Learn the processes and skills needed to energize and make the surfaces of your paintings complex, nuanced and rich with meaning. Explore the historical tradition of collage from Schwitters and Picasso to contemporary mixed media artists.
Through the process of mixed media, found object and collage we will explore various background layering techniques in order to create rich and textured relationships between our collaged surfaces and our images. We will learn how to integrate dissonant materials in a composition to create a successful finished work of art. Historical and Contemporary examples will inspire us to find our own voice in a course that will take us on an inner journey of discovery and lead to a unique and personal iconography. Learn color theory, composition, proper formatting and integrated image structures. Alternative and non-traditional materials will be encouraged along with more standard media. The introduction of color washes and painted detailed iconography will be encouraged.
This is a contemporary mixed media course that will redefine preconceived notions of collage.

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In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.

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