Painted Paper Collage, 9/14

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Painted Paper Collage, 9/14

120.00

with Erin McCluskey Wheeler

Saturday September 14th, 10-1

Limit 12 students

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Through the fun, accessible medium of collage you will explore a color (or two!) of your choice to create a color study with painted and found paper. You’ll leave with one or two color studies  - each in a single color - suitable for framing or that can be used for further development into other works of art.

Students will begin by color sorting papers from home and creating a set of hand-painted papers following simple prompts and with a range of complimentary colors. While we let our painted 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 color studies on watercolor paper. Open to all levels of experience.

Please bring a pair of scissors to class and some collage material (any paper, light weight fabric, cardboard,or thin plastics) in a color or colors you are interested in exploring. This is a great time to find a use for those postcards, old wrapping paper, bits of fabric, or less successful paintings and prints that you’ve been saving. Erin will also bring collage material for students to use and 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