WORKSHOPS

Workshops at Chester Springs Studio include watercolor painting, oil painting, plein air, mixed media, ceramics, raku firings and more with guest artists.

 


The Painterly Approach—
An Exploration with Georganna Lenssen

Level: All levels
Limit: 12 students
Workshop Instructor:
 Georganna Lenssen
Date: Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 2-3, 2019
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
Two-Day Tuition:
$175 Member, $195 Non-member

In this workshop, we will explore the still life or image as a point of departure. Rather than simply responding, recording or representing that which is before them, students will be encouraged to ask themselves, and begin to understand for themselves, what is their connection to a subject, and what is its essence. We will discuss contemporary painters and approaches to painting while developing our working knowledge and visual awareness of composition, shapes, color, paint application and surface quality. Students will be challenged to be more expressive, bold and spontaneous, and to develop a visual vocabulary that best expresses their unique and individual observations. It is in this marriage of “interpretation” and “expression” that students will learn a more contemporary and liberating method of painting. Both individual and group critiques will be included. All levels welcome, although some (no matter how little) oil painting experience preferred.

 

About Georganna Lenssen

Born in Seoul, Korea, Georganna Lenssen graduated from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Awards include the Roy Lance Lauffer Memorial Prize, the Elizabeth Arramark scholarship, and the Wildlife Purchase Prize. Asian art—its deep reverence for nature and the vitality of its direct, spontaneous use of brush and ink—has strongly influenced her work. She incorporates these qualities, focusing upon gesture and movement as they express the essence and vitality of her subjects. Lenssen also teaches at the Wayne Art Center, as well as privately from her studio in Chester Springs, PA. She is represented by galleries including Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster, PA and West Branch Gallery in Stowe, VT.

 

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One-Day Shibori Workshop with Jean-Marie Baldwin

Shibori fabric folding technique.

Level: All levels
Limit:
10 students
Workshop Instructor:
Jean-Marie Baldwin
Date: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio,
Historic Yellow Springs
One-Day Tuition: $80 Member,
$95 Non-member
Material Fee: $30 (payable to instructor at first class)

 


Workshop Description

Textile Printing

Shibori is an ancient Japanese fold resist dye technique. Although it is a complete art form on its own, it is also a great introduction to working with dyes on silk and may be incorporated into other dye techniques.

There are no drawing skills necessary only folding, pleating and wrapping. It is good for beginners and also a useful technique for any textile artist. A quilter who would like to use their own one of a kind textiles will find it valuable. Each student will complete at least two silk scarves. Additional scarves available.

All materials and supplies included in fee.

 

About Jean-Marie Baldwin

Textile Printing

Jean-Marie Baldwin attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia on full scholarship. She researched print and dye techniques on fabric and then continued her art studies at Fleischer Art Memorial and the University of the Arts, both located in Philadelphia. Baldwin further developed her techniques while studying silk painting with Michele Marceuse, Shibori with Michael Olshefski at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Batik Painting with Janice Kline at Tyler Park and Batik Painting with Tatiana Eisenhart in Silver Springs, Maryland.  Jean-Marie has taught numerous classes and workshops on the East Coast, including the vonLiebig Art Center in Florida; and the Wayne Art Center, Mainline Art Center, Phoenix Village Art Center in Pennsylvania.

 


Phenomena Hokusai Fall by Paul Jenkins

Phenomena: Hokusai Fall by Paul Jenkins

Abstract Art Workshop with ADRIAN MARTINEZ

Level: All levels
Limit:
8 students
Instructor:
Adrian Martinez
Date: Saturday – Sunday, October 12 – 13, 2019
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
Two-Day Tuition:
$275 Member, $295 Non-member

What is your definition of abstract art? Why did it start and when? Like all creative activities, there is no single way of understanding abstract art; however, there are practical techniques to be learned—those practiced by 20th century artists, and artists today. This painting, drawing and mixed media workshop will be an exuberant exploration of each student’s connection to the past 100 years of avant-garde art. These lessons will be based on Martinez’s firsthand experience as a young artist in New York and London in the 1960’s and 1970’s and his close study of how abstract art and culture changed in the 20th and 21st century. Each session will begin with a brief introduction to a particular movement and the artist that best represents it. At the end of this class you will understand the visual language of abstract art, and how you can apply those techniques to any type of painting.

 

Adrian Martinez

About Adrian Martinez Adrian Martinez is an internationally known artist, teacher and lecturer. He was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Washington, D.C.  He received degrees from the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, Maryland (BFA), St. Martins School of Art in London, England (CS) and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (MA).  Adrian has exhibited his work in New York, Pennsylvania, Ankara, Turkey, Texas, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Indiana, California and London, England. A major retrospective of his work at the Chester County Art Association in 2002 was attended by First Lady Laura Bush and she and her husband collect his workPresident George W. and Mrs. Laura Bush commissioned him to paint two large landscapes commemorating the National Parks theme for the White House holiday season in 2007 and these two works are now installed in the George W. Bush Presidential Library. 

To learn more about Adrian, go to: www.adrianmartinez.com.

 

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Gas Kiln Glazing: A Closer Look

Glazing Workshop with Jessica Greet

Level: All Levels
Limit: 
12 Students
Instructor:
Jessica Greet
Date: Wednesday, June 26
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Chester Springs Studio
One-Day Tuition: $55 Member, $65 Non-member


Workshop Description

This three-hour workshop will explore cone 10 glazing in gas kilns. We will discuss best glazing practices and hidden tricks. Demonstrations will show basic methods as well as new techniques. Not necessary to bring any bisqueware along, but do bring a hand towel and notebook.

