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 - All programs below are open for enrollment unless indicated.

Dream Monsters – Anthropomorphizing the Everyday

Michael deMeng
June 30 – July 3

Have you ever dreamt of a creature that has never existed (as far as you know)?  When I was a teenager, I remember dreaming about a huge monster with a film projector head and a giant chicken body…yes…I agree, that is very weird.   What he projected from his mechanical cranium was in the future …things destined to be or possibly destined to be, which, since he was a monster, included quite a bit of mayhem and pandemonium (Godzilla type of stuff…buildings toppling etc.). Over the years I’ve had a few such bizarre dreams about crazy monsters and it seemed to me that anthropomorphizing everyday objects into outlandish beasts might be an intriguing exercise.  Thus…Dream Monsters were created.

In this workshop, you will bring a variety of found objects to create unusual critters.  Different objects will be used for different parts of the monster’s anatomy.  Then using assemblage, sculpting and painting techniques a new species will be brought to life.  To quote Dr. Frankenstein, “IT’S ALIVE!”

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $650
No Lab fee: You will be asked to bring materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 15 students

Michael deMeng travels the world teaching and creating mixed media shrines and deMented toys. As an artist he exhibits his unique style of assemblage throughout the world.  He is also an author of three books Secrets of Rusty Things, Dusty Diablos, and the Art Abandonment Project published by North Light.  www.michaeldemeng.com

Mental Blocks

Andrea Matus
June 30 – July 1

“Everything we care about lies somewhere in the middle, where pattern and randomness interlace” –James Gleick

In this fast-paced two-day workshop  you will take control of the chaos, magically weaving together fragments of photos, symbols, and words to create a mosaic of mixed media blocks.  Can’t seem to find your muse? No problem, all along the way you’ll conquer mental blocks through a series of fast and fun creativity exercises. Each rectangle takes you through an artistic story of its own…an individual tidbit of information, but where this journey becomes interesting is when the pieces are puzzled together.  You will bring together a variety of images and ideas from a variety of sources and harmonize them.  The chaos…suddenly meaningful.  Randomness…suddenly full of purpose.

Some of the specific skills to be tackled in this workshop are:
-paint techniques, choosing colors, mixing colors, and combining paint with collage objects
-collage techniques
-combining elements from discordant sources and creating a unified composition
-relating several small collages into a larger cohesive narrative
-exercises to overcome “mental blocks”
-creative juxtapositions to jumpstart creativity

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $370, $650 if taken with Dreamscapes
Lab fee: $10, includes collage package of imagery
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 20 students

Andrea Matus is a Vancouver BC-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 Michael deMeng. www.andreamatus.com

Dreamscapes

Andrea Matus
July 2-3

You see things; and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?” –George Bernard Shaw.

Dreamscapes: Rich scenes or landscapes that captivate the imagination with the strangeness and mystery that is characteristic of a dream. This two-day workshop focuses on imaginative investigations in paint and collage. You will  transform everyday images into something surreal and strange through a combination of collage, image transfers and paint, bringing all of these elements together and creating expressive dreamlike mixed media artworks.

A strong emphasis on creative compositions, advanced mark making, and explorations into a variety of paint techniques will have you taking your artistry to the next level. Spending our time balanced between working intuitively and deliberately, you’ll play without obsessing about a specific outcome, allowing freedom to leave the inner critic behind. Bring your assortment of imagery and that box of ephemera that you’ve been collecting forever and we will incorporate them into your canvas, elevating them from the ordinary to the extraordinary, because “life is but a dream…”

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $370, $650 if taken with Mental Blocks
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 20 students

Andrea Matus, see bio in Mental Blocks

Marbling on Paper & Textiles

Pietro Accardi
June 17-19                                        

This three-day workshop will provide you with a comprehensive understanding into the art of marbling and the ability to create marbled patterns on paper and fabric. The first day will cover the fundamentals of paper marbling. During the lecture/discussion period, you will actively engage in the preparatory mixing of the water bath medium. Then, see a demo of the steps to execute basic, classical, and spontaneous patterns using a diverse array of rakes and combs, with ample time for Q&A. Next, embark on your own marbling practice with your own tray, sets of paints, rakes, and combs.

The second day will focus on marbling on textiles – cottons and silks. Also new, more complex patterns will be introduced. The third day is designed to give you more time to practice and perfect what you have learned thus far with the availability of the instructor on hand. In addition, you will explore the world of Over-marbling and try out the more challenging metallic paints.

Throughout the session, you will receive helpful hands-on instruction on handling the paints on the water medium and dealing with known and unknown variables.

 Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $495, $755 if taken with Articulated Binding and Clamshell
Lab Fee: $ $70, includes use of “Hardware” (trays, rakes, combs, drying racks); paints and consumables; paper (15 sheets 14×20), cotton fabric (20 sheets 14×20), silk (6 sheets 14×20); you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Click here for Materials List
Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Pietro Accardi, native to the Italian city of Turin, established “La Legatoria del Sole,” a modern bookbindery steeped in the ancient traditions of paper marbling, restoration and bookbinding. After lengthy service to Turin’s Municipal Archives, Main Public Library, and University Libraries he is now enjoying his second life as a well-loved book arts teacher at the Center for the Book in San Francisco as well as teaching workshops throughout the West.  His teaching style is generous and kind with an endearing Italian accent. www.accardibookarts.com

Articulated Binding & Clamshell

Pietro Accardi
June 20-21

Pietro will teach the fundamentals of functional and decorative box construction. Using hard binders’ board and marbled fabric, you will learn to construct the most elegant of archival box structures: the Clamshell. By mastering the basic template for these box models, you will gain the necessary skills for other varieties of boxes, while also enhancing your bookbinding skills. There will be many beautiful, one-of-a-kind marbled fabrics from which to choose to cover your unique box.  This class will add an excellent set of skills and knowledge to any crafter’s repertoire.
On the second day of class, you will create an “indestructible cover” – inspired by Italy’s 1970’s solution to broken Yellow Pages bindings in public phone booths, this 360-degree flexible binding offers many advantages because it bends and does not break! This binding style offers visual and tactile delight, employing strips of articulated hard board covered with marbled fabric. In this workshop, the instructor will guide you through the art of this rare binding technique. You will create an articulated blank journal that can beautifully withstand the ravages of time.

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $370, $755 if taken with Marbling on Paper and Textiles
Lab Fee: $25, includes kit of materials. (If students bring their own fabric at least 23×36”: lab fee $12
Click here for Materials List
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Pietro Accardi, native to the Italian city of Turin, established  “La Legatoria del Sole,” a modern bookbindery steeped in the ancient traditions of paper marbling, restoration and bookbinding. After lengthy service to Turin’s Municipal Archives, Main Public Library, and University Libraries he is now enjoying his second life as a well loved book arts teacher at the Center for the Book in San Francisco as well as teaching workshops throughout the West.  His teaching style is generous and kind with an endearing Italian accent. www.accardibookarts.com

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