NIADA 2016 Dollmaking School

Monday, July 18th –  ­ Wednesday, July 20th

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.

2016 Dollmaking School Dates

Monday, July 18th to Wednesday, July 20th

Class Location

Sheraton Suites, Old Town Alexandria, 801 North Saint Asaph St., Alexandria, VA, 22314 (Washington, DC area)

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. Half-day classes run in the evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Evening classes run from 6p.m. to 9p.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.

Class Registrars: Lynne & Gene Olson
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Painting Facial Features

With Donna May Robinson

Full-Day Class
Wednesday, July 20 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description
This is a beginner’s class for those who want to learn how to paint believable facial features. Proportions, shading, coloration, changes in the face with age, rendering expressions and aesthetic distortion possibilities will be covered, as well as essential information about painting, brush techniques and supplies. Students will practice painting faces on a flat surface, but much of the instruction applies to painting on a 3-dimensional sculpture. Due to time constraints, we will work with acrylic paint, but oil techniques will also be discussed.

Class Level
Beginner. This is basic instruction for the emerging doll artist who wants to explore painting a face to look 3-dimensional.

Class Fees

Conference Registrant
$100.00
This Class is now Full – Click here to go on the wait-list

Conference Registrant
$115.00
This Class is now Full – Click here to go on the wait-list

What will students take away?

Students will take away a basic knowledge of facial structure and how it can be rendered with paint. Donna May will also include transfer fabric and large button to cover so they can take their completed face paintings home, reduce, copy and print out on PC printer, cover the button with transferred fabric, then sew onto an ornament (pattern provided) as its face. Donna May will provide examples of the ornament in class.

Teacher provides:

Acrylic paint, paintable heavy art paper, plastic tablecloths, water containers, paper towels for painting, sheet of transfer cotton for home printer, instructions for making the ornament, a pattern for the ornament, and a large button to be covered by the transferred fabric face

Kit Fee

$5
Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring:

At least three or four small brushes, preferably different shapes and sizes – 000-2, pen/pencil for note-taking

Class Size
Minimum 4, Maximum 8.

Sculpting Techniques

With Marlaine Verhelst

Two-Day Class
Monday, July 18 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description
Students will learn how to sculpt a doll’s head, hands and feet. Marlaine considers a doll’s hands and feet to be as important as the face. Students will have a choice between learning Marlaine’s special technique for hand sculpting in porcelain or working with air-dried clay. The class is open to all levels.

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

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$200.00

This Class is now Full – Click here to go on the wait-list

Non-registrant
$230.00

This Class is now Full – Click here to go on the wait-list

What will students take away?
Students will take away a completed sculpted piece,knowledge of sculpting techniques, lots of tips and tricks and some good memories.

Teacher provides:
Everything except packing materials (see below)

Kit Fee
$20
Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring:
Bubble wrap to wrap the piece and a small (children’s shoe-size) box to transport the completed sculpture

Class Size
Minimum 4, Maximum 12.

 

Sculpting a Child’s Bust

With Diane Keeler

Two-and-a-Half-Day Class
Monday, July 18 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Description
Diane will teach a method of sculpting that will help students to visualize and develop his or her own style of sculpting. Students will learn the anatomy and bone structure of a child. They will complete the sculpture by sculpting an upper bust and adding wings to create a full sculpture. The class will explore this technique using polymer clay, but it can also be applied to other mediums.

Class Level
Intermediate. Students should have basic sculpting skills and some experience working with polymer clay.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$260.00


Non-registrant
$275.00


What will students take away?
Students will take away a complete full bust. This class is designed to help students to visualize and develop his or her own style of sculpting and to learn the anatomy and bone structure of a child.

Teacher provides:
Mohair, beads for eyes, paint for eyes, wings and base

Kit Fee
$15
Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring
About 6 oz of polymer clay, 1/4 inch dowel aprox 6 inches long, pointed on one end, block of wood with a hole drill in the center to hold the dowel while sculpting, favorite sculpting tools, inexpensive roll-up cutting board for working on.

Class Size
Minimum 5, Maximum 10.

The Art of Shoemaking

With Catherine Mather

Full Day Class
Monday, July 18 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description
Students will learn all the techniques required to create a beautiful pair of hand made, leather Art Deco era evening shoes. Students will start by constructing a last to work their shoes on, draft a pattern, cut and shape the leather uppers, and hand model hour glass heels and shoe soles. Shoes are sized at 2inch in length.

Class Level
All levels, No experience needed.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$100.00


Non-registrant
$115.00


What will students take away?
Students will take away a completed pair of leather shoe for a 18’’ doll, along with a set of shoe lasts.  The techniques taught will enable students to scale up or down, creating shoes in a wide range of sizes and textiles.

Teacher provides:
Set of porcelain doll feet to take home, leather, modeling resin, beads and trims.

Kit Fee
$15
Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring
Small sharp scissors, 6 inch metal ruler, craft knife leather glue, fabric glue, soft lead pencil, rubber.

Class Size
Minimum 5, Maximum 10.

Art Deco Millinery

With Catherine Mather

Full Day Class
Tuesday, July 19 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description
Students will learn millinery skills needed to create two different styled Art Deco era cloche hats. Using a provided cloche hat block, learn traditional millinery techniques, include shaping and blocking woven textiles, hand stitching millinery braid and creating silk and velvet flowers embellishments.

Class Level
All levels, Must have basic hand sewing skills.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$100.00

Non-registrant
$115.00


What will students take away?
Students will take away two completed cloche hats sized for a 18’’ figure. The techniques taught will enable students to be confident in creating a diverse variety of hat shapes and styles in the future.

