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KRAUSMAN’S WOODCARVING STUDIO 2017 SEMINAR SCHEDULE

1750 S. County Rd. 557, Gwinn, Mi 49841 (906) 238-4475, tollfree(877) 572-8762,

www.referencephotos.com,jmkrausman@gmail.com ~ plkrausman@gmail.com

TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE CALL OR EMAIL US NOW. All you need is a $200 non-refundable deposit for any class. Then ½ of the remaining balance will be due 4 months prior to class & the balance will then be due 2 months prior to your class. The kit fee of $450 is the deposit for the Mueller classes with the remainder of the fee spread over the time remaining prior to class. At this point all monies become non-refundable & must be paid prior to attending class. All seminar fees include breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Please make your checks payable to Pam Krausman.

“COMMON LOON”

Laurie J McNeil

May 19-26, 2017 ~ $995 & $125 Kit Fee all meals

Laurie J. McNeil also known as the “LoonLady” for her Common Loons is offering an eight (8) day painting seminar on the Common Loon. Students will choose how they will finish their Loon blanks off at home, smooth, decorative or anything in between. Students will be sent a two piece ¾ size Common Loon blank, pre-shaped and sanded from tupelo, detailed pattern and Tohickon glass eyes. At the very least for a decorative smoothie, students will need to assemble the head and body, set the eyes. and if they choose, carve the bill, and sand smooth. Those choosing to do a decorative loon, may finish their piece off as detailed as they like. Students have access to just under 800 photos with instructional text showing from start to finish, clay model to competition, the creation of her 2011 Common Loon which won 3rd in World Pairs.

Decorative smoothies will be painted with DecoArt Traditions Acrylic paint. Textured decoratives will be painted with DecoArt acrylics or with high quality oil paints and specialty mediums. Students will come to class with their Loons finished but UNSEALED. Laurie will show students how to seal their Loon depending upon how they chose to finish the surface and their fineness in woodburning. The seminar will cover:
-Common Loon reference materials.
-Priming the surface for paint (oils or acrylics).
-Basic color theory and paint mixing.
-Techniques in painting decorative smoothies in acrylics and textured pieces in acrylics or oils depending upon the student’s ability in texturing.
-Feather layout. blending tinting and feather detailing.
-How to achieve a soft finish on finely burned feathers, or the look of carved feathers on a smooth surface.

Laurie will be available to students while they carve and prepare their Loons at home for the painting seminar, via live Internet video conference, e-mail, and/or phone once they sign up. https://www.facebook.com/TheArtistryStudios/photos/? tab=album&album_id=310425565648792 http://TheArtistry.com


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IF THE SUBJECTS CHOSEN ARE NOT YOUR CHOICE, YOU CAN STILL WORK WITH KEITH & CARVE AT HOME YOUR CHOICE OF SUBJECT & COME TO PAINT IN EITHER/ OR BOTH SEMINAR TIME SLOTS. YOU ALSO HAVE THE OPTION OF AN INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ANY OF KEITH’S CLASSES. IF YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE TWO OR MORE MUELLER SEMINARS, YOU WILL RECEIVE A $50 DISCOUNT.

“LIFE-SIZED PEREGRINE FALCON WITH INTERPRETIVE BIRD PREY OR INDEPENDENT STUDY”

June 4th-13th, 2017 ~ $1295 & $475 kit fee all meals included

The Peregrine Falcon posed in a “second before taking-off” pose will be perched on the carved (simulated) surface of a granite boulder. The "theme" for this seminar will be "a fusion of realistic and interpretive composition" through the elements of creative visual and color dynamics. The Falcon will be realistically carved with an “avian” prey species (your choice- but I will be choosing and demonstrating an Atlantic Puffin prey).....but the (Puffin) avian prey will actually not be realistically carved or presented on this piece! The "prey" will be "suggested/ interpreted" and carved in the base by using the shapes of the lines, cracks and fissures in the rocks surface to resemble the illusion of the shape of the (Puffin) prey. To help aid in the suggestion of the (Puffin) prey, colors of paint will be used cleverly to enhance the dynamics of an imaginary (Puffin) prey in the surface of the rock. The "interpretive" component will be to create the illusion of a (Puffin) prey using both visual and color dynamics. We will also carve both complete legs and feet (the tarsi and toes/talons) for the Falcon in wood.

