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Icon.ology Sunday, August 6, 9:00 AM and
Monday, August 7, 9:00 AM and
Tuesday, August 8, 9:00 AM
Andrea Matus deMeng $435  
This workshop is 18 hours.

Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Process & Project
Prerequisite: None
Workshop Category: Collage, Mixed-Media

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There is something quite exhilarating about the artist's ability through the use of powerful imagery and symbols to take an "ordinary" image and elevate it to something "iconic".

In this project based workshop we will explore the richly layered world of mixed media collage by embracing the use of personal symbols, powerful imagery, textures and found objects that will infuse our work with an essence unlike any other. Like the magician, we will add depth, mystery and intrigue as we begin our unique journey with a simple piece of wood and end it with a masterpiece. Together, we will explore the different possibilities for preparing the wood for collage as we incorporate many new techniques, mediums and materials into our process. We will focus on using both tradition symbols and creating our own symbolic alphabet with which to weave our iconic image.

Marrying functionality with our visual narrative, as each new layer is introduced we will discuss how to use our materials to overcome challenges in composition, unify our elements, contend with our inner critic, and finally push the boundaries of collage into a new dimension, quite literally. Every perfect icon, needs a perfect frame. Using assemblage techniques we'll complete our icon with an equally spectacular frame.

Instructor Provided (for use in-class, and to share):

  • Nails, screws, bolts, etc.
  • Wire
  • Tools for attaching found objects
  • Misc. Collage Items
  • Portfolio Pastels
  • Various Mark Making tools

Student should bring:

  • Birch plywood panel cut down (3/4" thickness) (Home Depot or Lowes) or a cradled wood panel can be purchased at several art stores or online at DickBlick or Wallacks Art Supplies - the size is up to you, but remember that you'll need a frame that fits your panel as well. Standard sizes like 11"X14" should give you plenty of working area for all our techniques, be easy to frame and still fit in your suitcase.
  • A simple, plain wood frame that fits your panel size (we'll be adorning the frame with your found objects too)
  • Photocopies of faces, bring a few and have them copied onto glossy paper (NO inkjet prints please)
  • Paper, ephemera and collage items, think textures and symbols to support your story telling, consider scale
  • Paint: Acrylic paint, preferably Golden, fluid or heavy body (white, black, and any blue, red, and yellow, plus a couple more of your favorites) Some of my paint favorites: Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, and Quinacridone Crimson, Pthalo Blue, Van Dyke Brown, Green Gold, Pyrrole Red, Pthalo Turquoise
  • Paintbrushes: bring just a few in different sizes and at least one good detail brush
  • Palette (paper plates will work)
  • Water Container
  • Paper Towel and/or baby wipes
  • Golden Matte Medium - about 12 oz.
  • Golden Gel Medium (gloss) - small size
  • scissors
  • E6000 Adhesive
  • Aves Epoxy Clay
  • Found objects: think about an assortment - gears, keyholes, chains, old jewelry pieces, fabric just about anything for further embellishing your icon and frame.


  • Gold Leaf kit (I'll be demonstrating three different gold leaf techniques, bring a gold leaf kit, if you think you'll be inspired to gild your icon).

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site store when you arrive at AU, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

Email your order to: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
call: 602-956-0189

Questions: amatusart@gmail.com
Website: www.andreamatus.com