Heritage Maker Workshop Series

Heritage Maker Workshop Series

Heritage Making is about building both community and beautiful things. Explore new skills from spoon carving to nature journaling in this new series of workshops at the Cumming Nature Center.

At the core, this program aims to create a supportive space for talented teachers and craftspeople to share knowledge through fellowship and an apprentice-type instruction. Classes are relaxed, informative and intentionally recognize the value in imperfection.

 

Registration

To register for one of the courses below, please call 585.697.1942. 

 

Course Topics

Fireside Songwriting Series

Is there a guitar collecting dust in your closet? Are you in need of a creative outlet? This January, start the year off right by attending the fireside songwriting series at the RMSC Cumming Nature Center. Whether you are brand new to your instrument or if you are an experienced songwriter looking for some fresh ideas, this class is designed to help you stretch your musical ability and find creative inspiration from nature.

Imagine yourself sitting next to a warm fireplace by a giant window overlooking a beautiful pond, sipping on a warm beverage, listening to new musical ideas come to life and getting friendly feedback on your own compositions. Through a combination of exercises that help to increase awareness of nature, unlock creative expression in lyrics, and expand understanding of music theory, participants will receive both ample guidance to answer questions as they arise, as well as plenty of quiet space to let new ideas germinate and grow. This class is the perfect gift for the creative person in your life who just needs more time to devote to their musical craft.

Students are encouraged to bring instruments and notebooks. Outdoor time will be optional.

About the Instructor

Andy Webster is an accomplished songwriter and performer who has recorded seven albums of original music and opened for many music legends, including Richie Havens and Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, & Mary). He has taught music lessons and songwriting to hundreds of students in a wide variety of styles including rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, country, and jazz. With a master's degree in education and over a decade of experience as a science teacher, Andy is well-versed in helping people to recognize patterns in nature and marvel at its many curious mysteries. In addition to the leading songwriting workshops, Andy is one of the RMSC Cumming Nature Center's Forest School teachers, and also leads astronomy events for families.

Register

Sunday, Jan. 7–28 | 3–6pm

Location: Cumming Nature Center

Register: Jan. 7

Register: Jan. 14

Register: Jan. 21

Register: Jan. 28

 

 

Past Workshops

Blacksmithing

Fundamentals of Blacksmithing

Come learn the fundamentals of blacksmithing in our small-group, hands-on, two-hour training sessions. Topics will include learning how to heat with a coal-fired forge and techniques for safe hammer usage. The student will have the choice of creating either a wall hook or bottle opener. All tools and materials are included with registration. Students are recommended to bring their own safety glasses and wear a long sleeve shirt and jeans for protection.

About the Instructor

Jonathan Bernard began blacksmithing at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA, where he volunteered from 2000-2013 in their Colonial-era smithing shop. Now, he presents his craft through the Gettysburg National Parks service at the Spangler Farm site on traveling forge wagon.  Jonathan takes great joy in teaching blacksmithing to people of all ages and skill levels to ensure that the craft lives on.

Cost

$50 per person

 

Intermediate Blacksmithing

Intermediate blacksmithing explores the use of chisels and punches, and gives students the opportunity to impart their own artistic flare through decorative hammering. Students create a plant hanger with decorative leaf work or a hay penny scroll for ends. Students are required to have either taken the beginner class or have prior experience blacksmithing. There is a maximum of two students per session for increased one-on-one instruction.

Cost:

$60 per person

Storytelling

Stories have always been a part of human life. In fact, there's evidence that the Neanderthals even shared creation myths. Story is fundamental to the way we understand another person and a powerful way to digest our own experiences. Beyond fiction writing and storytelling for children, telling stories of our lives and those around us is a true heritage skill and will be the focus of the workshop.

Come join us for an afternoon of story building and sharing. Learn fundamentals of story construction and delivery. Pair up to create and share stories in a small team. We'll work on crafting a story in several rounds---each time inviting someone to share and getting opportunities for critique. At the end of the session, we'll all share our stories and select our favorites.

About the Instructor

Aprille Byam, aka Storychick, helps people understand how stories can improve their lives and the greater Rochester community through radio (WAYOfm.org/104.3fm Saturdays at 10am), performances throughout the year, classes, and special projects, including  Balloon Adventure and the Rochester Fringe Festival. Always eager to make connections, Aprille also runs the Icarus Sessions (monthly artist meetups) and is a cultural agent with the US Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC). Born and raised in the greater Rochester area, she loves to cook, read, and enjoy the wonder that surrounds us daily.

Cost

$15 

Pysanky (Ukrainian Egg Dying)

Traditional Ukrainian Egg Dying

Saturday, April 29 : 1–3pm

Course Description

Pysanky is the traditional Ukrainian art of dying eggs using a wax-resist method. This class will include learning how to apply melted wax onto the surface of a raw egg with a stylus, also known as a kistka. The wax is melted by using a candle, and dyes are used to apply color to the eggshell. Alternate between applying wax and submerging the egg in dyes until your beautiful design is complete.

Depending on the complexity of the design, it may take one to two hours to decorate your egg. All tools and materials will be provided. No art experience is necessary.

About the Instructor

A budding homesteader, Cindy Heise is a social worker from Pennsylvania who relocated to the Finger Lakes three years ago. In her free time, she enjoys various arts and crafts including spinning wool, knitting, painting, needle felting and pysanky. She has been teaching the art of pysanky to children and adults for more than eight years.

Cost

$20 per adult

$10 per child

 

 

 


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