Summer Workshop

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I’ve actually neglected to update my blog since getting back from Thailand.  I can’t catch up now, so I’ll just let all my many readers (sarcasm) know what I’m up to this summer.  This is how I kayak on Puget Sound:

I'm not running into this guy's kayak. He just steadied my boat so my friend could take a picture of me being on the sea, in a kayak, pursuing my "dreams," and not being directionless.

I’ve actually been quite industrious lately.  Got a few tricks up my sleeve.  One of them is this art class I’m planning to teach during the month of July.  Even while I was still in Thailand, I began to plan productive and helpful ways to keep myself busy this summer so I don’t feel like a directionless sloth.

"Directionless Sloth"

One of my goals is to teach a summer art workshop in Canton, my newly adopted hometown, which desperately needs some art influence and sense of community among local artists.  Another goal is to continue to educate myself in art and counseling.  I DID get to attend the SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) conference in Seattle.  The trip was awesome, and  I learned new things and got excited about art all over again.  As for counseling, I hope to take a course this fall.  We’ll see.

So about this workshop:  Here’s the info I put in the newspaper:


Come join my Summer Art Workshop!

Who? Open to anyone, age 10 and up.

What? Local metalsmith and jewelry artist, Chelsey Burleson, will teach a small-scale, metal art workshop. Producing 4 projects in 4 weeks, students will learn how to cut, drill, shape, hammer, color, texture, and solder metal together. Cost per week: $60 – Cost for the month: $200. Materials and finished projects included!  Sibling discounts apply.

When? Tuesdays and Thursdays in July, from 9 to 12.

Where? The Canton Connection, on the corner of FM 17 and FM 1255 in Canton, one block north of Hwy 64

Why? Because working with metal/jewelry is SO COOL, is probably more fun than watching TV or playing video games, and because the sense of accomplishment one gets by making stuff with their own hands causes kids to feel mature and adults to feel like kids. Itʼs a win/win!

Call Chelsey at 214.263.8906 to reserve a spot in the workshop.

*Enrollment will be limited to 10 students/class

Email: with any questions or concerns.


Yeah, I know the last part is cheesy, but I toned it down quite a bit from the original.  I just hope it sounds playful instead of absolutely sincere.  Anyways, I’ll post more detailed information about my lesson plans soon.  If you’re interested, call or email me to learn more and reserve your spot in the workshop!  If more people register than I planned for, I can always add another class day.  :)

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