Machetanz Arts Festival

Friday - Saturday, May 31 & June 1

REGISTER FOR WORKSHOPS HERE! 


Full Day Workshops

Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1

(Click the Workshop titles below for Details)
  • Encaustic Wax Painting with Judy Vars

    Workshop Description: Encaustics is an ancient art form: painting with melted, often pigmented, beeswax. Students will learn and explore mixed media wax painting – from image transfers, collage, and embedding objects in wax, to impressionistic painting techniques. This workshop will be an excellent introduction about how to make your own luminous encaustic paintings. 

    Biography: Judy Vars has realized her dream to move to Alaska, to settle down in a cozy cabin next to a lake with her beloved other, and her critters, and to create ART to her heart’s content. Inspiration is everywhere, so she keeps her heart, mind and spirit open to creative possibilities. 

    Judy works in oils, three-dimensional mediums, and found objects. She fell in love with encaustic wax (heated and fused beeswax) and beeswax art. She has taught and demonstrated encaustic wax techniques to anyone who wants to learn about this fascinating medium. 

    Judy believes art is essential to our happiness and can raise the consciousness of a community. She enjoys lecturing about encaustics and teaching art at Michael's and to youngsters in remote villages. 

    Class Date, Time: Friday, May 31, full-day session, 9 am–4 pm (lunch 11:45 - 1:15) 
    AND

    Saturday, June 1, full-day session, 9 am–4 pm (lunch 11:45 - 1:15)

    Workshop Cost: $120
    Materials Fee:  $35
  • Mixed Media Extravaganza with Francine Dufour-Jones

    Workshop Description: Join Francine for an exciting time exploring, playing, and having fun! Be introduced to new art supplies. Francine will share videos, demos, and handouts for your learning experience. Try your hand at new texture making techniques with Acryl Mousse or molding paste, buttery smooth Art Crayons, non-aerosol Acrylic Sprays, and yummy, translucent, vibrant Aqua Inks. Francine will provide an “art buffet” with art supplies to experi-ment and play with, such as “Geli Plates,” unusual substrates, art crayons, stencil, acrylic sprays, alcohol inks, and fabric painting supplies. No experience required! Bring your willingness to explore and be creative! 

    BiographyFrancine Dufour-Jones loves pure, bright color. She does many art forms, but lately the ones that interest her are those that allow her to express her love of color: alcohol inks, silk painting, digital art and acrylics. A silk painter for years, Francine found that alcohol ink dyes have the same intensity and magic. You can see Francine’s art online at Art by Francine. 

    Additional Information: See supply list on registration page.

    Class Date, Time: Saturday, June 1–one full-day session, 9 am–4 pm (lunch 11:45am - 1:15 pm)

    Workshop Cost: $60
    Materials Fee:  $20
  • OIl Painting with Nancy Angelini-Crawford

    Workshop DescriptionPainting the Poetic Landscape in oils will teach you how to approach a scene, plein air or photograph, and interpret it with a strong composition and value structure. With clear instruction for beginners to intermediates, you will learn how to mix and apply paint in order to achieve the effect you want to convey. In one day you will have enough information to never want to stop! 

    Biography: Nancy Angelini Crawford is an Alaska resident artist. She paints plein air and from life as often as possible. She loves to paint what moves her, with the hope that the viewer will be moved as well. 

    At a young age, Nancy gained entrance to the Famous Artists School by drawing replicas of cartoon characters, which was her beginning to understand concepts, instruction, and critiques. Nancy moved to Florida and worked as a glass blower, and later she worked as a studio assistant to a prominent artist in West Palm Beach. 

    Nancy has studied under more than 20 contemporary masters. Without a formal education, Nancy continues to travel, take workshops, and teach in order to push her art to the next level. 

    Additional Information

    Class Date, Time: Friday, May 31, full-day session, 9 am–4 pm (lunch 11:45am - 1:15 pm)
    OR

    Saturday, June 1, full-day session, 9 am–4 pm (lunch 11:45am - 1:15 pm)

    Workshop Cost: $60
    Materials Fee: $25
  • Paint Your Pet in Pastels with Alexandra Sonneborn

    Workshop DescriptionJoin us for a fun and easy introduction to pastels. Participants will have the opportunity to sample many different types of pastels and pastel grounds. Suitable for any level of artist from beginner to professional. We will cover every stage of creating a pastel painting: choice of materials, planning the composition, application techniques, correcting mistakes, final finish, storage and framing. To paint your pet, Andy will be using a method taught to her by Maxine Thompson, a pastel artist and teacher from New Zealand, who has presented a few workshops through her studio in the past. 

