Make and Create Weekend Retreat: PCA&D and Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen

WS 12 : 

non-credit – in person

  • Dates: April 15 & 16
  • Meetings: 2
  • Days/Times: Saturday, 9 AM – 4:30 PM and Sunday, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Instructors: Leah Limpert Walt, Michael Peluso, Kelly Tucci, Nichole Madonna


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Do you need time immersing yourself in making and creating? Have you been looking for ways to try new creative outlets but can’t find the time to schedule all of the things you would like to explore? Join instructors from the Center for Creative Exploration at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen for a very special weekend creativity retreat! Mornings will be spent on PCA&D’s campus in studio experiences such as portrait drawing and collage. Lunch is on your own with ample exciting options within walking distance in downtown Lancaster!Afternoon workshops take place just a couple blocks away at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, where you will get a chance to dive into jewelry making and glassblowing.

Saturday, April 15 from 9 am – 12 pm
Building a Collage Library with Nichole Madonna

Whether you’re just starting out on your creative journey or just need a push to start, this workshop is sure to be helpful for anyone currently using or wanting to use collage and mixed media in their artwork. Hand-made collage paper is oftentimes more interesting than store bought, and definitely more cost effective. In this workshop we will be making our own collage paper by painting, stamping, and drawing. We will also discuss how to pull images from easy to source materials as well as how to organize your collage library so you can easily find what you need or browse through when you need a strike of inspiration. Once you start, you’ll never want to stop!

About the Instructor:
Nichole Madonna is from Lancaster and received a BFA with a focus on abstract painting from PCA&D. Nichole currently teaches at Tinkergarten, a nature-based pre-school. Nichole loves working in sketchbooks, creating art out of found objects, creating abstract artwork with a focus on color, texture and mark-making. When Nichole isn’t creating art, you can find her in nature with her family or reading non-fiction and autobiographies.

Saturday, April 15 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Metalsmithing Basics with Kelly Tucci

In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of metalsmithing techniques to help begin their journey of creating bench-fabricated jewelry! Transform sheet metal and wire into jewelry through forming, soldering with an Acetylene torch, texturizing with metal stamps and planishing hammers, and stone setting in this class. Cast decorative elements in sterling silver will be available for students to add to their pieces.
Each student will leave the class with at least one wearable piece of jewelry such as a ring, bracelet, necklace, or a pair of earrings.

About the instructor:

Kelly Tucci has been creating handmade, bench fabricated, cast, and 3D modeled jewelry for the past 14 years. She graduated from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA, with a BFA focusing on Metals/Jewelry/CAD/CAM and Painting/Drawing. Kelly regularly teaches at the PA Guild of Craftsmen and has instructed classes at various studios in the greater Philadelphia area.

Sunday, April 16 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Portrait Drawing with Leah Limpert-Walt

Drawing the portrait from life has its challenges, but this class will give you practical skills
through which you will notice results! Gain a better understanding of the structure of the head
through anatomy and technical application. Discover a keener eye for, and confidence in the
rhythms, gesture, and light effect in a portrait drawing through lectures and practice in the studio with a live model. A limited variety of drawing materials will be explored.

About the instructor:

Leah Limpert Walt is a painter and sculptor living in Lancaster City, PA. She has studied at University of Delaware, Moore College of Art and Design, and received her BFA from Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. She is the current PCA&D Alumni Fine Art Artist in Residence. She teaches painting and drawing and has exhibited in New York City, Philadelphia, Bethlehem, PA and throughout the lower Susquehanna Valley.

Sunday, April 16 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Glassblowing with Michael Peluso

Students will learn the art of Flameworking and how to make their own unique glass in this fun class. Blowing, shaping, and color application will be done by the student. Glass pieces will be ready to take home by the end of the class. Please wear old clothing.

About the instructor:

Michael has 20 years’ experience in functional glass making and currently operates a soft glass
and flameworking studio in Elizabethtown, PA. He has studied under glassblowing and flame
working masters such as William Gudenrath, Michael Scheiner, James Nowak, Michael Rogers,
Milon Townsend, Jane Bruce and the late Elio Quarisa.

This class must meet minimum enrollment by April 8 in order to run. Register today! 


Supply List

  • All supplies are included in the cost of the retreat
  • Wear studio appropriate clothing and close-toed shoes.
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