Teacher provides:
Millinery block to work on, wire, millinery needles and thread, selection of fabrics  flowers and trims.

Kit Fee
$15
Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring
Small sharp scissors, fine wire cutters, clear glue, white craft glue, spray atomizer hair dryer.

Class Size
Minimum 5, Maximum 10.

Hair Styling

With Tatiana Baeva

Evening Class
Wednesday, July 20 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Description
In this class Tatiana will share techniques and tricks she uses in creating hair styles for her figurines. She will demonstrate various ways of handling fibers to achieve desired effects. Students  will do some styling tests on sample heads provided in a kit.

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

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$50.00

This Class is now Full – Click here to go on the wait-list
Non-registrant
$60.00

This Class is now Full – Click here to go on the wait-list

What will students take away?
Students will take away head mannequin with hair glued and modeled in various techniques taught by Tatiana. In the slideshow Tatiana will share her experiences and techniques creating various hairstyles for her dolls. Students will learn how to manipulate the fibers to achieve their goals in hair-styling.

Teacher provides:
Glue, paint, pins, napkins, water cups

Kit Fee
$20
Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring:
Sharp, medium-size scissors.

Class Size
Minimum 5, Maximum 12.

Sculpting small beautiful hands

With Diane Keeler

Half Day Class
Wednesday, July 20 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Description
Hands can be one of the most challenging parts of making a doll or sculpture. When you think you have to show emotion with ten digits it can feel daunting.  This technique for sculpting small hands will simplify the process so students will be able to make beautiful hands  for an adult or child doll.

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

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$50.00


Non-registrant
$60.00


What will students take away?
Students will take away small hand sculpted hands using polymer clay.

Teacher provides:
Everything

Kit Fee
No Kit Fee

Students must bring:
Nothing, the teacher will supply everything.

Class Size
Minimum 5, Maximum 12.

Designing a Doll Website in WordPress

With Tanya Marriott

Full-Day Class
Wednesday, July 20 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description
In this class students will learn how to develop their own Art Doll website in WordPress. We will explore how to use design templates, develop page layouts, blogs, social networking integration and preparing images for the web. This class will also explore good web design practice and enabling an effective user experience for your visitors.

Class level
Beginner. Students should be computer confident, in that they can use facebook, send emails and use a web browser. It’s not necessary to be a designer or have any web-design experience.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$100.00


Non-registrant
$115.00


What will students take away?
Students will take away an in-progress website that they can continue to work on; the website will be “live” and can be edited from any computer using software freely available online.

Teacher provides:
All Resources

Kit Fee
No Kit Fee

Students must bring:

Laptop that can connect to a wireless network, or ipad that enables them to use most of the online tools available. If they have digital images of their dolls, students should also bring them.

Class Size
Minimum 4, Maximum 8.

Articulated Cloth Bodies

With Connie Smith

Two-and-a-Half-Day Class
Monday, July 18 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Description
In this class Connie will share the basics of her cloth jointed doll bodies that she uses in her own OOAK doll constructions. Each student will build, from start to finish, an articulated, wire-and-covered-button, lap-jointed cloth doll body designed for a clay bust and clay hands and feet. We will be working small and simply, with the option of using the included pattern for one of a few different body-style options. Samples used in class include a Frog, a Fish or a Mouse, but the patterns can be adapted to any style character doll.

Class Level
Beginner. Students should have basic sewing skills: pattern layout, pinning and cutting, hand-stitching and hand-stuffing with polyfil. No sewing machines needed!

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$260.00


Non-registrant
$275.00


What will students take away?
Students will take away an articulated, wire-and-covered-button, lap-jointed cloth doll body designed for a clay bust and clay hands and feet,a PDF printout of Connie’s tutorial, and either a supply list or option to buy a pre-assembled kit.

Teacher provides:
All Supplies

Kit Fee
No Kit Fee
Special kits of OOAK stoneware bust, and a pair each of hands and feet/shoes will be available, at an exclusive ‘students only’ price, TBA.

Students must bring:
A variety of sewing needles, thread, scissors/shears, fabric to work with, needle-nose pliers (round and/or flat), hemostats, wire-snipping pliers, polyester fiberfil and, if desired, a small clay bust, hands and feet for which they will build a body.

Class Size
Minimum 5, Maximum 10.

Choosing, Coloring, Manipulating and Embellishing Textiles for Your Doll

With Stephanie Blythe

Full-Day Class
Wednesday, July 20 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description
In this class students will explore techniques and materials for dyeing, sewing, draping and printing to create fabrics and trims for their dolls.  Each student will take home directions, sources and samples for each technique.

Class level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. No experience required.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$100.00


Non-registrant
$115.00 



What will students take away?
Students will take away directions, sources and samples for each technique.

Teacher provides:
All Supplies

Kit Fee
TBC –  Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring:
Scissors, apron, needles and thread.

Class Size
Minimum 6, Maximum 20.

Playing with Synthetic Organza

With Marlaine Verhelst

Evening Class
Wednesday, July 20 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Description
In this class students will experiment with sheer organza fabrics in layers, trying out primarily burning and melting techniques. When the class is over, each student will have a product in the colors of his or her choice.

Class level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. No experience required.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$50.00


Non-registrant
$60.00


What will students take away?
Students will take away a finished product.

Teacher provides:
All Supplies

Kit Fee
$6
Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring:
Fabric scissors, needles, pins and threads.

Class Size
Minimum 6, Maximum 12.