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Workshops

 

Upcoming Workshops


 

Click on Workshop Title for Full Description
July 5 – 11, 2017 Fibre Arts Australia
Advanced Encaustic Painting Adventure

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia (5 Day Program)
July 15 – 17, 2017 Timeless Textiles Australia
Encaustic Collage – eclectic! playful! limitless!

Newcastle East NSW, Australia (3 Day Program)
July 21 – 23, 2017 Playful & Limitless:
An Introduction to Encaustic Collage!

thestudio@54, Ocean Grove, Victoria , Australia (3 Day Program)
August 28 –
Sept 1, 2017
Order and Chaos, Fire and Ice
An Adventure in Calligraphy and Encaustic
with Nancy Crawford and Massimo Polello

(5 day program)
Fort Langley, BC

FULL ENROLMENT – If you would like to be notified in case of a cancellation please click here and enter your email address and name.
October 10—11, 2017New! Inspired by Calligraphy: Exploring the Artistic Possibilities of Mark Making with Wax
(2 day program)
Salt Spring Island, BC

We will link the program title when registration is open
May 21 – 30, 2018New! Expressing Your Tuscan Story: A 10-Day Exploration in Encaustic and Photography
(10 day program)
Tuscany, Italy

Program Details


 

Nancy is a wonderful instructor who lays out the right balance of studio knowledge and “hands-on” work, and she does it all in a wonderful, calm and friendly manner.
—Gloria Jorgensen (Introduction to Encaustics)


Monday, August 28th to
Friday, September 1st, 2017

10:00am—5:00pm

Order and Chaos, Fire and Ice
An Adventure in Calligraphy and Encaustic
with Massimo Polello and Nancy Crawford
(5 day program)

Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada
The Langley Fine Arts School
9096 Trattle St, Fort Langley

Massimo Polello ImagesJoin master calligrapher Massimo Polello and artist Nancy Crawford for an exciting week of calligraphy and encaustic painting, exploring the dualities of Order and Chaos, Fire and Ice.

According to classical science, the definition of Chaos was an “absence of order”. Today Chaos is considered a form of complexity. If we look back to Greek mythology, the Cosmos or Universe was a beautiful, well-ordered whole that arose out of Chaos. Order and Disorder, Cosmos and Chaos are in fact etymologically related. Is it not natural then for us as artists to want to participate in this dance, this exploration of Order and Chaos?
Nancy Crawford Calligraphic ArtThe Lettera Capitalis Monumentalis are perfect examples of precision and equilibrium; ORDER in the classic and purest sense of the word. Peace and security are conveyed as in the upright columns of a Roman temple. The aim of the first part of the course is to present the Roman letters in their purest forms, their construction, ductus, proportions and spacing, written initially with an ordinary pencil and then with a flat brush, horizontally and then vertically as the first letters were. Even at this early stage of the workshop we might discover that the Lettera Romana is perhaps not as “in order” as it seems, and that its basic shape always depends on fortune, timing and the moment of writing.
The second part of our calligraphic focus will be on exploring different ways of executing a freer form of writing, freer in the sense of inviting the unexpected, random and fantastic. In essence, a form of writing that is driven by instinct and comes from the “gut” – the place that many oriental traditions believe houses true knowledge. The aim is to encourage every student to develop his/her own technique.

Finally, we will combine lettere capitalis and free writing, Order and Chaos, through a process of layering our calligraphy with encaustic medium, a luscious surface of beeswax and damar resin. This ancient technique that originated with the Greeks will provide an exciting process for us to continue our exploration of our dynamic dualities adding additional colour, depth, texture and finishes.

Nancy Crawford Calligraphic Art 15-Day Program Investment
$825.00 + GST = $866.25

Your tuition covers most supplies including papers, wooden panels, adhesives, encaustic medium, oil paint, metal leaf, enamel paints, assorted graphite media, pan pastels, India ink, and more. In addition, your fee includes the use of all studio equipment including grills, heat guns, torches, several brushes, tools and drawing boards. The studio space itself is a large, open space with great ventilation and double doors leading to an outdoor courtyard. Your fee also includes 5 catered lunches.

Upon registration for this program, you will be sent a small supply list of calligraphy materials to bring along (pens, brushes, some inks and gouache) in addition to a questionnaire to fill out that will help you identify a concept or idea to work with and develop over the course of the workshop. At that time we will also check for any dietary constraints or preferences.

Accommodations: There are several options for staying close to the studio venue. Please email us to receive an accommodations list.

