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Introduction to Chestnut Wood Carving, a creative holiday!

Cerdeira Village Art & Craft 3200 Lousã, Portugal

Master Workshop
Introduction to Chestnut woodcarving
From 1st to 7th of June 2014

This course provides a new approach to an ancient wood carving technique using local materials, in this case chestnut wood. Given by an experienced woodcrafter in a hidden treasure village of central Portugal this course is the perfect opportunity to gain craft knowledge while discovering a beautiful culture.

After an introduction to the techniques and raw materials, each participant will develop their own project, accompanied and supported step by step by the course tutor. In a friendly environment of cooperation and mutual assistance among all participants.

Participants will be provided with accommodation, full pension, materials, recreational activities, an introduction to Portuguese language and the opportunity to connect with a new culture as well as new craft technique.

Duration of the Master Workshop: 7 days
From 1st to 7th of June 2014
Target: all interested artist and creative individuals, with or without experience
Skills required: interest, patience and persistence
Training hours: 18
Hours of individual and assisted work: 24
Working languages: English, German and Portuguese

Learned knowledge and skills:
Basic drawing techniques
Basic carving techniques
Finishing techniques
Tool maintenance techniques
Working with the chestnut wood

Course tutor:
Kerstin Thomas was born in 1964 in Germany. After taking visual arts, she learned woodcarving in a wood-designing studio. She studied Social Sciences and completed a degree in Portuguese Language and Culture at the University of Coimbra. Settled in Portugal and lives in the village of Cerdeira where, since 1990, has a workshop herself. Although her work in the woodcarving field has different approaches, she has a preference for native wood.
Participated in several national and international fairs and exhibitions in Portugal, Spain and Germany. especially Eunique, the International Fair for Applied Arts & Design. Won several awards and distinctions.
Mentors and organizes the annual event in Cerdeira “Elementos à Solta” (Elements on the loose), since 2006 with exhibitions and artists of Portuguese Craft.
Organized a project of social intervention with young institutionalized children "Intervention through Art" with Alert Foundation in 2009.
Was part of the “ÁguaMusa” (Water Muse) project about craft+design+nature in 2012.

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