IDAL Instructor Biography
Annie has taught for several years at IDAL events as well as other professional events, teaching verre eglomise at four IDAL conferences. Her business, Main Street Arts LLC, was founded in 1980, while attending the Maryland Institute College of Art, and offers a variety of decorative and artistic surface applications and design, historic paint restoration, and gilding. Her interest in working with gold leaf started early in her career, and after studying verre eglomise with master artist Miriam Ellner, she was hooked on gold and glass! Further study with artisan Sandra Spannan and working side by side with other glass artisans further enhanced her range of work in this medium. Annie does private commissions and creates unique glass pieces, to the trade.
Annie is a Professional member (and former board member) of IDAL, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Society of Gilders, and in 2017, was invited to become a member of SALON and exhibited in New York this past April.
The class introduces students to the traditional techniques and materials used to create beautiful mirror-finished works on the reverse side of glass. Using various types of leaf with an array of sizes, leaf is adhered to glass, manipulated to create a work of art, and painted. We also explore the use of contemporary materials, often used in the decorative painting world, like stencils, mica, powders, varnishes, glazes, even crackle and glass beads. Students are expected to create a unique design during the class, utilizing your own drawing skills, stencils or patterns that will be brought to the class.
Students should bring the following: paper towels (just a few), small artist brushes (less than 1 inch flat, rounds, including a fine round brush (#00 or 000), an artist's mop brush and a small Hake brush, pencil, Sharpie marker. You are welcome to bring a design of your choice, a favorite stencil, or a design reference book/ program.
Your major art piece for this class will be 11 x 14. You will also be able to create some smaller samples on 4x4 or 3x6 (subway tile) sized pieces for use in your portfolio if you choose to sell backsplashes. The major piece will be tempered glass, the smaller pieces will be double weight window glass. We recommend that you bring two pieces of soft cushy material (like 1 inch foam rubber or cotton batting) and two pieces of corrugated cardboard cut slightly larger than 11 x 14 for transporting your glass home.
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