Painted Paper Collage, 2/10

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Painted Paper Collage, 2/10

120.00

with Erin McCluskey Wheeler

Sunday February 10th, 10-1

Limit 12 students

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In this class you will generate new ideas for creating abstract art and think deeply about color and composition through the fun, accessible medium of collage. You’ll leave with two pieces on wood panels (approximately 8 x 8 each) suitable for display in your home.


Students will begin by creating a set of hand-painted papers following simple prompts and with a beautifully curated palette of colors. While we let our papers dry, Erin will share more about her process and share examples of contemporary collage artists making abstract and figurative pieces with found and painted papers. Once dry, we will cut up our papers and begin to experiment with color composition, layout, gluing and connecting techniques, to create our diptych on wood panels. Erin will also share techniques on how to connect forms and shapes with drawn and painted line work. Open to artists of all levels of experience.


If you have a favorite pair of scissors please bring them to class or there will be some for you - all other materials will be provided.

Bay Area artist Erin McCluskey Wheeler is known for her bright tropical-colored works that employ a meticulous assemblage of found papers often bound together with looping brushstrokes. With both an abstract and graphic style, Wheeler's works are sometimes symbolic or whimsical, and play with ideas of nostalgia and visual memories in a narrative context. Erin both sources found materials and creates her own painted paper collage material to create densely layered paintings full of light and space.

Wheeler has a BA in studio art, and a BA in art history from Beloit College, and an MFA in writing from California College of the Arts. Erin is represented by Jen Tough Gallery in Benicia, California and her paintings have been licensed through West Elm,  Minted, and Image Conscious Fine Art Publications. She is a member of the El Cerrito Art Association and beginning in November 2018, she will be the Artist in Residence at the El Cerrito Recycling Center. Erin teaches art classes with the Center for Community Arts in Walnut Creek and assists with public programs and events at the UC Botanical Garden. Find out more about her work through her website at erinmwheeler.com or follow her on Instagram @erinmwheeler