Arts + Crafts Workshops

Wet Plate Tintype Photo w. Kevin Q. Gray
June 15
10am – 3pm
$125 (includes all materials)

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Wet Plate Tintype Photo Workshop

In this hands-on workshop, students will learn the process of 19th century wet plate photography, specifically tintypes or photographs printed on metal. Instructor Kevin Q. Gray will discuss cameras, chemicals, and supplies, and each student will have an opportunity to make at least one tintype photo of their very own. 

Students should wear clothes they don’t mind getting permanent stains on, and should bring safety glasses if possible. Students can also bring antique film cameras such as Brownie box cameras if they wish to try to use their own cameras to make a tintype (not required). In addition, please bring lunch/snacks for the day.


Kevin Q. Gray is a photographer and educator living in Cherry Valley, NY. He is Manager of Arts Education at Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown and teaches photography as an adjunct professor at Hartwick College. For the past twenty years he has worked in traditional, digital, and historic photographic processes.

Cancellation Policy:
Please consider carefully before signing up for one of our classes or purchasing for another person. Due to the small class size for in-person workshops, each participant makes an important contribution to the group dynamic and canceling within short notice can make it difficult to fill your spot. If you do need to cancel, please be aware of our policies:
Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund.
Registration and material costs (if applicable) will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. Although extremely rare, we reserve the right to cancel any class up to 48 hours beforehand for a full refund.


Plant Foraging Identification Walk and Wild Food Tasting w. Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower 
June 29
1pm – 5pm
$20

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Join Wild Foods Forager and Plant Medicine person Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower for a fun and informative wild foods foraging walk at the West Kortright Center in East Meredith, NY. Identify Plants and Trees easily for their food, qualities, crafts and traditional folk remedies in how they benefit humans, animals, land and place. At completion of the afternoon, we’ll enjoy three wild food tastings prepared by Marguerite that are dairy, gluten, nut and seed free. There will also be time for shared exchange on living in wellness with outdoor life with an open Q/A. 

Bring water, pen and paper, and wear tick/insect repellent. 

Handouts will apply to Plants we identified which will be electronically sent the following day. Pre-registration is required.

Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower is Plant Medicine educator, Wild Foods Forager and Earthist activist for EarthSchool at Plant Pioneers where attention is given to becoming relational with the land-that-surrounds-us through traditional ways of living with Earth systems. Learn more about her Plant walks, EarthSchool Cultivating Cognitive Agility training, outdoor classes and programs here: https://www.plantpioneers.org/ Follow: FB, IG, TikTok.Inquiries: 3moonsisters@gmail.com

Cancellation Policy:

Please consider carefully before signing up for one of our classes or purchasing for another person. Due to the small class size for in-person workshops, each participant makes an important contribution to the group dynamic and canceling within short notice can make it difficult to fill your spot. If you do need to cancel, please be aware of our policies:

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund.

Registration and material costs (if applicable) will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. Although extremely rare, we reserve the right to cancel any class up to 48 hours beforehand for a full refund.


Fiction Writing w. Mermer Blakeslee
Thursdays August 8 – October 3 (No class on 9/5)
6:30pm – 9:00pm
$200

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This popular longstanding workshop is returning this year though just with one series (rather than two). Stay tuned for dates to be announced soon!

Bring a piece to read that you are working on, up to 6 or 8 pages. We’ll listen as a group and respond with honesty, engagement, and respect. We’ll discuss elements of fiction— voice, character, point of view, plot, imagery— as well as different processes that help bring a story forth.  The singularity of each voice will be encouraged. Our approach will be humble but our purpose will be grand: to give voice to the clarity and energy of the imagination. 

Mermer Blakeslee has published three novels. In Dark Water (Ballantine) was selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover Great New Writers series. An excerpt from her latest novel, When You Live by a River, won the Narrative Prize. Blakeslee received three fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts.  Drawing on her work with fearful ski students, she wrote the non-fiction A Conversation with Fear. Her roots are in poetry and her current project circles back to a hybrid of that form. She was born, raised, and still lives in New York’s Catskill Mountains. For more info, go to www.mermerblakeslee.com

Cancellation Policy:

Please consider carefully before signing up for one of our classes or purchasing for another person. Due to the small class size for in-person workshops, each participant makes an important contribution to the group dynamic and canceling within short notice can make it difficult to fill your spot. If you do need to cancel, please be aware of our policies:

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund.

