New Virtual Workshop: Fast & Loose Encaustic Painting

You love the fast moving, layering and quick drying abilities of acrylic painting, but you want more depth, more scraping abilities, more texture and more dimension that can only be achieved by painting in encaustic…well, you’ve come to the right place!

If you could say it with words, there would be no reason to paint. –Edward Hopper

Fast & Loose Encaustic Painting
A Live Virtual Zoom Workshop
Registrants will receive a Zoom link to join the workshop & will have access to the recorded sessions for a limited time following the workshop.

Limited to 10 participants!
Level: Beginner to Advanced

When
2 Days-April  29-30
12pm-2:30pm EST each day
*We will take at least 2 5-minute breaks each day

Price
$350

2 Ways to Register
1. *PREFERRED* Venmo: Send to @Lorraine-Glessner
2. Paypal: Send to lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com

Who
For Lorraine’s bio, portfolio, exhibitions, teaching and anything else you might want to know, please visit her web site.

Basic Description

You love the fast moving, layering and quick drying abilities of acrylic painting, but you want more depth, more scraping abilities, more texture and more dimension that can only be achieved by painting in encaustic…well, you’ve come to the right place! I developed this workshop at the request and with the collaboration from several artists. In this workshop, I offer alternative tools, color mixing, application methods and techniques for faster, more process oriented encaustic painting. Also discussed are tips for getting out of your head, letting go and letting it flow. It is helpful, but not necessary to have had any previous experience with the encaustic medium to take this workshop.

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE images of student work from encaustic workshops similar in content to this one.
Read Part 1 of Fast & Loose Encaustic Painting: Tools
Read Part 2 of Fast & Loose Encaustic Painting: Painting Methods

Who should take this workshop?

  • You’re a painter and have always wanted to work in encaustic but have been deterred by what seems like a slow moving, laborious process compared to other painting mediums like acrylics and oils.
  • You fill sketchbooks with mixed media acrylic sketches that you love, but you want more depth, more scraping abilities, more texture and more dimension that can only be achieved by painting in encaustic
  • You tend to think too hard about the next step and end up stifling the process.
  • You’ve worked in encaustic for a while and have never scraped your layers(!) to reveal the awesomeness underneath.
  • You want to know what the heck Encaustic PaintSmash is and how it will benefit your work.
  • You spend too much time on one painting and tend to overwork the painting.
  • You love encaustic painting and are looking for some alternatives to the usual encaustic painting methods.
  • You are frustrated with your current body of work, your process(es) and want to create consistency, and a cohesive portfolio.
  • You want to express yourself in a more meaningful way with your work.
  • Your creative process is stagnating and you want to learn a new process, idea or technique.
  • You have always wanted to create ‘visual poetry’ in your paintings.


What happens in this workshop? What will I learn?

  • Marking, drawing, making marks with fun exercises are sure to relax you so that you don’t even know you’re drawing and are designed for you to generate ideas, content and a personal mark.
  • Learn tips for getting out of your own way so your painting process flows.
  • Learn how to apply encaustic paint in layers and in various levels of transparency, as well as how and when to scrape back to reveal exciting forms and patterns within the layers.
  • Learn how to use the transparency of the wax to allow pattern and information to combine and ‘talk’ within the painting.
  • Experiment with doodling, mark making and process to create a personal vocabulary of marks.
  • How to effectively use the palette for mixing and painting in encaustic.
  • Learn how to use stencils, marks, pattern and the grid to organize the ‘chaos’.
  • Learn alternatives in tools, painting and scraping methods from the ‘usual’ encaustic techniques.
  • Learn how fun PaintSmash is and how it can spice up your work.
  • Something new, fun, fast and loose.


Included in all of my encaustic workshops

  • Color, composition, application, content-the basics, the intermediate, the advanced.
  • Using color relationships, proportion, scale as an effective foundation for other painterly information.
  • Individual consultation/critique discussion with each participant. Bring a piece of work, a question, a concern, a problem and discuss it with me. My most favorite part of the workshop is this special time I spend talking one-on-one with each participant.
  • Learn how to use encaustic’s strengths (layering, transparency, luminosity) to tell your story.
  • Mark-making exercises-geared toward making simple or complex marks to generate a personal voice.
  • Group sharing and discussion-always an amazingly helpful time for participants to share their victories and struggles.
  • A slide talk with examples of contemporary artists whose work applies the concepts discussed in the workshop is offered for inspiration. Some examples of the slides included in the talks for this workshop is just below.
  • Individual and group instruction/critique throughout the workshop.


    SUGGESTED MATERIALS PARTICIPANTS HAVE IN THEIR STUDIO

    • Read this blog post for tools ideas-please note, you don’t have to have these materials but you might see something you’d like to try.
    • 2-4 wooden painting panels (your preference of 8×8 or 10×10, but no larger or smaller, please) (nothing coated in acrylic or acrylic gesso!!)
    • 3-5 natural hair brushes  for encaustic painting (1 smallish-no bigger than 1.5” brush will be designated your medium brush, so it must be free of color.
    • 1lb encaustic medium from any company
    • Heat gun and/or Iwatani torch
    • Sketchbook or Drawing paper
    • Package of razor blades or clay scraper
    • Any small sharp-ended tool for incising/writing/drawing into the wax (sewing or knitting needles are great)
    • Basic encaustic colors
    • 1-2 RF paintsticks

      OPTIONAL MATERIALS 
    • Double sided scraper tool-available for purchase here
    • Mark-making tools…Woody, litho crayon, graphite paper, charcoal, oil pastel, etc.
    • Decorative stencils, mesh, doilies, etc-anything flat with open areas that can be used as a stencil
    • Various materials for collage (papers, magazine images, photos, etc.)

