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Meet Nancy

I’m Nancy Crawford, the creator of the Getting In! book and online programs. I developed these resources over three decades of teaching art and preparing emerging artists to attend the most prestigious art schools in the world. I’m thrilled to report that the impact of these concepts, ideas and strategies has been amazing – collectively students that I’ve coached have been offered millions of dollars in art scholarships and are studying and working as artists in a variety of fields all around the world. Some of the schools they have attended include: Art Center College of Design, Pratt Institute, Cal Arts – California Institute of the Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, School of Visual Arts, Parson’s – The New School for Design, Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts London, Sheridan College, the Columbus College of Art and Design among many others. One of my greatest delights is working with people to help them develop their artistic voice and pursue the creative life of their dreams. I hope to work with you too!
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If I were a high school art instructor, “Getting In!” would be required reading for all of my students. It’s just that good!
—Jonathon Neeley
International Student Advisor, Columbus College of Art and Design

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Getting In! The Ultimate Guide to Creating an Outstanding Portfolio, Earning Scholarships and Securing Your Spot at Art School

Whether you’ve already created numerous art works for your art school application, or you don’t know where to start – Getting In! will get you there!

Drawing on decades of experience in preparing students for art school, Crawford shares her strategies for success in Getting In! – a process that her students describe as life changing. Getting In! provides a clear framework outlining how to become the ideal art school candidate, create with passion and enjoy the process.

Getting In!

  • delivers a step-by-step program for clearly outlining artistic and creative goals
  • explores what art careers you might be well suited for
  • identifies ten key ingredients of a successful art school application
  • dispels the myths around what it means to be a successful artist
  • reviews ten strategies for maximizing vitality and creativity
  • explores the powerful stages of the creative process
  • introduces a myriad of ways to create a unique and exceptional portfolio worthy of scholarship
  • guides you in creating the Range section of your portfolio
  • helps you to identify and create the Personal Series of your portfolio
  • introduces the Do’s and Don’ts of creating a powerful, process rich sketchbook
  • investigates a myriad of ways that you can foster your creativity and generate multiple ideas
  • helps you establish an effective practise routine and deal with procrastination
  • examines a number of approaches for sharing your work
  • reviews a variety of strategies for funding your art school dream

…along with several other essential components that contribute to success as an artist at post-secondary school and beyond!

You can purchase this book at any of your favourite bookstores including:

       BarnesNoble159

ChaptersIndigo159

BAM159

IndieBound159

 

“This book literally covers it all…”

—Hyuna Park
    Assistant Professor, Head, Department of Design
    Director, The Design Laboratory
Director, BFA Exhibition, Memphis College of Art

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Programs

To register for any of the programs below please call Nancy at 778 227-6444, or email her at personalrenaissance@telus.net

 

Upcoming


 

Click on program title for full description
All programs (unless otherwise stated) will take place at:
The Langley Fine Arts School
9096 Trattle Street
Fort Langley, British Columbia
Studio #135, just off the Mary Pratt Gallery (inside the school)
July 2 – 5, 2016 Inspired By Calligraphy:
Exploring the Artistic Possibilities of Text and Gestural Letterforms

Open Studio, Lexington, Kentucky (3 1/2 Day Program)
July 8 – 10, 2016 An Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wax:
An Encaustic Adventure

Donna Downey Studios, Charlotte, North Carolina (3 Day Program)
Full Enrollment – Please contact Nancy to have your name added to the waiting list, or to find out about the next available class.
July 23, 24 & 25 2016 Introduction to Encaustics
(3 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
Full Enrollment – Please contact Nancy to have your name added to the waiting list, or to find out about the next available class.
July 26, 27 & 28 2016 Advanced Encaustic Techniques
(3 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
Full Enrollment – Please contact Nancy to have your name added to the waiting list, or to find out about the next available class.
August 8 – 12, 2016 Creating Stunning Artist Books:
A Week of Words, Marks and Collage
with Nancy Crawford and Kayla Preston

(5 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
August 22 – September 2, 2016 Portfolio Development: The Power of a Personal Series
with Nancy Crawford

(10 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
August 22 – September 2, 2016 An Intensive Introduction to Sculpture
with Kayla Preston

(10 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
September 26 – October 2, 2016 Creative Excursions:
A Photography and Encaustic Adventure in Tuscany

Week 1 – Tuscany, Italy (1 Week Excursion)
Full Enrollment – Please contact Nancy to have your name added to the waiting list, or to find out about the next available class.
October 3 – 9, 2016 Creative Excursions:
A Photography and Encaustic Adventure in Tuscany

Week 2 – Tuscany, Italy (1 or 2 Week Excursion)
Creative Excursions in Tuscany and Sardegna, Italy 2017 with Nancy Crawford and Oliviero Olivieri (stayed tuned for dates, itinerary and more information coming soon)

