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Suzanne Stroebe: Mixed Media Relief Sculptures


Dates: August 25, August 31 + September 1, 2019 / 12:30-4:30

(note: this workshop is scheduled a week apart to accommodate drying)

Location: Studio Space #29, 940 Tyler St, Benicia, CA 94510

Material Fee: $30 paid to instructor first day of class

This workshop is for artists and creatives of all skill levels who would like to begin to explore creating dynamic, mixed-media sculptural objects that can easily displayed on a wall.

In this workshop we will explore papier mache, air-dry clays, and the use of simple materials including wire, wood, cardboard, paper, and found objects. Sculpture is an excellent way to use found and recycled objects, both from nature and personal objects including jewelry, photographs, drawings, and fabric.

Each process will be clearly demonstrated by the instructor, so those without a background in art or sculpture are encouraged to attend. The first day will be spent creating a base for our sculptures; we'll return after they have dried to add color and details. Each attendant will complete at least one piece in the workshop, but there is the possibility to make more.


Day 1:
Intro: Look at artwork examples for inspiration / introduction to relief sculpture
Demo: Demo creating an armature, then building on it papier mache, paper clay, wood, and/or wire
Work time: attendants work on armatures and sculptures, with guidance/ help from instructor
Reflection: Look at armatures/bases and share ideas for color, details, forms to add next week. Discuss found materials that can be brought in next week to add to sculptures.

Day 2 & 3:
Intro: look at more examples, discussing use of color/ found objects/details
Demo: Demonstration of applying paint and/or papier mache with colored paper to add color, how to incorporate more materials into the sculptures. (Day 3: attaching wire/D rings to the back so sculptures can be hung easily on a wall)
Reflect: Share and discuss completed works as a group!

About the Instructor:

Born 1981 San Francisco, CA

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


MFA in Fine Arts, Parsons the New School for Design (2009)

BA in Drawing/Painting, University of California, Santa Cruz (2004)

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