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  • $ 67500

Instructor: Gail Stouffer & Alice Benvie Gebhart

Altarista’s or small home alters are an expression of faith, art, and cultural heritage, with each one conveying the experience of its maker. Each altar is a sacred personal space filled with icons of importance to the heart of its owner. Traditionally, Altar makers have also established a creative and spiritual "space apart," which was a means for women to meet their artistic and spiritual needs, and at the same time challenge the "powerlessness" to which male-dominated cultural institutions had consigned them.

In this workshop, we will explore the Sacred Altar as Art. Using various glass and mixed media techniques, we will create imagery and symbols close to our hearts, our memories, and the significance of our personal homes and heritage. Whether you gain strength, comfort, or inspiration from your experience of home, you can convey your story of the power of home by creating your own sacred altar space.

We’ll be taking it to the next level, beyond just the printed image, to create mood, genre, and emotion. This workshop covers it all from concept creation to the final mounting. Get set for four intense days of making, story-telling, and sharing new techniques! The focus of this workshop is on the development of complex, layered pieces with inclusions and images in a 3-dimensional form. Students will create a biographical piece in which they will develop a scene including background, middle ground and foreground layers where their images and inclusions will reside.

Students will develop color schemes, work with photo manipulation software (Photoshop of Photoshop Elements), glass enamels and powder applications, screen printing, airbrushing, photo resist, and direct painting techniques, to apply imagery on multiple layers of glass. Additionally, each piece will carry an inclusion of small, but highly visible objects inside of the glass. Some mixed-media techniques will also be explored as enhancements.

Students will become skilled at preparing personalized images, creating backgrounds, working with photoresist films, creating their own silk screens, operating an airbrush, printing powder images, layering images, engineering inclusions into their work, specialty mounting, understanding adhesives, and mastering the firing schedules that deliver success, plus effective sandblasting and cold working techniques.

**This is a next level class. Students must have intermediate glass fusing experience to participate in this workshop. Previous image work is preferred. Students will need to bring with them pictures of their life experiences including their exteriors of their home, report cards, copies of birth certificates, photos of themselves, family member photo’s, etc. and any ephemera that will help them tell their story.

LEVEL - NEXT STEP - Glass fusing experience is necessary.

WORKSHOP - 4 Days - 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

CLASS FEES - $675 Due at Registration (non-taxable)

MATERIALS FEE - $200 Due on the Day of Class (taxable)

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