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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
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)
March 11 – 13, 2017 Introduction to Encaustics
(3 day program – small class size)
Fort Langley, BC
March 14 – 16, 2017 Advanced Encaustic Techniques
(3 day program – small class size)
Fort Langley, BC
May 20 – 22, 2017 Donna Downey Studio
Discover Your Artistic Voice
(3 day program)
Charlotte, North Carolina
May 23 – 25, 2017 Donna Downey Studio
Develop Your Artistic Voice
(3 day program)
Charlotte, North Carolina
July 5 – 11, 2017 Fibre Arts Australia
Advanced Encaustic Painting Adventure

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia (5 Day Program)
July 15 – 17, 2017 Timeless Textiles Australia
Encaustic Collage – eclectic! playful! limitless!

Newcastle East NSW, Australia (3 Day Program)
August 28 –
Sept 1, 2017
Order and Chaos, Fire and Ice
An Adventure in Calligraphy and Encaustic
with Nancy Crawford and Massimo Polello

(5 day program)
Fort Langley, BC
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)



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

Join 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


Saturday March 11,
Sunday March 12 and
Monday March 13, 2017
10:00am—4:00pm
Introduction to Encaustics (3 day program – small class size)

Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada
The Langley Fine Arts School
9096 Trattle St, Fort Langley

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
  • The fine art of fusing
  • Wood Glue Techniques under wax
  • Assorted Collage Processes
  • Working with graphite in all of its forms – regular, water soluble, and powdered
  • Scraping Processes – including intaglio, intarsia and sgrafitto techniques in wax
  • Applying Metal Leaf, along with a few other surprising techniques
  • Setting Up Your Studio
  • Where to From Here?

Introduction to EncausticsYour program tuition includes encaustic medium 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)

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 four weeks prior to the start of the 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 March 14,
Wednesday March 15 and
Thursday March 16
10:00am—4:00pm
Advanced Encaustic Techniques (3 day program – small class size)

Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada
The Langley Fine Arts School
9096 Trattle St, Fort Langley

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. A focus of this program will be on developing personalized conceptual and compositional strategies to bring your work to the next level.

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
  • plaster and dry wall mud
  • shellac burn
  • drawing media and wax
  • 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 along with a questionnaire to complete prior to start of 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)

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 four weeks prior to the start of the 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)


Monday, August 28th to
Friday, September 1st, 2017

10:00am—5:00pm
Order and Chaos, Fire and Ice
An Adventure in Calligraphy and Encaustic

with Massimo Polello and Nancy Crawford
(5 day program)

Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada
The Langley Fine Arts School
9096 Trattle St, Fort Langley

Massimo Polello ImagesJoin master calligrapher Massimo Polello and artist Nancy Crawford for an exciting week of calligraphy and encaustic painting, exploring the dualities of Order and Chaos, Fire and Ice.

According to classical science, the definition of Chaos was an “absence of order”. Today Chaos is considered a form of complexity. If we look back to Greek mythology, the Cosmos or Universe was a beautiful, well-ordered whole that arose out of Chaos. Order and Disorder, Cosmos and Chaos are in fact etymologically related. Is it not natural then for us as artists to want to participate in this dance, this exploration of Order and Chaos?
Nancy Crawford Calligraphic ArtThe Lettera Capitalis Monumentalis are perfect examples of precision and equilibrium; ORDER in the classic and purest sense of the word. Peace and security are conveyed as in the upright columns of a Roman temple. The aim of the first part of the course is to present the Roman letters in their purest forms, their construction, ductus, proportions and spacing, written initially with an ordinary pencil and then with a flat brush, horizontally and then vertically as the first letters were. Even at this early stage of the workshop we might discover that the Lettera Romana is perhaps not as “in order” as it seems, and that its basic shape always depends on fortune, timing and the moment of writing.
The second part of our calligraphic focus will be on exploring different ways of executing a freer form of writing, freer in the sense of inviting the unexpected, random and fantastic. In essence, a form of writing that is driven by instinct and comes from the “gut” – the place that many oriental traditions believe houses true knowledge. The aim is to encourage every student to develop his/her own technique.

Finally, we will combine lettere capitalis and free writing, Order and Chaos, through a process of layering our calligraphy with encaustic medium, a luscious surface of beeswax and damar resin. This ancient technique that originated with the Greeks will provide an exciting process for us to continue our exploration of our dynamic dualities adding additional colour, depth, texture and finishes.

Nancy Crawford Calligraphic Art 15-Day Program Investment
$825.00 + GST = $866.25

Your tuition covers most supplies including papers, wooden panels, adhesives, encaustic medium, oil paint, metal leaf, enamel paints, assorted graphite media, pan pastels, India ink, and more. In addition, your fee includes the use of all studio equipment including grills, heat guns, torches, several brushes, tools and drawing boards. The studio space itself is a large, open space with great ventilation and double doors leading to an outdoor courtyard. Your fee also includes 5 catered lunches.

Upon registration for this program, you will be sent a small supply list of calligraphy materials to bring along (pens, brushes, some inks and gouache) in addition to a questionnaire to fill out that will help you identify a concept or idea to work with and develop over the course of the workshop. At that time we will also check for any dietary constraints or preferences.

Accommodations: There are several options for staying close to the studio venue. Please email us to receive an accommodations list.

Massimo Polello and Nancy Crawford

 

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 four weeks prior to the start of the class





 

Workshop Archive


August 22 – September 2, 2016 Portfolio Development: The Power of a Personal Series
with Nancy Crawford
(10 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
FULL ENROLLMENT
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
July 26, 27 & 28 2016 Advanced Encaustic Techniques
(3 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
FULL ENROLLMENT
July 23, 24 & 25 2016 Introduction to Encaustics
(3 Day Program) Langley, British Columbia
FULL ENROLLMENT
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
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)
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