Thursday & Friday, June 9 & 10
2 Sessions

Repeated use of a shape, color or design element unifies composition, creates pattern, rhythm and movement as well as reinforces content. Open to those with a beginning to advanced level of encaustic experience, this workshop focuses on the creation of intricate patterns, expressive personal surfaces and complex, multi-layered pieces utilizing and in combination with encaustic painting techniques. With an emphasis on mixed media, methods and materials covered in this workshop include the use of organic and geometric form, realistic and abstract imagery, patterned collage, stencils, candy molds, and branding (creating marks with heated metal and wood burning tools). Considerations such as using pattern and repetition as content itself, to tell a story, support and/or strengthen the content message will also be discussed.

Lorraine Glessner holds an MFA in Fibers from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Fibers and Material Studies Department, and a BS in Textile Design from Philadelphia University. Recent awards include two artist fellowship grants in craftsfrom the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, as well as the Yvonne Kelly memorial award for mixed media from Abington Art Center. Her work is included in the recently released, Encaustic Works: Nuance, curated by Michelle Stuart and published by R&F Paints. She is represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York, and James Gallery, Pittsburgh. Lorraine lectures, teaches, and exhibits her work nationally and maintains a studio in Philadelphia.