Handmade Paint Brushes
July 23rd - 10am- 3pm
October 1st - 10am-3pm
LOCATION: McGuffey Art Center, 201 2nd Street, NW, Charlottesville, VA
Karen Eide Studios - Studio 22B
When I walk through the woods and see fallen branches and sticks I can’t help but picture them as paintbrush handles or mark-making tools. In this workshop you will learn how to create one-of-a-kind functional, decorative, or just plain wacky brushes. This is a hands-on, in-person workshop where we get down to work - and play - making some brushes.
Brush handles can be made from a multitude of things: sticks, branches, wooden utensil handles - and anything your imagination can dream up. Bristles can range from humanely sourced animal hair (horse, dog, etc), sponges, brillo pads, old paintbrushes, whisk brooms, pine needles, makeup brushes, etc.
Many materials and tools will be available in class for you to complete your brushes - from construction to embellishment. You are encouraged to gather your own handles and bristles because most of the fun is sourcing your personal inspiration & supplies to make brushes that are uniquely yours. An optional supply list will be sent upon registration.
You can expect to make 1-4 brushes in the workshop depending on the complexity. Near the end of class there we will have an opportunity to try out the brushes with acrylic inks and paints.
Upon registration a suggested "gathering" list will be sent.
18+ years of age. 4 person max.
Who is this class for?
Anyone interested in making natural art brushes - functional and/or decorative - for personal use, display, gifts or fun. Artists who love mark-making will love creating their own tools that help take the hand out of your work and make unpredictable marks.
Sawing, drilling, sanding, carving, cutting, staining, hammering, metalwork, gluing, woodburning, wire wrapping, painting. Come without skills and you will leave with many new ones! Have skills with drills and glue and hammers and leatherworking?!~ - then you are on your way!
Instruction in safety and use of hand and power tools is included in this class.
LOCATION: Karen Eide Studios - McGuffey Art Center - Studio 22B. Classes are limited to 4 people. Masks are encouraged but not required if vaccinated.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund if canceled 14 days before class or because of insufficient enrollment. Credit will be issued for another class/date if canceled less than 14 days.