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Eight weeks of workshops?


#1

Dear Orchid members

I caught the metalsmithing bug about 3 years ago and I am mostly
self taught by making mistakes, reading books and your comments while
looking at your art and trying to figure out how anybody could make
it. I find myself with some free time this summer and would love to
attend Penland. I am traveling with an old dog who can only go so far
and Penland seems to be the best choice for both of us. If I get in I
could take 4 of Penland’s two-week courses (so 8 weeks in a row) but
I am a little scared that this could be too intense and too much
learning? I love to learn but don’t want to be a workshop groupie who
ends up with a scattered brain? Is this a good idea of mine since the
courses seem to be very complimentary too each other or will I make a
mistake by trying to cramp in too much? I have the desire to get
better at this craft and appreciate your input and advice Thanks Jon


#2

As for me, I would want to take one or two workshops and then
practice and develop on my own afterwards. But since they are offered
only at certain times, maybe this kind of schedule would not work for
you.

  • M’lou

#3

If I could afford (time and money) to take eight weeks of courses at
Penland, I would be there as soon as I could drive up the road.

John


#4
I love to learn but don't want to be a workshop groupie who ends up
with a scattered brain? Is this a good idea of mine since the
courses seem to be very complimentary too each other or will I
make a mistake by trying to cramp in too much? 

Go for it! What an opportunity! Take your own favorite pillow, or
whatever you need to be comfortable. Eight weeks isn’t too much,
just make sure you have whatever comforts of home and things to take
care of soreness and stiffness, assuming you’re not used to sitting
and making jewelry all day for that many weeks. Though perhaps
you’ll adjust by then.

But my, yes, go for it! Since you can get away, do it! Send us
virtual postcards and tell us all about what you learn!

Elaine
CreativeTextureTools.com


#5
Go for it! What an opportunity! Take your own favorite pillow, or
whatever you need to be comfortable. Eight weeks isn't too much,
just make sure you have whatever comforts of home and things to
take care of soreness and stiffness, assuming you're not used to
sitting and making jewelry all day for that many weeks. Though
perhaps you'll adjust by then. 

I had this very decision when I was beginning to acquire a following
locally. One of the women who liked my stuff was a very wealthy
(fiber artist in her own right) person, who was dedicated to the art
world in general. She sponsored a work scholarship to Penland for me.
After being accepted, some personal things came up, mostly bills, and
I had to pass, as at the time I was the only breadwinner in the
family. The opportunity never came again. If you decide to go, please
keep us abreast of the goings on when you have time, and I’ll get my
Penland trip vicariously through you. Thanks Thomas III