Loosen up and stretch your creative muscles! The goal of this two-day workshop is to explore a variety of mark-making techniques with an emphasis on finding what works for you. Playfully experiment with drawing marks, painting spills, drips, drags, imprints (etc), and collage. The idea is to let go of control, get out of your own way and push your limits, allowing the materials to take the lead as you aim to develop a small series of artworks. With step by step guidance from Jackie, you will develop your skills with design and composition as you begin editing and composing an abstract image through a process of construction and deconstruction.
Slide show presentations of contemporary and historical artworks will be given to demonstrate how cutting, ripping, masking, glazing, and layering paint will add intrigue to your abstract images.
All levels welcome
- Paint brushes of varying sizes
- Scissors, erasers, roll of blue painters tape, scotch tape
- Modge Podge glue (matt finish). Or any brand of glue for collage
- A collection of collage materials from home: scraps of papers, newspaper, mesh, old letters, maps, drawings (things you donʼt mind collaging into artwork). Itʼs better if itʼs more personal to you and not bought from a store so just look around the house and bring whatever you have that could be good for collage. Also look for things with texture.
- 4 sheets of black paper (8x11 or larger)
- Spray bottle for water
- Black and white acrylic paint
- Paper towel
We will be working mostly in black, white, and greys in order to strengthen our design and composition abilities. If you have experience with painting you are welcome to explore with color. Bring in any acrylic paints that appeal to you.