Copper Nicho Class NEW!
Saturday,October 14, 10:30- 4:30PM
Instructor: Caron Dunn
Nichos are a wonderfully exuberant folk art that evolved from the small paintings of patron saints hung in Roman Catholic churches. Present day nichos still retain a devotional element, but their shadowbox structure has blossomed into a colorful expression of Latin American culture. The version created by Caron Dunn, a California artist who calls herself the “Little Factory of One”, features an embossed copper frame. The frame is made using a metalworking technique that’s centuries old and surprisingly easy to learn. A design is transferred onto the back side of a piece of copper, then a burnishing tool is used to push and stretch the metal to form a raised design on the front. The shadowbox itself is constructed from flat pieces of board that you’ll cover in decorative papers. Caron has small charms and unusual objects for you to use as accents, but feel free to bring favorites of your own. A unique feature of Caron’s design is a slot in the top of the shadowbox for changing out the central picture. Caron will bring in images for you to choose from, but if you prefer something personal (or wild and crazy!), bring your own that’s no larger than 2-1/2 by 3 inches.
Please bring the following materials:
- X-acto knife with sharp blades
- Optional – Drawings for the design on the copper frame
- Optional – Image no larger than 2-1/2 by 3 inches
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Caron Dunn is always busily working away in her California studio, which she laughingly calls "The Little Factory of One". As she waits for glue or paint to dry on one project she moves around to the next one in no particular order, happily making away. She's primarily an illustrator, watercolorist, and fiber artist, but is fascinated by any new media or technique. Caron is a firm believer in the power of art in all forms to change and deepen the way we perceive the world and our place in it. She shares her passion for art through teaching, a practice that challenges her and is immensely rewarding. In watercolor classes, for example, she enjoys seeing people feel the magic for themselves when they get a chance to work hands on with the best quality materials. "I just totally love it when people go 'WOW!' the way that they do when color moves them - as it's supposed to." Art is the hub of her world. All she wants to do, apart from adore her kids, is to draw, paint, sculpt, design stuff, make stuff, figure out how to make more stuff, and make that stuff too. Caron studied fine art and art history in England, Canada, and the U.S. She's been painting with watercolor for more than twenty years as an illustrator for children's products and advertising. Caron has designed dolls for Magic Cabin, on online company that sells natural children's toys. She's also hand painted pens for Penopoly, which specializes in unique, high end fountain pens. Caron currently works as a designer for Catstudio in Petaluma, California, and teaches classes at Castle in the Air in Berkeley. She's an occasional blogger at carondunn.blogspot.com.