    BiographyAlexandra Sonneborn moved to Alaska with her husband and their four children in 1978. Her oil and pastel paintings of Alaskan gardens, landscapes, and still life, noted for their vivid use of color, are found in galleries throughout Alaska as well as in Oregon, California, and Vermont. Her award-winning work is held in collections in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. You can see Alexandra Sonneborn’s work at Stephan Fine Art Gallery in the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. 

    Class Date, Time: Saturday, June 1, full-day session, 9 am–4 pm (lunch 11:45am - 1:15 pm)

    Workshop Cost: $60
    Materials Fee:  $15
  • Watercolor: Intermediate  with Vladimir Zhikhartsev

    Workshop Description: Continue growing as an artist and bring your skills to the next level. Join Vladimir as he demonstrates and instructs his techniques, achieving the illusion of depth and atmosphere and resulting in a unique sense of place. His approach encourages students to paint loosely and confidently and develop their own expression and style. 

    Biography: Vladimir Zhikartsev is an en plein air (French for painting outdoors) watercolor artist who believes in a painting’s ability to communicate without words. His love for landscape painting developed early in childhood and has been growing over the course of his lifetime. He is Russian born and trained and teaches his exquisite watercolor techniques during the summer months.

    Additional Information: See supply list on registration page.

    Class Date, Time:  Saturday, June 1 – one full-day session, 9 am–4 pm (lunch 11:45 am -1:15 pm)

    Workshop Cost: $65
    Materials Fee: N/A
  • Watercolor: Introduction with Don Kolstad

    Workshop Description: This introductory-level class will open the door to watercolor painting. Join Don Kolstad as he demystifies and energizes the watercolor process for you, so you can feel and represent the moments of light. 

    Biography: Don Kolstad decided to try a career as a full-time artist in 1982, and Alaska seemed the most beautiful place on earth to work as a painter. He works primarily in watercolor and oil paints, along with other media, to keep a fresh approach and to stay challenged. During the last several years, he has been teaching watercolor and oil classes and giving workshops as well as working in the studio and en plein air. He continues to challenge his work with new ideas and techniques. He is more interested in where the work is going, not where it has been. 

    Additional Information: See supply list on registration page.

    Class Date, Time:  Saturday, June 1 – one full-day session, 9 am–4 pm (lunch 11:45 am -1:15 pm)

    Workshop Cost: $60
    Materials Fee: $10
  • Watercolor: Very Beginning with Vladimir Zhikhartzev

    Workshop Description: This class is for the very beginner-level watercolor student who is interested in learning water cycle, wet-in-wet, glazing and layering watercolor paint-ing techniques. Vladimir will demonstrate and will discuss the many aspects of design and composition that make a watercolor appear professional. Creative challenges in the form of quick studies will teach the students when and how to use negative space, lift out color, enhance a center of interest and use linear and aerial perspectives to add depth to your painting. Students will use landscape photos to capture realistic landscapes while painting in the studio environment. (Please bring your own photos). 

    Biography: Vladimir Zhikartsev is an en plein air (French for painting outdoors) watercolor artist who believes in a painting’s ability to communicate without words. His love for landscape painting developed early in childhood and has been growing over the course of his lifetime. He is Russian born and trained and teaches his exquisite watercolor techniques during the summer months.

    Additional Information: See supply list on registration page.

    Class Date, Time:  Friday, May 31 – one full-day session, 9 am–4 pm (lunch 11:45 am -1:15 pm)

    Workshop Cost: $50
    Materials Fee: N/A

Half Day Workshops

Saturday June 1

(Click the Workshop titles below for Details)
  • Basic Camera Setup with Jim Frei

    Workshop DescriptionAre there too many buttons on your digital point and shoot or DSLR camera? Find out which ones must be set properly and which can be safely ignored. Get an overview of some helpful exposure techniques as well. Be sure to bring your instruction manual. 

    Biography: Jim Frei is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago and San Francisco State University. He has taught all levels of photography at Mat-Su College since 1982 and is currently teaching Basic Digital Photography and Digital Editing at the college. His work is in several public and private collections including the University of Alaska Museum of the North. 

    Additional Information: Be sure to bring your instruction manual.

    Class Date, Time: Saturday, June 1 – one half-day session, 9–11:45 am

    Workshop Cost: $35
    Materials Fee:  N/A
  • Beginning Needle Felting with Krystal Mitchell

    Workshop Description: In this class, you will learn different techniques for sculpting with wool to create dynamic and inter-esting three-dimensional figures. Krystal will demonstrate how to blend colors to add to the realism of the sculpture. Students will make a small (3-inch) beginner project. She will have samples of finished pieces and books to look at as well. Krystal will be there to help students with techniques and answer questions. Everyone will leave with a small, finished piece and a supply kit of their own. 

