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Join Catherine in Kansas City!

Encaustic & Paper - The Perfect Fusing for Finding Your Voice
with Catherine Nash, M.F.A.
Wed. June 14th - Sun. June 18th, 2017
Studio Joy!, Kansas City, MO

In this workshop, we will experiment with varied ways of combining the media of encaustic and paper as we simultaneously investigate and explore personal ideas and content. Create unique waxed based sculptural, assemblage and mixed media works that dovetail with your own personal artistic vision. Work through your ideas quickly as we learn to paint and monoprint on oriental papers using pigmented molten encaustic. Specifically, learn how to carefully glue Japanese mulberry paper to lashed wooden armatures and make them as tight as a drum. Encaustic can be used to lightly stain and strengthen the structure or it can completely envelop and encase the paper, creating a unique three dimensional forms. Learn how to fuse onto both convex and concave surfaces as we create structures that range in form from the organic to architectural. Stain, paint, embed, layer, stitch, crumple, fold, form and dip: Complete a series of small studio constructions that will inspire and ignite diverse sculptural ideas.

This is a deeper investigation than just technique....what is it you truly want to express? Through a series of journaling, writing, and encaustic work on/with paper, find your authentic voice and vision so that you can make work that expresses your deepest self. Whether you’ve been an artist for many years or just starting to find your own voice, this is an opportunity to deeply excavate to personally meaningful content. Learn how to develop an expressive body of work that is thematically focused and aesthetically consistent in presentation. Lots of individual attention. You will leave with individualized assignments, new work from which to springboard and a sketchbook that acts as a personal reference for the future. A rich fusing indeed!

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About Catherine~
Catherine Nash’s love of travel and different cultures has inspired her to live, research and teach on four continents. Perhaps most inspiring were two research trips to Japan, where she studied the techniques of Japanese woodblock printing and papermaking. She received a B.F.A in Printmaking and Drawing from the University of New Hampshire and in 1987, graduated from the University of Arizona with an M.F.A. in Mixed Media. Nash currently teaches in Arizona schools as an artist-in-resident for the Tucson/Pima Arts Council and the AZ Commission on the Arts, and to adults through the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute. In addition, she has taught advanced workshops in drawing, encaustic painting, Western/Japanese handmade paper, sculptural paper casting and sculptural artist books across the U.S., as well as in professional studios in eight European countries, Japan and Australia. Her art has been exhibited internationally.

About Robert~
Robert Renfrow has spent years studying and traveling extensively throughout Europe as well as North Africa, India, Russia and New Zealand. He is the co-founder of Art Research Tours and International Studios, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping artists travel and study abroad. Graduating as Salutatorian of his class from the Kansas City Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography/Video, Renfrow was awarded a Graduate Fellowship to attend the University of Arizona from which he received his MFA in Photography in 1991.

Robert has taught photography workshops internationally. Locally, he is both an artist-in-residence for the Arizona Commission on the Arts and on the faculty of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute where he teaches nature photography and Photoshop. His work in both photography and video have been exhibited in Europe and throughout the USA, including two recent Arizona Biennial exhibitions at the Tucson Museum of Art.

For information please write to cnash at wvcnet dot com.