"She Wears Sea Shells", An Artist Tool Caddie

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Polymer Clay Adventure in Paradise Art Retreat:  October 2017

My new workshop is part of a 5 day all inclusive polymer clay/mixed media art retreat brought to you by Polymer Clay Adventure. It will be held in a beautiful beach-front facility in North Carolina October 23-28, 2017.  In this one-day workshop you will make a unique container to hold your favorite polymer clay tools, scissors, colored pencils, rulers, markers or even make up brushes!  The design is based on my “It’s All in Her Head” Tool Caddies.  I wanted to offer a sea-themed version based on our location for this workshop, so I pulled out all the stops giving lots of leeway for your creativity to come swimming to the surface!  Your "She Creature" can be designed to rest flat or can be elevated on sea legs for an other-worldly look. Dazzle by embellishing with sea shells, pearls, beads,  jewels, paints and more! Of course there will be options for the land-lovers as well!  Click here for more information: PCA Adventure in Paradise



Portland, Oregon February 2018

I’ll be teaching two workshops:

“It’s All In Her Head” Artist Tool Caddie

Friday, February 16, 2018

Polymer clay, acrylic paint, chalk, and alcohol inks are just some of the elements you will use to transform an ordinary tin into a unique tool caddie for the tools of your trade!   Measuring approximately 4” in height these whimsical tins are perfect to contain your favorite markers, pens, colored pencils, paint brushes, scissors, or even cosmetics such as eye pencils or brushes!!   Texture, sculpt and color in your own creative style!

Please join me in a fun-filled day creating a unique, one of a kind and functional vessel you can truly call your own.

"Bird Peeps" Workshop- Art and Soul, Portland, OR

Saturday, February 17, 2018

This is a one day mixed media workshop where you will pull out all the creative stops to make a whimsical little creature called a Bird Peep:  Little bird bodies designed with “human” personas instead of beaks!  Working with polymer clay, inks, paints, wire and other materials you will build your Bird Peep, just bursting with sweetness!

You will have the option to give it a sparkly “crown” using beads, and with the hand-formed heart that adorns it will find your Bird Peep simply irresistible.   Please join me and let your creativity soar!

Please see the Art and Soul website for more information or to sign up! 

The "Wee-Kins" On-Line Workshop

Begins January 1, 2018

I will be teaching my brand new On-Line workshop called The “Wee-Kins” through Polymer Clay Adventure! These are small, quirky figures that you will fabricate using polymer clay and other mixed media materials.  Standing about 3-4” in height, they are huge with personality and charm!  In this workshop I will guide you through the basics for sculpting your own original rustic faces for these figures that will portray one-of-a-kind expressions and characteristics. 

The abstract bodies are simple forms and will be the dimensional canvas for the two surface styles we will explore.  The first is an opulent Faux Raku technique with or without crackle.  There are many variations of Faux Raku on polymer and mine is an amalgam of bits and pieces of those I have worked with for over 10 years. 

The second surface treatment I will demonstrate is the gorgeous, unpredictable lacy patterning representative of the shellac-burn on wax. Yes, folks, we will be playing with fire!  Wax on clay is sumptuous to the touch, and its luminous translucency invites you to look to see what lies beneath the surface. 

But you aren’t limited there… alcohol inks, acrylic paints, metallic powders, chalk, gilding pastes,  silk screens, or any combination of the above can all contribute to your surface design.

The techniques you learn will easily translate to other projects in figurative sculpture and mixed media.  Join me for a class filled with creativity and inspiration!  This  class is part of the Polymer Clay Adventure Virtual Retreat- one price includes my workshop and 23 additional workshops- all on-line and in video format! 

Click here:  PCA 2018

The "Wee-Kins" On-Line Workshop, by Lisa Renner  January 2018

The "Wee-Kins" On-Line Workshop, by Lisa Renner  January 2018