"PERSONALIZED CLASSES IN THE FINE ART OF PYROGRAPHY"
Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced
Give a gift to yourself or someone you love that will last a lifetime--the opportunity to nurture a talent that will enrich your life with the capacity to create and express beauty in a way you may never have thought possible. Catered to each student's skill level, interests, talent, and pace, this opportunity to explore an exquisite and rare artform will introduce each student to a world whose charm is ageless. Under David's patient and learner-centered tutelage garnered from over 33 years of experience, his students too have found satisfaction in creating images like these in no time.
Class sessions may be arranged to run for as long or as short (usually from 1-2 hours), as frequently or intermittently, and to work at the level and pace and on the aspects of the project that the student wants. Sessions may be individual by request or in small groups working at similar skill levels. Sign up with a friend and enjoy the camaraderie of learning together at a 15% discount for both of you.
Gift Certificates may be purchased or registration made by calling 540-421-1313 or emailing the address on this page. Class venues will vary with class size and by request for special needs. New students accepted at any time. Call for more information.
Costs:KreiderArt Galleries of Woodburning and Pyrography Art
Individual sessions: $30/hour
Group sessions: $25/hour
Sessions in the student's home: (additional at cost)
#1 "INTRO TO THE FINE ART OF PYROGRAPHY" with DAVID KREIDER
If you have been charmed by the ancient art of woodburning and wondered if you could ever learn to create such handsome works of art, this two-day class will introduce you to the secrets of this rare artform. You will be introduced to a spectacular array of artists from around the world who are working in this medium, and as you choose a project to call your own David will coach you into bringing it to life. Students will have the opportunity to look over his shoulder as he works and to see firsthand how the fundamentals of burning and using the edges and settings of even a very basic tool can turn a pencil sketch into a masterpiece of art. You will have opportunity to experiment with different species of wood to build on their unique qualities, visual textures, and tones and try your hand at creating something you may never have thought possible. While this class will be geared to enthusiasts who are new to this artform, if you have been experimenting with this medium and want to learn the secrets that will bring realism to your work you are welcome to bring your ideas and works in progress to learn how David would approach your project from beginning to end. All skill levels are welcome and everyone will learn and take inspiration from each others' work as we push out the edges of our experience to new frontiers.
Choosing your woods
How to transfer a design to your wood
Learning to use your tip(s)
Tonal range, gradients, shading and the illusion of shape and form
Texturing and techniques for rendering detail
OFFERED AT THESE FINE SCHOOLS:
Marc Adams School of Woodworking July 25-26, 2015
John C Campbell Folk School May 19-21, 2017 (listing on p75 of catalog under "Unique Offerings")
#2 "MULTIPLE MEDIA PYROGRAPHY AND PYROGRAVURE COLOREE" with DAVID KREIDER
For intermediate and advanced pyrographers and wood artists interested in taking their work to another level with creative applications in blended media, this unusual five-day workshop is for you. In this class students will be introduced to David's remarkable work in pyrogravure coloree and have the opportunity to learn from his 32 years of experience in mixed media. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with integrations of multiple genres and applications to the interest areas of their work with wood and to learn from the experiences of others in the class in doing so. Best of all, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate personally with David in bringing their unique multiple media ideas to life.
Understanding burning and its effects on wood
Burning for tone, texture, and other media
Understanding and selecting woods
Choosing colorants and stains
Incorporating other materials
Sealing and protecting multiple media work
Extrapolations from wood, an introduction to "pyrographics"
OFFERED AT THESE FINE SCHOOLS:
Marc Adams School of Woodworking July 27-31, 2015
#3 "PORTRAITURE, HUMAN FIGURE, AND WILDLIFE RENDERINGS IN PYROGRAPHY" with DAVID KREIDER
This unusual combination of arts foci brings together in one class a set of skill areas that most artists spend a lifetime trying to master. This class will give students an opportunity to explore and nurture their talents across the disciplines of portrait, human figure, and wildlife rendering, all in the exquisite medium of wood via the handsome artform of pyrography. And this under the attentive guidence of a career artist with 32 years of experience in all of these. Students will learn the secrets of bringing realism to their work, of choosing woods that offer impressionistic accents to their art, and the techniques and skills necessary for rendering tones, textures, and detail that approach photorealism. This class will assume and build on a basic understanding of the fundamentals of drawing and experience with introductory level pyrography. Students will be encouraged, inspired, and coached to work beyond their perceived abilities, to push their interests and talents in ways they did not think possible, and to learn from their peers who will be doing the same.
Selecting woods for technical and visual compatibility
Mastering tool(s) for shading, line, texturing, and detail
Mastering tonal range and juxtaposed gradients for 2D form
Considerations for preservation, function, and longevity
A brief introduction to "pyrographics"
About the Instructor:
DAVID KREIDER is a mixed media artist working in the rare artforms of pyrography and pyrogravure coloree. He is known for his exquisite intercultural character studies, portraits, wildlife, and vibrant impressionistic landscapes incorporating the rich visual textures of his "canvases" on wood.
David has been showing and selling his award-winning art in over 400 juried art shows, street fairs, galleries, and international and ethnic festivals for over 32 years. More recently, by request, he has taken to teaching this unusual art to the delight of pyrography enthusiasts who have been captivated by his talent and work at Schools of Craft and Woodworking that often bring together some of the premier artists and craftsmen in their fields. He has been gratified to be honored by his students as a gifted and engaging teacher whose style seems to connect and bring out the collective best and often undiscovered talents of his students.
Having grown up in the conflicted world of the Middle East, in Israel-Palestine, and visited and taught in Egypt, Iraq and Kurdistan, regions that span the cultures and faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and others in a multiplicity of cultural expressions, David's work and studies have taken him into the arts of intercultural diplomacy, conflict transformation, trauma healing, interfaith engagement, and peacebuilding as well. Expressions of his interests in peace pervade his art and student-centered teaching in a way that not only evokes their best in technical skills but draws from and nurtures their heart and soul as well.