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Native American Arts Program

Featuring two dynamic components:

WORKSHOPS, June 27 - July 10: Engaging, hands-on learning opportunities are designed for adults of all levels of experience and knowledge. Working closely with master artists and cultural specialists, you will have the rare opportunity to learn traditional and contemporary Native American art forms and gain insight into the rich cultural foundation that inspires and motivates each artist.

FESTIVAL, July 3-8: Distinguished artists, scholars and cultural specialists will present exhibits, performances, demonstrations, films and the Michael Kabotie Lecture Series. Daily Native American food tastings mean there will be something to stimulate all your senses. The spirit of this annual event is to bring the scientific, intuitive and trickster voices together for a balanced and provocative learning experience. It is designed to enhance and add depth to the hands-on workshop experience.

All Festival events are open to the public.

***Scholarships for Native American adult and youth students are available! Click the links below for more details.

Native American Scholarship Information- Adult Students
Native American Scholarship Information- Children's Center, Junior Artist and Youth Students
Native American Scholarship Information- Academy Students
Inland Empire Teacher and Grad Student Scholarship Info

Native American Arts Festival Week

2016 Native American Arts Festival

2016 Theme: ARTificial Borders

The spirit of this annual Festival Week is to bring the scientific, intuitive and trickster voices together for a balanced and provocative learning experience. It is designed to enhance and add depth to the hands-on workshop experience.

The Festival Week events are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, offering a way for those not enrolled in a workshop to learn about the most current issues and theories concerning Native American culture and art.
Native food tastings daily.



6:30 pm: Presentation: The Story of Everything. Kealoha


7 pm: Gallery Talk: Curator Heidi McKinnon and Guest Artists TBA

8 pm: Invitational Exhibition, ART-ificial Borders. Opening/Reception


12-1pm: Kabotie Lecture Series, Heidi McKinnon, Photo project - migration


12-1pm: Kabotie Lecture Series, Steven Yazzie, Talking to Walls and Talking to People: Evolution of an Art Practice


12-1pm: Kabotie Lecture Series, Michael Angst and Cook Inlet Tribe partner TBA, Never Alone: A Computer Gaming Partnership in Alaska

7 pm: Film Night: feature film TBA


7 pm: Theatrical Performance:
- Mt. Cahuilla Bird Singers
- Indigenous Dance Event


8 am: Hopi-Tewa Pottery Firing, Mark Tahbo


Joe Baker (Delaware),
Director, Palos Verdes Art Center

Gerald Clarke, Jr. (Cahuilla), Artist, Chair, Idyllwild Arts Academy Visual Art Department


X Alfonso
Michael Angst
Terry Goedel
Wilfredo Guilbiac
Ursula Johnson
Israel Francisco Haros Lopez
Heidi McKinnon
Miguel Lopez Montana
Manuel Chavajay Moralez
Carol Sauvion
Steven Yazzie

Past Festival Guests

Pilar Agoyo
Dr. Lowell Bean
Nanobah Becker
Bert Benally
Max Benavides
Dr. Janet Berlo
Joanna Bigfeather
Black Eagle Singers
Dr. Tara Browner
Cahuilla Birdsingers
Gerald Clarke Jr.
Thosh Collins
Dustinn Craig
Dr. Patricia Crown
Dancing Earth/Rulan Tangen
Mike & Mique'l Dangeli
Deana Dartt
Brent Michael Davids
Kristen Dorsey
Eric Elliott
Phillip Espinoza
Chris Eyre
Gary Farmer
Yatika Fields
Lois Ellen Frank
David Gaussoin
Wayne Nez Gaussoin
Git Hayetsk Dancers
Gavin Healy
Teri Greeves
Terry Goedel
Dr. Jonathan Haas
Sterlin Harjo
Dr. Ann Lane Hedlund
Maria Hupfield
Diane Calabaza Jenkins
Tom Jones
Ed Kabotie
Michael Kabotie
Paul Kabotie
Evan Kleiman
Dr. Stephen Lekson
Jason Lujan
Dr. Victoria Levine
Ramson Lomatewama
Hank Louis
James Luna
Bill Madrigal
Duane Maktima
Ken Marchionno