What kind of work will I make?

Please enjoy these works in progress that were created by workshop participants during workshops similar to this one.

2 Ways to Register
1. *PREFERRED* Venmo: Send to @Lorraine-Glessner
2. Paypal: Send to lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com

Fast & Loose Encaustic Painting Part 2/2: Painting Methods

In Part One of this short series, I discussed tools for working fast and loose in encaustic and in this Part Two, I’ll list some ideas for layering in information, mark-making and tips for not getting stuck in your own head.

The methodic process of encaustic painting affords the artist time to get lost in the poetry of the rhythm while building the layers. However, sometimes, a painter just wants to get down and dirty, fast and loose…you know…the kind of cheap thrills fast drying water-based painting mediums offer. What if you could obtain those thrills, but in the more sophisticated, luminous, dimensional and just plain loveliness of encaustic? In Part One of this short series, I discussed tools for working fast and loose in encaustic and in this Part Two, I’ll list some ideas for layering in information, mark-making and tips for not getting stuck in your own head.

If you’re interested in delving into these techniques a bit further, I’m offering a Live, Virtual Workshop called Working Fast & Loose in Encaustic, April 29-30, 2021 at 12pm EST both days. The sessions will be recorded and available for a short time after the workshop ends. Please stay tuned for a comprehensive workshop website coming up within the next two weeks that will have all the specifics regarding this workshop. This workshop is already half full since I wrote Part One on this topic and judging by the interest and of my virtual workshops in general, I expect it to fill quickly. If you’re interested in joining this workshop, please contact me and I’ll add you to the list. If you’d like to see what goes on in one of my workshops, join my new Facebook Group, Full Spectrum: Lorraine Glessner Painting and Workshops Forum.

  1. Work across at least 3-8 panels at a time. Working on multiple panels prevents you from focusing on one panel and getting stuck there.
    1. Arrange the panels so that the edges are touching. Work across the panels as if they were one large panel.
    2. Rotate each panel and/or switch the placement of the panels as you work.
    3. Remove 1-2 panels, set them aside and replace with blank ones so that the panels have different levels of information.
  2. Mix your colors directly on the palette, not in cups.
    1. Working directly on the palette allows for the freedom of adding a little color at a time, here and there, anywhere.
    2. Arrange your colors in areas on the palette. Come up with a simple palette of 4-6 colors on the palette to start, including white and black, with each having its own ‘area’ on the palette. Add bits of color to each area or just limit yourself to the colors on the palette and mix as you go.
    3. This is a more ‘sloppy’ method of encaustic painting than mixing in cups…colors pool and run together sometimes, but this running together allows for some unexpected colors that you wouldn’t normally mix yourself.
    4. You won’t be able to ‘save’ your colors as you would if they were mixed in cups, but you’ll have to let this go…fast and loose, right?
  3. Work with dirty brushes.
    1. Yes, you have permission to NOT clean your brushes! Once I tell my workshop participants they don’t have to clean their encaustic brushes, they are ecstatic to finally be freed from this slavery!
    2. Keep brushes in families…white and black brushes are always used for these colors only. Reds, yellows, oranges stay in that family. Blues, greens, purples stay in that family, etc.
    3. By using brushes with slightly different colors on them, unexpected subtle color gradations are laid down as you paint.
  4. Always set restrictions on time, colors, etc.
    1. There is freedom in restrictions…I’ve written about this topic a lot on this blog and freedom in restrictions doesn’t quite make sense on its face, but think of it like this….when you have unlimited materials, colors and unlimited time, you can easily become overwhelmed with too much. When you restrict yourself, there is nothing to think about.
    2. Restrict yourself to no more than a few colors of encaustic paints. It may help to close your eyes when you pull these colors.
    3. Set a timer to a 15 minute painting interval to start. When the timer goes off, take a break and reassess. If you decide to paint again, set the timer for shorter and shorter intervals, 2-5 minutes less each time.
  5. Create a process
    1. Process eliminates the burden of decision making and over thinking the work, therefore allowing the artist to move freely within simple confines to explore the inherent properties of their materials in new and exciting ways.
    2. An example of a painting process might be: Paint 1 stripe with a brush, make a mark with a tool, add stencil, paint 2 stripes w/ brush, repeat the above steps and keep repeating until you’re done or invent a new process)
    3. I’ve lectured and written on this interesting topic many times. If you’re interested in delving in a bit more, visit this blog post.
  6. Application Ideas
    1. Dry vs wet brush
    2. Thin vs. thick application
    3. Slow brush vs. choppy strokes-what kind of brush stroke to use.
    4. Translucent vs. opaque encaustic paint
    5. Pouring
    6. Dripping
    7. Tjanting Tool
      1. Normally used for batik, makes great lines and dots.
      2. Buy one here at my Amazon Store
  7. Other Application Methods (Things to do in between Paint Layers)
    1. PaintSmash (Visit this post, this post and this post and my Youtube Channel for videos)
    2. Stencils/Textures (decorative stencils, mesh or anything with open and closed areas)
    3. Incising
      1. Use any sharp ended tool.
      2. Experiment with different widths of your tools.
    4. Mark-making with objects (pressing in or stamping in the object with a soft mallet to create an incised or textured surface)
    5. Mark-making with drawing tools (carbon paper, woody, oil pastel, litho pencil, etc.)
    6. Photo transfer
    7. Collage

NEW! An Amazing Virtual Encaustic Workshop Experience: Painting With Fire

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Fast & Loose Encaustic Painting Part 1/2: Tools

So you’re a painter and have always wanted to work in encaustic but have been deterred by what seems like a slow moving, laborious process compared to other painting mediums like acrylics and oils. You fill sketchbooks with mixed media acrylic sketches that you love, but you want more depth, more scraping abilities, more texture and more dimension that can only be achieved by painting in encaustic…well, you’ve come to the right place!

