photo credit: Kristen Blush

photo credit: Kristen Blush

COLLECTED IMAGES: THE COLLAGE ARTIST BOOK

Historically collage has offered artists a means to directly engage with the visual refuse of  their time. Through examining, re-organizing, and manipulating this imagery, collage presents a language through which to imagine and realize alternate worlds and relations.  This course will offer students a comprehensive introduction to collage and mixed media practices introduced through collaborative exercises, demonstrations, and project-driven work surrounding the artist book. Students will learn various book forms and methods, and use their own collected materials and findings to explore the book as an active vehicle for their ideas.

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INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING

In this workshop, we'll explore methods of printmaking that do not require a press and can easily be done at home. You'll learn the basic principles of relief printing (using EZ-cut and linoleum), monoprinting (using plexi glass), as well as alternative processes like photocopy transferring. The class will demonstrate these techniques and allow students the chance to practice, and make multiples of their imagery. At the end of the workshop, students can swap prints, taking a new collection of art home with them. No previous knowledge of printmaking is necessary.
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DRAWING WITH INK

In this 3-hour workshop, students will learn techniques for how to draw using india ink. We will learn about brushes, appropriate papers, and experiment with wet-media methods. Class exercises will focus on tackling a drawing from observation using ink, and how to build values and marks in relation to a particular subject.
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WORKS ON PAPER: INTRO TO COLLAGE AND MIXED MEDIA

Students will explore the formal elements of collage: composition, texture,  line, balance and color, while experimenting with a variety of mark-making techniques, such as stamping, transferring, and wet and dry media methods. Students  will investigate these  collage practices, as well as alternative processes through collaborative and individually-driven assignments.
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MONOPRINTING

This 3-hour course will explore methods of monoprinting, or the practice of making unique prints. Students will be introduced to basic print techniques that do not require a press and can easily be done at home.

Techniques will include stamping, texture-transfer, photocopy transfer, and stenciling, among others. Students will explore the surprising possibilities of repetition as they learn how to build up their imagery using these basic print strategies. 
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DRAWING AT THE MET

A sketchbook investigation of the Met Museum. Students will bring their sketchbook and pencils for an observational drawing session that explores active spaces, as much as studies of master works.  Through warm-up and longer exercises, students will be encouraged to draw with consideration to scale, proportion, value, as much as impression, movement, and mark. We'll look to master works in the collection to discuss these languages, and how the visual elements of a drawing work to create meaning and impact in a work of art.
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