HOLD DEAR Video Collection

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*This is a special offer for my collection of 9 videos created in 2022 for the HOLD DEAR: Sculptural Assemblage and Symbolic Design workshop originally recorded live online.
PLUS a bonus video covering the basics of encaustic wax painting for those who elect to utilize the medium in their project. 

Hold Dear: To value highly; to care about greatly, be fond of, be attached to, cherish, or to prize

A Hand Is To Hold

It is said that Aristotle saw the hand as the "tool of tools".  Universally, the hand represents our humanity; to see the "hand of the artist" in a work of art testifies to the unique characteristics of the artist. It may denote the energy of the stroke, the imperfect nature of handmade that gives the work value.

In traditional Folk Art, the heart in hand design represents charity, generosity, friendship, love, and truth. 

Commonly referred to as Hamsa; the eye in the palm of the hand generally represents protection in many a religious tradition. 

We bless with the hand, offer gifts from the hand, lend a hand to help, shake hands in affection and contract, join hands in marriage and acts of solidarity, pledge allegiance with the hand, swear oaths by the hand, and greet our neighbors with a wave of the hand.  

Hands are used to gather, to create, to comfort, to unite, to cherish, and to impart our gratitude for all that we Hold Dear

Here's What You Get: 

Centering around a review of the symbolism of the hand, this class will examine our personal connection to the objects we gather, significance of the motifs we gravitate towards, and the memories they evoke; those things we Hold Dear in life, to combine them in a visual representation emblematic of our own meaning and values.

Working from a downloadable PDF template, this workshop covers a variety of techniques to create your choice of a 2D (for the wall) or 3D (free standing) sculptural assemblage from a humble foundation of recycled materials; incorporating surface design and found/collected objects to create a personally and symbolically meaningful work of art.

Part 1: 3 videos covering Prep and construction:

  • A 26-minute video introduction to the course, symbolism in art, and a visual/journaling exercise with selected objects 
  • A 19-minute video covering layout and construction of the hand for the project
  • A 26-minute video covering how to create simple openings, reliquary style openings, and two sided openings for your selected design or object. 

Part 2: 4 videos covering Finishing and completion:

  • A 28-minute video with discussion on the difference between signs and symbols, and how to create deeper meaning in the design of your work.
  • A 25-minute video covering how to create objects from salvaged cardboard, prepping the surface for use with or without encaustic wax layers, 
  • A 29-minute video covering image transfers, using encaustic wax with the ledge design, embedding objects in encaustic wax, incising and glazing for surface design in encaustic wax.
  • A 19-minute video on finishing some of the techniques presented in previous segments, plus attaching hardware for hanging, and more!

Two follow up videos with more information on finishing your piece totaling an additional 20-minutes of instruction!

PLUS A 27-minute BONUS video!

  • Covering the basic setup and encaustic wax painting for those who are new to the medium and wish to utilize it in your project. 


Details, Details, Details . . .

NOTE: THIS collection is hosted offsite and not accessed through the Canary Rising website. 

Please review this information for all the details you need to access the collection. 

  • Upon purchase you will be directed to a landing page with the link and password to stream and/or download the collection PLUS the link to download your hand template.
  •  90 Days to view online and/or download the videos for lifetime access.
  • Supplies are listed in the individual lessons on the streaming platform.



$25 Limited Time Only!

  • I understand that this collection is hosted offsite and not accessed through your course library on the Canary Rising website
  • I have read and understand the details section listed here on the checkout page and understand that I have 90 days to view/stream the lessons and/or download them to my own device for lifetime access.
  • I understand that my studio is likely to show signs of creative enjoyment when I participate in this course and agree to practice as often as possible, because it's good for my soul and my personal development! (smile)
  • I understand this course includes unlimited access (if you choose to download to your own devide/cloud service) and thus, is non-refundable and not transferable. 
  • I agree to review the TOS page and abide by the rules and regulations set forth in the legal mumbo jumbo it contains