So now it is August...and I suppose I should start blogging about the new workshops I debuted in the spring of this year. First up is Encaustic Homebodies! In this workshop, students learned some new techniques for creating and using their own fabrics and photos in their encaustic work. We also covered some basic principles in working with encaustic medium such as fusing, layering, carving and back-filling, to name a few! To augment their 2-D work, students also hand-stiched a small fabric 3-D house that was attached to the cradled hardboard with wax.
Here is what the lovely students from ArtFest 2012 came up with! Be ready for some serious eye-candy!
Wonderful skeleton leaf inclusion above and some great inscribing and back-filling below!
Hard at work...
A paper ruff is a wonderful accessory...
Real butterfly wings and a lovely gem tintype!
Some had to sacrifice for their art...the electrical system in the classroom gave us fits!
But definitely worth the sacrifice!
Love the idea of a cut out window to showcase the tintype! And beautiful color added with colored pencils!
Leaving the threads free for added interest and dimension!
Carol works on adding some inscribed wording to her house...
The edges of this fabric house were treated with ink!
Pencil doodles in the background and wonderfully inscribed words...
As always, one of the biggest joys I receive from teaching is watching all of the creative students come up with new ideas, each one going in a unique direction to make their art their own! Look at how each photo was treated differently...
Here is what one student wrote to me (unsolicited) after the workshop: "I would love to be on your email list and would definitely love to come to more of your workshops... I must tell you that I have been inspired by your work. Your recent workshop at the Artfest was stimulating and gave me confidence in my own abilities to express myself through my art. I too work carefully and methodically and sometimes I felt that those were not qualities found in a 'true' artist and their work. But you showed me that the way you work is part of your style and your artistic voice and yes, there is room for artists like us in this world! Thank you!" It is comments like this one that keep me sharing and teaching...thank you.
If you think this workshop looks like fun (and it really is!), I will be teaching it at several venues later this year, along with several other encaustic classes! See the schedule on the front page of my blog to find a location near you...or one you might like to travel to! Stay tuned...my next post will be on student work from another encaustic workshop, Encaustic Lighthouses!