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Spring 2022 History Course

Roycroft History Course – Spring 2022

$50.00

Roycroft History Course: Spring 2022

Saturdays in April and May | 11:00 am EST

Some in-person options – Check schedule for options

The Roycroft Campus will once again offer a History Course this Spring. All four presentations will be offered virtual, with two of the presentations having an in-person option as well. This semester’s program will be a mixture of the personal, artistic, unusual and rare corners of Roycroft History. We are excited to bring back Robert Rust for a talk on Roycroft copper artist, Victor Toothacker. Followed by Roycroft Program Director, Alan Nowicki offering an eclectic mix of Roycroft stories. Classes which takes place virtually on Zoom, Saturday mornings at 11:00am this April and May. With two of the presentations having an in-person option as well on the Campus Thursday evenings at 7pm. Guests purchasing the History Course can attend the virtual, in-person or both presentations options.

The Roycroft History Course is $50 to the general public and includes all 4 presentations. If you are a member of the Roycroft Campus the price would normally be $40, but as a special thank you for supporting us over these past few years we are offering this program FREE. Registration is still required. Members please call the Roycroft Campus to register for this program for FREE, or call to become a Member at 716-655-0261.

 

Session 1: Victor Toothacker – Saturday, April 23rd | 11:00 am EST

Session 2: Roycroft Fact or Fiction – Saturday, April 30th | 11:00 am EST

Session 3: Royal Craft: History of the Roycroft through 6 Artworks – Saturday, May 14th | 11:00 am EST

Session 4: The Lost Treasures of the Roycroft – Saturday, May 21st | 11:00 am EST

For more information on the talks and presenter Click Here.

 

$50 tuition – zoom link will be provided by email the week of the event.

FREE to Roycroft Campus Members

Registration is required.

All proceeds benefit the continued preservation & restoration of the historic Roycroft Campus.

 

Fact or Fiction History CourseFact History Course

Roycroft History Course: Fact or Fiction – April 28th & 30th

$20.00

Roycroft History Course:

Roycroft Fact or Fiction

Thursday, April 28th at 7pm EST – IN-PERSON at the Power House

Saturday, April 30th at 11am EST – VIRTUAL

The History of the Roycroft is filled with some very unusual tales, some of which are rather hard to believe. This presentation is filled with strange stories of Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters. Some of these stories are completely true, while other are made-up. Come along on this fun-filled adventure and see if you can tell which are fact and which are fiction.

Alan Nowicki

Mr. Nowicki came to the Roycroft Campus in 2010 by way of PBS. He is responsible for all classes and programming on the Campus, including tours, instructors and workshops, the Roycroft art shows, the Roycroft Film Society and Book Club, and special events throughout the year. He also helps maintain the Campus website, as well as the training and handling of volunteers and docents. He has 15 years of experience working in educational programming, professional development and community outreach.

Mr. Nowicki has also been a teacher for more than 20 years, having taught in every grade level from Pre-K through college, specializing in art and history. He has given multiple talks around the region on Elbert Hubbard and the history of the Roycroft Campus.

 

$20 tuition – zoom link will be provided by email the week of the event. Or come to the Roycroft Power House (39 South Grove St.) for the live presentation on April 28th.

Registration is required.

All proceeds benefit the continued preservation & restoration of the historic Roycroft Campus.

 

History Course - Lost TreasuresSpring History Course - Lost Treasures

Roycroft History Course: Lost Treasures – May 18th & May 21st

$20.00

Roycroft History Course:

The Lost Treasures of the Roycroft

Wednesday, May 18th at 7pm EST – IN-PERSON at the Power House

Saturday, May 21st | 11:00 am EST – VIRTUAL

As the Roycroft Campus collection continues to grow we often dream of those elusive or lost Roycroft treasures that may be out there, waiting to be found. Take this interesting adventure to learn of the Roycroft connection to the Major Leagues and the Wyeth family, and view some of the unique, one-of-a-kind Roycroft items, such as paintings, artifacts, lamps and recordings, that we hope to one day rediscover.