Happy New Year, my creative blog reading friends! I hope you have been well and are looking forward to better days ahead, as am I. Let’s start off the new year right by discussing my favorite topic…encaustic painting!

So you’re a painter and have always wanted to work in encaustic but have been deterred by what seems like a slow moving, laborious process compared to other painting mediums like acrylics and oils. You love the fast moving, layering and quick drying abilities of acrylic painting. You fill sketchbooks with mixed media acrylic sketches that you love, but you want more depth, more scraping abilities, more texture and more dimension that can only be achieved by painting in encaustic…well, you’ve come to the right place! During this time of Covid constancy, at the request and with the collaboration from several artists, I had the unique opportunity to investigate faster, looser and more painterly working methods that can somewhat replicate acrylic painting methods-but with the awesomeness of encaustic.

In this article, Part One, I am discussing application tools and in Part Two and possibly Part Three, I will discuss working methods and mark-making tools. In addition to listing the tools, I also list where/how you can purchase or make them. If you’re working in encaustic and have investigated alternatives to traditional painting and/or alternative tools, please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!

Last, I am offering a live, virtual workshop in April, 2021 on this topic-specific dates to be announced soon. Judging by the interest of this topic and of my virtual workshops, I expect it to fill quickly. If you’re interested in joining this workshop, please contact me and I’ll add you to the list. If you’d like to see what goes on in one of my workshops, join my new Facebook Group, Full Spectrum: Lorraine Glessner Painting and Workshops Forum.

Alternative Tools for Working in Encaustic

  • Venetian Plaster Tools
    Made of metal with a plastic handle, these tools can be laid safely on the heated palette and hold the heat so as to transfer the paint from palette to substrate without cooling. These tools are somewhat stiff and act as a metal spatula of sorts allowing one to scoop up from the palette at once, various colors of paint creating interesting textures. (See this article on my Encaustic PaintSmash technique and my IGTV and YouTube Channel videos demonstrating this technique) See my All Things Encaustic Store to purchase.
  • Dripping
    We all know how to do this and likely have done it by accident. Mistake or not, drips can be super cool as a single entity, layered or accumulated. You can drip with a brush by loading it up with paint and throwing it on your substrate or flicking it off your brush with your finger for a splatter effect. For more deliberately placed drips that can be layered and accrued in a 3D effect, try this cool metal eyedropper tool available at on my All Things Encaustic Store.
  • Pouring
    Fun and freeing, this is quick way to add a lot of paint to your substrate at once. Pours dry slowly and smoothly and the drying process can be manipulated for some cool dimensional effects. You can use any kind of cup that will hold liquid encaustic paint…I use these inexpensive aluminum cups which can be bent into a ‘V’ like a pitcher, so I have more control over my pour. You can also create interesting swirled effects by pouring two colors together at the same time or try introducing another color into an existing pour during the drying process. See Pat Gerkin’s wonderful recent experiments with encaustic pours.
  • Tjanting Tools
    Those in the Fiber and Textile tools world are well acquainted with Tjanting Tools. Their use in that world is to apply paraffin wax to cloth as part of the batik process. These tools are made of brass or copper, which holds the heat and keeps the wax liquid, allowing one to make thick or thin lines, the thickness being dependent on the size of the opening of the tool. Designs can be traced, text can be written, areas of a design can be filled. Tjanting tools are also really great for making uniform dots, which can be applied in rows, and/or stacked, and/or accrued. I prefer the copper tjanting tools, but make sure you purchase a larger size opening as they tend to clog easily. If you get really into working with a tjanting, invest in an electric tjanting tool, you won’t regret it. For some eye candy, check out artist Elise Wagner’s paintings that begin with encaustic collagraphs, made with an electric tjanting tool.
  • Flashing Tool
    (See my Art Bite Blog Post with instructions on how to make your own alternative tool) Used like a spatula similar to the Venetian Plaster Tools, these home-made tools can be any shape, size or cut. They are much more flexible than the Venetian Plaster Tools, allowing for more textured painterly effects.
  • Catalyst Tools/Silicone Baking Tools
    (Visit my All Things Encaustic Store to purchase) Where do I begin to talk about Catalyst Tools by Princeton Brush Company? First, what makes them great is that they are painting tools, made for any kind of paint, so you can use them for any painting medium. What makes them even greater is that they’re made of silicone which makes them easy to clean and impervious to heat so they can be used for encaustic painting! These tools will hold the heat for a short time and can be used for PaintSmash, but they’re not as effective as the metal based tools listed above. However, if you’re working in encaustic, cold wax, oils and acrylic mediums, these tools can be used across all of those mediums. Catalyst tools can be rather pricey, so if you’re interested in working with alternative tools, try silicone baking tools/cake decorating tools, which are available on Amazon and at any craft store or hobby store…try them out, find your favorites and then graduate to a catalyst tool.
  • Elizabeth Schowachert Tools
    Think of Catalyst Tools on steroids PLUS some and you have somewhat of an idea of what these tools are about. Just like the Catalyst Tools, they are made of silicone, but that’s as far as the similarities go. These tools are art objects in and of themselves-they are hand-crafted by Elizabeth Schowachert, using lovely materials like bamboo, antique wood and sterling silver. Elizabeth is an artist herself so she knows what artists want. When you hold one of these gorgeous tools or brushes in your hand, there is a feeling that you are wielding an indestructible art making weapon and there are no barriers to what you can do. There is a huge variety of brushes and tools in Elizabeth’s silicone tools catalog, but she offers so much more in her entire catalog of brushes and tools. I have a number of Elizabeth’s tools in my studio, the Encaustic Monotype Drawing Pens and C Silicone Drawing Tools are my faves.

