WORKSHOPS

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


Oil Painting Workshop with Georganna Lenssen at Chester Springs Studio

Field of Mustards and Greens by Georganna Lenssen

 

The Painterly Approach—An Exploration with Georganna Lenssen

Level: All levels
Limit:
12 students
Workshop Instructor:
 Georganna Lenssen
Date: Saturday-Sunday, July 7-8, 2018
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
Two-Day Tuition: $140 Member, $160 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.

Pansies in Purple by Georganna Lenssen

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, July 14, 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
One-Day Tuition: $65 Member, $85 Non-member
Material Fee: $30 (payable to instructor at first class)

 

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.

Create colorful patterns and painterly designs in Shibori One-Day Workshop.

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


Jean-Marie Baldwin attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia on

Shibori silk scarf  by Jean-Marie Baldwin.

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.

 

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Notan Watercolor Workshop with Thomas O’Brien

Watercolor by Thomas O’Brien


Level: 
All levels
Limit:
10 students
Workshop Instructor:
Thomas O’Brien
Date: Saturday-Sunday, July 28-29, 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
One-Day Tuition: $110 Member, $130 Non-member

 

Enjoy the beauty of Historic Yellow Springs as you learn watercolor techniques used in the ancient Japanese art of Notan. A Japanese word meaning “dark-light,” Notan as it relates to art, is defined as the interaction between positive and negative space. Build a solid foundation in your painting through the use of shape and form. Learn to capture the essence of the surface by addressing the view, lighting, background and composition. Students learn to:

  • Improve observation skills
  • Develop color and value relationships
  • Build harmony through design and composition

The theory behind Notan is: positive and negative areas should complement one another. They must coexist without one dominating the other. All levels of experience welcomed. Materials list provided.

 

About Thomas O’Brien

Thomas O’Brien studied under Arthur Decosta at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, earning a Certificate of the Fine Arts. He earned an Associates Degree in commercial art and illustration at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. After a career as a technical illustrator and art educator, O’Brien continued formal studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and at Carlin Academy of the Fine Arts. His paintings have been included in numerous exhibits in the North East, and has received awards for his portraiture, still life paintings.

“When I am not in my studio, you can find me plein air painting. I enjoy observing my yearly surroundings, taking in the shapes, colors, light and shades and all nature’s luminous qualities. The way nature has sculpted the land, there is so much beauty on the surface, creating wonderful scenery. Light has a way of abstracting realism in a perfect way.”

 

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Introductory to Mold Making for Sculptors

Figure sculpture by George McMonigle


Level: 
All levels
Limit:
10 students
Workshop Instructor:
George McMonigle
Date: Saturday-Sunday, August 4 – 5, 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
One-Day Tuition: $120 Member, $140 Non-member
Materials Fees: Paid to Instructor

 

“Did you ever want to make a mold of one of your sculptures or wonder how they were made?” Maybe you had mold making back in school and wondered what has changed!

If so, this workshop is a perfect place to start. You will be making a silicon mold of a small (3′ to 4′) very simple sculpture. A demonstration will be given explaining modern mold making materials and techniques. Time will be given to create a small sculpture. George will then walk you through the step-by-step process of dividing your piece with shims, pouring layers of silicon and making a mother mold and a plaster cast of your work.

In mold making “size matters.” To get the most out of this workshop and an understanding of the process, we will only be molding a small simple sculpture. This same process can easily be scaled up for much larger and more complex sculptures in your own studios.

 

Each student will need to buy:

  1. Trial kit of Silicon, Mold Max XLS, from Smooth-On for $27.25 + tax
  2. Rubber or latex gloves
  3. Shop aprons
  4. Eye protection, simple safety glasses will do

All other material will be supplied.

If you would like to have the Silicon Mold Max XLS trial kit waiting for you at the first class:

  • Register at least one week in advance.
  • Choose the option with additional charge of $29 when you register for the class.

 

About George McMonigle

Sculpture classes, Chester County, Chester Springs, Chester Springs Studio

Sculpture by George McMonigle

Born in Hawaii, George McMonigle grew up enjoying the coast of Southern California, and later the Philadelphia area. After attending Temple University’s Tyler School of Fine Art George accepted the position as studio sculptor for the prestigious Edward Marshal Boehm Studios in Trenton, NJ. This started his long and successful career in porcelain sculpture– retiring in 2003 as the Senior Director of Sculpture for the Franklin Mint. George has pursued his passion for sculpture creating work in his Chester County studio for over 25 years. Although he produced sculpture almost exclusively in high-fired porcelain, and will always love the way white, translucent porcelain reflects light upon the human form, he now feels that bronze is the perfect material for his work. George is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society and the Society of Animal Artists in New York.

 

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Two-Day Faux Batik and Batik Workshop

 

Batik detail from Kimono created by Jean-Marie Baldwin.

Level: All levels
Limit:
10 students
Workshop Instructor:
Jean-Marie Baldwin
Date: Saturday-Sunday, August 18-19, 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
One-Day Tuition: $120 Member, $140 Non-member
Material Fee: $30 (payable to instructor at first class)

In the Faux Batik and Batik two-day workshop we will be working with hot wax on silk, creating images through layering of dyes, using the wax as a resist. Instruction and demos for both Faux Batik and true Batik will be covered. We will approach both applications in a more painterly manner than the traditional batik. One may work subjectively or abstractly. Students will have at least two finished pieces upon completion of workshop. All levels of experience are welcomed.

All materials are provided by instructor.

 

Close-up of faux batik design by Jean-Marie Baldwin.

About Jean-Marie Baldwin

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.

 

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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, TBA
Date: 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). If we don’t finish the job by Sunday evening, or if we have to cancel one or more days because of rain, we will finish the following weekend, May 26th and/or 27th .

 

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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