Workshops

**COVID19 Announcement**

We are open for regular business hours, but strict protocol is required for entry into the studio. MASKS COVERING BOTH MOUTH AND NOSE WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY, for shopping or to attend classes. If you are unable to wear the mask over BOTH nose and mouth during class, please wait to register until mask restrictions are lifted. There is a sanitizer station in the entry and three sinks available to wash hands. Class size is reduced to comply with social distancing measures. We are excited to provide a safe place to come and create during this stressful time. Call us with any questions or concerns.

Welcome to Copper Cat Studio's Workshop Page.

Below are descriptions of workshops that are on the calendar as well as classes available for private parties. Click on the picture for a link to our secure online registration and to pay by credit card. If you'd like to save on credit card processing fees, just stop by the studio with cash or check to register. We also accept Venmo, but call to make sure there is room in class before you transfer payment.

Please note that we are limiting classes scheduled to create more room on the calendar for private parties so that you feel safer with people you know and trust. Katie and Donna have minimums as low as 3 people for all of their available classes and our visiting instructors minimums range from 3-5. Please check out individual class descriptions for more information.

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Visit our FAQ's page for Cancellation Policy and General information about all workshops.

Mosaic Workshops with studio owner Katie Packham

Mosaic 101
This workshop is offered at least once monthly and has the most in-depth lecture w/six page handout. If you anticipate wanting to continue mosaics on your own, this is the class you want to take. Students learn basics on design, terminology, tools, assembly and grouting. Students have the option of a larger project- 6x12 plaque or 10x10 framed mirror $70, or 6x8 or 4x12 plaque $55.
WHEN:August 15th 10-2pm
Also available for private parties of 3+
Mosaic Pendants
This workshop challenges you to work on a very small scale. A brief lecture on design and assembly is given in this two hour workshop and students create two pendants using a wide array of beads and tessera to fill pendant trays. A grouting demo is given and students complete the project at home. Additional pendants can be made for $20ea.
WHEN: August 22nd, 12-2pm.
COST: $65
Available for private parties during normal business hours, 3+ after hours
Advanced Mosaic Garden Art
Although we offer the full Mosaic 101 lecture with this class, we suggest you try a 101 or smaller project before jumping in to our Garden Ball or Dish class. Depending on the size of the project, this can take up to 25+ hours to complete. Upcycled Bowling Balls are $125, Dishes start at $125. WHEN: Aug 29-30th. Pricing $125+
Students can also request this as a private class and complete on their own time frame in the studio during normal business hours.
Contact us to register.
Mosaic 101
This workshop is offered at least once monthly and has the most in-depth lecture w/six page handout. If you anticipate wanting to continue mosaics on your own, this is the class you want to take. Students learn basics on design, terminology, tools, assembly and grouting. Students have the option of a larger project- 6x12 plaque or 10x10 framed mirror $70, or 6x8 or 4x12 plaque $55.
WHEN:August 27th 10-2pm
Also available for private parties of 3+
Home Means Nevada
Create our signature "Home Means Nevada" mosaic plaque. The substrate is a handcut piece of MDF in the shape of Nevada approximately 4 x 8". There is no lecture for this particular workshop, just a quick lesson on tools, materials and adhesives. We will just jump right in and make the mosaic! Our handmade ceramic tile words "home means nevada" are included! Grouting demo provided. Students take grout home to finish.
WHEN: Available for private parties of 3+
COST: $45
Mosaic Shapes Studio
Experience is preferred as there is no lecture, but if you are a beginner, we do a quick talk on materials, design and grout and jump right in! Many projects available including MDF shapes and garden stones. Projects starting at $35. Contact studio to see what shapes are available for your private party of 2+.
Mosaic Pendants
This workshop challenges you to work on a very small scale. A brief lecture on design and assembly is given in this two hour workshop and students create two pendants using a wide array of beads and tessera to fill pendant trays. A grouting demo is given and students complete the project at home. Additional pendants can be made for $20ea.

