Ask me the names for the grazing lands, I know them all; the Meadow between the Cliffs, the Green Slope, the Shadowed Grass.
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Who: Susan Stover & Lorraine Glessner
Susan Stover received a MFA from California College of Art in Oakland, CA and a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with both degrees concentrating in a combination of textiles and painting. Her interest in ethnic patterns, fabrics, worn surfaces and textures are evident in her work. Among her professional experience is faculty at University of California-Davis, lab technician at CCA, and 10 years at Jacquard Products, a manufacturer of textile pigments and dyes. She has presented at CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) and NAMTA (National Art Materials Trade Association) trade shows, the International Encaustic Artists conference and teaches workshops nationally and internationally. Her paintings are in many private collections and her work was included in Encaustic Revelation by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, Studio Visit, Wax and Paper Workshop by Michelle Belto, Expressive Collage by Crystal Neubauer, Gathering Clouds – A Magazine of Contemporary Art, FiberArts, Surface Design Journal and American Craft magazines .
Lorraine Glessner’s love of surface, pattern, markmaking, image and landscape has led her to combine disparate materials and processes such as silk, wood, branding, rust, paper and more in her work. Lorraine is an 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 exhibited locally and nationally in galleries, 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.
Exploring Land(scape) With Pattern & Encaustic: A Wine Country Coastal Retreat
Limited to 10 participants! Sign up now!
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
$795 + $50 materials fee
Contact: Lorraine Glessner, firstname.lastname@example.org
The mark of nature combined with encaustic painting creates timeless works which reference memory, change and time. Whether inspired by patterns and textures of distant lands or the immediate environment, we will utilize the natural luminosity, textural and layering possibilities of encaustic in combination with pattern and repetition on fabric and paper. Participants will experiment with innovative materials, drawing and marks to depict the spirit and essence of the land as each chooses to define it. 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 such as patterned collage, stencils, candy molds, tjaps, and pyrography (creating marks with heated metal and wood burning tools). Considerations such as using pattern and repetition to support and/or strengthen content as well as presentations by both instructors on their inspirations and how it relates to the subject of lands/landscape will also be discussed. Daily walks exploring the area’s vineyards, orchards, redwood forests and the Pacific coast are led by Susan and Lorraine and will provide the inspiration for which to develop ideas while also developing your personal artistic voice through listening, mapping, touching, collecting and communing with nature through all of the senses. Optional individual critiques with both instructors will be offered to all participants.
**Please note that participants should be prepared to spend time outside as well as in the studio. In the event that participants are unable to participate in the workshop walks, participants are welcome to opt out and alternative outdoor creative exercises will be provided.
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Where: Nestled in the northern California wine country among vineyards and apple orchards our rural location is just 55 miles north of San Francisco, 12 miles west of Santa Rosa and 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean in a small town called Graton. Spring is a gorgeous time in the wine country with orchard blossoms and green hills.
When: April 16-20, 2018, 10am-4pm each day
Materials Included: the following is a list of materials provided for the student
- All encaustic paints, extra medium, tools and equipment
- Extra encaustic brushes
- Graphite paper & other misc. drawing media
- Misc. drawing papers
- Silk paints/dye-na-flow
- instant indigo
- Rusty objects for printing
- Brushes for water media
- Rubber bands/string for shibori
- Rags/paper towels
- Needle/thread for hand stitch and/or stitched shibori
- tjanting tools
- freezer paper
- paper punches
- candy molds
- pyrography tools
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
- Smock (optional)
- Closed toe shoes for safety in the studio
- Lunch and beverage each day
- 6-10 wooden painting panels (your preference of 8×8 or 10×10, but no larger or smaller, please) Experimentation is great! You must bring the wooden painting panels, but other suggested substrates are: stiff card, paper, masonite, board, plexiglass, etc. (nothing coated in acrylic or acrylic gesso!!) wooden panels will also be available for sale in the studio during the workshop.
- 2-4 actual pieces or images of your work
- 5-10 natural hair brushes in various 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)
- a variety of basic encaustic colors will be provided, however, if you prefer certain colors, please bring them. (containers provided)
- a variety of pigment sticks will be provided, however, if you prefer certain colors, please bring them.
- sketchbook or drawing paper (again, think experimentation! Bring a variety of papers if possible)
- drawing media of your choice (pencil, pastel, conte charcoal, oil pastel, Crayon, graphite, felt pen, etc.)
- any tool or material for any technique that you normally employ while working with encaustic
- iwatani torch with extra butane (optional)
- textured objects and/or sharp ended tool for pressing into/incising/writing/drawing into wax.
- 2 lb encaustic medium (containers provided)
- package of razor blades (holder optional)
- decorative stencils, mesh, doilies, etc-anything flat with open areas that can be used as a
- Collage materials (fabric, papers, magazine images, photographs, etc)
- 2 yard, even-weave, white or light colored natural fabric for rust/compost printing and painting. RTD or PFD fabrics are preferred and are available from com. (habotai and cotton sheeting work well) Alternatives are old sheets and/or tshirts that have been frequently washed.
- freezer paper
- a favorite book to share
Hiking Equipment Recommendations
- Sturdy hiking shoes/boots
- Comfortable clothing
- Light rainwear
- water bottle
- Digital Camera or smart phone or point and shoot camera or DSLR
- plastic bag for gathering
Payment Payment of 50% of the workshop fee + materials ($422.50) is due at the time of registration with the remaining 50% ($422.50) due on the first day of the workshop. Please contact Lorraine for payment details.
Cancellation In the event that you need to cancel your workshop, please notify Lorraine at least 30 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.
Accommodations The closest accommodations are in Sebastopol and there are 2 hotels in town: The Fairfield Marriot www.winecountryhi.com and The Sebastopol Inn www.sebastopolinn.com. There are also numerous bed and breakfasts in the area and hotels in Santa Rosa.
Food There will be no food or beverages served during the workshop, you must bring lunch, snacks and beverages each day. There are numerous excellent restaurants in Sebastopol and surrounding area. There is also a Whole Foods as well as other grocery stores.
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