Workshops at Chester Springs Studio include watercolor painting, oil painting, plein air, mixed media, ceramics, raku firings and more with guest artists.

Jack Troy Workshop at Chester Springs Studio in Historic Yellow Springs

Firing the Chester Springs Noborigama Kiln

Every Side is a Winner, ceramic by Jack Troy.

“Every Side is a Winner,” ceramic by Jack Troy.

Level: Some experience required
Limit: 12 Students
Instructor: Jack Troy
Date: Friday – Sunday, April 12-14, 2019
Unloading: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
Two-Day Tuition: $375 Member, $395 Non-member

Workshop Description

Historic Yellow Springs is pleased to offer a wood-firing workshop with Jack Troy. Participants will be able to fire their work in both the wood and salt chambers of the two-chamber Noborigama.  Jack will share his experience in developing wood fired surfaces, glazing, wadding, loading techniques, as well as firing methods.

Pottery by Jack Troy.

Pottery by Jack Troy.

Workshop Schedule

Friday, April 12, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Glazing and Wadding
1:00pm – 6:00 pm: Loading and Lighting the Kiln

Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14, 2019
6:00 pm Friday – 6:00 am Sunday (approx.)
Firing the Kiln: 36+ hour firing
Participants take shifts stoking the kiln

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Unloading Kiln and Discussion of Work

About Jack Troy

Jack Troy, teacher, potter and writer, retired from Juniata College in 2006, where he taught for 39 years. He has led over 230 workshops for potters at colleges, universities, and art centers in the U. S. and abroad. His career has taken him to 13 countries, and his work is in many private and public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (Japan), Auckland (NZ) Museum of Art and the Kalamazoo Institute of Art. 

His first book, Salt Glazed Ceramics, was published in 1977. In 1978, he built Pennsylvania’s first anagama-style kiln at Juniata College, and personal anagamas at his home in 1987 and 2006. In 1995, he published the book Wood-fired Stoneware and Porcelain. His collection of poems, Calling the Planet Home, was published in 2003 and more than 60 of his articles, book reviews, and exhibition catalogue essays have appeared in the major periodicals in his field. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts awarded him two Craft Fellowships for his work in ceramics, and a Fellowship in Literature for his poetry. He was selected by the Council to make the awards for the 2005 Governor’s Awards for the Arts. In 2012 he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from NCECA, the National Council for Education in Ceramic Arts.






The Painterly Approach—An Exploration with Georganna Lenssen

Level: All levels
12 students
Workshop Instructor:
 Georganna Lenssen
Date 1: Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 19-20, 2019
Date 2: Saturday-Sunday, Feb.23-24, 2019
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
Two-Day Tuition: $165 Member, $185 Non-member

In this workshop, we will explore the still life or image as a point of departure. Rather than simply responding, recording or representing that which is before them, students will be encouraged to ask themselves, and begin to understand for themselves, what is their connection to a subject, and what is its essence. We will discuss contemporary painters and approaches to painting while developing our working knowledge and visual awareness of composition, shapes, color, paint application and surface quality. Students will be challenged to be more expressive, bold and spontaneous, and to develop a visual vocabulary that best expresses their unique and individual observations. It is in this marriage of “interpretation” and “expression” that students will learn a more contemporary and liberating method of painting. Both individual and group critiques will be included. All levels welcome, although some (no matter how little) oil painting experience preferred.

About Georganna Lenssen
Born in Seoul, Korea, Georganna Lenssen graduated from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Awards include the Roy Lance Lauffer Memorial Prize, the Elizabeth Arramark scholarship, and the Wildlife Purchase Prize. Asian art—its deep reverence for nature and the vitality of its direct, spontaneous use of brush and ink—has strongly influenced her work. She incorporates these qualities, focusing upon gesture and movement as they express the essence and vitality of her subjects. Lenssen also teaches at the Wayne Art Center, as well as privately from her studio in Chester Springs, PA. She is represented by galleries including Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster, PA and West Branch Gallery in Stowe, VT.





Abstraction and Design –
Multi Media Workshop with Nancy Barch

Mixed Media Workshop with Nancy Barch

“On the Wildside” mixed media by Nancy Barch.

Level: All levels
12 students
Workshop Instructor:
 Nancy Barch
Date: Saturday-Sunday,
October 13-14, 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio,
Historic Yellow Springs
Two-Day Tuition: $180 Member,
$200 Non-member

The workshop will focus on improving your composition and design skills.

“Travel Journal” mixed media by Nancy Barch.

If you have taken my workshops before you know they’re about techniques, not so this time. We will not concentrate on finished artwork but on how to design a better painting.

Abstraction and Design is for the experienced painter who wants to improve and enhance the work they are doing at present.


About Nancy Barch
As a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, the work of Delaware County artist Nancy Barch has traversed the United States. Ms. Barch has garnered a number of coveted awards for her work in a variety of media including Best of Show in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the Elizabeth Shober Hooper Award and the Emerton Heitland Memorial Award from the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, the Paul Remy Award from the American Watercolor Society, NY, the Daler-Rowney Award and Silver Brush Award from the Kentucky Aqueous Touring Exhibition, and the Peterson Memorial Award from the National Society of Casein and Acrylics Painters.






