Workshops Track

Samples of classes taught at JordanCon. Silk painting, Temari art, SA Glyphs, and Leather stamping

Do you like to learn new skills or how to make items? Visit the JordanCon Workshop Track to unleash your crafty side or your unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Here, participants acquire different skills. Sign ups are located at registration at the beginning of the convention.

Many workshops focus on learning a craft, such as: costuming, dancing, metalworking, painting, woodworking, or even 3-D printing. Some workshops focus on learning more intangible skills, such as: calligraphy, copyright rules, running a fan store, or even laying out an eBook.

Most of the workshops are open to all ages, but some have limited attendance to maintain the best student to teacher ratio for the skill being taught. Some workshops have supply fees. These are paid directly to the teachers in each class. Check the description of each workshop for the details and limits, once the schedule is posted.

The Workshop track appeals to many JordanCon attendees who may not be as familiar with the books discussed in the other tracks. They also engage many that enjoy making items in various formats. If you have any questions or suggestions for the Workshops, contact Deana Whitney, the track director, at: workshop@jordancon.org

April 26, 2019
  • Playing the Ocarina

    April 26, 2019  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Gardenia

    Do you love the Zelda soundtrack? You might want to learn how to play the ocarina! Bring your own or borrow one of the 9 practice ocarinas. Musician and writer Lydia Sherrer will walk students through the basics of the instrument, its scales, and how to play a Zelda tune. Other requested tunes welcome too. Limit 12 playing students – observers welcome, ages 6+ welcome.

    Ocarina’s can be bought online at:
    Most affordable but low quality: Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0148EQYA8
    High quality beginner ocarina for lowest price: STL Ocarina
    https://www.stlocarina.com/wz1pl.html

    Panelists: Lydia Sherrer

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  • Learn to Cut Glass by a Master, part 1 - FULL

    April 26, 2019  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Gardenia

    Master stained glass artisan, Leia Powell, will be providing students the tools, and teaching the skills, they need to learn the art of glass cutting. Students will leave the class with a completed 9 ½”x8 ½” piece to take home! This workshop has a $100 fee, and includes a student kit full of tools and glass to keep. A waiver must be signed, and Band-aids will be provided. This class is FULL.
    Contact: fearandtrust@yahoo.com.

    Panelists: Leia Powell

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  • Learn to Cut Glass by a Master, part 2 - FULL

    April 26, 2019  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    Gardenia

    Continuation of previous glass cutting class.

    Panelists: Leia Powell

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  • Pokemon Trading

    April 26, 2019  8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Gardenia

    JordanCon Pokemon League Meetup! Trade anything from best tips to best Pokemon, during a social hour of fun. Find your Con team riding party or just make new friends.

    Panelists: Deana Whitney

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April 27, 2019
  • Origami: WoT and Cosmere style

    April 27, 2019  10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Gardenia

    Make origami creations based on Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson's books. Models include the Aes Sedai symbol (Yin Yang), a snake, a cremling, a Shardblade, and all the stars in the Cosmere. Experience folding paper and reading origami diagrams is helpful but not required. Each student will take home 280 sheets of paper in various sizes. Limit 10 students, ages 6+ welcome, material fee $5.00.

    Panelists: Karen Ahlstrom

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  • Irish Textiles of the early Middle Ages

    April 27, 2019  11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Gardenia

    Learn some of the history and complexity of early Irish & Norse textiles. Add richness to writing description or costume designing by knowing the how and why of dress construction from the periods. Ask questions of historical expert and writer Morgan Smith. Bring a USB drive to the class to take home a full copy of her presentation. Enjoy the Q&A session as well.

    Panelists: Morgan Smith

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  • Typesetting & Cover Design

    April 27, 2019  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Gardenia

    Join John G. Hartness as he shows you quick and inexpensive ways to create high-quality ebook and print book layout, and gives you pointers on finding excellent covers for your book without breaking the bank.

    Panelists: John G. Hartness

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  • Ceramics Painting

    April 27, 2019  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Gardenia

    Join artist Amelie Downing in painting a WoT inspired ceramic design. Painting takes time, so the class may drift over into the 30 minutes between panels. Students will have to leave their designs to be sealed and dry after class. Students can pick up their items after a 2-hour drying time. Sign up by registration, Limit 15 students, age 8+ welcome, material fee $10.00.

    Panelists: Amelie Downing

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  • Science Experiments

    April 27, 2019  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Gardenia

    Sci-fi geeks - learn about harnessing the power of magnetism to build and take home your own Gauss rifle! This workshop is an extension of the Science and SF for Kids panel. Signup by registration, Limit 10 students, ages 8+ welcomed, material fee $10.00.

    Panelists: Bryan Adomanis

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  • Pub Talk

    April 27, 2019  8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Gardenia

    Come join us for casual conversation with publishing pros. Not a formal panel, just a get-together to chat. Once the time slot is done, activity will likely move to the bar.

    Panelists: Diana M. Pho

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April 28, 2019
  • Glass Art, part 1 - FULL

    April 28, 2019  10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Gardenia

    Master stained glass artisan, Leia Powell, will be providing students the tools, and teaching the skills, they need to learn the art of glass cutting. Students will leave the class with a completed 9 ½”x8 ½” piece to take home! This workshop has a $100 fee, and includes a student kit full of tools and glass to keep. A waiver must be signed, and Band-aids will be provided. This class is FULL.
    Contact: fearandtrust@yahoo.com

    Panelists: Leia Powell

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  • Glass Art, part 2 - FULL

    April 28, 2019  11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Gardenia

    Continuation of the Glass cutting class from previous time slot.

    Panelists: Leia Powell

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  • Viking Wire Weave

    April 28, 2019  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Gardenia

    Learn to knit weave a single wire into beautiful complicated deigns using simple tools. Based on a craft over 2000 years old, participants will have fun learning this technique that combines fiber art forms with metal. Please bring your own needle nose pliers or round-tip jeweler’s pliers. A few will be available for purchase. Sign up by registration, Limit 5 students, age 18+ welcome, material fee $15.00.

    Panelists: Aubree Pham

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  • 3D Printing

    April 28, 2019  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Gardenia

    We can all agree that our cosplay lives would be much simpler if we could just 3D print everything. You want a realistic helmet? Bam, done! You want a perfectly symmetrical design pattered on a shield? No problem! Dragon-scaled armor for your beloved pet to ride into battle with? That can be done, too! In this panel, we will discuss the theory behind and the basics of 3D design and printing to make your cosplay life easier.

    Panelists: Seth Lockhart

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