KRAUSMAN’S WOODCARVING STUDIO 2017
1750 S. County Rd. 557,
Gwinn, Mi 49841 (906) 238-4475, tollfree(877) 572-8762,
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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.
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
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.
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
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”
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.
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”
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”
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 .
VIEW KRAUSMAN’S SEMINAR CLASS PROJECTS AT WWW.KRAUSMANSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM .