Patterns, Papers, and Collage Class NEW!
Saturday, October 21st, 12:30-4:30PM
Instructor: Janet Strickler
Join artist Janet Strickler for a fascinating exploration of patterns and how to use them to create a collaged piece of art. A pattern is, at its most basic, a repeated design. The repeat can be obvious and follow strict rules (think herringbone, for example), but patterns can also be used more organically to create abstract art. Janet loves working with patterns because “you don’t have to be able to draw!” This class focuses on paper collage as the medium. Janet begins by talking about types of patterns and the properties of different papers. She also provides basic technical instructions on measuring, cutting, and gluing. Work with an overall layout in mind or, like Janet, begin in one area and “grow” a pattern from there. Get lost in combining colors, lines, textures, and shapes from the generous collection of papers provided. Janet will bring in a wide variety, including hand-painted and dyed papers, marbled paper, paste paper, plus altered book and other found papers. She’ll also include some paper-like materials she’s been experimenting with. (One of them is quite a surprise!) Feel free to bring in your own papers and small, flat-ish objects to work with. Your finished piece will fit into a standard size frame.
Please bring the following optional materials:
favorite papers and small, flat-ish objects.
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.