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    Guillaume.Enamel Heart
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    Guillaume.Enamel Flowers and Drawings

Draw and Play with Enamel

Learn to bring your imagination to life with color! During this demo-focused virtual workshop students will learn how to illustrate with enamel by combining a variety of simple techniques such as wet packing, color gradation by sifting, fine line black, metallic lusters, and inlays with a focus on opaque colors. Step-by-step demos will show how and when to work with each technique to reproduce drawings from the sketchbook. Through this process the students will be able to take their drawings out of the sketchbook and bring them to life with enamel! Drawing skills are not a requirement for this class! 

Meet the instructor

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French-Canadian artist Aurélie Guillaume plays with the longstanding link between the technique of enamel and the art of storytelling. Where makers from other centuries might have presented religious narratives in their brightly colored objects, Guillaume looks to street art, comics, and other forms of popular culture. In her work, a single character is frozen in the middle of a story that remains hidden from the viewer.

Aurélie Guillaume studied jewelry and metalsmithing at the École de joaillerie de Montréal, and at NSCAD University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her work is featured in the collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the University of Iowa Museum of art, and the Pureun Culture Foundation in Seoul, South Korea as well as major private collections. Aurélie Guillaume currently lives in Montréal and has been represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h since 2015.

View Aurélie's work on her Instagram account by clicking HERE

Materials & Tools

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name to be redirected to a page where you can find the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

 

Enamel materials:

 

Hand tools: 

 

Basic enameling setup (with kiln): 

 

Other/miscellaneous items:

  • isopropyl alcohol

  • paper towels (no brown paper, no toilet paper, no tissue)

  • small containers for water such as a small bowls x2

  • scotchbrite

  • fine tip sharpie

  • dust mask

  • old toothbrush

  • tracing paper

  • scissors

  • rubber cement glue – elmer’s glue

  • markers / color pencils 

  • small ceramic plate (like a dessert plate or bathroom floor tile, something smooth made of ceramic)

  • range of paintbrushes of all sizes (super fine to medium - round / flat ) ( ex: 20/0 round, 0 round, 0 flat, 4 flat)

  • old magazines / catalog pages that can be destroyed 

  • paint stick or some sort of wood piece - large enough to hold your metal but narrow enough so you can easily grab the piece from underneath

 

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