COST: $65
Available for private parties of 2+ during normal business hours, 3+ after hours
Mosaic Garden Stones
In this "project" class, we offer a brief lecture on tools and assembly and jump right in. A fun intro into outdoor mosaics, but we don't get too deep into design and technique. Grouting demo is given and students take projects home to complete. Three sizes available Brick $35, Square $45, Paver $55
WHEN: Available for private parties of 2+ during normal business hours. 3+ after hours.
Mosaic Coaster & Trivet Set
This is a fun intro to mosaics class, a great project class to see if you want to continue on to the Mosaic 101. In this class, we give a brief lecture on tools, design & assembly and jump right in. Students create Two Coasters for $45, add on the Trivet for $20. 2-3hrs.
Available for private parties of 2+ during normal business hours, 3+ after hours
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Workshops with Resident Artist Donna Smit

Glass Fusion Yard Art
Each student creates three small whimsical pieces with yard stakes. These beauties can be placed in indoors or out. Donna will teach several different techniques that incorporate copper inclusions and beads can be added after kiln firing. All materials, tools, and garden stakes are also included. Previous glass cutting experience is preferred.
WHEN: August 16th 1-4pm
COST: $70
Class is available for private parties of 3+
Glass Fusion Jewelry
In this popular 2 hour workshop, Donna guides students through the basics of glass fusing, proper use of tools, design and assembly. Students will create one pendant and set of earrings. There is an option to create brooches or multiple earrings instead of the set.
WHEN: August 25th 5:30-7:30
COST: $65
Private parties available for 3+
Resin Canvas Art
Our glass fusion artist Donna has a new passion- Resin! This class allows students freedom to create just about anything. Each student will paint a canvas with acrylic paint, adding glass such as wine and beer bottle shards, jewelry, wire, beads, tiles, capping with resin. You will create beautiful one-of-a-kind art that is dimensional.
WHEN: Available for private parties of 3-7
COST: 12” x 12” canvas-$85 or 8” x 10” canvas- $75
Glass Fusion Suncatchers Under the Sea
Students will create a fish, mermaid, or turtle with patterns designed by Donna. Each student will learn glass cutting basics. Donna will guide students through the use of copper inclusions, demonstrate using enamels layering colors, and students creating their own clear frit to create scales. Students will make one suncatcher or garden stake. Pieces will be ready for pickup after firing a few days later.
WHEN: Available for private groups of 3-6
COST: $85
Glass Fusion Fish Yard Art
Students will create a fish- trout, salmon or colorful tropical fish. Previous glass cutting experienced preferred. Donna teaches students the use of copper inclusions, enamels, and creating your own clear frit to create scales. The student will also learn about the layering glass- transparent and opaque and the use of stringers and frit. Each fish comes with a yard stake.
WHEN: Available for Private parties of 3+
COST: $70
Glass Fusion Suncatchers
Resident artist Donna Smit teaches this glass fusion basic class to enhance your cutting skills, techniques, proper use of tools, and a demonstration to create shapes with glass using glue and powdered frit and incorporating metal inclusions. These skills will help the student with future upcoming classes. Each student will create a suncatcher in this class.
WHEN: Available for private parties of 3-7
COST: $65
Mixed Media Studio
Students choose from a variety of wall art, stunning ornaments and whimsical magnets in this "studio" class. Learn how to use alcohol inks on metal substrate, simple glass cutting, wire wrapping and beading. Different from our resin classes, we will be using diamond glaze, which means projects can be taken home the day of class! Students create 1 larger piece or 4 small for base fee $65.
Available for private parties of 3-7
Glass Fusion Yard Art- Dog or Cat
Donna guides students in creating a whimsical cat lady or Dog yard art. Previous glass cutting experienced preferred. Each student will learn glass cutting, copper inclusions, and will add a pair of eyeglass frames after pieces are fired.The student will also learn about the types of glass, how to layer transparent and opaque and the use of stringers and frit. Each cat or dog comes with a yard stake.
WHEN: Available for Private Parties of 3-6
COST: $70
Healing Heart Glass Fusion Suncatcher
A great beginner class layering and utilizing nippers. Students will nip and use pieces of colored glass, ranging in all the colors of the rainbow. Once fired, students will take home and string wire and beads to create these stunning mosaic style healing hearts, 7" x 9"
COST: $70
Available for private parties of 3-6
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Workshops with Visiting Artisans

The following are workshops with visiting Artisans. As we begin to navigate classes during the time of COVID, we are finding that although we are limiting class sizes and we have a strict safety protocol. people still are hesitant to be in groups of people they don't know. You will see the following on the calendar occasionally, but we are encouraging these classes on a private gathering basis. Each instructor has their minimum and depending on the class, we can accommodate 6-7 students. If you cannot meet the minimum but have interest in a class, please let us know and we can see about getting another couple people to join you.

