Andrea Bird - Encaustic mixed-media collage
 
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I have been teaching encaustic since 2002, and leading creative workshops for over 20 years.  I love teaching this medium because it lends itself to experimentation, which allows for a sense of freedom and play in the classroom. Recently, we have added two new teachers: Tania Wycherley (www.taniawycherley.com) and Daniel Beirne (www.danielbeirne.ca)!  Both are enthusiastic, experienced and talented encaustic artists - having gone through a teacher training program with me. We offer on-going five-day, one or two day workshops, and recently added a half-day introduction.  No previous artistic experience is needed for any of my Encaustic 1 or Half-day Workshops.  Experience is needed for my Encaustic 2, 3, 4 workshops, the Sinking In Workshops and for Open Studios.  Most of my teaching takes place at our encaustic school: 'the hive' in the Alton Mill, near Orangeville, ON,.  www.altonmill.ca

NOTE: PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL WORKSHOPS/CLASSES/OPEN STUDIOS

SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE BELOW!

Dates listed may change, so please check first, via email or phone.

The Alton Mill Creative Centre is a wonderful place to come and visit, with over 30 artists, galleries, and a fresh food bakery and cafe on site.  Walking trails through the woods make this a fantastic getaway.

Encaustic 1:  Introduction to the medium, brief history, safety concerns, the use of the heat gun, blow torch and iron as fusing tools, mixing colours, basic layering, creating smooth/textured surfaces, incorporating collage, photo transfer, gouging and filling gouges with medium and oil paint.

Encaustic 2:  working with glazes of colour to increase transparencies, ironing techniques explored, working on boards covered with encaustic gesso, transfer papers (carbon, graphite, etc), masking off areas, gold/silver/copper leaf, stencils, water on wax, and making your own medium.

Encaustic 3: intense vs. subtle colour layering, india ink on transparent papers, tips for difficult collage items, transferring colour photocopies, scraping at layers, metallic powders, ironing things in/out of wax, iron as a gouging tool, and pastel usage.

Encaustic 4:  exploring various surfaces: drywall compound on wood, plexi-glass, rusted metal, colour theory, advanced glazing methods, metallic transfer papers, using oil sticks, water-soluble wax crayons and carving out straight lines. 

Sinking In: this three day intensive focuses more on the creative process, with time for group discussions, written exercises, brainstorming, trying out new techniques (the encaustic stylus using various heads, pan pastels, using duochrome colours and more), and lots of time to 'sink in' to your practice!  Note: only for students that have taken at least Encaustic 1 and 2. Students bring their own substrates.

Sinking In Even Further: this three or four day intensive focuses entirely on the creative process, with  small group and 1:1 discussions, written exercises, brainstorming, and using the techniques that you already have... with discretion. Note: only for students that have taken at least Encaustic 1 and 2 and/or Sinking In.  Students bring their own substrates.

Encaustic 2, 3. 4 workshops are intended for those who have a) taken encaustic workshops/classes with me/someone else in the past and/or b) those who have been experimenting with encaustic on their own.  It is important that the student have experience with all three fusing tools: the iron, heat gun and blow torch.  The focus of each builds on the one before, with new techniques being added, increasing in complexity. It is fine to take Encaustic 2,3 and 4 out of sequence!

Half-day Introduction to Encaustic Workshops give students a chance to try it out over a three and a half hour period.  Basic layering, introduction to the fusing tools (iron, heat gun and blow torch) as well as photo transfer and basic collage will be demonstrated. Can be morning or afternoon.

Adult & Child Workshops provide an opportunity for a parent to attend and take part in the class with their child... overseeing their progress in the workshop.  Tools provided are heat gun and iron only.  We will be working on matt board, by the end of the workshop creating several beautiful greeting cards +/or small paintings to take home.   Minimum age for child: 7 years.

My workshops are self-directed, which means that I don't teach people to paint in a particular way, but rather support each student to explore their own creativity. There is sharing within the class, as students inspire each other to try new things. Encaustic is a uniquely spontaneous medium, and working with wax helps one to let go of "attachment to outcome". Students are encouraged to take risks, let go of preconceived ideas/attachment to outcome, and most of all, to have fun exploring this versatile medium.

