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Crafts at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program

A residential crafts program in an inspiring setting: a 1700s farm with professionally-equipped studios, simple dorm buildings, and a communal dining room. Novice and experienced artists learn from accomplished, practicing artists and each other. Build rustic furniture, learn Japanese stencil dyeing, create welded sculpture, or immerse yourself in Drawing for the Absolutely Terrified. Workshops cover the gamut of materials and techniques. See also Teens/Children/Intergenerational section for more Snow Farm offerings.

Where: Snow Farm: the New England Craft Program, Williamsburg

For: Adults and Teens

Duration: 2 to 7 days

When: January-October

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Welding for the Home and Garden

Learn the basics of welding, cutting, and bending steel. Use found objects to create an outdoor sculpture or decorative object for your home. No previous welding experience necessary.

Where: Snow Farm: the New England Craft Program, Williamsburg

For: Adults and Teens

Duration: 2- to 7-day sessions

When: May-October

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Stone-Carving Workshops

If you ever dreamed of turning stone into art, this is your opportunity. Scott Cahaly is a professional artist and experienced teacher. His Stone Carving Saturday workshop for adults will equip you with basic techniques, experience in using tools, and an initiation into the craft of stone sculpture. At the end of the day, you’ll have a stone sculpture in progress. His four-morning workshops (ages 13+) provide instruction for beginners and guidance for more experienced carvers. For teens 12+ there are 4-day workshops during February and April school vacations.

Where: Scott’s Stone Carving Classes, Cambridge

For: Adults and teens 12+

Duration: 1-day and 4-day workshops

When: Year round

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Felting Workshops

New England Felting Supply is the mecca for felt artists. Housed in a 1920s vaudeville theater, NEFS offers one-day sessions with its staff and up to five-day workshops with nationally- and internationally-known professional feltmakers.

Where: New England Felting Supply, Easthampton

For: Adults

Duration: 1- to 5-day workshops

When: Ongoing

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Printmaking

Zea Mays Printmaking is housed in a a 19th-century mill building. It offers a wide range of printmaking workshops for all levels, taught by experts in the field. Workshops take place in a studio designed specifically for teaching.

Where: Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence

For: Adults

Duration: 1- and multi-day workshops

When: Year round

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Glassblowing 101: Make Your Own Drinking Glass

Immerse yourself in this two-day workshop learning the art of glassblowing at the Diablo Glass School. Meet other inventive people and learn the fundamentals of glassblowing: the furnace, vocabulary, tools, and safety.  Then make your own unique drinking glass. Diablo also offers more 1- and 2-day workshops.

Where: Diablo Glass School, Boston

For: Adults

Duration: 2-day weekend

When: Year round

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Bead Making 101: Moretti

Acquire a unique new skill in glass bead-making at the Diablo Glass School. In this introductory class, you will learn how to make stunning glass beads on a mandrel. The experienced instructors will show you how to use heat and gravity to shape molten Moretti glass. No experience necessary. Diablo also offers more 1- and 2-day workshops.

Where: Diablo Glass School, Boston

For: Adults

Duration: 1 day (Saturday)

When: Year round

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Oval Box Basics Workshop

Make your own nest of iconic Shaker oval boxes at Hancock Shaker Village, a National Historic Landmark. You’ll learn how to carve swallow tails, bend boxes, and create tops and bottoms.

Where: Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield

For: Adults

Duration: 2-day weekend

When: Summer

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One-on-one Shaker Chimney Cupboard Workshop

Take a private lesson at Hancock Shaker Village and build a Shaker Chimney Cupboard. Learn a traditional craft while immersed in the traditions and culture of a historic Shaker community. Best of all, enjoy a new custom piece of furniture you built.

Where: Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield

For: Adults

Duration: 3 days

When: Contact to schedule

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Appliqued Quilting

Learn the skills to craft a family heirloom. This workshop at Hancock Shaker Village will show you how to start a Shaker gift drawing block, which you can expand into a larger quilt or make into wall art. Learn everything from color, cutting, marking, simple embroidery, and quilting.

