New Studio at the The Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO!

Last Fall I was juried-in as a new studio artist at The Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO.  A double-studio on the river side of the building came available at the end of June. Updates to the sprinkler system were done in early July, and 6 days of electrical updates were completed last Friday.

IMG_01I started moving in 2 weeks ago: moving boxes by car, painting walls, cleaning the floor, assembling shelving units, laying out table placements on the floor with tape for the new electrical drop-boxes (thank you Foundry and city of St. Charles!!!). I am about 50% moved in. Next week I hope to make and install tables, move my large flat files, press, and the rest of the studio stuff.

The new space will start with:

  • 4, 36″x80″ work tables with dedicated hot plates, heat guns and support materials and tools for encaustic. (Tables can me moved as needed for bigger projects.)
  • Up to 4 chairs per table, as needed for participants and projects
  • a 24″x48″ press bed etching press for printing encaustic-plexi plate monoprints/monotypes as well as traditional etchings and collagraphs.
  • a printmaking work bench for inking plates and rolling up Akua water-based inks
  • a Paula Roland Hot Box for encaustic monoprints/monotypes
  • a large drying rack for class/workshop projects.
  • a double-high flat file for storage demo/work station
  • storage shelves for the studio, as well as class projects in progress
  • some bulk materials that can be ordered at discount (beeswax, damar crystals, papers, …) and available for purchase by class/workshop participants.

RiverI will start offering open-studio access in October, and a combination of class/workshops and open-studio time in November and December. I will be working on scheduling my classes, as well as WaxCentric (https://waxcentric.wordpress.com/) workshops and meetings next week. Tentatively, studio hours will be Tues-Sat., 10am-4pm (working around calendar holidays, and local events).

I am working on moving in through September, and will be in and out between 10am and 4 pm Tuesdays – Friday. Come see me in studio #7-8.
Lisa

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New Fall Classes 2012

Sign up early! Classes fill quickly.

  • Encaustic+: 4 Week Intensive with Lisa Sisley-Blinn
    Sundays: September 9-30.  1-3:30pm. 4 Weeks.
    Location: ArtMart. http://www.artmartstl.com/
    Class: http://www.artmartstl.com/class-registration/?ee=140
    2355 S. Hanley rd. • St. Louis, Mo 63144 • 314.781.9999Have you always wanted to learn about encaustic painting? Come to the “Encaustic+ 4 Week Intensive” to learn about this luscious, beautiful, versatile medium. It will cover safety and studio set up, transfer, drawing methods, collage and texture creation. Everything you need to know to get started. Taught by encaustic artist Lisa Sisley-Blinn. 2  1/2 hour class. 18 years+ (unless arranged with the instructor).

    • Week 1: Encaustic + Basic Techniques
      In the first class we will briefly take a look at the history of encaustic, review contemporary artists, learn about equipment and material safety,  and studio set up.  We will complete our first painting using layering and fusing techniques.
    • Week 2: Encaustic + Transfer, Direct and Indirect Drawing
      Encaustic is a very versatile medium. In addition to painting techniques, encaustic can be used with most drawing materials either directly on the surface, or by means of transferring the image from another surface.  Special focus will be on the use of oil paint sticks to create intaglio-like surface drawings and texture. We will complete our second painting using a water-based transfer method , as well as using drawing tools common to your home or studio.
    • Week 3: Encaustic + Collage: Embedding and Encasing
      The encaustic medium can be used to create beautiful collages with both flat and low relief materials through the use of embedding and encasing techniques. Our third painting in this series will focus on using encaustic to create a collage, layered with drawing and painting to create a finished piece
    • Week 4: Encaustic + Texture and Low Relief
      In our last class for this series, learn how to create texture using both common and surprise tools and materials. You will also learn how to create low relief patterns and shapes that can be built up quickly and easily. Complete your fourth painting
  • Introduction to Encaustics
    Saturdays: September 22-November 10. 8 Weeks.
    Location: St. Louis Artists’ Guild

    This class will focus on exploring current encaustic methods and materials. After a brief history and survey of artists currently working in this medium, we will explore studio safety, tools and materials, supports, heat sources, encaustic paints and medium, mark making, transfers, direct and indirect drawing, embedding, collage, and mixed media techniques. This class is well suited for both beginner and intermediate level students.

    Instructor: Lisa Sisley-Blinn

Dates: Meets every week on Saturday
Saturday, September 22, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Saturday, September 29, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Saturday, October 6, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Saturday, October 13, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Saturday, October 20, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Saturday, October 27, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Saturday, November 10, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Cost:

$120 for SLAG members, $150 for non-members
Email: knahorski@stlouisartistsguild.org
Phone: 314-727-6266

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  • Studio Encaustic Intensive. Studio of Lisa Sisley-Blinn
    (1 Class, 6 hours)
    Experience the tactile, versatile nature of encaustic painting in a private studio setting with a one or two day workshop. Workshops can be scheduled for individuals or small groups up to 4 students. Skill level can be tailored to your needs, current projects, or interests.