Program Details


 

Nancy’s workshops in my opinion are the BEST! She is such a wealth of information and inspiration and is incredibly supportive. I am a workshop junkie and Nancy is in a class of her own!
—Sandra Johnson (Introduction to Encaustics, Inspired by Calligraphy)


 

Saturday July 23,
Sunday July 24and
Monday July 25
9:00am—3:00pm
Introduction to Encaustics (3 day program – small class size)
Encaustic PaletteThis introductory course is ideal for anyone new to the exciting and dynamic medium of encaustic painting or those needing a refresher program. Some of the topics that will be explored include:

  • Brief history of the medium
  • Encaustic essentials including: supports and grounds, tools and materials
  • Safety precautions
  • Layering and building up your wax surface
  • Combining different inks with wax
  • Image Transfer Techniques
  • White and Wood Glue under wax effects
  • Working with graphite in all of its forms – regular, water soluble, and powdered
  • Scraping Processes – including intaglio, intarsia and sgrafitto techniques in wax, along with a few other surprising techniques
  • Setting Up Your Studio
  • Where to From Here?

Introduction to EncausticsYour program tuition includes all pigmented wax and encaustic media along with multiple panels for experimentation and image creation. Your tuition also includes the use of hot plates, grills, heat guns and blowtorches, along with other studio equipment and supplies. Upon registration for this class Nancy will send you an additional supply list of some materials that you will want to bring with you to the program.

Join Nancy for 3 exciting and fun-filled days of learning and working with wax.
3-Day Program Investment
$525.00 + GST =$551.25
(includes most supplies)

Full Enrollment – Please contact Nancy to have your name added to the waiting list, or to find out about the next available class.


 

I have been re-inspired with this wonderful encaustic process, and learned some very helpful and exciting techniques. Thank you so much Nancy! You really know how to encourage and support people as they explore and investigate.
—Susanne Cruickshank (Encaustic Collage)


 

Tuesday July 26,
Wednesday July 27and
Thursday July 28
9:00am—3:00pm
Advanced Encaustic Techniques (3 day program – small class size)
Unified Encaustic SeriesThis intermediate / advanced program is perfect for those who are familiar with encaustic painting and fusing techniques and are interested in learning some new approaches to painting with the medium along with considering ways to build a personal series in encaustics. Some of the topics and materials that will be explored include:

layering and building up your wax surface using pan pastels and oil paint
incorporating tar and tar paper
working with jaunting tools
drawing media and wax
paster and dry wall mud
strategies for building an idea
choice and your concept
approaches for creating visual unity

Your program tuition includes all pigmented wax and encaustic media along with multiple panels for experimentation and image creation. Your tuition also includes the use of hot plates, grills, heat guns and blowtorches, along with other studio equipment and supplies. Upon registration for this class Nancy will send you an additional supply list of some materials that you will want to bring with you to the program.

Join Nancy for 3 exciting and fun-filled days of learning and working with wax.
3-Day Program Investment
$525.00 + GST =$551.25
(includes most supplies)

Full Enrollment – Please contact Nancy to have your name added to the waiting list, or to find out about the next available class.


 

This is the most fun art course I have taken! So full of ideas and possibilities that get your creative juices flowing and you get to take home results that are ready to hang on the wall. Best of all – I’m so excited to continue having fun at home.
—Zanne Landie (Inspired by Calligraphy)


 

August 8 – 12, 2016 Creating Stunning Artist Books: A Week of Words, Marks and Collage with Nancy Crawford and Kayla Preston
(5 Day Program)
Art Book Making 1Using significant words, lines of poetry and text as points of departure you will create a series of large scale pages incorporating calligraphy inspired letters and marks with collage elements. These pages will form the base of a collection of handmade artist books that will be further embellished throughout the course.

Art Book Making 2As part of this program you will create 5 different styles of books including:
One page, Long Stitch, Accordian, Flag, and Case Bound books. All materials are included as part of your tuition including assorted papers, glues, boards, cover materials, thread, paints, inks, collage materials and more. You will also receive a bone folder, awl and needles that you can take home with you at the end of the week to keep your book-making practice going. These luscious artist books could be used as part of a series in your portfolio, as special gifts, for elaborate sketchbooks and calligraphy journals, among other uses.

Join instructors Nancy and Kayla for a fun filled week of intensive learning and creating.
5-Day Program Investment
$625.00 + GST = $656.25 (based on a minimum of 8 participants)
Small classes provide a great deal of one-on-one time – so be sure to register early!

