Abstracting the Landscape En Plein-Air with Encaustic: A Vermont Artist Retreat

Using Vermont’s ever-changing light and stunningly diverse landscape as muse, this retreat experience is designed for artists interested in transitioning to an abstract encaustic painting style while also developing a unique creative voice.

Treat nature by the sphere, the cylinder and the cone…
Sometimes I imagine colors as if they were living ideas, being of pure reason with which to communicate. Nature is not on the surface, it is deep down.
~Paul Cezanne

Image: Kelly Milukas

What Abstracting the Landscape En Plein-Air with Encaustic: A Vermont Artist Retreat

When August 15-19, 2022

Monday 7-9pm Orientation
Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4:00pm Workshop Hours
Tuesday-Thursday, 6:00-9pm optional night studio hours

(Scroll down for detailed daily itinerary)

Where  Lareau Farm Inn, Waitsfield, Vermont

Limited to 12 participants!
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
$1800 includes accommodations** (See the list of available rooms below), breakfast and lunch and most workshop materials (see supply list below)

Not Interested in Lareau Inn Accommodations, breakfast or lunch?
$1000 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 Lareau Inn 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 14, 2022

Forgiveness
Patience
Beauty
Love

Additional Accommodations are available at Waitsfield Inn and Featherbed Inn which are within one mile of Lareau Inn.
**Please Note 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.

Payment Payment of 50% of the workshop fee + materials + accommodations ($900 if paying via check or Venmo, $932 if paying via Paypal) is due at the time of registration with the remaining 50% ($900) due approximately 6 weeks before the workshop date. Please contact Lorraine for payment details.

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

Who A collaborative teaching venture with Kelly Milukas &
Lorraine Glessner (Scroll down for more about Lorraine and Leah)

Workshop Description
Using Vermont’s ever-changing light and stunningly diverse landscape as muse, this retreat experience is designed for artists interested in transitioning to an abstract encaustic painting style while also developing a unique creative voice. Traditional en plein air image gathering techniques are combined with guided studies exploring new ways of seeing and simplifying color, value, texture and form. Outdoor studies are then translated into encaustic paintings using comprehensive translucency, layering and color mixing techniques, which may be combined with collage and/or mixed media to make the abstract landscape your own. Considerations of our body’s connection and its direct relationship to landscape will also be discussed through journaling, readings and expressive mark-making exercises. 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. Any participant unable to take part in the outdoor activities are welcome to opt out and alternative indoor creative exercises will be provided.

Detailed Workshop Itinerary

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

Tuesday 9-4:00 Workshop, 6:00-9:00pm Optional Night Studio
We will start the day en plein air, learning how to select a composition, rough out the values, identify and combine forms within the landscape. Back at the studio a comprehensive discussion and demos of encaustic color mixing, color to value color matching, translucency and layering is the main focus for the afternoon. Lorraine will introduce a series of fun encaustic painting exercises designed to sharpen your encaustic color, application and layering expertise. Kelly and Lorraine will begin conducting personalized individual mentoring sessions.

Wednesday 9-4:00 Workshop, 6:00-9:00pm Optional Night Studio
A deeper dive into the plein air image gathering experience to include a more complex visual area, a focus on texture as well as further exploration of synthesizing form, value and layering color to capture mood. Continued color and value matching to amplify or mute your abstract compositions.
Later, Lorraine and Kelly will introduce encaustic collage, texture, surface manipulation and mark-making exercises, encouraging students to think creatively, symbolically and intuitively throughout the creative process. Kelly and Lorraine will continue conducting personalized individual mentoring sessions.

Thursday 9-4:00 Workshop, 6:00-9:00pm Optional Night Studio
After morning discussion, we will continue with uninterrupted work time to further explore abstracting the landscape using encaustic collage, surface manipulation, translucency, layers and mark-making to build a series that expresses your personal connection to the landscape.
Take the rest of the afternoon to experiment with marks, make color studies, ask questions, request informal demos, and continue with individual discussions with Kelly and Lorraine.

Friday 9:00am-1:00pm Workshop
Morning work time to complete projects, look at books, journal your thoughts and continued individual mentoring with Lorraine and Kelly. Late morning project show and tell with the group, lunch, 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 Kelly and Lorraine.
  • 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.

SCROLL DOWN TO THE END OF THIS POST TO SEE Images of student work and fun scenes from encaustic retreats at Lareau Farm Inn in 2021, student work and images from other workshops taught by Kelly and Lorraine.
For more images of past Artist Retreats co-taught by Lorraine visit here, here and here. Additional blog posts related to artist retreats co-taught by Lorraine are here, here and here..