A Special Holiday Offer

Happy Holidays, my Art Bite Blog Friends!
I am so grateful for your support throughout the year that I have created A Special Holiday Offer just for you…

Happy Holidays, my Art Bite Blog Friends!
I am so grateful for your support throughout the year that I have created A Special Holiday Offer just for you…
Through December 18 I am offering mini paintings, workshops and products for sale with a FREE notecard set for orders of $75 or more. This offer is ONLY offered to you, my super cool blog readers, Facebook and Instagram followers.
Scroll down for a list of links and products at a glance or hit the buttons just below to start shopping now.
The Happiest of Holidays to you!
Lorraine xo

New Virtual Workshop: Encaustic Pattern &Repetition

Repeated use of a shape, color, design element unifies composition, creates pattern and rhythm as well as reinforces content. This workshop focuses on the creation of intricate patterns, expressive personal surfaces and multi-layered encaustic paintings.

When you repeat an action again and again, you produce an effect of certainty or security in the viewer’s mind. –Jackie Winsor

Mixed Media Encaustic Pattern & Repetition
A Live Virtual Zoom Workshop
Registrants will receive a Zoom link to join the workshop & will have access to the recorded sessions for a limited time following the workshop.

Limited to 10 participants!
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

When
3 Wednesdays-April  7, 14, 21, 2021
12pm-3pm EST each day

Price
$450

3 Ways to Register
1. *PREFERRED* Venmo: Send to @Lorraine-Glessner
2. Paypal: Send to lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com
3. Check: Email lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com for mailing address (check must be received at least 5 days before workshop start date)

Who
For Lorraine’s bio, work, exhibitions, teaching and anything else you might want to know, please visit her web site.

Basic Description

Repeated use of a shape, color or design element unifies composition, creates pattern, rhythm and movement as well as reinforces content. This workshop focuses on the creation of intricate patterns, expressive personal surfaces and complex, multi-layered pieces utilizing and in combination with encaustic painting techniques. With an emphasis on mixed media, methods and materials covered in this workshop include the use of organic and geometric form, realistic and abstract imagery, patterned collage, stencils, candy molds, tjaps, and branding (creating marks with heated metal and wood burning tools). Spacing the sessions to once a week allows for participants to experiment and truly delve into the techniques learned. Considerations such as using pattern and repetition as content itself, to tell a story, support and/or strengthen the message will also be discussed.

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE images of student work from encaustic workshops similar in content to this one. Additional blog posts related to other encaustic workshops taught by Lorraine are herehere and here.

Who should take this workshop?

  • You swoon over textiles, prints, decorative arts, design, anything with pattern and you want to learn how to effectively incorporate these elements into your work.
  • You already include lots of pattern and repetition in your work, but the work hasn’t moved past mere decoration to involve meaningful content.
  • You desperately want to include pattern in your work, but you are fearful that it will be received by the viewing public as decorative art.
  • You love image and collage, but when you embed these elements into encaustic, the collage is blurred, burned or looks clunky.
  • You love painting with the intensely pigmented color of encaustic and want to learn how to effectively apply it-how to mix color, how and when to dilute, what brushes and tools to use.
  • You are frustrated with your current body of work, your process(es) and want to create consistency, and a cohesive portfolio.
  • You want to express yourself in a more meaningful way with your work.
  • Your creative process is stagnating and you want to learn a new process, idea or technique.
  • You have always wanted to create ‘visual poetry’ in your paintings.


What happens in this workshop? What will I learn?

  • What a motif is and how you can generate one to create personal patterns with meaning and how to incorporate them into your work.
  • Create personally designed fabrics and papers using indigo, rust and compost printing and use them as a basis for a painting.
  • Create repetitive patterns using innovative tools and techniques such as pyrography (making marks with heated metal and tools), tjaps and candy molds.
  • Learn my technique for applying decorative stenciling into my work and how you can use stenciling to strengthen your compositions and content.
  • Learn how to apply encaustic paint in layers and in various levels of transparency, as well as how and when to scrape back to reveal exciting forms and patterns within the layers.
  • Practice the effective application and fusing of encaustic collaged layers so you aren’t tempted to give up collage forever in frustration!
  • Experiment with doodling, mark making and process to create personal patterns.
  • Learn how to use the transparency of the wax to allow pattern and information to combine and ‘talk’ within the painting.
  • Learn how repetitive pattern, symbols, text, ornament adds power and interest to the work and therefore brings the viewer closer to its message.
  • How repetition can create visual poetry, rhythm, music, etc within the work.


Included in all of my encaustic workshops

  • Color, composition, application, content-the basics, the intermediate, the advanced.
  • Using color relationships, proportion, scale as an effective foundation for other painterly information.
  • Individual consultation/critique discussion with each participant. Bring a piece of work, a question, a concern, a problem and discuss it with me. My most favorite part of the workshop is this special time I spend talking one-on-one with each participant.
  • Learn how to use encaustic’s strengths (layering, transparency, luminosity) to tell your story.
  • Mark-making exercises-whether you are taking the line workshop or not, exercises geared toward making simple or complex marks to generate a personal voice.
  • Book-sharing-each participant brings their favorite art book to share.
  • Group sharing and discussion-always an amazingly helpful time for participants to share their victories and struggles.
  • A slide talk with examples of contemporary artists whose work applies the concepts discussed in the workshop is offered for inspiration. Some examples of the slides included in the talks for this workshop is just below.
  • 30 minute one on one consultation with Lorraine.
  • Individual and group instruction/critique throughout the workshop.
    SUGGESTED MATERIALS PARTICIPANTS HAVE IN THEIR STUDIO

