Andrea Matus deMeng, Instructor
Dates: Thursday, August 11th – Sunday, August 14th, 2022 (9am-4pm)
In our new approach to this now classic art form we are going to spend four glorious days collaging and winding botanicals and whiplash curves around a central figure. We’ll focus on creating rich layered backgrounds, color mixing, transparent glazes, mesmerizing collage constructs, and adding the perfect accents with an assortment of mixed media materials. I will walk you through the process of creating your own nouveau inspired stencil, creating botanical shapes and undulating curves with the use of several tools to simplify the process and introduce you to some stunningly creative uses for paint skins. We’ll honour the old traditions and pay homage to Klimt with our skillful use of gold leaf, but we’ll bring this art form into the the 21st century marrying strong geometrics and modern motifs with graceful curves and transform the entire canvas with our use of paint.
Instructor Bio: Andrea Matus deMeng is a combined media artist living in Vancouver BC who exhibits as well as teaches her unique combination of painting, collage, assemblage and sculpture throughout the world. In her art, Andrea creates powerful portraits skillfully combining colour, symbolism and ornamentation. Each motif is a transport to a different time and place, and through the process unrelated and discordant shapes and designs are manipulated to find balance and harmony where at first there seems none. Her passions and strong feminine aesthetic can be seen in all of her endeavours. The improvisational nature of collage coupled with the very deliberate method of painting creates a balance of spontaneity and premeditation in her work. Inspired by her extensive travels, a unique personal history and too many artistic influences to list, Andrea hopes to inspire others to live their creative lives and pursue their dreams of transformation.