About Jessica Greet

Jessica Greet graduated from Kutztown University with a BFA in Related Arts, Visual Arts concentration. She has  worked with clay for over twenty years and enjoys exploring the growth process that this medium allows. Jessica’s  body of work primarily consists of wheel thrown functional stoneware.

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Electric Kiln Glazing: A Closer Look

Glazing Pottery for Electric Kiln Firings

Glazing Pottery for Electric Kiln Firings

Level: All Levels
Limit: 
12 Students
Instructor:
Jessica Greet
Date: Friday, June 28, 2019
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Location: Chester Springs Studio
One-Day Tuition: $55 Member, $65 Non-member


Workshop Description

This three-hour workshop will explore cone 6 glazing in electric kilns. We will discuss best glazing practices and hidden tricks. Demonstrations will show basic methods as well as new techniques. Not necessary to bring any bisqueware along, but do bring a hand towel and notebook.

About Jessica Greet

Jessica Greet graduated from Kutztown University with a BFA in Related Arts, Visual Arts concentration. She has  worked with clay for over twenty years and enjoys exploring the growth process that this medium allows. Jessica’s  body of work primarily consists of wheel thrown functional stoneware.

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Raku Firing Workshop with Dina Schmidt

 

Raku Firing Workshop

Raku-fired pottery

Level: All Levels
Limit: 
8 Students
Instructor:
Dina Schmidt
Date: Saturday, July 20
(Rainy date Sunday, July 21)
Time: 9 AM -3 PM
Location: Chester Springs Studio
One-Day Tuition:
$80 Member, $95 Non-member


Workshop Description

Join us for a Raku workshop. Experience the mysterious, spontaneous, and immediate process of Raku firing. Bring 6-10 bisque fired, average sized pots made of Raku clay or stoneware (low-fire clay will not survive the process). All glazes will be provided. We suggest long pants and closed shoes if you wish to actively participate in the firing process. Bring a brown bag lunch. Space is limited. Raindate Sunday, July 21.

About Dina Schmidt
Dina Patukas Schmidt earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art & Design and a Bachelor of Arts from Arcadia University, both with concentrations in clay. After graduate school, she was juried into the Resident Artist program at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia. Much of her work is Raku fired using a variety of glazes and metallic washes. It has been exhibited in group and solo shows regionally and across the country. Dina has enjoyed teaching at schools and art centers for over 20 years. Currently, she is the Chair of the Arts Department at Church Farm School, Exton, Pennsylvania.

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Preservation Skills Workshop:
How to Replace a Historic Cedar Shingle Roof

Crystal Diamond Springhouse, 2015. Photo by Mark Ashton.

Crystal Diamond Springhouse, 2015. Photo by Mark Ashton.

Level: Beginner to Advanced, No Experience Required
Instructors: Andrew Gustine
Saturday-Sunday, TBA
Time: 8:30am-6:00pm
Location: Lincoln Building
1685 Art School Road Chester Springs, PA 19425 Tuition: HYS and CCHPN
Members: $85 Non-Member: $100

During this two-day workshop we will undertake the replacement of cedar shingle roofing on the Crystal Diamond Springhouse, a small one-story stone building built in the 1850s to house the magnesium spring. Guided by two building professionals with over 70 years of experience between them, participants will strip the existing cedar shingles and remove them to be composted on site, repair the existing wood lath, and install new western red cedar taper-sawn shakes.

PAFA artists painting at the Crystal Diamond Springhouse, 1930s.

PAFA artists painting at the Crystal Diamond Springhouse, 1930s.

The hands-on work will be accompanied by instruction in the use of wood shingle roofing materials historically and its appropriate use in historic preservation today, including design choices like shake vs. shingle, amount of exposure and minimum pitch. The skills and processes that will be covered include condition assessment of existing wood roofs, measuring and estimating, personal and workplace safety, methods of layout and coursing, rules of thumb for shingle placement and nailing, and fastening methods. The workshop will meet from 8:30 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, with a break at noon for lunch (please bring your own).

Full scholarships are available for high school and college students. Email cpizzi@yellowsprings.org for more information.

 

Instructors for the Workshop Series 

Tony Vizzi, Affordable Copper Roofing

Tony Vizzi, Affordable Copper Roofing

Tony Vizzi has specialized in historic roofing materials and techniques since about 1981. With a background in finish carpentry he developed a keen interest in the highly detailed installation of slate, tile and metal roofs. For the last 15 years he has enjoyed sharing his knowledge with other contractors and has collaborated on many historical projects.

Facebook: Affordable Copper Roofing
YouTube: Affordable Copper Roofing: Keeping the Fires Burning
YouTube: Affordable Copper Roofing: Installing A Copper Barrel Roof

 

Workshop Instructor Andrew Gustine, Native Woods Restoration Carpentry

Andrew Gustine, Native Woods Restoration Carpentry

Andrew Gustine, owner of Native Woods Restoration Carpentry, is a master carpenter focused on rehabilitating and restoring houses, barns, and outbuildings for more than 25 years. He holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network, and Historic Yellow Springs, Inc.

Website: Native Woods Restoration Carpentry

Facebook: Native Woods Restoration Carpentry

 

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