Massimo Polello and Nancy Crawford

 

This course is now full. If you would like to be put on our waiting list please enter your information here and click on the confirmation link in the email you will receive. It’s not unusual for us to have a cancellation and we have been able to place people from the waiting list in the past 🙂

 

Workshop Archive


 

March 14 – 16, 2017 Advanced Encaustic Techniques
(3 day program – small class size)
Fort Langley, BC

FULL ENROLMENT
March 11 – 13, 2017 Introduction to Encaustics
(3 day program – small class size)
Fort Langley, BC

FULL ENROLMENT
October 3 – 9, 2016 Creative Excursions:
A Photography and Encaustic Adventure in Tuscany
Week 2 – Tuscany, Italy (1 or 2 Week Excursion)
September 26 –
October 2, 2016
Creative Excursions:
A Photography and Encaustic Adventure in Tuscany
Week 1 – Tuscany, Italy (1 Week Excursion)
FULL ENROLLMENT
August 22 – September 2, 2016 Portfolio Development: The Power of a Personal Series
with Nancy Crawford
(10 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
FULL ENROLLMENT
August 8 – 12, 2016 Creating Stunning Artist Books:
A Week of Words, Marks and Collage
with Nancy Crawford and Kayla Preston
(5 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
July 26, 27 & 28 2016 Advanced Encaustic Techniques
(3 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
FULL ENROLLMENT
July 23, 24 & 25 2016 Introduction to Encaustics
(3 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
FULL ENROLLMENT
July 8 – 10, 2016 An Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wax:
An Encaustic Adventure
Donna Downey Studios, Charlotte, North Carolina (3 Day Program)
FULL ENROLLMENT
July 2 – 5, 2016 Inspired By Calligraphy:
Exploring the Artistic Possibilities of Text and Gestural Letterforms
Open Studio, Lexington, Kentucky (3 1/2 Day Program)
April 2 & 3, 2016 Introduction to Encaustics
(2 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
February 27 & 28, 2016 Inspired by Calligraphy:
An Exploration of Wax and Words
(2 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
January 23, 2016 I Feel Stuck…Now What? Strategies for Developing a Series and Generating Ideas
Demo at OPUS Granville Island 12 – 2 p.m Vancouver, British Columbia,
Call (604) 736-7028 to register

FULL ENROLLMENT
December 12, 2015 I Feel Stuck…Now What? Strategies for Generating Ideas and Developing a Series
Free demo at OPUS Downtown 11 – 1 p.m. Vancouver, British Columbia,
Call (604) 678-5889 to register

FULL ENROLLMENT
Week 1 Monday, August 24
to Friday August 28
(5 day program)
Week 2 Monday August 31 to Friday, September 4
(5 day program)
Human Figure Intensive (Two 5 day programs)

 

Saturday, August 15 and
Sunday, August 16
Encaustic Collage (2 day program – small class size)

 

Friday August 7,
Saturday August 8 and
Sunday August 9
Introduction to Encaustics (3 day program – small class size)
FULL ENROLLMENT

 

June 29, 30, July 2, 3 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
July 6,7, 9, 10 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
July 13, 14 (Monday, Tuesday)
(10 sessions in total)
Getting In! A Comprehensive Preparation Program for
Art School and Beyond

 

Saturday,
May 23 2015
10:30—12:00 Presentation
12:00—1:00 Book signing and questions
OPUS Langley
Getting In! Preparing for Art School

 

April 21 -29 2015 Flavour of Spain 1 week Encaustic Workshop in Spain
During your 9 days in Spain you will create several encaustic panels that document and celebrate your experiences in Spain along with other imagery. In addition to the techniques that will be introduced and explored that deal with encaustics, we will also delve into creating powerful compositions, creating an exciting focal point in your collages and how to develop a series of works exploring one central idea or concept.

Join Nancy for a thrilling week in Spain and learn a variety of ways to add luminosity, texture, depth and delight to your work. No prior art experience is necessary and this is a great activity for couples!


 

Saturday,
April 11th, 2015
10:30—12:30
OPUS Langley
Encaustic Adventures 2: Advanced Encaustic Techniques
FULL ENROLLMENT – 2ND CLASS ADDED

 

Saturday,
March 28, 2015
10:30—12:30
OPUS Langley
Encaustic Adventures 1: Expanding Your Artistic Range
FULL ENROLLMENT – 2ND CLASS ADDED

 

November 19 & 26, 2014
December 10 & 17
January 14, 21 & 28, 2015
February 4, 11, 18 & 25
March 4
5:30—8:30 Each of the 12 Days
Getting In! A Comprehensive Preparation Program for
Art School and Beyond

FULL ENROLLMENT

 

Mon—Fri
August 18th—22nd and
August 25th—29th
9:00—3:00
Each of the 10 Days
Getting In! A Comprehensive Preparation Program for
Art School and Beyond

 

Sat and Sun,
August 16th—17th
10:00—4:00 each day
Encaustic Collage (2 day program – small class size)

 

Saturday, July 12, 2014 Opus Granville Island 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Encaustic Collage – Eclectic! Playful! Limitless!
FULL ENROLLMENT

 

Fri, July 4th—Sun, July 6th
10:00—4:00 each day
Introduction to Encaustics (3 day program – small class size)

 

Sunday, May 25, 2014 Opus Langley 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Encaustic Collage – Eclectic! Playful! Limitless!
FULL ENROLLMENT