Paper Mosaics – A Simple Technique
Saturday, October 19th, 12:30-4pm
Instructor: Janet Strickler
Mosaic is an art form that traditionally used small pieces of stone and glass glued next to each other to create a unified image. Today the materials can be almost anything. This class with local artist Janet Strickler focuses on paper mosaics. They’re not the same thing as collage. With collage the paper usually overlaps, but in mosaics small pieces of paper are set apart from each other to form an image. Creating paper mosaics can be exacting, but Janet has a new approach that yields lovely results quickly. The technique can be used to create traditional mosaics as well as abstract designs, and there are many applications. For example, Janet’s used it to transform a plain picture frame into a colorful display piece. We think that, in addition to creating an image for display, her technique could be used to decorate the cover of a hardbound book. You’ll leave class with a finished piece or with images and patterns you can use for other projects. Janet provides plenty of hand-painted and decorative papers for you work with, but this class is a great way to use up those small scraps of yummy paper you’ve been reluctant to throw out. Bring in your favorite bits and pieces and start creating!
Please bring the following optional materials:
- Optional: favorite scissors for fine cutting
- Optional: paper scraps you’d like to use up
- Optional: an apron
- If you’d like to decorate a frame or a small wooden box, Janet will have them available to buy for $5 each. (cash or check)
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Janet Strickler, a mixed media artist living and working in Colorado, calls her work “Art of the Ordinary”. In truth, there’s nothing ordinary about what she does. What is ordinary is what she uses: recycled and reclaimed objects, construction leftovers, and natural materials. You can often find her in the Art Parts Creative Reuse store in Boulder, softly exclaiming to herself, “I could make art out of that!”. Much of Janet’s work, which involves a spiritual element, uses geometry and patterns. She hates to draw! Patterns serve as a starting point, but don’t necessarily result in a pre-determined layout. For her, art making is about beginning and then finding out where the piece leads her.
True to her personal approach to art, Janet’s classes are fundamentally about exploring and experimenting. Rather than teaching students how to make an exact piece of art, she likes to demonstrate what can be done with a given set of materials and then turn students loose to play with them. It’s astonishing, and instructive, to see how different the results can be. No wonder she calls her classes Play-Shops instead of workshops! See her work at www.artoftheordinary.net.