Mixed Media

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

Courses

Mixed Media Mash-Up

Seth Apter

June 16
One–day session

Discover the secrets behind creating dimension, texture, depth and complexity, layer by layer. Break into an arsenal of supplies to create mixed media magic: paint, ink, stamps, stencils, die cuts, rub-ons, mark-making and more. Learn to create without thinking and develop layers that enhance, rather than cover, the layers below. The techniques you will learn in this workshop can easily cross into your art practice and will enhance your creative freedom and expression. Everything and anything goes.

Skill Level: All levels

Tuition: $185

Lab Fee: $10, includes watercolor paper, die cuts, toothbrushes, and stencils and stamps to share; you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 20 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, is a columnist with Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, and has designed his own lines of art products with multiple companies. www.sethapter.com.

Collage Camp

Seth Apter

June 17
One-day session

Pack your paint and paper for a day at camp. Start with a series of creative exercises that illustrate the principles of collage you will use to make a take-home reference guide for future reference. Move on to create abstract, painted backgrounds as the base for your collages. Then explore the process of collage, transforming bits and pieces of paper into a cohesive whole. Review basic and advanced collage techniques and approaches.

Plan to create multiple collages and leave with a toolbox of techniques that can be applied to your work in collage, painting, art journaling and mixed media.

Skill Level: All levels

Tuition: $185

Lab Fee: $10, includes watercolor paper and shared materials; you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 20 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, is a columnist with Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, and has designed his own lines of art products with multiple companies. www.sethapter.com.

Cutting Room Floor: Altering Photos & More

Seth Apter

June 18
One–day session

With smartphones and photo apps, everyone is an expert photographer, sharing images by email and social media. Relive the good old days when pictures were actually held in hands and not stored on phones. Learn to take ordinary photographs and turn them extraordinary through a series of hand-altered, subtractive and additive techniques. Using mixed media supplies such as paints, inks and markers that you bring, a few surprises from Seth, and your creative imagination, you will turn your photographs into something spectacular.

Once the photos are altered, learn how to integrate them into mixed media artwork. Learn techniques for developing layered backgrounds with acrylic paint and ink as well as approaches to creating complex and cohesive layers with mixed media material. This class builds on the techniques from Mixed Media Mashup (June 16) and Collage Camp (June 17), but those are not prerequisites.

Skill Level: All levels

Tuition: $185

Lab Fee: $10, includes watercolor paper, assorted mixed media supplies (decorative paper, rub-ons, die cuts); you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 20 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, is a columnist with Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, and has designed his own lines of art products with multiple companies. www.sethapter.com.

The Mad Alchemist’s Apothecary Kit

Michael deMeng

July 1-2
Two-day session

Play with a little hocus pocus of years gone by and create an apothecary box for special potions to remedy whatever ails you. The apothecary box will be highly personalized, using found objects and the process of assemblage. You’ll modify the bottles and containers for all your elixirs and concoctions. How about an artist kit for vampire hunters? You never can be too careful. Love potions, shrinking pills, anti-snoring balms…whatever inspires you. Hurry, hurry step right up and enter a land of the wondrous and strange.

Skill level: All levels

Tuition: $360

Lab fee: $35, includes all paint, Aves Apoxie Clay, mediums, pastes and glues; you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials

Materials List: Download here.

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.

Alternate Evolutions aka Beastly Busts

Michael deMeng

July 3-4
Two-day session

Stories from childhood, filled with magic and wonder along with a cast of fantastical creatures and improbable characters, are strong influences on Michael’s art. “I’ve been particularly intrigued by the human animal hybrids of Storyland,” he says. “Characters like the White Rabbit and the Caterpillar of Alice in Wonderland, or the Three Little Pigs and Big Bad Wolf all reside in a strange world where the beasties act, talk and dress like humans.”

Create your own mixed-up beastly busts and magical menageries. Gather up a variety of human and animal figurines and reimagine them into unusual creations to display on a small shrine or plaque. When you’re done they will be, as Tony the Tiger says: “Grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat! “

Skill level: All levels

Tuition: $360

Lab fee: $30, includes glues, clay, paint

Materials List: Download here.

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.

Tin Type Tarot

Andrea Matus deMeng

July 5
One-day session

Tarot cards: lovely little pearls of archetypal wisdom imbued with mystery, fascinating symbols to decode, and gorgeous imagery are absolutely magical. “The first time I remember seeing a tarot deck,” says Andrea, “was in the James Bond movie Live and Let Die, where Solitaire, played by Jane Seymour, is using them to tell the future with an ultra cool and stylized deck – I’ve been hooked ever since.”

Combine the beauty of the tarot with the fun and fancy of a fortune cookie by modifying a small tin or box to look intriguing on the outside and contain a secret tarot realm inside. Construct your own stylized cards by creating a multi-layered mixed media collage-assemblage and throughout the process discuss how to incorporate the symbols that will tell your stories or fortunes. Don’t know much about tarot decks? Don’t worry, you’ll get a tarot archetype cheat-sheet to help you get started. See a great workshop in your future!

Skill Level: All levels

Tuition: $185

Lab Fee: $10, includes Tarot cheat sheet, Tarot collage imagery, use of patina paints, use of clear gesso, miscellaneous collage items; you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials

Materials List: Download here.

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.

The Codex Compendium

Andrea Matus deMeng

July 6-8
Two-day session

An ancient device, the codex was a hybrid between scrolls and books. “It reminds me of forgotten secrets hidden away and requiring special knowledge to reveal its story,” says Andrea. Play with this concept to build your own codex of mysteries using a compendium of mixed media techniques. Delve into more advanced techniques to create true masterpieces. Your unique artwork will feature a series of 18”x6” canvas panels that link together with grommets and chains or ropes to fold concertina style, or unfurl to reveal the story in its entirety. You can decide if you are going to build your story horizontally or vertically, or perhaps a bit of both. After you’ve woven together your tale, construct a magnificent holder for display. Using either a humble dowel or simple box as a starting point, you will incorporate clay, found objects and textiles to make a hanger worthy of your work.

Skill level: All levels

Tuition: $495

Lab fee: $20, includes canvas cloth for four panels, screw eyes, jump rings, eyelets/grommets 3/16”, miscellaneous collage material, use of adhesives, special mediums and Aves Epoxy Clay

Materials List: Download here. 

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.