DIY Santa Fe 2015: Week Three, March 15-21

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Large platter, by Maggie Mae Beyeler, Magpie Pottery

Win a $500 Workshop Giveaway!

Greetings from Santa Fe Creative Tourism! Don’t look now–DIY Santa Fe: A Creative Tourism Journey begins this Sunday! Don’t miss out on the most diverse and comprehensive workshop schedule of the year, plus, deals on accommodations from our partner hotels and lodgings. Plan your whole visit right here at

Also, from now through the end of March, grab your chance to WIN A $500 WORKSHOP GIVEAWAY! Simply answer the trivia question (correctly!) at the link above to qualify. Winner will be chosen at random from all qualifying entries. Contest ends March 31, 2015, at 5pm, and prize will be awarded on April 6, 2015 at 5pm.

Here’s a peek at what’s in store for DIY Santa Fe’s third week. Check out the previews for week one and week two here, and be sure to stop by the complete calendar for full listings:

  • Sunday, March 15: Multimedia Storytelling, with Ami Vitale
    This week-long, hands-on class at the renowned Santa Fe Photographic Workshops is designed to provide a broad overview of multimedia techniques. To illustrate the possibilities of photography as a source of inspiration and communicative power, Ami shares examples of her own personal projects. She then analyzes and critiques participant’s portfolios, and discusses the art of finding a storyline, gaining access to subjects, and finally, editing the work into a cohesive story.
  • Monday, March 16: Glass Paperweight Making, with Aurora Borealis Glassworks
    This glass paperweight-making class is a good place to start learning the basics of glass blowing. This 4-5 hour class is typically one-on-one instruction, but couples may be accepted on request. This is a hands-on class and students will make 4-6 pieces, which are theirs to keep. After the pieces have annealed overnight, the student comes back to do cold work (grinding). Working in a Hot Shop is a unique and rare experience.
  • Tuesday, March 17: Image Transfer on Clay, with Magpie Pottery
    Magpie Pottery offers a 2-hour image transfer workshop on Laser-Toner Decals for the ceramic surface. Students will learn all phases of the image transfer process: what images work best, what kind of printer is needed, what kind of decal paper is necessary for ceramic firing, how to apply the decals, what glazes work best, and how to fire the decals.
  • Wednesday, March 18: Wine 101: Old World vs. New World, with Santa Fe Culinary Academy
    Discover the distinct characteristics between Old World and New World wines, and how wine making style, climate and terroir affect what we taste. Chef Rocky Durham will guide students in the basics of reading wine labels, buying and serving tips, and preservation.
  • Thursday, March 19: Ceramics, with Heidi Loewen Porcelain Gallery
    Heidi will demonstrate classical wheel thrown vessels of all sizes. She will make the clay “dance” in sensuous forms while in the squishy state. Students will experience what it is like to throw a bowl in the air and catch it – creating delightful, amorphic forms, unique as snowflakes. Heidi assures good fun. Students may learn Heidi’s famous chattering and carving techniques in clay that is leather. For the adventurous, she will create large scale vessels, adding coils and shaping with flame from a propane torch. No previous art experience required. All ages welcome. The only requirement is a sense of humor!
  • Friday, March 20: Traditional Tin Smithing, with Sharon Candelario
    Spend the day with a family of artists at the beautiful and tranquil village of Chimayo at Medina’s Chile Shop *Cafe* Gallery. Enjoy the sound of music, the smell of home cooking, and the inspiration of traditional art! Meet the artists and discover the hidden treasures that for centuries have made this village a sacred and historic place. Medina’s is located in the heart of the placita near the famous shrine of El Santuario. Experience the life devoted to the passion of art!
  • Saturday, March 21: Instructional Photo Tours, with Michael DeYoung Photography
    Are you a photographer planning to be in Northern New Mexico and want to capture unique images of this distinctively beautiful area? Come on a custom photo tour with Michael DeYoung Photography, offering instruction-based tours of Northern New Mexico for all levels of photographers. Michael DeYoung Photography is happy to suggest a tour based on your photographic interests and time frame. A private photo tour is ideal for those who can’t attend a workshop and who value individual instruction.

All of this and much, much more, beginning Sunday! Don’t miss out on a chance to participate in this one-of-a-kind celebration of Santa Fe’s world-class artists and unique creative spirit. We hope to see you in March!

DIY Santa Fe: A Creative Tourism Journey is a project of the City Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Creative Tourism program, which offers over 250 creative experiences throughout the year. In 2005, UNESCO named Santa Fe to the Creative Cities Network, the first American city to be so honored.

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