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

Introduction to Paper Marbling

Pietro Accardi
June 22 -23
Two-day session

This introduction to the art of marbling will provide you with an understanding of the history, styles, tools and techniques of classical European marbling. We will cover all of the foundational elements of marbling practice, including the acquisition and proper use of many and varied supplies including carrageenan, primer, paints, trays, rakes, combs, and more.  

Pietro will then demonstrate how the marbling process is executed. With helpful tips and tricks on handling paints on the water medium, and on dealing with known and unknown variables, he will show you how to create classical and basic marbling patterns (as well as spontaneous designs) using a diverse array of rakes and combs.

You will have ample time for your own practice and experimentation with personal guidance from Pietro, and will have your own tray, set of paints, rakes, and combs to use. Expect to leave with 15-25 sheets of your own original marbled paper.

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $370, $755 if taken with Marbling Silk Scarves
Lab Fee: $25 – This workshop’s $25 lab fee includes the use of trays, rakes, combs, drying racks, water bath medium (carrageenan, sodium alginate), alum primer for paper, paints, and as much primed paper as needed in class. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 13 students

Pietro Accardi is a native of Turin, Italy, where he 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. Pietro and his wife Vanessa founded Accardi Book Arts, a Classical Marbling Studio and Bindery in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe. 

Website: www.accardibookarts.com

 

Marbling Silk Scarves

Pietro Accardi
June 24 – 26
Three-day session

In this highly interactive and collaborative workshop, you will create marbled designs on silk scarves.

During the first day, we will discuss, demonstrate, and practice patterns and color combinations that work well for marbled silk scarves and other textiles. You will have ample practice time to experiment with paper and develop your vision in your own 15” x 24” marbling tray. 

On the second day, we will begin working in pairs on the larger  trays: 23” x 36” for working with cotton, and finally, the 16” x 64” scarf tray for silk. 

On day three, we will continue scarf and textile production with an emphasis on advancing marbling skills, practicing more nuanced designs, and refining your color palette.

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $495, $755 if taken with Introduction to Paper Marbling
Lab fee: $40 – This workshop’s $40 lab fee includes the use of trays, rakes, combs, drying racks, water bath medium (carrageenan, sodium alginate), and primed textiles. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 13 students

Pietro Accardi is a native of Turin, Italy, where he 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. Pietro and his wife Vanessa founded Accardi Book Arts, a Classical Marbling Studio and Bindery in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe. 

Website: www.accardibookarts.com

 

Bento Box

Seth Apter
June 26 – 28
Three-day session

Hungry for creativity? Build your own Bento Box filled with art in this technique-heavy workshop. We will be making a series of small-sized projects, each of which will nest inside its own container – for example, tins, boxes, bags, etc. Each of these will in turn be placed and housed inside one larger box, creating a very special treasure chest.

In the process of creating your unique artwork, techniques you will learn include acrylic painting, collage, book binding, hand stitching, mark making, surface design and alteration, heat embossing, mixed media layering, stamping, assemblage, and more. Your unique art pieces will include some combination of handmade books, paintings, collages, assemblages, scrolls, wraps, and spools. We will also focus on surface altering techniques for your containers. 

Part of each day will revolve around focused and detailed demonstrations and instructions. Other periods will allow you to get into “the zone” without interruption. A significant amount of one-to-one creative mentoring will also be included, during which time feedback will be provided. For added inspiration, at workshop’s end we will take the time for a show-and-tell so you can see the work of all your fellow attendees.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $495
Lab Fee: $20 – This workshop’s $20 lab fee includes mixed media mediums, embossing powders, needles and thread, base materials for individual projects (paper, fabric, book board, etc.), specialty adhesives. You will be asked to bring additional materials.

Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 20 students

Seth Apter is a mixed media artist, instructor, author and designer from New York City. You can find his work in galleries and on the pages of many books and magazines. He has published two books with North Light Media and can be seen in multiple online workshops. Seth teaches internationally and is an instructor at Pratt Institute, NY. He is the designer behind his own lines of art products with multiple companies.

Website: www.sethapter.com

Instagram: @sethapter 

Facebook: Seth Apter

Collage: The New Nouveau

Andrea Matus DeMeng
July 3 – 6 
Four-day session                                     

I remember being absolutely mesmerized the first time I saw a print of Lady with a Fan by Gustav Klimt. It was stunning and I was captivated by the way all of the different patterns co-existed strangely harmoniously and provided such a feast for the eyes. Sinuous and organic forms, inspired by gorgeous curvilinear botanicals and the sea, harnessed in Japanese woodblock prints, all provide a wealth of design inspiration for artists practicing Art Nouveau.

In our new approach to this now classic art form, we are going to spend four glorious days collaging and winding botanicals and whiplash curves around a central figure. We’ll focus on creating rich layered backgrounds, color mixing, transparent glazes, mesmerizing collage constructs, and adding the perfect accents with an assortment of mixed media materials. I will walk you through the process of creating your own nouveau-inspired stencil, creating botanical shapes and undulating curves with the use of several tools to simplify the process and introduce you to some stunningly creative uses for paint skins. We’ll honor the old traditions and pay homage to Klimt with our skillful use of gold leaf, but we’ll bring this art form into the 21st century by marrying strong geometrics and modern motifs with graceful curves to transform the entire canvas with our use of paint.

 Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $650
Lab Fee: $45 – This workshop’s $45 lab fee includes kit with specialty mediums, collage package, gold leaf kit, stencil plastic and tools, items for image transfer, stencil sponges, and shared items such as pastels, and assorted mark-making implements and mediums. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Andrea Matus DeMeng 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. 

Website: www.andreamatus.com

Instagram: @andreamatusart

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