Baxter LogoWorkshops Spring-Summer-Fall 2017
BAXTER STUDIO SCHOOL, Prince Edward County

Baxter Studio School is a new and exciting educational program from Baxter Arts Centre in Bloomfield, Ontario. This program offers unique workshops taught by Prince Edward County professional artists within the artist's studio.

Working in the artist’s studio in a fun and supportive atmosphere, both curious beginners and experienced artists can enjoy the best possible hands-on studio-based exploration, to create and produce a personal artwork. A Baxter Studio School workshop is a time for you to focus on your work, become energized and inspired, learn new skills, and possibly meet new like-minded participants within an artist’s studio.

I am thrilled to be included as one of the participating artists in the exciting launch of this new project. Please visit the main website for info on how dates, location, price and how to book a workshop:

Haliburton School for the Arts 2017
 Jul 24, 2017 - Jul 28, 2017


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (9:00am - 4:30pm)
Section: 41 | Instructor:  Vicki Sharp
Location: Haliburton Campus

Course Code: ARTS2272

This project-based course will provide instruction on some of the main foundation stitches used in this craft. These stitches will include peyote, herringbone and right angle stitch, along with some of their variations. Instruction will conclude with combining stitches to create shaped and three dimensional pieces. Learn to make beaded clasps and how to capture and embellish a crystal rivoli. Jewellery design focusing on wearability, durability and comfort, as well as the use of colour and shape in your work will be explored. The variety of choice available in beads will be introduced; however most of the beads used will be Japanese glass seed beads and delicas (tubular) with some semi-precious stones and pearls included. The process of off loom bead weaving has great calming and beneficial value. It's a craft that can soothe, putting you in a quiet, creative zone while you stitch. This course is suitable for both beginner and intermediate skill levels. **Please note that you may not complete all projects as bead weaving projects can take many hours to finish.

Workshop Details for Baxter Studio School

My jewellery workshops will explore fun projects that use some of the main stitches that make up the foundation of contemporary bead weaving techniques: peyote, square, herringbone and netting. These foundation stitches are used to create a broad range of work of jewellery. instruction will include discussions on the mechanics of designing jewellery to fit the body and on working with colour, texture and form.
Because bead weaving projects can take a lot of time, you may not finish all projects in class. Bead weaving is a very creative, meditative and portable medium. Youre limited only by your imagination!

Cost: $79.00 plus registration fee
Material Cost: $12 – $20 depending on choice of beads and clasps
Number of Participants: 4-6
Prerequisites: None
Minimum Age: 16
Hours: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Please book your workshop directly through the BAXTER STUDIO SCHOOL WEBSITE

Workshops Schedule 2017

herringbone bracelet
Herringbone Stitch Bracelet, Sat. May 6, 2017
Learn the art of stitching beads together using colour, texture and form. This workshop focuses on the circular Herringbone stitch. This stitch can be done either flat or circular. In this project we create a dimensional bracelet with the possibility of adding embellishments. The finished bracelet will be personal and beautiful.

square stitch bracelet

Square Stitch Bracelet, Sat May 20, 2017
This square stitch bracelet is an easy entry level bead weaving project.  It uses 4 mm Japanese cube beads which build quickly as you stitch.  Your design can be graphic or's up to you to invent as you go along. You will have a fabulous bracelet at the end!
Level: all levels

netting bracelet

Netted Bracelet or Necklace, Sat June 3, 2017

This is a great netting stitch. You will also learn how to insert a core to support the bead structure. This can be made with so many different beads and each will give you a different look. It can be made short for a bracelet of longer for a necklace.

peyote bracelet

Peyote wave bracelet, Sat. June 17, 2017

Peyote is one of the most important stitches in bead weaving. It is often combined with other stitches to create 3 dimensional beading. In this project, you will learn how to introduce different size beads into your work which gives this bracelet an organic feel. We will be doing a simpler clasp such as a button or toggle for our closure.

Just Added Sept. 12/17
Zulu Stitch Bracelet.
Please visit the Baxter website for details
I hope you can join me for one or more of these workshops. I look forward to seeing you in The County!