EUREKA SPRINGS WOODCARVING RENDEZVOUS
September 8 – 13, 2019
Join your fellow carvers for a full week of creating and connecting on the scenic campus of the Eureka Springs School of the Arts! Classes will be hosted in multiple studios on ESSA’s 55-acre campus just outside historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Be sure to attend the Welcome Reception and Dinner on Sunday and the Studio Stroll on Thursday for fun and refreshments! During the Thursday Public Reception and Studio Stroll, all studios will be opened for the public to view carvings in progress and socialize with carvers and instructors.
|Sunday, 9/8/19||5:30 pm – 7:30 pm||Welcome Reception and Dinner|
|Monday – Friday||8:30 am – 4:30 pm||Workshops|
|Thursday,9/12/19||4:30 pm – 6:00 pm||Studio Stroll|
Choose from six classes with renowned instructors:
Relief Carving and Watercolor Painting with John Engler
Caricature Carving with Harold Enlow
Animal Carving with Debbe Edwards
Realistic Human Bust with Vic Hood
Chip Carving and Woodburning with Carolyn Halbrook
Caricature Carving with Randy Landen
- Lodging: Book your lodging early! September is a beautiful time of year in Eureka Springs, and lodging fills fast. Best Western Inn of the Ozarks is offering a limited block of rooms for the Rendezvous. To make a reservation, call (479)253-9768
- Meals: Dinner will be provided on Sunday evening with pre-registration. ESSA has full kitchen facilities for those who wish to bring lunches (recommended). A food truck will be on site during the lunch hour, M-F.
- Reserve your commemorative t-shirt! Select your size on the registration form.
Mail-in Registration Form is available HERE or register online below.
For more information, call (479) 253-5384.
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Realistic Human Bust
Relief Carving and Watercolor Painting: Experience the art of relief carving with Master Carver John Engler. A wide variety of subject matter will be available to you, such as architectural forms (barns, cabins, mills) as well as animal forms (elk, bear, cougar, etc.). Watercolor painting instruction will be offered as well to those of you who would like to paint your carvings.
John Engler has been a professional wood carver and watercolorist for over thirty years. He was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1983 from Missouri State University. He currently teaches seminars throughout the United States. John specializes in medium relief woodcarving and finishes his pieces in watercolor. He operates the John Lee Engler and Associates Design Studio. Visit John’s website: www.johnenglerwoodcarving.com
Animal Carving: Debbe’s class is a learning experience combined with fun. Her class will focus on anatomy, expression and mood, muscle structure, hair texture, movement, and painting to create the realism for which she is known. Much attention is also given to expression, thus putting life in your animal’s eyes. Debbe teaches through a combination of group discussions along with individual instruction.
Debbe Edwards (Bluejacket, OK) has been teaching woodcarving classes for 25 years. She began carving in 1990 and has wond numerous Blue Ribbon and Best of Show awards at Woodcarving Shows and Fine Art Shows. Debbe is nationally known for her realistic animals. Visit Debbe’s website: www.debbeedwards.com
Caricature Carving: Refine your carving skills with one of America’s foremost caricature carvers! Harold Enlow teaches you how to carve caricatures with life and expression with the tips and techniques that made him a master carver.
Harold became interested in carving quite young and became serious about carving when he was stationed with the US Army, in Okinawa. Harold began carving professionally in the early 1960’s and is considered the “Godfather” of caricature carving in the United States. Harold has given much of his life to promoting the art of caricature carving, sharing his skills and love with thousands of students. Harold has written ten wood carving books and is a founding member of Caricature Carvers of America and a member of the National Wood Carvers’ Association, and several other carving groups around the country.
Chip Carving and Woodburning: This class is a chip carving and/or woodburning class which will meet the needs of beginner to advanced students. A practice board will be provided where the carvers will learn to hold the knife correctly and learn basic cuts, and woodburners will get familiar with each tip and its effects. After basics are covered, students will do projects of their choice. Lettering instructions are available. There will be many demonstrations and one on one instruction. Students can carve, woodburn or do a combination during the week.
A professional artist, Carolyn Halbrook has been carving and woodburning since 2000. She has won many awards, including “Best of Show” for both chip carving and woodburning. Her work was featured in Chip Chats Magazine and Chip Carvers Quarterly. She teaches at carving seminars across the country. Visit Carolyn’s website: www.carolynsartworks.com
Realistic Human Bust: Challenge your imagination to create a one-of-a-kind realistic human bust sculpture. Demonstrations and individual guidance will help you. Vic will help you design your project – you may carve any subject you desire as long as it is a bust carving. Carving technique, composition, and development of character will be strongly emphasized.
Vic started carving in 1991 and has wond over 100 awards, including 2011 Woodcarver of the Year from Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine. To develop his skills, he has studied woodcarving with Larry Rogers and John Burke and has attended wood-sculpting workshops in Europe. Vic taches at workshops around the country and at his studio in Liepers Fork, TN. He has written several articles and two books and has appeared on the DIY Network. Vic is the president of a unique building corporation that specializes in restoration of historic buildings.
Human Caricature Carving: Randy will provide one-on-one and group instruction in caricature carving from his line of roughouts. Beginning through advanced carvers are welcome. Students will work through a project of their choice from a machined roughout using standard (palm) carving tools and a knife. No power carving. As time permits, Randy will take students through his approach to painting with acrylics.
Randy began carving in 1990. His carvings are influenced by his 33 years as a police officer. A member of the C.C.A., Randy has given carving and painting seminars throughout the United States. For more information go to www.landenwoodcarving.com