Oasis Miniature Gas Pump Station Workshop

Learn new techniques and create your own 1:12 scale miniature vintage gas pump complete with wildlife in this three-day workshop with miniaturists Michael Yurkovic and Beth Freeman-Kane.

Dates: October 6-8, 2019, 9am to 4pm each day

Instructors: Michael Yurkovic and Beth Freeman-Kane

Workshop Fee: $585 members/$650 non-members

Location: The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 East Camp Lowell Drive, Tucson, AZ 85712.  Caitlin Suite Classroom

Class Description:  Oasis is a vintage gas pump, abandoned for decades in the desert, finding itself home to new residents. The finished piece stands about 8” tall, and the globe atop the pump lights up with a self-contained battery. Nesting Sparrows and a little mouse find themselves tucked in around the vintage oilcans and concrete blocks.

Students will be split into two groups, spending about half their time with Beth Freeman-Kane working on the wildlife elements, and the rest with Michael Yurkovic, creating the gas pump and scenery. Michael will provide his custom-made resin castings of all the parts for the pump and oil cans. Students will paint and finish all the parts and apply weathering to the degree they desire. Several sets of decals and markings will be provided so that students will have the ability to personalize their project. The gas pump can be painted in your choice of colors, with matching decals, for Mobilgas (Pegasus) for example. The instructor will provide the custom water slide decals and other markings. An LED lights the dome and will be pre-wired for easy installation in the cavity of the gas pump.

Beth’s group will start by painting the supplied bird and mouse castings, and then will move onto landscaping the base of the project. Detailed instructions will be provided as usual by Beth for correct decoration of the sparrows, nest, and mouse. Landscaping materials will be provided so that each student can add tall grasses, gravel, and tufts of grass to the base of the piece. Beth will also demonstrate the use of washes and weathering to enhance the three-dimensional aspects of the piece.

Students will change instructors part way through the project, so that both groups will emerge with a finished piece. The project also includes the base and dome, and a box for packing after the class.

Michael Yurkovic Biography:

Michael Yurkovic brings his variety of experience as an Industrial Designer, Toy Inventor, Technical Illustrator, and Machinist to each piece he creates in miniature. His works have been featured at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the KSB Miniature Collection in Maysville, Kentucky. Michael regularly teaches workshops around the United States and will expand his schedule in 2020 to include the Netherlands, London, and Denmark. His latest works are inspired by stories, or narratives, which guide the creation of a new piece, often developing organically with the project. You can connect with Michael on Facebook, Instagram, or on his website www.atomicminiature.com.


Beth Freeman-Kane Biography

The work of South African Beth Freeman-Kane offers a unique view of nature in the world of miniatures today, her birds and small creatures adding charm wherever they go. Her work is highly sought after by collectors at the top shows, and she travels to teach workshops regularly in the USA.  This includes IGMA Guild School in Castine where she has taught for 10 years. She has also taught in South Africa, Japan, and the Netherlands. As an active member of IGMA, she was awarded Fellow status in 2013. She has bodies of work in 3 museum collections including the KSB Miniature Collection in Maysville, Kentucky and the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City. Beth’s work can be followed on Facebook and on Instagram

Level: This workshop is for adults with some experience with crafting or making miniatures.

Maximum Enrollment: 20

Refund/Cancellation Policy:  The Museum will provide a refund of paid tuition minus a $25.00 administration fee if cancellation is received 15 business days or more prior to the workshop start date. The Mini Time Machine Museum cannot offer any refund if the workshop will be missed as a result of illness, emergencies or other events beyond our control without advance notification. In the event a class is cancelled by the museum, a full refund will be issued.


Please call us at 520-881-0606 and ask for Mackenzie

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Planning your trip to Tucson?

A block of guest rooms have been reserved at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites at a rate of $109 per night. If you would like more information, please contact Mackenzie Massman by email or at (520) 881-0606.

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