Craft / Material Studies


Saturday, September 28th from 9am-5pm & Sunday, September 29th from 10am-4pm

Art is a powerful way for members of society to engage and understand each other’s experiences.

Craft+Works enables, inspires, and teaches veterans technical skills through craft. Our mission is to use craft as a means of communication, and to create a safe learning environment for veterans while teaching technical skills in the studio.

The Department of Craft/Material Studies at VCUarts is proud to launch our first workshops this fall. We invite veterans to join our community by registering for one of the workshops below.

To register for this event, please click here to complete an online registration form.

TOPIC: Imagery on Glass
DESCRIPTION: In this 2-day workshop, we will explore the theme of the home through the use of imagery on glass. Imagery can be permanently applied to glass surfaces through various processes. You will learn techniques such as  powder printing and fusing (the joining of glass through heat in a kiln). Utilizing imagery of your choice, you will have the option to make several panels that will be great for coasters, wall hung art, or free-standing glass objects.
BRING WITH YOU: Please email black and white digital images (graphic images work wonderfully) by September 15th to

TOPIC: Make a Ring
DESCRIPTION: In this 2-day workshop, you will make a custom sized ring! Working with silver, brass, and copper, you will learn how to fabricate a texture printed ring. You will learn to use traditional jeweler’s tools:  acetylene torch, rolling mill, hand saw, files, mandrels, and stamps. You will also learn finishing techniques such as patination and polishing. At the end of the class you will leave with a finished, wearable keepsake.
BRING WITH YOU: In order to transfer texture onto metal, we will play found materials. Excellent materials that transfer well, include: lace, textured fabric, perforated sheet metal, stencil cut outs, leaves (bone dry work best). Flat (no thicker than a piece of leather), non-precious objects are best. The roller printing process is destructive to the original object, so leave your family heirloom lace at home. We have collected many things for you to try, so don’t worry if you come empty handed!

TOPIC: Patchwork Squares
DESCRIPTION: In this 2-day workshop, you will learn how to sew quick and easy patchwork quilt squares which can be finished as trivets, potholders, coasters, and more. We will explore hand and machine-stitching, and a variety of quick-piecing techniques that can be used to make  impressive patchwork squares. These skills can easily translate into future projects you do at home.
BRING WITH YOU: We encourage you to bring any fabric that you find interesting or that is significant to you. If you have a pair of fabric scissors, bring those with you as well.

TOPIC: Clay Tiles
DESCRIPTION: In this 2-day workshop, you will work with clay to create your own personal tiles, as well as collaborating to create a tile wall piece that will be displayed in the veteran community. You will learn how to construct and decorate tiles, through the use of  textures and color. Your tiles will become coasters, trivets, and garden markers. Join us as we restyle your idea of tile!
BRING WITH YOU: We will play with texture and found materials.  Bring any objects or materials you find have an interesting texture (note that it will get covered in clay) such as: fabrics, figurines, small toys, and sewing notions. We have collected many things for you to try, so don’t worry if you come empty handed!

TOPIC: From Block to Box, Featuring the Bandsaw
DESCRIPTION: In this 2-day workshop, we will build a small to medium-sized keepsake box using the bandsaw. You will learn how to safely use woodshop machinery including  bandsaw, spindle and disc sanders. Additionally, we will work through various surface treatments, textures, painting, and finishing techniques. Bandsaw boxes are quick, fun, and simple. They give you the opportunity to experiment with various shapes and sizes.
BRING WITH YOU: We strongly encourage you to bring a small (palm-sized) object and we will build a box to contain it.


The registration fee of $25 may be mailed to:

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of the Arts
Department of Craft/Material Studies
attn: Monica Longoria
1000 W. Broad St.
Box 842522
Richmond, VA 23284-2522

Participants may also hand deliver their registration fee to:

Virginia Commonwealth University
Fine Arts Building
Department of Craft/Material Studies
1000 W. Broad Street
2nd floor, Room 239
Attn: Cindy or Monica (Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm)


Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Hospital
1201 Broad Rock Blvd
Call Freda at 804-675-5000 ext. 4161 or Natasha at 804-675-5000 ext. 2323
Please call to schedule a time

*Please make all checks payable to “Virginia Commonwealth University”