Workshops at Bryn Athyn

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The Workshops at Bryn Athyn present blacksmithing, stained glass, manuscript illumination, mosaic, stone carving, and glassblowing courses taught by nationally recognized master craftsmen. In addition to the hands-on workshops, participants will watch demonstrations, examine original medieval pieces, and explore National Historic Landmarks.

Classes are held in the heart of the Bryn Athyn Historic District. The idyllic setting and magnificent resources offer an unparalleled learning experience. Participants not only have access to Bryn Athyn’s landmarks—including Glencairn Museum, Cairnwood Estate, and Bryn Athyn Cathedral—but they can also study the preliminary drawings and models made by the original craftsmen, as well as the medieval works that inspired them.


 Summer Workshops: July, 2015

Our workshops are designed as intensive five-day courses. Each course meets for six hours a day, with a lunch break. This summer, courses will be offered for three weeks in July:

2015 Workshop Instructor Calendar
Workshops July 6-10 July 13-17 July 20-24
Blacksmithing Elizabeth Brim John J. Rais Warren Holzman
Glass Mosaics Carol Stirton-Broad (not offered) (not offered)
Stained Glass Peter McGrain Joseph Cavalieri J. Kenneth Leap
Stonecarving Jens Langlotz (not offered) Jens Langlotz

View the course options below for further detail. Please view general course details below, and instructor bios here.


Blacksmithing

When it comes to studying the art of blacksmithing, it is difficult to find a better location than Bryn Athyn. In addition to offering a beautiful and well-equipped shop that would be the envy of any professional smith, we also provide access to an incredible collection of metalwork that challenges the very notion of what blacksmithing is. Working under the direction of professional instructors, who are nationally recognized as some of the best in the industry today, you will have the opportunity to experience metalworking in a most exciting and comprehensive way.

Petite ParasolThis workshop will provide the red hot basics of blacksmithing and comprehensive instruction in forging steel. By addressing the traditional techniques, students will be inspired to create innovative works in ferrous metal. Students will learn various forging techniques including tapering, upsetting, slitting and drifting holes, spreading, bending, and forge welding. This hands-on course will also offer the unique opportunity to weld steel with an oxyacetylene torch.

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Elizabeth Brim is best known for her traditional and innovative blacksmithing techniques. Her work provides a unique and surprisingly soft look to a traditionally hard medium. Brim’s southern upbringing has a strong presence in her award-winning work. Inspired by her mother’s and grandmother’s work with fabric, Brim brings cloth textures to life. Brim’s work has been featured throughout the United States and is consistently recognized for creating juxtaposed feminine imagery in the field of blacksmithing. Brim studied at Columbus College, University of Georgia, and Penland School of Crafts: Clay, Metal, Blacksmithing, Wood and Glass.

john raisIn this fun, exploratory workshop you will deal primarily with hand-forged implements of beauty and function such as serving spoons and forks, spatulas and even basic door handles. You will work primarily from the forge, covering a wide range of hammering techniques. Learn tapering, splitting, punching, riveting, and fire-welding. You will complete at least one hand-forged, hand-held piece of functional art you can be proud of. Bring your ideas and an open mind to the workshop – experimentation is encouraged!

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 John Rais has been engaged in the field of metalsmithing and object design for the past two decades. After earning a BFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, he served as the Department Head of Blacksmithing at Peters Valley Craft Education Center. John has maintained his own studio business since 1998, where he creates one of-a-kind furniture, sculpture, and, architectural metal work. He has designed and created works for a Frank Lloyd Wright home, a Louis Kahn home, and many others. His work has been featured in a number of magazines including Departures, Ritz-Carlton, Metalsmith, American Craft, and Artscope. He has been featured in several books and has taught at a number of universities and schools including Penland School of Crafts, SUNY Purchase, and SUNY New Paltz.

warren holzmanGain inspiration from the metalwork found throughout the Bryn Athyn Historic District — from intricate keys, to monel metal screens, to handcrafted doors. Then, try your hand at the ancient craft of blacksmithing. In this project-based course, you will learn the basics of forging from master craftsman Warren Holzman, and then make one or two projects, ranging from simple furniture to ornamental work.

