Off to the PRESS

I just dropped off our postcard adverts this morning & they will be ready for CFE Instructors & Vendors to pick up at the end of this week!


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on the reverse side


Show a lil’ love…..workshop # 11 is here!

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WORKSHOP “Our Sacred Heart” with Clarissa Callesen

Each and every one of us has a heart that is sacred. A heart that loves, cherishes, protects, and hurts. Join me in creating an assemblage shrine to our beautiful and perfectly flawed hearts. We will be covering lots of techniques to alter and age new wood. We will cover the myriad of different ways to connect objects for assemblages. Through sculpting, painting, and distressing you will take everyday objects and turn them into a beautiful reliquary to your heart. I believe in embracing the grunge and cherishing the haphazard. This is both a project and technique based class which you will leave witha unique piece of art as well as skills useful for many different projects.

BIO: Clarissa is the creator of Strange and Wonderful Things, which is truly the best description of her work. She is the rescuer of tacky dolls and forgotten trash, with lots of laughter, hard work, and magic those items are reborn. Through her eclectic, mysterious, and surreal work she tells stories about the joy and tribulations that is the human experience. Clarissa teaching style is down to earth and fun, believing there is always more than one solution to a problem. Embracing the grunge and cherishing the mistakes are two of her primary philosophies. Clarissa brings her diverse experiences as a tattoo artist, functional potter, and gallery owner to teaching and sharing her true love the world of Mixed Media art. She exhibits throughout the Pacific Northwest at art festivals and selective galleries. She has been published in Linda and Opie O’Brien’s book, Who’s Your DADA? Written several feature articles for Art Doll Quarterly, and has been published multiple times in Somerset Studio. For more information, check out her blog at

Supply List:

  • Heart shaped found objects: beads, frames, charms, valentines, etc
  • A backing board for your heart: and old piece of wood, a book cover, a shallow box, etc
  • Small amount of collage materials (text and patterns are my favorite)
  • Small tube of E6000
  • An assortment of Acrylic paints (reds, browns, oranges, pinks, black, and white)
  • Paint brushes make sure to include a detail brush.
  • A palette for paints and a water container
  • Extra buttons, charms, old jewelry, and misc found objects for embellishing your heart

Optional Supplies:

  • Dremel and extension cord if you own one
  • Extra or different sized wooden heart blanks
  • Heat gun and extension cord

Kit fee $10 includes:

  • One 5”x 5” wooden heart blank
  • 2 small wooden heart blanks
  • Apoxie sculpt
  • Walnut ink,
  • Gesso
  • Construction adhesive
  • Tools to share

  Student registration BEGINS Sept 21, 2013

Monday MADNESS — 3 new workshops unveiled!!!

 #1          WORKSHOPIsland of deMented Toys‘ with Michael deMeng

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Remember the Island of Misfit Toys in the claymation epic “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. Well that’s nothing compared to what we’re going to do in this class. You’re going to bring all sorts of parts and pieces from a variety of toys. You round up everything from Barbies ,to Tonka trucks, to snow globes, to wind-up zeppelins, and reassemble them “into something rich and strange” (to quote Shakespeare’s The Tempest). Don’t worry if you toys aren’t dismantled yet…we can take care of that…bwwwwahahahahahaha (evil laugh – in case you were wondering). Using various techniques of assemblage we will turn our classroom in to a laboratory of the weird. Barbie and Ken will never be the same….as I said before ….bwwwwahahahaha.

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#2         WORKSHOPExquisite Enigmas” with Andrea Matus deMeng

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Skill level: All levels

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth” –Oscar Wilde

Maybe it’s because of the fairytales we all heard when we were kids – you know the ones with the grand masquerade balls…the fancy masks and ornate headdresses. Or perhaps it’s just because I like the idea of the alter ego….but whatever the reason, you have to admit that wearing a mask somehow makes you feel different, doesn’t it?  A simple bit of costuming over your face and inwardly you feel a transformation…not just visually, but psychically. With this in mind I thought it might be fun to spend a bit of time transforming the ordinary lives of old photographs into their enigmatic alter egos. In this class we will take portraits of everyday people and using paint, clay, collage, and found objects we’ll create masks, helmets, cowls and headdresses. You will be transforming the mundane into something elegant, opulent and mysterious.

Some of the specific skills we’ll be tackling in this workshop include:

-how to use tools for taking found objects apart and what to do to reassemble them into elaborate masks and headdresses.

-paint techniques, choosing colors, mixing colors, and combining paint with collage and objects.

-collage techniques, including collaging over found objects.

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#3          WORKSHOP “Marquis de Scroll” with Andrea Matus

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Skill Level: All levels

I was recently pondering what makes scrolls so intriguing. Was it the rich vast history they embody? Was it how they manage to bridge the artistic and the literary? Actually what I find to be the most fascinating aspect is its transformative nature. Totally unfurled the entire visual story can be revealed…or it can be revealed in smaller segments, making it so that a multitude of compositions are possible. Unfurl the only the top half and a totally different story is told than if the lower portion is revealed. In this class we are going to be working large! We’ll start off with a five-foot length of canvas (12” wide) and with our skillful addition of layers of paint, pastel and collage we’ll transform it into a visual narrative that can be deciphered and displayed like a scroll.

Some of the specific skills we’ll be tackling in this workshop include:

-using a compendium of collage material to formulate a visual narrative and a cohesive composition

-paint techniques, choosing colors, mixing colors, and combining paint with collage harmoniously

-collage techniques, including special tips for collaging unstretched canvas

-using layers of mixed media to seamlessly integrate collage items

LUCKY 7 … new WORKSHOP unveiled!

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  WORKSHOP “Pretty Vial Things” with Michael deMeng

When I was a kid I loved the idea of magic potions. Remember how Alice drank from the bottle to become very very tall, and of course Dr. Jekyll turned into his hairy eye-browed buddy Mr. Hyde the same way…different recipe apparently. There must be some very interesting mojo in those little containers …some good…some not so good. In this class we are not going to be making the elixirs (that might be illegal in some states) but rather we are going to be designing the little bottles that house these strange liquids. We will be using various assemblage techniques to create some pretty vial things; part of the fun is deciding what they are going to hold and coming up with the appropriate housing. Whether it for turning into hairy monsters (which comes in handy), a potion for invisibility (also very handy), or a place to store the water from the fountain of youth (send me two right away), the containers will be as rich and strange as the contents. Down the hatch!

BIO: My work is about transformations. It is about the transformation of the common into the sacred. Discarded materials find new and unexpected uses in my work; they are reassembled and conjoined with unlikely components, a form of rebirth from the ashes into new life and new meaning. These assemblages are metaphors for the evolutions and revolutions of existence: from life to death to rebirth, from new to old to renewed, from construction to destruction to reconstruction. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing.                             

Supply List:

  1. A couple of empty bottles. They can be made out of anything and can be any size or shape. Even simple bottles can be turned into something bizarre.
  2. Variety of found objects that might be interesting additions to the vial. Items like watch parts, gears, typewriter parts….just about anything, really. Milagros, bolts, pieces of old metal, straps of leather…anything.
  3. Mesh, scraps of burlap, or cloth can make for nice decorative coverings
  4. Collage elements
  5. 1/4lb Aves Apoxy Clay (non toxic epoxy putty) OR Free-Form Sculpt (if you’re in the Vancouver area Fiber-Tek in Burnaby carries this).  
  1. Paint Brushes (a couple small detail brushes, and some cheap brushes (1/2 inch to 1 inch in size)
  2. String, twine and wire (a couple of different smaller gauges)
  3. Basic Tools…pliers, scissors,
  4. Matte Medium – fluid
  5. Paint (acrylic…preferably Golden brand…either fluid or heavy body will work) small tubes will
    1. Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold
    2. Black (Mars or Carbon)
    3. Titanium White
    4. Pthalo Blue (red shade)
    5. Dioxazine Purple
    6. Van Dyke Brown
    7. Quinacridone Crimson
  6. Optional Paints
    1. Transparent Brown Iron Oxide
    2. Azurite Hue
    3. Quinacridone Magenta
  7. smattering of screws, bolts, nails (different sizes)
  8. Adhesives.
    1. Dap Kwik Seal Plus (white)- get this at the hardware store (you can also use molding or modeling paste)
    2. E6000

Student registration BEGINS Sept 21, 2013


6th Art Retreat WORKSHOP Unveiled !!!

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 WORKSHOPMixed Media Powertex Sculpture

with Delphine & Adele

 This is a fun and exciting class where students will learn how to construct a one of a kind standing sculpture (Approximately 33 cm in height). Starting with a wire armature you will learn how to flesh your sculpture with tin foil i.e. build your armature to resemble a human form. Your sculpture will then be mummy wrapped with masking tape. Next strips of T-shirt material are dipped into the Powertex fabric hardener and again mummy wrapped over the masking tape. You are now ready to dress your lady. You will then paint your sculpture with colours of your choice. Once completed you have a gorgeous one of a kind piece of art to take home with you. Your sculpture can also be kept outdoors all year long. Once you have learned how to work with Powertex your imagination has no bounds. You will be able to construct any size sculpture or artwork that you desire.

Powertex is a highly versatile product, with a Global Safety Seal of Approval.

The product is safe for Humans, animals and the environment. It is widely used by artists, hobbyists, schools, and people from all occupations.

Powertex can be used on any natural fiber such as cotton, silk, rayon, paper, leather, wood, fiberglass and concrete to name a few and washes off easily with soap and water.

We look forward to sharing a fun day with you!

BIO: Delphine: Delphine Hayes has always had an interest in the creative arts, using fabric, paper, watercolors and acrylics. She has been an instructor for Paper Tole for over 20 years instructing classes at local craft stores in British Columbia and Alberta. Over the past few years Delphine discovered Powertex and found to her delight, Powertex offered more than she had ever imagined. Delphine is the Powertex Distributor and Trainer for British Columbia. She offers workshops and Instructor Certification courses from her home studio in Victoria, British Columbia.

BIO: Adele: Adele Sather is a Certified Powertex Instructor/Trainer and Distributor from Calgary, Alberta. She has been creating and designing with a variety of mediums such as water colours, pastels, acrylics, sewing and jewellery design. Adele is very excited about working and creating with Powertex because this incredible product is very versatile and so easy to use! Design and create beautiful one of a kind projects for your home and garden. Let your inner Artist be your guide! Adele is looking forward to sharing her Powertex experience with you!

Art Supply Kit for Sculpture………………$50.00

 What to bring:

  • 1 Roll Aluminum Foil (not from the $ Store)
  • 2 X-Large or large 100% old Cotton T-Shirts, light coloured with no print or appliqué.
  • Acrylic paints your choice of colours and a metallic colour to highlight your sculpture.
  • 2 paint brushes one filbert and one round
  • An old pair of sharp Scissors (as it may get some Powertex liquid on them)
  • Embellishments for your Sculpture. (Optional)
  • Old hair dryer to semi dry your sculpture before painting.
  • Plastic wrap

Acrylics colors used in sample photo: Silver, Blue Violet, Deep Purple, and Metallic – Plum.

Embellishment used (optional): Swarovski Crystals around neck and on hair

  Student registration BEGINS Sept 21, 2013

Are you ready to see what is in store for SPRING 2014?

SPRING 2014 ~ Into the heART Art Retreat (May 22-25, 2014): We have decided to tease you just a little bit by introducing you to a workshop (or two) every second day, beginning tomorrow at 8am (pst) – Saturday Sept 7th.


We are so very excited that we want to let it build in you as well!

See you in the am with your hot coffee in your creative little hand. PS: I think pancakes and fruit are on the menu for us.   🙂   What will you be having?

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 We have found that everyone is an Artist whether you believe it or not!

We, as humans,  are built to be creative beings in whatever medium we chose to nourish. Yes, some are more refined or have come by it naturally, but trust us, you will love trying your hand at the workshops we have to offer you. Plus our Instructors are counting the days until they can meet you!   🙂

Soul Pancake has something inspiring to share with you on this subject.

Enjoy & see you soon!

*Thank you to Dirty Footprints Studio for sharing this Soul Pancake video on facebook.