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The Expressive Art of Collage

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The Expressive Art of Collage
Margot Voorhies Thompson
Date and Time:
10:00 - 4:00
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Skill Level:
All Levels
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The open enrollment period begins on
March 10, 2020

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

Spend three days honing your artistic vision and composition for a series of related collage pieces. Learn to edit and simplify your compositions. Experience a range of adhesive techniques through helpful instructor demos. This class emphasizes tuning your skills to best support your vision before adhesives are ever applied.

About the Instructor(s)

Margot Voorhies Thompson is a Northwest painter, printmaker and calligrapher, and the designer of the Sitka Center logo. She is represented by the Russo Lee Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Her public art commissions include installations at Portland State University, Woodstock Public Library, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Oregon State Library, Tualatin, Kaiser Permanente, OHSU and the Oregon State Hospital.

Materials List: Students Bring

• Work box with sharp scissors, Exacto knife, and blades

• Cutting mat to protect table

• Bone folder (this is an essential tool in collage)

• Matte medium (a small amount)

• Selection of papers to bring

Here’s what I keep in mind when thinking about selecting papers for collage:

In general, I prefer using thin papers that are semitransparent/translucent and can be treated, layered or combined to add dimension to a composition. I look for papers that will accept my drawing and marks. Too many inclusions and inherited information can upend the artist’s vision. These preferences will be explained during the class. Have fun pulling out every paper drawer in art supply stores before buying a single sheet. See what is out there. I avoid using photographs unless I have taken them myself, altered and printed on thin paper. To use magazine photographs or the work of others represents copyright infringement. The current laws are comprehensive. The use of xeroxes of photos taken by others also represents copyright trespass.

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Gudyo adhesive

• PVA, wheat starch paste (all adhesives acid free)

• Acid free glue sticks.

• Specialty papers for use in collage (this will include many good & interesting papers)

• Cold Wax Medium

• Galkyd

• Rags

• Pastels

• Odorless fixative

• Binders Board

• Many materials from my studio for student use during the workshop.

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