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KSB Miniature Workshops - April 9th to 13th, 2024
Kaye Browning, recipient of the 2022 Kentucky Arts Council Milner Award, the most distinguished of the Governor’s Awards recognizing outstanding support of the arts, is continuing her dedication to education of the arts with the creation of the new KSB Miniature Workshops.
Kaye is known throughout the world for her tireless dedication to promoting miniatures as an art form. Her latest commitment to furthering education for miniaturists of all levels comes to fruition in 2024 with the introduction of the inaugural KSB Miniature Workshops.
The five-day event features four full days of classes taught by some of the most talented artisans in the industry. Held at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center in Maysville, Kentucky, students will have the opportunity to get one-on-one instruction in a relaxed classroom setting with eight to ten students. And workshop attendees couldn’t ask for a better destination for their after-school activities with tours by Kaye herself to the KSB Miniatures Collection’s latest exhibition Scaled to Perfection: Encore & More! In addition, workshop fees include an opening banquet and auction, lunches on class days and endless activities for dining, shopping and tourism in the charming river town of Maysville and surrounding areas.
Choose from five available workshops below.
17th Century Still Life: Methods and Techniques
Create a masterpiece of your own under the tutelage of master painter Johannes Landman. The IGMA Artisan from British Columbia will teach fundamentals of color theory, detailed sketching and painting methodology and step-by-step layering and glazing techniques to enable students to complete a 17th century still life painting in miniature.
April showers bring May flowers, or in our case IGMA Fellow Pia Becker all the way from Germany to the KSB Miniatures Collection to teach the intricacies involved in creating ultra realistic flowers from “paper, paint and patience.” Students will make daisies, primroses and a hyacinth for display in an instructor-provided planter.
Popular guild school instructor, IGMA Fellow and esteemed doll artist Jeanne Rullie joins us to teach students polymer clay sculpting techniques to create the expressive figure characterization for which she is known. Students will make a 1/12th-scale doll called Aunt Bee using clay and paints and embellish their finished sculpt with instructor-provided hats and fabric for wardrobe.
Bee My Honey
Create a traditional bee skep using sewing techniques taught by miniature needlework expert Teresa Layman. The IGMA Fellow will also guide students in creating and aging the pre-cut wood shelter and assembling pre-cut landscape pieces for cosmos, daisies, pansies and a foxglove. Finished scene is 4" wide by 4" deep by 4 1/4" tall including base.
Tiny Jewels, Big Sparkle
Acclaimed miniature jeweler Sun Lemmens from the Netherlands has chosen KSB Miniature Workshops to debut her first silverwork class. The IGMA Fellow and trained goldsmith will teach students how to create a House of Mellerio-designed necklace, earrings and tiara using silver and genuine emeralds. Students will also learn how to make a sterling silver Fabergé-style egg.