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Crafting frees creative juices, helps relieve stress

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    Wood burning.
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    Beginning jewelry and paper making.
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    Alcohol ink painting.


At a time when so many of us feel overwhelmed by the demands of a 24/7 digital world, crafting, alongside other activities like coloring for adults, cooking from scratch and a resurgence of Victory gardens, are being looked to as forms of an antidote to the stresses and pressures of modern living.

Crafts focus on repetitive actions and skill levels that can always be improved upon. In terms of psychology, this allows us to enter a flow’ state, a perfect immersive state of balance between skill and challenge.

With what is increasingly referred today as “mindfulness,” a much desired quality for people to develop, it is not surprising that crafts are being sought out for their mental and sometimes physical benefits.

To this end, Hill Country Council for the Arts announces its Spring Art After Hours slate of decorative arts methodology classes. The schedule begins in February with dates to be announced. The classes will be held in the Pioneer House at The AgriCultural Museum and Arts Center, 102 City Park Road, Boerne:


Along this creative path you will learn to use jewelry chain to create a drop necklace and pair of earrings. You will learn basic techniques like working with jump rings, head pins, eye pins and attaching clasps. Explore the beauty of creating crystal drops and adding connectors. You will choose between one of two charming sets to make.


Learn the art of burning wood with freehand burn marks, how to use a pyrography tool to create designs in wood items. Learn how various tips and temperatures are used to create shading and texture. To complete your project, you can embellish your creation with color making it a vibrant show piece.



Work with these highly pigmented alcohol-based inks, the bold colors and metallic hues bond to nonporous surfaces. Learn how to use brushes, blending solutions and masks to apply the inks to an object for a stunning keepsake. Add a whimsical saying and watch your creation be the next viral sensation.


We will be using traditional and pour methods to create handmade paper. Learn to add embellishments and color into your paper. Finish several sheets of paper and envelopes in this two-hour exploration class.


Try your hand at marbleizing with the traditional method of Japanese Suminagashi marbleizing. Working with brushes, drops and other tools, you will watch as the ink dances across the water to create flowing and geometric designs on paper.



Join us in producing the ancient Japanese art of Shibori resist dying. You will practice Nui and, Itajime and Arashi techniques. The ancient art is complimented by the intriguing use of Indigo to dye natural fiber cloth. If you have always wanted to try dyeing or resist techniques this exploratory class is a great place to start.

HCCArts Calendar

Kerrville 2020 Renaissance Festival, Jan. 25 and 26 and Feb. 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entertainment, crafts, fun foods, music and games, by Hill Country Festivals. For more information, map, tickets, visit

“Widow in Mink,” through Jan. 25. A comedy by Texas playwright Carl L. Williams, Boerne Community Theatre, directed by Barry Goettl, co-produced by GVTC Foundation. Margaret Osgood, a sweet, quiet woman is somewhat oblivious to details, finds herself a widow and quite wealthy. She tries to adjust to her new life first by buying herself a mink coat, and joining the ‘Wandering Widows’ Club where she soon meets Charlie, her late husband’s business partner. Is he concerned about Margaret’s future or his own? Tickets $18 to $24. Reserve seats online at or call 830-249-9166.

Throwing, Spraying and Electric Firing workshops with Steven Hill, Hill Country Arts Foundation (HCAF). Feb. 7 to 9 or Feb 10 to 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Designed to get the most out of your glazes, applied to your pots, and fired in your electric kiln. The basic techniques of spraying, layering and blending glazes will be demonstrated. 120 Point Theatre Road, S, Ingram. $350 HCAF members or $395 non-members. Seating limited! Call 830-367-5121 to register and information regarding supplies .

“Four Old Broads,”comedy by Leslie Kimbell, presented by S.T.A.G.E. Theater, Bulverde and directed by Tom Balmos. Show dates weekends Feb. 13 through March

1. Magnolia Place Assisted Living hasn’t been the same since the arrival of evil Nurse Jones and four residents are determined to figure out why residents are losing their memory and moved to ‘the dark side’ of the facility. The Feb. 13 performance benefits Friends of the Village of Bulverde and costs $20. Other shows are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and military, $12 for students. Optional dinner available at 6:30 p.m. before 8 p.m. curtain, 1 p.m. lunch available at Sunday matinees. Reservations online at or call 830-438-2339, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.