Dr. Laura Marcus
Mario Martinez
Daniel McCarthy
Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe
Patricia Michaels
Josephine and Milford Nahohai
Loretta Oden
Barbara Teller Ornelas
Michael Ornelas
Sierra Ornelas
Laura Ortman
Walter Parks
Consuelo Pascual
Shane Plumer
Eric Polingyouma
Sidney Poolheco
Dr. Charles Redman
Felicia Ruiz
Dr. W. Jackson Rushing III
Dr. Allan J. Ryan
Dr. Mari Lyn Salvador
Joe Sando
Lawrence and Griselda Saufkie
Louis Schalk
Sarah Sense
Alex Seotewa
Sean Sherman
Dr. Beverly Singer
Ernest Siva
Jock Soto
Spiderwoman Theater
Arigon Starr
Yolanda Hart Stevens
Maya Stewart
Dr. Rina Swentzell
Mark Tahbo
Patty Talahongva
David Treuer
Lisa Telford
Dr. Steadman Upham
Dr. Edwin L. Wade
David Wells
W. Richard West
Manuelito Wheeler
Dr. Wirt Wills
Bethany Yellowtail
Nathan Youngblood
Curtis Zunigha

*Native Plants: Gathering, Processing, and Feasting

Native Plants: Gathering, Processing and Feasting

Barbara Drake, Craig Torres, Daniel McCarthy, Abe Sanchez

July 9-10 Course # NANP Ø1

Two-day session

Learn to preserve and use native plants from seasoned experts. Stroll through the campus meadow, next to ancient Cahuilla bedrock mortars, and learn about the plants surrounding you in an ethnobotany talk. Discover the secret lives of plants and seeds you usually look right past, including mesquite beans, prickly pear cactus, yucca, elderberry, stinging nettle, chia and acorns. Learn to use what you find to do everything from treat ailments to help the environment. Discover traditional and modern gathering practices, as well as how to prepare and cook these culturally valuable plants. You will get to make your own elderberry tube to store teas, medicine or offerings. Visit Cahuilla rock art sites in Idyllwild to learn their meaning and the importance of their preservation. Your workshop will conclude with a feast prepared together in class, and you will get a book of recipes to take home. This workshop is dedicated to the instructors’ teacher, Katherine Siva Saubel, with deep gratitude.

Skill Level: All levels are welcome

Tuition: $250

Lab Fee: $30, includes materials, food, and field trip

Enrollment limited to 20 students

Craig Torres (Tongva) is a member of the Traditional Council of Pimu and involved with the Ti'at Society, an organization focused on the revival of the traditional maritime culture of the Southern California coastal region and Southern Channel Islands. He is an artist, educator and consultant who works with schools, cultural and nature centers, museums, and government agencies. He has helped create cooking demonstrations and classes using native California plants for Preserving Our Heritage and Chia Café.

Barbara Drake (Tongva) is a tribal elder and culture keeper. Her program, Preserving Our Heritage, is a bank of native foods collected, preserved and processed for tribal elders. She is a member of the Mother Earth Clan, a group of Southern California Native American women educators who have taught extensively in museums, schools and tribal institutions.

Daniel McCarthy earned his BS and MS in anthropology from UC Riverside. For the past 40 years, he has worked at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree National Park and throughout Southern California compiling photographic inventories of rock art sites. He has worked with elders and traditional practitioners for more than 35 years and served as the Tribal Relations Program manager for the San Bernardino National Forest for 17 years. He is currently director, CRM Department, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Abe Sanchez is active in the revival and preservation of indigenous arts and foods, with specialties in Southern California Native American basketry and California and Southwest native foods. He has worked with traditional Native American gatherers to learn methods and practices. Abe believes that by teaching people about ancient natural foods and preparations, he can help them make a difference in their health and the environment.