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 and Barn is the perfect place to spark and inspire your artist vision. Our workshop studio is 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. Visit Lareau Farm Inn Web Site for more images and information.


About Kelly Milukas

http://kellymilukas.com
Instagram @kellymilukas
Kelly Milukas, professional working and teaching artist, art & science residency collaborator, is an award-winning multi-media artist whose practice began as a sculptor and has expanded her art making include pastel and encaustic painting. Big, bold, brave color, shape and texture, define her broad and diverse subject matter. Her “Keys to Cures” have been exhibited in many venues including the International Encaustic Museum, Sante Fe, NM, her solo exhibitions at the Ronald Reagan International Forum, in Washington, DC, the
Museum at Palm Beach Photographic Centre, FL, and the Regenerative Medicine Forum in Berkeley, CA. Her artwork is in national museums, international private and corporate collections, and been visible at international art fairs such as Red Dot Miami, and Boston International Art Fairs. She has served as a curator and juror, and her ability to communicate her ideas has established her as a respected and sought-after instructor and speaker in museums, arts and science forums, universities, and arts organizations. She is a juried artist member of the Salmagundi Club, the founding President Emerita and member of the South Coast Artists, RI & MA, and a past President of the Providence Art Club, the 3 rd oldest art club in the
United States founded in 1880.

About Lorraine Glessner


lorraineglessner.net
Instagram @lorraineglessner1
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.

Workshop Supplies & Materials

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

  • All encaustic paints, encaustic medium, tools and equipment
  • a variety of pigment sticks
  • Sumi ink & other misc. drawing media
  • Misc. drawing papers
  • Paper towels/rags
  • Extra encaustic brushes
  • Stencils and other textures
  • Misc. collage materials
  • Extra rice/printing papers for encaustic monoprint

What to bring: the following is a list of materials for the student to bring to the workshop (Visit Lorraine’s Amazon Store for Art Supply/Portable Art Supply Ideas)

  • Sketchbook/notebook, pencil or pen for note taking (you need this sketchbook only in the case that like your notes separate from your sketches)
  • Portable watercolor sketchbook (lay flat size 9 x 12, mixed media or watercolor sketchbook, heavy stock to withstand wet media, encaustic sketching and color matching, Strathmore 300 Mixed Media (117 lb) is an excellent choice)
  • 1-2 drawing media of your choice (pencil, pastel, conte charcoal, oil pastel, Crayon, graphite, Sharpie felt pen, etc.)
  • Tombow 56171 Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Grayscale, 10-Pack. Blendable, Brush and Fine Tip Markers
  • Portable gouache or watercolor drawing media of your choice for plein air (make sure you have black watercolor and/or black and white gouache)
  • Color Wheel The Artist’s View Catcher
  • Water brush (1/2 to 1 inch flats to paint simple shapes)
  • Low tack masking tape
  • Absorbent papers for encaustic monoprinting (rice, masa, other printing papers)
  • Closed toe shoes for safety in the studio
  • 4-6 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, MultiMedia Art Board. If you decide to bring something other than what is suggested here, it must be rigid and not coated in acrylic or acrylic gesso!!
  • 2-4 actual OR images of your work, digital prints or phone/iPad sharing is fine
  • 5-7 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)
  • materials for collage (fabric, papers, magazine images, photos, etc.)
  • 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, flat edge catalyst wedge for mixing color palettes, 1-2 inspiring books to share with the class.

Hiking Equipment Recommendations

  • Sturdy hiking shoes/boots
  • Small waterproof cushion or portable chair
  • Butt pack or small backpack
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Light rainwear
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • For art supply/portable art supply/hiking or travel ideas, visit Lorraine’s Amazon Store

Cancellation
Please note a $100 cancelation processing fee will be deducted from any refund.
In the event that you need to cancel your workshop, please notify Lorraine via email.
Cancelations made 30 days or more from the workshop start date will be refunded their deposit (minus $100 processing fee).
Cancelations made 30 days or less from the workshop start date will be refunded their deposit (minus $100 processing fee) only if the space can be filled. If the space cannot be filled, no refund will be issued.

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

Workshop Image Gallery
Images of student work and fun scenes from encaustic retreats at Lareau Farm Inn in 2021, student work and images from other workshops taught by Kelly and Lorraine.
For more images of past Artist Retreats co-taught by Lorraine visit here, here and here. Additional blog posts related to artist retreats co-taught by Lorraine are here, here and here..

Image Credit: Kelly Milukas & Lorraine Glessner

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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