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Hands, Hearts and Art 2012: "Finding Sanctuary"

Saint James Episcopal Church

Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM - Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM (EDT)

Hands, Hearts and Art 2012:   "Finding Sanctuary"

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Debra and Charlie Barton: Making and Using Journals Ended $225.00 $0.00
Stewart White: Watercolor Ended $225.00 $0.00
Robin Williams: Clay - formed, fired and glazed Ended $225.00 $0.00

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Event Details


July 12th-  Dinner is at 6:30 in Macdonald Hall, St. James Church, 3101 Monkton Rd.,Monkton, Md. 21111

July 10th- Registration closed.

July 7th - Watercolor class is full! One space left in Journal Class. Still room in Clay and Acrylics. Registration closes tomorrow afternoon.

July 6th- Registrations extended to the 8th. We're starting to plan the opening dinner and assembling the last of the things we need for classes. Did you go get your materials yet? Precious Metal Clay class closed. Others still available.

June 30 - Watercolor class has only one space left. Registrations for all classes close on July 5th  (5 days from now)! See an recent article in Watercolor Artist Magazine about Stewart, that includes his painting of Saint James Church, by clicking here.


Watch this Updates space for more announcements...

Courses descriptions may be found below




Join us in a setting of great beauty, with enthusiastic instructors, for a retreat like art camp.

You do not need to have had art experience in order to come without fear and to leave with joy!


We start with dinner, then feast on inspiration, community and the pleasure of creating.

Six artists, five media, three and a half days - the beginning of a perfect receipe:

just add you to complete the mix!




Choose one of the five classes as they run concurrently. Please note that we have absorbed the $13.37 service fee that the on-line ticket company charges us to handle registrations and credit cards in the $225 cost of a class. But material fees, if any, are in addition and are high-lighted in light green in each class' description. Please be prepared to pay the instructor on site.

Precious Metal Clay

dina Instructor: Dina Alexander is a jeweler who has been working with PMC (precious metal clay) for over 13 years. Her jewelry also makes use of sterling silver, other metals, found objects and semi precious stones. Dina's work is very distinctive because she is not only a good designer, but has made a large collection of molds, stamps and other custom tools over the years to assist her in her craft. Examples of her work may be found online through ETSY, "the world's most vibrant handmade marketplace." Dina is a good example of how hand work and high tech can be an potent combination.
Class description: Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a fairly new medium which comes in a clay form. It is fine silver particles suspended in an organic binder and water and is moldable, impressionable and stampable, and when fired in a kiln becomes a solid fine silver form. This innovative material can create beautiful works of art jewelry.  bird pmc
little sanctuaries What is your sanctuary? Or where do you find sancturary? Is it your family....Is it nature.....Is it God?  Our retreat will encompass PMC (Precious Metal Clay), a fine silver clay that can be textured, fired and finished for a treasured piece of jewelry.  We will make our sanctuary and adorn it with treasures we make all by hand, including using resin to add a special message or capture a treasured photo or item.  You will have a treasured and meaningful piece of jewelry to enjoy for a lifetime. love squared

This class will present an abbreviated exploration of the basic techniques using PMC+ Silver. Dina will give a brief history of the metal with demonstrations. Students will learn to design and construct basic PMC forms using textures, texture plates rubber stamps and some hand building, if desired, to make fine silver components that can be made into finished pieces of jewelry. Students will construct pieces, dry, finish, fire, polish and patina their pieces using different techniques and put them together as a finished piece.

Materials: A tool kit will be provided for use in class. The student is responsible for the cost of the silver clay and work surface, which can be purchased from Dina at the beginning of class. The cost of materials will be approximately $70.00 (depending on the market price for silver).  I will have materials available to texture our pieces and other antique and vintage items and printings to use in our design.  All tools and kiln will be provided 

Making and Using Journals


Instructors: Charlie and Debra Barton

Debra: I was raised in a Native American village in Copper Center, Alaska, among the tribe who call themselves “the People who come from Water”. It is a delightful irony that much of my artistic expression has been in watercolors. My training as a Spiritual Director includes studies at the Stillpoint School for Spiritual Direction, the program for Christian Spirituality at General Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry program at the University of the South. I have maintained a private practice in Spiritual direction for 17 years and had served as the Diocese of Maryland's Chaplain to its Commission on Ministry for over ten years.


