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Cross Pollination: Handmade Paper + Encaustic

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Gretchen Schermerhorn is a printmaker and hand papermaker and is the Artistic Director at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University in 2004. Gretchen has completed artist residencies at Women’s Studio Workshop, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland, and California State University. Her prints, installations and works on paper have been exhibited in New York, Boston and Washington DC. She currently teaches in the printmaking department at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Cynthia Winika is a mixed media artist who shows her work in the U.S. and abroad. She is a national member of A.I.R. Gallery, NYC. Cynthia is the Encaustic Workshop Director/Teacher for R&F Handmade Paints and has been a visiting artist/lecturer at Yale University, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco Art Institute, Columbia College Chicago, and the Montclair Art Museum. Her paintings and technical advice on encaustic are featured in Collage for the Soul by Paula Grasdal, and The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax by Joanne Mattera.

Gretchen is the Queen of Paper (among other things) at Pyramid Atlantic, was a resident and taught a fabulous SAI class a few years back. And who could be better to invite to work alongside Cynthia than our favorite R&F teacher?

Cross Pollination:
Handmade Paper + Encaustic

Gretchen Schermerhorn & Cynthia Winika
July 15-19, 2013

Join WSW in collaboration with R&F Handmade Paints as we create contemporary waxed handmade paper works. During the first two and a half days participants will work with Gretchen in the WSW papermaking studio, using cotton, abaca, flax and ArtFarm fibers. Once the basics are mastered, we’ll investigate the potential of hand papermaking. We’ll create collages applying techniques of layering, embedding, translucency and opacity, stenciling, pulp painting, and embossing.

Using these handmade paper elements as starting points, we will spend the last two and a half days at R&F Handmade Paints in nearby Kingston for a wax-travaganza. This session will begin with an introduction to basic encaustic techniques. Then students will create deeply layered collages, working directly on the handmade papers or mounting the handmade sheets on panels. We will be saturating, bending, burnishing, dipping, dripping, staining, transferring, drawing, and carving into this natural wonder.

Tuition $775/$720 members
Lab fee $40
Class limit 7

This class is full, but vacancies do occur. Please call us at 845.658.9133 to be put on the wait list.


  • Swans, the ice she said

    Swans the Ice She Said was inspired by Ernest Shackleton’s voyage to the South Pole and the Chinese notion of the three perfections in art combining poetry, painting and calligraphy.

    Cynthia Winika, 2001. Buy it now.