Sue Stover - July 10-12, 2019

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Sue Stover - July 10-12, 2019


Pattern & Repetition - Wait List

Pattern and repetition are an integral part of our everyday lives. Visually we find it in nature, textiles, architecture, and objects in our environments. Physically we use it in rituals, ceremonies, and meditations. Audibly we hear it in music, mantras, and machinery.

Using encaustic in combination with surface design and mark-making techniques on fabric, this workshop will explore pattern and repetition in art. Students will explore their own interest in this topic and encouraged to develop personal images, motifs and marks.

This class is intended for those with working experience of encaustic at an intermediate or advanced level. Instruction will be given on silk painting, sun printing, batik, tjanting tools, layering, and stenciling to create patterns and unique marks on silk and paper and how to incorporate it into encaustic.

Students will create a series of repeated images on small panels and individual pieces that address their interests and ideas. Discussions and examples will include uses of pattern and repetition conceptually as well as compositionally.

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.

Includes most materials.

3-full days of instruction
10am-4pm each day
Please refer to the list of materials to bring for this class in the section below.

This class is full, please email me if you would like to be on the wait list.


** If you prefer to mail a check for payment, I strongly encourage that you email me for my address. I can also email you a PayPal invoice.

Cancellation Policy

**Workshop fees are fully refundable with 90 DAYS NOTICE.**
**Cancellations less than 90 days are refundable ONLY if spot in the class can be filled.**
**All class fees can be applied to a future class.**
**All refunds issued within 30 days of cancellation.**

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STUDENT MATERIALS LIST Students should bring the following materials. Please email Sue with any questions at

  • 1 yd. white silk habotai (8mm) (silks available from

  • 1 yd. white organza (5mm)

  • favorite scraping and incising encaustic tools

  • roll of freezer paper (from grocery store)

  • apron

  • iwatani torch and butane (optional if you have one)

  • soft paint brushes for water-based paints, a few different sizes

  • gloves

  • scissors

  • exacto knife and new blades

  • white plastic ice cube tray

  • regular size or travel iron (if you have one to get wax on)

  • bag of newspapers (if you are local and can bring some)

  • cutting surface (healing pads or cardboard, matboard etc.)

  • 1# of medium

  • sketchbook

  • several pushpins

  • small 8oz. bottle of Elmer’s Carpenter Wood Glue

  • six 4 x 4 cradled panels

  • four 12x12 flat ply boards or cradled panels

  • stencils (if you have some)


  • some medium

  • encaustic paint - if you have certain colors you'd like to bring; please do.

  • Dye-Na-Flow silk paints

  • tjanting tools

  • wax stamps

  • wood blocks and rope to make wax stamps

  • pigment sticks – some pigment sticks will be provided but you are welcome to

  • bring your own

  • wax brushes and tins

  • mylar for stencils

  • stencils

  • irons to share - but please bring one of your own, if possible

  • parchment paper

  • saral paper

  • various charcoal, wax pencils, markers

  • encaustic tools to share