Alan Nowicki

Mr. Nowicki came to the Roycroft Campus in 2010 by way of PBS. He is responsible for all classes and programming on the Campus, including tours, instructors and workshops, the Roycroft art shows, the Roycroft Film Society and Book Club, and special events throughout the year. He also helps maintain the Campus website, as well as the training and handling of volunteers and docents. He has 15 years of experience working in educational programming, professional development and community outreach.

Mr. Nowicki has also been a teacher for more than 20 years, having taught in every grade level from Pre-K through college, specializing in art and history. He has given multiple talks around the region on Elbert Hubbard and the history of the Roycroft Campus.

 

 

$20 tuition – zoom link will be provided by email the week of the event.

Registration is required.

All proceeds benefit the continued preservation & restoration of the historic Roycroft Campus.

 

History Course - Royal CraftSpring History - Royal Craft

Roycroft History Course: Royal Craft: History through 6 Artworks – May 11th & May 14th

$20.00

Roycroft History Course:

Royal Craft: The History of the Roycroft through the Lens of Six Artworks

Wednesday, May 11th at 7pm EST – IN-PERSON at the Power House

Saturday, May 14th at 11am EST – VIRTUAL

Elbert Hubbard was a Gilded Age businessman who left his industrial life to create the Roycroft, one of the first Arts and Crafts communities in America. A brief history of the site will be told through historical photographs and the examination of six artworks housed on the Campus. The story behind each of these unique artifacts is the tale of the Roycroft itself; from the philosophy of Hubbard, the ideals of the movement, the artists who created these objects, and its widespread appeal at the beginning of the 20th century.

Alan Nowicki

Mr. Nowicki came to the Roycroft Campus in 2010 by way of PBS. He is responsible for all classes and programming on the Campus, including tours, instructors and workshops, the Roycroft art shows, the Roycroft Film Society and Book Club, and special events throughout the year. He also helps maintain the Campus website, as well as the training and handling of volunteers and docents. He has 15 years of experience working in educational programming, professional development and community outreach.

Mr. Nowicki has also been a teacher for more than 20 years, having taught in every grade level from Pre-K through college, specializing in art and history. He has given multiple talks around the region on Elbert Hubbard and the history of the Roycroft Campus.

 

$20 tuition – zoom link will be provided by email the week of the event. Or come to the Roycroft Power House (39 South Grove St.) for the live presentation on April 28th.

Registration is required.

All proceeds benefit the continued preservation & restoration of the historic Roycroft Campus.

 

History - Victor ToothackerToothacker History Course

Roycroft History Course: Toothacker – April 23rd

$20.00

Roycroft History Course:

Victor Toothacker: The Elusive Coppersmith

Saturday, April 23rd | 11:00 am EST

Victor Toothacker would take over the Roycroft Copper Shop after widely known Karl Kipp left to open his own Tookay Shop. Toothacker would quietly transform the Copper Shop creating some of the most iconic Roycroft pieces (American Beauty vase) and overseeing the Roycroft’s largest commission, furnishing the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Antique dealer and historian Robert Rust brings us the story of this elusive coppersmith.

Robert Rust

Robert is a USPAP Professional Personal Property Appraiser in good standing and an Accredited Member of the National Association of  Appraisers . His specializes in Fine and Decorative Arts, especially Arts and Crafts Era Decorative Arts, Antiquarian books and late 19th and early 20th century paintings, prints, photography and furniture.

Mr. Rust studied Photography and Art History at Arizona State University and graduated with a B.S. in Historic Preservation and Photography at S.U.N.Y. Empire State.

Mr. Rust has owned 2R Fine Arts Appraisals since 1988. Previously he was the co-owner of the Roycroft Inn (1982-1987) and the Roycroft Shops ( 1979-2000) and the 2R Fine Arts Gallery in East Aurora New York. He was a founding member and a past-president (1984-1986) and life-member of The Roycrofters-At-Large-Association.He also was the founding president of the Preservation Coalition of Erie County (New York) in 1980.

