Heritage Maker Workshop Series

Heritage Maker Workshop Series

Heritage Making is about building both community and beautiful things. Explore new skills from spoon carving to nature journaling in this new series of workshops at the Cumming Nature Center.

At the core, this program aims to create a supportive space for talented teachers and craftspeople to share knowledge through fellowship and an apprentice-type instruction. Classes are relaxed, informative and intentionally recognize the value in imperfection.

 

Registration

To register for one of the courses below, please call 585.697.1942.

 

 

 

Course Topics

Blacksmithing

Fundamentals of Blacksmithing

Saturday, April 1: 8am, 10am and 12:30pm

Come learn the fundamentals of blacksmithing in our small-group, hands-on, two-hour training sessions. Topics will include learning how to heat with a coal-fired forge and techniques for safe hammer usage. The student will have the choice of creating either a wall hook or bottle opener. All tools and materials are included with registration. Students are recommended to bring their own safety glasses and wear a long sleeve shirt and jeans for protection.

About the Instructor

Jonathan Bernard began blacksmithing at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA, where he volunteered from 2000-2013 in their Colonial-era smithing shop. Now, he presents his craft through the Gettysburg National Parks service at the Spangler Farm site on traveling forge wagon.  Jonathan takes great joy in teaching blacksmithing to people of all ages and skill levels to ensure that the craft lives on.

Cost

$50 per person

8am, 10am and 12:30pm slots are FULL.

Register 2:30pm

Nature Journaling

Make Your Own Hardcover Sketchbook 

Saturday, April 22: 9am4pm (Bring your own lunch)

Course Description

In this first of a two-part series in nature journaling, expert nature illustrator Gretchen Halpert leads students through hand construction of a hardbound nature journal.  Choose and combine a variety of papers under one cover. With little to no gluing and some basic sewing, construct a decorative, sturdy hard-cover, soft-spined sewn book to use as a sketchbook, journal or gift.

About the Instructor

Gretchen Halpert moved to the Finger Lakes from Providence, RI, where she taught Nature Journaling at the Rhode Island School of Design/CE. Halpert earned a BA in Botany from Connecticut College, studied biological illustration at the University of New Haven Graduate School and received a certificate in Scientific and Technical Illustration from RISD/CE. She was employed as a scientist for many years and has taught medical and natural science illustration for RISD/CE, Brown University and numerous other organizations since 1994. Her drawings have appeared in books, journals and scientific publications. She is past president of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI), Inc, a member of the GNSI-Finger Lakes, and founding director of the Scientific Illustration Distance Program.

Cost

$100 per person

Register

 

Field Sketching

Saturday, May 13: 9am4pm (Bring your own lunch)

Course Description

In this second of a two-part series in nature journaling, expert nature illustrator Gretchen Halpert leads students in this class focusing on increasing observation skills and capturing nature on paper. What does the air smell like? How many feathers on that bird and why are they different? How do I draw this animal? Participants of any range of experience explore accessible techniques used by professional artists. Drawing and writing exercises blend seamlessly on the pages of your journal to create a focused, in-depth nature study. Open to all; no experience necessary.

Use the journal you made in "Make Your Own Hardcover Sketchbook," or bring your own sketchbook.

About the Instructor

Gretchen Halpert moved to the Finger Lakes from Providence, RI, where she taught Nature Journaling at the Rhode Island School of Design/CE. Halpert earned a BA in Botany from Connecticut College, studied biological illustration at the University of New Haven Graduate School and received a certificate in Scientific and Technical Illustration from RISD/CE. She was employed as a scientist for many years and has taught medical and natural science illustration for RISD/CE, Brown University and numerous other organizations since 1994. Her drawings have appeared in books, journals and scientific publications. She is past president of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI), Inc, a member of the GNSI-Finger Lakes, and founding director of the Scientific Illustration Distance Program.

Cost

$100 per person

Pysanky (Ukrainian Egg Dying)

Traditional Ukrainian Egg Dying

Saturday, March 25 : 1–3pm / Saturday, April 29 : 1–3pm

Course Description

Pysanky is the traditional Ukrainian art of dying eggs using a wax-resist method. This class will include learning how to apply melted wax onto the surface of a raw egg with a stylus, also known as a kistka. The wax is melted by using a candle, and dyes are used to apply color to the eggshell. Alternate between applying wax and submerging the egg in dyes until your beautiful design is complete.

Depending on the complexity of the design, it may take one to two hours to decorate your egg. All tools and materials will be provided. No art experience is necessary.

About the Instructor

A budding homesteader, Cindy Heise is a social worker from Pennsylvania who relocated to the Finger Lakes three years ago. In her free time, she enjoys various arts and crafts including spinning wool, knitting, painting, needle felting and pysanky. She has been teaching the art of pysanky to children and adults for more than eight years.

Cost

$20 per adult

$10 per child

Register: March 25

Register: April 29

 

 

 


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