Class: Exploring Collage and Traditional Media @ The White House on the Hill, Rountop, TX
From Pablo Picasso to Robert Rauschenberg, collage has presented as a defining moment in the art world since the start of the twentieth century. Since then, collage has moved beyond paper-on-paper assemblage to encompass a vast exploration of mixed media. Join artists Michael Dowling and Annie decamp for a three-day exploration of collage and the evolution of collage mixing with traditional art. We will begin with a deep dive into found image collage to build inspiration and personal narratives for further work, then build into individual approaches using collage as a base. The collage work we create can result in several outcomes, from simple finished collage images to collage used as a base of painting or other approaches, or even inspiration for entirely new pieces.
Dowling and Decamp are pleased to bring this course to Roundtop for a three-day adventure in mixed media! This course serves artists who want to expand their use of media or take more risks in their work, as well as the novice or someone looking for a weekend get-away to explore art and enjoy the social aspects of Roundtop. We will set up a meet and greet for those who can make it at Prost in Roundtop from 5pm - 7pm on Friday, June 10th. More information will be provided to students.
The White House on the Hill is a very special venue for us to teach out of. To learn more about this beautiful location and its art barn as well as lodging optioins, please visit https://www.thewhitehouseonthehill.com/
Several rooms are available at The White House on the Hill as an extension of this course for those coming out of town. Please email me for details on rooms an amenities. Cost per room is $100-$250 per night. We have rented the entire location for the weekend.
Overview and Schedule:
In this course, instruction will include a variety collage approaches as well as charcoal, oil painting, digital collage and encaustic painting. No prior art experience is necessary and supplies are included. Should you have work or found images you would like to bring with you, we encourage that. Both individual time with instructors and group time will be used to review and critique work in order to steer each student toward their personal goals.
In many respects, this course naturally takes an organic form. Much like the way collage is an experimental effort, the course often time meanders in order to give space for free form exploration. However, by the end of the course, each student will walk away with a finished piece of art, and should be prepared to build on the processes and concepts of this work.
10:00am - 10:30am - Meet and greet
10:30am - 12:30pm – Deep dive into imagery as subject matter
12:30am - 1:30pm – Collage idea review, oil demo
1:30-2:00 – Student review and discussion
10am - 11:00 am – Examples of collage, substrates and materials
11:00am - 12:30pm - Collage continued – finding new imagery
12:30pm - 1:00pm – digital collage demo
1:00pm - 2:00pm – assemblage
10:00am - 10:30am - encaustic demo
10:30 - 12:00pm – assemblage with personal instruction and critique
12:00pm - 1:00pm – Work review
1:00pm - 2:00pm – wind down over wine
Annie Decamp is a Denver-based artist and began mixed media painting and digital art after a 15-year career as a jewelry designer. She has taught courses in mixed media and has drawn particular attention from artists looking to learn the art of encaustic painting. She currently teaches art at the high-school level through Valor Christian’s conservatory program in Denver. Decamp is also a certified Bikram style yoga instructor having practiced the Bikram style for over 13 years. She curates and directs Yard Art Contemporary in Denver and TrueWest Contemporary in Aspen, Colorado.
Annie’s work is considered an odd and successful combination of digitally manipulated found imagery, traditional oil painting and encaustic. The mix of the approaches allows her to be very adventurous in exploring images as stories and allows for abstracted moments to become part of the conversation within the work. Her encaustic work is uniquely figurative – a rare use of this medium. With all of her works she explores Western History and humanity at many levels.
Michael Dowling is also a Denver-based artist and has taught traditional painting and drawing for over a decade, including at the Art Student’s League Denver where he regularly teaches a Contemporary Drawing as Art Practice course. Michael also teaches figure drawing for the Curtis Arts Center and offers a college and professional level seminar on creating a business around the art practice, as well as being the founder and co-director of BRDG Project and of TrueWest.
Michael’s work has been characterized as a combination of traditional practices in realism and his explorations of mark, pattern, and color to disrupt that reality. In many compositions, figures presented as portrait, morph into their surreal self, and lone objects tell stories through their subtle positioning. These objects and characters sit in bizarre spaces with intentionally disrupted atmospheres in order to find further meaning within the imagery.
Decamp and Dowling co-founded Yard Art Contemporary, a contemporary art event that has gained success in neighborhoods throughout Denver. Now it its third year, the show is expanding and building a partnership with Clayton Hotel and its private member club – to build on its efforts to bring community, diversity, inclusion and the arts to its program. This includes initiatives to take in and guide young artists, providing them with an introduction to understanding strategies for showing and introducing their work through public events.
Both artists also launched a program they call their 360 project in January of 2022, whereby they are making a certain number of works in this year that they sell for $360. Dowling is offering 360 pieces while Decamp will make 180. Collectors pick an available date on the calendar and what each artist paints that day is theirs for $360. Subject matter can be requested. Both artists are able to explore their work in a way that is collaborative with their collectors and at the same time allows freedom for their more significant works to be more challenging and exploratory.