Two-day WIRE WORKSHOPS

Create a chicken wire sculpture approx 2’ to 3’ high.

Instruction on basic anatomy, armature, wire lacing, and construction techniques. 

Your choice of subject. 

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Regular Two-day Weekend Workshops

6 students per class

Sat & Sun   9am - 4pm

Tools and materials supplied

$350  -  $50 deposit to hold space

FALL WIRE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

  1. SEPT 3/4 canceled (covid)     

  2. SEPT 17/18 FULL

  3. OCT 1/2 FULL       

  4. OCT 15/16 FULL

  5. NOV 5/6  FULL

  6. NOV 19/20 1 space

  7. DEC 3/4  FULL

REGISTRATIONS FOR SPRING 2023

1st & 3rd weekends of the month

Please email me at sheenam@shaw.ca to register

Mini 2hr Workshops  -  12" Fairies or Angels

Next Angel workshop at the MAC

(McMillan Art Centre in Parksville)

Thursday Sept 15, 2022 AT 6 PM – 8 PM

https://shop.mcmillanartscentre.com/collections/workshops-classes
Wire Angel Workshop with Sheena McCorquodale

Payment options
E TRANSFER TO:  sheenam@shaw.ca
Or call 250-937-9991 to pay with credit card
Or drop by to say hi with cash.  
5320 Island Hwy W.  Qualicum Beach BC

STUDENT SHOWCASES
'Wired At The Cathouse - 2022'

Student Show -  20 student works from 2021

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AWARDS

  • 1st place - Reclining Woman - Bev Allen

  • 2nd place - Small Dragon - Rod Cadarette

  • 3rd place - Raven - Angela Harris

  • Honourable Mention- Hedgehog - Shona Simpson

  • Honourable Mention- Garden Fairy -Mary Ann Pope

PEOPLE'S CHOICE​

  • 1st  - the Big Dragon - Joe Dickenson

  • 2nd  - Heron - Amber Gorsak

  • 3rd - Hare - Vicki McNay

Student Show 2019 -  23 student works from 2019

The 'People's Choice' award  - Bev Allen - Octopus

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2 DAY WORKSHOPS

What is supplied...

1/2" chicken wire

pliers, wire snips, and various hammers, saws etc


lacing wire, armature wire

help with proportions & sculpting
help with choosing the pose

 

What you need to bring...

protective gloves.  Gardening gloves work fine.  Leather on the fingertips is especially good



How it works
I discuss with you what you want to make and how to go about it. I make a pattern for you to work from, approx 2' x 2'.  I teach you the basics of cylinder construction, lacing, attaching shapes and added accents.  I help you to form the final shapes.  No experience necessary.  You go home with your creation and basic knowledge of wire sculpting.

 

check out the facebook page...

facebook.com/cathousegallery

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This is a recording of the 'ZOOM' artist talk I gave for the Sooke Fine Arts show.  Its a 1hour introduction to working with chicken wire.

Some of the past Weekend Wire Students and their projects.

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Classes run from 9am to 4pm with an hour or so for lunch. So approx 10 hours total for the 2 days.

It usually runs along these lines...

 

During the week, I will contact you to find out what you want to make and where it will be mounted.

I will create a pattern for you approx. 2' x 2' This will be ready for you when you come on Saturday.

 

Sat 9 to 11am

Introductions

Wire sculpture examples shown and discussed

Basic anatomy covered

Working with tools and materials

Creating cylinders and lacing techniques

11am to noon

Discuss individual challenges and methods

Begin construction.

noon to 1pm

Lunch at a local cafe or bag lunch. your choice.

1pm to 4pm

Building layers and construction.

 

Sun 9am to noon

Work on construction and layering

noon to 1pm

Lunch at a local cafe or bag lunch. your choice.

1pm to 3pm

Refining and embellishing the forms

Spray painting

-white paint supplied, bring other colours if required

3pm to 4pm

Finishing

Photos

 

Times may vary depending on the complexity of the sculptures but

this is the way it usually works out.        

GOT A CAMPER? RV?

Make it a mini destination holiday

Dry camping with electrical hook up available from Friday evening to Sunday evening.

$10 / night

I love to see where the students place their sculptures

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WHAT THE STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY

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Wire Workshop was awesome! Sheena is welcoming, knowledgeable, talented and a very patient teacher. So much fun!

... Shona Simpson

Hands down the best workshop I’ve been to
Sheena is a great teacher and makes the two-day workshop fun and informative
I recommend anyone to check out her gallery

... Darlene Ashby

I have visited the Cathouse Gallery a few times, before attending an Art seminar with Sheena McCorquodale. My experience was a real "Eye Opener" to a new way to explore art! I am so grateful to Sheena for this opportunity, which I think and hope, more Art aficionados should participate in these seminars. Totally worthy!

On the other side of the Gallery, there is a Cat Centre for those who need overnight or more than a day of care for your cat, this service is totally professionally run and set up, with much care and love for your pet.

Sincerely,

... Nadia Yelamo

I met Sheena (Cat mama) when I brought my cat, Bagheera to her fantastic “cat hotel”.  I was lucky enough to see her wire netting sculpture class in progress and was hooked.  My son Ryan and his girlfriend bought me a space in this weekend’s class for my birthday.  What an amazing experience.  I have an awesome pelican and met great ‘artisans’.  Lots of laughs and Sheena is incredibly patient and talented.  Thanks a million for this new artistic experience  

…  Gwen Ihl

 

My husband and I took the wire sculpture workshop on the weekend with Sheena.  Great instruction and lots of one on one.  We would highly recommend any course with Sheena as an instructor.  Very relaxed and enjoyable

...Brenda & Grant Laflamme

 

Thank you Sheena.  Great wire workshop!  Lots of creative energy and fun in making a humpback whale.  Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.  Good fellowship with the other wire creators.  Would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn and create in wire.

… Kevin Kingswill

 

 

Thanks again for a fabulous time at the workshop!  I love the final creation and can't believe how fast the time went while we were working.  A nice group of people to spend time with and I surely look forward to another workshop in the future!

Toodle-oo,  Suzy…

 

-----Best workshop ever!!!!! 

~John Fowler-----

 

By lucky chance, my friend and I were dropping something off to Sheena, were admiring her chicken wire cat sculptures when she asked if we would be interesting in taking a class.  We both jumped at this offer, signed up and I sent a message to another friend so now we were 3 anxiously for our start date!  We all arrived with gloves and tools in hand to find our spot with a large piece of grid paper with no idea how our project would be created.   Sheena had an amazing vision in all the projects we individually chose and guided us along step by step with helpful ideas, kindness, enthusiasm, and skill....thank you "teacher".    At the end of two days we had the most fantastic finished project...who knew we were all capable of "mastering" this craft.  Amazing what we can do when we pull deep from within our artistic brain and physical strength...I could see and hear how proud we each were of our individual success.  Thank you Sheena...in the new year hope to add to my skills with another one of your sculpting classes...

~Valerie McNabb.

 

----What a wonderful opportunity it was for us to be able to take part in this workshop. Bonnie and I had a great time and learned so much. Thank you Sheena.  ~Bill Basaraba

 

-----What a wonderful two days of chicken wire classes. With the help from Sheena, I ended up with a beautiful wire dog. The class was fun with great people I would love to do it again. Thank you Sheena for all your help. ~Sandra Cradoc