Learn from a renowned artist how to enamel on steel, which is affordable and fun! Achieve fine detail, depth and color on a panel, wall relief, or jewelry with watercolor enamel, sgraffito, and more. For anyone with basic enameling experience.
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Draw & Paint with GLASS on STEEL – Alisa Looney Mar. 21- Mar. 24
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:00 am to Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 4:00 pm EDT$808.00 – $950.00
Anyone age 18 or older with basic art enameling experience (such as taking our Intro I course) who wants to expand their creative enameling potential using steel and/or making detailed drawings or designs will be excited by the skills learned in this 4-day, hands-on workshop!
Set yourself free with granular spray, sgraffito, and watercolor enamel techniques on steel. Achieve the fine detail you have dreamed of, with ease and control when drawing images, textures, and marks in the white enamel layer. You will learn to add depth and color to these drawings by painting with watercolor enamels, layering, and highlighting with a scribe.
Students will learn from demonstration, hands-on practice, and instruction in a modern setting from a true expert.
We will teach you:
- How to design, cut, shape, punch, and sand cold-rolled steel
- How to clean and prepare steel for enameling
- How to apply a ground coat to the steel, coating both sides
- How to dry and fire the ground coat
- How to prepare liquid enamel for spraying
- How to apply a white layer of granular spray application, including techniques and tools to use
- How to properly pin a piece to cardboard to protect the fresh sprayed surface
- How to use sgraffito techniques – scribing marks and images into the granular layer using hand-made tools, brushes, combs, and found objects
- How to make a pin-pen tool for sgraffito
- How to use watercolor enamels – how to paint over the fired white drawing, achieve a smooth continuous color area, layer for depth, and add texture and highlights using additional sgraffito techniques
- What firing temperatures to use for the different enamel types and thicknesses
- An introduction on how to paint with liquid enamels
- How to use hanging firing methods instead of using a trivet
- How to stone the edges for a smooth finish
Participants will get plenty of time to practice while creating panels, a “Spirit Mask” wall relief, and their choice of a pendant, brooch and/or earrings.
During this four-day workshop you will receive instruction, handouts, demonstrations, hands on practice, some individual guidance as needed, and time to complete 4-5 pieces. The number of pieces will depend on the complexity of your design(s), your previous experience, and how quickly you learn the techniques.
Costs include all materials and supplies. In addition, you will get:
- Access to over 150 different enamels for use during the workshop
- Use of the extensive Foundation equipment, furnaces, and tools needed to complete your project
- On-site access to one of the few retail stores in the US offering enamel and enamel supplies
- Exposure and inspiration during our breaks from hundreds of beautiful ancient and modern art enamel pieces in our world-class museum, the largest diverse collection of art enamels in the world
Steel is lower cost than many other metal choices, which makes it affordable to use. It also has higher strength than other metals, both at enameling temperature and at room temperature. This permits the use of larger size articles without problems during the firing operation and, because of the metal’s stability and strength, the finished pieces tend to be more durable.
However, the carbon content in steel can cause problems with the enamel adhering. This can be solved with proper metal preparation and a base coat of the right enamel, which is demonstrated in this workshop. The prepared metal then becomes an excellent medium for a variety of techniques and materials, including watercolor enamel techniques, liquid enamel, sgraffito, and others. Fusing enamel to the surface of the work can add depth and narrative in minute detail in lustrous layers of glass.
Alisa Looney , Renowned Artist
The workshop will be held at the Carpenter Art Enamel Foundation headquarters at 645 Colfax Avenue in Bellevue, KY, right across the river from Cincinnati. We are about ten minutes from downtown Cincinnati, but in an area of northern Kentucky that has less traffic and is a bit easier to navigate than the big city. Although our headquarters is housed in one of the largest facilities in the world dedicated to art enameling, we enjoy being a part of the small river community of Bellevue on the “south bank” of the Ohio river. In fact, the mayor is on our Board of Directors.
We are tucked away in a small, quiet industrial park off Berry Avenue. You will find plenty of parking alongside our building and in a large gravel lot in front of the industrial building next door. For a map and more information, <click here>.
We recommend you bring line drawings of potential ideas for an enameled piece. You may want to search online for design inspiration. We will discuss how you choose the ones most appropriate for the techniques and projects described above. In addition, Alisa will provide some specific design options for you to follow.
Please do not wear sandals, open-toed shoes, scarves or other clothing with tassels or loose ends that could get caught in tools or equipment.
Young and old of various economic means attend our workshops. All are welcome! If you want to save money, we can help. Of course, you will want to start by becoming a Premium Member and saving 15% off the cost of the workshop <click here to join>.
Travel will be the biggest part of your cost unless you live close by. Cincinnati is one of the lowest-cost metropolitan areas to visit, but we can help you get the cost even lower! See this resource page for money-saving travel information that could help you save the entire cost of the workshop, maybe even more: <click here>. If you don’t have a car when you are in town, we might even be able to give you a ride from a nearby hotel.
In addition, you may want to stay a few days extra days to enjoy some of world-class attractions that the Cincinnati area offers (in addition to our workshops!). We have listed some of our favorite places here: <click here>.
If cancelled within 30 days of the workshop, no refunds are issued. If cancelled more than 30 days prior to the workshop, a refund (less a $60 service fee) may be issued if the workshop is fully booked, not including your registration.
If you qualify for a refund, you may apply the total amount to a future workshop conducted in the next 12 months (service fee waived).
Registrations are not transferable.
The Foundation reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment and will notify students of any cancellation at least three weeks prior to the start of the workshop. In the event that WWCEF (The Foundation) cancels a workshop the student will receive a full refund.
The Foundation cannot be responsible for airline tickets or other travel costs in the event of a cancellation.
The Foundation is committed to the safety of all students. A series of informational safety procedures have been established for all studio areas that involve some risk of injury in the use of certain equipment. Your instructor will go over safety procedures during your workshop but we would also like for you to be aware of your workshop’s risks before you register for a workshop. As a condition of registration we ask that you read the ‘Safety Procedures Policy’ and acknowledge that you have done so upon registration.
The Foundation makes every effort to ensure students have a safe and meaningful experience while participating in our activities. However, some aspects of work done at The Foundation can involve a certain amount of risk. Work is done with hot equipment i.e. furnaces, kilns and torches. To safeguard The Foundation we ask students to release The Foundation from liability and voluntarily take on the assumption of risk. As a condition of registration we ask that you read the ‘Release of Liability and Voluntary Assumption of Risk’ and acknowledge that you have done so upon registration.
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