Class Title The Organically Distorted & Exquisite Corpse
Mixed Media Artist and
Founder of The Push Past Ordinary Society
Let's combine organic elements from Squam Lake with acrylic paints, a variety of mixed media, and the techniques of figurative abstraction to create a riot of fun in this 5-hour hands-on workshop.
We will start by exploring the grounds of the campsite in search of natural objects to gather and use for pattern and design as details in our abstracted portraits. These juicy tidbits will help us create a one-of-a-kind, creative, and quirky mixed media figurative portrait that includes our personal narratives. With a bit of sketching, a whole lotta imagination, some collage, and a ton of loose & expressive play each student will find their way to bringing a character to life with joy and ease. Experience Level – from the new to mixed media explorer to the seasoned working artist. Everyone is welcome. What Students Will Learn:
How to incorporate narrative into painting the distorted figure.
How to use mixed media to create a cohesive painting
How to tell a story with multiple layers of self-expression
Ephemera - Fill a gallon size ziploc bag with your favorite collage, ephemera, or painted papers and bring it along!
Brushes - I will provide some but I ALWAYS travel with three of my favorite brushes. Bring yours if you have them.
Your 3 Favorite Colors - I will have acrylic paints for us to use but we all have some preferences of colors we love. Bring your 3 most favorite acrylic colors.
Bring a pair of scissors
Bring a camera (your phone camera is perfect)
Bring a black and white photo of a face you love. You can go to www.unsplash.com for great copyright free ones. I will have some as well.
Bring 3 unique objects of delight. These can be a small item you collect, that fascinates you, that brings you joy, or that you find really interesting. You will not alter these, we will use them for part of our personal connection steps.
Bring a small notebook and pencil.
Kit Fee: $25 USD Your kit fee will be due to the teacher at the start of class. It is easier if you bring cash in the exact amount of the fee.
About Ardith:Ardith has been a working artist for 15 years and found her gift of painting and visual transfer by accident. Elementary education was her path right out of college, but she unexpectedly faced multiple medical challenges and was forced to give up teaching and go on disability while her body healed. As luck would have it, a visit to the library and some time spent with her favorite watercolor books showed her that she had a gift for not only drawing, but the use of color and imagination. That experience transformed her life. Now a full time working artist, Ardith views her scope of focus a bit differently than most. Mastery of craft to her is using her technical framework as she creates figurative works and non-objective abstracts in mixed media and acrylics connected to creative narratives. She builds paintings with fractured line, dynamic movement, transparent layers, complexity, and details from rich life experiences on canvas and paper. Ardith also incorporates visual elements of the unexpected from textile and assemblage additions to her 2-D works. As an artist who teaches, she travels the U.S and abroad conducting art workshops, hosting creative travel journeys, as well as small group academic study for professional artists in her studio in Mobile, Al. She is a passionate advocate for teaching adults that their creative points of view and visual language matter as well as finding joy in the devotion and mastery of fundamentals.