Category Archives: Workshops

Introductory Metal Etching Workshop in Lander, WY!

Want to do something really neat, artsy, personal and a one-of-a-kind creation?

Saturday, September 29, 2011, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., I’ll be teaching a fun workshop in metal etching in Lander, Wyoming.

You don’t have to have any kind of previous experience to take the class. This is a fun class for newbies to get your little pinkie toe wet, nothing serious. You’ll go home with a few completed projects, depending on which metal blank shapes you use for your etching.

We’ll be using non-caustic chemicals for the etching. This doesn’t mean it’s non-toxic, but we follow proper safety procedures, and if you happen to get a little bit on you accidentally, it’s not going to burn holes in you or stunt your growth. In fact, the chemical we’ll be using, ferric chloride, is used for a number of things, including dying wool and staining concrete.

We’ll be using direct resist methods, which means that we’ll be using paint pens and epoxy paint to make designs. You can etch sayings, a name or artwork onto your metal.

Not an artist? Not to worry, because for some reason even the most crude drawings seem to transcend into something special when it’s on metal. It really does look entirely different and special than a line drawing on paper. Trust me on this! I suuuuuck at drawing, but freestyle comes out looking fabulous.

You can get information on the class by going to LAC’s website here:

Sign up as soon as you can so we can be sure to have enough supplies on hand!


Workshops in Lander, WY

I’m going to be doing several workshops in Lander in October. The first one is Oct. 1, 2011, and it will be an Egyptian coiled bracelet. All the tools will be supplied and you’ll take your finished project home that day.

On October 15, 2011 I’ll be doing a class on introductory etching on metal. This is a fun workshop and we won’t be using caustic acid, but instead a mordant that is generally used to dye textiles. There won’t be anything to memorize and the projects are simple to make. All the supplies are included in the cost.

With this one we’ll be doing direct resist methods, which means you draw on your own patterns. It does not mean you need to be any kind of an artist! You can write a name or draw a stick figure, and you’ll be amazed at how well it looks on metal. Etching is also useful for the guys who want to do PCBs for their electronic projects.

This isn’t a full-fledged workshop course on etching, but more of a laid-back and fun class. You’ll have great projects to take home!

You can register for the classes through Central Wyoming College. Click on Non-Credit Courses for the Fall Schedule at this link:

Mendocino Village

I teach workshops, and occasionally I get to teach at a really great place. Mendocino, California is one of those places. It’s in northern California on the coast. You go through redwood cedar forests and rolling volcanic hills filled with vineyards to get to it.

This was the view as I stepped out of the studio from the Mendocino Art Center.

This is the view of the cove from the headlands. Notice the volcanic rocks? Notice the fog? It’s often foggy, and there are several impressive lighthouses along the coast.

Most mornings I would go to a little local cafe, called the Bay Side Cafe, and eat my breakfast there. Everyone thought I was nuts because I would eat out on the balcony. It was September, often foggy and chilly to the locals, but hey, where I come from, we’d already had a foot of snow, and it was downright balmy on the balcony.
Pretty soon, I’d have a chum. If I didn’t watch him, he’d be more than happy to hop right into my plate and sample what I was having for breakfast. If he was really lucky, he could snatch something big before I shooed him away. By the end of my stay, it was a staring contest every morning, with him waiting for my attention to be diverted just momentarily so he could swoop in and rob me of my breakfast. Absolutely no fear!
Also while I was there, I could go every day across the little area commons to see the sculptor working through the day. This is “Three Ages of Woman” sculpture by artist John Fisher. He didn’t quite get it finished by the time I left, but it was amazing to see the progress while I was there. To see him carve this rough stone into smooth features, wavy hair, sea anemones and star fish on the sides of the sculpture, was just fascinating. One day there would be a vague form with rough linear grooves, and the next day it would be smooth and refined.
If you ever want to go to a pretty place, I highly recommend Mendocino. It’s quaint, picturesque, relaxing, beautiful, colorful…and if you run out of things to look at or you can’t bear to be in any of the little shops full of exquisite work anymore, then there’s still a dozen or so villages along this stretch of the coast that will be equally as beautiful.

Copyright 2011 by Katherine Palochak