Like all of my classes I teach oil paints and oil painting, but you may use acrylics if you prefer. In this class, I teach art and painting with the use of a full color palette designed through exploring color harmony and theory and how to introduce these color fundamentals, dynamics and this knowledge to your carved birds….just like an artist paints on canvas. All the painting that I will demonstrate is based purely on art fundamentals and methods of applying color through color theory concepts instead of a basic paint application with a few basic colors. The theme of my seminars is to paint properly and correctly using lots of color!

Your Falcon will be carved ahead of time over the winter at home in your comfortable carving area. Emailed step-by-step carving procedure images and matching instructions will be sent to you every few weeks to allow you to carve at your pace in a relaxed manner. When you have completed your Falcon, simply bring it to class and we will begin! The first three days of class we will finish detailing and preparing the textured surface of the Falcons making them complete and ready for painting. We will also carve the legs and feet, and carve the interpretive prey in the surface of the simulated granite. Blank, base wood, legs and feet wood, study head, eyes, pattern, & reference photos, along with online instructions are part of the kit fee. Once your kit fee is paid, your kit will be sent to you. Lessons will start after the holidays.

~~~~~~NEW CLASS THIS YEAR!! ~~~~~~
3 DAYS LEARN CORRECT & REALISTIC FEATHER LAYOUT & ACCURATE FEATHER DETAIL & TEXTURES!! SUBJECT BIRD: SLEEPING COSTA RICAN PYGMY OWL
Keith Mueller
June 15th-17th, 2017
$450 & $250 Kit Fee all meals included

BETWEEN BOTH OF HIS CLASSES SO STUDENTS FROM EITHER CLASS CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS CLASS

This will be a very exciting new class this year. The concept is to accurately, correctly and realistically layout and reproduce feathers on this Owl through an in-depth study of feather anatomy. Understanding the natural feather layout through feather tract arrangement (pteryleaography) is essential to properly and realistically “feather” a bird carving. And beyond that, once a general understanding and implementation of these feathers has been successfully reproduced, then adding the correct feather textures are critical. Instead of randomly adding indiscriminate feathers to your carving with unrealistic or incorrect species specific feather surface textures, we will examine the topography and the morphological specifics of the Owl and recreate their natural feather surface textures. Each species of birds has very specific feathers and feather surface textures which are not generically interchangeable from species to species on bird carvings! We will complete this Pygmy Owl with the correct feathers, correct feather layout, & with the correct feather surface textures.

The little Pygmy Owl will be carved at home in the comfort of your own carving areas at an easy non-rushed pace. Like in my other classes, you will receive my unique home emailed instruction course of step-by-step photo images and accompanying instructions. Each Owl will be carved to a specific point where the birds are “rough-shaped” only with carved face features including its closed “sleepy” eyes. No feather groups, feather group body contours, tail, primaries and wings will be carved…..these groups will be the starting point when you come to class. We will begin feather anatomy and pteryleaography theory on the first day, followed by the initial feather groups carving. From there it will be feather instruction theory and then implementing that instruction. If you want to understand, move ahead, improve and accurately reproduce feathers on your carvings instead of producing unrealistic generic and incorrect feathers, this will be the “mini-class” for you! Blanks and home instructions are part of the kit fee which can also be part of the Costa Rican Pygmy Owl class in October. Lessons will be sent to those of you doing that class too. These lessons will begin after the holidays and will be sent to you once you have paid your kit fee. Those of you going to Costa Rica 2017 & doing the Pygmy Owl will not be charged extra over their $400 kit fee for Costa Rica.

IF THE SUBJECTS CHOSEN ARE NOT YOUR CHOICE, YOU CAN STILL WORK WITH KEITH AND CARVE AT HOME YOUR CHOICE OF SUBJECT & COME TO PAINT IN EITHER/BOTH SEMINAR TIME SLOTS. YOU ALSO HAVE THE OPTION OF AN INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ANY OF KEITH’S CLASSES. IF YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE MORE THAN TWO OR MORE MUELLER SEMINARS, YOU WILL RECEIVE A $50 DISCOUNT.

 