*Modern Interpretations of Ancient Central American Foods

Modern Interpretations of Ancient Central American Foods: Chiles to Chocolates

Freddie Bitsoie

July 2-3 Course # NANC ØØ

Two-day session

Discover a new world of culinary wonders as you learn to prepare native foods from Central America’s Corn Belt. Explore the many unique flavors and learn how they have evolved over the years, from Pre-Iberian and historic to colonization and current times. Learn how the ingredients and their uses have evolved over time and how contemporary chefs are incorporating them today to create exciting new fusion cuisines. As you learn new recipes, you will see how you can incorporate ancient techniques and readily available ingredients such as chocolate, chilies and corn. Drawing on inspiration from ancient and living tribes including the Mayans, Zapotecs, Mixtecs, Aztecs and Pipil, create your own delicious dishes, from tamales to spicy hot chocolate. Come eager and hungry for two days filled with hands-on cooking lessons and food tastings.

Skill level: Beginner, aspiring, and seasoned chefs are welcome

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $250

Lab Fee: $75, includes ingredients and recipe booklet. Native American producers and cooperatives will supply many of the ingredients.

Enrollment limited to 10 students

Freddie Bitsoie (Diné), Native American chef, owns FJBits Concepts, a firm that specializes in Native American foodways. He travels widely, presenting for organizations including Kraft Foods, College of Holy Cross, Yale University, and Heard Museum. Freddie hosts the public TV show Rezervations Not Required, and has appeared in and contributes to many publications. He won the Native Chef Competition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Freddie studied cultural anthropology and art history at ASU before attending culinary school.

Cahuilla Basketry

Cahuilla Basketry

Rose Ann Hamilton

July 4-8 Course # NACB Ø1

One-week session

The Indian tribes of California produced baskets of great diversity and beauty, and the exquisite work of the Cahuilla is highly regarded. In recent years, the Cahuilla have experienced a revival in the art of basket making. Learn how to create your own Cahuilla style coiled basket using yucca, sumac, juncus and deer grass. On a field trip to the nearby Cahuilla Reservation, you will learn how to identify and prepare plants used in basket making.

Skill Level: All levels are welcome

Tuition: $725

Lab fee: $45, includes materials, field trip and use of tools

Enrollment limited to 10 students

Rose Ann Hamilton (Cahuilla, Apapatkiktem clan) learned from renowned Cahuilla basket weaver Donna Largo at Idyllwild Arts 22 years ago. She has taught Cahuilla basket classes and presented at Cahuilla, Santa Rosa, Ramona and Agua Caliente reservations, as well as the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Autry Museum, Agua Caliente Museum, and San Manuel conferences at CSUSB and Crafton Hills College. She has participated in gatherings at Los Coyotes, Santa Ysabel, and Soboba reservations. She is the granddaughter of Rosanda Apapas Hopkins Tortez Lugo and the great-granddaughter of Antonia Casero, Cahuilla master weavers.

*Tohono O'odham Basketry and Beyond

Tohono O'odham Basketry and Beyond: Form Over Function

Terrol Dew Johnson

June 27–July 1 Course # NAOB ØØ

One-week session

Join master basket-weaver Terrol Dew Johnson to learn the techniques used to create both traditional and contemporary Tohono O’odham (Papago) baskets. Learn the two primary traditional coil techniques: closed-stitch, in which the sturdy inner coil is covered by hundreds of tight stitches that are woven directly next to one another; and split-stitch, in which the inner coil is exposed by spacing stitches farther apart, alternating stitches and blank space to create mesmerizing designs and patterns. You will use native plants of the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona, and the traditional technique of relying solely on the natural colors of desert plants including white yucca, green bear grass, and black devil’s claw. Learn about sustainable growing, collecting and preparing of the natural fibers. If you wish to explore the techniques Terrol uses to create non-traditional baskets, he will hold extra sessions and you will collect local materials to use.

Skill Level: All levels are welcome

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $725

Lab Fee: $60, includes all gathered and processed fibers and materials to complete one small traditional basket, and the use of awls and other tools. Awls will be available for purchase at the end of class.

Enrollment limited to 15 students

Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham), community leader and artist, co-founded Tohono O’odham Community Action, dedicated to creating positive programs based in the Desert People’s Way. He has won top honors at Santa Fe Indian Market, O’odham Tash, Heard Museum Fair, and more. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Heard Museum. He was honored for his community work with the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award.