    • 3-5 wooden painting panels (your preference of 8×8 or 10×10, but no larger or smaller, please) (nothing coated in acrylic or acrylic gesso!!)
    • 3-5 natural hair brushes  for encaustic painting (1 smallish-no bigger than 1.5” brush will be designated your medium brush, so it must be free of color.
    • 1lb encaustic medium from any company
    • Sketchbook or Drawing paper
    • Package of razor blades or scraper
    • Various materials for collage (papers, magazine images, photos, etc.)
    • Any small sharp-ended tool for incising/writing/drawing into the wax (sewing or knitting needles are great)
    • Basic encaustic colors
    • Decorative stencils, mesh, doilies, etc-anything flat with open areas that can be used as a stencil
    • Masking or Painters tape
    • Carbon or Graphite transfer paper

      OPTIONAL MATERIALS 

Pattern & Repetition Slides Examples

What kind of work will I make?

Please enjoy the work example pics below from participants who have previously taken this workshop. Please also visit additional blog posts here and here and here for more information related to this workshop.

3 Ways to Register
1. *PREFERRED* Venmo: Send to @Lorraine-Glessner
2. Paypal: Send to lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com
3. Check: Email lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com for mailing address (check must be received at least 5 days before workshop start date)

Should Professional Artists Take Workshops?

I spend a good deal of my time sharing with and teaching others and although I learn a lot from my students, sometimes I want to be in the student seat, having fun and making a mess with new ideas, new products and new voices.

Lately, I’ve heard criticism that professional artists shouldn’t speak about taking workshops or classes because they then are relegated to student and are thought of as not as serious about their work. Well, using the wise words of my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Colletello-that’s hogwash! I take workshops because I AM serious about my work, about growing and expanding on my ideas in the studio and realizing that this sometimes doesn’t happen in a vacuum. I spend a good deal of my time sharing with and teaching others and although I learn a lot from my students, sometimes I want to be in the student seat, having fun and making a mess with new ideas, new products and new voices. To be clear, I don’t make a habit of taking classes, mainly because I think that too many workshops messes with studio mojo, but about every third year I choose an instructor whose work I respect and take a workshop with them. I have about five on my wishlist of futures and last month I took advantage of being Covid-bound and was finally able to take a virtual workshop I’ve had my eye on with the extremely inspiring Stuart Shils

I took was a drawing class called Reframing the Ordinary, basically about deriving compositions and content from your surroundings as well as retraining your eyes to see. I don’t come from a painting background and never really took painting classes in school, so the class exercises were challenging but super fun. We worked in a timed format on drawings and collages using only black and white and the same scene-I used a corner of my studio as inspiration. Each drawing prompt was different and encouraged focusing on different things each time-ie. the darkest area, the lightest area, where does your eye go first, second, etc. The collages were made using black and white paper and are what I enjoyed the most, especially black on black. Representing value with only one color was also an interesting challenge and encouraged noticing side by side value changes, dark to lights first and then mid-tones. This exercise encouraged imaginative ways to represent lights and darks by shape and texture, especially when only using one color paper. I included two of these collages below as well as a few juicy quotes from the workshop.

In conclusion, the answer to should professional artists take classes is a resounding, yes! And yes, do share with others what classes you take. We all have to help each other out during these times.

All quotes are Stuart Shils unless other wise noted.

• Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing seen. Paul Valery
• Every moment of the day offers opportunity if we are paying attention.
• If you think too hard or plan too much, you make it impossible to embrace the situation with authenticity.
• Landscape is anything that is in front of you.
• Making it simpler does not mean eliminating complexity.
• I don’t think too much about the difficulties, because then I would get stunned or stuck. Pay attention to the feeling instead, the changing, the ripening, the growing.

Workshops! Workshops! Workshops! My 2020-2021 Encaustic Workshop Schedule

Are you in need of something new to occupy your mind in this time of crazy? Take an encaustic workshop to soothe your soul, help you gain perspective, or get out those frustrations by throwing some paint around the room!

Are you in need of something new to occupy your mind in this time of crazy? Take an encaustic workshop to soothe your soul, help you gain perspective, or get out those frustrations by throwing some paint around the room!
Whatever the reason…buy one for someone you love, buy one for yourself or both.
Before choosing a Retreat or Workshop, please be sure to read my Workshop & Retreat Guide to find out if a Workshop or a Retreat experience (or both!) is the best choice for you. Please note that an additional category has been added to my workshop listing..Virtual Workshops! More virtual workshops will soon be added for January-March, so keep up to date by:

1. Checking my web site Events Page
2. Following me on Instagram or Facebook
3. Becoming a member of my New Facebook Group-Full Spectrum: Lorraine Glessner Painting Workshops Forum
4. Signing up for my Newsletter so you can be the first to know of new listings.
5. Asking! Just email me and I’ll send you a link to my latest schedule.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions about any of these Retreats or Workshops.

