Amanda Jolley

Reflection on pattern and abstraction of the subconscious

Susan Stover: Art as Object

Sculptural Constructions

Guest Instructor: Susan Stover
Date: CANCELLED DUE TO COVID October 9-11, 2020
Time: 9:30-4:30
Location: Studio Joy, 608 E 30th, Kansas City MO
Full Cost: $450
Deposit: $250 (balance due July 9)
Maximum: 16 students 
Level: All

Utilizing traditional and non-traditional techniques of construction, we’ll explore ways of working 3 dimensionally and in relief. With materials such as paper, cardboard, fiber, wire, wood and plaster, students will be introduced to basketry and construction techniques as well as gestural and intuitive ways of creating forms. Surface explorations include painting with acrylic, latex, and encaustic paints, and leaving the materials to speak for themselves. Students have the option to make work that is 3-dimensional or wall sculpture. Discussions will focus on the objects that we collect, resonate with, and respond to and how that relates to how and what we make.

Student Supply List:

  • apron
  • gloves
  • sketchbook and pencil
  • pieces of corrugated cardboard, foamcore or matboard
  • variety of cotton or other natural fiber strings or yarns (couple of different thicknesses)
  • 1 roll of waxed linen thread
  • scissors
  • retractable razor knife with snap blades (heavier duty kind)
  • cutting surface (self healing mat or piece of matboard)
  • metal ruler
  • bookbinding awl
  • tapestry needles (couple of sizes)
  • clothespins
  • newspaper
  • 2-3 – 1.5” deep cradled panels (up to 8” x 8”)
  • paintbrushes for water media
  • scrap fabrics
  • aluminum foil
  • roll of plaster gauze
  • stapler and staples
  • rigid, linear material (examples: sticks from the yard, pieces of wood, reed, bamboo) 
  • small bottle of yellow Elmer’s Wood Glue
  • paper or styrofoam balls, cones or other shapes
  • favorite encaustic tools


  • other materials or found objects you might want to incorporate
  • torch head (butane supplied)
  • particular colors of encaustic paint or oil sticks that you may want to use (I will be providing some but not all colors)
  • basketry supplies that you might have

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 Susan:
IG: @susanstoverart
FB: Susan Stover Art

Susan Stover is a San Francisco Bay Area artist who creates paintings and sculptures that explore themes of cultural identity and mythology. With the study of ethnic patterns and of utilitarian and sacred objects in non-western cultures, her work embraces ritual, tradition, and meditation through repetitive labor.

Susan received a MFA from California College of Art in Oakland, California and a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her paintings are in many private collections and in 2016 was commissioned for several pieces for the American Ag Credit headquarters in Windsor, CA. Her work was featured on the cover and in the lead article of the Sur- face Design Journal Winter 2016 issue and has been included in The Art of Expressive Collage by Crystal Neubauer, Studio Visit, and Gathering Clouds – A Magazine of Con- temporary Art. She teaches workshops in her northern California studio, other locations in the U.S., and internationally.

Studio Joy Policies:

Do not book travel until confirmation is received that the workshop has reached its minimum required enrollment. 

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.