Robert Little Scholarship
100% Tuition Scholarship: To honor respected nature printer, Robert Little, a scholarship has been set up in his name. This scholarship is open to anyone taking an adult-level course that incorporates nature. Apply Now!
Touchstone’s 150-acre campus in the beautiful Laurel Highlands is the perfect natural setting to inspire creativity.
Choose from one of these Nature-themed Workshops:
AUG 19–23 | 5-Day
with Martha Grover
Working with porcelain on and off the wheel, Martha demonstrates how to make her signature undulating functional forms. You will create an assortment of functional forms including cups, bowls, vases, pitchers, lidded forms, and baskets.
SEP 28–30 | 3-Day
Alternative Firing Techniques
with Bob Green
Explore several different ceramic firing techniques: raku, burnishing with a terra sigillata slip, and naked raku– combining raku and burnishing. Participants must bring both bone-dry and bisque-fired pieces.
Glass & Basketry
JUL 8–12 | 5-Day
Intro to Stained Glass Copper Foil Technique
with Neile Cooper
Learn the fundamentals of creating stained glass using the copper foil technique. You will learn how to incorporate non-glass, unconventional materials like crystals, shells, or pressed flowers into your pieces.
AUG 31–SEP 2 | 3-Day
Flameworking Glass Flora
with Erin Garmezy
Create botanical works on the torch using borosilicate glass. You will discover basic techniques for constructing organic forms to create leaves, flowers, vines, and other organic forms.
AUG 19–23 | 5-Day
Willow Baskets to Grow and Weave
with Jo Campbell-Amsler
Focusing on the basic techniques used in willow basketry, you will learn everything from making basic basket shapes, rims, and handles to finishing techniques. You will design and weave 3-4 of your own rib style willow baskets in 5 days.
JUN 8–9 | 2-Day
Plein Air Painting
with William Pfahl
Find your own vision learn how to see colors in nature while mixing paint to match the colors you see. Bill will demonstrate what excites him – building the bones of a painting from a few color/value shapes that relate in a strong harmony.
AUG 31–SEP 2 | 3-Day
Back to Basics
with Ron Donoughe
This workshop reinforces the basics of landscape painting including composition, value, color, seeing shapes, and edge treatment. The workshop will also touch on the use of digital photography as an aid. Ron will be giving numerous demonstrations and plenty of individual attention.
Drawing & Photography
JUL 29–AUG 2 | 5-Day
with Roger Hyndman
This workshop focuses on the beauty of the Laurel Highlands and Touchstone’s 150-acre campus, with 2 days of special access to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Learn to record the countryside, waterfalls, organic forms, wildlife, and the human figure in a natural environment.
SEP 7-8 | 2-Day
A Closer Look at Nature: Botanical Illustration
with Robin Menard
Botanical illustration involves very close observation and scientifically accurate drawing to capture the habits, details, textures, and color of a plant. You will take a closer look at the common things all around us while immersed in the beauty of Touchstone’s 150-acre campus in the Laurel Highlands.
JUN 8–9 | 2-Day
Fundamentals of Digital Photography
with Rick Szymanski
Get your camera off AUTO mode and take manual control for better photos! You will explore Touchstone’s 150-acre campus and nearby locations in the beautiful Laurel Highlands while learning various styles and techniques such as portraiture, landscape, documentary, and abstract art, as well as computer editing techniques.
NEW IN 2019! – EDUCATORS’ RETREAT
AUG 5–9 | 5-Days (MON-FRI)
The Educators’ Retreat provides a week for professional development that will enhance an educator’s own creativity while offering rich content that can translate to the classroom. Choose from a variety of studios and delve into the processes as you explore these techniques and share your findings with other educators/artists. At the end of the week, you will have a treasure trove of unique resources as well as a new toolbox of ideas to share with your students!
Not Just For Art Teachers!
Open to anyone but designed for K-12 educators and those studying to be educators (any subject or grade). Act 48 Credits are available for PA educators, sponsored by PAEA (Pennsylvania Art Education Association). (Touchstone is happy to work with education associations from other states to make any special requirements attainable).
Educator Retreat Scholarships – NEW!
50% – 100% Tuition Scholarships: The purpose of this scholarship is to help K-12 Educators participate in this week of programming. Various scholarships are available and open to any K-12 Educator from any district or state. PLEASE NOTE: Thanks to the generosity of the Community Foundation of Fayette County, there are ten, 100% tuition scholarships available for K-12 educators teaching in Fayette County. Touchstone has applied for financial support from several other geographic-specific foundations and we are waiting to hear how much funding of scholarships will be awarded. In the meantime, we encourage ALL EDUCATORS to apply through our general EDUCATOR RETREAT SCHOLARSHIP application process, choosing Educator Retreat workshops as your preference. Download Scholarship Application
All applications must be RECEIVED by March 15.
Please check our scholarship page for a full list of available scholarships.
EDUCATORS’ RETREAT WORKSHOPS – Choose from:
Light the Fire with Lampworking Techniques
with Joy Knepp
Light the torch of possibilities and see the magic of chemistry as we experiment with reduction glass and color combinations.
Metals & Jewelry
Precious Metal Clay: From Bead to Box
with Lora Hart
Experiment with Metal Clay, a relatively new technology that transforms powder metallurgy from an industrial use to a creative art form.
