Small Boxes of Truth: Telling Stories with Assemblage


Title: Small Boxes of Truth: Telling Stories with Assemblage

Type of Workshop: Assemblage

Instructor: Robin Popp

Date: Sept 25 – 26, 2020

Price: $300/275

Time: 10:00am-4pm

Create a piece of art, share a memory, convey a truth from scripture – assemblage can do any of these things in a powerful way. In this one day class we will be using wood, screws, and all kinds of found pieces to create a shadow box around a special object that the student brings with them. Basic woodworking and finishing techniques will be discussed, as well as balance, composition, and what will build a strong statement. We will be learning sound construction techniques and how to use power tools. No woodworking experience needed. Beginners welcome.


Born in south Florida into a family of artists, Robin has painted since she was old enough to hold the brush. She spent a short time at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, and graduated as a cabinetmaker from Pinellas Technical College. Her favorite medium is oils and loves to work en plein air. She teaches painting both locally in Florida, and at John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. She and her husband reside on a farm west of Gainesville, Florida, while their three grown children live all over the world.


About the work:

Robin’s north Florida farm and surrounding area provides much of the subject matter for her landscapes in oil. Birds are another favorite subject. Crows, waterbirds, sparrows, all find their way into her paintings. Robin’s background as a woodworker also influences her works in assemblage. Her latest series of boxes combines oil paintings and found objects. As she describes, “I love the earthy feel of rust and worn wood, and the ageless quality of glass. They hold a hidden history and I give them a chance at a new life, in a new story.”



2018 – Honorable Mention, 45th Festival Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL

2018 – Purchase Award, 45th Festival Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL

2017 – Third Place, Autumn Artfest, Live Oak, FL

2017 – Honorable Mention, Tarpon Springs Paint and Photo, Tarpon Springs, FL

2017 – Work selected for the Cross Creek Rising Exhibit, Gainesville, FL

2016 – Patron’s Favorite Artist Award, Gathering of Artists, Gainesville, FL

2013 – Purchase Award, Souvenirs of Downtown, Ft. Pierce, FL

2005 – Work selected, Downtown Clearwater Arts Stroll, Clearwater

Artist Statement: “Some things cannot be said with words. The beauty of God’s creation explodes all around us, and my expression, my worship, comes in the form of painted colors across a canvas. In this hectic world, we all yearn for a place of refuge and healing. Many of my paintings are of settings that give me that sense of peace. In a quiet moment, I reach to the Creator, and rejoice, knowing that He is reachable.”

The most important thing is for each student to bring is a focal point for their shadow box. This can be a small piece of artwork, a personal object or oddity. Students may bring their own battery operated drill and drill bits so they don’t have to share. Also, students can bring more than one small wooden box or drawer so they have choices beyond what I will be providing. Please note: this is not a painting class. Any artwork that the students want to include, must be finished and dry. Other materials students may want to bring include any other small found pieces of hardware, game pieces, etc. that they want to include.

A $25 fee will be charged for all class refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to seven (7) days prior to class start date. Thereafter, no refunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the class.


A $75 fee will be charged for all workshop refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to one (1) month prior to the workshop start date. Thereafter, no refunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the workshop.


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