Repair Cafe is a monthly get together at MAxT - Every 2nd Saturday from 10-2pm. If you have something that busted, don't toss it, bring it here! No need to pre-register, just show up!
Our repair volunteers will help YOU fix nearly everything that can be fixed, including:
+ Small appliances
+ Clothing (including sweaters)
And pretty much anything else you can throw at us!
The event is free but donations to the repair cafe are encouraged to keep this event going.
An introductory course to drawing with a focus on drawing from life, working from still-life objects, interiors, the human form, as well as old and contemporary master drawings. Creating a strong composition, a sense of light/dark, an illusion of depth and form that’s in the round will be among our goals as well as tricks for mastering proportion. We will primarily use charcoal and graphite. Collage, color washes and other media options and working on a larger scale will be introduced as options during final project. Beginners and advanced students alike are encouraged to join. Materials included.
About the teacher:
Kimberly Kersey-Asbury is a painter, sculptor and mixed media artist with a special love for drawing. She received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in Painting from Boston University. A Fulbright recipient to Botswana for painting, she had a residency at the Vermont Studio Center for painting and workshops in Ceramic Sculpture at Haystack and the Archie Bray Foundation. She teaches studio art at Saint Anselm College and resides in Dublin, NH.
Building your own boat can be a rewarding woodworking project - but there are infinite types of boats, designs, and construction methods. Where do you begin?
In this class, we will start with a beginner’s overview of the effects of shape and construction on the building process and the performance of a boat powered by paddle, oar, sail, or motor. As a class, we will decide what we want our class boat to do best, we will design it with a scale model, then build a simple full-size small boat to our design - using materials available from any local home improvement store or lumberyard.
If you are looking to build simple small boats for rowing, sailing, or fishing, this might be the only class you need. And if you have your heart set on a more complex shape with more exotic materials and finer finish, this course will help you decide your next step!
Introduction to Boatbuilding is offered through a partnership between MaxT and Mill Hollow Works. MHW is a heritage craft school based in Keene NH, that teaches people how to improve their quality of life through the use of traditional tools and local resources. We offer courses in Boatbuilding, Homebuilding, Homesteading, and more, with the mission of helping people live in a state of self-reliance. For more information, millhollowworks.org
This series of classes taught by Joel Faucher is focused on learning the process, tools and techniques needed to bring ordinary pieces of granite to life with aesthetic appeal. By the end of the class, you will have carved a handmade bowl (soap dish, birdbath, fruit bowl, etc) and have the confidence of being able to expand on the craft.
Week 1 - Intro to safety, tools and learning to read a stone. We will discuss how to comfortably start cutting and which techniques are most effective. We'll go over how to change a blade, preventative measures to avoid cuts, safety gear to be used, etc. Joel will demonstrate on a large boulder the rudimentary aspects of sculpture. This piece will be a practice stone for the class to use before starting their first bowl. A stone will then be chosen to make easy cuts to learn how to level their piece. Students will then mark the stone and adjust accordingly by using a level to achieve perfection.
Week 2 - Starting the bowl. Angles will be discussed and demonstrated to learn how maximize blade life and avoid breaking or fractures. The old world craftsmanship of using a chisel and hammer will then be introduced. Joel will explain how to read the stone for clues on the easy ways to cut such as woodworking. Techniques will be learned in how to apply safe amounts of pressure, different blade types will be explored at the same time. By the end of the class the core shape of the project will be exposed.
Week 3 - Learning how to use advanced blades for smoothing and polishing. A “fly cup” wheel is now used to remove any visible lines made in the coring process. Free form sculpture is introduced as the stone itself begins to suggest shape and options to expose the natural flair found within each piece. Interesting and unique colors will be revealed from within the stone and the student now has an opportunity to become the artist. Joel will review and closely work with each individual to assist in talking out the options seen to work towards completion of the sculpture.
Week 4 - Work towards completion of bowl. Start hand sanding and polishing through several grits to achieve a finished result. Joel will demonstrate what each blade does for refining and adding depth and character. Some advanced techniques will be discussed and displayed for those ready to advance.
Introducing a collaboration between Sharing Arts (formerly known as Sharon Arts) and Terrapin Glassblowing Studio. These classes will take place at Terrapin Glass in Jaffrey.
This introduction to glass pendants will give you three styles to add to your arsenal of flame worked jewelry. Start with the solid colored teardrop- where students experience molten glass and gravity for the first time. Next is the swirled color teardrop- a simple design that eases you into some of the most core flameworking techniques. We start by building up your muscle memory right away with this organic color pattern and play with gravity and shaping the pendant to your own unique preference.
Next, we refine our dots for an implosion style pendant, always a favorite glassy trick to know. Learn about the best colors for the job, and add your own hook.
In this class students will have ample time to practice each technique and will be well prepared for any Level II class.
Learn how to make your own face lotion and lip balm with simple ingredients, including some herbal oils made by the instructor! Each class participant will go home with samples of lotion and lip balm and a handout with recipes and resources of where to find the ingredients and supplies to make more.
A three hour crash course on the basics of hand woodworking and the fundamental tools that can be used to create just about anything from wood - saws, chisels and planes. Both Western and Japanese toolsets will be introduced in this fast moving, hands on demonstration.
