Past Brush Making Workshops
Are you ready to expand your mark making vocabulary? I bring the materials, tools and the enthusiasm and you come ready to make. We go step by step through the brush making process, then you get to build your very own brush. I individually work each student through the rough spots until everyone has made at least one brush.
Every workshop is a joy for me to teach. Watching someone's eyes light up as they build a paint brush for the first time is a wonderful experience. They discover the potential of their new found skills. A new world opens up with so much more they want to try.
You can play with a handful of brushes and each one of them does something marvelously and wonderfully different from the one before. We learn about the materials and even ourselves as we build our brushes.
Brush Making Workshop at the Pigeon And The Hen
Wonderful handmade brushes at the Lillstreet Art Center
Slide show. Demonstrations. Hands-on. Take home.
And lots of fun and conversation as we accomplished it all.
I loved visiting Lillstreet. It's a well organized arts center with studios dedicated to so many different artistic techniques and materials.
We took over a hand building space in the clay studio for the day, spread out our brush making materials, then went to work creating handmade paintbrushes.
I narrated a slide show, explained how I source and prep materials, then demonstrated how to put a brush together. Then I turned the participants loose and helped them through the various steps.
We tested our brushes, tugging at the hair to see if they were well assembled, and even put them into clay slip to see what kind of marks they would make.
Students gained the understanding of how a brush is built and the confidence to continue to build brushes on their own after the class.
Brush workshop and lecture at Rovin Ceramics
I really appreciate interacting with the staff and patrons of Rovin Ceramics. Rovin provides materials to professional and hobby ceramicists and clearly has a mission of being a community hub for the clay arts in Southeastern Michigan. They have developed branded clays and glazes to interest potters across the US.
For this workshop weekend we used an opening evening photo lecture format followed by a full day of making paintbrushes. Though there was some overlap in attendance, I was gratified to be able to connect with some people Friday evening who couldn't make it to the Saturday workshop and vice versa.
This was an intense group that got very focused into the process with a lot of individual variation. It was a fun group to work with and I look forward to any future workshops I can provide with Rovin.