Charlie: I have been professionally involved in the decorative arts since the 1970’s. My body of work includes furniture, lamps, jewelry, digital watercolors, hand made books, and Diacons - a dialog/icon that invites the viewer to move a series of panels to reveal an unfolding story from Scripture. My works use wood, metal, paper, fused glass, polymer clay, paints, faux finishes and gold leaf. I am particularly insterested in encouraging others to discover how art, spirituality and faith interact.

Class description: First you'll create a beautiful journal cover by combining fabrics, polymer clay, paints, and metal ornaments you'll learn to form in a 20-ton hydraulic press. Select your paper and create hand-sewn signatures. Assemble your journal and finish it with decorative end papers.

Then we'll begin to explore the spiritual discipline of using a journal. Saint Paul says that you are a letter that God is writing to the world. Journaling that begins with prayer and reflection helps you begin to articulate for yourself the outlines of that letter and a deeper sense of the author of our salvation. A typical journaling time might include reading scripture; quiet contemplation on what is God saying to you today and then writing. Sometimes adding a sketch, a small watercolor painting or some memento of the day affixed to the page seems in order.

2 journals

Students will need to obtain and bring the following materials and bring them to class: Students should bring 1/2 yard of material for making their cover (avoid sheers or heavy upholstery fabric.) They should also bring  a 9 x 12 pad of 70lb sketch paper or large sheets of colored paper suitable for cutting down and folding into signatures. All other materials are provided.

Painting with Acrylics


Instructor:Betsy Herrmann studied at Bennett College, Millbrook, N.Y., the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Md. She was the Assistant Head of the Art Department of George Washington University in the '70's and a founding board member of the Maryland Art Place in the '80's. Betsy is an art instructor, a designer and a painter. She teaches art in several Baltimore locations.

Class description: Painting is like eating peanuts. It's hard to stop! I find sanctuary behind the brush. That sanctuary embraces abstract and novel subject matter.Our class will focus on the compelling notion that 'finding sanctuary' embraces devotion and trust. All of us recognize art serves purpose to one's soul. Bring your recollections, photographs, and drawings. During our workshop, we will compile your sanctuary into a permanent piece. I will assist you in recognizing perspective, light and structure initially, and ask only for an open mind, and a generous smile.

Students will need to obtain and bring the following materials and bring them to class:

  • New primary and secondary acrylics, including brushes and palette
  • Portable easel used on table
  • (4) 16x20 primed canvas each
  • Liquitex Gloss Gel-medium gel brilliant
  • Smock
  • Basal stick
  • Rags
  • 3 clean, empty, coffee cans



stewart white 

Instructor: Stewart White

Stewart is a watercolorist from Baltimore, Maryland. He studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and graduated from UC Berkeley with a BFA. He works as an architectural illustrator and designer and is one of those rare plein air painters who works in watercolor. His watercolors have won him many awards. In June 2009 he was invited to teach a workshop in Paris on his techniques for architectural watercolors to an organization of architects.Stewart is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein-Air Painters Association (MAPAPA).He exhibits his paintings in juried and gallery exhibitions on the East Coast.He was the Grand Prize winner in 2009 Plein Air Easton.

Class description: The practice of watercolor is a discipline in focused solitary activity. To find Sanctuary it is necessary to cause oneself to be removed from the world and the things in the world in order to be a diligent listener or student of the medium. The paint will express its nature if you are willing to let go the need to control it. In this class we’ll create an environment of Compassionate Self Expression through Water, Earth and Paper.

