NIADA 2019 Dollmaking School

Monday, July 15th – ­ Wednesday, July 17th
Hotel Phillips, Kansas City, Missouri

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.

2019 Dollmaking School Dates

Monday, July 15th to Wednesday, July 17th

Class Location

Hotel Phillips, 106 W 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Dollmaking School Registration

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Full-day classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a break for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Evening classes run from 7 p.m to 10 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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Frequently Asked Questions

The Art of Beading Your Doll Gown

With Joe MacPhale

One Day Class
Wednesday, July 17th – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Description
Students will learn the basics of beading for all gowns, including peyote beading, straight bead placement, meander lost point and more.

Class level
All.  Basic knowledge of hand sewing required.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$100.00



Non-Conference Registrant
$120.00



What will students take away?
Sample beading created in class plus a CD with a PDF of how to execute all steps for each design that is taught.Teacher provides: Design samples. CD with beading instructions. All materials needed for class.

Kit Fee: TBD. Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring: Close up glasses.

Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 12.

How to Sculpt and Finish the Mr. Something Else Face

With Ankie Daanen

One and One-Half Day Class
Tuesday, July 16th – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17th – 1 p.m. 8 p.m.

Description
Students will learn how to sculpt the Mr. Something Else face with Creative Paperclay. The face will be painted and finished and students also will make the top-hat!

Class level
All

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$150.00


Non-Conference Registrant
$180.00


What will students take away?
A complete Mr. Something Else head.Teacher provides: A kit with all needed supplies to make the head.

Kit Fee: $15.00. Teacher will collect payment during class.  Optional kit containing all materials to make a complete doll using the head you make in class can be  pre-ordered.  $45.00  contact Ankie @ ankiedaanen@hotmail.com to order.

Students must bring: All supplies to make the head will be included in the kit.

Class Size: Minimum 7, Maximum 12.

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Sculpting and Painting an Egg-shaped Dollface or a Heart -shaped Dollface

With Ankie Daanen

One and One-Half Day Class
Monday, July 15th – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16th – 9 a.m. to Noon

Description
Students will learn how to sculpt and paint a dollface of their choice (either egg-shaped or heart-shaped) using Creative Paperclay

Class level
All. No experience needed.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$150.00


Non-Conference Registrant
$180.00


What will students take away?
A finished sculpted and painted dollface and a DVD with instructions.Teacher provides: A kit with all needed supplies.

Kit Fee: $10.00.  Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring: All supplies will be included in the kit.

Class Size: Minimum 7, Maximum 12.

Sculpting a Woman’s Head and Breastplate in Polymer Clay

With Diane Keeler

One and One Half Day Class
Tuesday, July 16th – 9 a.m. to Noon
Wednesday, July 17th – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Description
Students will learn a method of sculpting that will help them visualize and develop his or her own style of sculpting. They will earn the anatomy and bone structure of an adult woman, how to build a foil armature and will receive instruction on stationary and movable head with breastplate.

Class level
Intermediate, Advanced – familiarity with basic sculpting skills.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$150.00


Non-Conference Registrant
$180.00


What will students take away?
A sculpted woman’s head and breastplate.Teacher provides: Photo handout, foil skull and beads for eyes.

Kit Fee: None

Students must bring: Clay rolled out on the largest setting on a pasta machine  This should be done before the class starts so we can start sculpting right away  Favorite sculpting tools, double pointed knitting needles sizes 4mm to 6mm, #2 filbert taklon brush (optional, but very useful for smoothing), a 1/4 inch dowel about 4-6 inches long with one end pointed (use a pencil sharpener), a piece of wood with a 1/4 inch hole drilled into it to us as a sculpting stand to hold the dowel.

Class Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 10.

Sculpting Hands in Polymer Clay

With Diane Keeler

Morning Class
Monday, July 15th – 9 a.m. to Noon

Description
Students will learn how to sculpt realistic hands with polymer clay, anatomy and how to sculpt hands in proportion to the face.

Class level
All

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$50.00


Non-Conference Registrant
$60.00


What will students take away?
Methods to create small hands for both an adult or child and the hand(s) they sculpt in class.Teacher provides: A photo handout and all supplies needed for class.

Kit Fee: $5.00. Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring: All supplies will be included in the kit.

Class Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 10.

Facial Expressions

With Marlaine Verhelst

Two Day Class
Monday, July 15th – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16th – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Description
We will discuss and sculpt two different facial expressions with air dry clay on 2.75 inch Styrofoam eggs.  The choices will be happy, angry, surprised or arrogant.

