All the Little Things: Creating a Miniature Abandoned Room with Amanda Kelly

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In this 5-part seminar, learn the basic techniques of miniature making while creating your own little abandoned room.

Course description

The art of making miniatures is an age-old art form that extends far beyond the realm of hobbies and hobbies. Miniatures have been used in all mediums and fields, from film and advertising to fine art and even forensics. In this workshop led by artist and miniaturist Amanda Kelly of Panda Miniatures, we’ll learn the basic techniques of miniature making while building a tiny replica of an abandoned site – a small stage on which a piece of history or an imaginary narrative took place. Using a variety of distressing techniques, we’ll learn how to create realistic impressions of textures like brick, peeling paint and wood on old plank flooring. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to add your own personal touch by adding tiny scraps, clutter, and leaves. Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some experience building miniatures, you’ll leave this course with a small abandoned room to furnish and, in a way, tell the tale of as you please.

Program at a glance

This course consists of five sessions in total, each lasting two hours.

Spring Section A: meets Mondays starting May 2, skipping May 30.

Session 1 (Monday 02/05, 7-9pm ET) | Introduction to Miniatures: Scale, Supplies, and Painting Tips

Session 2 (Monday 09/05, 7-9pm ET) | Liquid latex and toothpicks: create a brick wall and peel the paint

Session 3 (Monday 5/16, 7-9pm ET) | Bricks and Planks: Painting and Weathering Techniques for Brickwork and Flooring

Session 4 (Monday 5/23, 7-9pm ET) | Make a mess: stain and distress the floor and create clutter

– week off –

Session 5 (Monday 6/6, 7-9pm ET) | (Dropped out) Housewarming: A Festive Show-and-Tell of Our Completed Plays and Final Discussion

Spring Section B: meets on Tuesdays starting June 21.

Session 1 (Tuesday, 6/21, 7-9pm ET) | Introduction to Miniatures: Scale, Supplies, and Painting Tips

Session 2 (Tuesday, 6/28, 7-9pm ET) | Liquid latex and toothpicks: create a brick wall and peel the paint

Session 3 (Tuesday 05/07, 7-9pm ET) | Bricks and Planks: Painting and Weathering Techniques for Brickwork and Flooring

Session 4 (Tuesday 7/12, 7-9pm ET) | Make a mess: stain and distress the floor and create clutter

Session 5 (Tuesday, 7/19, 7-9pm ET) | (Dropped out) Housewarming: A Festive Show-and-Tell of Our Completed Plays and Final Discussion

Summer section A: meets on Wednesdays from July 27, skipping August 10.

Session 1 (Wednesday, 7/27, 7-9pm ET) | Introduction to Miniatures: Scale, Supplies, and Painting Tips

Session 2 (Wednesday 8/3, 7-9pm ET) | Liquid latex and toothpicks: create a brick wall and peel the paint

– week off –

Session 3 (Wednesday 8/12 7-9pm ET) | Bricks and Planks: Painting and Weathering Techniques for Brickwork and Flooring

Session 4 (Wednesday, 8/24, 7-9pm ET) | Make a mess: stain and distress the floor and create clutter

Session 5 (Wednesday, 8/31, 7-9pm ET) | Abandoned) House Warming: A celebratory show-and-tell of our finished pieces and closing discussion

Summer Section B: meets on Mondays from August 22, skipping September 5.

Session 1 (Monday 8/22, 7-9pm ET) | Introduction to Miniatures: Scale, Supplies, and Painting Tips

Session 2 (Monday, 08/29, 7-9pm ET) | Liquid latex and toothpicks: create a brick wall and peel the paint

– week off –

Session 3 (Monday 9/12, 7-9pm ET) | Bricks and Planks: Painting and Weathering Techniques for Brickwork and Flooring

Session 4 (Monday 9/19, 7-9pm ET) | Make a mess: stain and distress the floor and create clutter

Session 5 (Monday 9/26, 7-9pm ET) | Abandoned) House Warming: A celebratory show-and-tell of our finished pieces and closing discussion

Between sessions

Students will be expected to recap anything not completed during the course and prepare material for the next session.

Course material

Students must purchase a chamber box ($35), available here. A 20% room box discount code will be provided to registered students. A list of additional materials (approximately $50-75 total) will be sent to registered students closer to the start of this course.

Pricing options

In addition to full price tickets, a limited number of free places are available for this course. Please note that these tickets are reserved for those who would not otherwise be able to attend this course and who expect to attend all sessions. Free places are distributed by lottery two weeks before the start of each course. For more information and to apply for a non-paying place, please Click here. To learn more about our pricing model and random selection process for no-pay locations, please visit our FAQ page.

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