Guild Study Program at Tucson, Arizona

September 6-9, 2024   |   with The Mini Time Machine, Museum of Miniatures

The International Guild of Miniature Artisans, Ltd., conducts Study Programs at leading museums for its members. Working with the museum's curatorial staffs and Guild instructors, Guild members study specific masterworks and related exhibits. Instructors research their projects and design challenging classes within an eighteen-hour framework. Students learn to create miniature replicas of full-sized objects from the museums’ collections. They might be an historic piece of furniture, a painting, a household object, or an architectural detail such as a fireplace or paneled wall. Other attractions include special guided tours that enrich the student's knowledge and appreciation of beautifully crafted objects. Beginners and experienced miniaturists alike will learn and benefit from the program.

The Guild invites you to be a part of these unique learning experiences!

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Mini Time Machine

About the Program

Tuition fee includes:


$600 for Guild members, $650 for nonmembers


Other than the Friday dinner at The Mini Time Machine Museum (TMTM) and the Monday graduation luncheon, meals are not included in the cost of the study program.


Classes will be taught at the Sheraton Tucson.

Guest (no classes):

$125 includes, Museum admission to TMTM, valid from Friday to Sunday, Friday dinner, and the graduation luncheon.


Sheraton Tucson has arranged a special discounted rate of $109 per night plus tax for Guild Study Program attendees and guests. This rate is for a traditional room (two double beds) in the Sheraton Tucson and is the same whether double or single occupancy. There are suites available at a rate of $119 per night plus tax. All room rates include the Breakfast Buffet, served daily from 7-9 AM.

For room reservations call: Click here or call 1-800-325-3535. Just ask for the International Guild of Miniature Artisans Room Block.


Friday, September 6, 2024
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: The Mini Time Machine Museum open for free to all IGMA program participants.
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM: "Night at the Museum" - Opening reception at TMTM including buffet dinner and beverage options.
Saturday, September 7, 2024
8:30 AM-5:00 PM: Classes at Sheraton Tucson
10:00 – 10:30 AM Coffee Break*
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch on your own
3:00 – 3:30 PM Afternoon Break*
Evening Dinner on Your Own
Sunday, September 8, 2024
8:30 AM-5:00 PM: Classes at Sheraton Tucson
10:00 – 10:30 AM Coffee Break*
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch on your own
3:00 – 3:30 PM Afternoon Break*
Evening Dinner on Your Own
Monday, September 9, 2024
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Classes at Sheraton Tucson
10:00 – 10:30 AM Coffee Break*
12:00 Noon Graduation Luncheon at Sheraton Tucson

* Please Note: Breaks are beverage only.



Wildlife Sculpture - Bluebird

Beth Freeman-Kane, IGMA Fellow

This charming wildlife sculpt of a singing Bluebird would look right at home in the gardens of the John Bellamy house which was the inspiration for this class project.

Students will be provided with castings of the Bluebird and the little garden spade. Acrylic painting techniques will be taught to bring them to life. Careful construction of the scene will follow with fine wire for the legs and some polymer clay work for the base. The cosmos flowers will be created from scratch using paper and wire, and we will use a variety of landscaping materials to create a truly natural look for the ground. A delightful end-product is guaranteed and will be a wonderful addition to any collection!

All skill levels are welcome.

Materials Fee: $35


Woven Chaise Lounge

Kim Stewart, IGMA Artisan

Wicker furniture has adorned all areas of the home including porches and sunrooms for centuries.

We will begin by preparing the wooden base and the paper wrapped wires, and will be using waxed linen thread to weave and shape the chaise. The main focus of this class will be on the weaving, and learning how to work a woven diamond pattern into the back of the chaise. We will finish by making tufted cushions using cotton fabric. The student is free to bring their own favorite fabric if they choose.

Students should bring lighting (preferably battery operated) or magnification that they may need. A pair of jewelry snips for wire cutting and trimming, small sharp fabric scissors and a 6” ruler.

All skill levels are welcome.

Materials Fee: $85


Still Life Painting

Sue Veeder, IGMA Fellow

The original inspiration for this painting can be seen in the Colonial Mexican Dining Room by Peter Wescott at the museum.

This beautiful still life will be reproduced by the students in the class. The class will cover making and priming the painting surface, selecting the right colors, gridding, extensive study of brush strokes, and blending techniques. Students will use acrylic paints. The artwork will be framed so the student can take home a beautiful work of art!

All skill levels are welcome.

Materials Fee: $65


Paper Clay Vignette

Tori West, IGMA Fellow

Adobe is truly a timeless building material and several pieces in the museum represent the way it has been used. Taking inspiration from the typical “Santa Fe” style represented in Pat Arnell’s “Casita Bonita” Tori combined that style with what is typically found in some of the oldest neighborhoods in Tucson. A stroll through the neighborhood shows an abundance of colorful doors and decorations inspired by the multi-cultural heritage of the region.

To create this project students will work primarily with dry Creative Paperclay® modeling material, learning how to carve and join pieces to create the door and the structure. The clay will also be used in other forms, such as in a paste form combined with special techniques to create the prickly pear cactus. The model fits in the included 8” x 10” shadow box frame. Planters and accessories are not included, but students will receive information about creating their own should they choose to do so.

All skill levels are welcome.

Materials Fee: $65


A deposit of $100 is required to secure a space in the Guild Study Program at Tucson. Full payment is due by July 1, 2024.

If registering after July 1, 2024, include full payment. Instructors will contact their students with further information regarding their classes and instructions on payment of materials fees.

Students who are registered and paid in full by July 1 will be assigned to their first-choice class if at all possible. If any classes are oversubscribed, a drawing will be conducted to determine class assignments. If the first-choice class is filled, the student will be assigned to his/her second, or if that is filled, then third, or fourth choice as listed on the registration form. Any student who lists only a first choice and does not get into the class will have his/her registration fee returned. In the event of all classes being filled, your registration fee will be returned.

Cancellations: In the event you must cancel, a refund minus a $25 cancellation fee will be made for cancellations prior to July 1, 2024. After July 1, a refund will be given only if another student can fill your place.

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By Mail

To register by mail, click on the button below to download the registration form. Fill out the form and include payment information or check and mail to: Sophia Harris, Guild Administrator, International Guild of Miniature Artisans, Ltd., PO Box 3643, Hollywood, FL 33083.

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Direct Enquiries and Registrations to:

Sophia Harris, Guild Administrator
Phone: 800-711-4462