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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NYC Workshop! Artful Ornaments & Skinny Legs A the NYPC

Join in the fun in New York, for my 2 day Workshop at the NYPCG, December 8-9th
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Friday, June 29, 2012

Sculpture and Whimsy in France: Masquerade Parade

                  2013 France Workshop

                                    July 15 to 22, 2013

Create and explore in this magical, week-long retreat in the charming village of Durfort, in the south of France. Sculpting whimsical figures and animals -- inspired by the stories of Commedia dell'arte, Masquerade balls, characters, beasts, and masks -- we'll create narratives of our own.

Our troupe will be sculpted in polymer, fashioned over an armature of glass and wire. They will be cured and painted with multiple coats of oil paint to achieve a warm, vintage feeling. Learn how to stand your unique creation, on two spindly legs, with a special wire and balancing technique. We'll create the illusion of movement with these spindly legs. No special sculpting skills are needed for this workshop; my students are consistently surprised and delighted with their creations! With my techniques there are no mistakes, just happy accidents. Much laughter and fun sets the tone for all of my workshops.

We'll visit the newly renovated Toulouse Lautrec Museum in Albi, where we'll draw inspiration from the offbeat characters of Lautrec's world, the patterned French gardens and grand palace. When we're not consumed with our creations, there will be leisurely excursions exploring the glorious mid-summer sunflower fields, area flea markets, the En Calcat monastery (and its wonderful art bookstore), and the famous Saturday market of Revel, where locals like to shop.

All excursions are optional; this is a week to satisfy yourself. Relax in the village with a book, sit on the terrace with a glass of wine, or, if you wish, take a nap in the afternoon.

Enjoy fine, fresh, local food prepared by our own personal chef, Nese. We'll meet for a delicious and sustaining breakfast. Lunch, which is served on the terrace, will ready us for the afternoon's adventures. Candlelight, wine, and chef Nese's dinner, accompanied by laughter and shared experiences will complete our delightful days.


Cost: $1,900

  • Charming double occupancy room (seven nights)
  • 7 breakfasts / 6 lunches / 6 dinners ... (Lunch and dinner prepared by chef Nese, with fresh, local ingredients)
  • Workshop Instruction, 24 hour open studio plus local excursions.
  • Price does not include airfare or shared rental car (approx. $150 per person)
  • Contact Doreen at with any questions or to reserve a space.

Visit Gwen Gibson's website for more information about La Cascade

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

La Cascade Workshop / 2013!

I'm thrilled to announce my workshop in La Cascade, France, 2013, July 15-22! This is an idyllic village where we'll make art, visit glorious sunflower fields, take field trips to ancient & fascinating places, shop at flea markets & food markets, hear local music, get fed by a wonderful local chef & generally have an experience of a lifetime! 
I'll post more links & info soon. Here is a link to 
La Cascade...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Art Is...You! October 7th & 8th!! 2 Workshops!

I'll be teaching Sculptural Bird & Beast Ornaments @ Art Is...You, October 8th!
We'll create your favorite avian & or four legged creatures in this workshop. Using simple sculpting techniques you'll make your own flock of birds, pack of dogs, warren of rabbits, any beast of your choice!

In this workshop we'll learn the techniques to design & sculpt our own personal music box.

Pick your favorite tune from a long list of available songs (see the link for Kikkerland music boxes) & illustrate it in three dimensions.

We'll use polymer clay over a glass ornament, wire, lollipop sticks for leg support, wire & oil paints for the figure & a round cardboard box as a base. Using a technique of applying, rubbing & reapplying oil paints a vintage feeling is achieved.

Orlando Fandango

I got back from the Orlando Polymer Clay Fandango on Monday & I'm still pooped! What a great time we had, three full days + of creating! My students were talented & open & they made the most unique, original pieces. Everyone I met was generous, fun & funny! The organizers put on a great event & worked so hard; the other teachers, Meredith Arnold & Barbara McGuire had everyone laughing & learning & the demos by Linda Hess & Alice Stroppel were swamped & full of information! I'm so glad I went, I recommend the Fandango & plan to go back some day!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Fantasy Self Portrait Tile

I'm having such fun sneaking away (from myself?) to work on these new 'face' damsels.
This one is part of a proposal for a fantasy portrait class. Enjoying the person & creature mixes!

Monday, March 19, 2012


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Click on the critters to see the details, live on February 28th @ 8:00 NY time!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Wonderful upcoming 2012 workshops include:

CFCF, Laurel, MD (February 21-22)

PAPCG, Philadelphia, PA (March 17-18)

Art Fest, Port Townsend, WA (March 28-April 1)
PA Guild of Craftsmen, Lansdowne, PA (April 21 & 22)

Orlando Clay Fandango (May 3-7)

Art is You, Stamford,Connecticut (October)