Introductory to Mold Making for Sculptors

Figure sculpture by George McMonigle

All levels
10 students
Workshop Instructor:
George McMonigle
Date: Saturday-Sunday, TBA
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio,
Historic Yellow Springs
One-Day Tuition: $120 Member, $140 Non-member
Materials Fees: Paid to Instructor


“Did you ever want to make a mold of one of your sculptures or wonder how they were made?” Maybe you had mold making back in school and wondered what has changed!

If so, this workshop is a perfect place to start. You will be making a silicon mold of a small (3′ to 4′) very simple sculpture. A demonstration will be given explaining modern mold making materials and techniques. Time will be given to create a small sculpture. George will then walk you through the step-by-step process of dividing your piece with shims, pouring layers of silicon and making a mother mold and a plaster cast of your work.

In mold making “size matters.” To get the most out of this workshop and an understanding of the process, we will only be molding a small simple sculpture. This same process can easily be scaled up for much larger and more complex sculptures in your own studios.


Each student will need to buy:

  1. Trial kit of Silicon, Mold Max XLS, from Smooth-On for $27.25 + tax
  2. Rubber or latex gloves
  3. Shop aprons
  4. Eye protection, simple safety glasses will do

All other material will be supplied.

If you would like to have the Silicon Mold Max XLS trial kit waiting for you at the first class:

  • Register at least one week in advance.
  • Choose the option with additional charge of $29 when you register for the class.


About George McMonigle

Sculpture classes, Chester County, Chester Springs, Chester Springs Studio

Sculpture by George McMonigle

Born in Hawaii, George McMonigle grew up enjoying the coast of Southern California, and later the Philadelphia area. After attending Temple University’s Tyler School of Fine Art George accepted the position as studio sculptor for the prestigious Edward Marshal Boehm Studios in Trenton, NJ. This started his long and successful career in porcelain sculpture– retiring in 2003 as the Senior Director of Sculpture for the Franklin Mint. George has pursued his passion for sculpture creating work in his Chester County studio for over 25 years. Although he produced sculpture almost exclusively in high-fired porcelain, and will always love the way white, translucent porcelain reflects light upon the human form, he now feels that bronze is the perfect material for his work. George is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society and the Society of Animal Artists in New York.





Preservation Skills Workshop:
How to Replace a Historic Cedar Shingle Roof


Crystal Diamond Springhouse, 2015. Photo by Mark Ashton.

Crystal Diamond Springhouse, 2015. Photo by Mark Ashton.

Level: Beginner to Advanced,
No Experience Required
Instructors: Andrew Gustine, TBA
Saturday-Sunday, TBA
Time: 8:30am-6:00pm
Location: Lincoln Building
1685 Art School Road Chester Springs, PA 19425
Tuition: HYS and CCHPN Members: $85
Non-Member: $100

During this two-day workshop we will undertake the replacement of cedar shingle roofing on the Crystal Diamond Springhouse, a small one-story stone building built in the 1850s to house the magnesium spring.

Guided by two building professionals with over 70 years of experience between them, participants will strip the existing cedar shingles and remove them to be composted on site, repair the existing wood lath, and install new western red cedar taper-sawn shakes.

PAFA artists painting at the Crystal Diamond Springhouse, 1930s.

PAFA artists painting at the Crystal Diamond Springhouse, 1930s.

The hands-on work will be accompanied by instruction in the use of wood shingle roofing materials historically and its appropriate use in historic preservation today, including design choices like shake vs. shingle, amount of exposure and minimum pitch.

The skills and processes that will be covered include condition assessment of existing wood roofs, measuring and estimating, personal and workplace safety, methods of layout and coursing, rules of thumb for shingle placement and nailing, and fastening methods.

The workshop will meet from 8:30 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, with a break at noon for lunch (please bring your own). Full scholarships are available for high school and college students. Email for more information.


Instructors for the Workshop Series 

Tony Vizzi, Affordable Copper Roofing

Tony Vizzi, Affordable Copper Roofing

Tony Vizzi has specialized in historic roofing materials and techniques since about 1981. With a background in finish carpentry he developed a keen interest in the highly detailed installation of slate, tile and metal roofs. For the last 15 years he has enjoyed sharing his knowledge with other contractors and has collaborated on many historical projects.

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YouTube: Affordable Copper Roofing: Keeping the Fires Burning
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Workshop Instructor Andrew Gustine, Native Woods Restoration Carpentry

Andrew Gustine, Native Woods Restoration Carpentry

Andrew Gustine, owner of Native Woods Restoration Carpentry, is a master carpenter focused on rehabilitating and restoring houses, barns, and outbuildings for more than 25 years. He holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network, and Historic Yellow Springs, Inc.

Website: Native Woods Restoration Carpentry
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