    Learn about studio safety, materials, tools and techniques. Receive

    handouts on safety, contemporary artists using the medium, professional groups, resources, recipes for encaustic medium and more. Some of the topics covered include: working safely, preparing a substrate (paper, panel, braced panel), making paint and mixing colors, hot/cool techniques, digital image transfer, collage and embedding, incising, and use of a heat gun and torch. Many materials included: encaustic medium, beeswax, encaustic paint, and oil stick.

    One-day class is 6 hours, 10am-4pm with a break for lunch. Two-day class is 4 hours each day, 10am-2pm. Come take a class: laugh, learn and take completed work home with you! Limit 4. 18 years+

    One Day Session, Six hours
    $150.00 for one person
    $125.00 for each person, up to 4 students
    20% off class price for WaxCentric members. Learn more about WaxCentric. Membership is free. Sign up on our MeetUp: http://www.meetup.com/WaxCentric/

    Email: sisleyblinn@gmail.com for more information.

Teaching: Encaustic Classes 2012, January-April

Time to sign up for my encaustic classes!! Classes will start soon, and always fill up fast. So, sign up early. Check back for classes with a TBA Date/Time designation, or call/email the venue listed for more information. Looking forward to seeing you!

St. Charles County Arts Council
Lillian Yahn Gallery
7443 Village Center Drive
O’Fallon, MO 63368
Call: 636-332-9721

  • Encaustic: Basic Techniques
    Tuesday, January 24, 6-8pm
    Have you always wanted to learn about encaustic painting? Learn about this beautiful, lustrous, versatile medium in the Encaustic: Basic Techniques class. We will take a look at the history of encaustic, review contemporary artists, learn about equipment and material safety,  and studio set up.  We will explore basic painting and mark making techniques in this 2 hour class taught by encaustic artist Lisa Sisley-Blinn. Take home an 8″ x 8″ encaustic painting made in class. Sign up early, class is limited to 6. Class is limited to 4 students. Age 18+. $50/student.

St. Louis Artists Guild
St. Louis, MO.
Two Oak Knoll Park
Clayton, MO 63105
Gallery: 314-727-6266
http://www.stlouisartistsguild.org/new/

  • Introduction to Encaustic
    Saturdays, March 24 – May 12. 10am-12:30pm (8 classes)
    This 8-week class will focus on exploring current encaustic methods and materials. After a brief history and survey of artists currently working in the medium, we will explore studio safety, tools and materials, supports, heat sources, encaustic paints and medium, mark making, transfers, direct and indirect drawing, embedding, collage and mixed media techniques. This class is well suited for both beginner and intermediate level students. (Even if you have some encaustic experience, I highly recommend this class. I cover a lot of information.) 18 years+.
  • Encaustic Open Studio
    Saturdays, March 24 – May 12. 1:30pm-4pm (8 classes)
    No place to work? Need inspiration or company? Bring your projects to the Encaustic Open Studio class where you will find hot plates, heat guns, hot wax tools, various texture tools, transfer imagery and collage “stuff” to complete your idea, or jump-start you onto a new path.  Demos, tricks and tips, along with cheerful guidance are waiting. Sign up soon, as space is limited to 8 students. (This is not an introductory class, experience with encaustic is required.) 18 years+.

ArtMart
2355 S. Hanley Road
St. Louis, MO. 63144
Call 314.781.9999

  • Encaustic+ Collage (1 Class)
    Saturday, February 18, 2:30-5pm
    Learn essential techniques to incorporate collage materials with encaustic paint. Encaustic artist Lisa Sisley-Blinn will show you how to embed and encapsulate collage materials, how to set up a safe work area, and demo basic encaustic painting techniques. Take home a completed painting on premium Encausticbord. 18 years+. Limit 6.
  • Encaustic+ Transfer (1 Class)
    Tuesday, March 13, 5pm-7:30pm (1 Class.)
    Encaustic artist Lisa Sisley-Blinn will teach you how to transfer laser based images into your encaustic painting surface, overwork with additional painting and scraping techniques, and talk about the basics of how to set up a safe work area. Take home a completed painting on premium Encausticbord. 18 years+. Limit 6.
  • Encaustic+:  4 Week Intensive
    April (4 Classes. Dates/Times TBA)
    Have you always wanted to learn about encaustic painting? Come to the “Encaustic+ 4 Week Intensive” to learn about this luscious, beautiful, versatile medium. It will cover safety and studio set up, transfer, drawing methods, collage and texture creation. Everything you need to know to get started. Taught by encaustic artist Lisa Sisley-Blinn. 2  1/2 hour class. 18 years+.

