2020 Workshops

Predator and Prey Totem

Combining Animal and Human Forms

Christine Kosiba and Kirsten Stingle Dual Workshop

Fullerton, CA

March 17th and 18th


In this two-day workshop, Kirsten and Christine will guide participants in creating a personal totem, combining human and animal imagery.  We will explore the human-animal relationship and the conceptual potential of this visual narrative.  Using a simple armature and basic hand building techniques, we will sculpt one human head and two animal heads.  Each head will be approximately 4-6” high.  Focus will be on creating personal narrative and symbolism, as well as developing a personal aesthetic.  Basic proportions and anatomy will be covered as well as discussion of textural surface imagery.  Discussions will include possible finishing techniques. This workshop is for ALL LEVELS.


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Creating Personal Mythologies:

Combining Animal and Human Forms

Christine Kosiba and Kirsten Stingle Dual Workshop

Encinitas, CA

March 20-22-----Class filled, wait list only



This workshop will guide participants in expanding their narrative vocabulary by learning how to make a life size bust and life size raven.  Students can combine them to create their own mythologies.  Proportion and anatomy will be covered as well as the power of gesture and expression in storytelling.  Different building styles and techniques will be offered that participants can adapt for their own studio practice.  This workshop is for ALL LEVELS.  

Sacred Spaces:

Figurative Sculptural Workshop

March 26th-29th 

Julie Dickey’s Studio

Cost: $750

Class full, wait list only

In this 4-day workshop, Kirsten will explore the figure as a narrative vehicle by leading students in a building a medium sized torso (15” tall) and that sits within a shrine like backdrop.  Anatomy and proportion will be reviewed as well as the importance of using gesture, expression and found objects as narrative tools.   Individual attention and problem solving will be emphasized and a review of possible finishing techniques will be provided. Beginners through intermediate.  Prior figure experience is not required.  Class size limited to only 8 to maximize one-to-one instruction. 

Building a Large Santos 

Mixed Media Workshop with Lynn Leahy

July 20th - 24th

Arizona Art Supply

Phoenix, AZ



In this 5 day workshop, Kirsten and Lynn will lead students in creating a 4' cage skirt Santos sculpture.    First, Kirsten will guide students in creating, texturing and finishing a 24" torso from air dry clay (no kiln require!).  If you have NEVER sculpted, this is your chance to learn while exploring the importance of gesture and expression as important narrative tools. Anatomy and proportion will be reviewed in class so prior figurative experience is not necessary. Lynn Leahy will provide a hand-forged three-foot steel cage skirt to assemble and finish patina using liquid metal and antiquing solutions to give your pedestal a lovely, old world, effect.  This skirt has been made solely for this class. The cage can be used as a shrine or a canvas on which to continue your storytelling.  Lynn will open your eyes to another artistic medium: reverse glass painting.  Using flat, clear glass you will paint on one side as if viewing from the opposite side. These glass panels create a stained glass effect on your cage base and allow for further narrative potential. Beginners and all levels welcome.  

Wings and Things

Mixed Media Workshop with Lynn Leahy

July 26th - 28th

Arizona Art Supply

Phoenix, AZ

Although this workshop is offered to take off where "Your Personal Patron Saint" workshop left off, students DO NOT have to have taken the Patron Saint workshop to enjoy this class.  These can be a part of your Patron Saint, hang on the wall, or worn!  Over the course of the workshop, Kirsten and Lynn will lead participants in creating another "canvas" for storytelling.  Participants will make a pair of 2ft-3ft wings using hardware cloth as the substrate.  This method allows shaping during the creation process to sculpt movement in order to bring your visions to life.  We will teach a multitude of mixed media techniques including, fabric manipulation, stitching, painting, mono-printing, collage, mold making and more in order to create a unique visual narrative, inside and out. 

Impressions of Provence:  Creative Travel Experience

Dual Workshop with Lynn Leahy, Merideth Lynn Wright

Provence, France

September 24 - October 3


Class full- Waitlist only

Students will spend half their time absorbing the art and culture of Provence, and the other half in the studio exploring a variety of mixed media techniques to translating the magic of Provence into a narrative memory case.  

Historic Preservationist and former resident of Provence, Merideth Wright, will arrange site visits exploring the rich culture of this area and provide detailed information for each visit.

At the Chateau Studio, where local lore says Van Gogh painted his famous ‘Haystacks in Provence,’ Kirsten Stingle and Lynn Leahy will guide students in a plethora of mixed media techniques to create your own narrative memory box out of a painter’s travel case. Techniques will include figurative sculpting with air dry paper clay, mark making with thread, silk paper making, collage, painting, etc. Demos and hands-on instruction will be provided with emphasis on narrative. Instructional handouts and additional studio hours will be offered.

2021 Workshops

Theatrics, Footlights, and Charades

A workshop adventure combining the sites of Paris and Versailles with creative time in the studio!

Workshop with Lynn Leahy, Merideth Lynn Wright

Paris and Versailles, France

June 10th  - June 20th


Registration Information Coming Soon!!!!

Explore the dramatic beauty of Paris and Versailles with our site guide, Merideth Wright, and work in the studio with Kirsten Stingle and Lynn Leahy learning a variety of mixed media techniques to create your own narrative box commemorating your time in the City of Lights and the Home of the sun King.  You will create a posable art doll set within a theatrical curio box reflecting the wonder of this creative adventure! 


Site visits include:

  • Paris Opera House

  • Museum of Fairground Arts (as featured in Midnight in Paris!)

  • Musee D'Orsay

  • L'orangerie with Monet's Waterlilies

  • Montmartre

  • Versailles, including a sneak peek at Marie Antoinette's private theater

  • Tickets to the Grand Masked Ball at Versailles!!!

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