How much plaster do you want to learn?
Athena Steen returns to teach 3 courses from introductory to artistic. Choose from a weekend to 2 weeks in July.
Weekend Introduction to clay plaster and paints
July 14 &15, 9 am-5 pmwith Athena Steen and Elke Cole
- What’s in a clay plaster?
- Why should I choose clay over other materials?
- Where do I find ingredients?
Fine finishes with natural clay plaster July 14- 19
with Athena Steen
and Elke Cole
Guided by Athena Steen you will continue the learning form the weekend with hands- on work on a building.
Find out how you can make improvements to the indoor quality and look of your home with simple, low cost, local ingredients.
Learn about Color options, ingredients, recipes and get plenty of practice on the walls of our Turtle house and other fun projects.
Every day we integrate conversation and short lectures, time to take notes and ask questions. You will be part of transforming a cob house to a beautiful space with natural color and light.
By the end of this course you will be able to
- develop your recipe
- apply clay plaster with different trowels
- create a beautiful finish with good performance and beauty.
We ask that participants bring their own stainless steel trowel. You can find a good selection here.
This course is followed by a sculptural clay plaster workshop for those who wish to take their walls to a 3-dimensional experience.
3-dimensional plaster work and clay sculpture July 22-27with Athena Steen Venture into the world of sculpting clay: give walls and other architectural elements another dimension. Athena Steen will guide you in your development of technique and possibilities.
- Learn recipes and techniques of application.
- Try new and old tools.
- Design and develop your language of form.
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Athena Steen is well known for her mastery in natural plasters and creating beauty with clay.She is founding director of Canelo Project in Arizona.
Her teaching has taken her to Europe and Mexico, as well as the US and Canada.
At OUR Ecovillage Athena has taught workshops for the past 3 seasons finishing the exterior and interior of the Zero Mile Eatery with her signature 3 dimensional design.
Elke Cole is one of Canada’s first cob builders. She brings rich experience of building and teaching on 4 continents. As architectural designer and natural builder she has played a key role in the development of O.U.R. Ecovillage. Find out more about Elke on her website.
Elke co-manages the ‘Closing the loop on healthy and affordable housing project’ and is the leader of OUR ecological building team. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
After being in Athena’s plastering workshop i received a more in-depth understanding and appreciation for the natural materials we were utilizing. There was lots of hands on instruction and techniques for different plastering applications. Even with the size of our class, Athena made sure to attend to each of us on an individual level, and help us to achieve our goals. She’ll yell but she loves you. Ryan, participant 2017