Making your Mark: Brushmaking

July 14 - July 18, 2023

Making your Mark: Brushmaking


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $75

Come learn how to create one-of-kind brushes using a variety of hairs including deer tail hair, moose hair, horse hair, feathers, skunk tail hair, ermine tail hair and broom corn straw. The brushes created may be used for work with glazes, watercolor, acrylic and oil paints, sumi ink-mark making, and calligraphy techniques on ceramic and paper surfaces. Participants will observe painting demonstrations and paint with their own brushes during the workshop, in addition to incorporating found brush making materials from nature and one’s personal studio. You will explore various sizes and tips-from small to large-and unique handle construction methods. Both In depth demonstrations  and Power Point slide presentations will highlight techniques including knot tying, epoxy mixing, cutting & wrapping hairs, and methods to create brush handles. This course is open to all levels and includes step-by-step, beginning through advanced instruction in brush making, painting and technique. Take home all the gorgeous brushes you created and treat yourself every time you paint or give some away to friends and family. Students can expect to make about 16-20 brushes of various sizes and functions.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Glenn Grishkoff

Glenn Grishkoff has shared his expertise as an artist and brushmaker by conducting national and international workshops for over 20 years.  He is currently a professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles teaching Art and Ecology. Since 1995, he has enjoyed invitations to artist residencies in South Africa, Japan, and Thailand and has collaborated with Oscar-winning designer Colleen Atwood and renowned ceramic artists Paul Soldner and Peter Voulkos. He earned a BFA from California State Fullerton and a MFA from The Claremont Graduate University. In 2008 he was awarded the Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship. During the summer of 2019 he was invited, by Sierra Nevada College, as a visiting ceramic professor and resident artist to Eastern and Central Japan. To learn more about Glenn follow his Instagram posts, A Brush with Nature at #glenngrishkoff

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