Summer 2018 Workshops

Sam Norgard

July is Nova Scotia location beading month

Last summer was our inaugural workshop. It was wonderful. Design lectures, bead technique demos, a great exchange of ideas, fantastic seafood and time to explore this unique part of the world. Surprise additional big bonus: new friendships formed and everyone is hoping to come back! This year we are offering more.

This is a rare opportunity to learn various beadwork techniques from accomplished professional level beaders. Explore design, technique and concept while embracing the beautiful world of the French Shore, Nova Scotia.

Our format: Introductions to the course and faculty happen during our pre-meeting time. Two weeks before the workshop you will enjoy hearing from Sam and your faculty via email. During this time you will be introduced to our area, our facilities and specifics about your workshop, including any pre-work or exercises. Next you will come study right on the shore in our one room School House. Stay at The Yellow Door House (steps away from the School House) or come daily. We are right on the water and have worked on the house for years. We feel you will be comfortable with our Nova Scotia quilts, sunsets from the deck, short path to the beach and flowers from the garden.

To register: Contact Sam through this website or: karensamnorgard@mac.com

Triangles in Motion

Sam Norgard
Professor Savannah College of Art and Design
Technique: Off loom with focus on Geometric Beadwork
Contact: karensamnorgard@mac.com (or through this website)


Tuition: $250

July 7 - 9, 2018: Arrive Friday Afternoon, Depart Tuesday Morning

The goal of Triangles in Motion is to move from simple forms to more complex moving engines. We will practice flat peyote triangles, move to puff triangles and beyond. Students may create earrings, rings of triangle and shank, or Tri-Wing Rings with a belly band, flat triangle bracelets, or puff or caldera bracelets or necklaces, or tubular triangles. Enlarging with increases, decreasing to close the 3D form, creating bezels with puff triangles, or moving on to cycles – are among the options. Be prepared to be amazed at the form’s varieties, the amazingly different behaviors, the countless variations each student will create.

Accommodations at The Yellow Door:

The Large Room (Three beds):
$55 per person per night

Blue Room (Two twin beds):
$60 per person per night

Green Room (One Double Bed)
$65 per person per night

We are right on the water and have worked on the house for years. We feel you will be comfortable with our Nova Scotia quilts, sunsets from the deck, short path to the beach and flowers from the garden.

Food: $140

Includes breakfast and lunch, dinners are not included. Breakfast foods will be available and we try to accommodate requests. Lunch will be prepared and we typically have local cooks preparing local foods. For dinners we have lined up a number of venues, that we know you will love! You can join the group or explore on your own. Rosa will be in residence to assist. The studio will be open from 9 am - 9 pm.

Workshop Capacity

The package is only available for 5 students. Reserve your space as soon as possible as, workshop is on first come first served basis. ½ cost is due June 1, 2018. Balance due June 20, 2018. Refunds are only refundable if a student takes your place. (We will keep a Wish List). We have five more spaces available for the workshop only option.


Developing Content in Beadwork

Sam Norgard
Professor Savannah College of Art and Design
Technique: Varity in technique is welcome. Focus on geometrics but students may select what techniques they find best represent their content. Pre work will involve guided research and development.
Contact: karensamnorgard@mac.com (or through this website)


Tuition: New Students $800

Tuition: Returning Students From Inaugural Workshops $650

July 11-21, 2018 Arrive Tuesday Evening, Depart Saturday

Sam is developing a guided workshop for exploration by advanced bead weavers in this ten day workshop. We will enjoy pre work with guided research (email) and Nova Scotia on site work for further development of ideas. Planning is taking place for a pop up exhibition through the Lucky Rabbit entailing a trip to the most perfect tiny town of Annapolis Royal. We will experience the beautiful community with a day trip on the 17th to Briar Island and an open studio on July 20th. July 14 AR, possible show at Lucky Rabbit, 17th trip to Briar Island, Open studio 3:00 – 5:00 July 20th.

Food: $330

Includes breakfast and lunch, dinners are not included. Breakfast foods will be available and we try to accommodate requests. Lunch will be prepared and we typically have local cooks preparing local foods. For dinners we have lined up a number of venues, that we know you will love! You can join the group or explore on your own. Rosa will be in residence to assist. The studio will be open from 9 am - 9 pm.

Workshop Capacity

The package is only available for 6 students. Reserve your space as soon as possible as, workshop is on first come first served basis. ½ cost is due June 1, 2018. Balance due June 20, 2018. Refunds are only refundable if a student takes your place. (We will keep a Wish List). We have four more spaces available for the workshop only option.


