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Take a workshop  to learn a new skill, refine your technique, or give yourself time and space to be creative or to just play.  The Summer Studio Workshops, presented annually since 1991, are held just outside the historic town of Bell Buckle at SWH Art Studio, Inc., with Sherri Warner Hunter and prestigious visiting artists.

It's about an hour drive southeast on I-24 from Nashville.  If you live locally, you may want to commute or, like out-of-town participants, stay at a local Bed & Breakfast to immerse yourself in the creative experience.

Delicious lunches and refreshments are included in the Workshop Fee and all supplies and tools are covered by the Materials Fee.  Enrollment is limited to ensure personal attention so register early is recommended.

Lodging is extra and arranged by participants.  Local lodging suggestions will be included with your confirmation.

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Instructor:  Hunter

Date:  April 4 - 6

Workshop Fee:  $250

Materials Fee:  $85

Limit 8

Friday Evening, 7 PM – 9 PM

Saturday, 9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday, 9 AM – 3 PM

Learn how Hunter creates the large concrete forms that are the base for her mosaic sculptures.  You will start by learning carving techniques in polystyrene foam and then the application of polymer fortified concrete combined with AR fiber glass mesh.  This system results in a relatively light weight sculptural process for exterior and interior artworks. Once completed, the piece can be used as a base to mosaic or finished with a variety of surface treatments.



Instructor:  Hunter

Date:  April 7 - 9                

Workshop Fee:  $250

Materials Fee:  $75

Limit:  8

Monday & Tuesday, 9 AM – 5 PM

Wednesday 9 AM - 3 PM

Whether you are sculpting in clay, plaster, concrete or some other media, many forms need some type of inner structure to help them stand rigid -  a skeleton/an armature.  Different construction methods will be demonstrated to address the needs of sculptures in different scale and media.  Wire, rebar, metal meshes, and foam will be some of the basic materials utilized.  The focus will be on mastering basic wiring techniques.  Welding will be part of the discussion but not taught in this class.  Installing sculptures for interior and exterior display will also be addressed.

 We will go through the process of designing and building the appropriate armature structure for your sculpture. Maximum size: About the size of a Labrador dog and/or what you can transport or ship home.

 A field trip to a metal scrap yard is included in the program

Instructor:  Hunter
Date:  March 7 - 9
Workshop Fee:  $250
Materials Fee:  $40*
Limit: 10
Friday, 7 PM – 9 PM
Saturday, 9 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, 9 AM – 3 PM
Learn the basics of mosaic techniques, tools and materials as you create a wall hanging, decorative mirror, or small table top using tile mosaic.   Beginners will learn about substrates, adhesives, and how to manipulate a variety of mosaic materials with the goal of completing and grouting a finished piece.  We will be working with an assortment of tile however the basic information you learn in this class can be applied to a wide range of mosaic materials and future explorations.
Have you taken one of the Concrete Forms workshops but haven’t started to mosaic your piece?  This is the perfect time!  Utilize this workshop to understand the application of mosaic on sculptural forms, create effective grout lines, and to ramp up your use of color and texture.
Participants are encouraged to bring ideas and images with them, but don’t worry if you don’t know where to start.  Designing for mosaics will be presented the first evening and a wealth of books and resource materials will be available to provide inspiration.
*This Material Fee covers all materials for a basic project as listed.  An additional fee may be assessed for larger or sculptural forms, depending on the materials required
Instructor:  Hunter
Date:  June 6 - 8
Workshop Fee:  $250
Materials Fee:  $45
Limit:  8
Friday Evening, 7 PM – 10 PM
Saturday, 9 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, 9 AM – 4 PM
(The bird bath is not transportable following the end of the workshop Sunday but can travel the following morning or be picked up at another convenient time.)

Create a unique piece of yard art for your garden!  Model a one of a kind bird bath as you learn the basics of simple armature construction, sand casting a bowl and hand forming/modeling concrete.  Your bird bath will take on added personality as you embed the surface with a variety of materials including ceramic tiles, glass, marbles, shells, and rocks.  A wide range of materials are provided however you’re encouraged to bring personal objects to give your bird bath added meaning.
Visiting Artist:  Donald Tucker
Date: July 23 - 27
Workshop Fee:  $650
Materials Fee:  $65  
Limit:  10
Wednesday - Saturday, 9 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, 9 AM - 3 PM

Faux Bois, or "false wood", is an old and very nearly lost art form in which three-dimensional sculptural representations of wood or wooden objects are created employing a steel and stucco lath armature which is then coated with cement-based media. Sculpting and tooling of the final cement layer creates the illusion of wood grain and bark textures. The level of detail possible is determined by the formulation of the final finish layer. Two very different media are addressed in these classes.  One is consistent with the more common school of French Faux Bois and the other unique to the style, detail and finish consistent with El Trabajo Rustico, the branch of this art form made famous by Dionicio Rodriguez. 

The five-day "Introduction" course will provide the basic skills, techniques and information necessary for the creation of forms both decorative and functional. This class includes design and engineering (building an armature), formulating, mixing, applying and sculpting. Finishing options and coloring techniques will also be covered. Each student will construct a project of his or her own design utilizing a fine sanded mortar finish.  What I refer to as a “French Finish”.  

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Visiting Artist:  Donald Tucker
Date:   July 28 - 30                                
Workshop Fee:  $325
Material Fee:  $25
Limit:  12
Monday - Wednesday, 9 AM – 5 PM 

This intensive three day "Advanced Sculpting" class deals only with the use of the unique neat Portland paste finishing formulations that distinguish the more highly detailed works associated with El Trabajo Rustico.  This mixture is very demanding and even considered “impossible” to employ by many experts, but when mastered, can yield a level of detail comparable to most sculpting clays.  Since none of the basic construction considerations are covered during this class, students should possess a fundamental familiarity with armature development and sculpting as well as a working knowledge of basic cement formulating and mixing to get the most from this course. 

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SHERRI WARNER HUNTER has concentrated on creating large scale public sculptures since moving to Bell Buckle, TN in 1994.  Her work is included in numerous publications and private collections, and can be viewed publicly at The Nashville International Airport, the children’s courtyard of the Memphis/ Shelby County Public Library, TN; and TigerTown shopping complex in Opelika, AL.

Hunter is the author of “Making Concrete Garden Ornaments” and “Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden.” 

DONALD TUCKER has been a working artist for over 50 years.  He was trained as a commercial illustrator and had a long and highly successful career in advertising. He left that field to become a full-time studio artist. As a sculptor, he specializes in creating large-scale works in Ferro-cement employing the techniques and traditions of Faux Bois and El Trabajo Rustico. Tucker is considered one of the world's leading authorities on these esoteric subjects and demonstrates his commitment to their continuance by teaching workshops nationwide. To learn more about the artist visit these sites: and



Yes, this is concrete!


 - A 50% deposit is required to secure your place in a workshop.  The balance is due on or before the first meeting.

 - You will be sent a confirmation form once the workshop has enough registrations to be held. 

 - Make checks payable to:   SWH Art Studio Inc.

 - There is a $50 cancellation fee.

 - Dates are subject to change.

 - If a workshop has filled at the time your registration is received, your check will not be cashed.  You will be notified and given the opportunity to be placed on the waiting list.  If a place opens, people on the waiting list will be notified in the order they were received.

- Workshops that do not meet minimum enrollment may be canceled. 

-  If you would like to bring someone to work with you on your project, a ‘Creative Partner’, add $50.  This option is ONLY available for the following workshops: Concrete Forms, Mosaic

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