Heat, it turns out, is also an important part of an artist’s toolkit. Here are a few of our classroom videos where temperature plays a role, and how you can participate this season. (And you can see the full catalog online.)
1. Raku firing
In this video, Art League ceramics chair Blair Meerfeld fires ceramic work using the raku process. After the raku ware is heated in a kiln until red-hot, the pieces are placed in metal cans filled with combustible material, like newspaper. The paper ignites and the smoke completes the process:
The raku firing workshop is currently TBA, so stay tuned for raku firing opportunities!
Beeswax, pigment, and heat are the critical ingredients for painting in the ancient medium of encaustic. For our encaustic workshop, the jewelry studio becomes a painting studio for a few days. Warm wax allows for some interesting transfer techniques, like the simple photo transfer here:
For an exploration of temperature as it relates to color choices, you can’t go wrong with a color study. In this demo, artist Danni Dawson shows how to build a portrait starting with some pretty wild colors: