Collage is a particular technique that gets us to loosen up. It is perfect for beginners jumping in and also ideal for established artists needing new ideas. In my classes I focus on getting people so busy making art that they forget to get worried about it. Classes generally begin with two hours of a structured exercise. This can be: making drawings, prints, stamps or stencils, distressing paper, etc. In my classes we make many of the materials from scratch. When we use magazines or bought materials I emphasize changing them; sanding them, painting over them, etc. These techniques warm students up and the last two hours of the class are free for people to work quietly. I attempt to draw from people their own individual touch, color sense and need for expression. These days people come to me with a fierce need to be creative and the first thing I want to do is give them a big chunk of time to relax into. I call this the 'caramel space' of creativity; a place where we can rest and breathe together in the simple act of making stuff. I read aloud from art books, talk about the history of collage and interject lessons on: composition, light, color, shape, texture and narrative.
Spring Monday Night Collage Bee:
Eight weeks long, from 6:30 - 9:00 pm. Parking at my studio is available. The cost is $245 and it includes all materials. The dates are:
April 1 - Magazine Transfers: making beautiful backgrounds for the collages.
April 8 - Mixing paints and painting papers.
April 15 - Paste Paper: A non-toxic mixture added to paints to make a paste which is then brushed onto papers and texturized, using different implements. Gorgeous colors, textures, lines and movement.
April 22 - Collage & Composition.
May 6 - Using transparent papers: tea bags, sewing patterns and deli papers.
May 13 - Great Textures: electric sanding and handwriting into Gesso.
May 20 - Story & Narrative: Looking at the art of Romare Beardon and Agnes Martin.
May 27 - Finishing the collages.
Reservations & Payment
To reserve a space in any class, please send your choice of class & dates, with a check payable to: Alexandra Sheldon and should be sent to: 32R Essex Street Cambridge, MA 02139.
Weekend Collage Workshops
Would you like to organize a collage class for your friends or family? I will lead a collage class for you in my studio as a special event or for a birthday. Please organize your group size to meet a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 9 persons. Call me anytime to inquire.
Saturday Themed Classes
1pm - 6pm. $75 includes materials. Classes will be limited to 10 and preregistration is strongly advised as these classes fill up.
May 11 Springtime Explosion
Springtime Explosion: Using a palette of spring colors we will make Paste Paper - the technique of covering papers with a mixture that can be patterned, combed, textured and stamped. Collages will be made with the papers we make.
Want to come regularly once or twice a week? You can use my studio for a monthly fee. Call anytime for more information.
Private Lessons with Alexandra $70 per hour including all materials. Please call to make an appointment.
Snow Farm: Collage: The Imaginative Use of Materials
My absolute favorite workshops to teach...in the country, lots of time, great people.
Register with: http://snowfarm.org
2 Day Workshop - Collage Intensive
25-27 May 2013
12-14 October 2013
5 Day Workshops - In Depth Collage
April 28- May 4 2013
11-17 August 2013
6-12 October 2013
Grief Collage Workshop
Making Collages can be a form of healing or prayer. It can be a way of doing something when you feel helpless. I lead workshops and classes on this method of collage. Contact me if you would like organize a grief workshop.
Classes offered at:
My Studio: 32R Essex St. Cambridge, MA
Snow Farm: Williamsburg, MA www.snowfarm.org