Where The Story Begins I

Do you eversee a painting that you wish you could walk into anddiscover what is behind every single stroke of paint? Perhaps there is a sky filled with candy stars and birds that not only sing, but also talk. Maybe behind that streak of orange paint there is a table and chairs set for afternoon tea.

This workshop honors paintings and all art forms that make youdream about what the artist is expressing visually with their skill, talent, and imagination. Looking deep into a painting doesn’t require anything more than your own eyes and a little imagination to see a story unfold, whether it is a simple story or something so involved that it would take novels to explain and understand. But as the artist, you are the creator of the story, even if it translates into another story by the time it reaches the viewer. You will paint what you see, feel, hear, and wish to convey with paint. It is a magical gift to be able to express ourselves in such a way, and everyone is capable. All it takes is a little paint and determination.

In this class we will work BIG, allowingyou to be free with your brushes, fingers, and thoughts while exploring new techniques, new ideas and many mediums. We will be painting, drawing, looking briefly at composition, color, and discovering how each can express different emotions and together create a story. This class will focus on mixed media painting; adding layers of paint, collage, inks, image transfers, ephemera, drawing & painting the face, and other techniques.

Where the Story Begins II

Do you ever see a painting that you wish you could walk into and discover what is behind every single stroke of paint? Perhaps there is a sky filled with candy stars and birds that not only sing, but also talk. Maybe behind that streak of orange paint there is a table and chairs set for afternoon tea.

This workshop honors paintings and all art forms that make you dream about what the artist is expressing visually with their skill, talent, and imagination. Looking deep into a painting doesn’t require anything more than your own eyes and a little imagination to see a story unfold, whether it is a simple story or something so involved that it would take novels to explain and understand. But as the artist, you are the creator of the story, even if it translates into another story by the time it reaches the viewer. You will paint what you see, feel, hear, and wish to convey with paint. It is a magical gift to be able to express ourselves in such a way, and everyone is capable. All it takes is a little paint and determination.

In this class we will work BIG, allowing you to be free with your brushes, fingers, and thoughts while exploring new techniques, new ideas and many mediums. We will be painting, drawing, looking briefly at composition, color, and discovering how each can express different emotions and together create a story. This class will focus on mixed media painting; adding layers of paint, collage, inks, image transfers, ephemera, drawing & painting the face, and other techniques.

Who's Your DADA: a Series of Alternative Art Doll Workshops

Most of us have played with dolls in our childhood. We play-acted with and through them, and for some of us, the experience helped prepare us for adulthood … (or not)!

We’re still playing with dolls, but these are full of moxie and spirit and it’s that essence this workshop will capture and express. Since these dolls are too diversified for a single session, this program will present them as a series of six featuring:

  • tin cans
  • wood
  • paper
  • box constructions
  • gourds
  • fabric

Each will be combined with mixed media, utilizing myriad surface and attachment techniques unique to the individual series. All in all, you’ll find these dolls to be wild, whimsical, non-traditional and outrageously
fun.

For Valley Ridge, we’ve created a very special 2-day, mixed metal, book doll class titled: The Mixed-Metal Journal Doll which starts with etched copper sheet doors, riveted to colorful deconstructed tin litho cans and coil bound. Students will create a one-of-a-kind book doll, approx. 15″ – like, but not limited to, the Mistress of Zorro doll featured in the premiere issue of the Art Doll Quarterly magazine. You will choose from several styles, designs and door options and once you’ve decided… your copper sheet will be etched, oxidized and become your journal covers, where they will combine with tin and be hinged and bound to complete your doll’s journal body. We’ll also explore closures, hinging, various riveting and joinery techniques, electric deconstruction tools, PNP etching, face and limb options and surface design … and for our pages, we’ll explore a variety of new materials from ranger and some new image transfer techniques. This class will be packed with demos and multiple hands-on techniques guaranteed to elevate tin can dolls to their next highest level!

Wizard of Odds Parade Banners

AMAtusdeMeng-Wizard-of-Odds-NOLA-BannerOptional Add-On Workshop
January 18, 2016

Perhaps you’re a Winged Monkey, a Munchkin or a Winkie. Maybe you represent the Lollypop Guild or the Lullaby League. Whatever your Oz affiliation you just might need a banner to announce your comings and goings as you parade down the Yellow Brick Road through the French Quarter.

In this one day workshop we are going to create our very own Wizard of Odds themed parade banners. We’ll start with a piece of canvas (about 20”X30”) and using a multitude of layers and mixed media techniques bring your banner to life. We’ll focus on some classic sideshow style paint techniques and color combinations to create an eye-catching visual for your banner. A little collage, a few stencil techniques, and whole lot of paint and we’ll be off to see the wizard!

We’ve got all kinds of tricks up our sleeve and couple of magic wands, all you need to do is show up with your kit fee and a few good paintbrushes, we’ll take care of the rest. Collage and stencils and paint…oh my!

About the Instructor

Andrea Matus deMeng  is a mixed media artist living in Vancouver BC who exhibits as well as teaches her unique combination of painting, collage, assemblage and sculpture throughout the world.

