We started off a little shy (myself included) but as the paint started rolling, so did our minds. A simple beginning of playful mono prints, to allow us time to get to know each other. We spread out our color of choice in acrylic paints onto a sheet of Mylar and created designs using crazy tools like bottle caps, holiday balls, Formica chips and more. Then we printed onto colored paper. Super fun, girls! Thank you! Next week: Fairy/Hobbit Terrariums. Can’t wait.
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.
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 9am-3pm $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. 9am-3pm $75
2014 Summer classes:
June 28: Wet Felting– Learn the basics of wet felting. Participants can create a felt hat, bag, bowl, etc., while learning the steps of wet felting. Adults and Kids. $65. 10a.m.- 4p.m.
June 30th&July 1st: Mini Books-From accordion books to mini matchbooks and more, participants will learn to bind and decorate books of their own. For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.- 3p.m.
July 2&3: Hobbiton Terrariums– Create your own mythical land full of tiny hobbits, dwarves and fairies set in a live terrarium of your making. For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.- 3p.m.
July 6th: Beading for Adults-Native American crafts are astounding and the beadworks created are especially exceptional. In this workshop participants will explore the many symbols and patterns used by Native Americans and then develop a pattern of their liking to incorporate into a bracelet they will make as they learn how to use a beading loom. Come away with your own loom to continue the fun. $75 12-4.
July13th: Garden Accents– Trash to treasure is the valley way! Turn old mason jars into unique Tiki torches, old broken tiles or bottles into mosaic planters, old doorknobs into painted garden stakes, stumps into candle holders. Come and create a piece or two for your garden. Adults and Kids(Recommended 6yrs. and older). $50. 12.-4.
July 14&15: Clocks– Make your own wall clock. A fun shape and design of your dreaming will be cut from masonite board and painted . When finished you will have a one of a kind working clock. For ages 8 and up. $110. 9a.m.-3p.m.
July 17&18: Magazine Art– Paper beads, paper bowls, paper baskets, paper wreaths, all made from colorful recycled magazines. Learn to roll, fold, weave and glue magazine pages into functional art. For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.-3p.m.
July 21: Bas-Relief Paper Casting– Participants of this class will learn the techniques of creating a simple negative mold using styrofoam. Then we will cast positive pieces using super fine paper mache. For ages 8 and up. $50. 9 a.m.-3p.m.
July 22&23: Unique Boutique– Shirts, skirts, slippers, hats, and accessories made from duct tape, paper clips, bottle caps, safety pins? You think it, we’ll try to make it! For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.-3p.m.
July 25th: Pop-up Card’s- Ever wanted to make your own pop-up cards? Thank you, birthday, blank or anything else? This is the class that will supply you with the know-how, supplies and space. For ages 8 and up. $50. 9a.m.- 3p.m.
August 4&5: Walking Sticks– While learning proper whittling techniques and wood burning skills students will create a one of a kind walking stick, sanded silky smooth, garnished with paint, leather stones and more . For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.-3pm.
August 6&7: Kinetic Sculpture– In the likes of artists such as Alexander Calder, Jean Tinguely and George Rilky, this session will explore the art of motion. Participants will create kinetic sculptures using a variety of materials like wire, wood, hardware, etc. For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.-3p.m.
August 11&12: Huichol String Art– The native Huichol people of the Southwest and Mexican regions are renowned for their beautiful paintings created with colorful yarn pressed into wax. These paintings were full of symbolism from their life stories and spiritual beliefs. Participants of this session will create yarn paintings in a similar fashion to depict our own life stories. For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.-3p.m
August 14&15: Crayon Batik– Create a beautiful batik cloth by painting with melted crayons onto a chosen fabric. When set, crinkle it all up, submerge it in dye and then iron away the wax. The results are stunning. For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.-3p.m.
August 25th: Duct Tape Day-Make a water bottle holster, wallet, bracelet, etc. all from the super sticky, super durable duct tape. For ages 8 and up. $50. 9a.m.-3p.m.
August 26th: Wet Felting Again!– A popular class. Learn the basics of wet felting. Participants can create a felt hat, bag, bowl, etc., while learning the steps of wet felting. For ages 8 and up. $65. 10a.m.- 4p.m.
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!
Crayon batik in the Hayloft this week. A lovely group of girls joined me the last two days to try their hands at some batiking. We sketched our ideas and highlighted them with dark marker. This allowed us to see what we needed to paint through the fabric we were using to batik. Next, we sandwiched cardboard under our drawings and cotton fabric over, stretching the fabric like a canvas and securing with masking tape.