2020-2021 VIRTUAL WORKSHOP & RETREAT SCHEDULE

MIXED MEDIA ENCAUSTIC COLLAGE
Live Zoom Workshop

October 26-27, 2020
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION



EXPLORING LANDSCAPE IN ENCAUSTIC & THE MARK

A Live Virtual Retreat
December 6-11, 2020
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2021 IN-PERSON WORKSHOP & RETREAT SCHEDULE


MIXED MEDIA ENCAUSTIC
March 24-26
Aya Fiber Studio, Stuart, Florida
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ENCAUSTIC COLLAGE
April 16-17
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey
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BEYOND THE BASICS ENCAUSTIC
June 18-22
Peters Valley School of Craft
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EXPLORING LANDSCAPE THROUGH ENCAUSTIC, MARK-MAKING & THE HANDMADE BOOK
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July 11-15
Wild Rice Retreat, Bayfield, Wisconsin
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EXPLORING LANDSCAPE IN ENCAUSTIC & THE MARK: A VERMONT ARTIST RETREAT W/DIETLIND VANDER SCHAAF
July 26-30
Lareau Inn & Farm, Waitsfield, Vermont
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EXPLORING LANDSCAPE THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY, THE FIGURE & ENCAUSTIC: A VERMONT ARTIST RETREAT W/LEAH MACDONALD
August 9-13
Lareau Inn & Farm, Waitsfield, Vermont
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MIXED MEDIA ENCAUSTIC: FIBER & STRUCTURE
August 27-29
Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York
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EXPLORING LANDSCAPE THROUGH MARKMAKING, JOURNALING & THE BOOK: A TUSCAN ARTIST RETREAT

October 3-7
In Collaboration with Strada Toscana, Tuscany, Italy
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MIXED MEDIA ENCAUSTIC: TEXTURE & LAYERS
October 28-30
R&F Paints, Kingston, New York
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NOLA ARTIST RETREAT: A HISTORIC CEMETERY EXPLORATION THROUGH MIXED MEDIA ENCAUSTIC
November 8-12
New Orleans, Louisianna
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NEW Virtual Workshop: Mixed Media Encaustic Collage

Utilizing the natural luminosity, textural and layering possibilities of encaustic, participants will combine and collage photographic images and marks to explore, communicate, or entertain through personal narrative.

If oil paint is the prose of painting, then encaustic is its poetry. -Chester Arnold


Mixed Media Encaustic Collage
A Live Virtual Zoom Workshop
Registrants will receive a Zoom link to join the workshop & will have access to the recorded sessions for a limited time following the workshop.


Limited to 12 participants!
Level: Beginner to Intermediate


When
October  26-27, 2020
12am-5pm EST with a one hour break each day

Price
$325

3 Ways to Register
1. *PREFERRED* Venmo: Send to @Lorraine-Glessner
2. Paypal: Send to lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com
3. Check: Email lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com for mailing address (check must be received at least 5 days before workshop start date)

Who
For Lorraine’s bio, work, exhibitions, teaching and anything else you might want to know, please visit her web site.

Workshop Description
Utilizing the natural luminosity, textural and layering possibilities of encaustic, participants will combine and collage photographic images and marks to explore, communicate, or entertain through personal narrative. This workshop covers basic encaustic techniques and collage as well as mark-making using horse hair, graphite paper and image transfer. A slide talk discussing basic principals of composition, working within the grid and examples of contemporary artist’s work in collage is offered for inspiration. Participants will also have an optional opportunity for a one-on-one discussion with Lorraine.

What Else?

  • Color relationships, composition, application, content, proportion, scale as an effective foundation for other painterly information.
  • Learn how to correctly embed the collage in the wax-to eliminate bubbles, blurring and ‘lifting’ of your collage material.
  • Learn how to use encaustic’s strengths (layering, transparency, luminosity) to tell your story.
  • Mark-making exercises geared toward making simple or complex marks to generate a personal language.
  • The option of an Individual Consultation/Critique discussion with Lorraine…Bring a piece of work, a question, a concern, a problem and discuss it with Lorraine.
  • A slide talk with examples of contemporary artists whose work applies the ideas and concepts discussed in the workshop is offered for inspiration.

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE images of student work from encaustic workshops similar in content to this one. Additional blog posts related to other encaustic workshops taught by Lorraine are here, here and here.

SUGGESTED MATERIALS PARTICIPANTS HAVE IN THEIR STUDIO

  • 2-4 wooden painting panels (your preference of 8×8 or 10×10, but no larger or smaller, please) (nothing coated in acrylic or acrylic gesso!!)
  • 3-5 natural hair brushes  for encaustic painting (1 smallish-no bigger than 1.5” brush will be designated your medium brush, so it must be free of color.
  • .5-1lb encaustic medium from any company
  • sketchbook or Drawing paper
  • package of razor blades or scraper
  • Various materials for collage (papers, magazine images, photos, etc.)
  • any small sharp-ended tool for incising/writing/drawing into the wax (sewing or knitting needles are great)
  • basic encaustic colors

    OPTIONAL MATERIALS 

Price $325
3 Ways to Register
1. *PREFERRED* Venmo: Send to @Lorraine-Glessner
2. Paypal: Send to lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com
3. Check: Email lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com for mailing address (check must be received at least 5 days before workshop start date)

Exploring Landscape Through Encaustic & The Mark: A Vermont Artist Retreat

Utilizing the natural luminosity and layering possibilities of encaustic, participants will experiment with materials, drawing and marks to depict the spirit and essence of gorgeous rural Vermont.

Between every two pines there is a doorway to a new world. – John Muir

What
Exploring Landscape in Encaustic & The Mark: A Vermont Artist Retreat
This workshop is FULL! Please contact Lorraine to be added to the waitlist.
Limited to 12 participants!
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
$1500 includes accommodations**(10 rooms available), breakfast and lunch and most workshop materials (see supply list below)

Not Interested in Lareau Inn Accommodations, breakfast or lunch?
$900 includes workshop fee and most materials (see supply list below)

Registration Instructions if staying at Lareau Inn:
1. Visit the Lareau Inn web site and choose your room. See the list below of available rooms. DO NOT book the room from the web site!!!
2. Contact Lorraine via email lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com with the name of the room you’d like to book and for payment details.

Available Rooms at the Inn as of January 10, 2021
This workshop is FULL! Please contact Lorraine to be added to the waitlist.

