Zoom Workshops – Wood

Texture as Vocabulary

Emma Senft

August 26, 2022
4:00 -6:30PM ET

Tuition: $90

This workshop will teach the principles of treating surfaces with hand carving. The course will include an introduction to carving technique including an understanding of wood and its properties.

Using gouges and carving chisels, we will look at how to produce varying and contrasting textures. Students will learn considerations for choosing different gouges and chisels for varied mark making, and using these to define planes and forms with fields of texture. 

The workshop will include a demo and discussion of how to sharpen our carving tools. 

We will also briefly cover some options for appropriate finishes over a carved surface.

This workshop is suitable for all levels.


  • Participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone. It’s easy! Download here.
  • Participants must have reliable internet access and a computer or phone with sound recording and web-cam capabilities to participate.
  • Check out the list of additional supplies you will need for this workshop here.
  • Once registered, students will receive a video meeting code along with simple ZOOM instructions.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable but are transferable with a $25 fee.
  • Features live demonstration and the ability to ask  questions. Participants will also receive a recording of the demonstration to use for up to 30 days.

Emma Senft is an artist and furniture maker working in wood. She received her BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, and a DEP in Cabinetmaking from Rosemount Technology Centre in Montreal. Emma has been a studio fellow at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch, and has exhibited at galleries across the USA and Canada. Senft is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Instagram-course for artists
Carina Shoshtary

July 1 & 8,  2022
11:00 am  – 1:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $130

In this online workshop for artists, designers, and people working in other creative fields you will learn how to use Instagram optimally to showcase, brand, and market your work, reach new clients, make interesting contacts, and gain more reach and publicity in general. The themes we will cover are bio, profile types, posts/grid, stories, reels, live, hashtags/tags, algorithm, Instagram shopping, reach, and more.

Please make sure to update your Instagram app on your phone so you have the newest version available.


Carina Shoshtary, a Munich-based artist of German and Iranian ancestry, is known for her other-worldly contemporary jewellery pieces that are made from unconventional materials for unusual areas of the body. Her recent project “The Hunter” extended her practice into the fields of mask making, music, and photography, and initiated collaborations with performing artists. 
Since 2017 Shoshtary curates the highly popular Instagram page @fashion_for_bank_robbers on which she presents the most innovative masks and headpieces created by contemporary artists from all around the globe.



Wood and Pigment – Engraving Wood with Color

Jason Nemec
August 20 & 27, 2022
12:00 – 2:00PM ET

Tuition: $125

In this workshop, I’ll demonstrate surface techniques for wood that I’ve discovered over many years of research and trial-and-error. Techniques that I’ve come back to again and again in my work. These are the product of deliberate efforts to build rich and unusual surfaces, while always reserving options to push them further. We’ll look at how dye, pigment, wax, shellac, milk paint, bleach, and glue can be used with surface texture, to create color-filled line-work for jewelry, turnings, home decor, and small sculpture. There will be a big emphasis on the thinking behind the choices I make so that you can chart your own course, and make your own discoveries which you can then bring back to the group!

You’ll learn about light fastness, durability, and compatibility of finishes, “drawing” with surface texture, custom mixing of Earth pigments, building a quick French-polished finish with all-natural shellac, layering with milk paint, and how I capture and remember the details of an improvisatory process, to be able to repeat it and stretch it further next time. Oh, and we’ll have a lot of fun!


Jason Nemec is a multidisciplinary designer and artist working in both software and hardwood. Following a 25-year career in digital design, and 14-year exploration in artistic and sculptural woodworking, in 2021 Jason committed himself full-time to making beautiful objects out of wood and other natural materials. Inspired by curiosity, improvisation, collaboration, and experimentation, Jason’s work is about creating in the margins between the known and the unknown, control of and submission to the material, analysis and intuition. Wood as a medium brings warmth, infinite living complexity, works additively or subtractively, and creates a dimensional canvas for further exploration of surface. These qualities give artists countless opportunities to push and stretch toward an outcome that can never wholly be their own.



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