Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Abstract Drawing and Painting on Unconventional Surfaces"
June 14-19, 2020
 

In this workshop students will prepare their supports using a variety of materials (cement, plaster, collaged papers) as ground layers for painting and drawing. Then using pigment sticks, carbon, charcoal, paint (oil or acrylic), a variety of mediums with the student’s choice of oil based media or water base, (cold wax, alkyds, solvents for oil, or water based mediums for acrylic – oil pigment sticks may be used with oil painting or as a top layer on acrylics). All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $700 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Advanced Painting"
June 14-19, 2020
 

Take your painting to a higher level of commitment and meaningfulness with Lisa Pressman’s Master Class. Lisa is known for her intuitive and conceptual abstract paintings – always with a subconscious narrative that reveals itself along the way. She has a unique gift of working with her students and helping them to discover underlying themes or emotions in their work. Her workshops are often transformative, as she helps her students excavate what is “really going on” in their work. Our focus will be on content, inspirations and moving out of your comfort zone. We will be revisiting the fundamentals of design along with “freeing up” exercises, group collaborations, power points and demos that show new ways to approach your paintings.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $900 + $95 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Collage, Fiber, and Encaustic"
June 14-19, 2020
 

Whether you have a story to tell or want to dig deeper into your own artistic motivations, we will look at how the pieces of our histories come together to influence how we work and what we create. Using fabric and paper, we will make our own collage materials to embed into encaustic. Techniques will include many fabric, paper and encaustic processes such as gestural mark-making, batik, sun printing, image transfer, staining and stenciling. Topics of discussion and slide presentations will include working with modules and in a series, layering and depth, transparency and opacity, repetition and pattern, display and finishing options. Emphasis will be placed on cultivating your own visual language. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Susan Stover
Cost: $800 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Painting – Oil & Cold Wax"
June 14-19, 2020
 

Based upon Jim’s successful approach Process; Purpose; Passion this workshop explores the versatility and limitless possibilities of combining oil paint with cold wax medium. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Learn how to combine these media successfully, as well as incorporate pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and more to create rich textures and resonant fields of color. Beginning with technical demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you will gain a basic understanding of the properties and handling of the medium. Once comfortable with the basics, you will look at form and content, such as deliberate and accidental mark making, starting points, and working in a series.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: James Scherbarth
Cost: $675 + $65 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Alternative Printmaking Explorations"
June 14-19, 2020
 

This printmaking class is designed to explore each individual artist’s personal vision using the processes that will be presented during the class. The class is for artists with no printmaking experience to advanced printmakers. The emphasis will be on found materials and using found surfaces to develop print imagery that reflects each artist’s vision. Materials such as cardboard, recycled wood, and plastics will be used and incorporated into making printing plates. The class will also cover encaustic collagraph, carborundum printing, some silkscreen, chine colle, and drypoint and investigate how these processes can be used with found materials. The class uses non-toxic materials and multi-color printmaking will be covered. Students need only to bring pencils, pens, and erasers.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Jeff Hirst
Cost: $775 + $125 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Mixed Media and Encaustic: Fiber & Structure"
June 28 - July 2, 2020
 

With an emphasis on mixed-media, this workshop is specially created to address the interests of artists working in fiber and fiber related techniques such as quilting, weaving and surface design. The basics of working in encaustic will be covered and expanded. Lorraine will demonstrate encaustic application techniques that can be used to enhance or create; structure, texture, color mixing, layers, surface manipulation, and the creation of pattern using stencils, candy molds and tjaps. Working two or three dimensionally, participants will be encouraged to develop a personal vocabulary and explore their individual interests. By combining the infinite possibilities of encaustic in combination with fiber structures, surfaces and stitch, each student’s interest can be explored.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: $650 + $65 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Paint Bigger: From the Ground Up"
August 6-11, 2020
 

By using unconventional materials (rags, sticks, scrapers) as well as brushes we are given the opportunity to loosen our grips on what we think painting should be. Gestural movement, mark making, shape and color will all be explored and how we create a composition. This is not limited to just abstraction. Landscape- abstract landscape- how we approach a portrait all will be considered. We will however use our imaginations as a reference point. Relying on memory of place or emotions to be our guide. Content will be explored and encouraged as an intuitive and organic process. We will still our minds through morning meditations that are focused on connecting to your inner muse.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Lauren Mantecón
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $25
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"4 X 4: Abstraction By Design"
August 6-11, 2020
 

In this 4 1/2 – day workshop we will be creating a modular (4 over 4) panel installation. Each panel should work on their own and be integral to the installation as well. We will establish a limited color palette with both our collage papers and paint. This parameter allows us to fully focus on our design, mark making and balance skills, as well as allowing a manageable interplay between our panels.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Michael Schemchuk
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $65
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


 

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