Additional accommodations are available at Waitsfield Inn, which is a just a short mile from Lareau Inn.

For Registration, Please Contact: Lorraine Glessner, lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com

Payment Payment of 50% of the workshop fee + materials + accommodations ($750) is due at the time of registration with the remaining 50% ($750) due approximately 6 weeks before the workshop date. Please contact Lorraine for payment details.

**Additional Accommodations Although the workshop continues through Friday, you must check out of Lareau Inn on Friday morning. If you would like to stay in the area Friday evening or beyond, there are many places in the town of Waitsfield and in nearby Stowe.

When
July 26-30, 2021
(Scroll down for detailed daily itinerary)
Monday 7-9pm Orientation
Tuesday-Friday, 7-8am Yoga, 9am-4:30pm Workshop Hours
Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30-10pm optional night studio hours

Who A collaborative teaching venture with Dietlind Vander Schaaf & Lorraine Glessner (Scroll down for detailed bios)

Workshop Description
The mark of nature combined with encaustic painting creates works that reference memory, change, and time. Utilizing the natural luminosity, textural and layering possibilities of encaustic, participants will experiment with innovative materials, drawing and marks to depict the spirit and essence of the land. Easy to moderate hikes exploring the rugged natural beauty of The Mad River Valley are led by Dietlind and Lorraine. Along with daily journaling, meditation, yoga, readings and expressive mark-making exercises, these immersive hikes will provide the inspiration for which to develop ideas and provide areas of focus for series-based work while also developing your personal artistic voice. Considerations of our body’s connection and its direct relationship to landscape will also be discussed. Optional individual critiques with both instructors will be offered to all participants.

COVID Stuff

  • The workshop will be held outdoors under the Lareau Inn’s event pavilion, which is covered and offers plenty of room for distancing.
  • We will require masks during the workshop while in the pavilion.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available at the workshop tables. Please bring your own to supplement during the workshop and/or to use elsewhere at the Inn.
  • Scroll down for the workshop cancelation policy.
  • Please contact Lareau Inn for additional Vermont statewide restrictions.

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE images of student work and fun scenes from retreats, hosted and taught by Lorraine and workshops taught by Dietlind. Additional blog posts related to artist retreats co-taught by Lorraine are here, here and here..

Workshop Itinerary
Monday 7-9 pm Orientation
Meet & Greet Wine and Smores by the Lareau Farm Fire Pit

Tuesday-Friday 7-8am
Optional Morning Yoga taught by Dietlind
Dietlind will lead gentle to moderate yoga each morning designed to leave you feeling strong and grounded. Bring your yoga mat. Straps and blocks provided.

Tuesday 9-4:30 Workshop, 7:30-10pm Optional Night Studio
We will begin with brief discussion and meditation, settling and experiencing the moment. We will take an easy hike to begin our first day of experiencing the land, discussion of breath/breathing, listening, drawing, journaling collecting inspiration and materials suitable for brush making. Brief brush making demo.
After lunch, Lorraine will introduce a mixed media exercise inspired by our morning hike. We will use collected materials from the hike to make marks and generate ideas. Dietlind and Lorraine will also discuss creating optical depth using encaustic layers and the differences between transparent and opaque paint. The rest of the afternoon is devoted to refining this drawing and the sketches from our hike, free painting time and/or more inspiration gathering.

Wednesday 9-4:30 Workshop, 7:30-10pm Optional Night Studio
After another easy morning hike, discussion of drawings and findings from the day before and possibilities for further study. Meditation, journaling, discussion of distancing, isolation, effects of pandemic, separation, silence in relationship to the outdoors and how to express these thoughts in marks and paint. Inspiration slide talk of contemporary artists who effectively use line, mark-making and landscape in their work. Optional individual meetings with Lorraine & Dietlind.
After lunch, Lorraine and Dietlind will demonstrate encaustic mark making using horsehair as well as introduce other interesting mark making products suitable for encaustic including India ink, colored pencils, pan pastel, oil pastel and graphite. Encaustic monoprint, work on paper demo. We will continue with uninterrupted work time for refining drawings, painting, working toward a series and individual discussions with Lorraine & Dietlind

Thursday 9-4:30 Workshop, 7:30-10pm Optional Night Studio
After a brief group meditation (optional), we will continue with inspiration discussion, discussion of the work already produced and the direction each person would like to take toward a paintings series or works on paper series. Encaustic collage demo. Dietlind will also guide participants through a series of written exercises designed to develop each individual’s artistic voice. Continued individual discussions with Lorraine & Dietlind. After a brief afternoon meeting and discussion, we will continue with uninterrupted work time for refining drawings, painting, working toward a series and individual discussions with Lorraine & Dietlind.

Friday 9-4:30 Workshop
After morning meditation (optional) and discussion, we will continue with uninterrupted work time using mark making and encaustic to build a series, experiment with marks, make color studies, ask questions, request informal demos, and continue with individual discussions with Lorraine.
For part of the afternoon, we will continue with uninterrupted work time using mark making and encaustic to build a series. Continue working through part of the afternoon, address your concerns one on one with Lorraine & Dietlind, take some time to journal your thoughts and informally discuss your progress.

Afternoon (Time TBA)
Show and tell walk through and final group discussions, clean up and good-byes.

What Else?

  • Color relationships, composition, application, content, proportion, scale as an effective foundation for other painterly information.
  • Learn how to use encaustic’s strengths (layering, transparency, luminosity) to tell your story.
  • Mark-making exercises geared toward making simple or complex marks to generate a personal language.
  • The option of an Individual Consultation/Critique discussion with each instructor. Bring a piece of work, a question, a concern, a problem and discuss it with Dietlind and Lorraine.
  • What’s your work about? Deepening the conversation. Guided writing exercises to help you focus on the meaning of your work and generate content for your artist statement.
  • Some guided meditation time and planned hikes will relax and open your mind and spirit to the land, helping to support and nurture your unique creative voice.
  • A slide talk with examples of contemporary artists whose work applies the ideas and concepts discussed in the workshop is offered for inspiration.
  • Lots of open studio time to explore and interpret the inspiration gained from the meditations and hikes.

