Classes

In the Main Gallery
Rawls Museum Arts presents...
Go Big or Go Home - Wine & Paint

Stay tuned for the next Go Big or Go Home!
Email leighanne@rawlsarts.com if you would like to be on the waitlist.
Instructors: Leigh Anne Chambers and Sandy Lupton

Thursday, March 4 from 6-9 p.m. SOLD OUT!

Age: 21 and over, beginners to advanced

Tuition: members $25, non-members $35
Supply fee: $75 includes 3’x4’ canvas, all paints, supplies and refreshments



Rawls Museum Arts has a unique learning opportunity in the Main Gallery for 8 adventurous artists! Even beginners will go home with a finished sofa-sized painting! Students will conquer their fear of the blank canvas and learn exciting techniques for painting bold, contemporary art. This class will not be the usual “Wine and Paint” type class - each student will create their own unique piece of art and will learn the skills to move ahead in their personal art practice. Wear something comfortable that a few splatters will not harm. We will practice social distancing, so there are only 8 spaces available. Students must pay in advance to hold their spot.

Leigh Anne is an Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University, teaching “Painting Abstraction.” She is also the Executive Director of  Rawls Museum Arts. Sandy is a mixed media artist and instructor. She is also the Marketing Specialist for Rawls Museum Arts.

Class will be held in the Main Gallery at Rawls Museum Arts campus at: 22376 Linden Street, Courtland, VA 23837. To register, mail your check or email leighanne@rawlsarts.com to schedule a time to pay via credit card by phone.

Online Tutorials

CROCHET NECKLACE TUTORIAL – By Sandy Lupton

This crochet beading project is super easy so you can whip up several of them in no time. No need to buy a ton of supplies – you can use up assorted beads and buttons that you have on hand. The more you mix them  up, the more interesting the finished necklace will look.

Materials

Assorted buttons, beads and charms
Small crochet hook
Nylon thread ( I used C-Lon Beading/Macrame cord)
2×2 crimp beads
Crimp pliers or flat nose pliers
Toggle
Scissors 

Instructions

For a 22-24” necklace, begin by loading about 60 beads, buttons and charms onto your nylon thread. Do not cut the thread to size—leave it on the spool. The bulky end of the spool acts as a stopper so your beads do not fly off the other end. This makes it really portable, and you never run out of thread before your project is finished. No measuring necessary! Tie a slip knot at the loose end of your thread to begin.

To give your necklace a nice strong base, do about 5 single crochet stitches to start. Pull your first bead/button down to your stitching and then do 2 or 3 crochet stitches by reaching past the bead/button with your hook. Don’t worry if the stitches are loose – they are supposed to be.  Pull down your next bead and repeat. 2 stitches in between each bauble makes for a tighter bundled finished piece, 3 makes it a bit looser. Experiment to see what you like better. 

Continue crocheting stitches and pushing down beads until you are satisfied with the length. I hold it up to my neck to measure so I don’t have to bring a ruler. It’s okay if you did not use up all the beads on your string. Do 5 stitches to end the piece, snip your thread to about 2″ long and pull the end thru the loop to make a knot. Hold one end in each hand and pull gently to tighten everything up.

Put a 2×2 crimp bead on one end of your necklace, snuggling it down to your 5-stitch base. Run the thread thru the ring on one side of your toggle and then back thru the crimp bead. You can use a crimp tool to professionally flatten the crip, or just flatten with flat nose pliers. Attach the other end of your necklace to the other toggle piece in the same manner. Trim your loose end threads to about an inch long and singe slightly with a lighter to prevent fraying.  Crimping works better with the nylon thread because knots tend to slip. Cotton or waxed linen thread is suitable too, but not as durable.

 If you want a 3 strand necklace like the examples shown, just repeat the process two more times and attach each strand to the same toggle.

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EMBROIDERED & LAYERED SCARF TUTORIAL - by Sandy Lupton

This scarf project is a great way to use up some of those fabric scraps you have in your collection!

Materials

1 scarf sized piece of gauzy or silky background fabric – mine is 10″ x 60" hand dyed cotton gauze

Assorted scraps of cloth – hand dyed sheers, silks, cottons, organzas and cotton prints – this is the perfect opportunity to dig into your scrap or recycle bin!

Assorted floss – cotton, silk, DMC embroidery thread and embroidery needle

Instructions

Decide on your finished scarf size. This one is about 10″ wide by 5 feet long but make it to suit your preference. Choose scraps in a combination of 3-4 colors. Trim your background fabric to size and start layering your scraps on top, overlapping pieces in an interesting composition. Tack down the layers on one side, then layer fabrics on the other side and tack them down as well, sewing through all the layers each time. Use your sheer fabrics to their best advantage by layering them over prints and contrasting colors.

I added repetition by sewing on circles cut from store-bought printed fabrics. Repetition helps to give the piece a cohesive look and keeps it from looking like you just threw it together. I also repeated the same fabrics and thread colors throughout. 

I did not put any batting or heavy fabrics in between the layers because I wanted it to have a soft, flowing, scrunchy feel to it. I wanted it to wrap easily around the neck without a lot of bulk. I also did not want to have to embroider through all those heavy layers.

When you have your fabric sandwich like you want it, pull out your needle and threads and start stitching through all the layers. I left the knots exposed because i like the texture. I also like the random messy lines and rows and rows of running stitches.  On the circles, I started in the middle, radiating the stitching out to the outer rims.

The edges were finished with a blanket stitch. This really helped the piece look complete. I used red thread to give your eye a bold stopping point.   Hand wash, hang to dry.

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More Adult Workshops

Check back for our  2021 Adult Classes.
We will get back to in person workshops in the classroom when we can do it safely.
Until then, we hope you enjoy these online tutorials.

ARTful Wednesdays for Kids!


Led by former school art instructor and artist, Mary Jo Easterling, school aged children will have fun experimenting with a variety of artistic skills and techniques to create whimsical projects. Sessions often feature a famous artist and a bit of art history. Snacks, juice, and materials are provided at each session.

Ages: 7-12       Time: 3:30-5:00pm



Tuition for individual sessions: $16
(must register and pay 24 hours in advance… 
limited to 12 students per class)


Check back for our Fall 2021 Class Schedule.
Check out our free coloring page here.


To register please contact: Rawls Museum Arts, 
Leigh Anne Chambers  (Director, RMA Gallery), (757) 653-0754
Address: 22376 Linden Street, Courtland, VA 23837

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To add your name to our email list and to receive information
on upcoming classes and events, please email:

Leigh Anne Chambers, Director, at
leighanne@rawlsarts.com

Rawls Museum Arts
22376 Linden Street
Courtland, Virginia 23837
(757) 653-0754