Here is an opportunity to focus on the visual strengths of collage – color, shape, edge, scale, composition and tonal rhythms – as moveable parts giving life to a unified whole. Working with cut and torn painted paper, participants will explore a rigorous, adventurous and spirited approach to collage as a way of interpreting the observed world. Mining the wide-ranging, versatile and inclusive possibilities of the medium is encouraged. Photographs and immediate surroundings will serve as points of departure, while remaining open to revelations of process. Basics of technique are presented in a simple way, allowing personal preferences and room for experimentation and control. Small studies, completed in a half-day or less, explore both the abstract and representational. Two longer-term and more fully developed collages build on each participant’s strengths. Critiques/feedback will be ongoing, one-on-one. A group critique will take place on the final day of the workshop. Open to all levels of experience. Acrylic paint and adhesives are recommended. Paper is used as the surface support. Supply list provides specifics and options.
About the Workshop
About Meredith Fife-Day
Meredith Fife Day has worked with collage for 15 years in tandem with her longtime commitment to painting. She has exhibited for more than three decades, including most recently at Soprafina Gallery in Boston and Warm Springs Gallery in Virginia. She has also shown her work at Kimball Union Academy, Wheaton College and Peterborough Fine Art. Her paintings have been selected for numerous invitational shows and national competitions.She has had solo exhibitions at Pine Manor College, Emmanuel College, Whistler House Museum of Art, and Middlesex Community College, where she teaches painting. Day has been awarded fellowships at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Va., and Auvillar, France, and Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, N.Y. She earned an MFA degree from Boston University after receiving BA and MFA degrees from Louisiana State University in her native Baton Rouge. Day has taught at the universities she attended, as well as at Southwest Missouri University. She is an advocate, consultant, teacher and volunteer for children’s educational programs in the visual arts. meredithfifeday.com
July 23-29, 2017
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