NIADA 2017 Dollmaking School

Monday, August 29th –  ­ Wednesday, August 30th

The NIADA Dollmaking School offers classes for anyone wishing to learn dollmaking techniques from NIADA Artists. Classes are taught for all skill levels in techniques such as sculpting, painting, fabric-figure making, textile design, armature design, costuming and more. NIADA Conference registration is not required to attend the Dollmaking School.

2017 Dollmaking School Dates

Monday, August 28th to Wednesday, August 30th

Class Location

To be announced

Dollmaking School Registration

When you have paid via paypal you will be automatically sent back to this website to fill out the Conference, Critique and Dollmaking School Registration form.

 

Full-day classes run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a break for lunch from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Some classes require payment of a fee for a kit providing materials necessary for participating in the class. All kit fees will be collected by the teachers on the first day of class.

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Sculpting the head in Paperclay for beginners.

With Luella Mossom

Three-Day Class
Monday, August 28 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, August 29 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, August 30 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description
In this class students will learn a simplified method for head sculpting. Beginner sculptors will use cardboard templates to develop a variety of shapes for a doll head.

Class Level
Beginner, No experience needed.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant


$300.00




Non-Conference Registrant

$345.00



What will students take away?
Students will take away one or two finished heads. Sculpted with some basic painting but not wigged

Teacher provides:
A number of diagrams and patterns and glass eyes.

Kit Fee

Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring:
Paper clay or similar, A small paring knife, Some sculpting tools, Scissors, Toothpicks or  wooden skewers, A measuring tape or ruler, Two small paint brushes and a plastic container for the clay and one for the heads.

Class Size
Minimum 3, Maximum 6.

 

Wooden Angel carving class

With Eva Hodinkova

Three-Day Class
Monday, August 28 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, August 29 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, August 30 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description
In this class students will learn how to carve a wooden head. Starting with a discussion of the history of puppets, production and technology, students will learn what kind of chisels to use, carving techniques and how to sharpen chisels. We will begin by modeling the skull from Plasticine, then adding muscles anatomically to the skull, with a  focus on the difference between male and female face. Students will then make a simple leather joint to attach the head to the wooden body. This class will also cover the final surface treatment and patina and final details and decoration.

Class level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. All skill levels are welcome.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant

$300.00




Non-Conference Registrant

$345.00




What will students take away?
Students will take away a knowledge of  how to use wood for carving puppets and dolls. Some knowledge of anatomy,  and the variety of different styles and techniques used to make wooden dolls and puppets.

Teacher provides:
Linden wood  for carving – 2 pieces.

Kit Fee
$20
Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring:
Plasticine modelling clay and carving tools. (tools can also be purchased from Eva during class)

Class Size
Minimum 4, Maximum 6.

Anthropomorphic Mask for BJDs/Dolls

With Connie Smith

One-Day Class
Monday, August 28 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description

This class will walk you through the basics of  an animal mask or avatar for your doll. Using  photos, students will sculpt an anthropomorphic face mask for a doll from either ceramic stoneware or paperclay  – students need to specify their medium at registration.

Class level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. All skill levels are welcome.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant

$100.00




Non-Conference Registrant

$115.00




What will students take away?
Each student should come away with at least one complete Anthropomorphic Mask.

Ceramic/Stoneware
Students who take the ceramic/stoneware version will also take away knowledge of working in high-fire clays, precautions for kiln-ready greenware, working in multiple sessions/on multiple projects.

Teacher provides:
Photo references, extra tools, paper towels, plastic containers/bags/wrap, ceramic stains.

Ceramic/Stoneware
Ceramic clays/stains, some tools, PDFs.  A materials kit can be made available if enough students are interested.

Kit Fee
$20
Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring:
Students should bring their own doll that they would like to make a mask for, any favorite sculpting tools,  your own choice of Paperclay,  an array of water-based paints – ideally acrylic, and brushes. Plus potential preferred ribbons, string/jute, or elastic for tying mask to doll’s head.

Class Size
Minimum 6, Maximum 12.

Felted Animal Head

With Deborah Pope

Two-Day Class
Tuesday, August 29 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, August 30 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description
This is your opportunity to learn Deborah’s unique approach and explore tips and techniques for sculptural feltmaking that combines traditional wet felting with contemporary needle sculpting. The artist will guide you through her step-by-step process to create your own captivating animal head. This is a two day class to ensure individual attention.

Class Level
Intermediate, Advanced

Class Fees

Conference Registrant


$200.00




Non-Conference Registrant


$230.00




What will students take away?
Students will make one felted head.

Teacher provides:

Instruction booklet to create a felted animal head. Polyfil® batting, stuffing wool, merino wool, felting needles, instruction booklet and paper clay eye forms.

