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Baltimore Clayworks Workshop - Sarah Austin - Artist Brushmaking: From Tool to Treasure - April 13-14, 2024

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Explore the transformational journey of a tool becoming a cherished piece of functional art. This workshop delves into the fascinating world of brushmaking, empowering you to craft a variety of brushes using natural materials like hair, fur, and fibers. You'll learn to source and harvest these materials, and even utilize locally-sourced bamboo for beautiful, personalized brush handles. This workshop is particularly enriching for ceramic artists, offering the opportunity to explore the exciting possibilities of clay through the lens of custom brushmaking.

Immerse yourself in a learning experience that blends:

Intriguing discussions: Gain insights in the narrative and art of brushmaking.

Engaging presentations: Expand your knowledge with visual references and demonstrations.

Collaborative sessions: Share your creativity and learn from fellow participants.

Hands-on practice: Master the techniques of crafting diverse brush heads and attaching them to unique handles. 

Unleash the expressive potential of your handmade brushes:

Experiment with various media, including alternative process photography, ceramic mark-making, lithography, watercolor, and more.

Discover unique mark-making possibilities with each brush, tailored to your artistic vision.

Embrace the freedom of creating tools that perfectly complement your artistic style.

Workshop Details:

Materials Fee:$65 per student, payable to the instructor at the start of the workshop.This fee covers all materials provided for individual use.  Students will make a handful of brushes during this workshop.

Materials Offered: A diverse range of animal hair fibers, including (but not limited to) black and white goat, squirrel, cow, boar, horsetail and mane, raccoon, fox, coyote, deer, and other natural fibers.

Join us for this enriching journey as we transform ordinary tools into extraordinary artistic treasures!

Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm, April 13 and Sunday 10:00-5:00pm, April 14

There will be a break for lunch both days.  

Fee: $210 member/$225 non-member 

This workshop is open to all skill levels: beginner - intermediate.

If you are curious about Sarah Austin's workshop but haven't decided whether or not to sign up you may consider attending her Artist Talk.  This will take place on Tuesday, March 5th from 12:30-1:30pm.

Instructor: Sarah Austin

Sarah Ann, born in Flint, Michigan, received a BFA in Visual Communications and Studio Art from The University of Michigan and a MFA in Studio Art focusing in All forms of Photography, Sculpture, and Papermaking at the University of Alabama. She has taught at universities and community centers since 2012 and has exhibited her Art in various group and solo exhibitions throughout nationally including: the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Flint Institute of Art, Detroit Institute of Art, Oklahoma Museum of Modern Art, Gadsden Museum of Art, Bradley University, Un. of Michigan Museum of Art to name a few. Sarah Ann has received grants and fellowships from Ohio Arts council, FotoFocus, Society for Photographic education, AL Arts council, University of Michigan, University of Alabama, Greater Flints Arts Council, United Arts Council and more.


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