Interior Exterior

Ann Glover, renowned painter and sculptor from Roanoke, VA
Technique: Technique: Working in oils
Contact: gloverstudio@cox.net


Tuition: $550

July 30 - August 3, 2018: Arrive Sunday after 3PM, Depart Saturday Morning

Ann is preparing a five day workshop. Our format: Introductions to the course and faculty happen during our pre-meeting time. Two weeks before the workshop you will enjoy hearing from Sam and your faculty via email. During this time you will be introduced to our area, our facilities and specifics about your workshop, including any pre-work or exercises. Next you will come study right on the shore in our one room School House. Stay at The Yellow Door House (steps away from the School House) or come daily. We are right on the water and have worked on the house for years. We feel you will be comfortable with our Nova Scotia quilts, sunsets from the deck, short path to the beach and flowers from the garden.

A statement by the artist:
“My painting is about choosing subjects and objects from everyday life and honoring them through close and sustained observation. I use high key color and theatrically lit subject matter, whether through my art direction or as it occurs in nature.“

About Ann:
Ann has exhibited paintings and sculptures throughout the U.S. in solo and group shows including UCLA, The Pauley Center, and The Taubman Museum

Accommodations at The Yellow Door:

The Large Room (Three beds):
$55 per person per night

Blue Room (Two twin beds):
$60 per person per night

Green Room (One Double Bed)
$65 per person per night

We are right on the water and have worked on the house for years. We feel you will be comfortable with our Nova Scotia quilts, sunsets from the deck, short path to the beach and flowers from the garden.

Food: $240

Includes breakfast and lunch, dinners are not included. Breakfast foods will be available and we try to accommodate requests. Lunch will be prepared and we typically have local cooks preparing local foods. For dinners we have lined up a number of venues, that we know you will love! You can join the group or explore on your own. Rosa will be in residence to assist. The studio will be open from 9 am - 9 pm.

Workshop Capacity

The package is only available for 6 students staying at the Yellow Door House. Reserve your space as soon as possible as, workshop is on first come first served basis. ½ cost is due June 1, 2018. Field easels are available for the first 10 students. Balance due June 20, 2018. Refunds are only refundable if a student takes your place. (We will keep a Wish List). We have six more spaces available for the workshop only option


Plein Air Painting

Michel Gerard Doucet, Assisted by Sam Norgard
Technique: Technique: Working in oils or your choice
Contact: karensamnorgard@mac.com or see Michel on FB


Tuition: $325

August 10-12, 2018: Arrive Thursday After 3PM, Depart Monday Morning

Michel is preparing a three day workshop focusing on composition, color and value. Michel will share with you his life in painting and his personal palette exploring primary color with warm and cool variations of each hue. Come leave the interior of your studio and work in the open air under the guidance of Michel Doucet, renowned Nova Scotia landscape painter. Prof.Sam Norgard from The Savannah College of Art and Design, will join in with supporting the students through critique and conversation.
Our format: Introductions to the course and faculty happen during our pre-meeting time. Two weeks before the workshop you will enjoy hearing from Sam and your faculty via email. During this time you will be introduced to our area, our facilities and specifics about your workshop, including any pre-work or exercises. Next you will come study right on the shore in our one room School House. Stay at The Yellow Door House (steps away from the School House) or come daily. We are right on the water and have worked on the house for years. We feel you will be comfortable with our Nova Scotia quilts, sunsets from the deck, short path to the beach and flowers from the garden.

Accommodations at The Yellow Door:

The Large Room (Three beds):
$55 per person per night

Blue Room (Two twin beds):
$60 per person per night

Green Room (One Double Bed)
$65 per person per night

We are right on the water and have worked on the house for years. We feel you will be comfortable with our Nova Scotia quilts, sunsets from the deck, short path to the beach and flowers from the garden.

Food: $140

Includes breakfast and lunch, dinners are not included. Breakfast foods will be available and we try to accommodate requests. Lunch will be prepared and we typically have local cooks preparing local foods. For dinners we have lined up a number of venues, that we know you will love! You can join the group or explore on your own. Rosa will be in residence to assist. The studio will be open from 9 am - 9 pm.

Workshop Capacity

The package is only available for 6 students staying at the Yellow Door House. Reserve your space as soon as possible as, workshop is on first come first served basis. ½ cost is due June 1, 2018. Field easels are available for the first 10 students. Balance due June 20, 2018. Refunds are only refundable if a student takes your place. (We will keep a Wish List). We have six more spaces available for the workshop only option

Yellow Door Location

3503 Highway 1, St. Bernard, Nova Scotia

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