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Trash to Treasure Master Class

Instructor: Michael de Meng

Artists are renowned for using whatever is readily available in there surroundings to create art. You’re not going to see many coconut carvings in Alaska. In many ways, this is why the process of assemblage has become so popular; after all, junk and discarded things abound. Perfect pickings for those with the desire for junking and dumpster diving.

In this class we’re going to take anything and everything and transform it into something of value. We are taking trash and turning it into something seemingly sacred. Sound ironic. Actually I view it similar to the alchemical process of transforming base metals into gold. This will be done using various methods of assemblage, collage, and painting techniques.

This is a 2-day workshop for students who have previously taken my courses and are familiar with the tools I use and the paint techniques. This will allow us to explore more advanced ideas.

About the Instructor

Michael deMeng is an assemblage artist from Vancouver, Canada who exhibits throughout the United States. As an educator, he has been actively involved with VSA Montana, providing art education and encouraging participation in the arts to people with disabilities. Through these activities, as well as his artwork, deMeng fosters community awareness, and offers creative methods to explore the human experience.

In his art, he addresses issues of transformation. Discarded materials find new and unexpected uses in his work; they are reassembled and conjoined with unlikely components, a form of rebirth from the ashes into new life and new meaning.

These assemblages are metaphors for the evolutions and revolutions of existence: from life to death to rebirth, from new to old to renewed, from construction to destruction to reconstruction. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing.

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Studio and Material Fee

Material fee covers dremel, drills, tools and miscellaneous studio supplies.

Student Supplies

Students should bring the following supplies:

  • Aves Apoxy Clay
  • Basic tools such as pliers and the like.
  • Brushes (acrylic) - smaller and detail
  • Acrylic Matte Medium  or any adhesive for collage You know my favs but bring whatever you like and we will give it a whirl and see what we can do
  • A few different kinds of glues- clear : (E 6000 or Liquid Nails Clear)
  • Stuff, junk, doodads, thingies and more thingies�whatever it is you want to build and we will build it.

Optional Supplies

Optional supplies include basic tools, such as pliers, screwdrivers, etc., a heatgun and Dremel tool (cordless if you have it)


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