Granular Spray, Sgraffito, and Watercolor Enamel with Alisa Looney (online)
June 19 – June 27
Expand your artistic tool kit by learning to sgraffito with ease in liquid enamel, and no more chipping! We will work on pre-enameled steel, adding layers of glass with granular spray, sgraffito and watercolor techniques to create colorful, custom surface treatments.
Join Alisa Looney as she shows us how to use spray application to achieve a buttery smooth surface and create extremely detailed sgraffito designs. Alisa will show you how to add color with watercolor enamels on top of your sgraffito for a rich, layered, and colorful effect!
Design, cut and prepare pre-enameled steel for enameling. Copper shapes can also be used. Learn to apply white liquid enamel with the granular spray technique, resulting in a powdered finish that allows you to sgraffito (scratch) clean lines with ease and control when making marks, textures and/or drawings into the surface. Experiment with several sgraffito tools to create varied line qualities and thicknesses in mark making such as cross hatching, stippling, brushing and combing.
This technique opens avenues for the freedom to work in any virtually any style: loose and expressive or detailed and precise. After firing the white layer, you will add depth and color by painting with Watercolor Enamels. Appropriate kiln-firing temps and techniques for each layer will be covered. You can expect to complete a series of small panels and jewelry elements during this workshop. Live demos and instruction in four separate three-hour zoom sessions will allow plenty of time to practice between sessions.
ALL LEVELS WELCOME! Prior enameling experience is recommended. Kilns are required for this workshop.
Saturday and Sundays 10 AM to 1PM Pacific Time
June 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2020
Materials List: Provided after registration
Registration: Maximum of 15
Refund Policy: No refunds unless your workshop position can be filled by another person.
Below is a fun video of Alisa demonstration her sgraffito process, drawing into the granular spray layer, using a sharp pin-pen tool, ending with close up (before firing in the kiln).
MORE ONLINE WORKSHOPS COMING SOON FROM OUR STUDIO:
Alisa Looney teaches enameling and her husband Wade Womack teaches wood block printing, from their studio, River Art Adventures LLC, in the beautiful Sunriver area of Bend, OR.
Super fun group of students showing off their creations at our Bend Oregon Studio.
Our mission is to help people connect with nature on a deeper level through art. Whether sketching on an outing, or taking your images further in a woodblock printing or enameling workshop, we want to help you find your unique expression.
Shifting to Online Courses during the pandemic…
We have made the difficult decision to postpone our in-person workshops until further notice. We have been turning our attention to creating our online offerings and we are working very hard to get them out to our students as soon as possible. We will be offering online classes in enameling with granular spray and lino-cut block printing, and will gradually expand from there.
We are so sorry to cancel our in-studio workshops as we very much enjoy working with you, our students, in person.
Please keep an eye out for our online workshop announcements, which will launch in the near future. If you would like to be on our email list, please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much for your patience and support while we adapt to the new normal.
Blessings and Health to you all,
Alisa and Wade
For Workshop Updates:
Online Classes on the way!
Those of you who have been waiting for my online classes will soon be pleasantly surprised! Thank you for your patience with our big move. I have been taking some fantastic videos, photos and detailed notes of my process over the past few years and have some incredible tools and techniques to share with you! Now that we are settled I have the time to assemble these materials and bring these skills directly to your studio. I know many of you have requested this online option for enamel on steel, granular spray, sgraffito, and watercolor enamel painting techniques. I am so very grateful to have learned from my incredibly skilled enameling teacher and past professor John Killmaster, who has given me his blessing to pass these techniques on to you. Be sure to keep an eye out for my unveiling, as this is a wonderful solution for those of you who can not travel and already have a studio to work in at your own pace. Thank you for your continued interest. I’m really Excited!!!
Excited to share this Alchemy with you!
View fun photos of past workshops on my blog.
JULY 2019 WORKSHOP
5-Day Summer Intensive
July 8-12, 2019
Go into depth with enamel on steel at our Bend, Oregon Studio.
Scheduled by request, I am excited to offer this 5 day workshop to up to 5 participants who want to spend some extra focused time with this craft. We will begin by studying many samples, and learning what is possible with each technique. Participants will have 5 days to develop work while creating their choice of Panel, Wall Relief or sculpture, as well as test pieces and jewelry. You will learn to cut and shape the steel, how to prepare the surface for enameling, apply the ground coat and fire in the kiln. Next you will add the white granular spray layer and use sgraffito methods to achieve fine detail with ease and control when drawing images, textures and marks in glass, while also learning appropriate kiln-firing temps and techniques. Add depth and color with liquid enamel spray and sgraffito applications, Watercolor Enamels, Acrylic Enamels, and Enamel Crayons. Experiment with layering and highlighting using various tools for mark-making, effects and textures. The possibilities will expand your horizons!
There are wonderful places to stay nearby in Sun River, and many fun outdoor adventures await during your down time, hikes, bikes, floating the river.
MARCH 2019 WORKSHOP:
at Carpenter Art Enamel Foundation
Draw & Paint with GLASS on STEEL – Alisa Looney Mar. 21- Mar. 24, 2019
4-day workshop at the state of the art enameling facility of Carpenter Art Enamel Foundation in Bellevue, Kentucky (Cincinnati area).
Set yourself free with granular spray, sgraffito and watercolor enamel techniques.
Achieve Fine Detail on Wall Relief (Spirit Mask), Panels and Jewelry.
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Don’t miss this chance to experience working in an environment where their “mission is to teach, support, and inspire the creation and use of enameled art and jewelry by hobbyists, artists, students, and educators worldwide.”… And not to mention seeing their extensive museum collection and the nearby Thompson Enamel factory!
> Oct 5 & 6, 2018 – “SEE US: Advocacy, Authenticity, Artistry”
2018- IAEA Fall CONFERENCE, Meridian, Idaho
Friday Morning Keynote, Breakout Session and Saturday Master Classes w/ Alisa Looney
Friday Afternoon Keynote and Master Classes w/ Cherryn Wight
Saturday Master Classes w/ Wade Womack, picture framer and woodblock printer
plus Optional Sunday Workshop-Enamel on Steel- w/ Keynote, Alisa Looney,
enamelist/sculptor and John Killmaster, Master Enamelist and BSU Professor Emeritis
at Fire Fusion Studio, Sunday, Oct. 7th 9:30 am – 4:30 pm – FULL
***Note: if you are wanting to attend this workshop but are not attending the conference, for registration instructions please email By Sept 28: email@example.com
Draw and Paint with Glass on Steel:
> Oct 12 & 13, 2018 – Pioneer Craft House, Salt Lake City, Utah – FULL
2 day workshop Registration deadline: Sept 21st:
Jan Harris Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-713-1004
Or Jodi McRaney-Rusho email@example.com, 801-865-7911