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.

Due to rising Covid numbers, we will be resuming a regular schedule of workshops in February 2021. In the meantime, we are encouraging 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 Open Studio
This studio time is for students who have had the Mosaic 101 class and are familiar with the studio. Many projects to choose from or bring your own and use our supplies. Contact Katie to save your spot and to discuss project options.
When: Call to make an appointment during normal business hours
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: February 6th Saturday 12-2pm
COST: $65
Available for private parties
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: Tuesday February 9th, 12pm-4pm
Also available for private parties of 3+
Mosaic Conversation Hearts
Remember Conversation Hearts candies? This is the mosaic version and we will have several word options including: Be Mine, Soul Mate, True Love, Best Friend, Love, XOXO. There is no lecture for this workshop, just a quick lesson on tools, materials & adhesives. Students make two 4x4 mosaic plaques in this workshop. A grouting demo will be given and students will be sent home with grout to complete.
WHEN: February 13th, 12:30-2:30
COST: $50 (two 4x4 plaques)
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: Saturday February 20th,10am-2pm.
Available for private parties of 3+
Meditation & Mosaics
Studio owner Katie Packham leads this full day retreat focused on Meditation. We begin with a lecture and discussion on the basics of meditation and how to incorporate it into your life followed by a guided meditation and light movement. Bring a sack lunch to share (socially distanced) and in the afternoon we create mosaic meditation altars to continue your meditation journey at home.
WHEN: February 21st 10-3pm
COST: $95
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 $40, Square $48, Paver $55
WHEN: Wednesday February 24th, 2-4pm.
Also available for private parties
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.
Available for private parties of 2+
COST: $45
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

Resin Canvas Hearts
Valentine Edition!
Donna guides students in this multi-step process, first painting a canvas with acrylic paint, adding glass such as colorful bottle shards, jewelry, beads, tiles, and more, capping the entire project with resin. Students create beautiful one-of-a-kind art that is dimensional. All supplies are included, but feel free to bring in baubles or trinkets to add in.
WHEN: February 6th, 1-4pm
Available for private parties
COST: 12” x 12” canvas $85 or 8” x 10” canvas $75
Glass Fusion Nighlights
New Class Offering!
Donna teaches students to develop a mindset that is all about layering to create these beautiful fused glass nightlights. The workshop includes a lecture on the science and types of glass, how to use tools, a glass cutting demonstration and access to a variety of premade shapes created by Donna ahead of time to create whimsical and stunning keepsakes.
WHEN: Feb 7th, 10am-1pm
COST: $70 (students create two nighlights)
Junk Heart Pendants
These "junk" hearts are beautiful & measure approximately 3" in length. The class will entail taking a silver or gold tone cabochon and layering pieces of glass fusion beads, tiny shells, pearls, beads, & crystals. Pieces are set with diamond glaze. Students will learn basic wire wrap techniques with a bonus "junk heart". Students leave with completed projects ready to wear in 24 hrs.
WHEN: Feb 13th, 10-12pm
Also available for private parties of 3+
COST: $50
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
WHEN: Valentine's Day Feb 14th 1-4pm
Available for private parties of 3-6
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.

COST: $65
Private parties available for 3+
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 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
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.
COST: $70
Class is available for private parties of 3+
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.

Available for private groups of 3-6
COST: $85
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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.

Wire Wrapping Basics
Join guest instructor Lisa Huffman as she guides students in the basics of wire-wrapping. Students will wrap and embellish sea glass to create two pendants for class price of $45. All materials are included. Additional pendants can be made if time permits for $10 each, payable directly to the instructor.
WHEN: February 11th, 1-3pm
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: Hourly sessions on March 6th, beginning at 10am.
COST: $55
Silk Painting Scarves
Join Louise Noel for a journey into the brilliant realm of silk painting. We will paint a long 54x8 scarf using the Sert (closed fence) method of silk painting. An assortment of patterns is available. This session, we will use resists, dive into vibrant color, play with surface treatments, use alcohol & salt to create texture and movement. Steam setting will be provided for your finished scarves so that you can wear or display your art.
WHEN: March 21st, 10am-3pm
COST: $155
Resin Pour Ornaments
Guest Instructor Kelly Burr introduces students to the art of resin in this fun holiday class!

Make a custom set of Nevada or Tahoe shaped Christmas ornaments. Your choice of colors, and we will have LOTS of embellishments to add such as crushed auto glass, stones, mica flakes or you can bring something special from home to add a personal touch to your creations. Students make 5 Nevada or Tahoe Ornaments.
WHEN: Available for private parties
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 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: Available for private groups of 4-6
COST: $75
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 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
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
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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. COST: $70 Class is available for private parties of 3+