He has authored and co-authored  a half-dozen books on the Arts and Crafts Movement and is considered an expert in this field of study. He lectures and consults with museums and private collectors nationally.

He has lived in Denver, Colorado since 2000 in a 1922 Pueblo Revival home.

 

 

$20 tuition – zoom link will be provided by email the week of the event.

Registration is required.

All proceeds benefit the continued preservation & restoration of the historic Roycroft Campus.

 

Nuno-Felted CowlNuno-Felted Cowl

Nuno-Felted Cowl class – September 3, 2022

$115.00

Nuno-Felted Cowl class

with Artist, Suzanne O’Brien
Saturday, September 3rd from 10:00am – 5:00pm

The Roycroft Campus – 21 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY

Create a beautiful, lightweight felted cowl that is both warm, and a delight to wear! In this course you will learn about the basics of nuno-felting, and the materials and techniques necessary to create this unique form of wearable art. In class we will use those techniques to create a lightweight and beautiful accessory that will have everyone in awe once they hear that you made it yourself!

This class is for adults, ages 18 and up. Felting can be repetitive and labor intensive. Please be prepared to stand for significant portions of class time. Special felting tools will be available, and alternate rolling techniques can be used if standing is a challenge. Wet felting is wet and soapy at times, and hand dyed fiber can sometimes bleed dye. Please wear appropriate clothing, bring several old bath towels, and be prepared to have some ‘good clean fun’.

Supply fee of $25 in addition to the course fee will include: superfine merino wool, silk chiffon scarf base, olive oil soap, and use of instructor’s equipment necessary for felting.

Other materials students will need to bring are 3-4 old bath towels and a plastic bag to bring wet towels and project home. Lunch is not supplied. Please feel free to bring a snack or a bagged lunch.

 

Suzanne O’Brien is an award winning fiber artist and creates handmade wool felt gift items and accessories for her business, ‘ZanieCrafts’. She enjoys working with fine wool and silk fibers and uses the magical process of wet felting to make her ideas come to life. Suzanne enjoys creating with a lot of color, and likes to include reclaimed, recycled, and found items into her work whenever possible. A selection of Suzanne’s felt work, accessories and prints can be found at the Roycroft Copper Shop.

 

Class Tuition: $90 + $25 Supplies = $115
Registration is required and seating is limited. (Max. of 10 students)

*Please bring your own brown bag lunch and any coffee/water you may need

Class will take place at the NEW Castiglia Art Center in the Print Shop on The Roycroft Campus – 21 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY 14052

If you have any questions please call the Roycroft Campus at 716-655-0261 or email us.

Nuno-felted scarf

Nuno-Felted Scarf class – July 30, 2022

$115.00

Nuno-Felted Scarf class

with Artist, Suzanne O’Brien
Saturday, July 30 from 10:00am – 5:00pm

The Roycroft Campus – 21 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY

Have you ever wondered how beautiful nuno-felted scarves are created? In this course you will learn the basics of nuno-felting, and the materials and techniques necessary to create this unique form of wearable art. In class we will use those techniques to create a lightweight and beautiful accessory unique to your own style and taste. Create something special for yourself while learning a new craft.

This class is for adults, ages 18 and up. Felting can be repetitive and labor intensive. Please be prepared to stand for significant portions of class time. Special felting tools will be available, and alternate rolling techniques can be used if standing is a challenge. Wet felting is wet and soapy at times, and hand dyed fiber can sometimes bleed dye. Please wear appropriate clothing, bring several old bath towels, and be prepared to have some ‘good clean fun’.

Supply fee of $25 in addition to the course fee will include: superfine merino wool, silk chiffon scarf base, olive oil soap, and use of instructor’s equipment necessary for felting.

Other materials students will need to bring are 3-4 old bath towels and a plastic bag to bring wet towels and project home. Lunch is not supplied. Please feel free to bring a snack or a bagged lunch.

