This series of one-day "how-to workshops" will give you assemblage basics and help you land your creativity. We will unlock the mysteries of different techniques involved in the art of assemblage. You will acquire skills that will enrich your art experience and can be applied to any medium.
You bring questions...I'll bring answers. . .
1. Gawky Girls-Dolly Makeovers
Sweet baby dolls or Barbies become creepy, spooky things of bad dreams...witches, clowns, your ex... Or fairies and sprites! You will learn simple sculpting techniques on the dolls and painting tricks. Leave with the makings of a wand or an addition to your assemblage arsenal and a plethora of new techniques.
2. Hammered, Wired, Glued and Screwed
Wood to wood, metal to metal, plastic to glass, any substance to anything.
Every assemblage piece presents its own unique engineering challenges. Learn how to hold it all together with adhesives, clay, wire, dowels, hardware or brute force!
3. Tactile Tendencies
Using everything from fingers to forks, window screens to lace, and anything your imagination suggests, you will explore enriching the surfaces of your art with texture. You will also learn paint techniques that maximize the effects of your textures. This process is also applicable to paintings and drawings.
4. Assemblage Alchemy and Slight of Hand
It's not magic, but the results are. Learn the secrets of turning cardboard into rusted metal, plastic into the aged patina of metal, or aged bones, masking tape into leather. Every piece of junk becomes something else.
This fun workshop is truly the difference between gluing found objects together and transforming it into a magical piece of art.
Abstract Acrylic Painting
With Wan Marsh
Friday, Sept. 15th
Have you ever dreamed of traveling to a fabulous world or place that doesn’t really exist? Well, come and allow Wan Marsh help you create a world you would love to visit with paint, snips of paper and imagination. Create a landscape of a distant memory, an exciting futuristic city or maybe just a serene place of calm. Let Wan be your tour guide. This workshop is fast paced, full of fun and all that is required is an open mind and willingness to “let GO”. Get ready to take your art to the next level! Beginners welcome. $125.
In this class of creative play, we will explore many aspects of overcoming the fear of facing the blank canvas and beginning an abstract collage. We will learn composition and color choices for successful paintings. These tools may be used over and over in all types of mediums. The paintings will be done in stages and started in black and white. Color will be introduced in glazes and color washes. This is how we will achieve depth.
We will be experimenting with paint and also learn techniques that will encourage creative energy flow. I will be sharing all my secrets!
You will complete at least one mixed media collage to take away and enjoy! Beginners Welcome. 10-4 $125.
“What would Wan DO?”
Sun. Sept. 17th
Open Studio Mentoring Workshop in Acrylic Abstract Painting & Collage with Wan Marsh
This workshop is invaluable for experienced artists who have hit a bump in the road and would like to become energized and inspired about their work. Here is your opportunity to get questions answered and help with any problems you may be having. Wan will create a nurturing environment allowing you to develop your own personal “style” and learn to trust yourself. Bring what you are currently working on and get the instruction needed to achieve your personal artistic goals. $125.
Gillian Lee Smith
Highly acclaimed mixed media artist from England
Mixed Media Acrylic Painting Workshop
Oct. 9th - 13th
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During this 5-day course, we will be working on creating highly expressive portraits in mixed media and acrylic paints.
Beginning with charcoal portraits to explore shadows and light, mark making and expression we will then move into working with inks, mixed media and acrylic paints.and use of colour and contrast.
We will be exploring great contrasts of dark and light, atmosphere, expression, composition and surface. We will also be thinking about portraying emotion and the human spirit in our work to create atmospheric and expressive representations of ourselves and others.
You will create several drawings and portrait paintings and finish the week with a host of tips to further develop your own portrait paintings.
This class is for those with some portrait painting experience.
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Wed. Oct. 25th
"It Takes a Village" - Recycled Book Workshop
with Artist D. J. Gaskin
What do muffin mixes, quinoa & rice and brown sugar
have in common? They all come in the boxes that
are the ideal size to create a recycled book.
We'll cut our boxes into the shape of a house,
cover with tissue & papers, stitch in paper bags
for pages and add collage elements. This makes
a great journal and gift for friend or family.
10 am till 4pm $80.
It is necessary to pre-register for all workshops in advance. Fees are returnable if your cancellation is made at least 1 week prior to workshop date (less a 20% service fee) If the class is canceled by Random Arts for any reason, your fee is completely refundable. Fees are due at the time of registration. Sorry, no exceptions. No refunds after the one week deadline. Acceptable forms of payment for workshops: • personal checks(with proper ID), • Visa and MC credit & debit cards. • PayPal (we will send a paypal invoice to you) • Cash Mailing address: Random Arts 481 Louisiana Ave. Saluda, NC 28773. For registration please email us. email@example.com
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In the past, eclectic mix of instructors & workshops has brought students from as far away as Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Colorado, California, New Jersey,Tennessee, and of course, South Carolina to
our studio in Saluda.
My gosh, we even had someone come from England! And some of our instructors traveled from California, Canada, England & Australia, as well as those who live in our own little mountain town of Saluda and towns and villages nearby. Read on, and you will discover that our plans for this year are equally as exciting as years past.
••• Watch for our updated newsletters that detail
a wide variety of workshops in our new building that include fiber work, beading, jewelry, collage, assemblage, stamping, mixed media art and more. You will be able to join together with experienced instructors, from all over the country with a vast working knowledge of their craft. They'll share their skills with us on a regular basis and bring us inspiration & encouragement as our creative journey continues to grow. Be sure to check our web site for updates & class availability as we move forward on a daily basis.
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