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Abstract Collage: How to Create a Visual Language with Altered Materials. With Laura Raborn.

Oct 27, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Per our building-wide COVID policy, MASKS will be required at this workshop.
*Please note that for larger events at the Center, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test are required for entry. Read more HERE.

In the first half of the day, we will experiment with mark making tools for decorating and altering various types of paper to use as collage elements. Because we are playing with papers, and not focused an a “perfect” piece of art, the morning activities are very freeing and playful. We will test out inks, colored pencil, oil pastels, charcoal, ball point pens, markers, pencils, stains, stencils, stamps, tea bags, coffee grinds, olive oil, acrylic paints…all kinds of wet and dry media.

In the afternoon, we will take our altered papers, and arrange the pieces in a variety of abstract collages. Finally, we will discuss which arrangements work best and why, allowing each student to leave with finished pieces of art and an understanding of how to compose collage in a visually pleasing way. This class is for all levels.

MATERIALS:  Laura will provide all materials needed, including much of the following list, but if students are interested in bringing some personal favorites, here are some useful ideas: scissors, spray paint, inks, stains, newspaper articles, music sheets, old documents, old book pages, maps, receipts, magazine images, tissue paper, black and white photocopies.

$150 includes materials REGISTER HERE


Instructor Bio: 

Laura Raborn’s paintings have been exhibited in Arkansas, the U.S. and the Bahamas and are in multiple collections such as the CARTI Collection, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Bill and Hillary Clinton private collection. Her work has earned numerous awards and she has a thriving portrait commission business, one of which was presented to the former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Beebe. An interview about her most recent work can be found at https://www.arkansasartscene.com/home/interview-with-artist-laura-raborn.


Her Little Rock studio is open for appointments and her paintings can be viewed at www.laurarabornart.com or by visiting Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock, AR, Justus Fine Art in Hot Springs, AR and Princess Street Gallery on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. To see process videos, interviews, studio shots and the most recent work, follow Laura on Instagram @lauraraborart.


Teaching Philosophy:

“I believe all people are able to learn how to use art materials in a successful way. For example, people who consider themselves to be “bad drawers” can often out perform a skilled or trained drawer when it comes to provocative, spontaneous line on a surface. In art making, there is something for everyone and being a teacher, particularly of a wide variety of methods and materials, allows me to help students find rewarding results and confidence.


The outcomes I expect when teaching are straightforward: for students to come away with new skills, for students to believe the workshop is worth their time, and to elevate each student’s view of their own value and ability as an artist.


Oct 27, 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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