3-D Holiday Cheer

Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8. 2020.  9:00 am - 17:00 pm​ (with lunch break)

I have the pleasure to host guest instructor Julia M. Usher in Tunde's Sugar Art Studio.


Address: 1106. Adams Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101.

Free parking on the right side of Adams street. You can also use the third row of the  big parking lot across the street.

You can find class information below. Online registration is required for all classes.​


Nearby hotels and B&Bs:
Hyatt, within walking distance 
Staybridge, suites with kitchenettes, 10-minute drive
Tyler Adams House, within half mile
Spongie Acres Bed and Breakfast, renovated estate on 14 acres, 15-minute drive
Victorian House Bed & Breakfast, 20-minute drive

Julia M. Usher's Bio

Julia is a celebrated pastry chef, writer, and stylist whose work has appeared in Vera Wang on Weddings, Woman’s World, Where Women Cook, Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Better Homes and Gardens, Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion, Gastronomica, and nearly every national bridal magazine. Julia is Contributing Editor at Dessert Professional, a 2008 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards finalist, winner of Cake Masters 2013 Cookie Award, and past President of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She is also the author of two cookie books, Cookie Swap and Ultimate Cookies, and the creator of the 16-video cookie decorating course, Julia M. Usher’s Ultimate Cookie Decorating Series. Her latest cookie projects are this site, a cookie decorating app that released in Fall 2013, and a 3-D cookie decorating course with eduK that released in 2015. In between making instructional videos for her YouTube channel, Recipes for a Sweet Life, Julia travels the globe teaching cookie decorating classes.

Description: Take your cookie decorating skills to unimagined heights with world-renowned cookie artist Julia M. Usher in this two-day hands-on class focused on 3-D baking, construction, and decorating techniques. Julia will guide students step by step through the decorating and assembly of two of her most popular 3-D Christmas projects: an elaborately decorated cookie box and a true-to-life Christmas ornament. Julia will demonstrate how the more unusual contoured and embossed cookie pieces are shaped, baked, and iced. Students will shape and bake a few pieces to gain experience with these methods, but will spend most of the course decorating already-baked pieces and making embellishments in preparation for final assembly on the second day.

Techniques covered: Embossed cookies, contoured cookies, molded cookies, dipping, outlining and flooding, spraying/airbrushing, stenciling, sponging, royal icing transfers, piped royal icing pine cones, line and dot work on contoured surfaces, modeling chocolate ribbons and bows, rubber-stamping (on cookies and fondant appliqués), frosting sheet stencils and trims, and 3-D sandwiched and contoured assembly.

What you’ll take home: 1 elaborately decorated 3-D Christmas box, similar to that depicted (though actual design details will vary), and 1 3-D Christmas ornament (the stenciled green and gold version, pictured left, only).

Prerequisites: This class is suitable for all skill levels, though some cookie decorating experience is required.
 
Notes:
(1) All tools and materials will be supplied, but are for classroom use only.
(2) Class size is limited to ensure everyone gets the utmost of Julia’s attention – so don’t delay in signing up!
(3) Each student will leave with one lavishly decorated 3-D cookie box and one 3-D Christmas ornament (in a take-home cookie box), one of Julia’s stencil sets ($19 value), and a set of digital class notes with Julia’s recipes and sources.
(4) Lunch is included on both days; a 45-minute lunch break will occur roughly midway through each class.
(5) Students’ box and ornament designs are constrained only by their own imaginations and the tools on hand in class. Please note that not everyone will be able to do the exact same design, as certain tools are more limited than others. But expressing yourself in your own unique way is a key part of the creative process!
(6) BONUS! Both of Julia’s books and a wide selection of her stencils will also be available for sale in class.