Class level
All.

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$200.00


Non-Conference Registrant
$240.00


What will students take away?
Students will learn new techniques to work with air dry clay and they will learn how to sculpt expressions.  They will take home two sculpted heads in different expressions.Teacher provides: Two clay covered Styrofoam eggs for the heads, clay to finish and all tools needed.

Kit Fee: $15.00. Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring: Box or bubble wrap to transport finished heads.

Class Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 12.

Playing with Synthetic Organza

With Marlaine Verhelst

Half Day Class
Wednesday, July 17th – 9 a.m. to Noon

Description
Students will learn how to use synthetic organza to create decorations or clothes for your dolls.

Class level
All

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$50.00


Non-Conference Registrant
$60.00


What will students take away?
Students will learn how to work with organza and the results of the project of their choice.Teacher provides: Organza in many colors, candles and incense sticks to melt the fabric.

Kit Fee $5.00. Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring: Fabric scissors.

Class Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 12.

Expressive Cloth Hands and Stuffed Boots

With Shelley Thornton

One Day Class
Wednesday, July 17th – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Description
Shelley will demonstrate her techniques for making expressive cloth hands and stuffed fabric boots with fabric-covered soles  Practice the techniques in class as time allows or if you prefer, treat it as a day of  in-depth demos with handouts ad patterns and use what you learn on projects at home.

Class level
All

Class Fee

Conference Registrant
$100.00


Non-Conference Registrant
$120.00


What will students take away?
In depth knowledge and practice of process and skills used in making expressive fabric hands and stuffed cloth boots, patterns and illustrated instructions to refer to at home, and their own practice hand(s) and boot(s) to complete and/or make in to a compete doll at home.Teacher provides: Printed patterns and illustrated instructions detailing the processes we will cover in class.  Fabrics, cardboard, printed patterns and instructions, shared use of threads, fray-check and glue.

Kit Fee: $10.00. Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring:  Scissors, Fabric eraser, 10 white pipe cleaners, Stuffing, Stuffing tool, Ball point pins, Brown colored pencil, Paper and pencil. A more detailed list will be sent to you after you register.

Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15.

A Cloth Head: Needle-Sculpting With Fabric Skin Covering

With Shelley Thornton

Two Day Class
Monday, July 15th – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 16th – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Description
You will make a head, learning the techniques Shelley has developed for her own work, constructing a stuffed seamed under-structure, refining the shape with needle-sculpting, then covering it with a knit fabric ‘skin’.  Instructions for face embroidery, quilted -ear application and ball joints for cloth dolls will also be included.

Class level
All.  Students should have basic hand and machine sewing skills.

Class fee

Conference Registrant
$200.00


Non-Conference Registrant
$240.00


What will students take away?
In  depth knowledge and practice of process and skills used in making a fabric covered, needle sculpted head, the instruction booklet to refer to at home and their own practice head to complete and/or make into a complete doll at home.Teacher provides: Printed materials, the two fabrics needed, some threads and floss to share.

Kit Fee: $12.00. Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring: Scissors, Fabric eraser, Brown colored pencil, Stuffing, Stuffing tool, Pin vise, Thread, Needles, Round ball-headed, ball point pins, Paper, Pencil. A more detailed supply list will be sent to you after you register.

Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 12.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

With Lesley Keeble

Two Day Class
Monday, July 15th – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16th – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Description
Expect to laugh out loud using your own imagination creating a family of stylized, paper clay character heads.  Using the provided pre-sculpt face shell you will sculpt and add proportioned facial features.  Next, a flexible push old will be made using non-toxic Flexible Silicone Putty.  Pulling the clay wet form the mold make is easy to stretch the face, add more clay and exaggerate the original sculpt wile retaining believability.  This is how Lesley developed her signature, character heads.  With practice and experiments, you just might sculpt a fabulous head unique to your hands and creativity!

Class level
Beginner & Intermediate.

Class fee

Conference Registrant
$200.00


Non-Conference Registrant
$240.00


What will students take away?
Two sculpted heads and a solid method to produce a cohesive body of heads; source list of tools and materials; booklet photos and drawing of basic anatomical proportions, facial exaggerations, ethnic facial difference and directions for steps covered in class.Teacher provides: Two Paperclay 2.5 – 3 inch oval face blanks ready to add clay features and sculpt immediately; printed booklet of directions, facial anatomy, differences  in a variety of ethnic features, photos, drawings, list of tools and materials, resource and inspirations.

