We are open for regular business hours, but strict protocol is required for entry into the studio. MASKS 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 do not register for classes at this time! 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.
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ARTOWN Workshops & Events in July
The 25th anniversary of Artown is going to look a lot different this year. No concerts in the park, no performances, only a handful of craft fairs that can comply with crowd control measures, likely a lot of virtual events. Copper Cat Studio has added to our list of events and classes this year to accommodate the need for people in the community to experience small groups coming together for creativity. As of July, we will have a month and a half of hosting workshops Post-COVID under our belt and already feel great about the safety and sanitizing measures we have taken so far to keep our students safe. Masks are required for entry into the studio to shop or attend class. All classes require pre-registration, as they will cap at six students.
Glass Fusion JewelryIn this popular 2 hour workshop, Resident artist Donna Smit guides students through the basics of glass fusing, proper use of tools, design and assembly. Students will create at least one pendant and set of earrings. There is an option to create brooches or multiple earrings instead of the set. This is great introductory to glass fusion and provides a base of knowledge to continue on with more advanced projects.
WHEN: July 1st, Wednesday, 1-3pm
Mosaic PendantsStudio owner and Mosaic Artist Katie Packham guides students through the process of making two beautiful mosaic pendants. All materials included: bezel, chain, adhesive and a wide variety of components to choose from such as natural stone beads, metal beads, mini mosaic tile, glass, etc. A lecture on design and assembly with a quick demo is provided and then you'll be ready to have some fun. A grouting demo will be given and students complete project at home.
WHEN: July 2nd, 12-2pm
Resin Canvas Tree of LifeThis multi-media class will emphasize creating a tree, but students will have the freedom to create just about anything. Each student will paint a canvas with acrylic paint, adding items such as crash glass, and bottle shards, jewelry, wire, beads, tiles, then capping with resin. You will create beautiful one-of-a-kind dimensional art. Option of creating either a 8x10 or 12x12 Canvas. All materials included. WHEN: July 7th Wednesday, 3-6pm
Meet the Teachers TuesdaysIn conjunction with our Tuesday afternoon workshops, we will have additional instructors on hand doing demos of what they offer in class. Today's featured instructor is Tina Mokuau of Tina's ArtLife. Tina is a multimedia artist who teaches Alcohol Inks and Acrylic Pours at Copper Cat Studio.
WHEN: Open House 3-6pm. Tuesday July 7th
Pine Needle BasketsJoin Susan Lester for a pine needle weaving project suitable for beginners or even those who have woven with pine needles before. We will discuss preparation of the needles and weave a small tray. This project uses a ceramic base and waxed linen thread. Please bring a pair of small sharp scissors, everything else will be provided. There will be a variety of ceramic centers to choose from.
WHEN: July 8th, Wednesday, 12-4pm
Intro to Alcohol Inks - CoastersGuest Artist/Instructor Tina Mokuau teaches this Intro to Alcohol Inks, great for beginners, but also fun for those with experience. Learn the basics of this very popular art medium using different substrates to warm up, then you will design your own (set of four) ceramic tile coasters to take home! Demonstrations and information will be offered on embellishing the tops with paint pens as well as different methods and products to coat the tops once dried.
WHEN: July 9th Thurs, 1-3pm
NV Envy Resin PourGuest instructor Kelly Burr teaches this Intro to Resins. A twist on her popular NV envy class, we will be using the Dutch Pour method of resin work. Student will have a 7 x 10.5 Nevada shape, prepped and ready to pour using pigment paste, pigment powders and acrylic ink. After the resin is laid on the work surface, we will use a heat gun to blow into a ribbon, similar to a Dutch Pour using acrylic paints. Projects must be left 48 hours to dry.
WHEN: July 11th, Saturday, 11am-1:30
2D Needle Felted Fungi FamilyIn this class we will Needle Felt a pre-printed image on fabric in a 6” wood embroidery hoop. The felted image can also be embellished with 3D wool elements, beads, embroidery or anywhere your imagination takes you. This class is a great point to jump off and create your own unique wool paintings like pet portraits and landscapes. Beginning felting students and those looking to practice their skills are welcome and encouraged. WHEN: July 14th Tuesday 3-6
Meet the Teachers TuesdaysIn conjunction with our Tuesday afternoon workshops, we will have additional instructors on hand doing demos of what they offer in class. Today's featured instructor is Kelly Burr from Mai Whey Art Studio and teaches Intro to Resins at Copper Cat Studio.
