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In Partnership with the Center for Enamel Art and Silvera Jewelry School
Granular Spray, Sgraffito, and Watercolor Enamel with Alisa Looney (online)
June 19 – June 27
Expand your artistic tool kit by learning to sgraffito with ease in liquid enamel, and no more chipping! We will work on pre-enameled steel, adding layers of glass with granular spray, sgraffito and watercolor techniques to create colorful, custom surface treatments.
Join Alisa Looney as she shows us how to use spray application to achieve a buttery smooth surface and create extremely detailed sgraffito designs. Alisa will show you how to add color with watercolor enamels on top of your sgraffito for a rich, layered, and colorful effect!
Design, cut and prepare pre-enameled steel for enameling. Copper shapes can also be used. Learn to apply white liquid enamel with the granular spray technique, resulting in a powdered finish that allows you to sgraffito (scratch) clean lines with ease and control when making marks, textures and/or drawings into the surface. Experiment with several sgraffito tools to create varied line qualities and thicknesses in mark making such as cross hatching, stippling, brushing and combing.
This technique opens avenues for the freedom to work in any virtually any style: loose and expressive or detailed and precise. After firing the white layer, you will add depth and color by painting with Watercolor Enamels. Appropriate kiln-firing temps and techniques for each layer will be covered. You can expect to complete a series of small panels and jewelry elements during this workshop. Live demos and instruction in four separate three-hour zoom sessions will allow plenty of time to practice between sessions.
ALL LEVELS WELCOME! Prior enameling experience is recommended. Kilns are required for this workshop.
Saturday and Sundays 10 AM to 1PM Pacific Time
June 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2020
Materials List: Provided after registration
Registration: Maximum of 15
Refund Policy: No refunds unless your workshop position can be filled by another person.
A fun video showing Alisa’s sgraffito process, drawing into the granular spray layer, using a sharp pin-pen tool, ending with close up (before firing in the kiln).
MORE ONLINE WORKSHOPS COMING SOON FROM OUR STUDIO:
In March 2020 we made the difficult decision to postpone our in-person workshops until further notice. We have been turning our attention to creating our online offerings and we are working very hard to get them out to our students as soon as possible. We will be offering online classes in enameling with granular spray and lino-cut block printing, and will gradually expand from there.
We are so sorry to cancel our in-studio workshops as we very much enjoy working with you, our students, in person.
Please keep an eye out for our online workshop announcements, which will launch in the near future. If you would like to be on our email list, please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much for your patience and support while we adapt to the new normal.
Blessings and Health to you all,
Alisa and Wade
Alisa and Wade
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Bend Studio Workshops:
We love having students come to our studio for workshops in and around our studio nestled under a beautiful stand of Ponderosa pines, along our sweet little Deschutes River canal in the Sunriver area, 20 minutes south of Bend.
When it is safe again, we invite you to connect to nature on a deeper level beginning with a sketch while sitting under the Pines and viewing our canal dotted with birds. Then explore your collected sketches further by carving and printing a striking lino-cut block print, or painting in glass on steel to create jewelry, sculpture or panels. Check our our blog to see photos of recent workshops in our studio.
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If you don’t see a workshop that fits your schedule, feel free to give us a call to schedule a time for you and your family or group to come out for an art adventure made especially for you! We look forward to creating with you!
A fun video showing some of wade’s processes: carving woodblock, printing and adding watercolor to create a monoprint.
S T U D I O W O R K S H O P S C H E D U L E :
B L O C K P R I N T I N G W O R K S H O P S
During these 4-week workshops, Wade Womack will lead you through the process of reduction block printing, teach you how to think about line, design and composition using multiple color plates. On week 1 you will design and carve the first color plate, and print the full edition of that color. On week 2 the first print will be dry and you will carve into the same block to create the second color plate and print the entire edition with the second color, in registration. On the third week, the third color and so on.
- Hours: Day 1: 10am-5 pm; Day 2, 3 & 4: 10 am-2pm
- $380, includes materials
E N A M E L I N G W O R K S H O PS
Intro to Enameling – Earrings and Pendant with Alisa Looney – 1-Day workshops
Fusing glass to steel is an ancient form of alchemy that is being used today to create colorful and lasting artwork. During these 1-Day Workshops Alisa Looney will lead you through the process of creating your own pair of earrings and pendant from start to finish.
Enamel (glass) on steel jewelry is lightweight and fun to wear! The earrings and pendant shown above are student samples to give you an idea of what is possible. You are welcome to use ideas from references we have on hand, or invent a design of your own, working from sketches, photos, doodles or patterns that inspire you.
- 10 am – 5 pm
- $15 materials fee due at time of workshop
Draw & Paint with Enamel (glass) on Steel 4-Day Workshops with Alisa Looney
Go into depth with enamel on steel at our Bend, Oregon Studio.
These 4-day workshops are each open to 5 participants to create a wall relief or sculpture, jewelry elements & small test panels. Learn to design, cut and shape steel, prepare surface, then apply several Kiln-fired layers of glass to create a lustrous and colorful finish that will never fade.
- Hours daily: 10-5, with lunch break from 1-2.
- $450, plus $45 materials fee, (Min. Deposit of $250 to hold your space, Balance of $200, plus $45 Materials fee due on first day of workshop)
Two Dates to choose from in 2020:
Online Classes on the way!
Those of you who have been waiting for my online classes will soon be pleasantly surprised! Thank you for your patience.
We have been taking some fantastic videos, photos and detailed notes of our process over the past few years and have some incredible tools and techniques to share with you! Many of you have requested this online option for enamel on steel, granular spray, sgraffito, and watercolor enamel painting techniques as well as block printing techniques. I am so very grateful to have learned from my incredibly skilled enameling teacher and past professor John Killmaster, who has given me his blessing to pass these techniques on to you. Be sure to keep an eye out for my unveiling, as this is a wonderful solution for those of you who can not travel and already have a studio to work in at your own pace. Thank you for your continued interest. We’re really Excited!!!
Excited to share this Alchemy with you!
Past Traveling Workshops:
The Enamelist Society Conference – Assisted John Killmaster with his Enamel on Steel – Granular spray and sgraffito workshop, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, July 31 – Aug 2, 2019
Carpenter Art Enamel Foundation – Draw & Paint with GLASS on STEEL – Alisa Looney , Bellevue, KY, Mar. 21- Mar. 24, 2019
Pioneer Craft House – Draw and Paint with Glass on Steel – Alisa Looney, Salt Lake City, UT, October 2018
Idaho Art Education Association – Draw and Paint with Glass on Steel – Alisa Looney and John Killmaster, Fire Fusion Studio, Boise, ID, October 2018
Idaho Art Education Association – Block Printing – Wade Womack, IAEA Conference, Meridian, ID, October 2018
Idaho Art Education Association – Keynote Address, Listening with Kindness breakout session, Sketch in Motion workshop, Sculpture Design Sketch in 3D workshop – Alisa Looney, IAEA Conference, Meridian, ID, October 2018