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  • 2018 Summer Arts - Leisa Rich

    Workshop Title
    June 15 - June 16, 2018
    Medium: Mixed Media Textile
    Level:  All Levels  
    Cost: $300 - price includes tuition & healthy, catered lunches each day

    (on campus housing available - see below)

    Fosshape is an extraordinary low-melt polyester fabric that transforms from a soft, 2 dimensional “cloth” to a hardened, layered or 3-dimensional form with the use of high heat. During this workshop, you will use a heat press, heat embossing guns and an industrial steamer provided by the instructor to complete two projects: a layered landscape or abstract painting and a 3 dimensional sculpture. Hand and spray application techniques using acrylic paints will be used to color the pieces. Painters looking for new surfaces to work on and new artistic challenges, sculptors seeking lightweight armature applications and sculptural forms, wearable artists wanting fast techniques to use in the making of costumes, and Cosplay designers, will find many uses for this incredible, transformative material. This workshop will give you an introduction to new vistas of creative discovery! 

    Leisa Rich is an experimental artist working in 2D, sculptural, installation and viewer interactive format. Using the detritus of society, unique methods on common materials, fiber art-based techniques including Free Motion Stitching -- a method of "painting" with thread using a sewing machine -- and 3D printing, she engages the viewer tactilely and visually. Rich holds Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts & Bachelor of Education in Art degrees and teaches in universities and arts centers around the world, and her studio at The Goat Farm, in Atlanta. She is in many books, most recently The Art of Nature, Textile Art Around the World, Mastering the Art of Embroidery, The Best of American Sculpture, and Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape, and featured in numerous magazines, on-line, and in televised interviews that include PBS. She has pieces in the permanent collections of Emory Healthcare, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Kamm Foundation, The University of North Texas, The University of Texas- Pan American and in private collections.

    She recently published her first children's book, Animal Alphabet Traveling Twisters.

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    Summer Workshops
    • A full refund is made when a student registers for a workshop that is canceled or already full at the time of registration.
    • An email or letter cancellation is required for withdrawals. Students who withdraw before April 30 receive a refund of the workshop deposit less a 25% registration & processing fee. Any housing and meal deposits will be refunded in full.
    • If a cancellation is made after April 30, the deposit is forfeited, but a credit for the amount may be applied to another workshop that same calendar year. You may also transfer your deposit to a friend or family member for that same calendar year or make a  tax deductible donation  to Cullowhee Mountain ARTS. (There are some workshops that may have earlier cut off dates due to demand - this will be noted in your confirmation email.
    • Students who withdraw after May 1 even if workshop was paid in full, receive  no refund  but can transfer to another workshop during the calendar year or transfer their deposit to a friend or family member for that same calendar year or make a  tax deductible donation  to Cullowhee Mountain ARTS. 
    • If you are flying, we strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent in the event an unforeseen medical emergency.

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