    Keep in mind; you are working with very sharp needles. You may want to bring a pair of leather work gloves to protect your hands. 

    Biography: Krystal Mitchell has been creating in Alaska for 22 years. She dabbles in many mediums, but needle felting is one of her favorites. She is a self-taught artist. One of the first projects she made was a small, very life-like lamb. Krystal likes teaching how to make animals because they in-corporate almost every technique a beginner in-terested in needle felting will need. She raises Angora rabbits and owns Grumpy Bunny Woolworks, a yarn and fiber supply store in Wasilla. 

    Class Date, Time: Saturday, June 1 – two half-day sessions 9 am – 11:45 am or 1:15 – 4 pm

    Workshop Cost: $35
    Materials Fee:  $20
  • Fabulous Fused Glass with Charlene Howe

    Workshop DescriptionAn introduction into the world of fused glass. Learn the super speedy method for turning pieces of spe-cially tested, compatible glass into unique pieces of art. No prior glass skills are necessary to create a 4” x 8” glass panel to hang on the wall or in a window or two 4” x 4” coasters, or glass components for a small wind chime. Each student will have their choice of two projects to complete in class. You will need to pick up the finished glass pieces after they have fused in the kiln. 

    BiographyCharlene Howe was born in Anchorage and raised above her father's downtown neon sign shop. She has taught fused glass classes over 15 years, continues to learn new techniques from national and international glass artists, and loves to share her knowledge of the fascinating world of fused glass. As a young girl, Charlene was mesmerized watching her father’s empty glass tubes being transformed into bright, flashing beacons of color after the neon gasses were pumped into the glass and then affixed to outdoor signs designed and fabricated by her dad! 

    Class Date, Time: Saturday, June 1 – half-day session,  9 am – 11:45am or 1:15 pm – 4 pm

    Workshop Cost: $45
    Materials Fee:  $9
  • Introduction to Non-Toxic Printmaking with John Barton

    Workshop Description: Four individual, half-day workshops. You can attend one, any or all. Participants with prior printmaking experience will be able to apply new techniques and materi-als to enhance and refine their printmaking development. Those without experience will be guided toward successful completion of up to six personally finished artist’s proofs, depending upon the number of sessions attended. No prior art background or skills are necessary to participate. You will find success in any, or all of these sessions, as they are designed to enhance the printmaking experience for anyone. 

    Friday morning: Scratch Art Matrix Development and finished Cyanotype Print. 

    Friday afternoon: Development of Plexiplate Print and completion of a one and two color print. 

    Saturday morning: Development and application of multiple matrices for multi-color print making. 

    Saturday afternoon: Development of alternative approaches to printmaking for expanding and integrating other media, including graphic matrix, Chine Colle and hand-inking techniques. 

    Biography: John Barton was an instructor at Mat-Su College from 2007-2017. He taught Art History, Drawing, 2- & 3-D Design, Printmaking, Photography, and Ceramics. Previously, he was a graduate teaching assistant at UAF, where he taught Beginning and Intermediate Ceramics and Beginning Drawing and was awarded a fellowship in 2003. As a freelance artist, he crafts and markets functional ceramics, altered photographs, lithographic prints, and sculpture. 

    Additional Information: See supply list on registration page.

    Class Date, Time: Friday, May 31–two half-day sessions, 9–11:45 am or 1:15-4 pm AND

    Saturday, June 1–two half-day sessions, 9–11:45 am or 1:15–4 pm

    Workshop Cost: $35
    Materials Fee:  $8
  • Pyrography - Wood Burning with Scott Thompson

    Workshop Description: When heat meets wood, amazing things happen! Join Willow woodcarver and chainsaw artist Scott Thompson as he guides you through a small-scale project in this half-day session using wood in a new way. 

    Biography: Scott Thompson started carving wood and soap stone with hand tools 30-plus years ago. His passion for large carvings lead him to chainsaw carvings and large snow and ice competitions. Scott’s work earned the state title in chainsaw carving twice, and he holds two National Snow Carving titles. Scott started painting, so he could add splashes of color to his carvings. Most of Scott's work is wildlife; he is an outdoorsman, bow hunter, angler and general wild places enthusiast. His works are his best efforts to capture moments in the outdoors, windows to moments in time. In 2004, released his first limited edi-tion prints. 

    Additional Information: 

    Class Date, Time: Saturday, June 1–two half-day sessions, 9–11:45 am or 1:15–4 pm

    Workshop Cost: $35
    Materials Fee: $5
  • Salmon Skin Tanning with Charlie Pardue  
     

    Workshop Description: Native Alaskans have used tanned fish skins to create hoods, boots, mittens, and useful storage containers for centuries. Join Charlie for two half-day sessions where you will learn the art of salmon skin tanning. The tanned skins can be sewn together to create useful modern items like wallets, purses, and articles of clothing. 

