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

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

 

Choose a Session

Saturday, May 13

Register: 8am

Register: 10am

Register: 12:30pm

Register: 2:30pm

 

Saturday, July 8 

Register: 8am

Register: 10am

Register: 12:30pm

Register: 2:30pm

Nature Journaling

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

Register

Soap Making

Saturday, June 3: 10am–12pm & 1–3pm

Instructor

Lisa Fredrickson

Description

In first half of this class we will discuss the basic science and history behind soap making. In the second half we will get busy with our hands and make a batch of cold process soap together. After the soap is made it takes a few days to cure. Individual batches of soap will be cured and cut to dry in Lisa’s shop for participants. When the soaps are ready for use they will be shipped to participants directly. Shipping is included in the price of the class, and all ingredients and equipment will be provided. If you prefer to cut your own loaf, this can be arranged, and at the time of batching it will be shipped as a whole loaf.

About the Instructor

At the suggestion of a friend, Lisa Fredrickson began making soap in 2001 while living on a small farm in the majestic Rocky Mountains amid the glow of a new millennium. It took a couple of years to work out the kinks of owning and operating a business, but over the course of 16 years and a few name changes Flint Creek Soap came into being on the banks of its namesake creek in Italy, New York. Flint Creek now operates out of Naples, NY and supplies soap to retailers nationwide (including many great local shops!). Flint Creek soaps contain only natural ingredients like olive and coconut oil.

Cost

$55/person (includes materials and shipping)

 

Register: 10am

Register: 1pm

 

Storytelling

Saturday, June 24: 12–2pm & 2:30–4:30pm

Instructor
Aprille Byam

Biography

Aprille Byam, aka Storychick, helps people understand how stories can improve their lives and the greater Rochester community through radio (WAYOfm.org/104.3fm Saturdays at 10am), performances throughout the year, classes, and special projects, including  Balloon Adventure and the Rochester Fringe Festival. Always eager to make connections, Aprille also runs the Icarus Sessions (monthly artist meetups) and is a cultural agent with the US Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC). Born and raised in the greater Rochester area, she loves to cook, read, and enjoy the wonder that surrounds us daily.

Description

Stories have always been a part of human life. In fact, there's evidence that the Neanderthals even shared creation myths. Story is fundamental to the way we understand another person and a powerful way to digest our own experiences. Beyond fiction writing and storytelling for children, telling stories of our lives and those around us is a true heritage skill and will be the focus of the workshop.

Come join us for an afternoon of story building and sharing. Learn fundamentals of story construction and delivery. Pair up to create and share stories in a small team. We'll work on crafting a story in several rounds---each time inviting someone to share and getting opportunities for critique. At the end of the session, we'll all share our stories and select our favorites.

Bonus! The tellers with the favorite stories each session will be invited to share their stories at the 2017 Heritage Maker Food and Craft Fair on October 15.  This is your chance to tell a story to a larger audience with local storyteller judges!

Cost

$15

 

Register: 12pm

Register: 2:30pm

 

 

Past Workshops

Pysanky (Ukrainian Egg Dying)

Traditional Ukrainian Egg Dying

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

 

 

 


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