Photographs, Imagery + Experimental Mixed Media | Karen Divine + Tami Bone, August 29 to September 1, 2019 | this workshop is full, please email to be put on wait list


INSTRUCTORS | Karen Divine and Tami Bone
DATE | August 29, 2019 to September 1, 2019 from 9am to 4pm
TUITION | $750.00 plus $65 supply fee
WORKSHOP SIZE | limited to 12

This workshop is full.  Please email to be added to the wait list.

Are you yearning to go beyond layering photographs and imagery on a screen?  Do you crave making expressive work that reflects who you are and the physicality of mixed media?  Do you want to play and have fun with art-making materials?  Good!  Come join Karen and Tami as they take imagery on a whole new adventure.  They’ll guide you through a hands-on approach to your images through the use of various mixed media that will lead to a more connected feeling to the work.  By layering and abstracting your imagery using mixed media techniques, you’ll learn to trust and allow the work to evolve, developing a history of its own.

You may begin to create layered imagery using apps, which we can help you with, but keep in mind this is not a class about layering with your iOS device or Photoshop.  Familiarity with Photoshop, Superimpose X, Leonardo, Procerate or any app that allows for layers and blending is helpful but not required.

Some of the mixed media techniques that will be covered in the workshop are:

  • adhering prints to panels for mixed media
  • transferring images to panels for mixed media
  • printing images on panels to be used as an underpainting
  • cutting up prints and magazines for collage-making
  • creating a visual mood board to be used for inspiration
  • layering and collaging images with gel medium and cold wax medium
  • sanding and excavating through layers
  • painting and drawing on imagery with pastels, gouache, watercolors, charcoals, and oil pastels
  • basic color theory
  • developing a palette
  • using fixatives and matte mediums to allow for multiple layers
  • using photos on iPhone to make drawings on paper and panels with an app
  • turning images into drawings to be used as an underpainting
  • expressive mark making with pastel pencils, charcoal pencils and chunky pastels
  • using gesso for texture and opacity
  • using gold and silver leaf for layering
  • protecting finished work with cold wax medium or varnishes
  • combining water based and oil based media
  • staining, painting and gilding a cradled substrate for presentation

This is a time for experimentation, getting to know the materials, sparking new ideas and having FUN.  While approaching mixed media can be intimidating because of the array of materials and the issues of combining materials, Karen and Tami will lead you on a light-hearted but well-researched approach to melding photographic imagery and mixed media.  You’ll leave with a sense of what materials you like most, field guides for each of the processes covered in the workshop, a sense of direction on how to move forward with the work, and loads of inspiration.  The most important thing is an open mind, AND as artist and gallery director Kevin Tully says, “a willingness to sacrifice the work”.  And by sacrificing the work, you’ll get to the REALLY GOOD stuff.

You will need to bring 10 to 20 prints to work on, any size, as well as prints that can be cut apart and collaged.  More information will be given later on best papers for inkjet printing and mixed media.

Bring a digital portfolio of 10 to 20 images if you’d like to have your work reviewed or discussed and also for generating ideas on how to recreate the work using mixed media.

Cancellation Policy

Please send cancellation via email up to 7 days prior to workshop date for a full refund of tuition.


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