Carnegie Hall continues to offer a wide range of classes and workshops to enlighten and inspire learners of all ages. The Spring 2022 Classes & Workshops options include everything from basket weaving to cooking to leather working and are creative gift ideas for Valentine’s Day.
The Spring Classes & Workshops Series has something for everybody, and some options are timed perfectly for great gift ideas for that special someone in your life. These classes include Spa Day: Body Butter, Woodturning 101, Feel for the Wheel, Clay for Kids/Youth, Sewing Arts, and Soap Making.
Spa Day: Body Butter is taught by Tommye Rafes and takes place Saturday, Feb. 12. Learn how to make body butter using plant based and all-natural ingredients. This nutrient dense butter hydrates and softens the skin. Instruction will be provided on three different body butter variations, with discussion on the benefits of different oils and butters in combating various skin problems. A batch of body butter will be made as a class, with each participant taking home their own 4 oz. container and three recipes for making more on their own, as well as info on usage and storage. Cost is $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers. All materials provided. Students must be 18 years of age or older. Maximum class size is 10.
Woodturning 101 is a six-week course for adults in partnership with the West Virginia Woodturners Association that takes place at the WVWA Woodshop in the basement of Lee Street Studios located at 232 Lee Street N, Lewisburg. Constructed as an introduction to the Woodturning Program, the series has the long-term goal of teaching students woodturning so that they are comfortable to use the WVWA studio on their own. Classes for Section 1 begin on February 12 and cost $200 for members and $250 for nonmembers (plus $35 WVWA membership fee).
Kelsie Tyson is teaching the Feel For The Wheel (single-day wheel experiences) Family Fun Class. The first class is Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. In these single event classes, students will spend two hours learning the basics of throwing on the potter’s wheel. During class, participants will make 2-5 pieces, picking their best to be fired. Students will have their choice of single glaze options for their pot. Try a new art and enjoy learning in a friendly and encouraging environment. This perfect Valentine’s Day date cost $45 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Students must be at least six years old.
Starting on Feb. 12, Clay for Kids/Youth explores various hand building techniques while creating functional and abstract forms. Demonstrations will include slab construction, coil building, and pinching. Students will also learn about surface decoration including applied textures and the application of underglazes. The classes are instructed by Amie Durrman and registration cost $99 for members and $110 for nonmembers. This class is for students aged 6 to 17 years old.
The first session of Repair, Mend and Embellish: Sewing 101 takes place on Saturday, Feb. 19. Instructor Thomas Ruggerio will teach students to fix holes, sew buttons, embellish, and personalize off the rack items, and make general repairs to old favorites. Bring an item that needs fixed or revamping- all other materials provided. No experience necessary. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Class size is limited to 10 people. Students must be at least 12 years old.
As part of Carnegie Hall’s Appalachian Heritage Series, Carnegie Hall offers How to Make Soap for Beginners on Feb. 25 and Learn the Drop Pour Technique on Feb. 26 for adults. Taught by Tommye Rafes, these classes teach how to make soap using the cold process (CP) soap making method. Each student will go home with a beginner’s recipe for making soap and one bar of homemade soap. Cost for Soap Making for Beginners is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. The cost for Learn the Drop Pour Technique is $95 for members and $105 for nonmembers. Each class has automatic scholarships available for students 50 years of age and over. Pay only $25. Maximum class size for the beginner class is 8 students. Maximum class size for the drop pour class is 6 students.
To enroll and for a complete list of classes and workshops visit carnegiehallwv.org/classes-and-workshops. A Classes & Workshops brochure is also available at Carnegie Hall.
Scholarships are available thanks to the generous contributions of the Katherine B. Tierney Foundation, the Mary B. Nickell Foundation, the Seneca Trail Foundation, and the United Way of Greenbrier Valley.