Ancestor Art with Glenda Miles


Ancestor Art with Glenda Miles

  • Day 1 - Ancestor Art
    July 27, 2019
    9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2 - Ancestor Art
    July 28, 2019
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Class size: Minimum 6; Maximum 20. No experience necessary. ancestor artMinimum age to participate: 18

Price: $347  Tons of supplies including special printing of your photographs and substrates, daily lunches, drinks & snacks are included.

Experience the power of the heart leading the way during the creative process of collage. This weekend will be especially meaningful as we intuitively and intentionally design from memories and moments to handcraft unique legacy masterpieces.

Explore Glenda’s favorite mixed media styles and stuff to design a personalized yet vintage look and stories about 2-3 of your ancestors. Dig through suitcases overflowing w/ephemera and miscellany to create engaging compositions. Proudly create a grand 16X16 art story, and using our vintage remnants, adorn two ancestors on 5×7 showpieces.

This workshop encompasses a wide array of tools and techniques for collage including encaustic, 3D objects, layering, storytelling, and more.

Students should bring:

  • Basic tool kit: pencil, eraser, scissors, etc.
  • at least 4-5 inexpensive disposable 2” chip brushes
  • Small bottles or tubes of 3-4 of your favorite colors of any brand of acrylic paint for wood panel borders. Glenda will be providing my favorite colors of black, raw umber, gray, white, paynes gray, and lots of blues so if you like these colors don’t worry about bringing any paint at all.
  • a container of baby wipes
  • Locktite Super glue liquid gel size 4g
  • a few of your favorite mark making pens/pencils: i.e. graphite, uniball pens, etc
    • Bring misc. papers or flat backed 3D treasures + tokens to specialize your story.
    • Shop at home for snippets of everyday life of your ancestor; letters, i.e. post cards, certificates, newspaper articles, manuals, calendars, envelopes, documents, brochures, recipes, These items will be permanently altered by cutting, gluing and waxing. Please see Copying documents below
    • If you bring original vintage ephemera, please know, that the collage/encaustic process sometimes brings unexpected results with coloring and texture. If you’re not okay with embracing “happy accidents” or the natural imperfections of handmade design, please consider making copies of your original documents.

** Copying Documents: Please be aware that your original photos and documents will be permanently altered w/ cutting, gluing, inking and waxing. If you want to copy your photos, please do the following:

  • Please do not print on standard copy paper typically used for home printing which doesn’t work well with the artistic glues, inks and paints we are using.
  • Please do not print on OR use glossy photo paper which will not hold up to the heat of encaustic.


  • Search for up to three (3) photos to be used for this experience (you may have them digital, already, which is great but if not, they will need to be scanned).
  • Consider your own baby picture, parents, grandparents, beloved family members or even a pet.
  • Scan one preferred focal point photo for the 16X16 at a 600-900 resolution. Your photo will be edited for clarity and printed FOR YOU on archival tissue paper.
  • Also, scan 1-2 photos for the 5X7’s at 600-900 resolution.

Do this early or grab your techy nephew the next time you see him to help out! 

Email your photos to Glenda at least 3 weeks {July 6th} prior to your class at the following email address: msglendamiles@gmail.com with the subject “Collage Story.”

Included in your registration fee will be: ancestor art

  • Quality prints of your ancestor photos to use for storytelling
  • 3-4 suitcases of a ridiculous amount of vintage paper, ephemera, book pages, miscellany, alphabet cards to dig through to create engaging compositions
  • Specialty art supply/project needs such as wood panels, adopted ancestor photos, tissue paper prints, acrylic paint brushes, a mister, palette knives, large deli sheets, sandpaper blocks, kitchen scrapers, PVA glue, Encaustic Medium beeswax/materials, plaster, gesso, etc
  • Art supplies such as Lindy’s Stamp Gang Spray inks, Pam Carriker StencilGirl Stencils Gesso, Stayzon ink pads, vintage rubber alphabet letter/number stamps, 100 Proof Press rubber stamps, washi tape, distressed crayons, mark making pens and India inks
  • Exclusive extras such as rusty bits, found objects and misc treasures to make your art a one of a kind masterpiece

You may register for the entire weekend by using our “$99 Holds Your Spot” deal which allows you to pay over time.

Please note that your $99 deposit is nonrefundable but is applied to your balance. The $248 balance is due no later than June 15, 2019, and can be made by mailing a check to Ephemera Paducah, 333 N. 9th Street, Paducah, KY 42001 or on this page via PayPal or Credit Card.

Not paying your balance before June 15, 2019, will result in the loss of your deposit and place in class.

Before registering for this workshop, please familiarize yourself with our Cancellation Policies Updated September 1, 2018.


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