WORKSHOPS

Too bad we have to put workshops on hold until we get through this challenging time. May you stay well and have something you enjoy doing!

NEW: Now offering PDUs and CEUs for Teachers for this workshop!_
2-day Creative Process Workshop at my West Linn studio.
Dates tbd, 10 to 4:30
Concentrated exploration of vocabulary and style using simple exercises in collage, doodling and clay. For all levels—set aside what you know or what you don’t know about technique. Learn a methodology for mining the riches of the unconscious for image vocabulary and artistic style.
$225 includes materials. (additional cost for PDUs/CEUs)
Info & registration: sara.swink@gmail.com or 971-271-0480.

Build a Personal Shrine Workshop
A 3-Day Workshop to Honor Spirit Through Artmaking
Next one: Memorial Day weekend (May 2021) Saturday–Monday, 10am to 3pm (plus open studio hours)
$325 includes materials and bisque firing
At Clay Circle Studio in West Linn
Whatever your religious beliefs, a personal shrine can reflect your spirituality and give you a creative outlet to express goals, beliefs and ideals. It may be a memorial to a lost loved one or a way to focus on an aspect of self. Shrines, temples, altars, and empowered objects such as amulets, talismans and relics evoke unseen worlds, are ways to focus energy, and can be reminders that there is more to us than our egos.
This 3-day workshop is a chance to explore and create a personal shrine, incorporating symbolic imagery using paper, clay, and other materials.
• we will look at shrines and sacred objects from many cultures
• consider the structure and function of a shrine or an altar and its parts and inhabitants
• incorporate your own mythology in the form of totems, talismans, items from nature, etc.
• build your vision using collage, paper construction, and clay
• create a container for sacred objects
All levels of clay experience welcome. To sign up or for more info, contact me sara.swink@gmail.com or 971-271-0480.
Click here for more info and photos: saraswink.com/section/478396-SHRINE-WOR…

Portrait in Clay Workshop with Kendall Jones at Clay Circle Studio in West Linn. June 27 & 28, 2020, 10am to about 4pm
Learn an approach to sculpting a head at one-third size. Live model; emphasis on how to see and skill building. List of recommended tools. All levels. Limit 10 participants.
Evaluations from Kendall’s portrait workshop
%I would definitely take this class again. Your expertise expanded my ability to sculpt. Loved the tools! Thank you so much!
Your acceptance of each person's skill level made the atmosphere very easy. You broke tasks into easy to understand steps.
This was so great! You are a natural teacher. Live model was so helpful.
This was such a fabulous two days. You explain so well. I appreciate demonstrations and then your going around to give suggestions. The encouragement to remove and rebuild was cool. I feel like you taught me how to observe.
Thank you for a great workshop. Everything was great; you instruction was clear and skilled.
Wonderful workshop A++ I appreciate the: 1) very useful hand-outs 2) the books that we could look at and note for future reference 3) how good you were at explaining 4) how well organized you are 5) how much planning went into the design of the 2 days 6) and esp how you were: a) so active helping b) so good at critiquing in a positive way. Thank you.
The six sided "square" to star was a huge revelation and great way to get started. This, the new tool, and the lips and eye tricks will become my new way of looking. The step by step covering each part, and waiting to do the features were also a great teaching tools. You're an excellent teacher. Thank you for your time, instruction and feedback.%

$195 plus materials fee (armature, clay). Contact sara.swink@gmail.com or 971-271-0480 to sign up.

5-day Totem/Narrative Clay Sculpture Workshop at my studio.
Next one: Sept 15-19, 2020, 10 am to 4 pm plus open studio hours.
A totem is one or more objects that helps tell the story of an individual or group. Totems, like shrines and other empowered objects, are a way to zero in on what inspires you or is meaningful. In this workshop, we will employ exercises such as collage on paper and sketching in clay to collect and play with images, ideas, stories, forms and surfaces that you might want to incorporate. From these source materials, we will develop and design one or more totems to make in clay. You may end up with a number of standalone pieces or pieces and parts for a stacking totem. You are invited to scale your work to a size that best suits your objectives for the week and comfort level, and within that scale, I will provide guidance and instruction in construction. We’ll look at a couple of approaches to stacking totems that are key to the design process. Some handbuilding experience is helpful.
$495 includes materials and bisque firing. Financial assistance available. Here's a link to see photos and get more info: saraswink.com/section/453712-TOTEM-WORK…