Navajo Weaving I & II

Navajo Weaving
Beginning & Intermediate

Barbara Ornelas & Lynda Pete

June 27–July 1 Course # NANW ØØ
July 4-8 Course # NANW Ø1

One or Two-week session

Learn the art of weaving from master Navajo weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete, originally from Two Grey Hills and Newcomb, New Mexico. While instructing and demonstrating, sisters Barbara and Lynda will share their family’s personal weaving stories and experiences, giving you a view into the world of Navajo weaving. According to Navajo oral tradition two holy people, Spider Woman and Spider Man, introduced weaving to the Navajo. Spider Man constructed the first loom, which was composed of sunshine, lightning, and rain; and Spider Woman taught the people how to weave on it. Spider Woman was discovered by the Holy Twins, the culture heroes of the Navajo Creation Story, in a small opening in the earth surrounded by an array of beautiful weavings. Entering her dwelling, the Holy Twins descended a ladder made of yarn, whereupon Spider Woman offered them knowledge of the world of weaving.

Beginners: Learn the traditional method of Navajo weaving and begin weaving with a pre-warped, upright Navajo loom. The majority of the week will be spent designing and learning how to weave a 12” x 16” rug. There will be a lesson on warping a loom later in the week. Beginning weavers may enroll for the full two weeks or only the first week.

Intermediate: If you have previously taken the course or have had basic Navajo weaving training on an upright loom, you will explore more advanced weaving techniques and patterns, and your rug may be any size. You may bring rugs from previous summers to complete, or may begin a new rug. Intermediate students must bring their own looms, and they must be set up for weaving before class begins. Alternately, they may order a pre-warped loom at registration. Intermediate students may enroll for the full two weeks or only the second week.

Materials: You may wish to bring a seat cushion and small clamp or desk lamp, click here for more

Tuition: $725 per week

Lab fee: $80 beginners, includes the use of a pre-warped loom and all tools in class, four skeins of wool. Looms, additional wool, battens and combs will be available for purchase.

Intermediate students: no lab fee; wool and warp will be available for purchase. If you wish to order a pre-warped loom for $45, you must do so when you register.

Enrollment limited to 10 students per week

Barbara Teller Ornelas is best known for her Navajo tapestry weavings (95–120 weft threads per inch). She has set several records with her weavings: she has won Best of Show at the Santa Fe Indian Market twice; she set a new record in 1987 by selling a weaving for $60,000 that she and her sister Rosann Lee made; and she wove the largest tapestry-style Navajo weaving on record. Barbara is a fifth-generation weaver who was raised near Two Grey Hills on the Navajo Reservation, where her father was a trader. She has been featured in National Geographic, Business Week, Americana and Native Peoples magazines, as well as many books. She has won dozens of awards, and has demonstrated and lectured at many museums and institutions around the world. She recently participated in a cultural exchange with Peruvian weavers at the request of the US State Department. Barbara and Lynda have taught their popular workshop at Idyllwild Arts for 18 summers.

Lynda Teller Pete began weaving at age 6 and won her first major award at age 12 at the Gallup Ceremonial. She has gone on to win many awards for her weaving, including Best of Classification for Textiles at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market. Lynda collaborates with museums, schools and art venues in Colorado and around the country to teach about Navajo weaving. She is also known as an accomplished beadwork artist and has won many awards for this work.

Hopi Jewelry: Overlay & Tufa Casting

Hopi Jewelry Overlay & Tufa Casting

Roy Talahaftewa

June 27-July 1 Course # NAJH ØØ

One-week session

Explore the classic Hopi overlay technique of metalsmithing, as well as tufa casting. Tufa is a soft porous stone used for direct casting one-of-a-kind designs. Learn to combine tufa cast pieces with overlay designs (multiple layers of sheet silver with cut-out designs, textured and oxidized recessed surfaces), or create separate overlay and tufa works. Roy also will demonstrate techniques for making stamping tools. Close instruction means this workshop is well-suited for all levels of students.

Beginners: Learn the fundamental materials, processes, and techniques of silversmithing.

Intermediate/Advanced: If you have some experience, you will be able to fine-tune your skills while mastering new techniques. You also may choose to learn the shadow box technique.

