9 Dec 2015

Jester Artspace

What started out as a conversation with new acquaintances at a holiday party, has blossomed into something quite wonderful.  A year ago, I didn’t know any of the amazing people who would come together to formulate and nurture a new creative project called the Jester Artspace. Ken and I met Alan Baseden and his family at a mutual […]

21 Oct 2015

Invasive Vine Basket Making at Mt. Cuba Center

Invasive Vine Basket Making at Mt. Cuba Center

We gathered in the super-fabulous wet lab at Mt. Cuba Center on friday to create beautiful and functional baskets, made of invasive vines.         Margaret Shillingford introduced the vines that the staff had collected from the grounds at Mt Cuba. Honeysuckle, Bittersweet, Virginia Creeper- these were among the many clingy, twining, vines that we used to […]

20 Oct 2015

Inspired by Nature; Drawing Organic Patterns and Forms

Inspired by Nature; Drawing Organic Patterns and Forms

Do natural forms and patterns inspire and delight you? I often create designs based on organic patterns and forms. Can you tell which piece is based on a shark egg sack, or “Mermaid’s Purse”, and which design was based on giraffe fur? I’m teaching “Inspired by Nature; Drawing Organic Patterns and Forms” at DCAD; Continuing Ed &  for credit […]

7 Oct 2015

ORDINARY MEDIUMS; EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS at Main Line Art Center

ORDINARY MEDIUMS; EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS at Main Line Art Center

  Wednesdays 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM with Susan Benarcik Oct 28 – Nov 18, 2015Artists produce solutions, manage uncertainty, experiment, explore, transform, collaborate, problem-solve, and take risks every day. In this 4 session course, you are invited to experiment with a practicing studio artist with a variety of creative mediums that will activate your […]

10 Sep 2015

Autumn Wreath; Not Your Ordinary Wreath Workshop

Autumn Wreath; Not Your Ordinary Wreath Workshop

Autumn Wreath: Not Your Ordinary Wreath at Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA Monday, September 28, 2015 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Notes: $30 supply fee payable to instructor Using unusual branches and vines as a base for creating your own autumn wreath.  The outcome is really up to you and your own personal style, […]

26 Aug 2015

New!! Art Adventures with Susan & Linda

New!!  Art Adventures with Susan & Linda

Premiering at Highlands Art Garage in September… Art Adventures– a group creativity workshop- led by Susan Benarcik and Linda Celestian As your highly skilled sherpas we will prepare the route, fix the ropes in place, and provide the necessary gear for your art adventure! No previous experience is needed. Work spontaneously with provided art materials quieting the […]

26 Aug 2015

Sizzling Summer Classes

Sizzling Summer Classes

July was packed with fun for students looking for a summer adventure. Working in mediums such as paper marbling, photo collage, and collaborative sculpture.  Seemingly unrelated, these three traditional mediums aren’t governed by logic, and tend to produce unpredictable outcomes. They push our comfort level and cause us to think about process, evolution, u-turns, and surprise.  Both […]

25 Jun 2015

Paper Marbling Workshop

Paper Marbling Workshop

Highlights from my Paper Marbling workshop at Highlands Art Garage. We had a blast, and the results were astounding!  I’m scheduling additional batik and marbling workshops for the Summer and Autumn right now, so please let me know if this type of workshop is something that you’d be interested in. Marbling consists of floating paints on a surface of thickened […]

28 May 2015

Evening and weekend Summer Courses at DCAD

DCAD – Delaware College of Art and Design – A creative partnership between Pratt Institute and the Corcoran College of Art and Design INSPIRED BY NATURE: DRAWING ORGANIC PATTERNS AND FORMS Instructor: Susan Benarcik SIX SESSIONS Thursday, June 11 – July 16; 6 PM – 9:15 PM Non-Credit Tuition: $230; 2 CEUs Are you inspired […]

25 May 2015

Batik Workshop

Batik Workshop

Batik Workshops at Highlands Art Garage are awesome! Generally, none of the folks that attend have any experience with batik, and yet each of their designs turns out to be unique and compelling. Batik is a process by which melted wax is applied to cotton fabric to resist or retain several layers of color. It definitely […]