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Thoreson Farm

3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States

June 2018

The Basics and Beyond: Soft Slab Handbuilding with Liz Zlot Summerfield

June 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until June 24, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
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$220 – $240 7 tickets left
Cream & Sugar by Liz Summerfield

This workshop intends to demystify working with soft slabs and offers the essential components to creating unique slab built pots.

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Clay for Kids Session 1

June 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, repeating until June 29, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$75 – $85 -4 tickets left

Clay is soo Fun! Get your hands in the clay. Choose projects from an array of ideas; animals, houses, owls, turtles, wizards, dragons, and many more. Learn slab, coil and pinch methods. All projects get fired in the kiln and are ready to paint and take home on Friday. Don't miss this class. Dates: June 25, 26 and 29; 10 am - noon

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Pottery Open Studio

June 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 30, 2018

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 31, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$100 – $120
2017 Open Pottery Studio

This is an opportunity for those with prior clay experience to return to clay and those taking classes to practice their newly learned skills. Participants should have a demonstrated ability in the activity they wish to pursue. The fee includes access to the clay studio for eight open studio sessions, 25# of clay, glazes, and firing. No formal instruction, but staff will be present. No beginners or production potters, please. Extra clay will be available for purchase. For GAAC Pottery…

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July 2018

Thoreson Farm Pottery Sampler

July 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$35 – $45 5 tickets left
2018 Pottery Sampler

This is an explorative introduction to three ways of making with clay. In this fun class tailored for beginners, students will experience throwing a bowl on the wheel, extruding a vase, and building a pitcher from a slab to gain a better understanding and appreciation for clay as a creative medium. Firing may be arranged. Open studio not included. John Huston will be Potter-in-Residence all summer at Thoreson Farm. John has been a potter for more than 35 years and has…

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Clay for Kids Session 2

July 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, repeating until July 6, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$75 – $85 1 ticket left

Clay is soo Fun! Get your hands in the clay. Choose projects from an array of ideas; animals, houses, owls, turtles, wizards, dragons, and many more. Learn slab, coil and pinch methods. All projects get fired in the kiln and are ready to paint and take home on Friday. Don't miss this class. Dates: July 2, 3 and 6; 10 am - noon

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Expressive Painting, Expressive Mind

July 5 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until July 6, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$145 – $160 10 tickets left
2018 Uhlmann

Learn to use an intuitive approach while painting with gouache or acrylic on location to reveal the essential elements of landscape. Your personal interpretation will allow a range of expressive abstracted images to emerge. Plein air painting provides the opportunity to interpret shapes as they are described by rapidly changing light. This process includes evaluating what you think about while painting. Your thoughts will provide a personal connection to the seen and the unseen. A visit to my local studio…

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Raku 1

July 7 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$45 – $60 6 tickets left
2018 Raku

In this one-day workshop, participants will experience traditional Japanese Raku pottery as practiced today. Expect beautiful, dramatic, and often unexpected pots to emerge from the firing! Bisqued pots, glazing, and firing are included. All experience levels. This class does not include Open Studio John Huston will be Potter-in-Residence all summer at Thoreson Farm. John has been a potter for more than 35 years and has lived and worked in Ohio, Indiana, and Japan. He works in his home studio overlooking Sanford…

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Plein Air at the Farm

July 9 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 11, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$190 – $210 4 tickets left
2018 Joe Lombardo Thoreson

Experience plein air oil painting in the historic Port Oneida landscape. Each class will begin with a painting demonstration followed by group painting and individual instruction. This workshop will cover getting started, palette arrangement, direct painting techniques, atmospheric perspective, brushwork, color theory, good design, and value. Students will develop control of medium and confident brushwork. We will paint rain or shine! Each day the weather will present new challenges and learning opportunities. All experience levels are welcome. (This workshop can…

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Clay for kids Session 3

July 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, repeating until July 13, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$75 – $85 1 ticket left

Clay is soo Fun! Get your hands in the clay. Choose projects from an array of ideas; animals, houses, owls, turtles, wizards, dragons, and many more. Learn slab, coil and pinch methods. All projects get fired in the kiln and are ready to paint and take home on Friday. Don't miss this class. Dates: July 9, 10 and 13; 10 am - noon

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Kitchen Capers 1

July 9 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$135 – $150 7 tickets left
2018 kitchen capers

FUNCTIONAL POTS FOR KITCHEN AND TABLE This class will focus on producing pots for the foodie in all of us. We will use several forming methods and different decorating techniques to make functional, food-safe pots.  Monday and Tuesday will be spent making and Friday we will glaze our bisque-fired pots. Pots will be glaze fired the weekend after class, so arrangements must be made for pick-up or delivery of finished pieces. 25# of clay, glazes, and firing are included, as…

