Hot Wax, Cool Art This introductory workshop in encaustic painting will teach participants to paint in the ancient, non-toxic medium of beeswax-based paint. Each workshop features basic core information, including the history of encaustic, health and safety, and the fundamentals techniques of painting and fusing. The workshop will cover the following painting techniques: how to create depth and transparency, texture or ultra-smooth surfaces, transfer of drawings, stencils, and collage. (Complete details to come with registration).
Monotype and the Spontaneous Mark Monotypes are one-of-a-kind prints using simple techniques. The classes will provide a basic introduction to the use of the etching press with the introduction of the pin press in creating multi-layered monotypes. Artists will produce a printing plate from an original drawing or design and will become familiar with printmaking processes, tools, and techniques using non-toxic waterbased Akua inks. Drypoint and stencils will be explored. Emphasis will be on color, visual texture, line and composition.
Mark making is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures we create in an artwork. We will work with encaustics and printmaking and often in combination.
SUPPLIES and CREATURE COMFORTS
Most art supplies are provided, as well as towels, pillows and sheets. We have some blankets, but if your luggage permits, bring a blanket or sleeping bag.
Art Supplies: Sketchbook and favorite pens, pencils, markers and watercolors (if you have them); digital camera, iPad or other tablet if you wish to use it,. For fun: games, examples of your artwork (photos are fine), snacks to share if you wish, sweater or sweatshirt for cool evenings, musical instruments, bikes, yoga mat, etc.
Hayride to New Canyon Campground, Art Session on the Mountain, and Tailgate Barbecue Supper
Nightly campfires with S’Mores, as weather permits
Field trip to Quarai, Colonial-era mission ruins, for sketching and photography
Nature walks with local expert
Bikes for on-site and nearby excursions (bring your own if you are driving to camp). Please bring your own helmet.
Evening talks, demos and other activities
Morning yoga and/or guided meditation
We are limited to 11 to 18 participants per session, so the experience is personalized, communal and participatory. Camp fee for 4 full days of art classes and studio work sessions (as well as nature walks, bike rides, hayride and all the camp extras) is $250 per person, plus art supply fee of $20. If a non-artist spouse or friend wants to attend and share your cabin or room, discount their fee by $25.00. All activities are optional, of course!
Accommodations, including most meals (one lunch and one supper will be off site and not included in the fee) start at $250 per person, with supplements for solo cabins, or barn accommodations near the bathrooms. Meals, including vegetarian and gluten free options are simple but delicious. Our camp hosts sponsor nightly S’Mores, weather permitting. Wine, beer and non alcoholic beverages are included, but if you are fussy about vintage or brand, or like something harder, bring your own. Wifi is available at the Main Cabin, and cell phone reception is good on the property. (let me know you are interested and I'll send you the accommodation list and registration form).
If you would like more privacy, the Shaffer Hotel in Mountainair is about 15-20 minutes from the camp. They have shared bath “Cowboy Rooms” and rooms with private bathrooms. Call 505-847-2888 for current prices and reservations. The hotel website is http://www.shafferhotel.com. If you do stay at the hotel, meals provided at the camp will be available for $200 per person.
We will organize carpools for those flying into Albuquerque Sunport on the opening and closing dates, or you can rent a car and have more flexibility with your schedule. You are welcome to drive to The Camp, located about 90 minutes south of Albuquerque. Driving directions will be provided upon registration. Transportation fee: $20 round trip.
Email me for a registration and fee sheet, and choose your accommodations. Send with a $50 non-refundable deposit. The rest of the fee will be due on May 15, 2015. If we do not fill the session you request, we will return your deposit in full.