Amanda Jolley

Reflection on pattern and abstraction of the subconscious

Amanda Jolley: Subliminal Symbology

and the Power of the Tjanting Tool

Instructor: Amanda Jolley
Date: Sat, June 3, 2023
Time: 9:30-4:30
Location: Studio Joy, 608 E 30th St, Kansas City MO 
Cost: $150 (includes instructor supplies) **registration closed**

Diving below the liminal threshold into the subconscious, we will rely on the knowledge held in the physical body to create a series of work. In the process, we will rely on the use of the tjanting tool to flesh out the inner language through symbols and line-work.

This workshop is an intertwining of a practice in contemplation and intuitive painting in encaustic. To set a contemplative state, we will begin by exploring and excerpt of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet and practicing some somatic movement to settle both the body and mind. While this inspiration is percolating in our spirits, we will explore basic encaustic painting techniques and delve into abstract expressionism with our paintings.

The instruction will also delve into pushing past the ‘ugly’ painting, or sense of negative judgment about one’s work. No matter your style of painting, learn to better attune to your inner language and release from attachments and perfectionism that inhibit your painting process. If you frequently find yourself stuck, questioning the value of your work, struggling with your inner critic, or procrastinating getting into the studio, the process taught will be a pivotal part of growth in your creative process.

Since we will be working in a series in this workshop, we will also address establishing a color palette for the work. Some pre-work that is take note of color combinations out in the world, in your wardrobe, in type and other artwork, in nature, etc that catches your eye. We will also focus on building encaustic layers and history in the work.

Student supply list:

  • Tjanting tool (manual, not electric) multiple tjanting tools is great but not required
  • 5-7 flat or cradled birch panels or Ampersand Encausticbord no larger than 10×10. Since we will be approaching the panels as a series, having the panels the same size may be a preference
  • Saral transfer paper, any color
  • Blue painters tape if you’d like to protect the edges of a cradled panel from drips
  • Scraping tool such as a triangle loop tool for pottery or other favorite
  • Torch for fusing if you use one in your practice. Otherwise heat guns will be provided
  • Any other favorite tools or supplies for working with encaustic
  • Notebook and favorite pen for those who prefer taking notes
  • Apron

Instructor provides:

  • Encaustic medium and paint
  • Hot palettes
  • Heat guns
  • Lots of other random encaustic tools and supplies

Lunch: 12:30-1:30
Fabulous restaurants are within walking distance or bring a sack lunch. A refrigerator and microwave are available.

Notice:  Janus, the studio cat, frequents Studio Joy and while she will not be joining our workshop, please bring any allergy medication if you may need it.

About Amanda:

Website (you’re already here)
IG: @amandajolley
FB: Amanda Jolley, Artist

Amanda Jolley utilizes the process of intuitive painting as a communicative device to express the patterns and metaphors emerging from her subconscious. Amanda’s mediums of choice include both encaustic painting and paper folding which she incorporates into this intuitive process. A staple in her work has become the use of embedded line-work as an expression of internal symbols and mimicry of the creases produced from paper folding. Amanda’s paintings are shown internationally both in solo and group exhibits. She also has a large-scale (12×6 sq ft) commissioned permanent installation at the University of Kansas Medical Hospital. She instructs and hosts workshops that draw an international audience from her studio in Kansas City MO US.

Studio Joy Policies:

Studio Joy strives to be accessible and accommodate the needs of its students. The old building does not allow for ability to accommodate all physical needs YET, but accommodations can be made for table height, type of seating, and most sensory issues. Please communicate your requested accommodations when you register. This is a fragrance free excepting incense burned with agreement of all participants. If incense is not okay with you, please let me know when you register.

Do not book travel until confirmation is received that the workshop has reached its minimum required enrollment. All who register will be notified by Amanda when the minimum is met. Due to COVID, travel insurance is suggested for a worst case scenario cancellation.
Amanda will also share a list of suggested accommodations upon request. A large Airbnb is 2 blocks from the studio if a group is interested.

Refund Requests:
Students will receive a full refund of tuition less related transaction fees 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. At 15 days prior to the workshop, 50% tuition less related transaction fees will be refunded. Request to withdraw from a course less than 15 days prior to the first class session will not be eligible for refunds.

Students will receive a full refund of tuition if at 30 days prior to the workshop, the minimum required enrollment is not met.