Color, Light, Line, and Texture Hands-on Workshop 2018

With Denise Fleming and Ashley Wolff

April 26 - 29, 2018

A weekend of media exploration, excitement, and just plain fun!

NO previous art experience required! Everyone is welcome: teachers, librarians, writers, artists, and art lovers!

Using unusual materials such as toothpaste, lotion, curtain panels, and special papers, we will create sun prints, simple silk screens, batik, pastel stencils, wax resist, negative paintings, and poured watercolors. We will work small, so everyone can complete a piece in each technique. We will discuss how these techniques can be used in book illustration along with a brief overview of book design.

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Preliminary schedule:

Color, Light, Line and Texture 2017

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Thursday evening 
Skype visit from surprise visitor
Prepare canvas for PAINT IT FORWARD

Friday morning 
CHANNELING LUCY COUSINS – illustration style – Ashley
We’ll force ourselves to leave picky detail in the dust by grabbing a full brush of black gouache and painting our own designs Lucy Cousins (Maisy) style. By adding vibrant solids and simple patterns along with whimsical collage elements, we’ll bring our characters to life.

Friday afternoon 
PULP FICTION – paper making – Denise
Tiny threads of colored fiber floating in water, poured on a screen create a picture and piece of paper at the same time. Paper making magic!

Friday evening 
YOUR FUTURE TELLS OF PASTELS – Suzanne – hands-on
Pastels that glide like lipstick across a textured page yield brilliant stripes and subtle blends. Control or abandon? It’s up to you.

Saturday morning Saturday afternoon 
PAINT IT FORWARD – Denise – painting technique
Paint It Forward – drizzle colored inks on a canvas. Watch the colors run and merge. See what image you can find. Then paint that image forward. Spooky!

Saturday evening 
Skype visit from surprise visitor
CHARACTER CUT UP – collage/drawing technique
Arrange and collage a collection of cut out noses, ears, hair, mouths, eyes, hands etc. to create a one of a kind character. A hoot! If you could bring a clothing catalog, people magazine, or fashion magazine that would be great but not necessary.

Sunday morning
Critique and sharing

 

“Ashley & Denise are a wonderful team & I would love to attend another workshop with both of them. The balance between studio work/explanation during the day & the talks at night was just right.”—2016 attendee

“I loved this workshop exploring a variety of techniques.”

About the Leaders

Denise Fleming

Denise Fleming

Denise Fleming is the author/illustrator of many award-winning picture books. Fleming’s books are created in her signature style of pulp painting—a paper making technique. Often the art is embellished with decorative papers, pastels, or copy transfer. Her work has received many awards, including a Boston Globe Hornbook honor, a Caldecott Honor, and the Silver Medal […]

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Ashley-Wolff

Ashley Wolff

Ashley Wolff has been a visual artist since she declared herself one at the age of five. She grew up in Middlebury, Vermont, and holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Ashley is the author and/or illustrator of over sixty children’s picture books, including Baby Bear Sees Blue, Stella and Roy Go Camping, Baby […]

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