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      Hi! I’ve been approached by a local business to do a 2 hour workshop. They do all kinds of classes there – cooking, wine pairing, jewelry making, flower arranging – and the classes are open to anyone. I am thinking something along the lines of an intro to faux finishing tools and techniques – sponging, rag rolling, wood grain maybe. It’s not a huge space and I can’t be doing anything that’s gonna make a big mess, but I also want the students to be able to take home some sort of finished project, not just a random piece of mdf with faux wood grain on it. Assuming that these people are interested in creative/crafty/diy things but not necessarily experienced in this type of thing, any ideas for me? Keep in mind it’s only 2 hours and I have to provide materials. Thanks so much for any ideas you can give me!!

       Tessa Broyles
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        Sounds fun! Maybe they could make something they could hang on the wall, like an abstract texture artwork. Or maybe you could go to a dollar store or craft store and find a cheap object they could paint to look like wood or marble, like little jewelry boxes or those wooden/cardboard letters. Something knick-knackish that could go on a shelf or desk… bookmarks… planters or similar ceramic pots… I’m just throwing out random thoughts that might help give you an idea.

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          Hi! How about Michaels for a package of inexpensive sample boards, and imitation goldleaf. I find people are always thrilled and interested in the delicate sheets. It’s challenging , and you could give a little history of the process they use to create it and pics of art dating back to early 1300, show some of Klimt work, details on pillars and moldings in architecture.

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            I did a 3-hour workshop for Brownies a couple of months ago that was amazing and hilarious and could be adapted for an older group: the troop was working on their painting badge, and though there are guidelines specific to them, what we did was basically an exploration of color (what’s your favorite color?), value, and shape/line. We started by looking through books of art and choosing one that we liked because of how it made us feel (surprisingly to me, most of them chose ones that made them feel calm). We used tempera, cheap and easy to work with, and painted on a variety of surfaces like heavy paper and double-wall extra-heavy cardboard, and they mixed their own colors right on the surface of our regular work tables which thrilled them no end. I also laid out a range of non-brush tools for them to experiment with (rubber spatulas won hands-down). The results were way more successful and really more beautiful than anything that would’ve required drawing skills, and so the kids were not stressed, learned a lot very directly, and had a great time. Our development department sold a silent auction item based on this, marketed toward kids and parents; if yours happens first I’ll by eager to see what you decide to do and how it works out.



            I wonder if you can scrounge up (freecycle / prop shops) an assortment of picture frames to faux finish; I’m thinking the frames themselves, not what goes in them, good for wood grain, metallics, etc. Along the same lines, you can get terracotta plant pots for next to nothing for faux stone, marbling, etc.


              Thank you all so much for the quick responses and all the great ideas!! It’s been really helpful, I appreciate it. Feel free to keep em coming. I think this place would love to have as many different workshops as they can!

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