Thursday, April 28, 2011

Collage Class

fun in the studio
This past weekend I had the pleasure of taking a class with a local artist, Alexandra Sheldon.
I've admired her work for years. Turns out her studio is just a subway stop from my house, and our kids are one year apart at the nearby high school. Small world.

Alexandra's a calm, inspiring teacher, ready to share. We built our own stamps and used gesso to create patterns on a variety of humble papers: newspaper, mostly, plus old magazines and sheet music.
The magic happens when you add layers of acrylic washes. The gesso instantly produces a second value, plus any images on the papers produce shades, so  for one color you get two, three or more values in related designs all over the surface. A thrill for such as me.
Two of my own students showed  up. It was great to see them again, and to work beside them. Six students altogether, who produced three walls of papers in less than 2 hours.
After a break we created collages on bristol board, using the papers we'd made. In all, a satisfying day of escape, thought, creativity. I came home and started working with the same techniques but incorporating fabric. More of that, soon.

No comments: