the encaustic center

580 W. Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, Texas, 75080


Michael "Shem" Shemchuk's

3 over 3

Abstraction by Design Mixed Media Workshop

Friday, January 29th, Saturday, January 30th and Sunday, January 31st, 2021 Shem will be Zooming with us 10am to 4pm each day!

A. Zoom from the The Encaustic Center and Bonny Studio $775.

B. Zoom from home. The total for this workshop is $725.



In this 3- day workshop we will be creating a modular (3 over 3) panel installation. Each panel should work on their own and be integral to the installation as well. We will establish a color palette with both our collage papers and paint. Bring your abstract ideas and your aesthetics as we use our compositional skills and apply the techniques of gluing, painting, sanding, peeling and collaging to create our abstractions. This parameter allows us to fully focus on our design, mark making, and balance skills, as well as allowing a manageable interplay between our panels.



Supplies provided and supplies to purchase:

1. Six - 16”x16” cradled panels - provided for In-person Zoomers

Link to boards for those of you zooming from home: panels

2. Bring or have at home: 1 - qt. black and 1 - qt. white latex flat house paint (any brand). - this can be found at Home Depot or your local hardware store.

3. 10-sheets black tissue paper - provided for In-person Zoomers

4. 10-sheets 18”x22” newsprint provided for In-person Zoomers

5. One - 6” metal (flexible - not stiff) broad knife - flex knife Bring or have at home

6.1- sheet 8”x10” 100 grit or 80 grit sandpaper _provided for In-person Zoomers - Bring or have at home: sanding block (optional)

7. 1- scrubber/sponge And a bucket/water And 1- atomizer (water spray bottle) - All 3 provided for In-person participants

8. 6 to 8 chip brushes & variety of artist brushes. Bring or have at home

9. 1-3 Acrylic paint colors plus black and white. If you do not have acrylics, here's a suggested link for a set: Acrylic Set Or choose your colors plus black and white from here. Bring or have at home


2- qts. acrylic gloss varnish/urethane - any brand is fine but here's a link: acrylic gloss varnish - note: water base - Bring or have at home

One roll of Paper Towels - provided for In-person Zoomers

10. A variety of collage papers: tissue, newsprint, colors, text, wrapping paper, copies of writings, patterned paper, solid paper - NO card stock This link is just a reference and you can find many other papers of interest in art stores and book shops etc. Plus copy paper. Bring or have at home

11. Several plastic containers for mixing (qts.or pints) rags, scissors, utility knife/razor blade and paint stir sticks. Bring or have at home

12. Optional: white 4x6 index cards, ruler/tape rule, putty knife, paint can opener. Bring or have at home

Good to have: heat gun or hair dryer - provided for In-person Zoomers

Suggested: Gloves (2 pair provided for in-person Zoomers), Apron, Notebook Bring or have at home





Michael Shemchuk is an abstract artist living and working in Northern California. Born in the blue-collar mill town of Lowell Massachusetts in 1954, Shemchuk realized at an early age that his keen eye for color and form, burning curiosity, and love of adventure would necessitate a departure from the culturally spare town of Lowell.

Largely self-taught, Shem did not emerge on the art scene in a conventional fashion. Following his native skills and sensitivities as an artist, his career has criss-crossed the world of applied arts and visual expression. Influenced by studies at the Academy of Art College and California State University, SF, Shem combined his love for photography, color, and abstraction. The result was an unusual amalgamation of interest and influences. Leveraging his practical skills, Shem supplemented his nascent career as a mixed media artist by practicing the craft of faux finish from the late eighties until 2000.

Shem’s work has evolved over the last two decades, shaped directly by a close engagement with material and process. From the onset, Shem’s focus has been on abstraction and design. Influenced by his earlier faux finish work, Shem’s Meridian series, begun in the late nineties, used paint and plaster as primary media. In 2014, Shem became interested in the changes in art-making stemming from shifts in technology. His response was to re-evaluate traditional materials such as paper and paint, thus simplifying his approach to abstraction with the Tags series. In 2017, Shem was inspired to further his pursuit of abstraction and design by streamlining his materials and employing process as integral to his work. The result is his Surface Tension series, which is based on an organic process involving water, paper, pressure, friction, and time.

In addition to his art-making, Shem teaches the principles of Abstraction by Design (AbD) to students and fellow artists via workshops and private mentoring. His experiences as a teaching artist over the last four years have inspired and deepened his appreciation for creative community and collaboration.


“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” -Leonard Cohen

In my journey, I have visited this quote many times. As a self-taught artist these words have provided me with a launching pad and a landing site in pursuit of my work. Awareness of the light has assisted me in recognizing my aesthetic and teaching skills. Sensitivity to the light has guided me in choosing the paths presented before me.



Payment info:

Friday, January 29th, Saturday, January 30th and Sunday, January 31st, 2021

A. Zoom from the The Encaustic Center and Bonny Studio $775.

B Zoom from home. The total for this workshop is $725.

This workshop is now due in full. $100.00 is non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event of cancellation after the workshop is paid in full, $665 for In-person Zoomers or $625 for home Zoomers, will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. In the case the workshop would need to be rescheduled due to Covid restrictions, a refund in the amounts above will be applied to those who are unable to attend the new date. By paying for this workshop, you agree to this policy.

Payment Options:

▪ via Zelle to

▪ via PayPal by logging into paypal and sending your payment to or please request a paypal invoice from me.

▪ By credit card; call Bonny at 214-405-5993

▪ By check to The Encaustic Center, 580 W Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, TX, 750

▪ By cash at The Bonny Studio or The Encaustic Center, please call or email Bonny to schedule a time: or 214-405-5993




Please let me know right away if you would like to join in and I will confirm space availability. Spaces fill up quickly!


Bonny Leibowitz

for registration and questions



The Encaustic Center

580 W Arapaho Rd. #271

Richardson, TX. 75080























580 W. Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, Texas, 75080