A Putz is a miniature landscape that was popular in the 1800's in Moravian communities in Pennsylvania. Using clay, wool, and matchsticks, you will craft a delightful little lamb or two inspired by the vintage sheep that populated these charming scenes. Strap a harness on your wooly creations, and your lamb will pull a lovely cart created from one of the Castle's German papier-mache egg boxes and decorated with glass glitter. Perfect for your spring and Easter decor!
Victorian Papercut Heart Boxes
This class is a wonderful introduction to the art of paper cutting. Decorate red or pink German paper mache heart boxes with wonderful paper cut ‘love tokens’. We will use beautifull calligraphy printed papers, giving these boxes a wonderful romantic feel.
Half day. 1:00 to 5:00 (Limit to 8 students)
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 4th, 2009
Call 'Castle In The Air' at 510-204-9801 to reserve your spot!
'Lovers Eye' Brooch Workshop
Georgian ‘Lovers Eye’ brooches were created as a way to keep one’s lovers identity a secret by not revealing the whole face. In this half day class you will create your own version of these rare and very sought after pieces of jewelry. Ulla will introduce a ‘faux soldering’ technique that uses a combination of beveled watchmakers glass; silvered foil; Apoxy clay; beads and pearls; and a photo of an eye.
Half day. 1:00 to 5:00 Limit to 12 students
Tuesday, February 10th
Please call the Castle at 510-204-9801
This should be a Fabulously Fun class, hope to see you there!!!
Tuesday July 22nd, I will be offering a PAPER DOLL FAN class at the CASTLE, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is still lots of room in this class, so if you are interested please call: 510-204-9801 to reserve a spot!
This fan (inspired by an antique fireplace fan) uses a wonderful pressed paper form (from Germany) for the background. Colorful theatre sheets set the scene, and a vintage looking paper doll stands center stage in clothing that you will design and create out of found images. (dresses and hats 'hang' from the dolls, so you can easily display your fan however you want!) I have also added a vintage 'mother of pearl' handle to replicate the look of a vintage fan. In my first sample I 'antiqued' the pressed paper form, and used a festive background, giving a feel of a summer ball in progress. Our little lady dons a ocean~mermaid inspired ensemble and then changes into a music paper summer party dress.
In my Second sample, I left the pressed paper stark white, and added a pretty woodland scene for the background. This little lady wears a 'walking outfit' made of maps, complete with a beehive hat, and then a 'teapot' frock, topped with a 'Tour Eiffel Tea Cup hat'!!
I thought you might enjoy seeing my inspiration photos. The first two are from a book about vintage paper dolls. The fans have envelopes on the backside to hold the clothing. The last two photos show a fan one of my students received at a doll convention last year, obviously from the same inspiration! My understanding is that these fans were used by proper ladies, who sat near a fire, but didn't want to melt of heat...
Tomorrow I will be teaching 'Armchair Travels' at the Castle! Class runs from 10:00 to 5:00 and costs $100.00. There is still a space or two left ~ if interested please call: 510-204-9801.
Here are a few pages from my sample book for you to enjoy!!! Happy Traveling!!!!!!!
Here is my new class sample for the "Time For Tea" Figural Theatre Clock, to be taught at the CASTLE on SATURDAY JUNE 14th! Ms. Tea has a pre-sculpted head on a 12" wood mannequin, an inner 'apron' that supports a working clock, and paper clothing created of crepe paper, wrapping paper, and gold dresden. I added a 'Cake' fan for her to cool off with... Imagine her in colors matching your favorite china or perhaps your kitchen! This should be a great class!!!
Class fee is $135.00 ~ includes all materials. Limited to 8 students. Please call (510) 204-9801 to reserve your spot!
The CASTLE's Summer Class Schedule is due from the printers any day now. First on the list will be my new 'Wirework Jewelry' class to be taught on SUNDAY JUNE 1st from 11:00 to 5:00! As you can see from my sample, we will be playing with a number of different wire techniques, including: basic wire-work; hammered wire links; textile wrapped wire beads; how to incorporate chain into your work, creating your own hook and eye closures; and incorporating found elements into your work (including buttons, felt beads, and vintage jewelry parts). I will supply base-metal wire, chain, beads and tools, but feel free to bring your own tools, chain, beads and vintage jewelry bits to add to your creation! Call (510) 204-9801 to reserve a spot!