Encaustic – Dia de los Muertos Class NEW!
Friday, October 27 9:00 - 3:00PM
Instructor: Alix Christian
Dia de los Muertos, a high-spirited Mexican holiday literally exploding with color, is one of our favorites. Despite the macabre imagery, it’s all about celebrating life. Revelers believe it’s the one time each year that souls of the departed can return and commune with those left behind. In the spirit of Dia de los Muertos, this introductory class is designed to celebrate the memory of someone who was special to you. You’ll experiment on wood panels with a variety of encaustic tools and techniques in order to create texture, modulate color, build up layers to create visual depth, carve lines and patterns, and add text and images. If you’d like to celebrate someone specifically, bring in small mementos such as photos, a pin or small piece of jewelry worn every day, a fishing lure, a pet’s tags, a cracked piece of china from mom’s favorite tea cup – just about anything. We love the way the hot melted wax transforms paper and objects in unexpected ways. Your piece doesn’t have to be about a specific person, though. Instead, create something more playful and fantastical in the spirit of the holiday’s colorful sugar skulls and whimsical skeleton figures. There will be a variety of found objects as well as traditional Dia de los Muertos papers and decorations for you to work with. The class is held at the instructor’s studio in North Boulder- GARAGE GALLERY 4593 North Broadway, #C-105 Boulder, CO 80304
Please bring the following optional materials:
- an apron
- mementos of the person you’d like to celebrate. Make copies of any images since an original will be destroyed by the process. For best results, the copies should be on non-glossy photo paper. Make multiple copies of the same image just in case the first try doesn’t turn out the way you want.
- Dia de los Muertos papers and decorations.
- sack lunch and water bottle (There is a coffee shop with a small selection of lunch items across the street.)
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Alix Christian likes to play with fire. She's an encaustic artist who mixes beeswax and tree resin with pigmented colors, then heats the layers with a blow torch. Alix earned her BFA in Portland, Oregon, and her MFA in West Texas. Her work has been exhibited as far south as Texas and New Mexico, north from Minnesota to Michigan, and across the Atlantic in Assisi, Italy. Alix taught Fine Art and Computer Graphics at Amarillo College for seven years, and has resided in Colorado since 2010. Though typography is a love of hers, encaustic was "the first medium to catch me and now it won't let go". See Alix's work at alixchristian.com or on Facebook.