Drawing & Painting
with Roger Hyndman
Take a creative journey into journaling while you explore a variety of materials and discover the many benefits of keeping an artistic journal.
Murals in Clay
with Chuck Purviance
Learn the ins-and-outs of creating murals in clay as a group project in the classroom or the surrounding community.
with Ellen Durkan
Step outside your comfort zone and try something new – forge something wearable!
For more information visit: Educators’ Retreat
A casual atmosphere makes this week at Touchstone a rewarding adventure!
Natural shapes are all around us. You can incorporate rocks, leaves, and shadows as a supporting role to any subject. Watch how easily your painting (abstract or otherwise) will come alive when the foundation is interesting. The next step is to simply fill in those shapes with color. Watercolor basics, personal expression, and a number of other fun and creative topics will be discussed. Lessons are designed to encourage you to try new color and composition approaches that will spark ordinary subjects into exciting visuals. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.Register Now
Ron Thurston won the Keystone Award and Medal in the 2014 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 35th Annual International Juried Exhibition at the State Museum in Harrisburg. Watercolor Artist magazine featured eight of Ron’s paintings in the April 2014 issue. A signature member of the American Water Society, he is also a past president of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society. He is a founding member of Pittsburgh Underwater, an exhibiting group of five, who started Watercolors Gallery—this gallery lasted for ten years. Ron has won three Aqueous Open Best of Shows and a Grumbacher Gold Medal. Ron won a silver medal at Adirondacks 2013 National Exhibition of American Watercolors and another award in 2014. He was accepted into the first five Signature American Watercolor Exhibitions at Fallbrook Gallery, Fallbrook, California. Ron’s reputation as one of the premier watercolor painters in western Pennsylvania brings many buyers to his work.
To see more of Ron’s work visit ronthurston.net
Visit The Allegany Arts Council’s Saville Gallery in Cumberland, MD from February 3-17, 2018 for ‘A Taste of Touchstone’ Gallery Exhibit. More information
Roger Hyndman has conducted workshops for artists, arts councils, arts organizations, professional organizations, and educators, and has engaged in artist residencies. He has partnered with the VIEW (a multi-arts center in Old Forge, New York), Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Yates County Arts Center, Mid-Hudson Teacher Center and State University of New York at New Paltz, Hartwick College, Syracuse University, University of New Hampshire, Fletcher Farm School, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Sagamore Great Camp, and the Saratoga Arts Council. As an exhibiting artist, Roger has organized and coordinated travel across the United States and Europe. Several recent intaglio prints reflect the influence of nano images and his travels to the Shetland Islands, Fair Isle, Italy, Sicily, Scotland, France, Canada, and across the American landscape.
To see more of Roger’s work visit solarprintmaking.com
Roger will be offering 2 workshops at Touchstone in 2018! ‘Experimental Printmaking’ from June 18–22 and during Teen Week – ‘Intaglio Printmaking’ from June 25–29.
In ‘Experimental Printmaking,’ students will spend the week exploring solarplate, relief, monotype and other forms of printmaking, learning how printmaking is a highly versatile and expressive medium that transforms original ideas into multiple images. Focusing on utilizing the tools of the printmaker, your potential and creativity as an artist, the simplicity of plate processing, and producing creative artwork, you will be introduced to a variety of printmaking techniques and practices as well as participate in critiques. You will also experience the unique sensitivity of printmaking, using an intaglio and pin presses to create and print your images. We will conclude with a class exhibit, critique, and celebration. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.
For the Teens (grades 9–12), ‘Intaglio Printmaking’ will explore the heritage of the intaglio printmaker utilizing modern and historic concepts and techniques to influence your approach to contemporary printmaking. Intaglio (solarplate) printmaking is a highly versatile and expressive contemporary medium, transforming original drawings, paintings, and collage as well as photographs, JPEG’S, and copier art into high quality etchings. Enjoy making plates in the sun, developing the plate with ordinary tap water, and using the intaglio press to create limited edition etchings. We will focus on utilizing the tools of the printmaker, your creativity as an artist, the simplicity of plate processing, and the production of professional artwork. You will be introduced to a variety of techniques, printmaking practices, and participate in critiques. The workshop will conclude with a class exhibit, critique, and celebration. Solar printmaking will appeal to artists of all media, such as printmakers, photographers, and painters.
Visit The Allegany Arts Council’s Saville Gallery in Cumberland, MD from February 3-17, 2018 for ‘A Taste of Touchstone’ Gallery Exhibit. More information: Taste of Touchstone
After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 with a BFA in illustration, Phil Ashworth made his way to Brooklyn, New York to chase that big city dream. Since then, his work has appeared in books, magazines, and posters; on skateboards and apparel; and in various gallery shows throughout the United States. His illustrations have been recognized by American Illustration, 3×3, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, and have also been featured in the New York Times Fashion and Style, NPR’s Studio 360, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Phil is available for commissions and movie marathons.
Phil will be teaching ‘Face to Face’ at Touchstone from September 14–16, 2018. In this workshop, students will examine the history of portraiture, from the old masters to contemporary artists, and the various techniques they used to create a successful work of art. We will study how composition, lighting, and expression all play key roles in developing a powerful image. Each day, we will research artists whose work relies heavily on these techniques, and then work from models or busts and create a portrait that is based on the topics covered that day. On the final day, we will take all of these techniques that were covered and create a self-portrait. This class is geared towards students who have some fundamental drawing knowledge and want to expand their skill set.