Current Available Classes

Beyond Encaustic, June 26- 30, 2017
Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA

Class: One Day Encaustic Painting Workshop
Time: 10:00 am -4:00 pm
Limited to 6 students.
Location:Tremain Smith Studio: 520 South 59th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143
If you are interested in scheduling a workshop, get together 4 -6 others, contact me and we can arrange a day.

Alongside her studio work, Tremain is also a teaching artist. She lectures, leads workshops and teaches art through various venues, particularly in the Philadelphia area. She is in the first group of artists to receive a Teaching Artist Certificate through the University of the Arts.

Tremain Smith Profile (Tremain Smith Profile)

From 2010-15, Tremain was a teaching artist-in-residence at both the Penn Alexander School in West Philadelphia and with Al Bustan Seeds of Culture. Al-Bustan is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating youth in Arabic language, arts, and culture and promoting understanding and respect both within the diverse community of Arab-Americans and among children and youth of all ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Tremain received a community-based fellowship through the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in partnership with New Courtland Elder Services in 2013, 2011 and 2008. In 2013 she worked with senior artists at the Philadelphia Seniors Center and art students at World Communications Charter School.  During the summer of 2008, she developed an intergenerational art project in which seventh grade students and residents at the Kearsley Retirement Community in West Philadelphia worked together to create two large encaustic panels to be exhibited in an exhibition entitled Art is Ageless.  The panels are to hang permanently in the halls of the Retirement Community. In the fall of 2011 she did similar intergenerational art project combining the talents of retirement residents and students in the after-school program of the Center Post Village apartments in West Philadelphia.

In the summers of 2010-14, she taught art at Al-Bustan’s summer camp. In 2013, she guided the students in using drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and mixed-media to create artworks that reflected the theme of legendary Egyptian singer and icon Umm Kulthum. 2012 camp was inspired by the travels of Ibn Battuta of Morocco, the Arab world’s most famous traveler from the 12th century who dictated an account of his journeys in the Rihla الرحلة, or “The Journey” , “A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Travelling”. In 2011, the theme was the country of Lebanon. Tremain engaged the campers in a mixed-media narrative art project telling a story using the Arabic alphabet as characters inspired by the books of Dar Onboz , a Lebanese publishing house founded by Nadine Touma. Campers combined the letters of the Arabic alphabet with the language of art to tell visual stories of rebuilding. In 2010, she taught the students geometric design inspired by Islamic art through drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and encaustic. In 2009, she led the students in a book arts project based on the Arabic alphabet and the visual diagrams of 11th century Arab scientist Ibn al-Haytham.

In 2012 Tremain was an Encaustic Painting Instructor at the University of the Arts in the Continuing Studies Program.

She is also an artist-in-residence at Northeast High School through Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture. In the fall of 2012, she worked with students to create a large collaborative geometric design emphasizing the relationship between unity and multiplicity in which harmony is central. In 2011-12, supported by the Philadelphia Arts and Education Partnership Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, students made their own colorful geometric compositions based on the principles of Islamic/Arab art using mixed media on paper. Students learned six and eight-point geometric constructions with the circle as the foundation. They mastered the geometry of the triangle and hexagon with the ancient tools of pencil, compass and straightedge, and then created grids from overlapping circles. From there they discovered patterns within the grid, using color to create their individual artworks.n the spring of 2011 she completed a residency at Northeast High in which first year art students and English-as-Second-Language students created collaborative encaustic paintings based on principles of Islamic art using the elements of Line, Shape, Color and the principles of Unity, Repetition, Rhythm and Balance. They mastered the geometry of the square and the octagon and then created a grid from overlapping circles. Encaustic is an ancient technique of painting using hot beeswax and pigment. The students worked together to build up the layers using wax and squares of colored paper. They carved the word “Peace” in every language represented in the class into the wax and rubbed oil paint into the incised marks. The final layer consisted of encaustic paint filling the geometric shapes in a seven-color design.

In spring 2011and 2012, she taught weekly art classes during the LEAP Afterschool Program at the Cobbs Creek Branch of the Free Library through a Philadelphia Arts and Education Partnership and Free Library of Philadelphia Artist-in Residence.

In spring 2009, she taught a series of workshops sponsored by Al-Bustan combining encaustic painting techniques with the ancient art of Arabic calligraphy. These workshops were hosted by University City Arts League. The students created a collective piece entitled “Nahnu Al-Amal” or “We are the Hope” that has been displayed at State Senator James Roebuck’s office and the Walnut Street West branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Through The Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ Hand-in-Hand program, Tremain taught encaustic painting to students at the Northern Home for Children in July and August 2009. She has conducted a series of art workshops for the after-school program for residents of People’s Emergency Center, an agency serving homeless families, taught children weekly at the Lutheran Settlement House and did a 10-session residency in the Spring of 2013 at Baring House, a crisis nursery in West Philadelphia, through this program.

In the spring of 2008, she did a workshop on the encaustic painting process to middle school students at the Penn Alexander School. To tie into their academic studies of Africa that year, the inspiration for their images was taken from the Yoruba deities of West Africa. She did the same in the spring of 2009 using Navajo patterns to as a part of their Native American studies.

In 2005 and 2006 Tremain held a series of one-day workshops on the encaustic process in her West Philadelphia studio.

Tremain engaged in a two-year study of the visual artists of the Harlem Renaissance with students at Jubilee School which culminated in an outdoor mural funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in the spring of 2004.

In the fall of 2004, while an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC, Tremain taught the Charlotte Mecklenburg public school art teachers the encaustic process to take back to their students. She also led an encaustic project with people who were currently homeless in the city of Charlotte through the Urban Ministry Center’s Art Works program.

She was selected for an Art Futures artist residency in 2003, a joint project of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the School District of Philadelphia and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Schools. She worked with high school students at the Parkway Program Center City to develop both individual encaustic pieces and two large collaborative panels. These panels were awarded grand prize at the Art Futures reception at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

In 2002, Tremain was visiting Artist-in-Residence at the Westtown School in Westtown, Pennsylvania. With her electric frying pan, heat gun, travel iron and 10 pounds of beeswax, students in the Lower School developed two large encaustic collage paintings during her visit that hang in the school’s lobby.

She has conducted encaustic workshops for the community outreach program at the Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, a non-profit, community-based gallery in West Philadelphia.

Smith is trained in mural arts by the Philadelphia Department of Recreation Mural Arts Program (MAP). MAP is a public art program that works in partnership with community residents, grassroots organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, corporations and philanthropies to design and create murals while actively engaging youth in the process.

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