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Plaster Piecework with Stephanie Lee
2-Day Workshop, Feb 9–10, 2013
in Studio CRESCENDOh
207 N. Broadway St., Suite L
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Give your brushes a little rest. Let your palette knives, mark-making tools, and fingers do the heavy lifting. Like a quilt that is made of individual fabric pieces, we are going to create a plaster quilt for your wall by working up a variety of textural plaster surfaces while we explore techniques in painting abstract landscapes and minimalist and textural still lifes.

The first part of class will bring with it a study in texture and creating various surfaces ready to receive paint. We will work wide and close, comparing large, sweeping strokes and small, restrained movements to get a better idea of your personal strengths when approaching the canvas. We'll execute crisp-edged, dreamlike quality that cannot be achieved with a brush and collage alone.

In the second part of class, we will shift into introducing color and shape, light and shadow, form and obscurity. We'll explore no-fail methods for translating subjects and perspective from existing imagery as well. At the end of the workshop, each student will have a collection of 5–10 pieces that can be constructed into a plaster "quilt" (which will be demonstrated) or leave separate as use in other ways (such as book covers, assemblages, etc.)

The focus will be on mixing paints with texture mediums, marbling and blending with chalk pastels and acrylics and experiment with scraping, sgraffito, and surface altering techniuqes. With a focus on the abstract and on the isolation of imagery from our individual mindscapes we will draw out simple studies in rich simplicity.

SCHEDULE (for both Saturday and Sunday)

  • Arrive & Settle: 8:30 :: Time for students to arrive, settle in, and grab a cup of coffee.
  • Class Segment A: 9:00-12:00 :: Class time with Stephanie who will demonstrate and guide the 1st part of class.
  • Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist's Village in Santa Ana, like The Gypsy Den, Chapter One, or Memphis at the Sandora.
  • Class Segment B: 1:30-4:00 PM :: Class time with Stephanie who will guide the 2nd part of class.
  • Show & Tell, Clean-Up & Depart: 4:00-5:00 PM


  • 3–5 Palette Knives in a variety of shapes and tips (with an offset head). I prefer wood-handled, metal ones like the ones here (labeled as painting knives) though plastic ones will work just fine.
  • 3–4 sheets of approximately 8" x 10" (inexpensive student-grade is fine). I recommend 300 lb but 140 lb will work fine too.
  • 3–5 (or more) additional wood substrates. Inexpensive plywood is perfect or you can use cradled artist panels. Do not bring particle board or straight lumber.
  • Your favorite brand of HEAVY BODIED acrylic paints including titanium white, raw umber, and black. Bring as many or as few additional paint colors in your favorite palette.
  • Small bottle of matte medium of your choice and brush to apply it.
  • A few various, inexpensive artist brushes including:
    • a fine-tip one
    • a filbert
    • an angle brush (1/2" to 1" wide)
  • 3+ images from magazines or photographs. I recommend you get a color copy made of any images you would like to preserve the original of. We will be marking on these images though not necessarily collaging them.
  • Various tools for scratching, scraping, and creating texture. For example, awl, old pencils, hair combs, etc.
  • Rags + ruler + scissors


There will be a $10 Kit Fee that the teacher collects for the following items provided for each student:

  • Texture mediums
  • Additional substrates


  • Stephanie will have a limited number of original art items on hand for those interested in purchasing her art.
  • Due to limited class size, the spot for this class is transferable but payment is non-refundable. Please read about this policy in our Studio Policies.

Please read class policies for Studio CRESCENDOh here. By purchasing this class, you are agreeing to abide by the class policies.

Stephanie Lee is an artist, author, and teacher. Learn more about her art here.

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