DRAKE GADWALL SMOOTHIE WORKING DECOY & A VINTAGE-STYLE PILEATED WOODPECKER DECOY OR INDEPENDENT STUDY”

Keith Mueller

June 18th- 23rd, 2017 ~ $895 & $450 kit fee & all meals included

Carve and paint two decoys: a “Smoothie” Gadwall drake working-type decoy and a “simulated” vintage Pileated Woodpecker decoy. The Gadwall will be painted in oils using timeproven oil painting techniques: wet on wet blending, shading, combing, dragging, feather detailing, blurring, scratching and scribing! This Gadwall will be painted like no other decoy that you have seen! During the painting of the Gadwall, we will switch over periodically and paint and incorporate “weathering and age” techniques on the wall-mounted Woodpecker decoy. When we have made a little progress on the Woodpecker, we then switch back to the Gadwall decoy. This will be a fun class with many different painting and “specialty” techniques learned and applied on both decoys.

Each decoy will be carved in advance using Keith’s unique home emailed instruction course of step-by-step photo images and accompanying instructions. Everyone’s decoys will be carved and completed ready for class and the painting instructions. Blanks, glass eyes, study bills, patterns, reference photos if available, & home instructions are covered in the kit price and sent out once you have paid the kit fee. Online instructions will begin after the holidays.

  ““EUROPEAN BEE-EATER”

Gary Eigenberger

August 13th-20th, 2017 ~ $995 & $75 Kit Fee &  all meals included

Please join the four times Ward World Miniatures Champion & sixteen times Ward World Masters Champion in doing a life-sized European Bee-eater out of tupelo. The European Beeeater is one of the most colorful and beautiful of the bee-eater family. Plumage will be carved in & some feathers lifted a bit & some reliefed in. Feather splits will be burned in along with the major feather shafts. Some feathers will be undercut. Feather formers will be used to create a softness in the feathers. The bird toes will be made out of brass and inserted. This bird will be carved out of one piece of wood. Combination stoning & texturing will be used. Topics stressed will include feather layout, texturing, & burning. Photographs will also be posted which you can view at krausmansphotography.com to give you an idea of the beautiful colors this bird has. Many of you have expressed that you would like to do your habitat ahead & bring it with you ready for the bird. A clay model will be done up and posted at a later date of the posture that will be done in class so you can make a pleasing composition for your mount otherwise there will be some materials available for purchase. For anyone who is interested there will be a 2nd cut out of 2 bee-eaters together out of one piece of wood available for purchase. Gary will alternately be working on the 2nd pose so students can get ideas on how to approach this alternate posture when they take it home to do.
Gary will focus on preparing the surface for painting, mixing colors, oil painting which will include wet on wet & wet on dry blending techniques, & soft translucent painting techniques. Gary will be using acrylics as well as oils in painting this bird with more in depth painting. You can be an oil or acrylic painter to take this class. To get feather patterns & their richness, translucency or softness, Gary complements actual textures from his burning tools with the illusion of highlights & shadows with oil pigments. He shows you how to play warm & cool colors against each other to suggest feathers under feathers & to mass in color & create details from negative space. To view Gary’s art go to www.garyeigenberger.com.

“MALLARD HEN CASTING OR SMOOTHIE/DECORATIVE DECOY”

Pat Godin

August 24th-31st, 2017~ $1100 & $150 Blank Fee (casting extra) 8 days and all meals included

This seminar with Fifteen-time World Champion Pat Godin will be entirely a painting session. The subject will be the Mallard Hen and the students will be painting on a resin casting taken from one of Pat’s original carvings. The design of the casting is a bird in a preening position with a significant portion of one wing exposed. This feature will add an additional level of complexity to the painting. If they desire, students will have the option to pre-carve their own Mallard Hen based on the casting and pattern. Pat will also provide a CD showing the carving of this particular bird. To view this casting, go to krausmansphotography.com.

The Mallard hen is a prime example of a bird with a highly patterned color scheme common to many other bird species. This color scheme is also very complex and consequently presents carver/painters with one of the most significant challenges. Carvers/painters who master this style of painting will add a very valuable skill to their repertoire of techniques. There will be many opportunities on a lot of bird species to apply these methods.

Pat will be demonstrating his systematic approach to applying paint in a logical sequence to come up with an accurate result, a technique that can be applied to any patterned bird. Other very important aspects for painting highly patterned color schemes will be discussed and demonstrated. These include establishing pleasing and interesting feather layout, analyzing the distinctive nature of the patterns in the different regions of the bird, showing how the patterns in individual feathers work together within the feather group, developing rich earth tones, and building illusions of translucence. Also, there are key, but subtle features in the head of this bird that will be important to achieve during painting. Since there is an exposed wing on the design of the casting, students will have the opportunity to paint the iridescent wing speculum, a feature so distinctive to this species.

A number of methods of paint application and blending will be explored including dry brushing, wash blending, layering and staging of color values, accenting feather structure with painted barb detail, and airbrushing.

Students will receive a CD showing the painting of the Mallard Hen along with a CD showing the carving stages of this particular bird. If you are going to have us do a carving kit for you which will include the CD, pattern, blank, eyes, study bill, & reference photos & shipping, the cost will be $150.00. The Godin study cast will be extra at approximately $50. To receive the painting portion of this seminar, you will have to pay for the seminar in full first which won’t be available until just prior to the seminar.

“SNOWY OWL WITH PREY”

Floyd Scholz

September 11th-20th, 2017 ~ $1295 all meals included

The art of bird carving is not “wooden taxidermy”. Bird carving is sculpture in its highest and purest sense where the subject matter is drawn from over 9,40WITH PREY0 members of this unique, varied and beautiful family of feathered vertebrates. Of this family, few are better adapted to their environment, mysterious and deadly than the magnificent SNOWY OWL. Challenge yourself to be better and join me for 10 intense days in September 2017 as together, we will explore, learn and create a 1/3 scale (approx. 9”) female Snowy Owl with prey set into an Arctic habitat base. All aspects of the art form including design, carving, texturing and most importantly the painting process will be covered in great detail. Special emphasis will be placed upon the versatile application and magic of Airbrushing! If not now, WHEN? There could not be a better time to improve your skills, meet new friends, enjoy great food and revel in the peace and tranquility of Michigan`s beautiful upper peninsula in the fall.

“BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!! ONE MORE TIME IN COSTA RICA WITH KEITH MUELLER PAINTING A COSTA RICAN PYGMY OWL AND/OR AN EMERALD TOUCANET”
October 1st-9th, 2017 ~ 6 days-$795 or 9 days-$850 & $400 Kit Fee per bird minimum 15 students

Due to the great and overwhelming success of this year’s Costa Rica birdcarving Extravaganza, we will be hosting this seminar again! With a few slight changes to the itinerary, 2017’s seminar will again be very special! We are offering two carved bird choices for this seminar: Emerald Toucanet and Costa Rican Pygmy Owl! You can choose either or both!

The seminar will be (six/nine) days; three days at the beginning of the trip in the San Jose area for the day tours which includes two-and-a-half-hour travel time to the Savegre Mountain Hotel. The seminar will be six days of painting and instruction. You can choose to come for the complete nine days which included the day tours, or just for the six days of the seminar at Savegre. For the complete report of the 2016 Costa Rica class including hundreds of images, go to Keith’s blog at this link: http://coastalbirds2.blogspot.com/ The report/story is seventeen pages long.

Events scheduled for the early three day tours include: Turu ba ri Adventure and Nature Park on the Pacific slopes ( https://www.turubari.com/en ) which includes the famous “Superman” zip-lines, Cable Trams across the Tarcoles River gorge, horseback riding and privately guided birding tour on a private estate (shown on Keith’s blog). Also, included in the daily tours is a private river boat bird and monkey tour on the Caribbean lowlands, which includes a private Chocolate tour including fresh rainforest chocolate tastings, plus more scheduled tours Zooave, & a winery(also shown on Keith’s blog).