Skill Level: All levels are welcome

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $725

Lab fee: $65, includes use of all tools, equipment and consumables such as solder and compounds. Bring your own silver and hand tools, if you have them, but be sure they are clearly marked. Tufa stone and some silver sheet will be available for purchase.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Roy Talahaftewa (Hopi, Water Clan) is from Shungopovi Village in Arizona. He works in silver and gold, and uses Hopi overlay and tufa casting in his designs. Roy received the first major award for his work in 1981, and has earned Best of Show at the Heard Museum, among many others. Working with the nonprofit Hopi Pu'tavi Project, Roy teaches Hopi youth the art of metalsmithing, and he is an advocate and promoter of Hopi artists on the reservation.

Navajo Inlay Jewelry

Navajo Inlay Jewelry

Richard Tsosie

July 4–8 Course # NAJN Ø1

One-week session

The Navajo adopted the art of jewelry making from the Spanish, taking the art to new heights and establishing a style that is now considered to be the traditional Navajo style. Today, there are many Navajo jewelers who are moving beyond that style, designing contemporary pieces of jewelry that reflect a new Native American reality. Artists are creating colorful collages and patterns with beautiful stones and shells set in gold and silver. In addition to turquoise and coral, you might find lapis lazuli, purple lavulite, diamonds, pearls, malachite, jet stone, jade, melon shell and other stones, shells and gems. In this workshop, you will work closely with Richard, a leading contemporary Navajo jeweler. You will design patterns and cut, grind and prepare stones to set into basic silver forms such as rings, bracelets, earrings and belt buckles which you will create. If you have no prior experience in silversmithing, you will learn the basic techniques and concepts for shaping silver.

Skill Level: All levels are welcome, but some basic experience working with silver is helpful

Tuition: $725

Lab fee: $45, includes the use of all tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds. Additional charges will accrue for all silver and stones used. A small selection of turquoise and other stones will be available for purchase, but you are encouraged to bring your own stones that match your preferences. You may bring your own silver, tools, stones, and work lamp, but they must be clearly marked.

Enrollment limited to 10 students

Richard Tsosie is a Navajo jeweler and sculptor from Flagstaff and the Wide Ruins area of the Navajo Reservation and is currently living in Scottsdale, AZ. His work has been featured in American Indian Art Magazine, Arizona Highways, the video Beyond Tradition: Contemporary Indian Art and Its Evolution, as well as several books including Southwestern Indian Jewelry by Dexter Cirillo and Enduring Traditions, Art of the Navajo by Jerry Jacka. Richard's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums from New York to California.

Native American Flute Making

Native American Flute Making

Marvin & Jonette Yazzie, Ernest Siva

June 30–July 3 Course # NANF ØØA
Intermediate: 4-day session (Thurs.-Sun.)
July 1–3 Course # NANF ØØB
Beginners: 3-day session (Fri.-Sun.)

Construct and decorate your own six-hole flute under the guidance of an experienced Navajo flute maker. Learn the history of flutes as well as how to handle and care for your newly created instrument. During the course, ethnomusicologist Ernest Siva will teach the basics of flute playing and you will receive a music booklet.

Beginners: Learn to use Utah blue spruce for the flute body, then carve, shape, oil, tune and decorate your flute. Flutes will be tuned using the Pentatonic scale, and you will choose the key, from F to A.
Intermediate: If you previously have taken class from the Yazzies, you will hand carve a flute from bass wood. You will make a “grandfather” flute using body measurements like Native flutes of old times.

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

$490, Beginner, 3-day session
$590, Intermediate, 4-day session

Lab fee:
$40, Beginner
$60, Intermediate

Includes wood, totems, materials and the use of tools and equipment

Enrollment limited to 10 students

Marvin and Jonette Yazzie are from Lukachukai, a small town on the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners region of Arizona. Jonette assists Marvin in flute-making, an art they learned from their relative Willard Coyote. Their flutes are carried in the Heard Museum shop and others around the country, as well as Asia and Europe. Recording artist Scott August of Cedar Mesa Music used Yazzie flutes on his CDs Sacred Dreams and New Fire. Marvin is listed in Flute Magic and Voices of the Flute. Yazzie flutes are used in the music programs of Tuscon and Klamath-Trinity school districts. Marvin and Jonette played flutes in the play Anasazi at the Ramona Bowl in 2011 and played preshow for the Ramona Pageant.

