Intuitive Collage: Big & Little

Crystal Neubauer
Crystal Neubauer
Crystal Neubauer
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Crystal Neubauer
Crystal Neubauer


Big and Little: An Intuitive Collage Workshop

“The intuitive artist is the artist who trusts what her eye tells her is good. She allows for the fact that she has a story to tell through art, but lets go of the notion that the story will be known before she starts working. It is not so much about learning a technique, as it is learning to trust that you know what you know. It is letting go of a plan, letting go of expectations, and creating in spite of your fear. If you have been formally trained in art it may mean learning to trust your eye rather than the rules. If you have never so much as taken an art workshop it may mean giving yourself permission to play with the tools and materials you once thought were only for professionals. Either way, to work intuitively allows for the finished work to be more than what the artist is capable of producing on his artistic merits alone. It allows for the voice within to translate to the canvas without the need to have to spell out the message and make it obvious to the viewer.”

~Excerpt from “The Art of Expressive Collage” by Crystal Neubauer

The concept for my newest workshop “Big and Little” came to me while working out the designs for a show. Posting my work in progress on social media, never fails to bring comments from other collage artists marveling at the scale. In my own journey as an artist, I found increasing the scale of my work to be challenging. The designs I found satisfying on a 4” or 10” scale, did not necessarily translate well to 30 or 40 inches. But there are elements in those smaller designs that I can capture when creating large. It took some time to begin to feel like I was getting it, but suddenly there were breakthroughs, and insights, and more frequent successes. This is what I want to impart to my students when they come to the table. You have everything you need to create satisfying work inside of you. I’ll guide you through the steps I took to tap in to that wellspring of creativity.

Whether you are an experienced artist or a novice, this workshop will dare you to let go of expectations and ignore the rules, beginning with a series of collage exercises designed to infuse freedom into your creativity and help you tap in to that intuitive voice as your personal guide.

Using ‘little’ works as small studies, we will turn our focus to a more intentional placement of elements, coming from that place of freedom and trusting what our eye and intuition knows is good, while learning tips, tricks, and techniques from a professional point of view, to translate what we see into a series of completed works on paper incrementally increasing the scale as we go.

Students will leave the workshop with a series of small 4″ studies and multiple big works of art ranging from 6″ up to 30″ in size. All works will be created on watercolor paper as our substrate, discussion will include a variety of ways to display your completed collage work when you return home.

Join me in this deep dive into the art of paper and glue, to develop a working knowledge of collage, while connecting to the design and composition knowledge you already carry within, creating satisfying works of art in your own unique style.

Crystal Neubauer

Crystal Neubauer

Crystal Neubauer

Crystal Neubauer is a full time working artist seeking to create a dialogue around the issue of self worth, identity, and the perception of human value through the use of salvaged materials. She calls her creative process intuitive, but it all boils down to learning to trust and open oneself to the voice inside. The one that can guide creative decisions and bring about a much richer work of art than what skilled technique alone can do.

Crystal is gallery represented and the author of The Art of Expressive Collage; Techniques for Creating with Paper and Glue, published by North Light Books in 2015. She has a series of video tutorials produced by the same publisher. In addition to her work as a visual artist and writer, Crystal teaches workshops nationwide. Her studio is in Racine, Wisconsin.

  • Personal collection of ephemera and found/collected papers
  • 9"x12" or larger Spiral pad 140# cold press water color paper
  • Scissors
  • Roll of Wax Paper
  • Ruler
  • Baby Wipes
  • One Larger Canvas or Four Medium Size Canvases
    ONE large canvas in choice of following sizes: 24" x 24"; 24" x 30"; 30" x 30"; or 30" x 40" OR 4 identical canvases either 12" square or 15" square***this option is for students who will be traveling by plane and wish to make it easier to transport their work home.
  • Small container of YES! Stickflat Adhesive
  • Instructor will provide
    Watercolor paper substrate for small studies and largest works, some collage material, glazing medium for adhesive blend, drawing and marking mediums and a variety of other tools and supplies necessary for the full workshop experience.
  • Old magazine or mail order catalog
    Not for collage material

Cancellation Policy

Registration Information:

Each student must register individually.  Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop. There are no refunds after the 30-day final payments have been made.  Students may enroll online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809.  Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn (M-F, 9-5).

Cancellation Policy:      

The $125 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due one month before the first day of the workshop. No refunds after the one-month cut-off date. If paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable.  The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control.  There are absolutely no refunds after the 30 day cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.