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Studio Arts: Mixed Media Classes

Altered Books: Drawing and Painting in Collage and Mixed-Media

Create your own story as you learn to upcycle book pages as surfaces for drawing, painting, and collage using gelatin plate prints, textures, photo transfers, drawing, painting, and text redaction.

Date of event
Wednesday, April 15 to June 3, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Collage and Mixed-Media

Students are introduced to the materials, tools, and technologies used in collage and assemblage. They find inspiration in artists who worked in collage including Joseph Cornell, Romare Bearden, and Gertrude Green.

Date of event
Wednesday, April 15 to June 3, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Exploring Abstraction

Explore the basis of abstraction by studying color, line, and shape as they relate to composition. Learn to create exciting and innovative works of art, using a series of drawing and painting exercises designed to examine non-traditional ways of handling traditional materials and subject matter.

Date of event
Thursday, April 16 to June 4, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media Intensive

Discover the creative possibilities of the centuries-old encaustic method, which offers rich and luminous color and great compatibility with collage materials.

Date of event
Monday, April 27 and May 4, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Gyotaku: The Japanese Art of Printing with Fish

Using direct printing and water-based printing inks, create realistic looking schools of fish or a single artistic print simply by inking a whole fish and pressing it to paper.

Date of event
Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Collage and Mixed-Media Intensive

Explore the materials, tools, and techniques used in collage and assemblage as you create an artwork that’s uniquely yours. The workshop, ideal for both nonartists and those with experience, is a great way to spark your creativity in two forms that offer wide possibilities for inventive expression.

Date of event
Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Gyotaku: The Japanese Art of Printing with Fish

Using direct printing and water-based printing inks, create realistic looking schools of fish or a single artistic print simply by inking a whole fish and pressing it to paper.

Date of event
Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Crepe Paper Flower Making

This spring, bring to life a tulip bouquet that requires no water, won’t be eaten by deer, and will last months or even years. Learn the skills and techniques to create realistic crepe-paper flowers petal by petal.

Date of event
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Build a Tiny House

It takes a village! In a 2-day workshop, students construct their own tiny houses, which they personalize working in paper-mache, acrylics, and mixed-media.

Date of event
Sunday, September 20 and 27, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Painting and Printing: Leaves Two Ways

Transform contour drawings of leaf shapes into transparent watercolor paintings. Then, use a walking press to make leaf prints on a variety of papers using water-based ink.

Date of event
Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.