Creative Dive Workshops Series I: Deconstructing, Reconstructing, and Pattern with Rebecca Meredith

Sundays: June 17, July 8, 22 and 29

Time: 10:15 am – 1 pm

Sunday Brunch and Creative Stretch

$45 per session (materials provided)

There’s no reason to be alone while you make.  Be in the moment, share your observations of your environment, of your own process, and learn by doing.  A social and positive attitude towards exploration, without concern for failure is a contagious recipe for satisfaction and enjoyment.  Consider what’s possible if let yourself play.

In Creative Dive workshops, we experiment with a variety of media in order to allow the innocence and unimpaired enthusiasm of the novice. We play and explore in a social and supportive context.

Workshop participants will get a 10% discount on any purchase made in the gallery on the day of the workshop.

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About Rebecca Meredith: 

Rebecca Meredith’s art and illustration resides in private collections around the world, and diverse categories of publication including literary fiction, scientific illustration, children’s fiction and nonfiction, brand identity logos and editorial journalism.  Recent honors include merit of honor and collection by the Triton Museum of Art and award of Top Ten Artists in the San Francisco Bay Area by ProArts Oakland. 

Illustrative Collage

Sunday June 17, 10:15 am – 1 pm

$45  per session (materials provided)

Mediums: Hand stitched Fabric and Acrylic Paint (Provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own collection which may best reflect your own preferences)

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I See Pattern Everywhere  

Sunday July 8, 10:15 am – 1 pm

$45  per session (materials provided)

Replacing the representational eye with pattern mixing. Mediums: Collage and Interactive (rewettable) Acrylics on unstretched canvas.

Workshop participants will get a 10% discount on any purchase made in the gallery on the day of the workshop.

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Deconstructing and Reconstructing Jewelry

Sunday July 22, 10:15 am – 1 pm

$45  per session (materials provided)

Lost an earring and left with a lone ranger? Received a jewelry gift that isn’t quite right but has some usable parts? We will reinvent, using your odds and ends, beads, wire, chain and odds and ends provided to make exciting new out of the unused old.

Teacher provides many materials BUT its a good opportunity for you to go through yours odds and ends in the jewelry box and do some weeding and spring cleaning for potentially usable parts. Reuse and Recycle!

Workshop participants will get a 10% discount on any purchase made in the gallery on the day of the workshop.

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Parade Creative Workbook

Sunday July 29, 10:15 am – 1 pm

$45  per session (materials provided)

PARADE: People In Progress shows a moving walkway of characters parading across the page.  Viewers are invited to draw in their books, adding context, expression, and invention through hands-on participation in the creative process. Parade uses surprise and accident to trigger creative participation and wonder. The open-ended drawings, surrounded by white space, trigger participants to “fill in the blanks” working with color, pattern, texture, and interpolated narrative.  Parade is a place to try out ideas, experiment, and play.  Participants find a story, feel the shapes, let their hand do the thinking, and take a fresh page when they need a fresh breath.

Break out your markers, crayons, and anything that can make a line and dive into a page of Parade: people in progress—where ambiguous characters, who live on blank pages, invite you to invent their moment, their story, and their world.  Rebecca Meredith’s whimsical drawings create a closed system of pictorial language within which transformation and emotional expression occurs through iteration of line and color combination. Proving the visceral power of abstract shapes and colors to communicate emotion, movement and narrative, Meredith includes the viewers visual and written narratives of the drawings in the work by building a call and response format into the exhibition format of her work.

During the workshop, participants will chose from a selection of pages from Parade, and a selection of a dozen different mediums to draw on.  There is also a “share” pile in which participants can  continue each other’s drawings when they’ve come to a stopping point, and want to see where the next artist takes the page.  Completed drawings will be displayed on a standing wall, and artists and viewers are invited to write out the narrative on a separate tag to the piece.

Materials fee provides graphic shading pencils set, mechanical pencils of different softness, multiple marker sets, different widths and tips of black markers (chisel, round,brush tip, .1 mm, etc), colored pens, and colored pencils.  Each workshop uses one book, which sells wholesale for $50 (165 pages on high quality 140lb paper) from which pages will be spliced for use.

Workshop participants will get a 10% discount on any purchase made in the gallery on the day of the workshop.

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