Enameled Steel for Large Scale Art : Working in an Industrial Setting

with Instructor Helen Elliott
September 25 -28, 2015 at KVO Industries in Santa Rosa, CA

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Participants will experience the unique opportunity to work in a highly organized facility. KVO Industries* works with artists using industrial enameling materials to create art in a very large, state-of-the-art furnace.

Explore the versatility of using liquid enamel on heavy gauge pre-coated steel, a great material for exterior installations. This workshop is about starting where you are so that no one is intimidated by scale.

  • work with one of the most interesting enamel painters working in the U. S. today
  • create pieces up to 24″ x 24″
  • discover how enameled steel can be used for outdoor public art commissions, functional objects, and architectural elements

In addition to the Thompson (inter-mixable water based enamels), we will also be using other industrial materials such as oil-based screening pastes or inks, as well as overglaze and underglaze materials.  A variety of brushes and personal mark-making tools can create realistic and abstract imagery through drawing, painting, stenciling, sgraffito and sifting.  By abrading the enameled surface layer, imagery from beneath is revealed to create additional information.

No previous enameling experience necessary.

* KVO Industries is a facility that specializes in the manufacturing of high resolution Porcelain Enamel signs and a wide range of other related services. KVO is situated in Santa Rosa, Northern California.

Helen Elliott  lives in Baltimore, MD. She is a studio artist, teacher. 1998 recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Fellowship. 2003 was awarded a 1% Public Art Commission for Lakeland Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore.  She has also completed a commission for the Inner Harbor Hilton Hotel in Baltimore City.  Her work appears in many publications. She has exhibited widely in the USA, as well as the UK, Canada and Jamaica. MFA Kent State University, OH.

Workshop Hours: Fri. – Mon., 10 AM to 4 PM , with meal breaks
Cost: $475 plus $50 materials fee
Materials List: Provided upon registration or when ready

Registration: Limited to 10
If the workshop is full, contact the Center for Enamel Art to be put on a wait list.

Refund Policy:
No refunds unless your workshop position can be filled by another person.

Lodging, Meals, Transportation:
Because the commute from the Bay Area can often encounter heavy traffic, the Center for Enamel Art will be working with a hotel in Santa Rosa to procure a block of rooms at a very reduced rate for those wishing to stay locally for the workshop. The Center will help you make your stay comfortable and stress free while you are a workshop participant. Car pools will be available for those wishing to drive to KVO.

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