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      January 6, 2020

      Monday   8:00 AM

      3322 LaSalle St
      New Orleans, Louisiana

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      Hot Glass Sculpting w/ Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen & Jasen Johnsen

      January 6-10, 2020 | Class Fee: $900Experience Level:  2+ years recommendedClass Size: 9 participants max  Disclosure: Additional tools, food, transportation and lodging are not included. CLASS DESCRIPTION:  This workshop will cover a variety of hot-sculpting techniques during the five-day session. The artists will delve into inside sculpting, surface textures, color applications, assembly of components, and other glass-working techniques. This workshop will be split between demonstrations and student work. Students will also practice the techniques covered in the class and work out thematic ideas while working as a team. Karen & Jasen have over 50 years of combined experience in hot glass sculpting. These accomplished artists have shown their work internationally, and have taught extensively, worldwide.  MATERIALS PROVIDED: shop tools, specific color, pipes & punties, ranger torches, and fluffy torches. Any additional tools or color will need to be provided by students.  Register here, or give us a call at 504.529.3306 to avoid transaction fees. FAQ: Q: Can I make up a class if I miss one?A: No, there are no makeups allowed.Q: Is a certificate of completion available to me after completing their class?A: NoQ: Is a professional certificate available to me after completing their class?A: NoQ: Can I take home what I make in this class?A: YesQ: Is this class hands on?A: YesQ: Is there anything else I should be aware of to be prepared for class?A: Yes, bringing notebooks and ideas applicable to the class would be great. Cancellation Policy: Fifty percent (50%) of the workshop fee will be forfeited should the attendee cancel within two weeks prior to the scheduled date of the class. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the workshop fee will be forfeited should the attendee cancel one week prior to the class. Should the attendee cancel within twenty-four (24) hours of the class, one hundred percent (100%) of the workshop fee will be forfeited. --- ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen creates astonishing work derived from her love of adventure, nature, and glass. Raised in Ohio, the naturalist daughter of a naturalist father, Willenbrink-Johnsen is “constantly inspired, revitalized, and awed by the power of nature”. After earning her BFA in sculpture from Ohio University, glass quickly became the driving force in Karen’s life. She moved to Washington State in 1987, and soon afterward she began working as an assistant to the legendary glass artist William Morris. Karen’s unique vision and passion for glass is evident in her work, which has been shown extensively in galleries and museums throughout the country.  While glass is increasingly being employed as a sculptural medium, the level of realism found in Karen and Jasen's work is unprecedented. Combining unmatched technical mastery with a profound love for their medium, nature, and each other, these artists are using sculpted glass to explore entirely new territory.  Internationally renowned glass sculptor and instructor Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen! Her work is inspired by her passion for the earth and nature. She teaches around the world including working 70 summer sessions at Pilchuck Glass School. A testimony to her love of nature, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen’s work is the result of countless hours of observation and decades being immersed in the in the glass-working experience. Jasen Johnsen, alongside his substantial glass sculpting skills, is also accomplished in metalworking and tool making. The couple work in their Hot Glass studio in Bow, Wash. When they are not making glass, they conduct sculpting workshops worldwide. She co-teaches sculpting classes throughout the world with her husband and collaborator, Jasen Johnsen. Jasen Johnsen served as the head studio technician at Pilchuck Glass School for nearly 10 years. He worked as  a teaching assistant for Pino Signoretto and Hank Murta Adams, before beginning to co-teach classes with Karen. In her new work, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen's exploration into the lives of animals is deeper, to the point where she is interpreting rather than imitating these fascinating creatures. Her latest sculptures have moved from still life studies to animated lives. Karen sees this new work as a more expressionistic way of conveying an environment that surrounds the wildlife, one that contains their immediate atmospheres as well as their essences: the outer and inner worlds incorporated into one sculpture.      Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen's technique in this process also conveys this transcendence, with voluminous forms, painterly colors, and a dynamism of compositions that honor and celebrate the wonders of the natural world.  Awards Acquisition, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA 2006 Artist Trust and the Washington State Arts Council Grant, Seattle, WA 1999 Poncho Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA 1999 General Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA 1998 Newcomb Women’s Art Grant, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 1995 Corning Award/Outstanding Student, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA 1994 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, Nominated, New York, NY 1994 General Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA 1993 The YAYA ARTS CENTER is a non-profit facility that provides multi-media arts training for people of all ages. Your participation in YAYA classes directly supports free arts education programs for New Orleans youth.

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