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BLOCK PRINTING NOTE CARDS

CLASS LOCATION:  SYDENSTRICKER CABIN OF PEARL S BUCK BIRTHPLACE, 8129 SENECA TRAIL (ROUTE 219)
Come learn the basics of block printing with artist Jacque Minarik.  Participants will draw and carve onto soft cut blocks to create an image to print.  We will then pull a series of prints to create a unique set of prints that can be framed or used as notecards. Cost of class covers all instruction and materials. 
All materials are included in the cost of the class. Please note that the printing ink is permanent and does not easily come out of clothing so you may want to wear an old T-shirt or bring an art smock.
Jacque Minarik is a local artist and educator.  She studied Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Tech and received her Master’s in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Jacque is from Richmond, VA where she lived and taught art for the past 25 years.  She is an active member of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, serving on the Teacher’s Advisory Council.  She currently resides in Greenbrier County where her hobbies include: restoring an 1800’s farmhouse, gardening, antiquing, yoga, hiking, coffee, and creating art!  Jacque is an International Rotary Scholar and has completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training.  She studied Asian Art in Japan and that remains one of her favorite memories and serves as an inspiration for much of her current work.  Jacque believes, “Art is so important because it helps you process everything in your world and allows you to relax and ponder/process your ideas in your brain.  It is also a time for reflection.”   One of her favorite aspects of art is that you can spread hope and joy when you make art and share it.  She is excited to share yoga and art with you!
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ORIGAMI: BOXES, ENVELOPES, and WALLETS

CLASS LOCATION:  SYDENSTRICKER CABIN OF PEARL S BUCK BIRTHPLACE, 8129 SENECA TRAIL (ROUTE 219)

Learn to make beautiful and useful containers from paper.  In this workshop, you’ll master several designs, including an ingenious wallet that you can fold in minutes and a couple of quick and easy envelopes.  We’ll also make the ancient and clever Masu box and explore the folds for one of Tomoko Fuse’s dramatic modular boxes.  Beginners are welcome, and experienced folders may pick up a few new tricks.  All materials will be provided.  You will bring only your curiosity and enthusiasm.  You’ll leave the workshop with some lovely containers, some handy diagrams or links to the folding instructions, and an appreciation for the gentle, meditative art of origami.
The only project deemed difficult for children, which will occupy the final hour  or so of the workshop, is the Tomoko Fuse modular box. Teens who enjoy origami will be able to do it, but it’s not recommend it for young children. However, many children — and parents will likely know — have an aptitude for folding, and the first three projects (wallet, envelopes, Masu box) should be fine for kids as young as 8 or 9. If kids wanted to attend for just the first few projects (about 2 hours), the instructor would have no objection to children as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
Colleen Anderson is a writer, songwriter, and graphic designer who works from her creative studio, Mother Wit Writing and Design, in Charleston, WV.  For about 20 years, folding paper has been her favorite hobby.  Her handmade origami note cards are sold at Tamarack and other shops, and she has taught origami classes at Cedar Lakes Crafts Center in Ripley, WV and Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM.
See more examples of her work at her website:  colleenanderson.com
Minimum of 4 participants to hold the class.
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COLORFUL INTUITIVE WATERCOLOR CARDS

CLASS LOCATION: SYDENSTRICKER CABIN OF PEARL S BUCK BIRTHPLACE 8129 SENECA TRAIL (ROUTE 219)

Intuitive abstract greeting cards—what to expect
Like to sling paint, alcohol ink, blossoming rich color around? Feeling a bit uptight? This process of making cards is the antidote to worry and anxiety.
Materials are provided. We use watercolor paper, tape, paint, colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors and intense pigments in one big hash. We painlessly learn a bit about color theory, too. We dry the works and then rearrange them into stunning show pieces on greeting cards you’ll be proud to send to those you love. Each person will be able to make two to three cards, depending on time availability.

The instructor for this class is Cyla Allison.  Cyla kept the flame of creativity simmering throughout her career. She combines her teaching skills and art knowledge to help each individual make the most of the experience. She has two Master’s degrees, A Ph.D. and a post-doctoral degree. She taught high school for nine years; was a psychologist in private practice for 25 years; a horsewoman for 35 years and now an artist for the last 18 years. Always an autodidact, she shares the fun and the knowledge inherent in art.

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DIAMOND PAINTING

CLASS WILL BE HELD AT SYDENSTRICKER CABIN OF PEARL S BUCK BIRTHPLACE, 8129 SENECA TRAIL (ROUTE 219)

This is your golden opportunity to try Diamond Painting.  You can watch your project appear as a design as you paint in the “diamonds” in class.  You might not finish the project in class, but you will have the materials and know how to finish it in your own time.  Crafters say this is a very relaxing and peaceful process that puts them in a laid back kind of mood.  All materials will be provided by our instructor, Debbie Walker.  Debbie is a long time quilter/crafter and former owner of Deb Ann Fabrics.  Debbie has also taught at various quilt retreats and has taught several craft classes through Hillsboro Classroom.  She really wants to share this new art form she has discovered with YOU!

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RESIN NECKLACE PENDANT OR COASTERS WITH DRIED FLOWERS

CLASS LOCATION:  SYDENSTRICKER CABIN OF PEARL S BUCK BIRTHPLACE 8129 SENECA TRAIL (ROUTE 219)

Have you ever gone to the craft shows and admired the beautiful pendants that feature a dried zinnia or lacy fern leaf encased in resin and hung on a chain?  They are simply beautiful and so easy to make.  Our instructor also has glitter, beads, trinkets, or you can bring your own that has a special meaning for you.  Debbie Walker, your instructor for this project, has all the materials you will need and you will leave with several coasters or several pendants, your choice!  Put on your creative thinking cap and have fun!