Ernest Siva, musician and teacher, is the cultural advisor and tribal historian for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. Ernest taught public school music in Palm Springs and Los Angeles before teaching courses in American Indian music at UCLA for 12 years. He and his wife, June, are Idyllwild Arts alumni and former trustees. In 2004, Ushkana Press published his book, Voices of the Flute. He is president and founder of the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center.

*Traditional Northwest Coast Paddle Making

Traditional Northwest Coast Paddle Making

Mike Dangeli

July 4–8 Course # NANC Ø1

One week session

In Sm’algyax, the language spoken by the Nisga'a, Tsimshian and Gitxsan, the word for paddle is “hawaay.” This word is found in many songs, both old and new, to articulate travel both physical and metaphorical. Paddles play a central role in many Northwest Coast tribes – they are used for the practical purpose of rowing a dugout canoe, but also in ceremonial dance and symbolic acts such as entering another peoples’ territory. In this workshop, you will learn to carve, sand, paint and oil a paddle using yellow cedar. Paddles will range from 3-6 feet. Mike will include a session on basic Northwest Coast First Nations design and painting techniques, and you will embellish your paddles, mining your own interests and culture to develop your designs.

Skill Level: All levels welcomed, but ability to safely use a knife for carving wood is required

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $725

Lab Fee: $85, includes wood, paints, brushes, shared drawing supplies and tools

Enrollment limited to 10 students

Mike Dangeli (Nisga'a, Tlingit, Tsetsaut, and Tsimshian) grew up in his people's traditional territory in Southeast Alaska and Northern British Columbia. Mike is a renowned artist and carver. His work is collected and exhibited throughout North America and Europe. He is a singer, songwriter, and dancer. Mike and wife Mique'l lead the Git Hayetsk Dancers, an internationally renowned First Nations dance group based in Vancouver, BC. He has carved more than 50 masks used in performances by their group.

Hopi-Tewa Pottery

Hopi-Tewa Pottery

Mark Tahbo

July 4-9 Course # NAPH Ø1

One-week session-includes Saturday a.m. firing

Learn the traditional Hopi method of creating polychrome pottery, including coil building, stone burnishing, painting with natural pigments, and firing. Process and prepare raw clay for pottery making and prepare beeweed plant for black paint. Experiment with the Hopi-Tewa gray clay, as well as the yellow ochre clay that Nampeyo often used. See demonstrations of slipping techniques using white kaolin and yellow ochre, and learn separate firing techniques for gray and yellow ochre pots.

Mark will provide natural clays and paints from the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. You will make up to three small pieces of pottery in this careful examination of the delicate process of Hopi pottery making and the cultural foundation from which the art is inspired.

Skill Level: All levels are welcome

Materials: List will be sent upon registration

Tuition: $725

Lab Fee: $55, includes clays, natural paint pigments, and firing materials

Enrollment limited to 15 students

Mark Tahbo (Hopi-Tewa) is known as one of the finest Hopi potters today. Born and raised on the Hopi Reservation, First Mesa, Mark learned the art from his great-grandmother Grace Chapella, Nampeyo’s neighbor and a principle pottery revival artist decades ago. His distinctive pots have been exhibited worldwide in museums and galleries. Among the many top awards he has earned at the Santa Fe Indian Market is the prestigious Helen Naha Memorial Award for Excellence in Hopi Pottery, which he earned for three consecutive years. Mark has been profiled in various publications including Native Peoples Magazine, and is included in many books and articles on Pueblo pottery.

*Micaceous Pottery

Micaceous Pottery

Joel McHorse

June 27-July 1 Course # NAPMØØ

One-week session

Learn how to build micaceous pottery vessels. Create bowls using a puki and freeform sculptural pieces using commercial micaceous clay, which is similar to the micaceous clay used by the Pueblo and Apache Indians, Hispanic people, and Anglo potters. The thermal conductivity properties of micaceous vessels allow for their use as cooking pots.

