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.