Classes & Workshops

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Classes and Workshops

To sign up for a class, just go and click on the active payment link following the class description and pay with any credit card (no need to have Paypal account!)  Or, you can come into the store and pay in person.  No refunds or exchanges will be made on classes that make.  Check your schedule ahead of registration to be sure you can make it!    Please read more about our policy at the bottom of this page, thanks! **

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Using your Smartphone to take Amazing Photos with  Kris Hundt

Thursday, April 27    6:30 – 8:30 pm         

Purchase here:  $40.00   

It’s not news to anyone that smartphones are really tiny computers with amazing capacities, and most of them now have quite good cameras!  There are so many opportunities every day to take great shots;  sometimes is just takes a little moreknowledge to get the most from  your device.

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We saw how good Kris’ photos were at a recent class and begged her to share her knowledge with the rest of us.  Please don’t miss this opportunity!  Kris has a truly  engaging and enthusiastic attitude that will even help the most technology-shy to get a grip on this new orld of digital sales and do-it-marketing world we are now a part of.

Kris has shot for D Magazine, People Magazine, Texas Monthly, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, and many more.  She also enjoys frequent travels and has recently sold her work in several galleries in the Dallas area.  You may see a selection of her work on her website at www.krishundt.com, and read more about her life and work Here.

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Fused Glass Jewelry, a *Mother’s Day Special Workshop*

with Larry Pile, aka Kessler Craftsman

Thursday, May 4:   6:30 – 8:30pm    $40 for one/ $80 for two

Pay for One Person                   Pay for Two People

Bring your mom, or grab your kids and enjoy a few hours having fun with colors on glass.  Create any combination of pendants or earrings using precut pieces of gorgeous, colorful glass!

Your pieces will be fired offsite and returned quickly to the store for your retrieval.  It’s always fun to be around people you know and like, in a new environment… doing something you’ve always wondered about and wished you could do!

Larry is an experienced instructor, having led workshops at the Dallas Arboretum for many years, as well as at his home studio in Oak Cliff.  You might have seen his work at the many local art shows in the area as well.

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That’s my actual mom…wearing one of Larry’s Flaming Heart pendants!  So cool.

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“Round and Round” Earrings: Bead Weaving with Shanna Steele

Thursday, May 11     6:30 – 8:30pm         $30.00 with materials

Just in time for Mothers’ Day, this class will enable you to create the perfect gift for the most important lady in your life.

Using TierraCast pewter hammered links and Miyuki seed beads, you will learn to create versatile earrings constructed using a circular brick stitch technique.
The cost of this class includes a kit containing all the materials needed to complete one pair of earrings as well as a printed copy of the instructions so you can make the earrings at home at a later date.  Additional kits will be available after class for purchase for $5 per kit.
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Instagram Made #Easy – with Kris Hundt       

 Thursday, May 18        6:30 – 9:00pm     

Purchase here:   $40.00 

 Instagram is for anyone, especially those who love art, visual stimulation, and images more than words; as well as those who love words and appreciate the images that accompanying them.

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If you’re doing art or selling online, you really owe it to yourself to learn how to unleash the power of this technology.  You know that a picture says a thousand words; well Instagram is all about the pretty pictures, and it sends them across the globe to eyeballs that you cannot possibly grab with Facebook or Twitter.
Don’t let the fact that it’s a social media app scare you! If you’ve heard of it and not sure what it is but you wanna stay current, cool or relevant come join us.
You will learn to maneuver through this app like a champ.
By the end it will feel more like child’s play than work and you will be able to connect and share images and videos all around the globe.
Must have a smartphone and the latest version of Instagram (It’s free. Go to your app store on your smartphone and upload it.)
No experience necessary.

Kris is a professional photographer, and will guide you also on how to get the most our of your cameraphone – so don’t fret.  She will also show you how to link your accounts so you are leveraging your time every time you make a post.  And of course she’s going to talk about hashtags!  That’s one of the most important keys to catching those aforementioned eyeballs.  Add to the mix, Kris is high energy and fun to be around.  She has worked with Texas Monthly, D Magazine, and is currently teaching photography at the Center for Creative Arts.

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“Blinged-out Boxes & Creative Canisters – using Embossed Metal Tape”

Thursday, May 25               6:30 – 8:30

with Patricia Dillingham    $30.00,  materials included

Humble plumber’s tape from the hardware store goes fancy when you dress it up with intricate embossing and vibrant color. Create a unique two-part trinket tin in this fun class. You can go as low-key and monochromatic or as crazy with color as you imagination allows; these dyes really pop.  It is easier than it looks, and the results are impressive.

This is a wonderful technique that can be applied to a number of other projects – literally anything you can stick tape to!  Patricia has made a series of lightbulb plate covers in this material and they are stunning.  You can bring your own light plates from your house (they just screw off) so you know they will fit and bring those!

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“Another Donut?” Brickstitch Round Necklace Pendant with Shanna Steele

Thursday, June 8    6:30 – 8:30 pm          $60.00 includes materials

In this class, you will learn a technique called the circular brick stitch, which is most often used to create a beautiful beaded border for donuts and other round links.  In this class, we will be learning to embellish a gemstone donut pendant with Miyuki seed beads.  We will even learn to stitch a bail.  This photo is for earrings using the same technique; but our pendant will be much larger using beautiful glass:

Some knowledge of working with a needle and thread in beadwork is preferred for this class, but knowledge of the circular brick stitch is not required.

The class fee is $60, which includes a kit that will contain everything needed to complete 1 necklace.  You will also receive a copy of illustrated instructions to take home so you can make the necklace again on your own.
Additional Kits available for purchase to take with you.
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 **  POLICIES:   More info you need to read and know before signing up….
Please be sure to prepay up to two days before the class is scheduled to ensure that the class ‘makes.’ We ‘call’ the class at 24 hours prior to start time.  In most cases the classes will require a minimum of two participants in order to go forward.  (However, a few workshops are formatted more loosely as ‘make and takes’ or won’t have attendance minimums.)  Please read more about classes before signing up at the bottom of the page…but also,

If you signed up and paid and the class you wanted doesn’t make, we’ll let you know via email and allow for reschedule for the same or another class.  (if there’s no desired class, repayment will be made in the same form as originally paid.)  If the class you later take costs more, payment for the difference will be due.

Should you need to cancel or reschedule a class at Makers Connect, we require 72 hours notice.  A full refund will be issued or you may request a Class Credit to be used toward another class we offer.  If a cancellation is received less than 72 hours prior to the class, no refund or Class Credit will be issued.  This allows the teachers to be fully prepared for the correct number of students and to allow for time to fill the slot in classes that often have a waiting list. 

Also, please don’t assume we’ll have space for a friend on the day of class – though we love the enthusiastic sharing of information, there are many classes that require specific tools that we might simply not have enough of and we don’t wish to disappoint.  Just call or email ahead and see if we can accommodate your friends!Save

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