In her art, Andrea creates powerful portraits skillfully combining colour, symbolism and ornamentation. Each motif is a transport to a different time and place, and through the process unrelated and discordant shapes and designs are manipulated to find balance and harmony where at first there seems none. Her passions and strong feminine aesthetic can be seen in all of her endeavours. The improvisational nature of collage coupled with the very deliberate method of painting creates a balance of spontaneity and premeditation in her work. Inspired by her extensive travels, a unique personal history, and too many artistic influences to list, Andrea hopes to inspire others to live their creative lives and pursue their dreams of transformation.

Visit Andrea’s website
Visit Andrea’s blog 

Instructor Supplies

Andrea will be supplying canvas, wood, parchment, collage materials and assorted paints for a $20.00 material fee. The material fee will be collected on the day of the workshop. Supplied materials include:

  • Canvas (pre-primed)
  • Banner carrying apparatus (ie. Two pieces of wood)
  • Collage Materials (paper, ephemera, tissue paper and themed images, etc.)
  • Parchment Paper (so your banner can simply be rolled up to take home)
  • Supply kit also include the use of all:
  • Stencils
  • Paints
  • Matte Medium
  • Collage Tools
  • Mark making tools
  • Portfolio Pastels

Student Supplies

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

 

Wooden Altered Book Cover

New for 2012, this workshop is the optional Part One of the Hand Bound Altered Book program, and guides you through the process of creating a wooden cover for your Hand Bound Altered Book.  Part Two, Hand Bound Altered Book  explores the pleasures of creating and filling a hand bound book, and is held on the days following this class. 

You book covers will be native hardwoods of cherry or walnut.  You will learn to drill, shape, smooth and finish the boards.  You will have the opportunity to create a mica window in the wooden cover if you wish. 

Participants wishing to create and attach a wooden cover to their book should plan on attending both workshops.

About the Instructor

Daniel Essig got into bookbinding while studying photography at the University of South Illinois at Carbondale. One of his first books was an altered book, printed in Greek, with bindery that was completely self-taught. Rather than mounting his photography on gallery walls, he decided to place them in boxes or books so the viewer had to actively explore the art, rather than passively wandering past. At that time, he met Al Buck, who was making wooden-covered Coptic books. This binding was first used around the fourth century, in Ethiopia or North Africa, or perhaps this is just the area where the books were best preserved. Unlike most hand-bound books, Coptic books open completely flat. Images on the pages were wholly visible without struggling with the binding.

Dolph Smith helped push Daniel beyond the simple Ethiopian book, with his sculptural books that hung paper from wooden structures. Daniel’s bridge books using the same Coptic binding with exaggerated elements were developed under that influence.

After completing his degree at Carbondale, his mentor Frances Lloyd Swedlund encouraged Daniel to attend the Penland School of Crafts, where he concentrated exclusively on Ethiopian Coptic books.

Wooden Book with Centipede Binding

The Greek binding is an ornate historical binding dating from the 7th century.   This stitch has many similarities to the Ethiopian Style binding, but has a strikingly different effect.  We will maximize this difference by sewing with 2 different colors of thread. The elegant sewing structure, combined with wooden covers, opens a wide range of possibilities for both the beginner and the advanced bookbinder.  Using simple hand tools, you will drill, shape, and smooth your book covers.  Finishing includes sealing your wooden covers with milk paint creating the leathery appearance that I use on much of my work.  Once our books are painted, sealed and sewn, we will attach the Centipede stitch as an adornment to our book.  The centipede binding is easily mastered after one understands the structure and workings of the Greek binding. Many of Daniel’s books are featured in the Penland Book of Handmade Books.

Wooden Coptic Books

Developed as early as the fourth century, this Ethiopian binding style has withstood the test of time. There are several distinct sewings known as Coptic. In this workshop you will learn a method using two needles for each length of thread, one on either end, that tunnels through the edge of the wooden covers to attach the text block.
The combination of historic sewing style,wooden boards and type of board attachment are the distinguishing characteristic of this Ethiopian style Coptic binding.

In order to gain a better understanding of the basics of woodworking, you will use simple hand tools when you drill, shape and smooth your book covers. Techniques demonstrated include bare wood finishing, methods of weathering and distressing covers with paints and stains, mica windows, inlays, clasps and other closures, and the incorporation of metal, bone, leather and found objects.

Working with Wire

In this special workshop, you will learn to harness the possibilities of wire. From structural forms to chains, clasps and rivets, this valuable set of skills will enhance whatever you create, be it assemblage, jewelry or fixing something around the house!

Zen is When

For centuries, Asian cultures have lead the way with their love of paper, painted surfaces, found objects and wearable art. In this 3-day workshop, we will take a "zen" approach and work both sides of the brain… learning how to plumb the depths of our creativity with free-wheeling exercises, plus have plenty of time to create works of art. We will explore endless ideas for creating a rich, lavish, layered surface and create a one-of-a-kind Asian- themed artist book with a painted and collaged hand fan as an embellishment.

Painted paper parasols (a wonderful form of wearable art!) are one ofLynne’s favorite recent passions, and she is eager to share ideas as youcreate Asian themed parasols to carry home. We will also explore some time-honored Asian themes such as signature chops, scrolls, and other Oriental iconography. These ideas will give you plenty of impulses to use in art journals, collages, assemblages and altered books. This workshop is for Seekers and Adventurers who want to shake up the molecules, blaze new territories, and create in a joyful, encouraging environment.