Exploring Landscape in a Live Virtual Encaustic Workshop

With the pandemic keeping us all close to home, its more important than ever to be able to find inspiration literally in your own backyard or close-by. I highlight the live, virtual encaustic workshop I am teaching December 6-11.

I’m grabbing my paints and jumping on the virtual teaching bandwagon along with so many of my esteemed teaching artist colleagues. I still, and with excited anticipation, very much intend to honor my in-person teaching workshop contracts coming up later in the year. But it is with equally excited anticipation that I highlight the quickly approaching live, virtual encaustic workshop I am teaching December 6-11 in collaboration with Wild Rice Retreats.
Visit The Workshop Web Page for more information and registration.

Exploring Landscape Through Encaustic & The Mark Live, Virtual Workshop

This workshop is one of my favorite in-person teaching experiences. I designed this workshop with the desire to share all of my favorite things-art, hiking and teaching-together in one class and in its 5th year it is still going strong. Everyone explores the outdoors differently and through class discussions and individual work, we all see, experience and learn from one another’s creative vision to experience the essence of the land through all of the senses. With the pandemic keeping us all close to home, its more important than ever to be able to find inspiration literally in your own backyard or close-by. Because we will all be in various states and/or countries for this virtual workshop, the group exploration of the various locales will be that much more exciting and expansive. I am currently working on new journaling, mark-making and painting exercises that are sure to inspire you out of stay-at-home humdrum. I very much look forward to creatively exploring your landscape and this virtual workshop platform with you.

Official Workshop Description

The mark of nature combined with encaustic painting creates timeless works which 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. 

Daily journaling, meditation, readings and expressive mark-making exercises along with leisurely walks exploring the outdoors provide the inspiration for which to develop ideas for series based work while also developing your personal artistic voice. 

Through listening, mapping, touching, collecting and communing with nature through all of the senses, our body’s connection and its direct relationship to landscape is explored and experienced. 

**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 take part in outdoor activities, participants are welcome to opt out and alternative indoor creative exercises will be provided.

To enhance your Virtual Live Retreat with Wild Rice Retreat, the following will be included in your registration:

  1. Welcome box featuring Wild Rice Retreat favorites and goodies to enhance your experience.
  2. Student Work Show posted on the Wild Rice Retreat Website at completion of online retreat
  3. Optional Individual meetings with instructor.
  4. Visit The Workshop Web Page for more information and registration.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (May be subject to slight changes)

SUNDAY, December 6, 5:00pm CST
Welcome and informal meet and greet with instructor and participants.

DAY 1: Monday, December 7
9:30am-11:30am CST
We will begin with brief discussion, settling and experiencing the moment. We will take a virtual 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 as well as a brief brush making demo and encaustic monoprint/work on paper demo. Lorraine will introduce a mixed media exercise inspired by our morning hike in which we will use collected materials from the hike to make marks and generate ideas. 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.

Optional Afternoon Session (Time TBA)
Optional group time for students to share, discuss their work, ask questions of Lorraine.

DAY 2: Tuesday, December 8
9:30am-11am CST
Discussion of drawings and findings from the day before and possibilities for further study. 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. Basic encaustic painting, color mixing demonstration. Throughout the day, optional individual meetings with Lorraine., individual time to work on projects/assignments.

Optional Afternoon Session (Time TBA)
Optional group time for students to share, discuss their work, ask questions of Lorraine.

DAY 3: Wednesday, December 9
9:30am-11:00am CST
Lorraine will begin with a discussion of paintings, drawings and findings from the day before and possibilities for further study. After discussion, Lorraine will present a basic collage demonstration and further monoprint/work on paper techniques. We will continue with uninterrupted work time for refining drawings, painting, working toward a series and optional individual discussions with Lorraine throughout the day.

Optional Afternoon Session (Time TBA)
Optional group time for students to share, discuss their work, ask questions of Lorraine.

DAY 4: Thursday, December 10
9:30am-11:30am CST
After morning 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. Lorraine will also demonstrate the use of horsehair as well as introduce other interesting mark making products suitable for encaustic. Throughout the day, individual time to work on projects/assignments.

Optional Afternoon Session (Time TBA)
Optional group time for students to share, discuss their work, ask questions of Lorraine.

DAY 5: Friday, December 11
9:30am-11:30am CST
Discussion and wrap-up show and tell led by Lorraine.          

Visit The Workshop Web Page for more information and registration.

What Else?

  1. Color relationships, composition, application, content, proportion, scale as an effective foundation for other painterly information.
  2. Learn how to use encaustic’s strengths (layering, transparency, luminosity) to tell your story.
  3. Mark-making exercises geared toward making simple or complex marks to generate a personal language.
  4. 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.
  5. Some guided meditation time, planned hiking geared toward your locale will relax and open your mind and spirit to the land, helping to support and nurture your unique creative voice.
  6. A slide talk with examples of contemporary artists whose work applies the ideas and concepts discussed in the workshop is offered for inspiration.
  7. Lots of open studio time to explore and interpret the inspiration gained from the meditations and hikes.

Still on the fence?

Visit this post, this post, and this post to see highlights and student work from past Retreats similar in content to this workshop. Visit this post and this post to see how I combine art, hiking and landscape in my personal work.

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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