Art Book Making 3Art Book Making 4

Payment Option #1 – Pay in full at time of registering




Payment Option #2 – Pay a non-refundable deposit at time of registering with the balance to be paid two weeks prior to the start of the class





 

I really enjoyed the Portfolio Development Intensive. You’re a gifted teacher who clearly strives to bring out the best in students. Lucky us!
—Colleen Davis (Portfolio Development Program)


 

August 22 – September 2, 2016 Portfolio Development: The Power of a Personal Series
with Nancy Crawford
(10 Day Program)
 

Portfolio Development ProgramDo you want to create an outstanding, visually unified portfolio of authentic artworks that you could use to apply to post-secondary school, or obtain gallery representation, secure a residency or internship, or perhaps simply deepen your own experience of personal art making? Join Nancy and a small group of artists as we explore, learn and create in this intense and transformative program.

The majority of this program will focus on each individual creating a unified and engaging body of work. This series of works represents the most important creative journey an artist takes – it is also the most challenging.

In this program you will:

  • learn a variety of strategies that will help you identify interesting personal ideas and concepts to explore
  • select subjects that you could use to help express your ideas
  • select your materials and working approach out of the myriad of possibilities
  • choose image development strategies to work with that will support and push your concept
  • create a series of visually unified series of personally driven works
  • Portfolio Workshop 2strategies for dealing with artist’s block, resistance, procrastination and distraction
  • refine and hone your attention
  • create a personal studio environment that is conducive to working
  • develop a process rich sketchbook that documents your progress and the evolution of your ideas and work
  • along with several ways to ignite your creativity so that you can be inspired and excited to create!

Upon registration for this program, you will be emailed a supply list, questionnaire, and further instructions as to how to prepare yourself for this extraordinary creative experience.

Tuition for 10 dayintensive (10 full days of instruction and guided art making)
10-Day Program Investment
$950.00 + GST = $997.50

This highly sought after program with small class size will fill up quickly… don’t delay!

Payment Option #1 – Pay in full at time of registering




Payment Option #2 – Pay a non-refundable deposit at time of registering with the balance to be paid two weeks prior to the start of the class





 

August 22 – September 2, 2016 An Intensive Introduction to Sculpture
with Kayla Preston
(10 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
 

Sculpture 1Are you interested in taking your art making practice into the third dimension? Join Kayla Preston for an intensive two-week immersion into the exciting world of sculpture.

Each student will produce a variety of 3D works that explore both additive and subtractive processes including: modeling, carving, construction and assemblage. Week 1 will begin with the creation of a small bust made out of clay that will become the object of a two-part mold, cast out of a new material. Simultaneously, you will work on a carving project and 3D bas relief. These projects will run the duration of your two weeks and will be interspersed with other, smaller sculptural projects, including creating a CAD drawing and aluminum CNC router work, found objects assemblage, textile piece and more.

Sculpture 2Through the projects created students will learn about a variety of different sculptural materials, techniques and processes, and discuss historical and contemporary sculptural practice.

This course is an ideal way to add to your artistic tool chest, explore personal image making and create a strong portfolio!

(10 Full days of instruction in a small group setting)
9:00 – 3:00 each day
10 Day Program Investment
$850.00 per person includes all significant sculptural materials and tools. (Tuition is based on a minimum of 6 participants – maximum 12) Register early to avoid disappointment.

Sculpture 3Upon registration, you will be emailed a supply list of additional materials you will want to have for the class (especially a smock!)

Payment Option #1 – Pay in full at time of registering




Payment Option #2 – Pay a non-refundable deposit at time of registering with the balance to be paid two weeks prior to the start of the class





 

Week 1
Monday Sept 26 – Sunday Oct 2nd 2016 &
Week 2
Monday Oct 3 – Sunday Oct 9 2016
A Photography and Encaustic Adventure in Tuscany

Week 1 is now full – Please contact Nancy to have your name added to the waiting list, or to find out about the next available class.

Bramante Travel is pleased to launch an exciting new program for 2016 –  Photography and Encaustic Adventures in Tuscany with photographer Oliviero Olivieri and encaustic painter Nancy Crawford

Twisty Turny RoadJoin Nancy and Oliviero for one or two weeks in Tuscany creating unique photographic and photo-encaustic works to commemorate your extraordinary travel adventure. Encaustic painting is the ancient tradition of painting with melted beeswax. It is an incredible way to add depth, texture, and mystery to your photographic works. No prior experience with encaustics is necessary.

These intimate travel experiences are set up to promote experimentation, reflection, focus and enjoyment! From savouring the regional Italian culinary delights, relaxing and creating in the stunning former monastery of Sant’ Anna in Camprena, exploring and photographing the picturesque towns of Tuscany, through to producing atmospheric encaustic images, your week in Italy will be magical and transformative.

