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AuSable Artisan Village

Our Classes

Linked Bead Bracelet


with Clare Spaulding

Calendar May 8, 2021 at 1 pm

Using 22 gauge sterling silver wire, participants will learn how to link beads together to make a bracelet.  This techniques is used to make many difference kinds of jewelry (Participants must have enough hand strenghth to bend the wire using a pair of pliers.)

All supplies included.

Each person will complete a linked bead bracelet

MASKS are required.

Full Course

Wine Bottle Painting


with Pam Meland

Calendar May 15, 2021 at 1 am

Paint, stamp and stencil empty wine bottles. Add the finishing touches with fairy lights, or pick a stopper and create a liquid dispenser.

All supplies included.


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Wine Glass Painting


with Pam Meland

Calendar May 15, 2021 at 11 am

Local artist Pam Meland leads the way to painting unique wine glasses! 

Each registrant may complete two glasses. choose stem or stemless. Using the pictures provided or bringing your own, you will learn how to transfer the picture to the glass, apply the paint, dry and toast with your neighbor!

Feel free to enjoy refreshment from Paddle Hard during this session! 


Safety First.  Artisan Village instructors will set up following social distancing guidelines in each of our classes.  The instructor will wear a face shield or a mask at all times.  We value our registrant's and our instructor's health and will sanitize before and after all events.  Please bring your mask to wear.  Masks are required.

Artisan Village is handicapped accessible.

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Introduction to Precious Metal Clay


with Clare Spaulding

Calendar May 22, 2021 at 11 am

Safety First.  Artisan Village instructors will maintain social distancing guidelines in each of our classes.  The instructor will wear a face shield or a mask at all times.  We value our registrant's and our instructor's health and will sanitize before and after all events.  Bring your mask, please.



Learn to create an infinite range of forms, surfaces and textures with precious metal clay. You will learn how to design, form and sand PMC. Then you will be guided through your first firing experience. Upon completion of class you will take home a beautiful one of a kind silver necklace.

$45.00 additional fee for supplies and materials. Please bring cash to pay the instructor before the class begins.

Time for break will be provided while your project dries.  Feel free to pack a snack or buy one at a local restaraunt. You can also purchase drinks at Paddle Hard. 

Artisan Village is handicapped accessible.



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Acrylic Pour


with Clare Spaulding

Calendar Jun 5, 2021 at 11 am

Acrylic pouring is a fascinating, abstract art technique where liquefied paint is poured into each other onto a surface. Learn various ways of pouring different colors on top of each other. Depending on the choice of paints, medium and the additives, different effects are created.

A variety of techiques will be taught in this class include a dirty pour, a swipe, a flower and a string pull.

Finished pieces will need to dry downstairs.  Dried pieces can be picked  up three days after the class.

Please consider wearing older clothes or an apron in case you get paint on them.

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Watercolor Painting


with Lian Quan Zhen

Calendar Jun 9, 2021 at 9 am

This class is three days: June 9, 10, and 11.

Lian Quan Zhen is a world class watercolor artist and painting author. Lian painted while practicing medicine in China, and immigrated to the US in 1985. His paintings hang in collections all over the world.

During the three day watercolor painting session, Lian teaches basic techniques as well as his unique methods, including "Color Pouring and Blending" and "Paint Around.” Four to six short demos each day lead into practice sessions that allow students to learn more easily. Participate in helpful critique sessions as Lian takes you through several paintings.

Open to students of all skill levels.

Students can bring lunch or order takeout.


Brushes - Synthetic and/or sable brushes: Windsor and Newton, American Journey and Loew-Cornell recommended.

Round - number 4, 6 & 8 Pointed - number 2, 3

Flat - ¼ inch (with wedge shape at end of handle for applying masking), ½ inch and 1 inch

Colors - tubes  (only three colors are used)

One tube from each of the three primary colors: Blue - Antwerp Blue (Windsor and Newton), Prussian Blue or Phthalocyanine Blue Red Shade (M.Graham &Co.); Yellow - Hansa, or Azo Light light (M.Graham &Co.), Windsor Yellow (Windsor and Newton), Bumblebee or aureolin Yellow (American Journey). Red - Pyrrol or Napthal Red (M.Graham &Co.), Permanent Red Deep (Windsor and Newton) or Joe's Red American Journey) Other similar primary colors are OK. 


Half sheets (15"x22", or 16"x20") 140 lb Cold Press watercolor papers, Arches or Kilimanjaro, NO EXCEPTIONS. 3-day workshop needs 3


One large size palette like John Pike Watercolor palette (not little ones; large white color plate is OK).

Masking Fluid

A new bottle of light colored art-masking fluid: Pebeo Drawing Gum, Shiva Liquid Masque by Richeson Mediums or Windsor and Newton's yellowish color masking are recommended. If Cheap Joe’s does not have them buy them from


One plywood board or gatorboard size about 16"x23" for taping down the half sheet size watercolor paper, Three small dishes for making color liquids, a roll of masking tape or clear packing tape, 2 sheets of graphite papers (transfer paper, erasable), a hair dryer, a medium size water sprayer, a brush washer (a jar contains water for cleaning brushes), an apron, 3 sheets of tracing papers size about 15"x12", a pair of scissors, a B2 or #2 pencil, erasers and one roll of white paper towel. If you can't blow the color liquids while painting, get a can of Compressed Gasduster from office supply store. 


Additional Notes:

Safety First! Classes will be set up following social distancing guidelines. Your instructor will wear a mask. We will sanitize before and after all events. Please bring your mask to wear.

Cancellation Policy: If a class you registered for gets canceled, you will have the option for a refund or gift certificate. If you register for a class and decide to cancel, you will be given a gift certificate for the amount paid, which may be used in the gallery or for another class or event.

Artisan Village is handicapped accessible.


Questions about the class?

Call Xenia at 269-317-7184 for artistic inquiries or Andrea 231-499-2228 for facilities or location questions.


Simple Pendant


with Ken Schug

Calendar Jun 12, 2021 at 10 am

Ken Schug, silversmith and rock enthusiast of Down To Earth Designs in Interlochen, will inspire the class to go from materials and tools, to the completion of a silver pendant! Registrants will create their own cabochon pendant. Just add your silver chain at the end of the class and it's ready to wear!

Ken will introduce and discuss the tools needed to make pendants, basic designing, selecting a stone cabochon or jewel and then guide registrants in how to pull it all together into their own piece of art. All tools and materials will be supplied.

There will be a lunch break. You may bring your own lunch and snacks or order from a local restaurant. Coffee By Steph will be open as well as Paddle Hard.

All registrants will sign a participant liability waiver before the class.

Ages 15+

Painted Pots


with Chris Sheldon

Calendar Jun 21, 2021 at 11 am

Students will learn how to apply paint to clay pots and design their own unique application. At the end of this 4-day class, students can go home with as many as 4 beautifully decorated terra cotta pots.  Instructor, Chris,  has lots of ideas, but students are encouraged to bring their own ideas, too. The creations will be sealed and ready for flowers.  Why use plain old terra cotta planters when you can have your flowers growing in works of art.   Open to students 7-14 yr old.  Pots and paints will be supplied.

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