Where: Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield

For: Beginners or experienced quilters

Duration: 1 day

When: February

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Crafts & Fine Arts at the Eliot School

Embrace the variety of arts classes offered by the Eliot School, from wooden bowl turning to carousel books. Sign up for a weeklong course or create your own itinerary by mixing a variety of one-day classes.

Where: The Eliot School, Jamaica Plain, Boston

For: Adults & children

Duration: 1- and multi-day courses

When: Year round

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Build Your Own Canoe

With the guidance of veteran boat builder Hilary Russell, you’ll learn, step-by-step, how to build a solo or tandem double paddle canoe, both designed for easy car-topping and portaging.

Where: Berkshire Boat Building School, Sheffield

For: Adults

Duration: 5 days

When: July

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Wooden Boat Workshops

When you take a boat workshop at Lowell’s Boat Shop, you’ll be in good hands. They’ve been making wooden boats since 1793. In fact, this National Historic Landmark is the oldest continuously-operating boat shop in the United States, and it is cited as the birthplace of the legendary fishing dory.

Where: Lowell’s Boats Shop, Amesbury

For: Adults

Duration:  1- and multi-day workshops

When: Year round

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Craft-Making Workshops at North Bennet Street School

For more than a century, the North Bennet Street School has been providing hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship. Woodworking workshops include bowl turning and carving, letter carving, furniture making, and shaker oval box making. You can also immerse yourself in bookbinding, calligraphy, and jewelry-making – all taught by master craftsmen.

Where: North Bennet Street School, Boston & Arlington

For: Adults; occasional classes for children

Duration: 1- and multi-day workshops

When: Year round

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Arts & Fiber Workshops

Choose from art workshops that change throughout the year – felt, painting, collage — then explore the art exhibits; the Fruitlands Farmhouse, the site of a utopian transcendentalist community in the 1840s; and stunning vistas.

Where: Fruitlands Museum, Harvard

For: Adults

Duration: 1-2 days

When: Year round

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Jewelry-Making Workshops

Metalwerx is the place to learn specialized jewelry-making techniques as well as metals arts fundamentals.

Where: Metalwerx, Waltham

For: Adults

Duration: 1-day & weekend workshops

When: Year round

More Info/Registration:  http://www.metalwerx.com/class#3.%20Weekend%20Workshops  and http://www.metalwerx.com/class#4.%20One%20Day%20Workshops

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Art Workshops in Provincetown

What better place to learn new art media and techniques than in the artists’ colony of Provincetown? Workshops in drawing, painting, digital art, mixed media, photography, and printmaking at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM).

Where: PAAM, Provincetown

For: Adults

Duration:  2- and 3-day workshops

When: Seasonally

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Artists in their Studios

This is a unique opportunity from the Provincetown Art Association & Museum to study with artists in their private studios. See how their studios are set up and how they work, while learning more about yourself as an artist.

Where: Provincetown and other Cape Cod communities

For: Adults

Duration: Weekend

When: Seasonally

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Arts and Craft Classes at the Asylum

The Artisan Asylum’s mission is to “make creativity a way of life.” The 40,000 square foot space is full of makers who also teach. Workshops include screen printing, metalwork, screen printing, sculptural crochet, introductory robotics, and “assorted messy and multimedia” programs.

Where: Artisan’s Asylum, Somerville

For: Adults

Duration: 1-day and multi-day

When: Year round

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Art and Craft Workshops at Fuller Craft

One of the preeminent contemporary craft museums in the U.S., Fuller Craft offers a series of workshops in clay, paper, wood, wire, and more. While you’re here, don’t miss the museum’s stunning exhibits.

Where: Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton

For: Adults

Duration: 1-day and multi-day

When: Year round

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Icon WritingWorkshop

The Museum of Russian Icons is hosting the renowned Prosopon School of Iconology for an intensive six-day course on icon writing. Working with Prosopon faculty, participants will study the techniques of painting icons, including transferring of the image, applying the gold leaf, and the egg tempera technique.

Where: Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton

For: Adults

Duration: 6 days

When: July 28-August 2, 2014

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