What do you do with your artistic 7th grade daughter when it's been a terrible year of middle school? You sign up for an art class at Snow Farm in Williamsburg, Massachusetts!
It was the end of my daughter's 7th grade year. Do you remember 7th grade? I do. It was tough then, and there wasn't even any internet when I was in 7th grade, though we did have 7-10 families on our party line which could be entertaining in a similar way ('Party Line' is a landline telephone term. It was like having 7-10 families all having different phone extensions for YOUR household phone number in THEIR houses, each household with a different ring or just a tremor. Knowing when another family was using their phone provided us with hours of entertainment because we could listen to their conversations. I'm sure my family returned that favor). Our little family, consisting of my husband, daughter and self, does not really take vacations, but I thought our girl needed something really special to lift her spirits after a particularly challenging 7th grade year. I had been to Snow Farm, The New England Craft Program, a couple of weeks earlier with a friend for a really fun stained glass weekend—the piece I made there, pictured above, lives above our kitchen sink and includes some stones I picked up from Kennebunk beach. I discovered that a little piece of my heart lives at Snow Farm in Williamsburg, Massachusetts!
Snow Farm is in beautiful Western Massachusetts. It has a wide array of workshops, and includes many that are accessible to my ability level. I can sew to beat the band and love to work with color, but I'm drawing-challenged. Snow Farm has somewhat rustic housing which I find extremely comfortable, and they provide fabulous meals prepared and served by happy people, which makes them taste even better. I signed us up for a course called White Line Woodcut, taught by the then-Boston-now-Maine print making artist, Lisa Houck. This 'other Lisa' is also a gifted mosaic artist, painter, ceramics artist, the list goes on and on. In addition, Lisa is a great teacher; she's patient, encouraging, and provides excellent suggestions as well as solutions to problems. My daughter Grace made a couple of white line woodcut boards and prints. The experience was restorative for her. Yay! I also made a couple of boards and prints with an eye to turning my prints into fabric design.