Complex Simplicity with Mixed Media Serena Barton Instructor
When: May 23, 2021 from 1 - 5 Eastern Time
Live and Recorded class on Zoom. All Students receive a copy of the recording.
Complex simplicity refers to a piece that is simple in composition while it also contains layers of color and texture underneath the top layers. These layers make the difference between a flat, uninteresting piece and a vibrant, alive, work that intrigues the viewer. You’ll discover the magic of complex simplicity in this experimental workshop! I’ll show you techniques to layer and texture your work, materials for atmospheric pieces, and how to loosen up and create with enjoyment.
We’ll explore texture methods, layering, color choices, and composition. We’ll use plaster over gesso as a base for your work. We’ll incorporate palette knife work, marble dust, sand, acrylic paints, inks, stencils, collage elements, and mark-making with various tools. I’ll provide you with a PDF booklet that includes images of various techniques.
This workshop will free you to experiment with confidence. You can add and subtract elements all the way through, so no worries about “mistakes.” Some lovely things can happen accidentally, and changes are easy to make. We’ll have demonstrations, time to work, and time for sharing and questions. The process of interacting with your materials in an open and exploratory way will lead you to pieces you love.
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