Needle Felted Gnomes
Lets needle felt Gnomes. This popular character from legend and lore will emerge from your wool. These magical folk are always a delight to make with their tall caps, round noses and curly beards/braids. Beginning felting students and those looking to practice their skills are welcome and encouraged. This project is easy with satisfying results.
WHEN: August 7th, 11am or August 8th- 9am or 1pm
COST: $60
Intro to Resins
In this beginners class, Instructor Kelly Burr will lecture on the basics of resins and answer all your questions about the very popular resin art craze! Lecture will cover safety, materials and colorants and afterward, students will make a simple yet exciting resin art piece to display in their home.
WHEN: August 13th, 11:30am-1:30pm
COST: $75
Tree of Life Wire Sculpture
Guest Artist Sally King guides you through the relaxing process of making your own beaded wire tree of life. The art you create can be displayed as a sun catcher or wall hanging. Sally will walk you through basic wire wrapping techniques, proper use of tools and incorporating beads to personalize your tree. Finished Tree is 7" diameter. Additional kits available to take home $8 each.
WHEN: Available for private parties of 5-7
COST: $35
Intro to Paint Pouring
Learn the basics of paint pours with guest instructor Tina Mokuau, an art style that is fun and anyone of any age can do! Instruction on how to mix the paints to pour and different ways of combining for fabulous results. You will be able to complete 2 pieces to keep. A variety of small canvases (9x12, 8x8 etc) will be available to choose from. Pieces need to be left overnight to dry.
WHEN: Please inquire about private groups of 3-7.
COST: $48
Boho & Bling
Guest Instructor Vivienne French.

Embroidery that is big, beautiful, bold and trending (again!). Reinterpret folk and bohemian stitchery to modern use. Learn where to find inspiration, pattern ideas, basic embroidery, how to attach beads and sequins and create a hooped project. Basic knowledge of hand sewing helpful but not essential. Kit set will be provided.
WHEN: Inquire about private groups of 5-7.
COST: $55
Intro to Hand Embroidery
Guest Instructor Vivienne French teaches this time honored art form that has a recent resurgence in popularity. Learn about iron on pattern transfers, start to become proficient in basic stitches, such as stem stitch, backstitch, French knots,and satin stitch. Each student receives a kit set with all supplies needed to begin embroidering a dish towel.
WHEN: Please inquire about private groups of 5-7
COST: $50
Xanadu Water Marbling
We are excited to host Xanadu for a fun day of marbling silk scarves. Each artist applies acrylic paint to the special water bath, floating the colors in a custom-built water marbling tray, then uses marbling combs, rakes, or stylus to create the design of their liking. Each student goes home with a six foot, 100% Silk Scarf. Time permitting students can make additional scarves for $30ea.
WHEN: Fall Dates TBA. Available for private parties of 8+
COST: $55
Intro to Ink Dyes- Trivets
Guest Artist/Instructor Tina Mokuau teaches this Intro to Alcohol Inks. We will learn the basics of this very popular medium. Students will experience using different substrates to warm up, then design 2 6" ceramic tile trivets to take home. Demos and information will be offered on embellishing the tops with paint pens as well as different methods and products to coat the top upon drying. Also included is a cork holder for each frame.
WHEN: TBA. Available for private parties of 3-7
COST: $60
Needle Felted Beasties
Guest Instructor Donna Koepp. Creating Beasties is a fun needle felting technique to stretch the imagination. Well make creatures from a mixture of reference photos and the imagination. The class will cover character design principles to push your Beastie in the desired direction. But be aware these sculptures emerge in unexpected ways, which adds to the fun. Needle felting experience is helpful but not necessary.
WHEN: Available for Private Parties of 5+
COST: $60
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