Melanie M. Brannan, Painter
Saturday, 10 a.m.
Melanie M Brannan is a full-time artist who LOVES to teach. She has public and private classes for adults and children. Her paintings are in private collections throughout the U.S. Mel has painted exclusively with GOLDEN Artists Colors since 2009. In 2017, GOLDEN trained her to become a Certified Educator for this premium line of paints, pastes and gels. She joined this elite group of international artists to become the North Texas Educator for GOLDEN. Melanie will demonstrate GOLDEN paints using the impasto technique. She will create a luscious thick abstract landscape in 45 minutes using GOLDEN’s heavy body acrylic and pastes. The painting created in the demo will be available for purchase with the proceeds going to Genesis Women’s Shelter. You can see Melanie’s work and classes at: MelanieMBrannan.com
Amy Tigner, Water Marbling
Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
Grapevine artist Amy Tigner will be demonstrating the art of water marbling, a process that was begun in 11th century Japan, developed in Turkey, and then imported to Europe in the 17th century. Water marbling has been traditionally used on paper for the book arts, but Amy marbles on silk, so that the end product is wearable.
The process begins with a tank of water thickened with carrageenan (a kind of sea weed), then the artist floats a design on top of the water using a very thin acrylic paint. Once the design is completed, she places a scarf or tie, treated with alum, on top of the water and the design is transferred onto the silk. The process seems truly magical and is great fun to watch. You can purchase her marbled scarves and ties from her Etsy site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/amytignerart or at the Urban Artist Market.
Lisa Long, Ceramicist
Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
Lisa Long is a former public school art teacher, turned full-time artist, living in Richardson, who loves working with clay. She will be demonstrating how to decorate the surface of clay using rice paper transfers and silkscreens.
The rice paper transfer method includes screen printing a design onto a sheet of very thin paper that is then left to dry and transferred to a clay surface. The paper is applied with water, rubbed on delicately, and then peeled away to reveal a beautifully transferred design.
The silkscreens can also be directly applied to the surface of the clay by rubbing in a thick underglaze mixture to print a design directly onto the surface. It’s a great way to get clean lines and beautiful images printed directly to the surface of any clay piece. This is what she uses to create a lot of her work which you can see at: lisalongdesigns.com
Charlotte Edwards, Metal Clay
Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Charlotte is Sr. Certified and has been teaching metal clay classes for the past four plus years — first at The Craft Guild of Dallas, and now currently in her home studio.
After working a few years doing fabrication, Charlotte Edwards was introduced to metal clay. Although she loved both, she loved metal clay more. Although the pieces are normally fired in a kiln, Charlotte teaches torch firing for those times when a student needs to whip up a gift in a hurry!
Charlotte Edwards will be demonstrating how to take silver metal clay and turn it into a fine silver piece of jewelry. (Fine silver being .999% silver, as opposed to .925% that is sterling.) The metal clay is made up of nano particles of silver, an organic binder, and water. Once the clay is sculpted, rolled, or otherwise manipulated into the desired shape, it is dried (to remove moisture), then fired with the torch, to remove the binder, and sinter the particles together. Once fired and sintered, you are left with a fine silver piece of jewelry.
Ariel Bowman, Paleoartist and Sculptor
Saturday, 3:00 p.m.
Ariel Bowman is a paleoartist and sculptor working in Flower Mound who uses science and art to reconstruct extinct creatures. Ariel is a passionate teacher who enjoys sharing the limitless possibilities of clay as a sculpture material through her workshops and classes. In this demonstration, Ariel will share her techniques for solid building an animal form in clay using an armature to capture immediate gestures and expressions. Techniques for modeling animal anatomy will be shared along with methods of using modern day animals as a reference for paleoart.