About the instructor: Paul Tuller has been working with Japanese hand woodworking tools for over 35 years to build traditional Japanese interior spaces and custom furniture. He is the co-founder of The Guild of NH Woodworkers and a past juried member of The League of NH Craftsmen.
This workshop is an introduction to relief printmaking. Participants will explore different carving and mark-making techniques using linoleum blocks, and a variety of ways blocks can be inked and printed—including methods requiring little to no specialized equipment. We’ll also cover the fundamentals of printing carved blocks on a printing press.
Participants will produce a printed edition of their own one-color linocut prints, and will also walk away with a portfolio of prints produced by everyone in the workshop.
All skill levels welcome and no previous experience necessary! (All materials included.)
About the Instructor: Josh Dannin is an artist and printmaker based in Goffstown, New Hampshire. Working primarily with relief and risograph print processes, he is interested in the intersection between modern technology, traditional craft, and mass production. Dannin runs Directangle Press, a small printshop that specializes in letterpress and risograph printing and publishing. He co-edits Power Washer Zine: a semiannual publication about screenprinting that asks soft questions and thinks hard thoughts.
In addition to running group workshops at Directangle Press, he teaches printmaking, letterpress, and design at Saint Anselm College and New Hampshire Institute of Art. Dannin has a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in printmaking from Ohio University. His printed and bound works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Ready to explore encaustic but are intimidated? Never heard of it but are curious? Already a painter in another medium and are ready for a change? This class is for you!
“Encaustic” comes from the Greek word, “enkaustikos”, which means to “Burn in.” Essentially, it is painting with hot colored wax. It is an exceptionally versatile medium used by painters, mixed media collage artists, even photographers and sculptors.
Encaustic can be an expensive medium to work in, but veteran encaustic painter, Earl Schofield will not only provide the materials you need to get started, but show you how to start in your own studio efficiently and with the lowest expense possible, while teaching you some encaustic history and many of the techniques and tips of this exciting medium. Class will run on a Saturday, Sunday and Monday to allow for travel to the area. There will be two three hour sessions each day with plenty of time to explore the areas lake, hiking, shops and restaurants and will include a dinner at the artist’s home and studio.
(Discounted rooms and blocks of rooms available at the beautiful, historic Fitzwilliam Inn, a two-minute walk to the artist/instructors home)
$400 per person- 18 hrs. instruction/studio time one dinner out, one dinner at instructor’s home, all supplies provided.
Supplies may be purchased, at cost, at the end of weekend if desired.
About the instructor: Earl Schofield is a veteran art educator at the Dublin School who is a museum collected, nationally exhibiting painter.
How many times have you seen the opportunities your kids have that you didn’t as you dropped them off at school or college and thought, “Geez, I wish I could do that!” So do it! The Sharing Arts Network and the Dublin School are SO excited to offer this seven-day artist retreat for everyone 21 years and older! There will be three two hour sessions each day.
You will alternate instruction between Drawing from life, working on wheel thrown pottery for a night time, Japenese Raku firing and dinner party at the end of the week, wooden bowl turning on the lathe, art history lectures, landscape or abstract painting (in oil or watercolor) and an Introduction to digital Photography and Photoshop. Students are primarily responsible for their own food, but there are excellent local shops to choose from. There will be a dinner party at an instructor’s house one night, and a BBQ the night of the Raku firing. In addition, instructors will be available to make reservations and lead dinner and drinks out with the group most nights. Fees include all materials, instruction, instructor led critiques, and the cost of the two dinners. Come make new friends at ART CAMP for Grown Ups!
Discounted rooms and blocks of rooms available at the beautiful, historic Fitzwilliam Inn, a two-minute walk to the artist/instructors home. Instructors can coordinate an Air B-N-B for up to 8 people for less than 200 for the whole six days.
Limit 12 students
Earl Schofield is a veteran art educator at the Dublin School who is a museum collected, nationally exhibiting painter.
Dylan Pierpont is a charming and talented wood worker and teacher at the Dublin School
Kimberley Kersey-Ashby is a professor at St. Anselm’s college and a virtuoso artist working in photography, painting and sculptural ceramics.
750.00 per person for 36 instructor/studio contact hrs. and includes two dinners, multiple evenings with various instructors out and all materials included.
Summer time. Watercolor. What else do you need? We got sun, we got gorgeous views, we got paper, brushes and cute little tins of color! Let’s party! This a three Day, Saturday through Monday, multi-level course. We will move quickly through basic color theory, then into material tips, then do a deep dive into technique experimentation. Each day the instructor will start the day with an art history masterwork lecture, then move on to demonstrate various watercolor techniques.
Water color is famous for being really heavy on the “tricks.” In its purest form, it is a spontaneous and intuitive medium, but generations of artists have created all kinds of innovative ways to work with it. We will explore as many of those as we can both in the studio and in the field. Class will be split between a morning and afternoon session for a total of five hours each day. There will be plenty of time to explore the region or continue to paint on your own. The instructor can make reservations and lead the group out for dinner and drinks Saturday night if desired. There will be a dinner Saturday night at the instructor’s home which is included in the price of the class. This is not specifically a landscape class, it is a WATERCOLOR class, but field trips will be included…because we got sun, views, paper, brushes and cute little tins of color!
(Discounted rooms and blocks of rooms available at the beautiful, historic Fitzwilliam Inn, a two minute walk to the artist/instructors home)
Instructor can set up an Airbnb for groups if home share is an option you’d like for about 200 for the week.