An Intuitive Collage Workshop

Guest Instructor: Crystal Neubauer
Date: May 3-5, 2019
Time: 9:30-4:30pm
Location: Studio Joy, 608 E 30th St, Kansas City MO
Cost: $400
Maximum: 16 students

“The intuitive artist is the artist who trusts what her eye tells her is good. She allows for the fact that she has a story to tell through art, but lets go of the notion that the story will be known before she starts working. It is not so much about learning a technique, as it is learning to trust that you know what you know. It is letting go of a plan, letting go of expectations, and creating in spite of your fear. If you have been formally trained in art it may mean learning to trust your eye rather than the rules. If you have never so much as taken an art workshop it may mean giving yourself permission to play with the tools and materials you once thought were only for professionals. Either way, to work intuitively allows for the finished work to be more than what the artist is capable of producing on his artistic merits alone. It allows for the voice within to translate to the canvas without the need to have to spell out the message and make it obvious to the viewer.”~Excerpt from “The Art of Expressive Collage” by Crystal Neubauer

The concept for my newest workshop “Big and Little” came to me while working out the designs for a show. Posting my work in progress on social media, never fails to bring comments from other collage artists marveling at the scale. In my own journey as an artist, I found increasing the scale of my work to be challenging. The designs I found satisfying on a 4” or 10” scale, did not necessarily translate well to 30 or 40 inches. But there are elements in those smaller designs that I can capture when creating large. It took some time to begin to feel like I was getting it, but suddenly there were breakthroughs, and insights, and more frequent successes. This is what I want to impart to my students when they come to the table. You have everything you need to create satisfying work inside of you. I’ll guide you through the steps I took to tap in to that wellspring of creativity.

Whether you are an experienced artist or a novice, this workshop will dare you to let go of expectations and ignore the rules, beginning with a series of collage exercises designed to infuse freedom into your creativity and help you tap in to that intuitive voice as your personal guide.

Using these little works as small studies, we will turn our focus to a more intentional placement of elements, coming from that place of freedom and trusting what our eye and intuition knows is good, while learning tips, tricks, and techniques from a professional point of view, to translate what we see into a series of completed works on paper incrementally increasing the scale as we go.

Students will leave the workshop with a series of small 4″ studies and multiple big works of art ranging from 6″ up to 30″ in size. 

Join me in this deep dive into the art of paper and glue, to develop a working knowledge of collage, while connecting to the design and composition knowledge you already carry within, creating satisfying works of art in your own unique style.

Supply List:

  • Personal collection of ephemera and found/collected papers
  • 1 junk mail catalog or old magazine – (will not be used as collage material)
  • Baby Wipes
  • 9″ x 12″ or larger- spiral bound pad of 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper 
  • Small container of Yes! Stickflat Adhesive
  • Roll of wax paper
  • Any mark-making media desired (optional)
  • One large stretched canvas your choice of the following sizes: 24” x 24”; 24 x 30; 30” x 30” or 30” x 40” 
  • OR 4 canvases of equal sizes – choose from the following: 12” x 12” or 15” x 15” Note: This option is for students who are flying and wish to be able to more easily transport their work home.

All other supplies provided by instructor.

Lunch: 12:30-1:30
Fabulous restaurants are within walking distance or bring a sack lunch. A refrigerator and microwave are available.

Notice:  Janus, the studio cat, frequents Studio Joy and while she will not be joining our workshop, please bring any allergy medication if you may need it.

About Crystal:

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Regardless of the media I include, my work always comes down to collage. I seek to create a dialogue around the issue of self worth, identity, and the perception of human value through the use of salvaged materials. I see these items as a metaphor for our own lives, and seek to bring them together in a way that opens the viewer to a deeper experience of an overarching theme of personal redemption – where every part of who you are is embraced and nurtured. Whether rendered in a 3-dimensional assemblage fashion, or a 2D picture plane, my fascination begins with found papers. I call my process intuitive, but it all boils down to learning to trust and open myself to the voice inside; the one that can guide creative decisions and bring about a much richer work of art. 

From obtaining gallery representation, to writing for a mixed media magazine, and authoring my book & videos, to teaching workshops nationwide and in my own studio, learning to tune in to the voice within has led me on a journey of learning “I can”. It is my desire to inspire others to believe they can too. Find out more about that journey and view my portfolio on my website and at my blog.

Student Cancellation Policy:

Students will receive a full refund of tuition less related transaction fees if a request to withdraw is received by Amanda Jolley, Studio Joy no later than 7 days prior to the first day of the workshop. Request to withdraw from a course less than 7 days prior to the first class session will not be eligible for refunds.