    • Week 1: Encaustic + Basic Techniques
      In the first class we will briefly take a look at the history of encaustic, review contemporary artists, learn about equipment and material safety,  and studio set up.  We will complete our first painting using layering and fusing techniques.
    • Week 2: Encaustic + Transfer, Direct and Indirect Drawing
      Encaustic is a very versatile medium. In addition to painting techniques, encaustic can be used with most drawing materials either directly on the surface, or by means of transferring the image from another surface.  Special focus will be on the use of oil paint sticks to create intaglio-like surface drawings and texture. We will complete our second painting using a water-based transfer method , as well as using drawing tools common to your home or studio.
    • Week 3: Encaustic + Collage: Embedding and Encasing
      The encaustic medium can be used to create beautiful collages with both flat and low relief materials through the use of embedding and encasing techniques. Our third painting in this series will focus on using encaustic to create a collage, layered with drawing and painting to create a finished piece
    • Week 4: Encaustic + Texture and Low Relief
      In our last class for this series, learn how to create texture using both common and surprise tools and materials. You will also learn how to create low relief patterns and shapes that can be built up quickly and easily. Complete your fourth painting

Studio Encaustic Intensive (1 class, 6 hours)

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Jumble Ice II

Request individual or group classes that meet in my personal studio. Contact me at sisley-blinn@gmail.com
O’Fallon, MO. 63368

Experience the tactile, versatile nature of encaustic painting in a private studio setting with a one or two-day workshop. Workshops can be scheduled for individuals or small groups up to 4 students. Skill level can be tailored to your needs, current projects, or interests.

Learn about studio safety, materials, tools and techniques. Receive handouts on safety, contemporary artists using the medium, professional groups, resources, recipes for encaustic medium and more. Some of the topics covered include: working safely, preparing a substrate (paper, panel, braced panel), making paint and mixing colors, hot/cool techniques, digital image transfer, collage and embedding, incising, and use of a heat gun and torch. Many materials included: encaustic medium, beeswax, encaustic paint, and oil stick.

One-day class is 6 hours, 10am-4pm with a break for lunch. Two-day class is 4 hours each day, 10am-2pm. Come take a class: laugh, learn and take completed work home with you! Limit 4. 18 years+

One Day Session, Six hours
$150.00 for one person
$125.00 for each person, up to 4 students

Studio Encaustic Intensive Class Calendar for 2012:

January 28, 10am-4pm, Saturday.
February 25, 10am-4pm, Saturday.
March 17, 10am-4pm, Saturday.
May 26, 10am-4pm, Saturday.

Contact me at sisley-blinn@gmail.com
O’Fallon, MO. 63368 (About 45 min. from the Arch.)


Studio: “Introduction to Encaustic” Class Announcement

I am teaching four Saturday classes, “Introduction to Encaustic,” in my studio, O’Fallon, MO. USA. Each class is 4 hours long, and includes materials. See below for a copy of the class information handout

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Studio Workshop: Introduction to Encaustic
With MFA artist Lisa Sisley-Blinn

Saturdays April 9, or 23; May 14, or 28
Each class: 10AM-2PM
Tuition: $75/4 hour class
Materials & Lab Fee: No fee, basic material pack included.
Location: Studio of Lisa Sisley-Blinn. O’Fallon, MO. 63368

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Jumble Ice II

Encaustic is a paint medium composed of beeswax infused with damar resin and ground pigments. Layers are fused with heat and can range from transparent to opaque, wispy thin to thick and dimensional. Encaustic is luminous, forgiving and versatile.

Currently there is a resurgence of interest in this medium that is over 2000 years old. New encaustic paints, materials and tools, books and blogs, and dedicated researchers and instructors have generated a wealth of support and information. Safe studio methods for working, as well as shipping are well documented. And, there is a growing community of artists that create intriguing works and share their knowledge.

“Introduction to Encaustics” is a beginner level workshop, which will focus on current methods, materials and artists. After a brief history, we will explore studio safety, tools and materials, supports, heat sources, encaustic paints and medium, mark making, transfers, direct and indirect drawing, collage and embedding techniques. Go to “Workshop: Introduction to Encaustic”, https://sisleyblinn.wordpress.com/workshop-introduction-to-encaustic/, for additional class information regarding the materials list and class information.

Lisa Sisley-Blinn earned a BA in Art Education and Biology from Carroll College, and an MFA from Western Michigan University. Sisley-Blinn has been working with the encaustic medium for over 9 years, has attended numerous encaustic workshops, as well as International Encaustic Artists conference. Sisley-Blinn has paintings, prints and drawings in both private and corporate collections.

To register email: lisa@sisleyblinn.com