Hell-Oh Kitties: Portraits of Precocious Pets in Purgatory

Optional Hell-Oh Kitties: Portraits of Precocious Pets in Purgatory Workshop

Sunday, February 6, 2022

This fun one-day workshop invites you to playfully devilishly alter your favourite animal photo into a mixed media cabinet card featuring the precocious pet of your choice.

Mythology has long been fascinated with the idea of animals transforming into humans and is full of examples of these anthropomorphic creatures. Captivate the imagination and create a miniature visual story from some of your most misbehaving pets. Now let’s imagine we have a bunch of naughty pets…who have spent their days knocking things off tables and pooping on rugs…or heaven forbid…chewing up your favorite pair of Fluevog shoes. So now off they go to a warmer climate to repent for their rambunctious rascallery. We will honor them in hopes they find their way to the straight and narrow (and perhaps they’ll even replace my shoes…one can dream).

In this one-day workshop we’ll use of a rich palette of color, pattern, imagination and a dash of kitsch to evoke an engaging miniature portrait our animal-human hybrids. You’ll learn how master the art of seamlessly flowing from collage to paint and back again.


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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  • Paintbrushes– bring just a few in different sizes and at least one better quality detail brush

  • Palette & Water Container

  • Scissors

  • Your usual marking making tools (pencils, markers, etc.)


  • Small found objects (wings, beads, sequins, etc.) to bedazzle your creation
    Frames, or larger cradled panels to house your creations

  • I’ll be supplying you with a small package of images, but if you wish feel free to bring your own ephemera and collage items. Think about animal “faces”, shapes, geometric patterns, textures, antlers, wings, a couple of dashing outfits and symbols. **NO inkjet prints please, photocopy or laser only.

  • Cabinet cards to alter – once again, I’ll provide you with what you need for class, but if you have some of your own cabinet cards you would like to use, then bring them along.

Instructor Supplies

Andrea will be providing the following supplies for a $15.00 material fee. The material fee will be collected on the first day of the workshop. Supplied materials include:

  • Package of imagery
  • 8”x10” matte board to make two cabinet cards
  • Golden Matte Medium (shared supply)
  • Golden and/or Kroma Paint (shared supply)
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