Urban Transformations: An Exploration of Materials & Place


Every building, every storefront, seemed to open onto a different world, compressing all the variety of human life into a jumble of possibilities made all the richer by the conjunctions.
–Rebecca Solnit

Who: Jeff Hirst & Lorraine Glessner

Jeffrey Hirst, who has both a BFA and MFA in printmaking, has been exhibiting his work since 1987 and has shown extensively across the United States and Europe. Hirst’s work has been shown at The Minneapolis Institute of Art, the McKinney Contemporary in Dallas, Butters Gallery in Portland, Oregon and Arte Internazionale in Matera, Italy. Hirst has taught workshops since 2005 and teaches at venues across the U.S. In 2016, he will teach at Truro Center for the Arts in MA, Collowhee Mountain Arts in NC, Ah Haa School of Arts in CO, R & F Handmade Paints in NY, and Grand Marais Art Colony in MN and also teaches printmaking and encaustic workshops at his Chicago studio. Hirst is the owner of Hirst Printmaking, a printshop and teaching facility where research and exploration in experimental print ideas meld encaustic, printmaking and sculpture. Hirst Printmaking hosts visiting artists who come to Chicago and teach workshops that specialize in painting, printmaking and sculpture.

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 has been 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.

Urban Transformations: An Exploration of Materials & Place
Limited to 10 participants! Sign up now!
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
$600 + $65 materials fee

Contact: Jeff Hirst, jeff@jeffreyhirst.com

Rebecca Solnit writes, ‘Cities have always offered anonymity, variety and conjunction, qualities best basked in by walking… A city always contains more than inhabitant can know, and a great city always makes the unknown and the possible spurs to the imagination.’ This workshop begins with a walking tour of Chicago’s Bridgeport section and the area around the Bridgeport Art Center, in which participants will mine the streets through listening, mapping, touching and collecting raw and image based materials from which to work. Working with fabric, wood and paper, participants will experiment with innovative materials, drawing and marks to depict the spirit and essence of the urban environment while also developing a personal artistic voice. Layers of screen printing under and on top of encaustic, rust/copper printing, branding and considerations of the use of the grid as a conceptual as well as compositional tool will also be discussed. 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.

Where: Jeff Hirst’s amazing new studio in Chicago…Jeff Hirst’s new studio is in the Bridgeport Art Center in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. The new studio is 1300 sqft and includes a non-toxic printmaking studio specializing in screen printing, intaglio, and experimental printmaking and encaustic work. The Bridgeport Art Center has many artists working within the building and other locations in the neighborhood include the Zhou B Art Center just down the street. The Bridgeport Art Center is a 500,000 sqft building that was a former sewing machine factory and sits on the banks of the Chicago river. The Bridgeport Art Center hosts many events and recently hosted President Obama’s 50th birthday party.

When: September 30-October 2, 2016, 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
  • drawing papers
  • Salt
  • Extra rusty objects for printing
  • Brushes for water media
  • Rubber bands/string for shibori
  • Rags/paper towels
  • palettes,
  • branding tools
  • sewing maching/sewing thread
  • solvy
  • Silkscreen frames and mesh
  • All screenprinting equipment
  • Gesso
  • R & F Pigment Sticks
  • Screenprinting inks
  • Encaustic Gesso
  • Unbraced Baltic birch ¼” 8” x 8” panels
  • There will be 10 Iwantani torch heads available in the studio with butane canisters available for purchase for those who are traveling.

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
  • Comfortable walking shoes and light jacket for outdoors
  • Lunch and beverage each day
  • 4-6 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 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
  • textured objects and/or sharp ended tool for pressing into/incising/writing/drawing into wax.
  • 1 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 stencil.
  • rusty metal objects or objects that will rust
  • ½-1 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. Alternatives are old sheets and/or tshirts that have been frequently washed.
  • Portable sewing machine (optional) (a sewing machine will be available for class use, however, if you can bring one, this would be very helpful) (if you do bring a machine, please bring either black or white sewing thread.)
  • Digital Camera or smart phone or point and shoot camera or DSLR
  • Participants are asked to send 1 jpeg prior to class and once registered, will receive an email about this.

Payment Payment of 50% of the workshop fee + materials ($332.50) is due at the time of registration with the remaining 50% ($332.50) due on the first day of the workshop. Please contact Jeff for payment details.

Cancellation In the event that you need to cancel your workshop, please notify Jeff 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 Hotel recommendations coming soon!

Food There will be no food or beverages served during the workshop, you must bring lunch, snacks and beverages each day. Restaurant recommendations coming soon!

Author: lorraineglessner

I'm a mixed media artist, workshop instructor and former assistant professor at tyler school of art in Philadelphia, PA.

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