The Art of the Box

May 11 - May 12, 2024

The Art of the Box


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $395
Material Fee: $70

Explore the use of pattern, texture and color on both flat and three-dimensional surfaces.  Investigate different approaches and forms that a box and vessel form can take on using both hand tools and machines. Emphasis will be on shaping and sculpting pieces to create pleasing curves, unusual shapes and just about anything that falls into the category of fun and zany.  A primary focus will be on carving pattern and applying color in a myriad of ways to the interior and exterior surfaces of the boxes. Tools used, but not limited to, will include: carving tools, chisels, files and rasps and some machinery. Be prepared to veer off the path into creative territory that is sure to be action packed and fun. This class is suitable for all levels.

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



Michael Cullen

Michael Cullen, trained by English furniture maker, David Powell, is part of a woodworking lineage that stretches back to Edward and Sydney Barnsley and the era of English Arts and Crafts. With 35 years in the craft his work ranges from delicate dovetailed boxes that fit in your hand to monolithic sculptural pieces that are best lifted with a crane.  At present he’s restoring an late 18th century barn in western Connecticut that will house his workshop.

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