An opportunity to make collages in collaboration and in community
Each participant will be asked to bring twelve collage items to share with the group. Examples would be twelve pieces of paper cut from a larger sheet of paper, twelve postcards, twelve images cut from other sources, twelve piece of a discarded print or painting from your discard stack.
You could, for instance, take three 9 x 12 watercolor paintings you’ve made that didn’t fully satisfy, and cut them into quarters. Or pieces of drawings from your sketchbooks…or things you found at the recycling center. So many ideas!
There is no size requirement but paper that is between 4×4 and 12×12 is a nice guideline. Erin will give demonstrations on composition, gluing, ways to select and combine papers, and ideas for further work.
Through the process of using unexpected materials, we will learn new things about composition and color and having many chances to share and connect with each other.
Please bring a pair of scissors and at least twelve collage items to share with the group – these don’t need to be identical but should be of roughly equivalent size, subject or color. Can be any size but should be ideally between 4×4 (minimum) and 12×12 (maximum). Paper that can be cut with scissors is preferred. You are welcome to bring more!
ADDITIONAL COLLAGE MATERIALS (optional)
Pencil, pens, or other art materials to add line or color (optional) Glue of your choice (some examples: ModPodge, Yes! Paste, Nori Paste, PVA glue) Paper or panels to work on – any size you’d like to try
Workshop time, 2.5 hours. Class limited to 11 students.
Erin McCluskey Wheeler is a painter, collagist, writer, curator, and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Erin works in many series at once and across disciplines in painting, collage, works on paper, prints, and poetry. There is always a careful attention to placement, selection, and adjacency in both her writing and her visual art. Each medium with its different qualities, allows Erin to explore ideas about memory, language, color, and place, while retaining a unified voice that reflects on the power of color and connection.
Erin has a BA in studio art and art history from Beloit College, and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Erin is a faculty member of the 92nd Y School of the Arts in New York City and a studio facilitator at NIAD Art Center, a progressive art studio for disabled adults. With other nonprofits and art centers, Erin teaches collage and mixed media classes and workshops throughout the Bay Area. Erin’s work is held in international collections and she has shown extensively in galleries across the country. Erin’s artwork is licensed and sold through West Elm, Minted, Target, and Samsung. She has won multiple awards for her visual art and poetry including the top prize for poetry from Northwind Arts and she was selected to be the 2022 World Collage Day Poster and Cover Artist for Kolaj Magazine. With funding from the Orange County Art Commission in North Carolina, Erin and her artistic collaborators have presented iterations of a free public collage project – The Collage Stop – for three years running. Erin has been an Artist in Residence with the City of El Cerrito, the City of Walnut Creek.