The last few days I’ve run two watercolor collage fun workshops. All, serendipitously with people who have art experience in other mediums, but thought they would pick up something useful from my workshop, and they did! It’s always fun to work with groups who have open minds as to what they want to achieve, whether or not they have prior creative experience of any kind.
Angelo with two abstract pieces
Cherry and Chaleen with abstract and representational artworks.
Here are some photos taken by one of the other gallerists when I was teaching in Borrego Springs Art Institute on Tuesday. The three students, with varying levels of experience, all found they learned a lot from the class.
Students often feel more comfortable creating a color wheel when I am too. Yes, that apron does make me look fat, doesn’t it!
Just checking that she is painting off in the right direction. I am actually still** wearing my shorts behind the apron.
We don’t worry about exactly evenly spaced areas, but it’s important to get the right mixes in the right places.
When I started being cutting up my children about 8 years ago, I didn’t have the right word to describe the difference between what I was doing and collage. I ended up stealing the term ‘refracturing’ from quilters, who apparently also sometimes cut up their children, and call my technique ‘refractured watercolor’.
The bucket list item was to introduce that word to the language in the context of painted art. I say specifically painted art because it’s already in the quilting world and if I suggest to some of my fellow artists who work in quilting that their work is not art, I would needfully be corrected.
This month’s Kolaj magazine has an item discussing my use of the word as part of the taxonomy of collage.