At Savegre, private short birding tours will again be available with Marino Chacon as shown in the blog story. Savegre Hotel will again be offering great room rates for us which include meals. The Costa Rican Boutique Hotel for the San Jose part of the trip will also be offering us great room rates which includes breakfast and dinner (lunch will be part of the daily tour package deals). For the complete seminar description for the 2017 Costa Rica seminar, go to Keith’s blog, (it is titled in red halfway down the first page).

Just as in all of Keith’s seminars, you will carve the bird(s) by home instruction with Keith’s emailed step by step carving images with corresponding instructions. When the bird(s) are completed, just pack them in your suitcase and bring them to Costa Rica! These birds will be painted in acrylics which will be furnished and waiting for you in Costa Rica. Come join us and be part of the most exciting birdcarving experience available today in this tropical paradise! Sight seeing portion - arrive Sept 30th. Seminar portion only - arrive October 3rd. Everyone will depart on October 11th unless staying longer in Costa Rica. People that are not carvers can join our trip also for a fee of $100 per person(this does not include spouses of carvers). They are part of the carving group.

 FOR THE SPOUSES;  “MOOSE QUILT WALLHANGING, REVERSIBLE PURSE, TOTE BAG, NATURE”S BOUNTY BOWLS

Jo Ann Jolley

All Seminars $100 & kit fees & meals fee
The quilting projects for 2017 will include a variety of fun projects. This 36”x31” quick & easy patchwork moose wallhanging will be a great reminder of your stay in the northwoods. The reversible purse is a shoulder bag with a tie handle or a longer crossbody bag which is a simple project for someone who has never quilted before. Or you can choose a tote bag with a patchwork, button, or applique front panel to customize this bag to your liking. Applique options include oak or maple leaves, a butterfly, turtle, or design your own. Beads can be added for extra embellishment if you like. Another option for 2017 are fabric bowls in the design of maple or birch leaves in fall colors, poinsettias, sunflowers, butterflies, or pumpkins. The fusing & molding technique is nique & simple. Even the carvers were intrigued with these bowls. They would makegreat gifts. To view class projects, please go to www.krausmansphotography.com .

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Welcome to KRAUSMAN'S WOODCARVING STUDIO, the Midwest's premier education facility. Our studio is located in the heart of Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula where forests, lakes, wildlife, and nature abound.

~ Seminars are open to all levels of carvers, unless otherwise indicated.

~ Seminars include a continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

~ Class sizes are limited, providing individual as well as group instruction. Hours of instruction are determined by individual instructors.

~ A list of tools and materials needed, and information regarding airport, affordably priced lodging, motels, RV campgrounds, restaurants, and area attractions will be sent upon receipt of registration and class deposits.

~ Students flying in to Sawyer International will be picked up and returned to airport, and transported to lodging and classes to Krausman's Woodcarving Studio for a $20 fee.

~ Enjoy carving all day long in our ergonomic chairs which have arms, adjust in height, breathe, allow you to lean back & have wheels.

~ Watch class demos from the comfort of your seat on TV via our video camera.

~ For more information on the Gwinn area click here

~ For lodging contact :

Model Towne Inn

190 E. M35

Gwinn, MI 49841

(906) 346-7901 ~ Toll Free: (888) 252-9495 E-mail: modeltowneinn@att.net
 

Another option for lodging that you might like is the Co-Z Cottages on Big Shag Lake  
Co-Z Cottages, Big Shag Lake, Gwinn, Mi 49841
reservations@co-zcottages.com call Gail at (906)250-5218 or (906)226-8805

To reserve your spot in any seminar, please send in your non-refundable deposit of $200 right away.  Half of the remaining balance will then be due 4 months prior to class & the remaining balance will then be due 2 months prior to class.  At this point all monies are non-refundable.  You must be paid in full prior to attending class.    For more information contact:

Pamyla L. Krausman
1750 S. County Rd. 557
Gwinn, Michigan 49841
Phone/FAX (906) 238-4475
Toll-Free 1-877-KRAUSMA or 1-877-572-8762 

* * * RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW!!  SEMINARS WILL FILL QUICKLY!!

For more information, contact Pamyla or Jim Krausman at
1750 S. County Rd. 557, Gwinn, MI 49841 ~ or call (906) 238-4475 or call toll-free 1-877-572-8762.

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