Joanne M Hernández
professional artisan jeweler and metalsmith
Spruill Center for the Arts
COVID 19 updates
Spruill Center for the Arts has added an additional level of safety with air-purification units in each classroom. Read more here.
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Wow- Mid-summer and Fall registration is coming this Wednesday.
Vaccine Booster #2
Wow- Mid-point of Spring classes 2022???!!! This year has been wonderful, and masks became optional in the class room starting this quarter. I think of how lucky I feel to teach the art I love.
Vaccine booster #1
Classes are still going great and I feel very lucky to be doing what I love surround by awesome people. The smaller class size has been so nice for the classroom experience for all. And, we have been very lucky to have had no COVID-19 scares yet in my classes. I am thankful to be back to work, and recognize how challenging this pandemic has been for everyone. The Delta variant is unfortunate, and we are all wearing masks in the classroom.
Fall quarter registration getting ready to open on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, and jewelry classes open on Wednesday August 11, 2021. I am excited about about my Back to Spruill Workshop: "Broaching Radial Symmetry" on September 11 and 12, 2021, and great Handmade Holidays jewelry and fiber offerings.
It has been a while now since I have been back in the classrooms at Spruill without an update. Classes are are going great and I feel very lucky to be doing what I love. The smaller class size has been so nice for the classroom experience for all. And, I am pleased to say that the new student tool boxes are pretty darn handy! I have recently been able to make some great changes in rooms # 7 and #9 with the replacement and addition of new steel cabinets and reorganization of tools, and there will be more changes soon. In the fall 2020, I starting working part time at the Spruill Gallery primarily for the Holiday Artist Market. It is a delight to work in a beautiful and exciting space, provide customer service for the acquisition of hand-made works by a stunning array of artists and artisans, and work with my Spruill family. And, my holiday sales of jewelry and other work was very nice, too.
My weekly class cost increase: Starting this Summer you will see a 50% increase in the cost of my weekly classes. Although this was a difficult decision, it is a decision I need to make. The change in classroom sizes and lower enrollment due to the pandemic has cut my weekly class income significantly, which has had a major impact on my income. Also, this increase will allow me to keep my classroom size smaller (10 student maximum) once we can return to "normal".
With my full realization of all of the facts and that this is a long-term situation, I am excited to say I am teaching my FALL Quarter classes. All 6 classes have been adjusted and confirmed, and ready for registration. Spruill Center for the Arts is running a tight "protocols ship", meeting and exceeding state requirements. We must make the important and multi-faceted decision about how we are willing and able to interact in our world now. If you decide to join me in class, I will be masked, socially-distant as possible, consistently cleaning/disinfecting, and glad to be teaching what I love to wonderful people in a great studio space.
COVID-19 changes to the jewelry rooms #9 and #7:
1. Class maximums have been lowered to meet 6 foot social-distancing, with spaced students work areas and at soldering stations.
2. Most tools are now in distributed containers. All tools are disinfected between classes and usage.
3. Room #9: Plexiglas has been installed between both facing student work tables.
I just couldn't do it... I cancelled my Sprummer Quarter classes. I got really pumped about online programming and realized that I promised more than I can currently do.
My Sprummer Quarter classes have been adjusted and confirmed.
There will now be 2 quarters available in the rest of 2020. Now called "Sprummer Quarter", which incorporates some spring and summer classes with varying start dates, and a "Fall Quarter", which will start in October.
My Sprummer Quarter classes are currently scheduled to start on August 3, 2020.
Summer Camp and some adult programming will resume on June 22 to July 31, 2020. I know that Spruill is creating a plan for Summer Camp and limited adult classes based on the Governor's COVID-19 safety protocols and their awareness, habits, and proximity of the other non-profits within the building.
I am unaware of any specific coordinated building protocols created in conjunction with the 4 entities: Spruill Center for the Arts, Dunwoody Public Library, Chattahoochee Hand-weavers Guild, and Stage Door Players.
* The very specific safety measures that will be enacted for Summer Camp may or may not the same for adult programming after July 31, 2020. As I know more, I will communicate ASAP.
The City of Dunwoody opened all indoor park and recreational facilities today, specifically the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center, today.
"Indoor facilities will set their own reopening plans with approved COVID-19 safety protocols in place, as defined by the state."
The Education Director, Kristin Wilder, has now termed 2020 as "Quarters without Borders", in the hope that there can still be 3 full quarters left in 2020. Currently, all of MY Spring weekly classes have been pushed to start on June 1, 2020. They are now 9 week classes, with an the 10th week's 3 hours are now added 20 minutes to each class. Morning class times are now scheduled at 10 am to 1:20 pm and evening classes scheduled from 6:20 pm to 9:40 pm
* Any currently enrolled WEEKLY CLASS student should heave been notified of the changes, etc. by Spruill.
My one day Bracelets make-and-take has been rescheduled. You can find the class description and more here.
All of my other workshops have not been rescheduled yet. We will all be notified by Spruill when this happens.
The workshop is still not rescheduled due to many obvious factors. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the FSGSo @ www.fsgso.com
I have spoken with Lynn Yuhr and the workshop has been postponed. She and I are working together to hopefully reschedule for this Fall 2020. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the FSGSo @ www.fsgso.com