This week I taught collage at the Sedona Art Center, as I have been doing for four years. Read about my class, the town, and how I found gallery representation there as well. A business trip in the true sense of the word.
I have been asked to "test the waters" by the folks at Madeline Island School of the Arts. They are hoping to put me on the class list next year. As it turns out, mixed media classes are not filling up as well as others on the Island. Why is that?
In my class we have so much fun, slinging paint, stamping, stenciling, dry brushing, texture rubbing, winging it… And that's just making the paper.
making the most of found and purchased papers
After we create our own collage papers, we organize them according to color and then we hit the ground running. Since you arrive at class with your under painting in hand. (oh yes, there is homework in this class!) we are ready to glue this wonderful paper down on day two.
Collage is very forgiving because if you don't like how it looks, you can pull it off or go over it with a new piece. There is no stress in collage. The one comment I hear more than any other in class is "Oh, this is so much fun!"
class sizes are small with a lot of one-on-one attention
Even if you are not an artist, you can have fun in my workshop. I have had many mother and daughter, best friends, long lost college roommates come together in my class to experience collage and to spend time together with someone they enjoy being with. Often times one of these two people are artistic and talked the other into coming!
cliff jumping, I wonder how cold that water is?
Madeline Island looks like an amazing place, you can see why I want to meet you there in 2015 with my bag of tricks (and colorful papers).
ferry crossing to Madeline Island
aerial view of the island
the milk house studios
I encourage you to look up Madeline Island School of the Arts website and learn a little bit about them. They are, in fact, on an island. Their season is in the summer, when it's warm and beautiful in Wisconsin. You know I can't go anywhere cold.
Tell them I sent you, and if you think you would be interested in taking my collage workshop up there, let them know that as well. We are "testing the waters" to see if we could fill a class. I think we can.
I'll watch you jump off that cliff while I'm sipping sun tea on the shore.
Visit my page on Growing Bolder's Elite Blog to read all about the wild ride I had getting my artist table and centerpiece setup at the Maitland Art Center fundraiser, despite rain, hail, and tornado warnings!
Cherie spent some time there after getting out of intensive care in Florida, but now that she has gained a bit more strength and movement, we are hoping that she is a candidate for even more therapy.
Keep her in your thoughts and in your heart that she will soon be on the road to Atlanta. She will have to buy a new handicapped van in order to get there, her current one is old and won't make the trip.
We love you Cherie!! Well wishers can email her or mail her notes and cards of encouragement, which she absolutely LOVES! Cherie's mother was a fine artist who gave me some of my first exposure to museums and art when she and I were just kids. I've know Cherie all my life.
If you want to send Cherie and art card or words of encouragement, email me for more info: