Ancestor Art Parties







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Why Ancestor Art?

It’s Beautiful and compelling stories of kindreds; grandmothers, fathers, aunts, mothers, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, children and the People we love and call Family.

You might discover from bringing ancestors “back to life” through collage, ephemera and encaustic wax, there is an unexpected kinship . . . our collective human story appears during the creative process.

I have found that during these events our common humanity becomes evident.

Even though we may not share the same biological features, we often find we do share common themes:

  • the pride in our family, heritage or accomplishments

  • the need for comfort and companionship

  • the instinct for survival and resiliency in the face of adversity

  • the desire for health and happiness 

  • the need to be seen, heard and accepted

  • and more  . . .

These are shared aspects of our human experience: they inspire and guide our lives no matter who we are, no matter how different we are from others, no matter where we live.

Ancestor Art is the perfect way to highlight a modern photo lost amongst the cloud -OR- finally get that antiquated photo out of closet!

Now scheduling private gigs for 3-6 people at Creative Communion Studio #103 + road shows!

Pendleton Art Center / 1105 Central Ave / Middletown, OH 45044

Availability: Daytimes, evenings + weekends. . . let’s get your Ancestor Art party on the calendar! 

CHOOSE YOUR PARTY FROM 3 FAVES!

#1 Encaustic Story Collage

Description: Design one 12 X 12 ” masterpiece using original vintage/decorative papers, inks, stencils, ephemera, found objects and an evocative ancestral photo to tell your family story.

Workshop Length: 3.5 -4 hours 

Cost: $50 per person

Techniques: collage, principles of design, encaustic, mixed media, 3D

Highlights:

  1. Dig through old suitcases full of vintage papers + mishmash stash
  2. Learn collage layouts, principles of design and tricks of the trade to create a collage story.
  3. Use encaustic medium as an endearing top coat

Everything is provided. Feel free to bring misc. flat backed 3D treasures + tokens to personalize your story. You won’t regret listening to the ancestors and will leave with a completed masterpiece. 

OPTIONAL: Create a ghostly image transfer of your ancestor photo for a see-through effect for $5 extra. Your photo will need to be emailed to me prior to class for editing, sizing, proofing and printing.

What to bring: BYOAncestor photo: copy or original, ideal size 5X7” — 8X10”. No photo- no problemadopt an ancestor from my extensive family of snapshots. Photos will be permanently altered w/ paints, inks, cutting and wax. 

All skill levels welcome. Ideal ages: teen/adult


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Ancestor Art Face 1

Ancestor Art THREE

#2 Trifecta of Tributes

Description: Create three 8X8″ tributes to tell an ancestor art story. {This workshop is similar to Encaustic Story collage except you are creating 3 8X8 pieces.}

Workshop Length: 3.5-4 hours

Cost: $65 per person

Highlights:

  1. Dig through old suitcases full of vintage papers + mishmash stash
  2. Learn collage layouts, principles of design and tricks of the trade to create a collage story.
  3. Use encaustic medium as an endearing top coat

Everything is provided. Feel free to bring misc. flat backed 3D treasures + tokens to personalize your story. You won’t regret listening to the ancestors and will leave with a completed masterpiece. 

OPTIONAL: Create a ghostly image transfer of your ancestor photo for a see-through effect for $5 extra. Your photo will need to be emailed to me prior to class for editing, sizing, proofing and printing.

What to bring: BYOAncestor photo: copy or original, ideal size 8X8 or smaller. No photo – no problem: adopt an ancestor from my extensive family of snapshots. Photos will be permanently altered w/ paints, inks, cutting and wax. 

All skill levels welcome. Ideal ages: teen/adult





#3 Captured Ancestors Pendants

Description: Create three pendant necklaces and capture a sweet ancestor story. 

Workshop Length: 2.5 hours

Cost: $40 for three necklaces

Technique: collage, principles of design, jewelry, DIY pendants, mixed media

Highlights:

  1. Create three mini collages housed within a pendant tray and glass cabochon. Leave with 3 completed necklaces.
  2. Choose your pendants and cording from the bezel bar {brass, silver and bronze, circles, rectangles, ovals, zinc alloy, lead and nickel free. 

Everything is provided. 

What to bring: BYOAncestor tiny photo: copy or original, working small 1” H X 1” W. No photo, no problemadopt an ancestor from my extensive family of snapshots. Photos will be permanently altered with cutting and gluing 

All skill levels welcome. Idea ages:teen/adult 


Captured Ancestors 1

Captured Pendants 2
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