Beautiful Beasts Coat of Arms

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 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.

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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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