Tokens of Affection: Miniature Keepsakes

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Instructor: Elysia Hansel

Class Fee: $20/ $18 for museum members

Title: Tokens of Affection: Miniature Keepsakes 

Class Description:  Discover the romance of portrait miniatures. These tiny keepsakes were used between the 16th and early 20th centuries to commemorate significant occasions such as a birth, death, marriage, engagement, or even to seal an illicit love affair.  Over the centuries, these miniatures were painted on a variety of materials including vellum, parchment, porcelain, ivory, and even thin sheets of cardboard cut from playing cards! 

Try your hand at creating small keepsakes with various materials- playing cards, wood plaques, capiz shells, Dresden foil, and other miscellaneous décor.  During this class, students will create their own miniature keepsakes and tour the temporary exhibit, The Art & Science of Portrait Miniatures.  Students will have the opportunity to use photo transfer techniques and experiment with small-scale painting. This class is designed for all levels. Come experiment with a variety of materials and leave with your own tokens of affection!

Instructor Biography: Elysia Hansel was born and raised in Minnesota and attended college at The University of Northern Iowa where she obtained an English Degree with a theater prop & set design minor. She is a puppeteer who writes her own puppet plays, builds the miniature scenery and sews and constructs the puppets as well. Elysia dabbles in watercolors, upcycled jewelry making and enjoys writing old-fashioned letters using quills and ink.

Minimum and Maximum Enrollment: 8/20

Tools/Materials: All materials and supplies will be provided; including capiz shells, playing cards, wood plaques, Dresden foil accents, paint, and miscellaneous décor.  Detail paint brushes will be available for students to use.  The Education Department will scale and print up to two photos for each student to use for photo transfer techniques. Students will be asked to email their photos prior to the class date. Students are always welcome to bring their own preferred materials and supplies.

Minimum Age: 14 (12 if accompanied by a paying adult)

Refund/Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be issued five or more days in advance of the class unless otherwise noted. In the event a class is cancelled by the museum, a full refund will be issued. 

Register: Register in person or by phone at 520-881-0606 or register online using the link below.


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