2015 Good Sam Academy Workshops

The Good Sam Academy of Miniatures offers multi-day classes taught by miniaturists that are leaders in their selected fields and have been teaching their skills to miniaturists for several years. Classes took place immediately after the 2015 Good Sam Show, in Morgan Hill, California.

Watch for updated Good Sam Academy classes to be posted on the Good Sam Show website.

Photos from the 2015 classes are below.

1/12″ Doll Taught by Fern Vasi
Students chose a maid or male toy maker, young or old, with individually sculpted heads. Fern taught how to realistically dress the dolls in the fabrics provided. The toy maker sits on a stool with a brush in his hand and the maid is carrying a filled tray. The props were removeable.


Side Table with Flying Geese Parquetry Pattern Taught by Pam and Pete Boorum
Students assembled a cherry side table with a Flying Geese pattern, interpreted in contrasting veneers on the table top. The parts were cut and ready for students to assemble the base and arrange the pattern pieces. Students completed the working drawer and finished the top with a mitered cherry border. The finished piece measured 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ x 1-5/8″ high.

A Pair of Chairs: Weaving the Seats Taught by Pam and Pete Boorum
The chairs were assembled and finished for the students. The class focused on weaving the seats onto the upper rungs of the chair. Instructor Pete Borum said at first, it’s a bit like trying to pat your head and rub your tummy. Or is it the other way around? With a bit of practice, it becomes like learning to knit – all of a sudden, you get it! The chairs and all equipment were supplied.


Copper & Metal Work Taught by Alan Hamer
Students learned pattern making and layout. Then they learned basic cutting and bending, and safely joining copper with low temperature solder. Students learned about rolled edges, folded edges, French seams, ridges, and finishing techniques. Also they learned about making special tools for this work.
Watering cans, buckets, planters, window boxes, hillbilly stills…were fabricated. The pattern making allowed students to attempt other copper projects. The skills learned in this class could be applied to the use of tin sheet, brass sheet, and iron shim stock as well.


“Blue Jay” with Beth Freeman-Kane from South Africa
Students learned acrylic painting techniques on a resin sculpture and landscaping. Few birds can be said to be as striking in appearance as the Blue Jay! Students created this charming vignette which was box framed, or perfect as a stand alone sculpture. The resin sculpture was provided, and acrylic painting techniques were taught to bring the bird to life. Students learned some basic landscaping techniques and experimented with contrasting textures and colors.

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