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Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Brand-New Online Workshop: TOOLS OF THE TRADE.

Jewelers, sculptors, mixed media makers, creative explorers of all stripe:  I'm thrilled to announce my first online workshop - TOOLS OF THE TRADE: Essential Tools for Artists. This is the online adaptation of my class of the same name which has been getting rave response in the US and Australia for the last eight years. 

How many of us have a tool - a Dremel, a power drill, a jeweler's saw - that sits, practically unused, in a corner, because we don't know how to properly use it?

In this course, which runs over an eight-week period - July 16 to August 27, 2011 - students will watch practical and detailed demonstrations of drilling and shaping metal, wood, plastic, mica, bone, stone, glass, ceramic and shell safely and efficiently. You'll learn in plain and easy-to-follow detail what tool to use for what material.  In addition, the amazing jeweler's saw will also be explored, with easy-to-follow instruction on how to work with it and understand its basics.

I've been filmed in my studio here in Sydney, where you'll feel like you're sitting in a chair at my side as we thoroughly explore the world of the most essential tools for makers of objects. 

This also marks the first opportunity for those outside the US and Australia to take a workshop with me - I've long yearned to get to Europe to teach, but until that opportunity knocks, this will be the chance. 

The event that the workshop takes place within, called ARTFUL GATHERING, is the first 'online convention' of art classes ever presented. Sixteen teachers' classes will take place under the same virtual roof during those six weeks. An exciting idea, and one I'm proud to be involved with.

So whether you're a beginner in creative exploration, or an old hand looking to get some great new insights into your tools, this workshop is packed with great tips, information - and many of my own low-tech variations on traditional methods - that will enhance your own creative path.

The dates again are July 16 to August 27, 2011.

For more information, and to register:

I hope you'll join me!



  1. keith, are you taching an cold connections? i could use a brush up on my riveting skills...

  2. Not this time around, Yona - this is strictly a class on drilling and shaping different materials and correct use of the tools... The riveting thing may be next up! KL

  3. damn i love the music! what is it?

  4. The music? That's me, circa 1988...

  5. Will you be the one conducting all of the classes?

  6. No, River, there are about 15 other teachers holding their own classes through that site during the same time period. So someone can choose one or several to 'attend' during those weeks.