This summer at the hayloft started with a crack! And then a tree fell on our house. Well, okay, it was just a limb but that limb was as big as a tree.
Gremlins peeking out of the hole in the tree.
Down with the limb came the power line to the studio. So, many classes were cancelled while we waited and waited and waited for a roofer.
Working by natural light, my private student and I persisted with our second round of oil paintings while musing about surrealist movement.
Works in progress:
Finally, as summer nears an end we had a smashing workshop of crayon batik.
Our finished pieces:
Fall schedule soon to follow!
My students’ enthusiasm to learn oil paints has forced me to dig deep in my dark closet of past passions. It’s been nearly 18 years since I touched a brush to oils.
I have to thank him.
I had forgotten how sexy oils are. Get past the ick and stick factor and it’s rather like mud wrestling in color. Thick, viscous, carnal. Oils, for me are the paint equivalent to finessing a sinewy figure from a slimy lump of clay.
I thank you my dear student. Beware, for I believe I have seen you twitch when it’s time to put the brush down and clean up. A delicious addiction.
Just hanging out at the co-op.
Spring vacation has come and gone:( At Hayloft Studio, we had a buzzing day of robot building, starting with a bit of reverse engineering. Sounds like I had a studio full of MIT protégés, huh? Possibly, but we learned that reverse engineering is a fancy way of saying destroy stuff to find out what’s inside. We took apart an old CD player/radio. We found capacitors, resistors, tuners, switches, speakers, etc. The best score, though, was two motors we could use to make our robots go! After a crash course in safety around hot stuff like glue guns and soldering irons, we got to work rummaging through the many bins of bits and pieces at Hayloft to create our robot bodies. Next came the mind bending task of wiring motors and switches and batteries to make our bots move. After a bit of troubleshooting and finagling, we had five vibrating, spinning, crawling robots! The final touches: a bit of paint, a few embellishments and voila! Sadly, I neglected to take pictures, but I was able to borrow a frame from one families video post of their bot. Thanks! Looking forward to a summer of fun at Hayloft Studio.
Joe is happy the sun has returned.
2014 Hayloft Studio Classes
2014 Spring Vacation:
- April 22-23: Loom Beading- For ages 8 and up. Native American crafts are astounding and the beadworks created are exceptional. In this workshop students explore the many symbols and patterns used by Native Americans and develop a pattern of their liking to incorporate into a bracelet. Students will then make their own loom and learn how to weave a beaded bracelet from their design. Take the looms home to weave more projects! Classes are 10am-4pm $100
- April 24th: Motor Bugs- For ages 8 and up. Learn some basics of electronics and the safe use of soldering irons and hot glue guns while assembling your own motorized robot bug. Decorate them and then create a maze to race them in. 10am-4pm $75
2014 Summer classes coming soon!
Interested in Extreme Pumpkin Carving or Day of the Dead workshop at Hayloft Studio? Call or email to register at 413-219-5682 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Day if the Dead Workshop is on Sunday 10/20. It is accidentally listed as Saturday in a few places.
Visit the October Workshops at Hayloft page in the menu for more information.