The fun part! Painting with melted crayons. This step we named the crayon facial.
I used and electric skillet for a hot H2O bath and small mason jars to melt the crayons in. The inclination is to use crappy brushes but we all found them too frustrating. Donate a decent (not great or even good, just decent) set of brushes to the cause. Paint!
It certainly isn’t like painting with paint. The wax cools quickly on the brush so there’s a lot more dipping. When done remove the cloth from cardboard set up and scrunch it up a few times. Over a trash can is a good idea! The next step is to dye the fabric. We used Rit liquid dye. Mix with hot water but don’t dip the crayon painting in yet. Avoid the drooly melted mess and let the dye cool! Submerge the painted fabric in the dye for at least 20 minutes. Pull out and squeeze. Latex gloves are handy. Lay the pieces flat on layers of newspaper and cover with another couple layers of newspaper.
Next comes the ironing. Iron on hot nice and slow over the paper with a little pressure. Keep replacing paper on top and bottom as they soak up the wax. Iron until fabric feels soft and wax free. Voila!
Some finished pieces:
Photos could be better:(
Joe (with a sponge in his mouth) thinks I need to clean the studio now.
Whittling walking sticks is a rite of passage and a test of tenacity. A few blisters and a couple of band- aids later, we all had beautifully carved and adorned walking sticks (technically one was a dragon staff with complementary wand).
Of course we had some drying time, as well as a bit of extra time, that we filled with duct tape wallets, magazine bowls and handmade paper. I haven’t had a class yet that hasn’t left me in awe of my good fortune that this is my
So, my son was never one to buy into the tooth fairy or Santa or the Easter bunny. While some of it was certainly our doing as painfully open and honest parents(some would say to a fault), much of his skepticism stems from who he is and how his mind works. In many ways it was serendipitous that we didn’t engage in the bizarre practice of telling our child that some strange creature comes into your room at night and takes your tooth from under your pillow.
Being a child with non-verbal learning disorder, his world is exceedingly literal. It is better as he is older now but , as younger boy a simple expression like “I’m on the phone” led him to picture you standing on the phone. Couple this with a fertile mind rich in science and history (biographies are his favorite, yawn!) and the idea of some fat man sliding down our chimney with a huge sack of gifts after having traversed the whole world in a sleigh pulled by reindeer carrying a paper list of all the children who’ve been naughty and nice in one night would only afford us a besmirching “Get real!”. Had we tried to pull this off when he was younger, he would have been in the basement with a flashlight measuring the internal chamber, processing the tiny clean out door, studying the pitch and slip factor of our metal roof, calculating exactly how long of a piece of paper was needed for all the children in the world, googling flying animals, calculating time and distance to visit every house in the world and what about Jewish children? I am ever so thankful that we did not attempt to bring these fictitious characters into our traditions. The barrage of questions alone would have dampened any festivities. Can you imagine the research to explain just how it is that a rabbit carries that many baskets? Rabbits don’t even have thumbs!
So, how it is that we have brought these traditions into our home is largely through humor with a huge dose of social studies. Being the history buff that he is, we shared with him the many folklores, fables and religious beliefs that lead to the evolution of these characters. Armed with an arsenal of answers, he can now integrate the concept of these characters as a form of storytelling in a sense.
This brings me back to the tooth fairy. Firstly, I cannot believe he is still losing teeth at ten. When does that end? So, he lost a molar two nights ago or rather stayed up until 11 wiggling and yanking at that thing until it relinquished it’s hold. He then wrapped it in at least 20 tissues and stuffed under his pillow. Now remember, he knows full well that the tooth fairy will have know idea that there is a tooth is under his pillow. So, he tromps into our room, singing a revelry as always, pokes me and says “The tooth fairy has some work to do. Hint! Hint!” I mumble and fall back to sleep. Disappointed in the morning, he asks “What happened to the tooth fairy?” To which, I smack my forehead and promise she will be on duty the next night. He smiles and gives me an understanding bump in the arm.
Night two: I forgot. We wake up at 2:30 am to doors banging downstairs. What the…? A bit petrified, my partner descends to investigate. I am still in a fog. It’s our son out in the freezing rain rummaging through cars for money. “What are you doing?” I hear. “Getting my own damn five bucks and wrapping a damn ribbon around it and putting it under my own damn pillow! Stupid tooth fairy!”
This is why the tooth fairy (that would be me) is a moron !