Claffey Workshop: Monotypes at the Encaustic Center July 26

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Debra Claffey’s 3 Hour Zoom – In – Person Hybrid: Tabletop Monotypes with Oil Paint and R&F Blending Medium at The Encaustic Center!

Hi friends! Please join me for this wonderful in-person group workshop at The Encaustic Center and Bonny Studio designed just for us by Debra Claffey who will be Zooming in!

Printing without a Press: Tabletop Monotypes with Debra Claffey using Williamsburg Oil Paint and R&F Blending Medium onto beautiful Kozo Papers!

Saturday, July 26th noon to 3pm

The cost of the workshop is $125 – Almost every supply included: A very big plus with all that’s offered here – and we’ll be working fairly large: 18″x24″ with a 10 person limit! – more info below. A full table for each participant.

(Masks required as of this date)

Workshop Description:
A 3-hour introductory workshop exploring the use of an 18″x24″ plexiglass sheet for making hand-pulled monotypes on paper with Williamsburg oil paint and R&F Blending Medium. Using stencils, color shapers, brayers, and other tools: we’ll produce vibrant and layered prints without a press. There will be a short talk about materials and tools, a demonstration of basic techniques with several approaches to choose from, time for working on your own, and then a work share for questions and discussion.
Materials, Tools and Supplies: Provided, optional and what to bring:
All items below are provided unless otherwise stated as optional or to bring: 18″x24″ plexiglass sheet R&F Blending Medium Practice Paper Kozo paper 2 per student torn to four 25″ x 18.5″ Odorless Mineral Spirits or Gamsol Soft Pencil Brayers Palette Knives Williamsburg oils (Debra’s favorite oil paint… I love it too!): Alizarin Orange and Indigo: plus white Provided but you can find more here: Williamsburg Oil Paint Plus one Holbein oil paint: Compose Green Plus white oil paint Messermeister Bowl Scraper Stencils and Textures (optional: I have some but bring more if you like:)
leaves (single session use–not dried–frozen makes them supple, I’m told)
netting – onion or daffodil bags Stencils: (Optional) I have some but bring more and / or make some of your own from paper, card stock or Dura-lar Oil paint brushes – bring more if you can (Optional) Silicone shapers – we have a few of these but if you’d like to purchase more, click here (Optional) Catalyst Tools – we have a few of these but if you’d like to purchase more, click here Bring: masking tape Bring: wax paper or glassine for travel while work is wet paper towels or rags – provided but bring more if you like R&F pigment sticks and blending medium are available for sale at 20% off The Encaustic Center
Bring your laptop, ipad or phone to Zoom in. Download Zoom – Debra will be contacting each participant for a brief group meet-up before the workshop to connect and answer questions. Each participant will have their own work table.
About Debra Claffey:
My paintings with drawing, in oil, wax, and mixed media, of plants and their foliage, interspersed with objects of “still life”, celebrate the complexity of the natural world and our place in it. These works are both painting and drawing, abstract and representational, with line and shape. Some are monotypes mounted to panel; others are painted directly to paper or panel. All have drawn and incised elements. Pattern and repetition leave hints of still life’s narrative, patches of daylight, and memories of movement. My experience in horticulture and organic land care has led me to focus in on the plant world and the assaults on the soil, biodiversity of plant species, and the protection of native flora. I feel that all these assaults arise from age-old and widely-held beliefs. One is that all the earth and its resources are ours as humans at the top of a hierarchy to use as we will. Another is that the other forms of life on this planet are lesser than we are, thus less deserving of respect or care. I celebrate plants: their great age and history on the planet, their intelligence and successful adaptions, their beauty of form, shape, and infinite color. I marvel in our new knowledge of their ways of communication, of making themselves attractive to us and other species, and the trading of “goods and services” that goes on between plants, fungi, bacteria, insects, birds, and even us mammals. My aim is to help my viewers appreciate plant life a bit more when they enjoy my work and in a hopeful and positive way.
Debra Claffey is a visual artist who uses encaustic, oil, and mixed media in her work. She holds a BFA in Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University and an Associate’s Degree in Horticultural Technology from the University of New Hampshire. In 2011, she received an Artist Entrepreneurial Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Claffey’s work has won several awards, including the Second Place Award at the Monotype Guild of New England’s Fifth National Monotype Exhibition in May 2018 and the Juror’s Award at the Anything But Flat Exhibition at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill. Claffey has curated five exhibitions, the most recent being The Space Between Shadow and Light for the Eleventh International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, Massachusetts in June 2017.
She is a Past-President of New England Wax, and Past President of the NH Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. Raised in Connecticut, educated in Massachusetts, she now lives and works in New Boston, New Hampshire.
Cost and payment: The cost of the workshop is $125.00 – due in full at the time of sign-up Please email to confirm availability and include which form of payment works best for you: Payment Options: ▪ via Zelle to ▪ via PayPal by logging into PayPal and sending your payment to ▪ via PayPal by requesting a PayPal invoice from me ▪ By check to The Encaustic Center, 580 W Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, TX, 75080 ▪ By credit card; call Bonny at 214-405-5993 ▪ By cash at The Bonny Studio or The Encaustic Center, please call or email Bonny to schedule a time: or 214-405-5993 Masks are required and social distancing is observed at this time. In the event there are further restrictions-forcing businesses to temporarily close, we’ll postpone for another date. Cancellation policy: In the event of cancellation after the workshop is paid in full; $62.50 will be refunded only if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Please let me know right away if you would like to join in and I will confirm space availability. Spaces fill up quickly!
The Encaustic Center:
580 W.Arapaho Rd. #271
Richardson, TX. 75080
Bonny Leibowitz