Morning: Puzzling Constructs: Solving Assemblages led by Sunni Mercer.
This class will involve building an assemblage from found materials. Techniques for assemblage will be taught, and examples of how to apply images and other materials will be demonstrated. Participants will have opportunities to work independently, broker and/or collaborate with others in the group to develop the best solutions for their ideas.
Each camper is encouraged to bring a set of small pliers for working with wire, a small wire cutter, a small hammer.
About the Guest Artist: I am an assemblage sculptor. I am a maker of sight poems, and my work embraces the concept of redemption. This in part is accomplished through the use of found distressed materials. I consider the borrowed history and intrinsic beauty of each cast-off. Through my assemblage process I reclaim and redeem seemingly useless objects. Each completed artwork is imbued with new meaning, and purpose, while anchored to the mystery and depth of another time and place.
Afternoon: Plants to Ink to Paper led by Heather Clark Hilliard.
Together we will work with an assortment of flowers, roots, barks and nuts to create a natural palette of inks for watercolor painting on paper. Students will learn the fundamental principles of extracting and stabilizing colorants from plant materials to make custom botanical inks while discovering the mystery and intrigue hidden from sight in plants. Please bring an apron and it’s optional to bring a small handful of flowers and some favorite papers for experimenting.
About the Guest Artist: Heather Clark Hilliard is a multi-disciplinary artist exploring the versatile world of conceptual fiber and site responsive installations. Hilliard’s solo exhibitions include the Oklahoma State Capitol, Oklahoma City University, MainSite Contemporary and her artist-in-residence exhibition at 108 Contemporary in 2013. Her work has been in dozens of regional and national exhibitions in ten states including Amarillo Museum of Art’s Biennial 600: Sculpture and Focus Fiber 2016 at Kent State University Museum. In 2016 she was awarded a Concept Focus Artist Project Grant, an artist residency at Wildacres in the Blue Ridge Mountains and an upcoming residency at Lanesboro Arts in Minnesota. Her work has been published in Art Focus Magazine and Surface Design Journal and can be seen on her website heatherclarkhilliard.com.
Campers are encouraged to bring the following materials, if available:
Small handful of fresh flowers
Favorite papers for experimenting with natural inks