    Biography: Gwich’in Athabaskan, is a professional knife maker, ivory and baleen jeweler, and bead worker. He also uses natural and organic material to turn fish skins into leather. Charlie’s work can be viewed at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, Alaska, and at the Autry National Center in Burbank, California. Charlie works on-site at his knife shop at home. His knife blades are quality steel that he cuts, grinds, and then heat treats. Lastly, he attaches the knife handle of hand cut and polished ivory or other exotic materials. Charlie enjoys teaching and he is a great storyteller too. 

    Additional Information: See supply list on registration page.

    Class Date, Time: Friday, May 31, 9–11:45 am
    AND

    Saturday, June 1, 9–11:45 am 

    Workshop Cost: $60 
    Materials Fee:  $5
  • Wirework Tree of Life Ornament with Emily Gelino-Bequette
     

    Workshop Description: Create your own wirework Tree of Life sun catcher ornament (3” diameter) using natural gemstones and basic wire-wrapping techniques. You will learn to let your hands guide the material and mimic nature. Emily will show you how to use a sculptural approach to create balance and the illusion of randomness. Adding to the powerful Tree of Life symbol, create layers of meaning with beautiful multi-colored, chip-cut gemstones. Bring your own charms or ribbon to embellish for an even more personalized ornament. All materials provided. You will leave with the knowledge and tools to continue making art! 

    Biography: Emily Gelino-Bequette, a lifelong Alaskan, became a professional artist in 2016 after graduating from the University of Alaska with a BA in Art. Selling art under the studio name Guilded Dragonfly, Emilly works in several media including oil painting, colored pencil, hand-built ceramics, beading, and jewelry. She loves blending realism with fantasy and simplicity with drama, color, light, and movement. Much of her inspiration comes from nature, fantasy, and community. She loves to share her artistic experience and see all the unique ways the human mind can express what is in the heart. 

    Additional Information: 

    Class Date, Time: Friday, May 31, 9–11:45 am

    Workshop Cost: $35
    Materials Fee:  $20
  • Zentangle: Zen Gems  with Donna Jacobson

    Workshop Description: “Zen Gems” are the big rage in the Zentangle® world right now! Using the Zentangle® Method,™ we will make these beautiful gemstones come to life with pen and colored pencils! Create a Zen Gem on an artist tile, embellish it with tangles, and display it on a small easel or add it to the front of a card, book, or journal. Create a smaller Zen Gem and display it in a hanging ornamental frame. Zen Gems make perfect gifts!

    Prerequisite: This is an intermediate class. You must have taken “Zentangle® Basics 101” taught by a certified Zentangle® teacher. 

    Biography: Donna Jacobson is an author, fiber artist, and Certified Zentangle® Teacher in Anchorage, Alaska, and was personally trained in 2014 by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas (founders of Zentangle® INC.) in Providence, Rhode Island. Donna offers classes at Blaines Art Supply in Anchorage and throughout Alaska. www.tanglealaska.com

    Additional Information: See supply list on registration page.

    Class Date, Time: Friday, May 31—one half-day session, 1:15–4 pm

    Workshop Cost:  $40
    Materials Fee: N/A
  • Zentangle: Dingbatz Art Book with Donna Jacobson

    Workshop Description“Dingbatz” are decorative elements used for thousands of years to enhance pages. You will see these ornamental designs in the front and in chapters of older manuscripts. It’s all about combining the principles of Zentangle® Art and typography to create functional designs that we call Dingbatz (with a Z) and that can be used to embellish! Add your own decorative touch, tangles, and words and create beautiful artwork as we make a small “Dingbatz Art Book”! 

    Prerequisite: This is an intermediate class. You must have taken “Zentangle® Basics 101” taught by a certified Zentangle® teacher.  

    Biography: Donna Jacobson is an author, fiber artist, and Certified Zentangle® Teacher in Anchorage, Alaska, and was personally trained in 2014 by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas (founders of Zentangle® INC.) in Providence, Rhode Island. Donna offers classes at Blaines Art Supply in Anchorage and throughout Alaska. www.tanglealaska.com

    Additional Information: See supply list on registration page.

    Class Date, Time: Saturday, June 1—one half-day session, 1:15–4 pm

    Workshop Cost:  $40
    Materials Fee: N/A
 

REGISTER FOR WORKSHOPS HERE!

For more information contact Teri at 745-9775 or tkjeffress@alaska.edu