshop, guiding participants in learning the technique of sgraffito design on handmade clay vessels. Ben sources clay in Arkansas, and practices traditional and innovative techniques in creating and decorating vessels. He is well versed in the history of crockery and hand-made dishes.Register
Eugene Sargent: Automatons
Wednesday, August 31, 6 to 8:30 pm
Local artist Eugene Sargent will lead this mini workshop on creating small automatons, discussing the history of kinetic art, whirligigs, and the contemporary forms that they exist in today.
Eugene is a sculptor and kinetic artist and inventor of toys, mechanical sculptures, and art installations.Register
Emily Chase: Papercuts
Wednesday, September 7, 6 to 8:30 pm
Local artist Emily Chase will lead this mini workshop on creating small papercut artworks inspired by the intricate paper works in American Made.
Emily is a paper artist from Fayetteville and has recently exhibited at 21c Museum Hotel. She has studied at Penland School of Craft, as well as in Japan, Italy, Ireland, and the Czech Republic. Her current work focuses on paper as a sculptural media, using it to explore her continuing interest in narrative, as well as the relationships between clothing and identity.
For more information on Emily's work, visit her website.Register
Jan Garrett: Tole Painting
Wednesday, September 14, 6 to 8:30 pm
Local artist Jan Garrett will lead this mini workshop on the process of early American “Tole Work”— the nineteenth-century art of painting strokes and flowers on tin and other everyday household items.
Jan Garrett has traveled extensively in the US and Europe studying the different styles of folk painting. She has been painting for over 40 years; has served as a traveling teacher for art clubs; and has been teaching painting locally since 2008.Register