Thursday, July 28, 2011

may workshops part 2

gorgeous texture by martha skarlinski, maggie's sweet collage, sally's fun crackle textured collage, monica's texture bling, eva trout's color, charlotte toal's collages just get better and better, charlotte ka's vibrant work, john's interesting painting incorporating images, ellie steines gorgeous landscape with meticulous notes, a beautiful piece by judy musser

my second workshop for the month of may was an advanced encaustic workshop in pittsburgh at the society for contemporary craft. i've been teaching encaustic workshops for seven years and surprisingly, this was the first specifically advanced workshop i've taught. the workshop was filled at ten participants, most of whom had taken the beginner's encaustic workshop from me last year (see this post and this one) or earlier in the month (monday's post this week), so i couldn't repeat any techniques i had already taught in that workshop. learning and teaching new techniques is always a challenge, but it's a challenge i love! in this workshop, i concentrated on texture and incorporated materials like plaster, tyvek, aqua dispersion pigments, graphite powder, foiling with techniques like working with stencils, creating plaids with masks and parchment paper decals (my very new invention-stay tuned!) we also discussed and experimented with various waxes, cool tools like metal eyedroppers, plaster tools and tjantings. the workshop concluded with an informative discussion on marketing oneself as an artist, approaching galleries and of course, the mini-critique discussion, which is always my favorite part of any workshop. the workshop was a hit and will be taught again next year at scc, dates still pending. the participants in this workshop were ellie steines, maggie muller, charlotte toal, charlotte ka, judy musser, eva trout, martha skarlinski, john skrabalak, sally adler, monica zettler-segal.

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