What do you get when you bring together renowned encaustic artist and author Michelle Belto and award-winning teacher and mixed media painter Lyn Belisle? An astonishing adventure that combines sculpture, wax, paper, ephemera, sacred symbolism and self-discovery called Mask, Robe and Rune.
These two artist-friends have collaborated in a new Artful Gathering workshop that pulls out all of the creative stops.
You will learn innovative techniques such as monoprinting with encaustic wax on rice paper and enhancing with metal leaf and walnut ink. More importantly, you’ll create your own symbolic language of self-discovery. And you’ll explore the iconic concepts of ceremonial robes, runes and masks as you create your own free-standing mixed media sculptural figure with wax, clay and paper.
This workshop will take your work to a new level of creative meaning and give you the “whys” that lie behind the “hows” of art making. Join Lyn Belisle and Michelle Belto on an unforgettable journey of spirit and form.
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Co-instructors Lyn Belisle and Michelle Belto
Lyn Belisle is a lifelong artist, educator and author from San Antonio, Texas, who has worked in an eclectic range of mixed-media arts and graphic design throughout her career. She became a self-proclaimed artist at the age of two. Lyn taught art in public schools for three decades and was a finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year in 2000 for her art and technology program for at-risk students. She offers numerous popular mixed-media workshops at Lyn Belisle Studio in San Antonio which she founded in January of 2013. Her favorite media are earthenware, beeswax, paper and fiber, and she has recently began a new series of PhotoEncaustic collages, one of which won Best in Show at the 2015 Artists Who Teach exhibit.
She has authored two articles for Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and a coloring book on the folk art of Mexico. Lyn has had six one-person gallery exhibits since 2011, and her work was recently accepted into the 2015 National Juried Encaustic/Wax Exhibition in Santa Fe, NM and to the International Encaustic Artists National Juried Exhibition in San Luis Obispo, California. She is represented by La Vida Gallery in San Antonio and Dan Pfeiffer Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Artful Gathering is her very favorite summer hangout! Her Artful Gathering Retreat workshops include Story Within a Story, The Mystical Cat Shaman, Small Worlds, Artful Faces, The Magic of Spirit Dolls, and Mask, Robe and Rune (co-presented with Mixed Media artist Michelle Belto). www.lynbelisle.com
I have been interested in art and education all of my life. My background in theater schooled me in many artistic disciplines: designer, choreographer, director, actress, but after twenty years and more than seventy productions, I ran out of theater steam somewhere around 1984. I entered graduate school to do my own artist work and found myself stepping back into theater with Hildegarde of Bingen, a one-woman show I wrote and performed internationally. The rest of my career has been varied– from performing for such groups as the National Conference for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to showing my encaustic paintings in Sydney, Australia. I’ve transformed a nineteenth century opera house into a dinner theater and created a center for spirituality and art in a renovated barn.
For the last fifteen years, though, I’ve been primarily a paper maker and exhibiting visual artist and an educator. It was a chance meeting that introduced me to wax. With the addition of encaustic on my handmade paper canvases, I knew that I had discovered a media and a direction that will take me the rest of my life to explore. Today I live in San Antonio and work full time as a visual artist and encaustic instructor. An instructional book, Wax and Paper Workshop, Techniques for Handmade Paper and Encaustic Painting, published by North Light Press, an article in Cloth, Paper, Scissors and two new videos on the process of working with wax and paper have been instrumental in creating a very full national and international teaching schedule for 2016 and 2017. Artful Gathering adds a new dimension to my work as both an artist and educator. I am excited to be a part of this exciting and growing community.