There are only 4 basics but very difficult to master. (1) the right brush with (2), the right amount of paint with (3) the right amount of water at (4) the right time. Stewart will lead you to get comfortable with these four facets of watercolor practice whether you are a beginner or a more advanced beginner. The best way to approach watercolor is to have "eyes of a child".

Students will need to obtain the following equipment and materials and bring them to class

Paper: 2-3 sheets (22" x 30") of 140# cold press (CP) cut into 1/4 sheets 11" x 15". Preferred Brands, Saunders Waterford, Fabriano, Kilimanjaro, Arches
Paint List:Tubes are preferred to cakes but cakes will do. My approach to color is basically working with cool and warm tones so many palette choices will work but I like the following colors:Palettes: Use metal, plastic or porcelain as long as you have a few big wells to mix with. Have a folding metal or plastic palette with a thumbhole, handy for plein-air painting.

  • Warm range; lemon yellow or cad yellow pale, yellow ochre or mars yellow, raw sienna, cad red light or scarlet red, caqd orange, burnt sienna, burnt umber, aureolin, naples yellow deep
  • Cool range; cobalt blue, cerulean blue, neutral tint, cobalt turquoise, ultramarine blue, mineral violet, cobalt violet light, cobalt green, carmine or alizarine crimson
  • Additional gems; cad yellow deep, rose dore', viridian, emerald green, marine blue.

Good brands for color; Holbein, Windsor and Newton (not always), Sennelier, MaimeriBlu, Fraggonard. I use white paint so have some permanent white gouache.
Brushes: Very personal choices but I use #10 Quill mop; #4, #6, #8, #10 round brush both in natural sable and blended hairs; a 3/4" flat brush; a squirrell mop brush or a hake brush is nice for washes; a rigger brush; and a #2 script brush. Collect quality brushes over the years and you will not be disappointed. More about brushes at the workshop.

Clay as Sanctuary


Robin Williams has 30 years of experience in the performing and visual arts. She has been a teacher for schools, museums, and non-profit organizations throughout Maryland, Georgia, and Connecticut. She is certified in art education and attended Maryland Institute College of Art, Goucher College, and Georgia State University. Robin is a Baltimore native and presently teaches visual art at St. James academy.

Class description: Do you find sanctuary in manifestations of beauty or in the act of creating? Working clay forms a space in which to find and express peace and comfort. Bring pictures, poetry, or proverbs that speak to you of finding sanctuary. They will ignite your inspiration as we learn and use the fundamentals of ceramic hand building technique. We will devote time to contemplation, brainstorming, sketching, planning, and experimenting. Projects could take the form of bells, lanterns, wall pockets, coil plaques, vessels, or free form sculptures. Use found objects, stamps, and other texture tools to embellish your piece. Work will be bisque-fired. Tuition includes an additional follow up August class for glazing final pieces that will be scheduled with participants.

 robin's clay

Materials: All are provided.


We are located at 3100 Monkton Rd., Monkton, Md. 21111. As you come from the East you will pass the Manor Tavern on your right. Our first driveway is on the right and marked with a star on the map.

Turn right into the drive. Follow the driveway past the church and around to the main building labeled as Saint James Academy and go to the upper entrance- the porch has square columns. Macdonal Hall is on you left as you come in.

Questions? call the church office M-F 9am - 4pm 410-771-4466



Have questions about Hands, Hearts and Art 2012: "Finding Sanctuary"? Contact Saint James Episcopal Church

When & Where

Saint James
3100 Monkton Rd.
Monkton, MD 21111

Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM - Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM (EDT)

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Saint James Episcopal Church

We are a community that believes  all people have been given gifts by God, and that those gifts are meant to be used for the benefit of others.

We are good at hospitality, organizing events, raising funds to help people in need, finding creative ways to support our programs, and inviting people to discover spirituality in new ways.

We have a growing community of artists associated with St. James. We also attract those who are just beginning to explore their artistic side. If you have a heart for art, we have a place for you

We're looking forward to being your hosts and guides for this event. It'll be fun! And you'll go home with art that will remind you of your connection to the Spirit.


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