Sedona Arts Center
The Sedona Arts Center has been hosting my Paper Paintings Collage Workshop Weekend for going on five years now, every six months. I’ve had some amazing visits over the years, always taking place in April and November.
I’ve taught on Easter weekend (nobody realized it when we scheduled) when the town was mobbed and there was not a single hotel room available… And I’ve taught the first weekend in November when it was a ghost town and I ate breakfast at the hotel and dinner at Wildflower, totally alone.
This weekend was a little close to Thanksgiving for comfort, and as a result, we had only six students. This was not a bad situation however, because each student got much more one-on-one attention and I had more time to focus on instruction overall.
I had local students, not so far away students, and students who drove five and seven hours to be here. Thank you! I am humbled.
Workshop Weekend Schedule
Day One we have classroom work, a slide presentation with note taking, questions and answers. We talk about directional ripping, working back to front, establishing a full range of values, and the benefits of painting your own papers for collage. I tell a few jokes, get a few laughs, and open up the floor for discussion.
After we break for lunch, I do a hands-on demonstration of an over abundance of techniques for painting papers (From sink mats to string, to Gelli plates and hand carved stamps. From paper doilies to corrugated cardboard, and crayon rubbings to rubbing alchohol), and then turn the students loose so that they can get started playing with paint and paper.
I know, it sounds overwhelming.
Day Two is the day that I present a demonstration on ripping and gluing, reminding the students of what they learned in the presentation, talking about directional ripping, and demonstrating how to get papers to lay flat. I spend time individually working with each student throughout the day.
Day Three the students continue along with their collage application and near the end of the day we do a Show and Tell, (we don’t say critique) and anyone who does not want to participate does not have to. There is much to be learned from looking closely at the successes and constructive criticisms of each other’s apples.
Why apples? This is a question I am frequently asked. In order to move on to more complex and multiple shapes, one must first master achieving volume with a simple shape. Cones, cubes, cylinders and spheres….. hence the Small Apple Exercise.
After Show and Tell, we clean up, say our good-bye’s, share email addresses, and hugs. What a great weekend we had working and learning together, along with exploring such an amazing and beautiful place!
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