Double Rainbow_1500x100-100.jpg

Summer 2019


Workshop

Spend time with a local, national, or international visiting artist for a one-day workshop investigating time-tested traditions, technical twists, new techniques or unexpected outcomes. Instructed by a visiting artist and a Western Neon School of Art staff member.

 

expansions: Lisa Schulte + The Significance of Light

New York-born, Los-Angeles based sculptor Lisa Schulte has mastered the many faces of neon, earning her the moniker “The Neon Queen”. Lisa studied in Kansas under master glass bender Freddie Elliot, and her growing prowess sparked the beginnings of Nights of Neon, a 35-plus years running L.A. neon studio and boutique creative space providing custom neon pieces for films, events, and branding. In her personal work, Lisa has exhibited a passion for organic forms, work that provokes a broader dialogue pertaining to relativity and environmental adaptation.

Lisa will be hosting a presentation, workshop, and discussion session focusing the interactions of light and space.

Students will be provided materials to produce a maximum of 2 finished tubes of up to 4 feet in length (8 feet total footage). Tubes may consist of clear glass filled with either neon or argon gas. New students (who have not taken an Introduction or Intermediate Light-Based Media class) will be supplied a complete bending kit as well as a neon transformer to power their artistic creations. Additional materials will be available for purchase.

No prerequisite is required.

Saturday Schedule: Workshop meeting from 9:00 am-3:00 pm with an hour lunch break on June 29, 2019. Assisted by Dani Kaes.

 
 

Expansions: Demian Dinéyazhi’ + queer propaganda

Demian DinéYazhi´ (born 1983) is an Indigenous Diné transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht'ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water's Edge) and Tódích'íí'nii (Bitter Water). Growing up in the colonized border town of Gallup, New Mexico, the evolution of DinéYazhi´'s work has been influenced by their ancestral ties to traditional Diné culture, ceremony, matrilineal upbringing, the sacredness of land, and the importance of intergenerational knowledge. Through research, mining community archives, and social collaboration, DinéYazhi´ highlights the intersections of Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist identity and political ideology while challenging the white noise of contemporary art. They have recently exhibited at Honolulu Biennial (2019), Whitney Museum of American Art (2018), Henry Art Gallery (2018), Pioneer Works (2018), CANADA, NY (2017); and Cooley Art Gallery (2017). DinéYazhi´ is the founder of the Indigenous artist/activist initiative, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment. They are the recipient of the Henry Art Museum’s Brink Award (2017), Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts (2018), and Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellow (2019). Find them on Instagram.

Demian has worked with Western Neon previously to fabricate neon pieces; however, they have never tried their hand at the medium themselves. In Expansions: Demian DinéYazhi´ + Queer Propaganda, Demian will give a presentation on their work and discuss the rich history of Indigenous resistance and Queer culture. They will also review the importance of the triangle in both of these histories. WNSA instructor Will Kirtley and Demian will then lead a neon workshop in which students will learn to create illuminated triangles in honor of its significance. 

 Students will be provided materials to produce a maximum of 2 finished tubes of up to 4 feet in length (8 feet total footage). Tubes may consist of colored glass filled with either neon or argon gas. New students (who have not taken an Introduction or Intermediate Light-Based Media class) will be supplied a complete bending kit as well as a neon transformer to power their artistic creations. Additional materials will be available for purchase.

No prerequisite is required.

Saturday Schedule: Workshop meeting from 9:00 am-3:00 pm with an hour lunch break on July 27, 2019. Assisted by Will Kirtley.

Please Read: Workshop registration will open on July 2.

 
 

expansions: Michael Flechtner

More workshop information coming soon.

A prerequisite is required – Light-Based Media: Introduction.

Saturday Schedule: Workshop meeting from 9:00 am-3:00 pm with an hour lunch break on August 31, 2019. Assisted by Kelsey Fernkopf.

Please Read: Workshop registration will open as soon as all details are finalized.

 
 

expansions: Jen Elek + Color and Form

Jen Elek is a Northwest studio artist and educator working primarily in glass, neon and steel. Jen combines traditional and innovative processes to create colorful landscapes of glass. She holds a BFA from the New York School of Art and Design at Alfred University Since moving to Seattle in 1995, Jen has worked as both a glass artist and metal fabricator for many notable Northwest artists. She is represented by the Traver Gallery in Seattle, Washington.

While a talented glassblower, Jen doesn’t bend her own neon pieces. Join her during her color and form-focused workshop as she dives into an exploration into the art of glass bending during her workshop this September.

Students will be provided materials to produce a maximum of 2 finished tubes of up to 4 feet in length (8 feet total footage). Tubes may consist of colored glass filled with either neon or argon gas. New students (who have not taken an Introduction or Intermediate Light-Based Media class) will be supplied a complete bending kit as well as a neon transformer to power their artistic creations. Additional materials will be available for purchase.

No prerequisite is required.

Saturday Schedule: Workshop meeting from 9:00 am-3:00 pm with an hour lunch break on September 21, 2019. Assisted by Dani Kaes.

Please Read: Workshop registration will open as soon as all details are finalized.

 
 

expansions: Kacie Lees + Making Water

Kacie Lees is an American artist & lecturer based in New York. Much of Lees’ interdisciplinary practice is centered around the senses, taking reference from instructional videos, early 90’s advertising & the scientific method. Lees caches video to Hi8 tape & places neon across the country.

Born ’86 in St. Louis, Missouri: Kacie Lees received her BFA (2008) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; her MFA (2012) from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Notable solo & group exhibitions include: She Bends [a traveling exhibition with stops at The Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles (2017); The Midway in San Francisco (2018) & Var West in Milwaukee (2019)]; Necessary Phenomenon at O’ Project Space in Los Angeles, CA (2019) & Hollow Boom on Governors Island (2018). Lees has been a Light Artist Resident at the Center for Holographic Arts, NY (2017) & her work has been published in Reader’s Digest (2015) and Plasma 4 Magazine (2018).

Lees founded Rare Air Exhibition Space in 2018. Rare Air shows experimental work in the fields of: Neon (2018); Green Screen (2019); & Radio (2020). Located onGovernors Island in the New York Harbor, Rare Air is also home to a fee-free residency program for Brooklyn-based artists.

In 2018, Lees became a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL 

Kacie enjoys the environment of the rain-soaked Pacific Northwest and chose to focus on this for her workshop with us. Join us and learn how to create glass raindrops in a variety of colors. Each student will create three raindrops, leaving one at WNSA for the creation of a curated wall of water in the studio space.

Students will be provided materials to produce a maximum of 3 finished raindrops of up to 4 feet in length (8 feet total footage). Tubes will consist of white and blue glass pumped with argon and mercury. New students (who have not taken an Introduction or Intermediate Light-Based Media class) will be supplied a complete bending kit as well as a neon transformer to power their artistic creations. Additional materials will be available for purchase.

No prerequisite is required.

Saturday Schedule: Workshop meeting from 9:00 am-3:00 pm with an hour lunch break on October 12, 2019. Assisted by Will Kirtley.

Please Read: Workshop registration will open as soon as all details are finalized.

Waiting List


Sign Up

Workshops and classes fill up quickly. Sign up for our waiting list for a chance to secure your spot in any of our future offerings.

Get More Information »