Registration and material costs (if applicable) will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. Although extremely rare, we reserve the right to cancel any class up to 48 hours beforehand for a full refund.


ROUND BASKETS: Intro to Willow Basketry w. Jesica Clark
August 17 & 18, Saturday & Sunday
9am – 5pm
$300 (includes all materials)

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During this weekend course students will create beautiful round baskets from willow. Learn to construct a traditional basket with a circular base, rounded or sharp angled upsett, a choice of side weaves and a woven border. Time permitting, students can weave a complementary handle. Students who have participated in a previous willow weaving class can either revisit that same basket style or explore a different type of round basket. Participants will finish the class with a sturdy and useful vessel. Willow can be challenging to work with, someone with hand issues or weak hands may find this class difficult. Includes 1 hr lunch break – participants bring their own lunch.

Jes Clark (they/them) is the farmer and weaver at Willow Vale Farm in Stanfordville, NY. Jes weaves traditional and contemporary functional pieces and the basket forms created are a result of their conversation with each stick of willow. All of their willow is grown without pesticides using regenerative practices and with loving care.

Jes has been teaching weaving since 2018 and has taught hundreds of students ranging from absolute beginners to experienced weavers looking to refine their craft. They have taught at the Stowe Basketry Festival, for the Northeast Basketmakers Guild, at the New York Botanical Garden just to name a few, and also privately in one-on-one tutorials. You can discover more of their work at instagram.com/willowvalefarm and https://www.willowvale.farm/

*If you wish to purchase this class as a gift, please call the office at 607 278 5454 or contact us at info@westkc.org*

Cancellation Policy:
Please consider carefully before signing up for one of our classes or purchasing for another person. Due to the small class size for in-person workshops, each participant makes an important contribution to the group dynamic and canceling within short notice can make it difficult to fill your spot. If you do need to cancel, please be aware of our policies:
Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund.
Registration and material costs (if applicable) will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. Although extremely rare, we reserve the right to cancel any class up to 48 hours beforehand for a full refund.



Restoring Historical Stone Walls w. Patrick Ryan
September 7 & 8, Saturday & Sunday
10am – 4pm
$200

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Students will work together to restore a historic cemetery wall at Delaware County Historical Association. Participants will learn the basics of building and restoring free-standing dry-laid stone walls under the instruction of a stone wall professional with over 20 years experience.

Participants will learn how to sort and choose stones, use gravity to create a stable structure, while contributing to the conservation of local history and culture.

Bring your own lunch, gloves, heavy boots, and a stone hammer (if you have one).

Instructor Pat Ryan has been building stone walls since 1995. His stonework can be found at Brewery Ommegang, the Lakeview Event Center (in Laurens), and at numerous private residences and religious communities. Based in Oneonta, Pat travels the world looking at stone ruins.

www.patryanstonework.com

Cancellation Policy:

Please consider carefully before signing up for one of our classes or purchasing for another person. Due to the small class size for in-person workshops, each participant makes an important contribution to the group dynamic and canceling within short notice can make it difficult to fill your spot. If you do need to cancel, please be aware of our policies:

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund.

Registration and material costs (if applicable) will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. Although extremely rare, we reserve the right to cancel any class up to 48 hours beforehand for a full refund.



Make Your Own Eco-Printed Table Runner w. Maggie Pate
September 21, Saturday
10am – 1pm
$125 (includes all materials)

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Come learn the slow textile technique of Botanical Printing while also designing and making your own table runner. Each attendee will explore this unique natural dyeing technique that allows one to capture the fingerprint of Mother Nature onto fiber. Everyone will leave with their own cotton table runner adorned with seasonal and local plants – just in time to dress up your table feasts for Harvest Season! 

Maggie Pate is a slow textile artist and natural dyer located in the Hudson Valley. She has spent years experimenting with Nature’s colors and how to utilize them on fiber, weavings, and in paint mediums. Over the course of her 10+ years, she has traveled across the globe to teach workshops and spark interest in the cross section of botanical arts and slow textiles. www.nade-studio.com

Cancellation Policy:

Please consider carefully before signing up for one of our classes or purchasing for another person. Due to the small class size for in-person workshops, each participant makes an important contribution to the group dynamic and canceling within short notice can make it difficult to fill your spot. If you do need to cancel, please be aware of our policies:

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund.

Registration and material costs (if applicable) will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. Although extremely rare, we reserve the right to cancel any class up to 48 hours beforehand for a full refund.