Mixed Media & Book Arts

Challenge your creativity by learning new techniques from professional artist-instructors in intensely-focused workshops set in an awe-inspiring natural environment.

Courses

Teatro Diabolico: A Devilish Found-Object Puppet Theater

Michael deMeng
June 10-13

A devilish found object puppet theater

The history of puppetry is vast. It is believed that the first puppets came from Egypt…though I suspect they are vastly different from the Sesame Street characters I grew up with (for one thing no googly eyes). Puppetry was used (and still is) as a way of storytelling, especially when actors are unavailable…or perhaps the story was so fantastical that at the time it would have been impossible to recreate on a life-size stage.

The twist with this workshop is that we will be using found objects as that basis for our small actors. Using bobbles, bits and various doodads, attendees will create small diabolical characters ready to perform. The stage will be created from a case or box of some kind. This could be a briefcase, a silverware box, backgammon set…any small carrying case. Of course, to be a proper theatrical production we have to set the mood, this will be done by painting changeable canvas backdrops for our found-object actors. And, when the performance is over and after the diabolical creations take a bow, the stage will double as a carrying case for all the characters, sets, and props…a portable theater for the Good, the Bad and the Puppet-y.

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $595
No Lab fee: You will be asked to bring materials.
Enrollment limited to 15 students

Michael deMeng’s work is influenced by Latin American art forms such as retablos, ex votos, and milagros. He has participated in many exhibits that promote awareness of AIDS, breast cancer, the environment and other social issues. He is the author of the bestselling books, Secrets of Rusty Things and Dusty Diablos: Folklore, Iconography, Assemblage, Ole!, and Grimmericks as well as Art Abandonment, co-authored with wife Andrea Matus. He leads mixed-media workshops throughout the country and around the world. www.michaeldemeng.com

Prospero’s Books

Andrea Matus deMeng
June 10-13

Imagine you stumble across a beautiful box, your curiosity gets the better of you and you open it only to discover a treasure trove of unusual and otherworldly books on the interior. The Book of Mirrors (for those interested in self-reflection), The Bestiary of Past Present and Future Animals (a menagerie of fantastical critters), The Book of Utopias (the travel guide to idyllic lands), The Book of Water (a book of aquatics tales) and so many intriguing others.

In this book making extravaganza, we’ll be creating our own Mystical Box to house books we’ve altered, bound, painted and assemblaged. We’ll work our way through several distinct book binding techniques, including the illustrious Mixed Coptic Binding, the Long Stitch and my very own “The Canadian”.

The Mixed Coptic bookbinding allows us to bring eclectic “pages” and page-like objects made from a variety of different materials together, as well as incorporating traditional book signatures. Wood, mica, paper, plastic, metal, fabric and much more can be sewn together and bound; disparate elements unified – a mixed media artist’s dream come true.

We’ll use paint, collage and assemblage techniques to build or alter a box that with house all of your newly created books.

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $595
Lab fee: $45, includes use of shared items including paints, clays, adhesives, specialty tools, stencils, molds and more. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 15 students

Andrea Matus deMeng is a Vancouver-based artist who travels the world teaching and creating visual art. She shows and exhibits her unique combinations of painting, collage and sculpture throughout North America. Not one to be afraid of color, Andrea’s work, projects and workshops all revolve around the fusion of pattern and design with vivid colors. She co-authored Art Abandonment with her talented artist-husband Michael deMeng. www.andreamatus.com

52 Card Pickup

Seth Apter
June 15

A deck…52 cards. A year…52 weeks. Make the most of this synchronicity by creating a one-of-a-kind, mixed media journal that you can use to document a year in your life, week by week. In this workshop we will start by taking an ordinary deck of playing cards and, by using paint and paper, end up with a unique and personal journal small in size but large in impact. Along the way you will learn the secrets of creating textured and layered backgrounds, the basics of collage composition, and tricks of the trade to tie it all together. The workshop will focus on “creating without thinking” to help you create freely and organically. The uses for your creation are limited only by your imagination and can include a place to hold your weekly journaling, goals, documentation, affirmations, drawings, photographs, thoughts, love notes, or anything else. In this workshop, you will always be dealt a winning hand.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $185
Lab fee: $10, includes journal covers, and shared items including acrylic paint, texture paper, stamps and stencils; you may be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Seth Apter is a mixed media artist from New York City. You can find his work in galleries and on the pages of many books and magazines. He teaches internationally, has published several books and workshop DVDs with North Light Media, and has designed his own lines of art products with multiple companies. www.sethapter.com

A Book of Moments

Seth Apter
June 16-17

Capture the fleeting moments of your life in this one-of-a-kind artist book that we will be creating from scratch. We will start by learning a versatile, no-sew binding technique that will enable you to give new life to vintage book covers and turn them into a new treasure. We will embellish the cover, in the process learning a variety of methods to attach metal bits in a secure and artful way. Next we will turn inward, to the pages of the book, where we will be adding our moments – bits and pieces of paper and fabric, thread, tissue, photographs, handmade marks, and the ephemera of our lives. With this book, the moments that are destined to become part of the past can be kept in the present.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $360
Lab fee: $10, includes brads, craft wire, sand paper, adhesive, and shared items including stamps, inkpads, paint and leafing pens, and assorted mixed media materials; you may be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Seth Apter see bio under 52 Card Pickup

The Potential of Paper: Bend, Pleat, Crinkle

Helen Hiebert
July 2-3

Paper is one of the most malleable materials on the planet! In this workshop, we will explore multiple ways in which we can change its shape, luminosity and structure. We will begin with the process of transforming paper: we’ll stain Tyvek, a sturdy paperlike material, with acrylics and watercolors; we will make cloth-like crinkled papers (momigami) by coating Japanese papers with konnyaku paste; and we will explore paper weaving to create colorfully patterned sheets. We will then use our paper “palettes” to construct book structures and sculptural forms by incorporating pleating, crinkling and folding techniques.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $360. When taken with Paper Sculpture, total tuition is $735.
Lab fee: $25, includes decorative papers, Konnyaku paste, wire, lamp parts, and other shared materials; you may be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Helen Hiebert is the author of five how-to books about paper: Playing With Pop-Ups, Playing With Paper, Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker’s Companion, and Paper Illuminated. Helen has appeared on Sesame Street, has produced of two films, and writes a weekly blog about all things paper. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally, often involving the community in her installation projects such as The Wish, a permanent installation at Anythink Huron Street Library in Denver, Colorado. Helen lives and works near Vail, Colorado. www.helenhiebertstudio.com

Paper Sculpture

Helen Hiebert
July 4-6

Continue the fun – enhance papers from Helen’s The Potential of Paper workshop with light, or begin anew in this stand-alone two day class. Paper is an incredibly versatile lightweight sculptural material: you can bend it, fold it, tear it and enhance its luminosity by layering, folding and cutting. We will begin with tradition and then add our own twists. Learn to make Japanese chochin, a collapsible lantern form and shoji screen panels that can be connected with a cool Japanese hinge to form a folding screen or lantern. Discover ways to illuminate paper utilizing electric lamp parts and natural light. Explore ways to use reed, balsa wood and simple hand tools to create a series of light sculptures.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $495. When taken with The Potential of Paper, total tuition is $735.
Lab fee: $35, includes decorative papers, tea lights, shared tools and supplies; you may be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Helen Hiebert, see bio under The Potential of Paper