Debbie Walker is a long time quilter/crafter and former owner of Deb Ann’s Fabrics.  She has taught several quilt classes at different retreats and other craft classes.  This promises to be a fun and creative outlet!  These also make terrific gifts for friends!

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BUILDING FACE MUGS WITH POTTERY CLAY

CLASS LOCATION:  HILLSBORO LIBRARY, 54  3RD ST.  HILLSBORO, WV

This is a fun way to create your own coffee or tea mugs with funny faces or a design of your choice.  Cris Bartlett will provide the clay mugs along with clay that each participant will use to embellish their mugs!  Participants will not need to bring anything except a desire to learn and have fun with hand built pottery.  You can expect to create your funny face or other design and then put some under glaze on your mug in that same class.  Cris will then fire the mugs in her kiln and you can pick them up in two weeks

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HOT TAMALE COOKING CLASS

CLASS LOCATION IS THE HILLSBORO LIBRARY, 54 3RD ST. HILLSBORO, WV

Participants will learn to make hot tamales!  The tamale dish dates back to ancient civilizations in Mexico as early 4000 BC.  Many historians believe the tamales were first made by the Aztecs Ten thousand years ago.  Since the early 1900’s, the tamale has made its way across the United States and morphed into a unique culinary  staple in the Mississippi Delta, the hot tamale!  They are delicious, not too spicy, and reminiscent of corn enchiladas.   In other words, if you love Mexican food (and who doesn’t) you will love making and eating hot tamales!

Sally Cobb, who came to our area from New Orleans where she was a restaurant owner, will be our instructor for this fun class. Sally will give participants the knowledge of how to make this Mexican delicacy from scratch.  You will take home your own hand made hot tamales and sauce.  Dinner to go!  Sally says there is no need to bring anything, just your sense of adventure in creating these culinary delights.

PLEASE NOTE, THIS CLASS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HILLSBORO LIBRARY 54 3rd ST. Hillsboro, WV

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COOKING FRENCH OMELETS

THIS CLASS IS  CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Participants will learn the basics of creating a light, fluffy rolled omelet.  Bring your appetite.  Other materials provided by the instructor, Blair Campbell.

Known for her tasty and delicious cuisine, Blair Campbell hosts a basic yet useful class on the art of classic omelet making.  Impress your friends by learning this technique.   Bringing her culinary experience to Hillsboro, she is ready to set a new standard for Appalachian Breakfast!  This class will really step up your biscuit and gravy plate!

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Encaustic Collage and Watercolor

Come join artist, Jacque Minarik to learn about encaustic!  Encaustic originates from the Greek word Enkaiein, meaning to burn in, referring to the process of fusing paint and wax. Let’s have fun together learning about this exciting art form.  We will create a collage and experiment heating wax, resin, and paint/pigment to create a unique mixed media wax painting. Explore encaustic for the first time or expand your skills. The layering of encaustic paint produces luminous and textured surfaces. Feel free to bring a copied image to add to the layering process for collage or just experiment blending and mixing the wax and pigment to create an abstract piece of art.
What do participants need to bring.
Please bring a copied image to collage if you would like to use your own imagery. Note- copies of photos can be used but a copy on printed computer paper is better than using an original photo printed on photography paper. All other materials are included in the cost of the class.
Jacque Minarik is a local artist and educator.  She studied Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Tech and received her Master’s in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Jacque is from Richmond, VA where she lived and taught art for the past 25 years.  She is an active member of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, serving on the Teacher’s Advisory Council.  She currently resides in Greenbrier County where her hobbies include: restoring an 1800’s farmhouse, gardening, antiquing, yoga, hiking, coffee, and creating art!  Jacque is an International Rotary Scholar and has completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training.  She studied Asian Art in Japan and that remains one of her favorite memories and serves as an inspiration for much of her current work.  Art is so important because it helps you process everything in your world and allows you to relax and ponder/process your ideas in your brain.  It is also a time for reflection.  One of her favorite aspects of art is that you can spread hope and joy when you make art and share it.  She is excited to share yoga and art with you!
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Mindful Mondays Gentle Yoga

Participants will practice mindfulness and learn basic breathing and stretching techniques to help ease tension and relax the mind and body.  Mindfulness is a type of meditation focusing on being aware of what you are sensing and feeling in the moment.  In this 45-50 minute class, we will learn basic and gentle breathing techniques,  beginning yoga, and stretching poses to help relax the body and mind as well as ease stress.  We will use a chair for some poses and modifications can be made for limited mobility.  No experience necessary and beginners are welcome!

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes that can be easily removed.  Yoga blocks and mats are not necessary, but bring them if you have them.

The registration for this class includes a 6 week series, each Monday starting with November 7-December 12.

Jacque Minarik is a local artist and educator.  She studied Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Tech and received her Master’s in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Jacque is from Richmond, VA where she lived and taught art for the past 25 years.  She is an active member of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, serving on the Teacher’s Advisory Council.  She currently resides in Greenbrier County where her hobbies include: restoring an 1800’s farmhouse, gardening, antiquing, yoga, hiking, coffee, and creating art!  Jacque is an International Rotary Scholar and has completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training.  She studied Asian Art in Japan and that remains one of her favorite memories and serves as an inspiration for much of her current work.  Jacque believes, “Art is so important because it helps you process everything in your world and allows you to relax and ponder/process your ideas in your brain.  It is also a time for reflection.”   One of her favorite aspects of art is that you can spread hope and joy when you make art and share it.  She is excited to share yoga and art with you!