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 Warren Holzman studied sculpture under Phoebe Adams at Kutztown University, where he received his BFA in 1994. He was awarded blacksmithing assistantships at Peters Valley Craft Center and the Penland School of Crafts, and he has worked as an industrial fabricator, refining his metalworking skills and dedicating himself to his craft. In 2000, Warren opened the Iron Studio Ltd., a custom blacksmithing shop in Philadelphia known for its high-level craft. Warren was recently commissioned by the City of Philadelphia to build a piece of site-specific public art for Hawthorne Park in South Philadelphia. He has served as an adjunct sculpture and large metals teacher at Moore College of Art and Design. He also teaches forging at Bryn Athyn College and University of Pennsylvania.

Glass Mosaics

Mosaic art is enjoying a resurgence in the United States — and glass, in its many forms, is playing a major role in this new wave of artistic creativity. In this workshop, you will look at several types of glass, focusing on the traditional Italian smalti and comparing it to products from Mexico, China, and the United States. In addition, a sampling of other mosaic materials is available, including marble and stone.


Glass MosaicsIn this workshop you will initially produce a small sampler using traditional techniques. Next, you will design a larger piece, using these materials in your own style. Finally, you will learn design transfer and create your final work of art using the direct method. You will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of tools including hammers, hardies, and glass nippers.

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Carol Stirton-Broad

Carol Stirton-Broad holds a B.F.A. from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, and has also studied at Glasgow School of Art (Scotland), Orsoni (Venice, Italy), Scuola Arte del Mosaico (Ravenna, Italy), and the Chicago Mosaic School. Carol has taught ceramic and mosaic workshops at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), Fleisher Art Memorial (Philadelphia), Main Line Art Center (Haverford, PA), and Abington Art Center (Jenkintown, PA). Carol’s work has been exhibited in many locations, including The Magic Garden, The Clay Studio, Ariana Gallery (Royal Oak, MI), the Bath House Cultural Center (Dallas), Abington Art Center, Fleisher Art Memorial, Main Line Art Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance, and Tyler School of Art.

Stained Glass

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to study glass painting in a breathtaking historical setting: Glencairn Museum. Familiarize yourself with Old World techniques by observing Glencairn’s collection of more than 100 stained glass panels from the Middle Ages. After studying the fluid brush strokes found on actual 12th-century windows, you will be inspired to create your own masterpiece.

chimpFinalsmIn this workshop you will learn different glass painting techniques, from traditional to McGrain’s Vitri-Fusáille® process. This new technique combines the multi-stage process of traditional glass painting with modern glass fusing. Instead of painting and firing each individual piece separately, you will fuse the colored glass pieces together first, then paint and fire it as one piece of glass. You will create several individual pieces, as well as participate in the creation of a large group project. This is a rare opportunity to take part in a hands-on workshop taught by a prominent leader in the stained glass community.

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 Artist/designer Peter McGrain is recognized internationally for his work in stained glass. With over 30 years of stained glass experience his projects range from intimate gallery pieces to massive architectural installations. In 1990, his panel Shrimpers was recognized at the World Glass Congress as the finest example of stained glass created between 1980 and 1989. He currently offers hands-on seminars at select studios, is a contributing writer for Glass Art and Glass Craftsman magazines, and authors glass painting books and DVDs.

cavalieri - alternateThis five-day workshop will explore how to achieve medieval effects using modern techniques and is open to all levels of experience. Instruction will include the basics of cutting, copper foiling, and soldering stained glass. It will also introduce some fun techniques of hand painting, airbrushing, and silk-screening onto glass. Students are encouraged to bring images to trace onto the glass and each student can expect to leave with more than one completed stained glass panel. As a bonus, the course will also include lectures on marketing and art residencies.

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 Joseph Cavalieri is a New York-based artist and educator. In 2013, his work was showcased in four one-man shows throughout the country. Cavalieri’s creativity knows no borders as his work has been exhibited around the world – from Germany to Italy to Australia to Great Britain. He is well-known and well-respected as a gifted and talented leader in his craft and his works can be seen in some of the finest museums and galleries including the Museum of Arts and Design. One of his public art commissioned pieces can be viewed at the Philipse Manor Train Station in Westchester, NY. Cavalieri’s formal studies include the School of Visual Arts, UrbanGlass, and Pratt Institute.

j kenneth leapExplore the art of mixing, applying, and firing glass-based paints, enamels, and stains. While the primary focus of the class is painting on the two-dimensional surface as it relates to stained glass, you will also learn fusing techniques that can be adapted to glass tile making, jewelry, and mosaic projects. A variety of traditional and experimental techniques will be covered. You will complete a stained glass panel, which you will assemble using lead came, the original material used to construct stained glass windows. Prior glass experience is not required. Returning students can use the studio time to create a more advanced project of their choice.