 

Suzanne O’Brien is an award winning fiber artist and creates handmade wool felt gift items and accessories for her business, ‘ZanieCrafts’. She enjoys working with fine wool and silk fibers and uses the magical process of wet felting to make her ideas come to life. Suzanne enjoys creating with a lot of color, and likes to include reclaimed, recycled, and found items into her work whenever possible. A selection of Suzanne’s felt work, accessories and prints can be found at the Roycroft Copper Shop.

 

Class Tuition: $90 + $25 Supplies = $115
Registration is required and seating is limited. (Max. of 10 students)

*Please bring your own brown bag lunch and any coffee/water you may need

Class will take place at the NEW Castiglia Art Center in the Print Shop on The Roycroft Campus – 21 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY 14052

If you have any questions please call the Roycroft Campus at 716-655-0261 or email us.

Nuno-Felted Vessel

Nuno-Felted Vessel class – October 8, 2022

$105.00

Nuno-Felted Vessel class

with Artist, Suzanne O’Brien
Saturday, October 8th from 10:00am – 5:00pm

The Roycroft Campus – 21 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY

Looking for a new art form to try this year? Wet felting is the process by which wool, warm water, soap and agitation are used to create a non-woven felted fabric. These are the key ingredients for a highly creative afternoon! Join us as we explore the possibilities of wet felting techniques and create a unique luminary vessel for your home.

Felting can be repetitive and labor intensive. Special felting tools will be available to try, and different rolling techniques/modifications will be discussed to ensure success for everyone. Felting can be wet and soapy at times. Students should wear appropriate clothing and be prepared to have some ‘good clean fun’.

Other materials students will need to bring are 3-4 old bath towels and a plastic bag to bring wet towels and project home. Lunch is not supplied. Please feel free to bring a snack or a bagged lunch.

 

Suzanne O’Brien is an award winning fiber artist and creates handmade wool felt gift items and accessories for her business, ‘ZanieCrafts’. She enjoys working with fine wool and silk fibers and uses the magical process of wet felting to make her ideas come to life. Suzanne enjoys creating with a lot of color, and likes to include reclaimed, recycled, and found items into her work whenever possible. A selection of Suzanne’s felt work, accessories and prints can be found at the Roycroft Copper Shop.

 

Class Tuition: $85 + $20 Supplies = $105
Registration is required and seating is limited. (Max. of 10 students)

*Please bring your own brown bag lunch and any coffee/water you may need

Class will take place at the NEW Castiglia Art Center in the Print Shop on The Roycroft Campus – 21 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY 14052

If you have any questions please call the Roycroft Campus at 716-655-0261 or email us.

Stained Glass Feathers - BlueStained Glass Feathers

Stained Glass Feather class – May 14, 2022

$130.00

Stained Glass – Feather

with Roycroft Campus Artist-in-Residence, Yvonne Stoklosa
Saturday, May 14 from 10:00am – 4:00pm

The Roycroft Campus – 21 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY

Roycroft Campus Artist-in-Residence, Yvonne Stoklosa, will be teaching a one-day workshop on the basics of working with stained glass.  An introduction to the art form and resources will be discussed.  Students will learn how to select and cut glass and solder pieces together to create a stained glass feather to take home.  All materials and tools needed are provided, including a selection of colorful art glass.

* Students may make a second smaller feather as time allows.

 

Yvonne Stoklosa’s love of the Arts & Crafts Movement grew strongest when studying for her Masters in Architecture. She also has schooling and experience working as an Interior Designer / Facilities Planner. Combining her creative design skills with her desire to be home for her family, she began doing stained glass work 25 years ago. As a Roycroft Campus artist, she is often reminded of what an architect taught her many years ago – to strive for museum quality.

Yvonne currently has a studio in the Roycroft Print Building where she designs and creates custom work for her clients. She is chair of the Arts & Craftsmen Guild at Roycroft and actively participates in many of the local art shows throughout New York State. In addition, The Copper Shop Gallery houses a wonderful selection of her work.

