Featured Classes

We have a great slate of classes at The Craft Center at League HQ in Concord (49 South Main Street)  Click on the class title for registration details.

Itajime and Nui Shibori

kiranada shibori itajime resizedInstructor: Kiranada Sterling Benjamin
Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 22 & 23, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ages: Adults

Japanese shibori or bound resist-dyeing is an exciting and rewarding way to produce patterns on cloth. This ancient process, found as early as third century, is indigenous to many continents including Asia, Africa, South America, and India. In this two-day hands on workshop, students will explore a wide variety of beautiful dyed patterns on cloth, working with more than 15 different shaped-resist techniques, which the instructor studied in Kyoto, Japan.

***THERE ARE ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT**


Expanding Horizons

expanding hoizons logoA collaborative workshop weekend with the League of NH Craftsmen and the Kimball-Jenkins Art School – June 23-25, designed for art educators, and working artists and craftsmen. Spaces are limited, so sign up right away!


Glass Fusing Suncatchers

Haust suncatcherInstructor: Lynn Haust
Dates to choose from: Tuesday May 16, Tuesday June 6 and Wednesday July 12, all from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Ages: Adult

Melting glass is so much fun! Cut brilliant colored pieces of sparkling glass and combine them with stringers, noodles and confetti. Your creations will be fired in a kiln, melting the glass into beautiful sun catchers. Learn to cut glass and arrange your design. Safety, glass technology and creative directions will be covered.


Kiln Fired Dichroic Glass Pendants

Haust pendantInstructor: Lynn Haust
Dates to choose from: Saturday & Sunday May 20 & 21 or Saturday & Sunday July 22 & 23
THIS IS A FIVE HOUR CLASS OVER TWO DAYS – THE SATURDAY CLASS WILL RUN 10 AM – NOON AND SUNDAY 10 AM TO 1 PM
Ages: Teen-Adult

Using clear and black Bullseye glass as a base, design and create a collection of glass pendants using dichroic, transparent and opaque glass. Experiment with glass frit, powders and other inclusions, including mica powders. Discussion topics will include firing schedule, safety and cold working techniques. Students will complete 12+ pendants. Several sterling necklace chains are included in the tuition, as well as an information packet.


Japanese Design for All

Kiranada Mod Moriguchi Frag of 4 Seasons 1959 resizedInstructor: Kiranada Sterling Benjamin
Date: Saturday and Sunday, July 15 & 16, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ages: Adults

Japanese Design? What is it? What makes it unique? Here is a special opportunity to look at outstanding work of the past and present (with one who lived it for 18+ years)  and analyze the unique characteristics that makes it specifically Japanese. This two-day course is planned to extend your knowledge, build skills and to challenge your view of design and composition. It will consider how “east” and “west” view design elements.

Beginning with Yamato and Zen aesthetics, we will explore their application to historical and contemporary design work and look through the special lens of the kimono, this ‘classic canvas’ of Japan.

The class has a fiber-orientation, with specific information on kimono designing and how it developed through history but holds much information applicable to all design areas. You will create several of your own original designs and layout plans to be used as future reference material in your own art. Work will be done with paper, glue, and pencil. Stimulating slides, visual materials and samples are included.


Be sure to visit our education page and link over to classes at a location near you – new options are cropping up all the time! Your local gallery might just have that course you have been wanting to take!