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Saturday, March 21, 2009
  registration deadline

I'm getting really excited about the upcoming workshop that I'm teaching at Rochester Art Supply next month, in Rochester NY. The dates for the class are the weekend of April 18-19, and registration closes next week, March 25. I'll be teaching techniques for using cold wax and oils to build up color and texture layers on multiple panels. If you are interested in attending, please click on the workshop link above for more details about the class, fees. Registration is limited but there are currently spaces for a few more people.

It will be a small group and I'm asking that participants have prior experience with oils, and either a background in abstraction or willingness to experiment. I'm expecting we'll pack a lot into 2 days, and ideas will flow.

A couple of people have asked me why I want to do this, to share my techniques with other artists--as if I have secrets to guard. They have asked me in a tone that borders on kidding, but it's a legitimate question, really. When I was first invited to do this workshop, to teach techniques that I have spent years developing, I will admit to some hesitation--mainly because I cringe at the idea of technique as an end to itself. When the point of a workshop is to say "here's how to paint like me" I don't think anyone really benefits--especially not the students, since just appropriating an instructor's technique leads to shallow work.

Instead, I expect that the techniques I teach will be added to the complex, personal repertoire of tools and ideas that each artist is already using. Technique is nothing more than means to an end, and true artists work in individualized ways with unique results. I look forward to seeing what happens as the participating artists carry the techniques I teach forward in their own work.

(The small painting above is as yet untitled--8"x6"--and recently completed.)
 
Comments:
You have stated this so well Rebecca! We can not speak authentically in another artist’s voice. If I were an oil painter I would love to take this class, to join in the flow of the creative juices. It is so stimulating to be in a class environment when the atmosphere is one of experimentation and the joy of creating. I wish you a rich, fun, and lively time!
 
Also; this painting is superb. I had to come back to look at it again!
 
Now that is one class I'd take...none in Chicago?
 
Thanks Leslie--and as for Hattermad, I'm open to suggestions for venues, nothing in the works right now...you are the 2nd person to ask about Chicago though so who knows!
 
Hi Rebecca. I wanted to drop by your blog after your visit to mine. Oh my goodness! I love the richness of your colors and textures! And the organic element! I'll have to come back and see more and surf your links. Cheers.
 
Oh, and one more thing: if you ever teach your workshop closer to the west coast, totally let me know. It sounds fascinating!
 
I have just registered for your oil/wax workshop in Rochester in April, and am looking forward to the event. As I am travelling from Ontario, Canada, will further information be coming re: accomodation, materials list, etc.? Thank you.
Barbara
 
Thanks Barbara! I look forward to working with you. Rochester Art Supply has all the details that you are asking about, and they will contact you. If you have any other questions about the workshop itself, please email me at crowellart@yahoo.com.

And Connie, thanks for your comments, and if you know of any venues in your area that host workshops like mine, please let me know. I am looking ahead to 2010 for places to hold the workshop.
 
Rebecca, I especially love the organic, loose and spontaneous feel of this one. Just beautiful.
 
thanks martha!
 
Thank you so much for sharing, your spirit and paintings with us. would love to follow this blog, cant find button? I would also love to attend one of your workshops, however I am in the UK and discovered you too late for this year, please keep me informed of further workshops
 
Ashtar--I don't seem to be able to figure out a "follow" button--this is a custom template that I need to update at some point! please go to my website, www.rebeccacrowell.com and join my mailing list to receive workshop updates. thanks! this post that you commented on was written back when I first started teaching--I now have quite a few around the country and now in Canada and Ireland. Hope you can attend one soon...
 
Beautiful works, I've been a printmaker [intaglio, relief] for 30 years and know little of encaustic wax, but these are indeed fine art. As to the why tell your secrets - really true art isn't about technique, it is about vision, about soul and how does one teach that? Each artist must find their medium of expression, and their expression by working at art - so teach away, if a technique leads to a thought or emotion that moves one how can we not teach what we do?

For me there is one rule in art: artists help artists. cheers, tim
 
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