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Sculptural Explorations with Mixed Media & Encaustic

WITH Susan Stover

OCTOBER 24 - 27, 2019


Are you ready to move off the flat panel and explore some sculptural or relief forms with encaustic? This workshop will focus on experimenting with loads of materials to create wall sculptures and 3-d forms. We’ll start by looking at other artists to get the creative juices flowing and to illustrate some of the various options. Techniques and demos will include multiple ways of constructing and building underlying structures with materials such as foam, plaster, wood, cardboard, paper clay, wire, and found objects. Using encaustic on top of the forms, we will incorporate surface treatments and mark making with pastels and oil sticks. Discussions will include color and form interaction, scale relationships, importance of sketching, presentation options, finding one’s unique voice.

INVESTMENT: $1200  (+ tax)  *Lodging not included


Susan Stover is a San Francisco Bay Area artist who creates paintings and sculptures that explore themes of cultural identity and mythology. With the study of ethnic patterns and of utilitarian and sacred objects in non-western cultures, her work embraces ritual, tradition, and meditation through repetitive labor. Susan received a MFA from California College of Art in Oakland, California and a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her paintings are in many private collections and in 2016 was commissioned for several pieces for the American Ag Credit headquarters in Windsor, CA. Her work was featured on the cover and in the lead article of the Surface Design Journal Winter 2016 issue and has been included in The Art of Expressive Collage by Crystal Neubauer, Studio Visit, and Gathering Clouds – A Magazine of Contemporary Art. She teaches workshops in her northern California studio, other locations in the U.S., and internationally.

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October 24 - 27, 2019

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*Refund Policy: Cancellations 90+ days prior to event will receive a 90% refund (10% retained for administration costs). Cancellations made 90-30 days before event will receive a 75% refund. For all cancellations made less than 30 days prior to event, a 25% refund is available or tuition can be applied as a credit toward a future workshop.

Meals & Accommodation

The costs of the workshops include lunch for each workshop day.  Dinners are usually spent together, but costs are personally borne.

There is space to stay at Studio AHA for six people, shared accommodation, sharing two washrooms.  Shared accommodation is $50 a night with light breakfast, and if single accommodation requested, it is $100 a night.  There is also ample accommodation in the near vicinity, google Blue Mountain Village resort, or vrbo and airbnbs in the Blue Mountain, Collingwood and Thornbury Ontario areas. Please contact Heather at for more information regarding lodging, in and around the retreat centre.


We are blessed with many ‘healers’ and energy workers in the area, who can offer anything from angel card readings to massage therapy to energy work.  If you have any interest in booking a session please let Heather know.  647 923 9633.  More often than not it is a good idea to have some body work during a vigorous session of art making.