Guest Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Date: Oct 4-6, 2017
Time: 9:30-4:30pm
Location: Studio Joy, 608 E 30th St, Kansas City MO
Cost: $490 
(includes $40 instructor supply fee)
Level: intermediate to advanced 


Repeated use of a shape, color or design element unifies composition, creates pattern, rhythm and movement as well as reinforces content. 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 and mark-making, participants will focus on finding their voice through these new techniques. 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. Optional individual critiques with Lorraine are offered to all participants.

Student Supply List:

  • 6-8 wooden painting panels (your preference of 8×8 or 10×10, but no larger or smaller, please) Experimentation is great! You must bring the wooden painting panels, but other suggested substrates are: stiff card, paper, masonite, board, plexiglass, etc. (nothing coated in acrylic or acrylic gesso!!)
  • 5-10 natural hair brushes in various sizes for encaustic painting (1 brush will be designated your medium brush, so it must be free of color if you are bringing used brushes)
  • 1lb encaustic medium from any company (containers provided)
  • basic encaustic colors will be provided, however if you prefer working with certain colors, please bring them with you (optional)
  • a limited variety of pigment sticks will be provided, please bring your preferred colors (optional)
  • razor blade holder (optional)
  • sketchbook or Drawing paper
  • drawing media of your choice
  • smock (optional)
  • sharp scissors
  • various materials for collage (papers, thread, magazine images, photos, etc.)
  • textured objects and/or incising materials to press into and make marks in wax
  • any small sharp-ended tool for incising/writing/drawing into the wax (sewing or knitting needles are great)
  • 2-4 actual examples OR images of your work
  • decorative stencils, mesh, doilies, etc-anything flat with open areas that can be used as a stencil.
  • any tool or material for any technique that you normally employ while working with encaustic
  • iwatani torch (optional)
  • textured objects and/or sharp ended tool for pressing into/incising/writing/drawing into wax.


Instructor will provide:

  • denatured alcohol
  • propane torch with extra propane
  • paraffin for brush cleaning
  • heated encaustic tools and irons
  • wood burning tools
  • disposable gloves
  • extra drawing paper
  • wax paper
  • parchment paper
  • basic encaustic colors
  • paintsticks
  • masking tape
  • stencils
  • tracing paper
  • graphite transfer paper
  • Sumi ink and other misc. drawing media
  • candy molds
  • extra razor blades
  • pans and cups for paint and medium
  • double sided scraper tools
  • linseed oil
  • plaster tools


: 12:30-1:30 each day
Fabulous restaurants are within walking distance, or a short drive or bring a sack lunch. Refrigerator available.

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About Lorraine:


Lorraine Glessner’s love of surface, pattern, markmaking, image and landscape has led her to combine disparate materials and processes such as silk, wood, branding, rust, paper and more in her work. Lorraine is an Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, a workshop instructor and an award-winning artist. She holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, a BS from Philadelphia University, and an AAS in Computer Graphics from Moore College of Art & Design. She has a diverse art background with skills that include painting, sculpture, graphic design, interior design, textile design, photography, digital imaging and much more. Among her most recent professional achievements is a Second Place award in Sculpture from Art of the State at the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA, a recently completed artist residency at Jentel Foundation and an acquisition by Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Lorraine’s work has been exhibited locally and nationally in galleries, craft centers, schools, libraries, universities, and more. Like her work, Lorraine brings to her teaching a strong interdisciplinary approach, mixed with a balance of concept, process, history, experimentation, problem solving and discovery.



Student Cancellation Policy:

Students will receive a full refund of tuition if a request to withdraw is received by Amanda Jolley, Studio Joy no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop.
$440 will be refunded if request to withdraw is received 8-30 days prior to the first day of the workshop.
Request to withdraw from a course less than 7 days prior to the first class session will not be eligible for refunds.