2021 Course Calendar

New Courses open the 1st of every month

  • January 18th, 2021

    EXPRESSIVE HANDS with Polymer Clay with Kate Church

    A twenty-minute demo with Kate Church on making hands with polymer clay. The tutorial shows Kate's personal process of making, coloring and posing hands.

  • February 1st, 2021

    How to Make a Complete Clown with Ankie Daanen

    In this class you learn how to sculpt the clown's face, his shoes and the gloves. How to paint and put the doll together and how to costume him. A bonus lesson is included to convert your clown into a Xmas man.

  • Playing with Synthetic Organza with Marlaine Verhelst

    Synthetic organza makes me happy. Because of the beautiful colors, the transparency and the endless possibilities to play with it. In this class you will learn how to melt and combine synthetic organza into flowers and leaves. Have fun!

  • PaperClay-Bird-Wren with Connie Smith

    Anthropomorphile? Yes, please! This Bird Doll Course is truly off-the-beaten-path, offering 18+ hours of comprehensive video instruction, presented in 36+ Lessons with corresponding PDFs so that you can print them as you need them!

  • March 1st, 2021

    Costuming with Ankie Daanen

    Costuming with Ankie Daanen In this course you can see how Ankie dresses up two dolls in her unique way, how she uses unusual embellishments in her costuming, how to make hats for your doll and also sewing instructions and in addition hundreds of costuming ideas.

  • Painting Faces with Ankie Daanen

    This is a short course in which I show how and with what I paint my doll faces. I show this in five different Doll faces: "Silver Lining" "Eye Candy" "Flamingo Girl" "Walk on the Bright Side" and "Bleu, Blue Girl"

  • Make An Artie Bean with Chomick+Meder

    Make a complete character with detailed step-by-step written descriptions and photos for each Lesson beginning with Building the Armature - Sculpting in Paperclay - Sewing the Costume - Painting & Applying the Hair - Assembling the Bean.

  • Hand Sculpting in Porcelain with Marlaine Verhelst

    In this class you will learn how to hand sculpt in porcelain, without using molds. But besides that you can look over Marlaine's shoulder to watch her sculpting faces, hands and feet.

  • April 1st, 2021

    Make Mr. Ballwalker with Ankie Daanen

    You will learn how to sculpt the face, hands and the legs for Mr. Ballwalker, and also how to paint, make his body, And how to make the base form and how to costume him. You have a complete standing Mr. Ballwalker doll.

  • How Books Can Inspire You

    I would like to invite you to see what kind of books I have on my bookshelves that have always inspired me. Because you often need a 'trigger' to stimulate your imagination!

  • Polymer Clay Tutorial : Making Shoes with Kate Church

    This is one in a series of tutorials Kate is creating for working with polymer clay. Students will learn several ways Kate creates her shoes and boots with polymer clay.

  • May 1st, 2021

    More Playing with Synthetics with Marlaine Verhelst

    This is a separate course but you can also take this course as an addition after Playing with Synthetic Organza. I introduce in this course new projects, new materials, new patterns and new techniques.

  • June 1st, 2021

    How to Make High Heel Shoe with Ankie Daanen

    Ankie show you how to make high heels by means of videos and PDFs. You can make many different models based on a basic process.

  • FREE TUTORIAL: How to work with Air Dry Clay

    Marlaine Verhelst will share her techniques for working with air-dry clay.

  • FREE DEMO: Making Hollyhock Dolls

    Shelley Thornton will demonstrate making hollyhock dolls from flowers and buds. This little course will show you how to pass down this summertime fun to today's children

  • July 1st, 2021

    LEGACY COURSE: Bob McKinley's Dollmaking Workshop

    This course is similar in detailed information as Bob McKinley's book: "Sculpting Dolls in Paperclay". Watch and learn how Bob McKinley creates a doll from start to finish with the focus on using paperclay.

  • LEGACY COURSE: Akira Blount - Creating Cloth Doll Heads and Hands

    Internationally renowned doll artist Akira Blount shares her unique philosophies, techniques and skills in creating cloth heads and hands for art dolls.

  • August, 2021

    Sculpting Bare Feet with Air-Dry Clay

    Do you find it hard to make nice doll feet? Marlaine Verhelst developed a step-by-step method to sculpt realistic bare feet in air-dry clay.


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