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Nicho – A Small Shadowbox NEW! In-Store Class Oct 1

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Nicho - A Small Shadowbox NEW! In-Store Class
Saturday, October 1, 10:30am-4:30pm
Instructor: Caron Dunn
Limit: 6 students

Caron Dunn, a California-based artist who’s a magician at building things from pieces of this and that, has created a small shadowbox in the style of traditional folk art nichos. Nichos resemble dioramas, though they can also display a single object instead of a scene. They’re made of humble materials – a repurposed box, paint, paper, recycled tin, small embellishments – and often feature a handworked frame around the front. Though originally devotional, nichos have blossomed over time into a wonderfully exuberant and colorful expression of Latin American folk art. Today pretty much anything goes! 

There are two parts to Caron’s class: putting together the structure and then decorating it. For the structure, you’ll start by painting the parts of the nicho and using copper tape to line it and edge the glass front. Caron has made small copper hinges and a latch for the door. (She’ll demonstrate how to make them so you can make more later.) Then it’s time to assemble the parts and start decorating! Crimp flat pieces of copper to form fans to “crown” your nicho; add small details from Caron’s stash of baubles, such as beads, sequins, small flowers, specialty pins, vintage items, etc. Caron provides plenty of inspiration and lots of interesting bits and pieces for you to use, but bring personal ephemera and objects if you’d like. 

Your finished nicho can either stand or hang on the wall. Outside dimensions are 7-½” tall, 5-½” wide, and 1-¼” deep. The niche inside is 3” tall, 2” wide, and 1” deep.

Masks are required for all students and instructors 
(covering nose and mouth). Students will be provided their own set of tools, sanitized between every class session. Due to the size of our class space we are unable to practice social distancing in the classroom. Staff will also be wearing masks. The requirements for store customers will follow Boulder County mask mandates.

Class Materials:

Please bring the following materials:

  • X-acto knife or other craft knife with sharp blades
  • Optional: personal ephemera and small objects sized for the nicho
  • Optional: apron
  • Optional but useful: baby wipes to keep fingers clean of glue
  • Optional: a brown bag lunch for the short lunch break

    Class Materials Include:

    • Pre-made box with an open front, hinges, closure, and hanging hardware
    • Glass piece for the door
    • Copper tape and pieces of copper
    • All tools needed (crimper, scissors, etc) to use in class
    • Paper, board, trim, embellishments
    • Paints, glue, and brushes to use in class

    Caron will have extra wood and glass kits for students to buy after class, if you would like more to make at home. Price is $35 for each kit, with cash or check directly to Caron.

    Class Refund/Cancellation Policy

    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.

    Instructor Bio

    Caron Dunn is always busily working away in her California studio, which she laughingly calls “The Little Factory of One”. While waiting 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’s 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 that she finds immensely rewarding. Art is the hub of her world. All she wants to do 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. She’s also needle felted an astounding variety of small wonders, designed Waldorf dolls, hand painted custom fountain pens for Penopoly, made marionettes, built small wooden gift boxes, embraced copper embossing, and fashioned unique shadowboxes. She enjoys transforming cast off furniture with paper and paint, and makes fairy furniture from twigs and such. A master of many trades, Caron currently works as a designer for Catstudio in California and teaches as many classes as she can fit in. See some of her work on Instagram @caronzuzu.


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