Contemporary Collage with Dayna Collins
Mixed Media Contemporary Collage
Instructor: Dayna Collins
Week 2: August 6 - 12, 2023
Part archiving, part storytelling, and part mad science - collage is so much more than cutting images out of a magazine and gluing them onto a piece of paper.
Students will learn a variety of techniques, use vintage papers, create a rich inventory of painted papers, and go home with a series of completed pieces. We will work with old letters, scraps of wallpaper, stained recipes, and material scavenged from discarded books, and give these old bits new life as collages. Students will learn to deconstruct books, excavating materials to use in their collages, and create a lively inventory of hand painted papers. With vintage materials alongside painted papers, we will create contemporary collages, focusing on how to incorporate elements of surprise. We will discuss collecting materials; composition and design elements; the importance of color and value; explore a variety of techniques, and how to display completed collages. There will be demos with time for hands on experimentation. An abundance of materials will be provided, along with tools and supplies to share.
Class Material Fee $25
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Dayna's fiery red hair sets the tone for how she makes her art and lives her life. She is an energetic, intuitive, abstract painter working in plaster, oil and cold wax, a collagist working with scavenged book scraps and faded fragments of ephemera, and an avid collector/junker of discarded objects, which she uses in her assemblage art.
As a collagist, Dayna's mixed media pieces reflect the passage of time, repurposing the scraps that are worn and weathered, transforming the aged and tattered pieces into something unexpected and beautiful, celebrating their fragile decay.
Dayna shows her art in three Pacific Northwest galleries. Her work can be seen in several published books, including Art for Everyone, Oil and Cold Wax, Art Abandonment, The Mixed-Media Artist, and Cold Wax Medium.
To stay current with Dayna's current projects, you can find her on Instagram at daynalovesart, and on Pinterest at Dayna Collins. She also has a website where you can sign up to receive her newsletter, and where she maintains a blog.
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