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PSAD Summer Artist Workshops Begin in July

Paducah, KY (June 22, 2016) Registration for Paducah School of Art and Design summer Master Artist Workshops Program is underway. The program features leading artists and educators from across the country that will share their expertise in ceramics and jewelry and small metals. Workshops are offered for both advanced and beginner participants.
Beginning July 7 and throughout the summer, individuals can select from two and three-day workshops with master artists Tim Lazure, Yoshi Fujii, Jill Baker Gower, Elaine Henry and Sunshine Cobb.

Offering these unique workshops with the leading artists and educators from around the country is our continued commitment to provide the highest quality learning opportunities to our community, said Paul Aho, PSAD dean.

July 7-9
Tim Lazure Stone Setting Intensive
Advanced and Beginner Students
Participants will have the opportunity to dedicate time to honing their skills in stone setting in this three-day workshop that will cover a wide variety of stone setting techniques such as tube, flush, prong and bezel stone setting, with ample time to practice each one. Although this workshop is designed for individuals with basic metalsmithing skills, its also suitable for beginners. Cost: $290.

July 8-9
Yoshi Fujii- Carving and Surface Embellishments
Advanced Students
During this two-day workshop, participants will be introduced to surface embellishments through carving the leather-hard surface of simple forms. Students will explore the elegant quality of porcelain and seductive beauty possible through patterns and motifs, hard-carved lines and physical depths for visual richness and communication. Previous clay experienced required, open to hand-builders and wheel-throwers. Students are encouraged to bring leather-hard pots or tiles and design references. The use of grog-free clay highly recommended. Cost: $180.

July 22-24
Jill Baker Gower Etched and Hollow Constructed Jewelry
Advanced and Beginner Students
Create unique, one of a kind jewelry using the etching process in this three-day workshop. Students will learn salt water etching to create patterns, imagery, words, and/or textures on copper or brass sheet metal, as well as how to use etched metal to create individual designs and hollow form jewelry. Beginning students and others with prior metalsmithing experiences welcome. Cost: $290.

June 22-24
Elaine Henry Developing and Understanding Your Personal Aesthetic
Advanced and Beginner Students
This three-day workshop will include a combination of demonstrations and hands-on activities. Participants will tap into their personal intuitive aesthetic responses to works of art, material and processes to gain greater understanding of what it takes to develop a signature style. Students will also develop critiquing skills to better analyze their own work and the work of others. Everyone is asked to bring examples of work and a journal. Cost: $290.

August 4-6
Sunshine Cobb Discovering the NEW in the OLD
Advanced and Beginner Students
Participants will be motivated to experiment with new and old forms and methods of construction. Demonstrations will include coil and pinch methods and hard and soft slab construction to generate working clay components. The three-day workshop is geared toward creative expansion and a process-over-product mentality certain to inspire beginners and advanced students alike. Cost: $290.

To register for workshops or to find more details about each workshop and master artist, visit or call 270-534-3901.

PSAD, a division of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, offers an Associate in Fine Arts degree, an Associate in Applied Science degree in visual communications, as well as studio art classes for students of all levels and disciplines.

Registration for summer and fall classes at WKCTC is also underway. Call 1-(855) GO-WKCTC or visit for class offerings. Fall classes begin August 15.