Crystal Neubauer's Expressive Mark Making and Collage - 3-Day Intensive

Crystal Neubauer's Expressive Mark Making and Collage - 3-Day Intensive


"Collage art is a powerful vehicle for allowing one's stories to be told. By letting go of the attempt to control the outcome, force the story or design, and by learning to trust the intuitive voice within, it is entirely possible for anyone to create a work of art that is deeply personal and visually satisfying."

Crystal Neubauer is a mixed media artist drawn to the broken, cast out, and overlooked items of the past. She sees beauty in the mundane, brings new life to forgotten objects and finds the process of salvaging old materials and creating new art to be therapeutic, as will you in this uncommonly satisfying workshop. 

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Thursday, Oct. 1 - Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 (10:30-4:30 each day) - $420 


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Join us for this three-day intensive in the art of mark-making and collage in the beautiful Miracle Mile area of L.A. Delight in the unique flavor of this neighborhood as we set off to gather found and natural objects to help us develop our own hand-crafted mark-making tools while keeping a watchful eye out for treasures to incorporate in our collage art.

Mark-making will be the name of the game on Day 1. You will utilize your one-of-a-kind newly crafted tools in a series of expressive exercises to assist in tapping into your own intuitive voice while creating interesting marks on papers to be used in your final project. Tools and supplies will also be provided to create marks out of found textures, both as rubbing techniques and stamping techniques. We will round out the day by experimenting with rusting paper and fabric to add to our stash of collaging materials.

Day 2 will focus on painting, staining, solarfast printing, and drying paper and fabric for collage fodder. The day will wind down with a series of quick collage exercises designed to loosen up and release inhibitions that prevent the creative flow.

With the stash of material you have prepared and your own collected items and ephemera, we will turn our focus to putting it all together on Day 3. You get to decide what size you are comfortable working in (up to 24" x 36" as space allows), and whether you want to work on a single surface or a small series. Crystal will demonstrate additional mark-making techniques and finishes and advise students as needed throughout the day, including talking about how to hang and display your work.

There will be a small supply list for students to bring, although many materials and supplies will be provided.

Crystal is a self-taught, gallery represented artist who teaches workshops nationally, advocating an intuitive process of creativity. She is currently under contract with North Light Books writing on the intuitive collage process, to be published in 2015.