Jen Tough Gallery

Color and Collage / Nov 16 + 17

330.00
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Color and Collage / Nov 16 + 17

330.00

A two day workshop: Friday, Nov 16, and Saturday, Nov 17

10:00 - 4:00 with Lunch provided

We will explore color and composition and use collage as a starting point for painting and further mixed-media work. Students will have the option to create several small pieces to experiment with color composition, layout, gluing and connecting techniques, or to create one larger piece. This is a wonderful opportunity to re-purpose and give new life to old painting, drawings, prints, and photographs - if it's on paper and it's okay to cut it up - you can use it! In this class you will generate new ideas for creating abstract art and think deeply about color and composition through the fun, accessible medium of collage. Open to artists of all levels of experience.

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A two day workshop: Friday, Nov 16, and Saturday, Nov 17

10:00 - 4:00 with Lunch provided

We will explore color and composition and use collage as a starting point for painting and further mixed-media work. Students will have the option to create several small pieces to experiment with color composition, layout, gluing and connecting techniques, or to create one larger piece. This is a wonderful opportunity to re-purpose and give new life to old painting, drawings, prints, and photographs - if it's on paper and it's okay to cut it up - you can use it! In this class you will generate new ideas for creating abstract art and think deeply about color and composition through the fun, accessible medium of collage. Open to artists of all levels of experience.

See more info below

We will explore color and composition and use collage as a starting point for painting and further mixed-media work. Students will have the option to create several small pieces to experiment with color composition, layout, gluing and connecting techniques, or to create one larger piece. This is a wonderful opportunity to re-purpose and give new life to old painting, drawings, prints, and photographs - if it's on paper and it's okay to cut it up - you can use it! In this class you will generate new ideas for creating abstract art and think deeply about color and composition through the fun, accessible medium of collage. Open to artists of all levels of experience.

Day 1: We will sort through materials brought in by the instructor, items you have brought in from home and create complimentary collage materials with paint and paper to build our collage(s) 

  • Exploring color 

  • Creating a color story of papers 

  • Cutting forms and working with composition 

Day 2: We will work on solidifying our compositions and talk about glue techniques in great depth. We will also look at ways to connect and enhance the composition with drawn and painted lines. 

Let’s talk about glue

Working with disrupted forms and connecting shapes

Building layers 

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Materials to bring: 

Collage material you’d like to work with 

Mixed media paper (sketchbook or loose sheets) 

Paint (opaque watercolor, gouache or acrylic) in colors you like or a set of mixed colors

A small detail paint brush and one larger paint brush

A brush you’re okay with using for glue

A small container for water (like a yogurt container)

Materials provided: 

Paper and wood panel substrates to work on

Glue 

Additional collage material 

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About the instructor, Erin McCluskey Wheeler

Erin McCluskey Wheeler's mixed media paintings are process-oriented, beginning with a scrap of a painting, an experiment in color, or a found photograph. Erin pieces the papers together following colors, forms, and shapes -- building up layers of collage material then drawing and painting over with gouache and acrylic to create bright, densely layered paintings. There is often the suggestion of topography and water, botanical forms, and big curves of space.

All of the pieces in the Papers Series start with accumulated and collected paper: postcards from family and friends, envelopes, sketchbook pages, her daughter’s doodles, old wallpaper and photographs, hand-painted papers, and office supply stickers. Erin pieces the papers together following colors, forms, and shapes. There is often the suggestion of topography and water, botanical forms, and big curves of space.

Her work, like quilting, is full of strong and vivid color combinations, asymmetrical and strip piecing, reused old material, uneven and large line work (stitching), and the use of hidden protective charm symbols. Erin views her work of cutting and piecing and gluing and painting over as a method to record and share events of familial and personal importance.  In piecing together these disparate pieces, she gets to explore the themes of regeneration and rebirth, of bringing new life to old things.  

Erin has taught workshops at Center for Community Arts Teaching Artist, Walnut Creek, CA and is the Lead Artist at Family Fare, Berkeley Art Museum at Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)

Education:

California College of the Arts, MFA, Writing

Beloit College, graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

BA in Studio Art (Honors)

BA in Art History + East Asian Studies

Erin is represented by Jen Tough Gallery