WHEN: Open House 3-6pm. Tuesday July 14th
Mosaic Workshops with studio owner Katie Packham
Mosaic PendantsThis 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: Artown offerings July 2nd or July 25th 12-2pm.
Available for private parties during normal business hours, 3+ after hours
Mosaic 101This 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: July 18th 10am ARTOWN!
Also available for private parties of 3+
Mosaic Garden StonesIn 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: July 24th 12-3.
Also available for private parties of 2+ during normal business hours. 3+ after hours.
Advanced Mosaic Garden ArtAlthough 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. We offer this quarterly, but students can request this as a private class and complete on their own time frame in the studio during normal business hours. Our next scheduled workshop starts on Sun May 17th
Mosaic Shapes StudioExperience 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 Coaster & Trivet SetThis 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
Home Means NevadaCreate 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+
Full/Half Day RetreatsNurture body and soul in one of our full or half day retreats. Contact Katie to create a unique experience for your group combining Mosaics, Gentle Yoga and Meditation. We can also work with other Artisans/Healers, please inquire. Available for private parties of 3+. Starting at $125 per person.
Workshops with Resident Artist Donna Smit
Glass Fusion SuncatchersResident artist Donna Smit will teach 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: June 23rd, 3-6pm
Also available for private parties of 2+
Glass Fusion JewelryIn 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: Artown Edition July 1, 1-3pm
Private parties available for 2+
Mixed Media StudioStudents 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.
WHEN: Artown Edition July 22nd, 1-4pm
Available for private parties of 2+
Resin Canvas ArtOur 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+ See Artown offering in album below.
COST: 12” x 12” canvas-$85 or 8” x 10” canvas- $75
Glass Fusion Fish Yard ArtStudents 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 2+
Junk Heart PendantsThese "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: Available for private parties of 3+
Glass Fusion Yard ArtEach 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 classes TBA
Class is available for private parties of 2+
Glass Fusion Nevada OrnamentsEach student will create three to five glass fusion ornaments shaped like the state of Nevada. Students will use glassline paints and will be able to personalize their ornaments, along with the use of frit, stringers, millifiore and copper inclusions.
WHEN: Available for Private Parties of 2+
Two Day Multi Media ClassThis two part workshop will allow students to experience the beauty of creating a dirty pour (mixing more than one paint color in the same container before adding to a wood substrate) and then weeks later, add glass, beads, shells, plastic(unlimited possibilities) and coating with resin. Students can choose between Navada or Tahoe substrate.
WHEN: Available for private parties
Workshops with Visiting Artisans
Boho & BlingGuest 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: June 28th, 1-3pm
Tree of Life Wire SculptureGuest 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: Summer dates TBA. Available for private parties of 5+
Silk Painting ScarvesJoin 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: See our Artown offerings for this class!
Intro to Paint PouringLearn 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: Check out our Artown offerings!
Pine Needle BasketsJoin Susan Lester for a pine needle weaving project suitable for beginners or those who have woven with pine needles before. We live near an endless supply of weaving material. Take a walk anywhere near Tahoe and come home with your next projects materials. We will discuss preparation of the needles and weave a small tray. This project uses a ceramic base and waxed linen thread.
WHEN: Check out our Artown Offerings
Xanadu Water MarblingWe 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: July 18th ARTOWN! Click link to see times available starting at 10am
Intro to Hand EmbroideryGuest 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: Artown offering- Sunday July 26th, 1-3pm
Needle Felted GnomesLets 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
IMG_0809In this introductory class Donna Koepp guides students to create a charming wool fox. This class will cover the use of tools, different wools for different effects, how to use wire armatures for articulated sculptures, material/instructional resources and more.
WHEN: Summer Dates TBA
Available for Private Parties of 5+