For Registration, Please Contact: Lorraine Glessner, lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com

About Lareau Farm Inn & Barn
Nestled on 25 acres of natural beauty, with the Mad River just steps away as well as trails for walking, hiking, mountain biking, Lareau Farm Inn is the perfect place to spark and inspire your artist vision. Our workshop studio in in the Historic Dairy Barn on the Lareau property, featuring rough-hewn beams, centuries-old hardwood floors and tons of space in which to create. The rooms at Lareau Inn feature antique furnishings, comfortable beds and charming baths in a Vermont farmhouse setting with delicious farm to table dining. There is plenty of room to relax and enjoy the view in the common areas including a charming dining room, back porch and backyard fire pit. See the gallery belwo of Lareau Farm Inn, Barn and surrounding property. Visit Lareau Farm Inn Web Site for more images and information.

About Lorraine & Dietlind

Dietlind Vander Schaaf
Dietlind Vander Schaaf’s paintings convey an emotional tone through texture and pattern and use mark making as a way to communicate what she finds most lovely, haunting, and curious about the human condition. Her work references teachings from Zen Buddhism, Christian mysticism, the poetic traditions, and contemplative practices including yoga and meditation. Dietlind holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA from the University of Southern Maine. Her work has been described as “the transformation of disparate objects into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace” (Artscope). She has exhibited at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Conrad Wilde Gallery, The Fuller Craft Museum, and On Center Gallery, among others, and been featured in Maine Home + Design, Decor Maine, and Downeast magazines. Dietlind is a Core Instructor for R&F Handmade Paints, an Ampersand Ambassador, and the former president of New England Wax. An annual presenter at the International Encaustic Conference, Dietlind has taught workshops throughout the country, including Haystack, Castle Hill, Snow Farm, Penland, Arrowmont, Maine College of Art, R&F, and internationally at Zijdelings in The Netherlands. She is the recipient of grants from the Maine Arts Commission and International Encaustic Artists, as well as a Tending Space Artist Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation.

lorraineglessner.net
Lorraine Glessner’s love of surface, pattern, markmaking, image and landscape has led her to combine disparate materials and processes such as silk, wood, wax, pyrography, rust, paper and more in her work. Lorraine is a former Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, a workshop instructor and an award-winning artist. She holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, a BS from Philadelphia University, and an AAS in Computer Graphics from Moore College of Art & Design. She has a diverse art background with skills that include painting, sculpture, graphic design, interior design, textile design, photography, digital imaging and much more. Among her most recent professional achievements is a Second Place award in Sculpture from Art of the State at the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA, a recently completed artist residency at Jentel Foundation and an acquisition by Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Lorraine’s work is included in the recently released Encaustic Art in the 21st Century by Ashley Rooney and Nuance, a curated book by artist, Michelle Stuart. Lorraine frequently lectures and participates on academic panels at various Conferences including The International Encaustic Conference, SECAC and The College Art Association Annual Conference. Her work is exhibited locally and nationally in galleries, museums, craft centers, schools, libraries, universities, and more. Like her work, Lorraine brings to her teaching a strong interdisciplinary approach, mixed with a balance of concept, process, history, experimentation, problem solving and discovery.

Materials Included: the following list of materials is provided for the student

  • All encaustic paints, encaustic medium, encaustic gesso, soy wax, tools and equipment
  • a variety of pigment sticks and blending medium
  • Sumi ink & other misc. drawing media
  • Misc. drawing papers
  • Paper towels/rags
  • Extra encaustic brushes

What to bring: the following is a list of materials for the student to bring to the workshop

  • Sketchbook/notebook, pencil or pen for note taking
  • 1-2 drawing media of your choice (pencil, pastel, conte charcoal, oil pastel, Crayon, graphite, felt pen, etc.)
  • Closed toe shoes for safety in the studio
  • Lunch and beverage each day (if not purchasing the accommodation plan with Lareau)
  • 6-10 wooden painting panels (your preference of 8×8 or 10×10, but no larger or smaller, please) Other suggested substrates are: masonite (coated with encaustic gesso), Ampersand Encausticbord, matt board, etc. (nothing coated in acrylic or acrylic gesso!!)
  • 2-4 actual OR images of your work, digital prints or phone/iPad sharing is fine
  • 5-10 hake or hog’s bristle natural hair brushes in 1-2 inch sizes for encaustic painting (1 brush will be designated your medium brush, so it must be free of color if you are bringing used brushes)
  • Optional Materials Smock, any encaustic paint color or pigment stick color you favor, iwatani torch with extra butane, any tool or material for any technique that you normally employ while working with encaustic, textured objects and/or sharp ended tool for pressing into/incising/writing/drawing into wax.

Hiking + Yoga Equipment Recommendations

  • Sturdy hiking shoes/boots
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Butt pack or small backpack
  • Light rainwear
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Digital Camera or smart phone or point and shoot camera or DSLR
  • Bag for collecting found materials
  • A yoga mat, eye pillow, and comfortable layered clothing for yoga practice

Cancellation In the event that you need to cancel your workshop, please notify Lorraine at least 15 days prior to the start of the workshop and your deposit will be refunded. No refunds will be available for cancellations occurring less than 30 days from the start of the workshop. For Registration, Please Contact: Lorraine Glessner, lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com