Kit fee:  $20.00.  Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring: 1 package of Premier Brand Activa Red wrapper paper clay.  * 1- Silicone Kit from Townsend Atelier.*Purchase the sample  pack or smallest size.  Bring this product only.  It is the best quality and priced fairly.  * 3/16 inch wooden dowels * Round Styrofoam balls, 1/2 inch and 1 inch.   * Basic clay tools *Flat head synthetic brushes 1/4 & 1/2 inch  Round tip brushes sizes small and medium with soft bristles to push clay around. * X-acto knife. A more detailed supply list will be sent to you after you register.

Class size:  Minimum 2, maximum 12

The Art of Making and Casting a Silicone Mold

With Joe MacPhale

Two Day Class
Monday, July 15th – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16th – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Description
Student will learn all about the equipment (how to build it for those of you who are handy with tools) and the necessary materials for the production  of silicone molds and the reproduction off the student’s original.

Class level
Intermediate.  Enough sculpting experience to be able to bring an original sculpt to class.

Class fee

Conference Registrant
$200.00


Non-Conference Registrant
$240.00


What will students take away?
The students will take with them their own brand new silicone mold, a cast of their work and all the notes, photos and videos they can take.Teacher provides: A brief handout of process guidelines and execution of the mold making and resin casting.  Pressure pot for casting resin, vacuum pump and vacuum pot, air compressor, nitrile gloves mixing bucket and cups, mixing stick, mold release, gram scale.

Kit fee:  TBD  Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring:  Am small original finished doll head in polymer clay or paper clay approximately 1.5 inches in diameter.  The sculpture should be as smooth as possible because what you see is what the silicone will reproduce.  The student needs to bring close up glasses to be able to work very close to their work, a full apron, X-acto blade and handle.  Comfortable old shoes are a must as they may get dirty.

Class size:  Minimum 4, maximum 10

Pattern Making Essentials

With Catherine Mather

Two Day Class
Tuesday, July 16th – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17th – 9 a.m. to 4 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.  Catherine 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
All

Class fee

Conference Registrant
$200.00


Non-Conference Registrant
$240.00


What will students take away?
A working knowledge of advanced pattern making, enabling them to create variations to a basic pattern and full set of patterns for their own doll/figure.Teacher provides: Instruction sheet and reference material, pattern paper, light weight vilene for toile – mockup, folder to store drafting and pattern, quarter life size pattern blocks set.

Kit fee:  None

Students must bring:   A doll to use for drafting patterns, selection of sharp drawing pencils, metric clear plastic ruler 15 cm – 6″, metric metal ruler 30 cm – 12″, metric set square 15 cm – 6″. small French curve ruler, dress makers tape measure, eraser, scissors, dressmaking pins, pencil sharpener, clear sticky tape, masking tape.

Class size:  Minimum 3, maximum 15

Fabrics Made Fabulous

With Catherine Mather

One Day Class
Monday, July 15th – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Description
Frustrated searching for just the right piece of fabric?  Learn techniques to color resurface and embellish cloth, ribbons and trims.  Experiment with a variety of creative treatments, Devore’ fabric etching, wax resistance dying, fabric gilding with metal foil and instant set dyes.  Design and print fabric from a tablet to a home office ink jet printer allowing the manipulation of color and scale to produce one-of-a-kind fabric designs.

Class level
All

Class fee

Conference Registrant
$100.00


Non-Conference Registrant
$120.00


What will students take away?
A working knowledge of methods in dyeing, printing and etching on natural fabrics using old and new techniques.Teacher provides: A notebook for each student with information on each technique and product supplies list, with space for additional class notes, recipes and fabric samples.  Silk and cotton fabric samples for class techniques.

Kit fee: $10.00. Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring: Sharp scissors, glue stick (archival), plastic apron, disposable gloves dust mask, pencil and pen, small soft 1/4″ brush.

Class size:  Minimum 3, maximum 12

Felted Smiling Sun

With Anna Potapova

Two Day Class
Tuesday, July 16th – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17th – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Description
Students will make a needle-felted smiling sun. They will learn about materials and tools used for needle-felting, proportions of the human head, the difference between and adult and child head and will learn how to felt facial features.

Class level
All

Class fee

Conference Registrant
$200.00


Non-Conference Registrant
$240.00


What will students take away?
A completed needle-felted smiling sun.Teacher provides: A kit with all necessary materials.

Kit fee: $20.00. Teacher will collect payment during class.

Students must bring: Kit will include all supplies.

Class size:  Minimum 4, maximum 10