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2003  Class List

A Little Pizazz
Richard Barnes     Coupeville, Washington
Find out about how to design sport kites that fly! Build a five-eights scale version of Dick's high-performance dual-line kite, the Pizazz, out of PC Icarex and microcarbon spars.
Miniature Painted Arch
Mary Bos     Hoquiam, Washington
Paint (inside or outside the lines!) a series of butterflies, leaves or balloons using artist quality acrylics on nylon (techniques can later be used on larger kites). Assemble your little kites into a flyable kite arch, and fly at the end of class!
Mike Button     Bellingham, Washington
Mike makes it easy to sew a basic, good-flying, good-looking 12"x18" Cody box kite of spnnaker nylon and hardwood dowels.
Make a Chinese Eagle Kite
ZhaoJi Chen     Xian, China
Students learn the "Four Arts" of traditional Chinese kitemaking: splitting, bending, bonding, and painting. Using pre-shaped bamboo pieces and lightweight sails, class members will create lifelike, classic "soft wing" eagle kites.
Line Art that Gets to the Point
Deb Cooley     Lincoln City, Oregon
Put together a colorful, 30-foot-long tube spiralling with about 30 spikes, or… make and join 20, 6-section "bubbles" to form a bubble tube! This balloon cloth wind art inflates beautifully!
Dunton-Taylor Box Delta
Charles Dunton     Yorktown, Virginia
Complete a simple variation of a delta conyne kite, which goes together and launches in less than a minute, flies indoors or out (0-30 mph), and can be safely flown by any beginner. The finished kite is 6' wide, yet packs into a standard suitcase.
Chinese Fertility Kite aka "Stack O'Smiles"
John Freeman     Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
Build a moder version of the classic Chinese fertility kite, using high-quality kite cloth and carbon fiber spars. Create very simple or totally wild graphics!
6' Seminole Patchwork Delta
Kathy Goodwind     Seattle, Washington
Learn precision sewing using a basic version of an intricate fabric piecing technique (developed in the 1800's by the Seminole Indians) to embellish a delta kite. Launch the spectacular group of colorful patterns at the end of class!
Feather Banners
Scott Hampton     Sandy, Utah
Assemble a gorgeous, 8' tall banner using Scott's rich, pre-painted fabric pieces and his characteristic design style.
Making Kites (that Work) with Kids
Butch Harviston     Carnation, Washington
Use skills and secrets taught in th is class to teach anyone to become a successful kitemaker and flyer at schools, workshops, festivals, etc. Learn an Australian paper peace dove kite, the tissue and bamboo Vietnamese kite, and a plastic and wood Conover Eddy kite.
Firefly Fighter Kite
Tom Humphrey     Bothell, Washington
Review and use non-sewing techniques that apply to the design and construction of single-line maneuverable kites, as you build Tom's trusty fighter. If time permits, try tuning and flying.
Kanji and Edo Kite
Dan Kurahashi     Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Discover the Chinese origins, visual elements, and symbolic meaning of characters in Japanese calligraphy (Kanji), then choose a character and learn to paint it with sumi (ink) on Washi paper. Make a traditional Edo-style kite with bamboo and your painted paper.
Appliquéd Hata
Gail Lindsey     Chula Vista, California
This Southwest-influenced turtle design offers excellent practice in sewing and cutting away straight lines, curves and corners with only three start/stop points! Finish a hata-style kite and matching curly tails.
Building the Mini-Mock
Don Mock     Ruston, Washington
Students will finish custom designed, 20 square foot soft kites (face panels can be shipped to decorate in advance of a class) that they can proudly fly on most occasions!
Color Theory and Introduction to Design Basics
Sharon Musto     Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Participants will explore color and learn how to combine visual elements such as lines, shapes, colors and values to achieve contrast, balance, emphasis, pattern, unity and movement in a composition, especially as it relates to kite "art."
Beginning Sewing
Gerry Pennell     Olympia, Washington
Go from "I want to sew" to "I can do this"! Gerry introduces inexperienced sewers to the tools and techniques needed for basic sewing, with an emphasis on kites. Exercises to familiarize students with their machines are followed by a simple kite or windsock project.
"Chocolate" and Cocoa Leaves
George A. Peters     Seattle, Washington
Experience two pleasures from the Grenadian cacao plant! First, George relates the background of the plant as you roast, shell, and grind the aged beans to make a traditional spicy brew. Next, you create and fly a kite made of a cocoa leaf!
Celtic Knotwork Hexagon
Barry Poulter     Tacoma, Washington
Follow Barry and his comprehensive instructions through the process of making a great-flying, bowed kite, emblazoned wtha a striking elementary or more complex (for more experienced builders) knotwork appliqué pattern.
Cerf-volant Anémometre (French Meteorological Kite)
Frits Sauve     Diemen, Holland
Study this historical French kite as you complete a working replica, using original materials: cotton cloth, bamboo, and hemp string.
Feuervogel (Firebird)
Peter Schmidt     Bistensee, Germany
Construct this sleek, flat, bird-shaped kite with a ~10 foot wingspan, open keel, and a new kind of tail! Flies in ~2-4 m.p.h.
Critter Visions
Randy Shannon     Flagstaff, Arizona
Develop and build original "critter" kites from paper and bamboo, emphasizing design, craftmanship, and kite flight behaviors.
Queen of the Southern Ocean
J. R. Tolman     Hayward, California
First, trace and paint a traditional mermaid figure adapted from a Javanese wood carving, using sumi ink and procion dyes on paper. Next, construct your collapsible, 48" tall, paper kite with bamboo and hemp twine.
Mikio Toki     Funabashi Chiba, Japan
A short demonstration of printing with a woodblock opens this class. Students then build the traditional Japanese figure kites of bamboo and pre-printed handmade Japanese paper "Washi", brush on colors with dyes, and fly kites if time permits