The Maker Studio

We are excited to announce a new collaboration that will expand our offerings for the Montclair, New Jersey community!

We have partnered with Elizabeth Smith Jacobs, a Montclair-based teaching artist for more than 35 years and founder of The Clay Studio in Montclair in 1991. Elizabeth has a BFA from SUNY Purchase and a Masters in Art Education from New York University. She is mixed-media artist who works in a variety of mediums, from clay to photography, from metal to fabric, from cement to bones, and has been an exhibiting artist for nearly three decades.

This year, Elizabeth has transformed The Clay Studio into The Maker Studio and is working in partnership with The Creativity Caravan to introduce new mixed media classes, workshops, and camps. Elizabeth is teaching and hosting an eclectic variety of focused workshops at her home studio, a five-minute walk from The Creativity Caravan and three blocks south of the Montclair Art Museum.

Here are the upcoming offerings at The Maker Studio: 

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After-School Maker Class

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Silk Scarf Painting

60.00

Date: November 4, 2018
Time: 2-5 pm
Ages: 13 to adult

Learn two simple techniques used to create two beautiful silk scarves. No painting experience necessary for this playful, spontaneous approach. All materials included.

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Felting

60.00

with guest instructor Brooks Hirschman

Date: March 25, 2019
Time: 2-5 pm
Ages: 12 to adult

Learn the basics of wet felting, including why and how wool felts with only fleece, soap, and water. Experiment with mixing colors of fleece and making various thicknesses of felt. Learn how to embellish with yarn, curls, silk, and pre-felted wool. Please note there is an additional $15 materials fee due at class.

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Copper Enameling

60.00

Date: October 14, 2018 OR March 10, 2019
Time: 2-5 pm
Ages: 10 to adult

Learn basic enameling techniques using a wide variety of pre-cut copper shapes, enamel powders, glass shapes and unique millifiore beads. Finished pieces will be made into earrings, pins, and necklaces which make great gifts.

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Soap & Clay Dishes

120.00

Date: December 2 & 9, 2018
Time: 2-5 pm
Ages: 10 to adult

In the 1st session of this two-part workshop, you will create hand-built soap dishes out of clay, which will be bisque fired for the 2nd session, where we will make soap and glaze the dishes. Your 8-12 dishes, each with a handmade bar of soap will be ready for pick-up a week later. Makes a great Holiday gift! All materials included.

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Psanksky Egg Dyeing

50.00

Date: April 7, 2019
Time: 2-5 pm
Ages: 13 to adult

Learn how to create Psansky Ukrainian eggs, using the tradional kistka tool to apply hot beeswax onto farm-raised eggs as a resist for the vibrant dyes. A wonderful workshop for families with older kids.

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Mask Making

50.00

Date: October 21, 2018
Time: 2-5 pm
Ages: 10 to adult

Create a mask to be worn and/or displayed, using a strong flexible material to embellish with paint and mixed media materials. Many multicultural, traditional, and non-traditional inspirations will be available to create these unique pieces. Perfect for Halloween.

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Master Mache/Clay Shay/ Apoxie Sculpt

60.00

Date: January 27, 2019
Time: 2-5 pm
Ages: 14 to adult

Learn how to use these versatile materials from AVES Studio for mixed media sculptural applications. This is a hands-on exploratory workshop for sculptors who want to learn new approaches to constructing and modeling. All materials included.

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Book in a Box

45.00

with guest instructor Lynne Buschman

Date: April 14, 2019
Time: 2-5 pm
Ages: 13 to adult

Learn this highly-versatile structure that can be adapted to suit a myriad of book needs and uses. It requires no adhesives and no intricate sewing. Materials, detailed templates with variables and instructions will be provided. Please note there is an additional $15 materials fee due at class.

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