Enameled cooper pennies made by professor Claudia Wilburn

New This Year: Friday Workshop Series

Apr 15, 2019
Allison Lauricella

Written by Polly Evans-Thomas

In the 2018-2019 school year, the Center for the Arts & Design began the Friday Workshop Series. These workshops were open to all Brenau students, faculty and staff. In the fall, the center hosted workshops on knitting, indigo dyeing, ceramics and screen printing.  

This spring, the Center for the Arts & Design hosted a five-week-long mini-workshop series on jewelry making. Participants were taught the foundations of jewelry design, construction and embellishment. These workshops were led by by two students in the art and design department, Alexandria “Shiek” Nause and Kendy Manzano. Nause, a junior majoring in fashion design with a concentration in costume design, proposed the idea of these workshops after taking a class in jewelry construction. The classes consisted of chain making, bead work, metal cutting and texturing, and penny enameling.

Claudia Wilburn, director of the Center for the Arts & Design said, “In addition to promoting a culture of teaching and learning, my hope for these Friday workshops is to help build a community around the arts on campus.”