Specialty workshops taught by professional artists
Schedule for workshops, classes and demonstrations
|Cynthia Gurerri||Ceramic Pendants||10-4||10-4|
|Stan Cook||Wood Turning||10-4||10-4|
|Ken Nagakui||Wood-fired Pottery||9-5||9-5|
|Sigrid Eilertson||Mask Making & Collages||10-12 & 2-4||10-12 & 2-4|
|Kevin Stitzinger||Stone Craft||10-4|
|Brightside Tea House||Cuppa Tea||2-4||2-4|
A graduate of California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, Kristen showed her work at a variety of venues in California before making her home in West Virginia. Her preferred medium is acrylic paint on wood. At Watoga Art in the Park, Kristen teaches “drop-in” art all day, with acrylics in the morning and watercolors in the afternoon. She can be found at the “Kids’ Corner” in the stone picnic shelter. Kids’ Corner is for all ages, but kids will need an adult present to assist them. Youngsters can expect a great time with Kristen.
Sigrid Eilertson has a BA in Fine Art from College of Charleston and a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from Marylhurst College. Sigrid says life experiences have been woven into the content of each work, these memories become the threads that literally create layers on the canvas. “My collages in particular are overlapping layers of my own personal growth experiences through the media of paper. The process has become a metaphor for my utter existence… a mental road map in which art therapy becomes the vehicle for catharsis.”
If you cannot attend both days’ workshops, please fill out this form to have Sigrid make you a mask that you can complete during your one day attendance.
Collage & Mask Making
A graduate of Colorado College, Marcia’s former career was in fashion design, with home bases in New York City and the Washington, D.C. area. Since making her home in West Virginia, Marcia has created hand-dyed silks and fabrics in Pocahontas County, using nature as her assistant. Snow, natural found leaves and plants themselves have made their way into her art. At Watoga Art in the Park, Marcia teaches EcoPrint, an hour-long workshop where visitors can utilize these unique techniques to create their own works of art.
As a young person in Tidewater, Virginia, Cynthia pursued an avid interest in art through illustration, painting, and pottery. She showed her work in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia, before making her home in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. She credits her involvement in the Pocahontas County Arts Council, as a teacher of pottery and painting, with contributing to her own artistic development. At Watoga Art in the Park, Cynthia helps visitors create beautiful ceramic pendants at her “drop-in” workshop.
With degrees in geology and physical science, Kevin translated his love of rocks as a child into a career in science. He also developed an appreciation for the internal, compositional beauty of rocks and minerals, the natural forces that shape them, and the possibilities At Watoga Art in the Park, Kevin is able to share his love of nature through the stone work he crafts for others, and with others, to enjoy as a personal meditative process and a final work of art. At Watoga Art in the Park, Kevin will teach a workshop in stone work and that allows visitors to experience this powerful medium.
Stan taught high school math and college chemistry in Mason County, West Virginia, before devoting himself to woodturning full-time. While he began his craft turning mostly pens, his work has evolved into intricate wood bowls and boxes, most recently applying vibrant color combinations to his one-of-a-kind pieces. Stan mainly utilizes fallen found wood: maple, walnut, oak, cherry, box elder and ash among them. At Watoga Art in the Park, Stan will demonstrate his craft and visitors can take part in creating their own masterpieces.
Ken Nagakui is a native of Japan now living in Charlottesville VA. His pottery name, Karematsu, is named after a small place adjacent to where he was born in Japan. Ken will be using wood firing, which is a very old method in pottery. Ken will dig a kiln on Friday so participants can actually experience the wood firing as they make their piece of pottery. Space is limited for this workshop so sign up early by filling out the form below to make sure there are materials and tools for your experience.