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Pottery on the Wheel

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Monday, repeating until July 30, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$160 – $175 Sold out
2018 pottery on the wheel

This class will concentrate on learning the skills needed to become comfortable working on the wheel. Each week’s class period will concentrate on specific skills, such as throwing consistent shapes, trimming a foot, forming and attaching handles, and more. There will be demonstrations and help with each skill. In-class videos and other resources will also be used to broaden understanding of other potters’ techniques and approaches to their craft. We will discuss what makes a good pot.  25# of clay,…

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Plein Air Painting: Surface, Edge, and Texture

July 12 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 13, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$140 – $155 5 tickets left
2018 Joe Lombardo Dine

This class will move beyond the basics to the study the plein air process in greater detail. This summer our focus will be on creating oil paintings with bold texture and controlled edge quality. “Texture” refers to the painting surface, how and when to use thick or thin paint. “Edge” refers to how and when to use hard or soft edges on objects, fuzzy or crisp. Surface, edge, and texture are often overlooked but essential to the success of your…

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Raku 2

July 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$45 – $60 5 tickets left
2018 Raku

In this one-day workshop, participants will experience traditional Japanese Raku pottery as practiced today. Expect beautiful, dramatic, and often unexpected pots to emerge from the firing! Bisqued pots, glazing, and firing are included. All experience levels. This class does not include Open Studio John Huston will be Potter-in-Residence all summer at Thoreson Farm. John has been a potter for more than 35 years and has lived and worked in Ohio, Indiana, and Japan. He works in his home studio overlooking…

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Basic Drawing: Let’s Start with a Line!

July 16 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 18, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$175 – $190 5 tickets left
2018 Joan Richmond

This new three-day workshop will help you develop basic drawing skills. Starting with a line, we will explore the use of darks and light as we focus on the drawing process and direct observation. The workshop will include demonstrations, discussions, and presentations of drawing examples from the Masters to contemporary artists. Creating a personal sketchbook will be encouraged. Joan Gallagher Richmond graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and holds an MFA from the University of Notre Dame. She taught…

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Clay for Kids Session 4

July 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, repeating until July 20, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$75 – $85 5 tickets left

Clay is soo Fun! Get your hands in the clay. Choose projects from an array of ideas; animals, houses, owls, turtles, wizards, dragons, and many more. Learn slab, coil and pinch methods. All projects get fired in the kiln and are ready to paint and take home on Friday. Don't miss this class. Dates: July 16, 17 and 20; 10 am - noon

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Water Colors: Freshen It Up!

July 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until July 20, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$175 – $190 7 tickets left
2018 Ken Richmond

Loosen up and capture the immediacy of a subject in watercolor.  With structured studio and outdoor painting exercises in darks and lights, brushwork and classic washes, this class will help an artist paint what is seen with a direct approach that keeps watercolor fresh and spontaneous. Ken Richmond, an architect and regional painter, has taught watercolor workshops in the area as well as classes at Northwestern Michigan College.  His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and venues throughout northern Michigan. …

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Raku 3

July 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$45 – $60 6 tickets left
2018 Raku

In this one-day workshop, participants will experience traditional Japanese Raku pottery as practiced today. Expect beautiful, dramatic, and often unexpected pots to emerge from the firing! Bisqued pots, glazing, and firing are included. All experience levels. This class does not include Open Studio John Huston will be Potter-in-Residence all summer at Thoreson Farm. John has been a potter for more than 35 years and has lived and worked in Ohio, Indiana, and Japan. He works in his home studio overlooking…

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Capturing Light and Color en Plein Air

July 23 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 25, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$230 – $245 5 tickets left
2018 David Westerfield

Learn the basics of setting up, choosing a subject, composing and creating a painting outdoors. See how the quickly changing landscape can help make your paintings more exciting by forcing decisive and bold brushwork. Practice recognizing and mixing colors, learn techniques for creating a center of interest, and the next steps to turn a plein air field study into a larger studio painting. Through demonstration and one-on-one attention, David will cover composition, values, perspective, and more. Beginners and more seasoned…

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Clay for Kids Session 5

July 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, repeating until July 27, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$75 – $85 4 tickets left

Clay is soo Fun! Get your hands in the clay. Choose projects from an array of ideas; animals, houses, owls, turtles, wizards, dragons, and many more. Learn slab, coil and pinch methods. All projects get fired in the kiln and are ready to paint and take home on Friday. Don't miss this class. Dates: July 23, 24 and 27; 10 am - noon

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Kitchen Capers 2

July 23 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$135 – $150 6 tickets left
2018 kitchen capers