Road in TuscanyDuring your photography lessons on location with Oliviero some of the concepts you will explore include:

  • your relationship with the open landscape
  • how to express details to represent the whole
  • ways to approach and compose the human presence including as a spectator of human activities and human activities as protagonists.
  • how to use available light and framing choices to create powerful and memorable images

Peeling Poster WallSome of the encaustic ideas that you will experiment with alongside Nancy include:

  • how to plan your photographic images for encaustic work
  • introduction of paper options for printing
  • how to prepare a panel with your photographs
  • approaches to building up your encaustic surface
  • techniques for glazing and toning your images
  • special effects to incorporate with your photoencaustic works
  • along with a variety of finishing options that will add luminosity, texture, and depth to your works.

These excursions are ideal for photographers and photography enthusiasts, artists of all descriptions and those interested in trying something new. This is also a great program for couples!)

Let us look after all the details while you focus on exploration and delight in the hills of Tuscany. Check out the incentives to book these small group, creative travel adventures early! Please visit us at www.creativeexcursions.com for more information or click incoming@bramante-travel.it to book your excursion today!

Piazza della Michelangelo

Candles in Pienza


 

Workshop Archive


 

April 2 & 3, 2016 Introduction to Encaustics
(2 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
February 27 & 28, 2016 Inspired by Calligraphy:
An Exploration of Wax and Words
(2 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
January 23, 2016 I Feel Stuck…Now What? Strategies for Developing a Series and Generating Ideas
Demo at OPUS Granville Island 12 – 2 p.m Vancouver, British Columbia,
Call (604) 736-7028 to register

FULL ENROLLMENT
December 12, 2015 I Feel Stuck…Now What? Strategies for Generating Ideas and Developing a Series
Free demo at OPUS Downtown 11 – 1 p.m. Vancouver, British Columbia,
Call (604) 678-5889 to register

FULL ENROLLMENT
Week 1 Monday, August 24
to Friday August 28
(5 day program)
Week 2 Monday August 31 to Friday, September 4
(5 day program)
Human Figure Intensive (Two 5 day programs)

 

Saturday, August 15 and
Sunday, August 16
Encaustic Collage (2 day program – small class size)

 

Friday August 7,
Saturday August 8 and
Sunday August 9
Introduction to Encaustics (3 day program – small class size)
FULL ENROLLMENT

 

June 29, 30, July 2, 3 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
July 6,7, 9, 10 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
July 13, 14 (Monday, Tuesday)
(10 sessions in total)
Getting In! A Comprehensive Preparation Program for
Art School and Beyond

 

Saturday,
May 23 2015
10:30—12:00 Presentation
12:00—1:00 Book signing and questions
OPUS Langley
Getting In! Preparing for Art School

 

April 21 -29 2015 Flavour of Spain 1 week Encaustic Workshop in Spain
During your 9 days in Spain you will create several encaustic panels that document and celebrate your experiences in Spain along with other imagery. In addition to the techniques that will be introduced and explored that deal with encaustics, we will also delve into creating powerful compositions, creating an exciting focal point in your collages and how to develop a series of works exploring one central idea or concept.

Join Nancy for a thrilling week in Spain and learn a variety of ways to add luminosity, texture, depth and delight to your work. No prior art experience is necessary and this is a great activity for couples!


 

Saturday,
April 11th, 2015
10:30—12:30
OPUS Langley
Encaustic Adventures 2: Advanced Encaustic Techniques
FULL ENROLLMENT – 2ND CLASS ADDED

 

Saturday,
March 28, 2015
10:30—12:30
OPUS Langley
Encaustic Adventures 1: Expanding Your Artistic Range
FULL ENROLLMENT – 2ND CLASS ADDED

 

November 19 & 26, 2014
December 10 & 17
January 14, 21 & 28, 2015
February 4, 11, 18 & 25
March 4
5:30—8:30 Each of the 12 Days
Getting In! A Comprehensive Preparation Program for
Art School and Beyond

FULL ENROLLMENT

 

Mon—Fri
August 18th—22nd and
August 25th—29th
9:00—3:00
Each of the 10 Days
Getting In! A Comprehensive Preparation Program for
Art School and Beyond

 

Sat and Sun,
August 16th—17th
10:00—4:00 each day
Encaustic Collage (2 day program – small class size)

 

Saturday, July 12, 2014 Opus Granville Island 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Encaustic Collage – Eclectic! Playful! Limitless!
FULL ENROLLMENT

 

Fri, July 4th—Sun, July 6th
10:00—4:00 each day
Introduction to Encaustics (3 day program – small class size)

 

Sunday, May 25, 2014 Opus Langley 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Encaustic Collage – Eclectic! Playful! Limitless!
FULL ENROLLMENT