“I believe material and medium always carry meaning. There is meaning in the circumstances the work was produced. There is meaning in the history of the medium and material. There is meaning in the decisions I make through my work process. There is meaning in whether I choose to hang a canvas on the wall, or place it on the floor, and step into/onto the pictorial surface while creating a painting. There is meaning in whether I frame the work, or exhibit it unprotected, vulnerable and raw. There is meaning in which image, artefact from the Altes Museum in Berlin is burned into my memory, or perhaps forgotten, and later revisited, reinterpreted through drawing and painting. There is meaning in my choice of color, palette, graphite, or charcoal, even when it sometimes seems arbitrary. Even when this meaning is not always known to me.” – Anita Kroo
Ink rollers, glue, scissors and paint: yes these tools can be used to create drawings! This workshop takes a process-based approach to drawing; expanding its definition to anything that can be done to a piece of paper. During hands-on exercises you will learn how to combine different mediums within one composition.
Techniques such as: collage, monoprint, frottage, as well as a mix of wet and dry mediums such as ink, charcoal and pastel, will be introduced through specific guided exercises during each class.
We will discuss movements and artist from who focused on collage and mixed media drawing as their primary visual expression, from the early 20th Century up to contemporary. This approach to image making includes free association, randomness and chance and a fascination with the subconscious. We will embrace this approach by looking at artist that use these tools for more personal ends, bringing notions of self-expressionand subjectivity into the picture.
Anita Kroo is a contemporary mixed media artist and she will draw from her own studio practice while teaching this workshop. Her direct approach to drawing has been earned through years of experience; but she is ready to share her process with you! Scroll down for more information about Anita.
I believe material and medium always carry meaning. There is meaning in my choice of color, palette, graphite, or charcoal, even when it sometimes seems arbitrary. Even when this meaning is not always known to me. – Anita Kroo