Sumptuous Sirens & Botanical Beauties

Remember those old carnival sideshow posters…like “Cobra Girl”…or the “Two-Headed Boy”…? I just loved those posters. What was so amazing about them you ask…well, maybe the vibrant eye-catching color? Or perhaps the promise of seeing something beyond belief…whatever the reason – I love those old posters and decided it’s time to re-invent the art of the sideshow poster. Prepare to do some carnivalesque transformative magic of our own as we take everyday images and change them into large scale mixed media masterpieces. Using a combination of collage and paint we are going to take the ordinary imagery and transform it in to something “otherworldly” and divine. While having fun bringing your new sideshow creation to life you will be learning everything you need to know about how to assemble paint and otherwise unrelated imagery into a unified composition that will allow us to create your new sideshow persona. NO previous experience with paint or collage necessary – I promise!

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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Optional Events

June 6 – No Whining, Wine and Cheese 
You have no reason to complain….a long day with grueling teachers is over. So now a time for a nosh of grape and a gouda. Wind down…and wined down. (included in registration fee)

June 7 – Beer, Balls and Pepperoni Night.  Head down to Tower Junction for pizza and beer, one of Michael’s favorite annual events.  “Now I have to admit”, says Michael, “that neither Andrea or myself are experts in the game of ten pins ….though if they put the bumpers up we can play a mean game of pinball bowling.  Come on down throw a ball and have a slice.  Oh…I forgot to mention the penny arcade “Love Tester” machine….that’s right you’re talking to ‘ hot stuff’.”   (on your own)