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Great things are done by a series of small things brought together - Vincent Van Gogh

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By: Cynthia Johnson-Bianchetta

 

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En Colaje
Artistic collaging

Although the art of collage dates back over 2000 years, the medium has enjoyed exciting transformations in the last century thanks in part to modern artists Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. 20th century painters explored the possibilities resulting in dramatic, expressive artworks that left the critics challenged to interpret. Braque and Picasso were followed by many other explorers including Henri Matisse whose famous Blue Nude II is so iconic it defined a style all its own.

En Colaje is the school of artistic collaging offered by Artista Creative Safaris for Women. Collage, mixed media, montage, and assemblage will be employed to create artworks from a variety of materials. Handmade papers, fabrics, and found objects are layered onto paper, canvas, or wood surfaces using acrylic gel mediums or hot wax as the source of adhesion. The resulting works are a visual and tactile delight with luminous layers interacting with luscious textures and surfaces. En Colaje artistic collaging for women offers endless opportunities for creative expression, accessible for beginners as well as experienced artists.



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En Colaje artistic collaging begins with a welcome orientation your first day in the studio. It's the perfect way to get to know your fellow painters and settle into the pace of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Day One
Exploring the Possibilities

Your first morning will include a brief history of artistic collage as we review cultural influences and artistic breakthroughs throughout the centuries. Shortly after, we’ll explore the wide variety of visual materials available for use in your creations. By mid-morning you’ll be immersed in exotic papers and textiles on your way to creating your first work. 

After a leisurely lunch we’ll resume the journey by expanding our techniques to include the use of acrylic paints and gel mediums to build translucent layers. Utilizing your repertoire of new techniques, you’ll start your first series of petite collages on paper.

Day Two
Enhancement Techniques and Alternative Collage Methods

After dreaming of collage and color all night, you’ll be brimming with ideas and ready to continue your journey. After a brief warm up, we’ll delve into the world of texture and learn how to use collage as a painting ground to develop rich tactile surfaces. Additional special effect techniques such as drawing and stenciling will also be introduced. Soon you’ll be well into your next series of larger works on wood panels.

When you return from lunch you might recognize the familiar and enchanting scent of beeswax. For the rest of the afternoon we’ll explore alternative methods of using hot wax and tacking irons to create collages. This is an optimum time to incorporate three dimensional objects into your work as almost anything can be dipped in wax and mounted to your wood surfaces. Go wild.

Day Three
Finishing and Presentation

Your final day in the studio will include plenty of free time to finish earlier projects or start new artworks. Ample opportunity for individual consultations with your instructor is scheduled around lunch provided in the studio. We'll engage in a group question and answer session about different methods of framing and presentation of your collages. For those who are interested, we’ll conclude with a brief discussion called Taking the Leap: launching your career as an artist.

The Artista Studio is equipped with a complete selection of professional artist's tools available for your use.



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Departure
Our studio crew will assist you in packaging your work for travel, or if you like, we'll be happy to arrange shipping. Check-out time is at noon so you've plenty of time to snap photos of your new friends, exchange addresses, and take one last tour down Ocean Avenue. When it's time to leave, our driver is on hand for shuttles to the Monterey airport. 

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