Price: $600 per person for 15 to 16 hours of instruction, or a special bundled price of $800 if purchased with Julia’s one-day 2-D class ($350 value). No children under the age of 13; minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration information and cancellation policy:
Please contact Julia M Usher at sweetlife@juliausher.com to register. Payment will be accepted via Paypal.
(1) Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Space will not be held otherwise.
(2) Registration will close one month prior to the event on October 6, 2020. After this time, no refunds will be issued, though registration can be transferred to another individual if Julia is notified in advance (and provided the new student’s name and contact information). Prior to October 6, Julia will grant a partial refund (25%) for any student-initiated class cancellations.
(3) Should class minimums not be met by October 6, or should Julia have to cancel for some unforeseen reason, full refunds will be issued.

Registration open until October 6, 2020. 

Please contact Julia M Usher at sweetlife@juliausher.com to register.

Julia M. Usher

Description: In this one-day hands-on class with world-renowned cookie decorator Julia M Usher, you’ll get a crash course in 10-plus fundamental decorating techniques while creating three to four mixed media Christmas cookies that are sure to wow friends and family. Along the way, you’ll gain experience with Julia’s Dynamic Duos™ layered stencil sets, and receive an in-depth airbrushing lesson that covers multi-color applications on one stencil using precision-control and shading techniques. Students will also gain hands-on experience shaping and baking molded cookie embellishments.

Techniques covered: Molded cookies; airbrushing (both precision-control and shading); stenciling (with royal icing and airbrush); fondant appliqués; extruded, rolled, and molded fondant decorations; modeling chocolate bows and ribbons; wafer paper tags and ribbons; royal icing pine cones; and piped needlepoint.

What you’ll take home: 3 to 4 elaborately decorated 2-D cookies, including: 2 to 3 airbrushed-stenciled designs (similar to those depicted) using Julia’s stencil designs as the basis; then further embellishing with piped royal icing pine cones and/or modeling chocolate, fondant, or wafer paper elements. In addition, each student will create 1 SURPRISE handpiped Scandinavian needlepoint “sampler” cookie (not depicted). Designs will vary with students’ imaginations!

Prerequisites: This class is suitable for all skill levels, though some decorating experience is helpful.

Notes:

(1) All tools and materials will be supplied, but are for classroom use only.
(2) Class size is limited to ensure everyone gets the utmost of Julia’s attention – so don’t delay in signing up!
(3) Each student will leave with three to four lavishly decorated cookies (in a take-home cookie box), one of Julia’s stencil sets ($19 value), and a set of digital class notes with Julia’s recipes and sources.
(4) Lunch is included; a 45-minute lunch break will occur roughly midway through class.
(5) Students’ stenciled-airbrushed designs are limited to two (or three) of those depicted in the photos, or two (or three) of their own imagination. Please note that not everyone will be able to do the exact same design, as certain tools are more limited than others. But expressing yourself in your own unique way is a key part of the creative process! In addition, each student will complete one SURPRISE needlepoint cookie, guided by the example(s) Julia shares in class!
(6) BONUS! Both of Julia’s books and a wide selection of her stencils will also be available for sale in class.

Price: $350 per person for 7 to 8 hours of instruction, or a special bundled price of $800 if purchased with Julia’s two-day 3-D class ($600 value). No children under the age of 13; minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration information and cancellation policy:

Please contact Julia M Usher at sweetlife@juliausher.com to register. Payment will be accepted via Paypal.

(1) Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Space will not be held otherwise.
(2) Registration will close one month prior to the event on October 6, 2020. After this time, no refunds will be issued, though registration can be transferred to another individual if Julia is notified in advance (and provided the new student’s name and contact information). Prior to October 6, Julia will grant a partial refund (25%) for any student-initiated class cancellations.
(3) Should class minimums not be met by October 6, or should Julia have to cancel for some unforeseen reason, full refunds will be issued.

Mixed Media Christmas

Friday, November 6. 2020.  9:00 am - 17:00 pm​ (with lunch break)

Registration open until October 6, 2020. 

Please contact Julia M Usher at sweetlife@juliausher.com to register.