Class Tuition: $95 + $35 Supplies = $130*
Registration is required and seating is limited. (Max. of 8 students)

*Please bring your own brown bag lunch and any coffee/water you may need

Class will take place at the NEW Castiglia Art Center in the Print Shop on The Roycroft Campus – 21 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY 14052

If you have any questions please call the Roycroft Campus at 716-655-0261 or email us.

Stained Glass Sun CatchersSun Catcher - Rose

Stained Glass Sun Catcher class – May 15, 2022

$130.00

Stained Glass – Sun Catcher

with Roycroft Campus Artist-in-Residence, Yvonne Stoklosa
Sunday, May 15 from 10:00am – 4:00pm

The Roycroft Campus – 21 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY

Roycroft Campus Artist-in-Residence, Yvonne Stoklosa, will be teaching a one-day workshop on the basics of working with stained glass.  An introduction to the art form and resources will be discussed.  Students will learn how to select and cut glass and solder pieces together to create a hanging sun catcher to take home.  All materials and tools needed are provided, including a selection of colorful art glass.

* New this year – students will have time to make 2 sun catchers. Several NEW designs are available.

 

Yvonne Stoklosa’s love of the Arts & Crafts Movement grew strongest when studying for her Masters in Architecture. She also has schooling and experience working as an Interior Designer / Facilities Planner. Combining her creative design skills with her desire to be home for her family, she began doing stained glass work 25 years ago. As a Roycroft Campus artist, she is often reminded of what an architect taught her many years ago – to strive for museum quality.

Yvonne currently has a studio in the Roycroft Print Building where she designs and creates custom work for her clients. She is chair of the Arts & Craftsmen Guild at Roycroft and actively participates in many of the local art shows throughout New York State. In addition, The Copper Shop Gallery houses a wonderful selection of her work.

Class Tuition: $95 + $35 Supplies = $130*
Registration is required and seating is limited. (Max. of 8 students)

*Please bring your own brown bag lunch and any coffee/water you may need

Class will take place at the NEW Castiglia Art Center in the Print Shop on The Roycroft Campus – 21 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY 14052

If you have any questions please call the Roycroft Campus at 716-655-0261 or email us.

Stained Glass Window Panel – April 23 & 24, 2022

$280.00

Stained Glass – Colorful Tulip Window Panel

with Roycroft Campus Artist-in-Residence, Yvonne Stoklosa
Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 from 10:00am – 4:00pm

Roycroft Campus Artist-in-Residence, Yvonne Stoklosa, will be teaching a two-day workshop on the basic skills needed to make a 12” x 12” stained glass window panel.  An introduction and resources will be discussed.  Students will learn how to select and cut glass, use a grinder to shape pieces, foil, and solder pieces together.  They will fit a metal edge on the panel and solder hangers, so each student can hang their creation in a window to enjoy for many years.

Students will be creating their own colorful tulip window panel to hang in their home. Students have options to design and create their own layout of tulips with openings in between.  A clear hammered glass border with metal came edging provides for a professional finished look. All materials and tools needed are provided, including a selection of colorful art glass. Previous experience is helpful, but not necessary.

 

Yvonne Stoklosa’s love of the Arts & Crafts Movement grew strongest when studying for her Masters in Architecture. She also has schooling and experience working as an Interior Designer / Facilities Planner. Combining her creative design skills with her desire to be home for her family, she began doing stained glass work 25 years ago.  As a Roycroft Campus artist, she is often reminded of what an architect taught her many years ago – to strive for museum quality.

Yvonne currently has a studio in the Roycroft Print Building where she designs and creates custom work for her clients. She is chair of the Arts & Craftsmen Guild at Roycroft and actively participates in many of the local art shows throughout New York State.  In addition, The Copper Shop Gallery houses a wonderful selection of her work.

 

Class Tuition: $195 + $85 Supplies = $280*
Registration is required and seating is limited. (Max. of 8 students)

*Please bring your own brown bag lunch and any coffee/water you may need.

If you have any questions please call the Roycroft Campus at 716-655-0261 or email us.

Class will take place at the NEW Castiglia Art Center in the Print Shop on The Roycroft Campus – 21 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY 14052