This class will explore a compilation of ideas, about letting go, loving imperfection and its allure in the world of the creatives----a place to make mistakes, explore freely and not worry about a finished piece of art.
You will start by collecting odd bits of ephemera. ‘Go to places ‘ are junky antique stores filled with old ledgers, vintage music sheets, diaries, magazines, canceled postage stamps, etc. Then make marks, patterns, & symbols on the vintage ephemera, onion skin or deli sheets. Learn to embellish papers using gel printing, coffee staining, stamping and other techniques to grunge up the background papers. This is your starting point to layout a page.
The real fun is to randomly choose torn or cut papers and to look for images, letters and words to have cut out ahead of time to add to each page. No theme is necessary for the entire journal, just do a few pages at a time. With enough found & made “art stash” it will all creatively fall into place. See the 2 sample art pages, one a random grouping of circles and the other with a message and fun image cut out years ago! So B R E A T H E, relax and enjoy! Material list available.
Extra perk! A ZOOM class is also available to join on Tuesdays at the same time for a discounted fee of $50 (normally $140), for those who want to spend more time creating their art journals. Register for the COMBO classes here
Dates: Wednesdays 9/29; 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27. Makeup 11/3.
Cost: $160 Members save $16
Teaching Artist Regina Thomas' collage and mixed media art is a mélange of visual stimuli, colors, and shapes involving different genres from the representational to the abstract. These multi-layered works portray her view of the world, never realistic, injecting her own narratives, metaphors, and icons. Regina works instinctually, and her desire is to stimulate and intrigue the viewer, make a connection, bringing their own experiences to the work.
Regina has lived and traveled throughout Asia and Europe. While in London, she attended Richmond University concentrating on the Art Disciplines as well as Studio classes. Upon her return to the states she continued refining her art through classes and workshops at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), The New Art Center in Newton – MA, South Shore Art Center – MA, West Hartford Art League, Creative Arts Workshop/New Haven, CT, Yale University and The British Art Museum.
Regina began showing her work in November 2002 and has been included in many juried exhibitions in New England. Regina shows in private galleries and is an Elected Artist with New Haven Paint & Clay and Gallery Artist with South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, Massachusetts. She has private collectors across the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia. Her most recent shows have been at The John Slade Ely House in New Haven, and The Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook where she also holds classes in collage and mixed media art.