Mark Arts

Artisan Academy Workshops

Artisan Academy Workshops are geared towards helping students advance their abilities in a short period of time. Typically one to three days long, these workshops are best for intermediate and advanced students, unless otherwise listed. Workshops are offered in most mediums taught at Mark Arts and are added on a quarterly basis. If you are a student with a request for a workshop or an artists looking to pass on your unique techniques, please contact the Education Department about planning a workshop.

Wet Carved Concrete Sculpture Workshop with Elder Jones

Elder Jones Sculpture from 2015

3-Day Workshop: Wet Carved Concrete with Elder Jones

  • Friday, June 21: 6 – 9 p.m. (prep and design)
  • Saturday, June 22: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (sculpt and lunch break)
  • Sunday, June 23: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Finishing touches, photos)

Wet carving sand mix concrete is a simple and inexpensive way to create durable sculpture. Sand mix concrete consists of 3 parts sifted sand and 1 part Portland Cement, plus water. Once combined, the mixture is placed in a form and after it has set sufficiently, about 3 to 4 hours, the form is removed and carving begins. A typical carving session is 5 to 6 hours. The stages of the workshop are determined by the medium because the setting process is time governed. First time sculptors can make a planter or small sculpture. Making a vertical piece is much easier than something flat as the material falls away while carving.

Materials: Bring any sculpting tools you may already have, or pottery tool-kits are available for $21.50 at Mark Arts.

Ages: 14 + | Instructor: Elder Jones

Dates and times listed above

Enroll Before June 1: $220

Enroll After June 1: $240

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Refining the Art of Pottery with Jennie Becker

Becker at VS

June 21 and 22, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This workshop will help the potter learn the finer techniques of throwing pots on the potter’s wheel.  Students will learn how to refine the structure of their pots along with the definition of the form and finished quality of their work.  This workshop will address all levels of potters, and advance the developed potter to a higher standard of work.

Instructor: Jennie Becker

Enroll by May 31: $150

After May 31: $170

Supply list:  Sponge, rubber rib, oval metal rib, needle tool, wooden tool


Learning to Glaze with Multiple Colors with Jennie Becker

Becker Jennie

July 6, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This workshop will address the use of multiple glazing as a decorative tool to create imagery on your pottery.  Students will learn how to examine glazes and their properties.  We will apply multiple glazes onto bisque fired forms as we explore the application processes.

Instructor: Jennie Becker

Enroll by June 19: $100

After June 19: $120

Supply List: 1 or 2 bisque pottery forms or tiles, 3 or more cone 6 glazes, 6 bamboo brushes (or soft brushes), sponge.