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ADULT CRAFTING EVENT: An Artist Studio for a Dollhouse

October 22, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

with Fran Sussman, Miniature Artisan, Member International Guild of Miniature Artisans

$125 (Members 10% Discount)

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Just as a real house needs a dollhouse, every dollhouse needs its own miniature. In the dollhouse world, this is referred to as 1:144 scale, or a “dollhouse for a dollhouse,” where an inch represents 12 feet. The scale is tiny, a little larger than model railroad N scale. Despite the small size, it is often possible to recreate—or sometimes just hint at (and let the eye fill in)—much of the detail of the real world.

In this class, you will build and furnish an urban loft-style artist’s studio, choosing from one of several different artists to personalize your studio. The class is ideal for beginners, who will be surprised at what they can create! Students will construct a small roombox, and then scratch-build the contents using wood and plastics. You will learn how to weather and add realism to your roombox, adapt laser kits and photo-etched brass, and “repurpose” a variety of objects. So that you can focus on completing the interior, some cutting and painting will be done in advance. The approximate finished size is 1″ wide, deep, and tall.

A steady hand is helpful, and students should bring glasses or magnification stronger than they use for reading. Good lighting is also helpful, so bring a portable desk/task light (such as an Ott Light) if you have one. Students should bring a fine detail brush (8/0).

The instructor will have supplies that you can borrow, but if you have them, bring a cutting mat, a craft knife with 5 sharp #11 blades, fine tweezers, a small assembly jig, and a selection of flat and round brushes 1/4″ and smaller. All other materials and tools will be provided.

Please note: to receive a Member discount, you must be registered with an online account. Not yet registered? Sign up here! All Membership discounts will be automatically applied after you login, enter registrant information, and add tickets to your cart.

The Museum’s educational programming is supported by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut; Connecticut Humanities; the Randolph and John Dirks Fund; the John and Kelly Hartman Foundation; the Sally Bill Children’s Education Fund; the Betty M. Challgren Education Fund; the Elizabeth Matthews Hubbard Education Fund; the Ingalls Foundation Education Fund; the Sali Godard Riege Educational Fund; and the Lelan F. Sillin, Jr. Education Endowment Fund.

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No refunds for Broadway bus trips or Miss Florence’s Teas after transaction is complete. Refunds for programs over $20 are subject to a $20 cancellation fee. Refunds (less $20 fee) are offered for cancellations made prior to a program’s noted refund date. Programs without a refund date can be cancelled one hour prior to event. No refunds after program takes place. To request a refund or to transfer program fee into a donation, please email (Updated February 2022)


October 22, 2022
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Florence Griswold Museum
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Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States
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