FUNCTIONAL POTS FOR KITCHEN AND TABLE This class will focus on producing pots for the foodie in all of us. We will use several forming methods and different decorating techniques to make functional, food-safe pots.  Monday and Tuesday will be spent making and Friday we will glaze our bisque-fired pots. Pots will be glaze fired the weekend after class, so arrangements must be made for pick-up or delivery of finished pieces. 25# of clay, glazes, and firing are included, as…

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Raku 4

July 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$45 – $60 6 tickets left
2018 Raku

In this one-day workshop, participants will experience traditional Japanese Raku pottery as practiced today. Expect beautiful, dramatic, and often unexpected pots to emerge from the firing! Bisqued pots, glazing, and firing are included. All experience levels. This class does not include Open Studio John Huston will be Potter-in-Residence all summer at Thoreson Farm. John has been a potter for more than 35 years and has lived and worked in Ohio, Indiana, and Japan. He works in his home studio overlooking…

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Clay for Kids Session 6

July 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, repeating until August 3, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$75 – $85 6 tickets left

Clay is soo Fun! Get your hands in the clay. Choose projects from an array of ideas; animals, houses, owls, turtles, wizards, dragons, and many more. Learn slab, coil and pinch methods. All projects get fired in the kiln and are ready to paint and take home on Friday. Don't miss this class. Dates: July 30, 31 and August 3; 10 am - noon

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The W’s: Watercolor’s Who, What, When, Where, and Why?

July 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until August 1, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$125 – $140 8 tickets left
2018 Mary Guntzviller

Let’s start with "What." Imagine idyllic rolling farmlands. Sunshine. Add a barn or hay bales; how about a horse or deer? Or, let’s narrow the viewpoint: just outside the farmhouse, a person in the rising sun, tossing feed to the chickens. Two very different scenes. Two very similar processes. “When” is the most important aspect of painting with watercolor. “Where” and “Why” make up your composition on the paper. “Who” can produce these visual images into a painting? You can!…

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Framing and Professional Presentation

July 31 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$40 – $50 8 tickets left
2018 Margo Burian

Framing can make or break a finished work. In this one-day lecture/demo style class, tips and techniques designed will be covered to make your framing project fairly painless and professional looking. Discussion and demonstration to include sourcing materials, archival framing, mounting canvas to board, hinging artwork for matting, fitting canvases, easy dust cover applications and creating a shadow box. Margo Burian is an award-winning artist who maintains studios in Grand Rapids and Northern Michigan. She holds a BFA from Kendall…

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August 2018

The “Support” Class for Painters: Painting Surfaces

August 6 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$50 – $60 9 tickets left
2018 Margo Burian Support Class

The focus here will not be “what” we are painting, but rather what we are painting on! A variety of “supports” for painting will be discussed and samples will be provided so that students can develop a feel for how different surfaces react under their brushes. Discussion and demonstrations will include the pro and cons of various substrates for painting, how to prep paper and panels, and how to mount finished work on paper to panel. Please bring either oils…

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Paint Something and Do Something to It

August 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 8, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$180 – $195 10 tickets left
2018 Hank Feeley

Artist Hank Feeley will present a two-day workshop incorporating traditional landscape techniques as well as exercises in creative exploration. With the instructor’s guidance students will paint a vivid landscape -- using the medium of your choice -- in an outdoor setting, and then add imaginative or unexpected elements to the work. This workshop is great for those just learning or artists who need to change things up. Each day begins with a lecture, and students are encouraged to bring a…

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Clay for Kids Session 7

August 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, repeating until August 17, 2018

Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$75 – $85 6 tickets left

Clay is soo Fun! Get your hands in the clay. Choose projects from an array of ideas; animals, houses, owls, turtles, wizards, dragons, and many more. Learn slab, coil and pinch methods. All projects get fired in the kiln and are ready to paint and take home on Friday. Don't miss this class. Dates: August 13, 14 and 17; 10 am - noon

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Raku 5

August 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$45 – $60 6 tickets left
2018 Raku

In this one-day workshop, participants will experience traditional Japanese Raku pottery as practiced today. Expect beautiful, dramatic, and often unexpected pots to emerge from the firing! Bisqued pots, glazing, and firing are included. All experience levels. This class does not include Open Studio John Huston will be Potter-in-Residence all summer at Thoreson Farm. John has been a potter for more than 35 years and has lived and worked in Ohio, Indiana, and Japan. He works in his home studio overlooking…

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September 2018

Practical Perspective for Artists

September 15 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thoreson Farm, 3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
$55 – $70 7 tickets left
2018 Ken Richmond

Learn how to apply the basic rules of perspective to your drawings and paintings. Through a series of simple drawing exercises, including working outside and viewing the Thorson Farm buildings, you will have the opportunity to practice how to tighten up the underlying structure of your images. Ken Richmond, an architect and regional painter, has taught watercolor workshops in the area as well as classes at Northwestern Michigan College.  His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and venues throughout northern…

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