You will learn to produce vessels using the coil method, including each step of the process from drying and sanding to using a slurry to slip, burnishing to smooth and create a hardened surface. You will kiln-fire your ceramic pieces for the natural tan finish, with some pieces blackened using an outdoor oxygen reduction process in a separate firing. Joel will explain traditional firing techniques as well. (Because the process requires extensive air-drying time, you will use a pre-dried vessel prepared by Joel to learn the finishing and firing techniques. The pots shaped in class may be taken home and fired.) Joel will also lead you through the clay-making process so you can process your own clays using natural sources. You also will explore finishing techniques such as waterproofing with pine pitch, using sgraffito to decorate, and attaching sterling silver work to a clay vessel.

Skill level: All levels are welcome

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $725

Lab Fee: $65, includes clay, shared supplies, tools, materials, one dried vessel to complete

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Joel McHorse learned to make pottery from his mother, renowned potter, Christine McHorse, and silversmithing skills from his father. He has synthesized the two disciplines to create a homogenous art using both mediums. Joel is ½ Navajo, ¼ Taos Pueblo, and ¼ Scottish. His family collects micaceous clay from the mountains above Taos, and cleans and processes it by hand. He is also a New Mexico-accredited architect. His pottery has been featured in books and publications, and is widely collected. His work is shown at King Galleries of Scottsdale, AZ.

*Dig and Make Clay for Pottery

Dig and Make Clay for Pottery

Tony Soares

July 2-3 Course #NAPNØØ

Two-day session

Pottery has been made for more than a 1,000 years in Southern California, primarily for cooking and seed storage. Dig in to this ancient art form in this workshop, which includes a field trip to two clay sites, where you will learn how to carefully extract the clay before processing it for pottery making. Make small pinch pots and coil pots using this clay, and experiment with other natural clay samples provided by Tony. He also will discuss different methods of building pots, making natural paints, and various firing techniques. In addition, learn how to make and use a simple urban brick and charcoal briquette kiln to fire your pots at home.

Skill level: All levels are welcome

Tuition: $250

Lab Fee: $30, includes materials, field trip, and shared items such as screens and metates

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Tony Soares learned the fundamentals of pottery from his grandmother at age 7, starting a more than 30-year journey to revive the fading art of olla making. Though not of Cahuilla descent, he has helped revive the art of Cahuilla pottery making through his experimentation with local clays and indigenous handbuilding techniques. His pottery is displayed in art galleries and museums including the Tahquitz Canyon Museum. Tony shares his knowledge to ensure that Native American pottery making is never lost. He has taught at many venues including the Agua Caliente Band of the Desert Cahuilla of Palm Springs and the Yuman tribes of the Colorado River, AZ.

Glass Blowing

Glass Blowing

Ramson Lomatewama

June 27–July 1 Course # AASG ØØ

One-week session

Learn the fundamentals of working with hot glass by working with the equipment and tools used to create glass art. You will create your own work, beginning with solid pieces such as flowers, mushrooms, and paperweights, and then blowing simple vessels. Using colored glass, you will explore the process of gathering and shaping hot glass into various forms. Although the goal is to blow glass, advancement will depend on how quickly you develop your own proficiency at working the glass. If you are a returning student, you can explore more advanced techniques. The small class size allows for maximum time working with glass and hands-on, close instruction. At times, the temperature in a hot shop environment can easily exceed 120⁰F. Drink plenty of water!

Skill Level: No prior glass blowing experience is necessary

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $965

Lab fee: $75, includes frit/colored glass, clear glass, use of all tools and supplies in class, propane

Enrollment limited to 4 students

Ramson Lomatewama is a glass artist, kachina doll carver, poet and jeweler from Hotevilla, AZ, on the Hopi Reservation. He earned his BA from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. Ramson has taught a wide range of workshops and courses in the US and Japan, and served as adjunct professor of sociology at North Central College in Naperville, IL. Although Hopi ceremonies and cultural activities play a major role in his life, Ramson continues to dedicate time to schools, universities, and museums as a visiting scholar and artist.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors past & present: Anonymous Foundation, San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, National Endowment for the Arts, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Cahuilla Band of Indians, Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, Chickasaw Nation, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Soboba Foundation/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, Pechanga Development Corporation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians.

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