For workshops/classes, Andrea brings the supplies needed - exception: Open Studio and Sinking In (bring your own boards to work on) 

Optional supplies to bring to workshops: collage items (paper/fabric/high contrast photocopies made with toner, etc.)

IF CLASSES ARE FULL BUT YOU ARE INTERESTED, ANDREA WILL ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST... Call: 519-323-3437

SEE CANCELLATION POLICY BELOW.  


 

Andrea at the hive!

Drop by 'the hive' in Alton, our wonderful Encaustic School!

On-going workshops, open studio times, chances to 'give it a whirl' and more...

See schedule below.  *NOTE: we are usually at the hive on weekends (noon til 5pm), and often by chance through the week.   Please call to arrange an appointment or to find out if we will be there ... 519-323-3437.

www.altonmill.ca


A few words from students...

"I was able to break through my fears, reaching out and trying new things.  The energy was the best - I am more willing to surrender and trust. I've been looking for that for five years. It was the best workshop ever!"  Heather, after a 4 day Intensive: Sinking In Even Further, 2014

"Dan was so helpful - he had a great sense of when to leave space and when to step in.  I would absolutely recommend this to my friends!"  Darlene, 2014

"Andrea's teaching style really encourages experimenting and risk-taking.  It opens up a creative channel because you are not afraid to make mistakes.  Such a great, creative exploration - thanks so much!"  Penny, from 'the hive' February 2012

"...thank you for a wonderful learning weekend.  I had a great time and you are a terrific teacher.  I will be busy in my studio this week applying what I learned - can't wait to get started."  Elsie Campbell, after Encaustic 1 & 2 at 'the hive' in Alton June 2011

"Andrea is an excellent teacher.  She demonstrates each step and method slowly, in a logical fashion, and yet she's having fun with it.  It's clear that she loves what she's doing.  As you watch her, you just can't wait to try it yourself."  Leslie Newumann, Annual Encaustic Conference, Beverly, Mass. USA June 2010

"The most organized and giving instructor that I have ever had at the Art School."  Sandra, Southampton Art School, Sept. 09

"...very relaxed and fun class, Andrea's organization was great and very thought out..."   Wendy, St. Thomas Artists' Guild, April 08

"Students felt free to ask any questions, Andrea's style was precise and very comfortable... this was the most interesting workshop I've taken in a long time."   Beth, St. Thomas Artists' Guild, April 08


Prices* for Workshops @ 'the hive'! 

*PLEASE ADD HST TO ALL PRICES.

Give it a whirl! The space will be set up and those interested can give it a try -  Andrea will be giving demonstrations and then you'll have a chance to try it for about 30 minutes.   Times listed with dates. Cost is $15 per person (or two for $25) for supplies.

Open Studio: only for those who have taken an Encaustic 1 or Half-day Introduction workshop with me. Sign up for 3 - 6 hours of studio time.  No teaching/facilitation.  Bring your own substrates/collage. The hive will provide everything else.  Cost is $45 for 3 hours. Times: 1 - 4pm unless otherwise noted.  Call if you`d like to come for 4 hrs. ($55), 5 hrs. ($62.50) or 6hrs. ($70) open studio, and if we can, we`ll make it happen!

Workshops: these run all day from 10am til 4pm with a lunch break of 45 min.  Cost for one day workshop is $190 (+ hst) or $350 for two workshops/people. 

Half-Day Introduction to Encaustic: Now available for those who would like to try it out, but cannot make it to a full day workshop... 1pm - 4:30pm. Cost:$125 each or two for $230 ($115 each).

NEW! Sticky Bits! Encaustic/photo Workshop: with Tania Wycherley...your original photo images will be printed and adhered to a panel surface creating an instant canvas for encaustic paint and luscious layers.  Going back and forth between the two panels, you will explore surface techniques such as ironing, using a heated stylus, drawing tools, gouging and collage!  If you love photography and encaustic (without all the burnishing involved in transfers!) then this is for you!

NEW! 2 Hour Workshops: For adults, teens, adults with children (replacing the Adult/Child workshops), offered as a shorter workshop!  Cost:$50 per person.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL WORKSHOPS & OPEN STUDIOS 

(ONLY EXCEPTION: GIVE IT A WHIRL!)

