Artisan Academy Workshops

Artisan Academy Workshops are geared towards helping students advance their abilities in a short period of time. Typically one to three days long, these workshops are best for intermediate and advanced students, unless otherwise listed. Workshops are offered in most mediums taught at Mark Arts and are added on a quarterly basis. If you are a student with a request for a workshop or an artist looking to pass on your unique techniques, please contact the Education Department about planning a workshop.

With Nash Quinn 

red, green and white metal art
red, blue and yellow three legged metal art
Quinn Nash poses with an apron

Pattern-Formed Enameled Vessels 2 -day Workshop
August 6 & 7, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | $325

In this workshop, participants will explore the ways that a flat sheet of metal can be transformed into a volumetric object using little more than a jeweler’s say and a set of carefully designed templates. Once formed, these solder-free vessels can be enameled using low-tech methods for adhering enamel to vertical surfaces. Finally, strategies for enhancing the finished enameled vessel, including basic silver fabrication, sold connection methods, and small- scale wood carving will be covered. This workshop is suitable for students of all skill levels.

Supplies are included for this workshop.


Instructor bio:

Nash Quinn is a metalsmith who works in a variety of materials, techniques, and formats. Originally from Wyoming, he received his BFA from the University of Wyoming and his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He was a faculty member at Rowan University and Munson Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, and has worked, taught, and exhibited artwork at craft schools and jewelry academies nationwide. His work is about the simple joy of creating beautiful and unusual metal objects by hand.



With Stephen Zhang 

Woman using a blow torch

In Flux: Portrait in Watercolor 2 -day Workshop
December 10 & 11, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | $250

This workshop will explore painting portraits using organic and loose techniques. The objective is to explore how to tell the story of the person, while expressing the artist’s unique touches through brush, water and color.


 Instructor Bio:

Stephen Zhang is known for his unique approaches to watercolor. His portrait and landscape paintings are visually rich and emotionally profound. His art incorporates the artistic traditions of the East and West.

Born in China, Stephen graduated from Luxun Academy of Fine Arts. Later, he received his MFA degree from University of North Texas. Stephen has been painting watercolor for over 30 years, under the tutelage of his father Defu Zhang and the late professor Rob Erdle. In addition, Stephen has been Vice President and Creative Director at such companies as Fossil, Filson and Lodge26 Branding Agency. He becomes an assistant professor at University of North Texas, starting in Fall 2018.

Stephen’s paintings have been included or awarded by Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition, Chinese National Art Exhibition, Art Olympia (Japan), Infiniti National Art Competition, Watermedia Showcase, Watercolor USA, Transparent Watercolor Society of American, Watercolor West, Splash, and American Illustration. He has been featured in publications such as American Art Collector, International Artist, Watercolor Artist, The Art of Watercolor, Art and Design, and Pratique Des Arts.

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