You might look into 2-5 day workshops that are offered all around
the country. There is the Center for Metal Arts
in New York State, with classes in Blacksmithing, Foldforming among
others. Peters Valley in New Jersey is located near the Pa-NJ-NY
border area, and also offersworkshops across multiple disciplines.
The workshops are often taught at various levels of expertise, and
by well-known instructors with plenty of experience in their fields.
They are generally focused on a single technique and you will leave
with new found knowledge, resources, and some fabulous times spent
with a like-minded group of new friends. I call this “going to
jewelry camp”, and it has stood in place of a more formal education.
These workshops are not inexpensive, and accommodations for meals
and lodging will vary, but often the venues have arrangements with
local establishments for the convenience of their guests. I have
stayed at Peter’s Valley several times, and can attest to the beauty
of nature and the food at their cafe. Spending time immersed in the
creative process is the most rejuvenating times for me.
Melissa Veres, engraver and goldsmith