Intro to Lighting Design

August 23 - August 27, 2024

Intro to Lighting Design


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $85

Come light up your life! In this five-day workshop, you will learn the skills to design and execute your own sculptural lamp using wood and translucent materials. We will cover the entire process from sketches to finished product, incorporating a wide variety of woodworking skills depending on each participant’s individual project. Designs may range from table lamps to floor lamps to pendants. Our primary techniques will include learning safe power tool use, different methods of making lampshades, and how to wire a lamp. While some previous experience in the wood shop is recommended for more ambitious designs, no prior woodworking background is necessary for this workshop.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Jamie Herman

Jamie Herman is a furniture maker, sculptor, and teacher based in upstate New York. Brought up in Kentucky and Ohio, Jamie tried his hand at classical music, archaeology, and organic farming (among other things) before finding his passion in craft. He trained in fine woodworking and furniture design at the Vermont Woodworking School and has participated in fellowships at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and the Peters Valley School of Craft. In 2021, Jamie was awarded the John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship, and in 2024 he will participate in the Windgate Arts Residency at the Museum for Art in Wood. Jamie is interested in exploring how material culture can influence our identities, how our individualities spill over into what we make, and how participating in craft can change how we think. He wants everything he makes to be well-used, well-loved, and to last a lifetime.


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