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BREAKOUT SESSION AT WSO -- FALL 2024

Play with new ideas in this "out of the box" breakout session in which you learn how to give new life to old and/or unfinished paintings, or build a new narrative in an existing painting by weaving elements of other paintings and papers into them. Make something extraordinary! This session begins with an overview of methods used by other artists who use weaving in their work. There will be visuals and hands-on samples to inspire you. In the samples, we will examine various alternative techniques including tight and loose weaves; full and partial weaves; and regular, irregular, and novel weaves. After this, there will be a step-by-step demonstration on the basics of planning, cutting, weaving, and securing. You will see two paintings on the same subject matter woven together into a more complex and successful painting that has a modern feel and is more abstract and engaging. Following this, you will have several choices for a project of your own based on the materials you bring along. The instructor will share thoughts on the best strategies to use based on your artwork. You will get help from the instructor in this interactive and hands-on session and, time-allowing, individual consultations along the way. We’ll share our work at the end. You will find the process of weaving paintings mentally stimulating and completely addictive. Limit 14 people. In preparation for this interactive, hands-on session, bring two quarter-sheet watercolor paintings to combine. Be sure these paintings share a similar color palette. 

Awrahtz.SucculentWeave.jpg
Awrahtz.AbstractWeave.jpg
Awrahtz.WovenPortrait.jpg
KevinsLandscape.jpg
NolasPears.jpg
Awrahtz.StilllifeWeave.jpg
AngelaWrahtz.PlayfulDaffodilsforND.jpg
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THE ART OF WOVEN PAINTINGS -- HOW TO CREATE ARTWORK FROM PAINTINGS & PAPER

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Old or unfinished paintings, sketches, and photographs in the size range of 8 x 10 or 11 x 15. We don't want to work too small or too large to start with. By the end of the series, you can bring bigger artwork to weave. Bring A LOT! As in 8-10 or 20 or more! You won’t use all of them in the class but having choices about which ones to combine is what we want to start with. The colors in the paintings are your palette--you are painting with “prepared paper.”

  • Regarding your artwork, watercolors, colored pencil, and/or graphite, are best. Oil and canvas are not recommended.

  • Remember, you will be slicing up the artwork so you are best served to be in the mindset of "this is an experiment" and prepare that the results may not be a masterpiece the first time you do it. Your brain will be tickled, and you'll do more and the results will get better and better.

  • Only bring art you are prepared to sacrifice for the cause!

  • For the second class, you will want to have two paintings of the same thing based on the same drawing. To aid our process, we will create those in the first class with a simple watercolor project, so bring your painting supplies (colors, an assortment of brushes, a water container, 2 pieces of paper that are 11 x 15, and an old towel.) If you prefer colored pencils or markers, that can work too. 

  • If you have interesting papers at home from other crafting projects you've done, bring them. Only bring what you are willing to cut to pieces. 

  • Additionally, you will need sharp scissors,

  • pencil and eraser,

  • artist tape (white) or if you need a more budget-friendly option blue painter's tape works.

  • A ruler and

  • A utility knife with a sharp blade or an Xacto knife.

  • A surface to cut on, like a Masonite board or crafter's board that is knife friendly. 

 

INSTRUCTOR WILL BRING:

  • Copies of Inspiration piece for mini-painting project in first class.

  • Samples of weavings to inspire you from her collection of woven art.

  • A guillotine-style paper cutter for chopping. 

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