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2014 Conference Family Programs

Special Day Trips on the DelMarVA Penninsula
Leaving from and returning to the Fairgrounds
Aug 14-15, 2014

ChesapeakeTours

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Family Class Schedule and Costs
Aug 14-16, 2014

Baskets - MaryJo McCarty

Thursday August 14 - 10 Pie Basket, $38.00
Limit 20 Students

Pie Basket

10 round, 10 square iron handle, Students will learn how to use a wooden bottom, choice of colors.

Friday August 15 - Knitting Basket, 10x10x9, $45.00
Limit 20 Students

Knitting Basket

This basket has a 10 handle and wooden feet, students will learn to make curls around the bottom.

Saturday August 16 - 3 Part Basket, $30.00
Limit 20 Students

3 Part Basket

16x5x4 This is 3 separate baskets put together to make one, with 5 iron handle, your choice of colors.




Creations in Canvas - Carolyn Boone-Schallmo

Thursday 14 August - Saturday 16 August

Two classes each day from 9:30-11:00 and 1:30-3:00
Limited to space available in class room

Class description:
Creations in Canvas - Cost: $20.00 Canvas Size - 8 by 10 inches
Taught by Carolyn Boone-Schallmo, children's illustrator

A fun adventure into the world of illustrating with acrylics. Students will follow Carolyn through the beginning steps of a painting, learning brush strokes and painting techniques through the process. Each student will then personalize their work and make it unique.

No prior skills are necessary, each student will have a successful, finished masterpiece at the end of class. All materials are included, cost $20.00 Class time 1 1/2 hours

Examples of Painting from Previous Classes:

Buzz Midnight Magic Dandelion Wind Kelsey




Ebru(Marbled) Scarves - Jill Lau

Thursday 14 August - Saturday 16 August

Two time periods each day from 9-12 and 1-4 - (Not available on Thursday Morning)
Limited to time available. Each scarf takes 15-20 min to complete.

Cost: $20.00 per scarf Scarf is 14 by 72 inches


Ebru or Marbling It's called Marbling because often the results look like the swirls of color in marble stone. It's been around as an art form for a long time - old books often have marbled end-papers. The idea is that you float fabric paints on the surface of a thick liquid (called "Size"). The floating paints can be swirled moved and pushed into patterns. When you lay a piece of fabric or paper down on top of the paint, the paint adheres to it where it touches. The patterns of colored paint are tranfered to the fabric or paper. Each design is unique and can never be repeated. As a technique, it's both easy and hard. It's easy to do, great fun for kids and safe. It's hard in that the more you do, the better results you will get and the difference between your early designs and your later designs will be very noticeable.

Sprinkling, manipulating, and swirling the paints on the size:

Ebru03 Ebru02 Ebru01


The Result printed on a silk scarf

Ebru04 Ebru05


Details of the Scarf

Ebru08 Ebru07 Ebru06


Other examples of Possible Patterns

Ebru09 Ebru10 Ebru11 Ebru12