Kit Fee
$35.00 kit fee

Students must bring:
Reference photos of the animal head you wish to create. Two (2) old bath-size towels, sharp scissors (small or medium), decorator chalks or pastels for facial coloring, one (1) synthetic #4 flat artist’s brush, Sakura® Pigma micron .05 pens for details (1 brown and1 black).

Class Size
Minimum 4, Maximum 18.

Doll Resurrection

With Susan Scogin

One-Day Class
Wednesday, August 30 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description

This class will enable students to see a potential new direction to a doll project that is just not working. Are you stuck on a doll who just wont co-operate with you.? Did you banish her to doll purgatory? In this class students will embark on a collaborative experience with Susan Scogin to  understand their personal doll-making direction, and how they can achieve their own identity of design through an exploration into color, anatomy and the overall design theme of the chosen doll.

Class level
Intermediate, Advanced.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant

$100.00




Non-Conference Registrant

$115.00




What will students take away?
Each student should come away with a new direction with which to take their chosen doll to completion.

Kit Fee
No kit fee.

Students must bring:
Since the students will be working in different media, they should bring all necessary supplies they normally use. Susan will provide a sewing machine for those who want to work on costuming.

Class Size
Minimum 4, Maximum 8.

Beyond Needle-Sculpting: Advanced techniques for making a cloth doll head.

With Shelley Thornton

Two-Day Class
Tuesday, August 29 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, August 30 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description
In this class students will make a head, learning the techniques Shelley has developed for her own work. Students will construct a stuffed, seamed under-structure, refine shaping and features with needle-sculpting, then cover it with a knit fabric “skin”. There will also be a discussion of further techniques which students can explore further after the class, such as face embroidery and quilted-ear application.

Class Level
Beginner (Basic machine and hand sewing skills)

Class Fees

Conference Registrant


$200.00




Non-Conference Registrant


$230.00




What will students take away?
Students will make one felted head.

Teacher provides:

Instruction booklet to create a felted animal head. Polyfil® batting, stuffing wool, merino wool, felting needles, instruction booklet and paper clay eye forms.

Kit Fee
$35.00 kit fee

Students must bring:
Reference photos of the animal head you wish to create. Two (2) old bath-size towels, sharp scissors (small or medium), decorator chalks or pastels for facial coloring, one (1) synthetic #4 flat artist’s brush, Sakura® Pigma micron .05 pens for details (1 brown and1 black).

Class Size
Minimum 6, Maximum 15.

Pattern Making Essentials.

With Catherine Mather

Two-Day Class
Monday, August 28 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, August 29 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description
The focus of the class will be to translate a sketch into a flat pattern, then into a three-dimensional paper pattern ready for fitting on to figurative doll With the diversity of doll styles, students are encouraged to bring their own doll to work on, ensuring a perfect fit. I will be teaching both the French style of draping and traditional pattern making, with techniques that manipulate the bodice, sleeve and skirts enabling many variations that cross both historical eras and fantasy designs.

Class Level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. No experience needed.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant

$200.00



Non-Conference Registrant

$230.00



What will students take away?
Students will learn advanced techniques in making a soft-sculpted, “skin” covered head and will take away a head that they will have the option of making into a finished doll at home.

Teacher provides:
A printed booklet with diagrams covering the techniques learned in class, plus a bonus torso pattern and instructions for cloth doll joints

Kit Fee
$12.00 for the instruction booklet.

Students must bring:
Scissors, Fabric eraser, Brown colored pencil, Pencil sharpener, Stuffing tool, Pin vice, Thread, Needles, Round ball head and ball point pins, Paper, Pencil, Hemostats, Thimble, Sewing Machine (if local)
Detailed instructions for materials will be emailed to students closer to the class date.

Class Size
Minimum 6, Maximum 15.

 

Floral Embellishments

With Catherine Mather

One-Day Class
Wednesday, August 30 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description
From a delicately wired fairy halo to the floral cascade of a brides bouquet, floral embellishments add that spot of interest to any figurative work. In this class learn to cut, shape and assemble a range of different style and size flowers and greenery. Working with silk, velvet and vellum assemble and wire briar roses, pansies, orange blossom flowers and greenery. Shaping and detailing as well as adapting flower patterns to make your own unique blooms.

Class level
Beginner, Intermediate.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant

$100.00




Non-Conference Registrant

$115.00




What will students take away?
Students will complete three floral sprays of mixed blooms Lengths ranging in sizes from 15 cm – 6” to 4cm -1 1/2” Patterns and techniques for shaping, wiring and colouring fabric and paper flowers and greenery

Teacher provides:
Three pre-cut kits of different flowers containing supplies need for each variety of flower.

Kit Fee
Three kits @ $5.00 each = $15.00
Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring:
Small sharp scissors, small wire cutters, ball stylus fine and medium, soft shaping mat i.e. old mouse mat, lead pencil, clear craft glue, white tacky glue, variety of water colour pencils, long noise tweezers.

Class Size
Minimum 4, Maximum 10.