 

SCHEDULE

Note: all workshops take place at the hive in the Alton Mill, near Orangeville,  unless otherwise stated...www.altonmill.ca

To register: call Andrea at 519-323-3437 or email her at andreabird@sympatico.ca   





 September 2014

Sun., Sept. 7 - Encaustic 1 Workshop (10am - 4pm)

Sun., Sept. 14 - Encaustic 2 Workshop (10am - 4pm)

Sat., Sept. 20 & Sun. Sept. 28 - Give it a Whirl! (1 - 2pm OR 3 - 4pm)

Sun., Sept. 21 - 2 hour Teen Workshop (2 - 4pm)

Sat., Sept. 27 - 2 hour Adult/Child Workshop (2 - 4pm)

Sept.  1/6/13/26- Open Studio (noon - 4pm)



 October 2014

Sat., Oct. 4 - Give it a Whirl! (1 -2pm OR 2 - 3pm)

Sun., Oct. 5 - 2 Hour Adult Workshop (2 - 4pm)

Sat., Oct. 11 - Encaustic 1 Workshop (10am - 4pm)

Sun., Oct. 26 - Encaustic 3 Workshop (10am - 4pm)

Fri., Oct. 31 - Sun. Nov. 2 - Sinking In: 3 Day Intensive ($395)

October 10/12/25- Open Studio (noon - 4pm)


 November 2014

Sat. Nov. 8 - Two Worlds Collide! Encaustic & Mixed Media Workshop

(10am - 4pm) *FULL*  See description below.

New! Above also offered on Mon. Nov. 10 (9:30am - 1:30pm) $155

Join us in the hive for a dynamic, exciting workshop taught by

Ottawas own Christina Lovisa! (christinalovisa.com)

Sat., Nov.15 - Encaustic 1 Workshop (10am - 4pm)

Sat., Nov. 22 - Encaustic 2 Workshop (10am - 4pm)

Sat., Nov. 29 - Encaustic 4 Workshop (10am - 4pm)

Nov. 7/9/16/21/23/30- Open Studio (noon - 4pm)


 December 2014

Sat./Sun., Dec. 6/7 - Give it a Festive Whirl! (1-2pm or 3-4pm) during

Xmas Open House at the Alton Mill. Make a decoration to take home!

Sat., Dec. 13 - Sticky Bits! Photography and Encaustic

Workshop with the fabulousTania Wycherley (10am - 4pm)  $190

Dec. 12/14/20/21/27/28 - Open Studio (noon - 4pm)


Two Worlds Collide: encaustic & mixed media with Christina Lovisa

Together, in this one day workshop, we will explore the fascinating combination of two wonderful art mediums.  The guidelines and principles of both mediums differ in many ways, but through careful exploration and understanding of the properties of both, we can discover endless possibilities for the creation of art making.  A good grasp of encaustic art making will be necessary to participate.  For many of you the mixed media aspect may add an unfamiliar level of exploration. Fear not! I will provide many of the tools and supplies for you to discover, (metallic transfer foils, stencils, pastels, chalk paint and a bin of papers).  I will only ask you to bring a small selection of the following:  
1.Papers (words, patterned papers, textured papers, stamps, labels, etc.), text, old wrapping paper, pieces of wallpaper, scrapbook paper, tissue papers and napkins. 2. Images –both black and white and colour - things that appeal to you plus lots of symbolic images of things you like (butterflies, flowers, astrologically, etc.) **no inkjet printouts please, laser print, or photocopies only. Bring some LARGE scaled images to “fill” a good section of the panel. *This is where I caution folks NOT to use family photos - it can really restrict your creativity as you will constantly be trying to protect your images.


image: as far as I can reach by andrea bird, 2011

 

TO REGISTER: Call Andrea at 519-323-3437 or email: andreabird@sympatico.ca 

To hold your spot you need to pay a deposit for half of the workshop fee.

Visa/MC available, or mail a cheque payable to: Andrea Bird, RR#1, Moorefield ON  NOG 2KO

 All prices include supplies, please add HST.

 


 Cancellation Policy: 

 If you cancel 7 days or more before the workshop, you will be refunded (minus $25 admin. fee) - 6 days or less there is no refund.  Rainchecks are sometimes offered depending on the circumstances.

 

 

 

 

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