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 J. Kenneth Leap is primarily recognized for his achievements in the field of architectural stained glass. Working in a tradition that dates back to medieval Europe, Leap creates his pieces by hand-painting glass with vitreous pigments, fusing the color to the glass by firing it in a kiln, and assembling the glass into panels. His painterly work in stained glass has earned him numerous awards, including a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a juror’s award of honor in the Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition “Contemporary Philadelphia Artists,” and inclusion in the Corning New Glass Review. He is currently the stained glass artist in residence at Glencairn Museum and adjunct professor at Bryn Athyn College.

Stone Carving

The art of stone carving is an integral part of our architectural history. Both Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn evolved gradually, relying on creative input from carefully selected European stonemasons and artisans. This collaboration was exceptional: the various components of the buildings, such as the doors, windows, pillars and capitals were designed and built on-site and by hand. So before picking up your own hammer and chisel, you will have the opportunity to examine the intricate stonework on both the interior and exterior of Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn Museum.

Workshops Jens LanglotsBrief demonstrations of techniques will prepare you for shaping your own piece. The workshop covers stone types and properties, the use of different kinds of chisels for texturing, the fundamentals of letter design, both low and high relief carving, and rosette design. You may choose to copy an architectural detail from Bryn Athyn Cathedral, such as one of the rosettes on the side of the building, or make an original piece of your own. No experience is necessary, and more advanced students are always welcome.

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 As a master sculptor and carver with more than 20 years of experience, Jens Langlotz has worked with and mastered the major design building styles — from Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance, to American Colonial and American Victorian stone carving. He graduated from Fachschule Fur Steintechnik in Munich. He has apprenticed under master sculptor Hans Kupe, one of Germany’s leading stone restorers, and under Al Walters, master craftsman in stone, metal, and wood. He serves as head stone mason for both Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn Museum, and he has also done work for many other buildings including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Villanova University, Princeton University, Reading Terminal, and Philadelphia City Hall.

Workshops Jens LanglotsBrief demonstrations of techniques will prepare you for shaping your own piece. The workshop covers stone types and properties, the use of different kinds of chisels for texturing, the fundamentals of letter design, both low and high relief carving, and rosette design. You may choose to copy an architectural detail from Bryn Athyn Cathedral, such as one of the rosettes on the side of the building, or make an original piece of your own. No experience is necessary, and more advanced students are always welcome.

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As a master sculptor and carver with more than 20 years of experience, Jens Langlotz has worked with and mastered the major design building styles — from Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance, to American Colonial and American Victorian stone carving. He graduated from Fachschule Fur Steintechnik in Munich. He has apprenticed under master sculptor Hans Kupe, one of Germany’s leading stone restorers, and under Al Walters, master craftsman in stone, metal, and wood. He serves as head stone mason for both Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn Museum, and he has also done work for many other buildings including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Villanova University, Princeton University, Reading Terminal, and Philadelphia City Hall.


 

Additional Information

REGISTRATION

Register for workshops by clicking the link within the event description, call the college office at 267-502-2401.

WORKSHOP CLASSES

Each workshop includes 5 days of classes, each day runs 8 am – 5 pm. Small class sizes allow for individualized instruction with projects tailored to all skill levels. Workshops are suitable for life-long learners, craft professionals, college students, and high school uppperclassmen.

TOOLS AND MATERIALS

There are no additional fees for tools and materials. All tools and materials are provided.

HOUSING /MEALS

hyattcottageLimited housing is available on the Bryn Athyn College campus. Apartment-style living spaces are air-conditioned with shared baths and appliance-equipped kitchens. Linens, pillow, blanket, and towels are provided; and cookware is not provided.

  • Single: $85/night (5 nights for $425)
  • Double w/roommate: $50/night (5 nights for $250)

Meals are not provided. During the one-hour lunch break students are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch or order from a local café or restaurant.

CREDIT

Each course qualifies for Act 48 Professional Development Credit. For an additional $90, Bryn Athyn College will offer one academic credit per workshop.