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The 2017 Good Sam Academy of Miniatures

Workshops to be held Monday, October 9, 2017             Registration Form

The Good Sam Academy of Miniatures offers classes taught by miniaturists that are leaders in their selected fields and have been teaching their skills to miniaturists for several years. Classes take place immediately after the 2017 Good Sam Show, in Morgan Hill, California.

We are pleased and excited to offer the following workshops:

  • Class #1 - Showgirl! with Julia Stewart, Aristocratic Attic
  • Class #2 - Lit Tissue Box with Jim Larson, Jim Larson Designs
  • Class #3 - Classic Country Dough Table with Ken Byers, Shaker Works West

Click on any picture below for larger pictures. Use the button above to download the registration form. Registration deadline for Academy registration is September 1, 2017. In addition to the cost of a class, there is a $25 registration fee for the facility and food.


Class #1 - Showgirl! with Julia Stewart, Aristocratic Attic
  • Scale: 1:12th (1-inch scale)
  • Skill Level: Intermediate, unless quick at learning new things
  • Cost: $160
  • Class Duration: 8am - 4pm, 1 Day Class, Monday, October 9
  • Registration Deadline: September 1, 2017

This will be a fun and lively class taught by Julia Stewart.  You will dress a mannequin in a burlesque costume and make a mad hatter hat to match.  I also will be giving out a surprise gift that will go with the costume and hat in a scene. The average miniaturist will be finished with the costume and hat on Monday. I will provide the mannequin, the material, lace, feathers, rhinestones, jewels, hat pin, beads, flowers, glitter and any other supplies needed to complete this costume and hat. I will have pointe shoes available for purchase for $55 for interested students.

Students should bring scissors, sewing needle and tacky glue.


Class #2 - Lit Tissue Box with Jim Larson, Jim Larson Designs
  • Scale: 1:24th (1/2-inch scale), finished tissue box is approx 9 by 9 by 12 inches
  • Skill Level: All Skill Levels Welcome
  • Cost: $229
  • Class Duration: 6 hours, 1 Day Class, Monday, October 9
  • Registration Deadline: September 1, 2017

Jim Larson Designs presents a delightful and practical miniature that is sure to enhance any collection. This lighted, charming half inch tissue box features a tissue rising from its chimney, masquerading as a puff of smoke.

It is of basic construction for students of varied skill levels and to be decorated to the builder's personal taste. Shingles, windows and door make it a treasure to display anywhere in the home.

Students should bring:

  • A sharp pencil
  • A ruler and/or cutting edge
  • One bottle of flat black acrylic paint and a small disposable brush
  • A six pack of unopened superglue tubes, cheap is preferred to name brand
  • Three AA batteries
  • One standard 4.5 x 4.5 x 5 inch square tissue box. Kleenex is standard. The upright box is the only one to fit this design. 
  • A glue gun, preferably small with at least two glue sticks
  • One xacto knife
  • An aluminum miter box and saw
  • One wide fingernail emery board with coarse and fine sides
  • Hobby tweezers, preferably longer in length

Students are encouraged to bring all favorite tools, but to keep all tools in a minimum sized case for convenience. I will bring extra tools and power strips for glue guns.


Class #3 - Classic Country Dough Table with Ken Byers, Shaker Works West
  • Scale: 1:12th (1-inch scale)
  • Skill Level: Some experience to skilled.
  • Cost: $195.00
  • Class Duration: 9:00am to 6:00 pm, Monday, October 9
  • Registration Deadline: September 1, 2017

We will be building from scratch an exact 1/12th scale copy of one of the most often ordered piece in my line. This is a most unusual piece yet one that almost everyone recognizes as having been in grandma’s kitchen or back porch. Also sometimes known as a Houser table, this table was a very popular kitchen fixture until the advent of commercial bakeries. This is a copy of a beautifully functional antique that will bring smiles to your heart. Its natural pine finish and real metal bins add to the fantasy. Even the drawer handles are specially cast, made to the original specs. The bins are aged and dented tin and the bread boards are scarred from decades of use.

Many of the primary wood elements are pre-cut and all assembly is straight forward under your experienced instructor's supervision. All parts are included and the student will leave the class with a treasured finished product. The student should be familiar with using the basic tools of miniature building. No power tools will be used.

The student should bring a small bottle of Aleene’s white glue and a small bottle of super glue, an Exacto knife with a new blade and a piece of soft cotton cloth 4 to 6 inches square. A small self-healing cutting pad will also be helpful.

Students will learn creative assembling secrets and the basis of the renowned Shaker Works West finishing process as well as many other tricks of the trade. The class should run a full 8 hours with a lunch break.