Experience an in-depth exploration of collage – it might not be the Loving Hands at Home craft you think it is! We will look at its history, how it has been used, who has disparaged it, and how contemporary artists are using it today. Learn some basic ways to combine flat and maybe not so flat materials. Fun challenges to stretch your creative mind.
It would be good to start a box of materials you can draw inspiration from. These can be photos you or someone else have taken, images from magazines, or books. It can be snippets of a paper bag, wrapping paper, or old journals. Parts of text, graphics, or a favorite quote. You may add bits of fabric, ribbon, or other scraps to use in your collages. When you head to the recycling bin, are out for a walk, or looking through your junk drawer consider what might be of use or inspiration.
Bring a few surfaces to work on. They can be cardboard, paper, or anything with enough strength to work on. Also bring an Elmer’s repositionable glue stick along with sharp scissors or a retractable cutting blade. There are some self-healing cutting mats in the studio but if you have your own, please bring it.
Instructor / Artist
Melisse Herman works with themes of Absence and Presence, compelling a dialogue in which the viewer draws their own meaning from each work – engaging with what is first unseen, then subtly visible, and finally clear. Melisse graduated with distinction from California College of the Arts, and received her MFA with honors in painting and drawing from Mills College. She has exhibited on both the East and West Coasts and has featured in a number of significant collections, including the Chevron Corporation and the United States Embassy in Hong Kong. She helped to compose a young adult novel, and has taught at both California College of the Arts and Mills College as well as other institutions for over 35 years.
When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.
The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.
Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.
Date: Tuesdays, June 27 – August 8
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Total Sessions: 6
Instructor: Melisse Herman
Location: Room 208 Print Studio
Ages: Adult, 18+
Skill Level: Beginning
Sliding Scale: $135 / $220 / $320
Financial aid available