RECENT WORKSHOPS AT MY STUDIO: ENCAUSTIC COLLAGE, ABSTRACT PAINTING, VOTIVE CARD CONSTRUCTION
I have not scheduled as many regular workshops at my studio since I became President of the San Antonio Art League and Museum in May of 2017.
Why? Mainly because I felt the need to "give back" to the arts community by building the scope, outreach and membership in the Art League as a three-year commitment. If you've ever been involved in a non-profit arts organization on the administrative side, you know it's crazy to volunteer for this challenge.
But it's necessary and it's good. The membership is up by 30%, I've re-designed their website and activated social media for the Art League, and have helped open a new Members Gallery as well as securing fund for a renovated studio. It's hugely rewarding but also hugely time-consuming. And I miss teaching regular workshops more than I can say!
But just because I can't maintain a full workshop schedule right now doesn't mean you can't join me in learning all kinds of great techniques that will broaden your artistic horizons. There are several ways you can do this.
2. Workshop taught by me as an invited teacher for other groups
Lucky for me, I'm often invited by out-of-town arts organizations to teach workshops. Sometimes, they are as far away as Provincetown, MA or Santa Fe, but lots are closer to home. I'll be listing those workshops here in Upcoming Workshops. Check them out.
3. Learn from me online
I teach online at Artful Gathering and Art Walk Alchemy, and I have DVDs available through them.
I also have my own eBooks that everybody seems to love and that you can order under the SHOP tab on this site. More are in the works!
1. Workshops by Request
I taught two of these last month and they were fantastic. One was organized by a friend for her writing group. There were five of us, and we made talisman necklaces with clay, ribbon and beeswax. We created blessing beads and other adornments and had a hugely insightful discussion at the end about creativity, art and writing.
The second was organized by another friend who gave a photo-encaustic workshop to her grown children as a Christmas present. My friend, her husband, and their two married children and spouses spent an afternoon working with family pictures t create some heirloom beeswax collages. It was an amazing bonding experience.
If you'd like to do something similar, here's how.
Look under the Previous Workshops tab on this site to get ideas for what might interest you, or go to my blog, SHARDS, and look around for workshops that I've taught in the past.
Collect a small group of like-minded group of friends (four participants minimum, six maximum) who want to join you, and then email me. We will work together to find a date and time. Three hour workshops are $65 and all basic materials are provided.
Once we have a time set, just show up and create!
So while I'm working with the Art League, giving back for a little while, I'm still around for workshops! Hope to see you soon.