Beautiful Beasts Coat of Arms Toggle

Optional Add-On Workshop
Monday, February 6, 2017

All Hail the Critters of the Crescent City! A parade of zooillogical pomposity is coming to town and whether you’ll be walking down Bourbon Street as “Clint Beastwood,” “Queen Elizardbeth the I” or “Marie Antelopette,” you’ll want to herald your arrival through the French Quarter with all the splendor and circumstance of medieval beastly royalty.


In this one day workshop, we are going to create our own fantastically fierce work of art inspired by the traditional coat of arms. We’ll start with a special fabric designed for mixed media mayhem (18”X24”) and using a multitude of layers and mixed media techniques we’ll create a completely customized and stylized Coat of Arms. With a penchant for paint, a calling for collage and few stylish stencils you’ll be on our way to heralding your arrival

I’ve got all kinds of tricks up my sleeve and I ain’t lion.  All you need to do is show up with your kit fee, a few good paintbrushes, and scissors.  I’ll take care of the rest.

About the Instructor

Andrea Matus deMeng is a mixed media artist from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her creative career began at the University of Waterloo and led her to the world of graphic design and teaching Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers. Art like life, does not always evolve in a straight line and after disappearing into the world of computer “geekdom”, Andrea has returned to her creative roots and taken up the pencil and paintbrush once again. Captivated by the human face, with all of its phenomenal subtlety and uniqueness, Andrea’s work most often portrays an emotional narrative of the human condition. Much of her current work involves the fusion of digital and traditional mediums to uncover new and engaging methods for expression in illustration and dimensional mixed media collage and assemblage.

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Instructor Supplies

Andrea will be providing pre-primed mixed media cloth, a carrying apparatus, collage materials, and the use of stencils, tools and more for a $25.00 material fee. The material fee will be collected on the first day of the workshop.  Supplied materials include:

    • Mixed Media cloth (pre-primed)
    • Carrying apparatus (ie. Dowels and/or wood)
    • Collage Materials (paper, ephemera, tissue paper and themed images, etc.)
    • Include the use of all:
      • Stencils
      • Paints
      • Matte Medium
      • Collage Tools
      • Mark making tools
      • Portfolio Pastels
      • Adhesives

Student Supplies

    1. 3-4 good paintbrushes, at least one of these should be a good detail brush
    2. Scissors
    3. OPTIONAL:
  • Heat Gun
  • Your own collage imagery
  • Fringe or tassles for your banner
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