CLASS is underway . . .


I am writing this while attending the annual NIADA Conference to teach a 2 1/2 day intro class and attend an international gathering of doll artists whom I enjoy seeing whenever I can. This conference always adds richness and inspiration to my year.

My teaching year began in May with the Vancouver Island sessions which opened my eyes to having  t i m e . Having a week to do the intro class was much more of a fit than three days, so I will work to make the shorter classes fall into the appropriate time frame, something I have trouble with.

Marla Limousin, who organized our workshops is an artist, pupetter, doll maker and more, and as well the co-owner of the Blue Moon Winery in Courtney BC. A most gracious and generous host, she took care of everyone as we spread ourselves across the tasting tables and every other corner we could find for two whole delicious weeks. Delicious was the time spent and the amazing food we had during the classes … y u m …

The grounds of the winery are beautiful and are a creative expression of a it’s owners. It was lovely to slip away and walk through the rows of blueberries or sit for some sunshine when it was time to clear the head … the wines the ciders and honey we tasted were extraordinary … time flew and the two sessions were done, we all left inspired, especially me.

It only can get better from here as it always does in this teaching journey I am on. Every workshop seems to find the best of me and that experience informs and fuels the ones that follow.

That said, let me fill in the schedule for the remaining months of this year. The next four months are two and three day workshops and the dates are now confirmed.

August 4,5 & 6 I have a small intro class in my home town of Mahone Bay , Nova Scotia.

August 15 & 16th I travel to Port Smith, North West Territories for an intro workshop.

Dancing Fools sm   Animal Crackers

September 1-3rd is the “Dancing Fools” workshop in Mahone Bay. Then September 25, 26 & 27th the “Dancing Fools” will be in Toronto. You can contact me for more information . . .

In October there will be three workshops in Albuquerque organized by the fabulous Annie Hooten. We begin October 17,18 & 19th with “Animal Crackers” where we will play with animal imagery in a humorous form…even perhaps crossing between animal and human characters. Cannot wait to see what the students will do with this class!  … then October 22nd a one day request for “Salt Water Etching on Copper”  …  and we finish the 23,24 & 25th with the “Dancing Fools” .

Contact Annie at for more info about these three classes …

copper etching workshop  Transformation Workshop sm

And to close this year, I go west again in November to Hayward, California to do two intense, two day workshops of the “Dancing Fools” and the “Transformation Worhshop”, which the Dancing Phoebies have asked me to compress into this format for their group. These workshops require a commitment of preparation from students so we can complete the teaching of the sculptural parts in two days. Not for the faint of heart, but these are doll makers and they are experienced enthusiasts!!!

contact Daisy at for more info …


And that is the wrap for 2015.





~ by kate church on July 9, 2015.

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