ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
In the Artful Use Of What’s At Hand workshop students will explore the techniques and materials bricoleur (bricolage artist) Polly M. Law uses to make her signature “paper dolls”. Her techniques combine art and craft, combining the two disciplines to create unique textures, vibrant color work, and poetic form. Every detail, from color choices, means of attachment of the elements, pattern becoming texture, to gesture and costume, all come into play as she creates this new way of expressing the figure. Her work is deeply rooted in myth, symbolic gesture and motif, yet retains a certain playfulness as it must as it is rooted on the principle of bricolage- “the artful use of what’s at hand.”
The participants will explore color interactions, embellishment techniques, attachment techniques, how figures articulate, and how gesture conveys meaning. There is a certain playfulness inherent in the process and participants will be encouraged to not only learn but enjoy the processes and express themselves through their work.
Each participant will be provided with figure templates, the figure pieces will be cut out of illustration board, painted, embellished and then articulated using one of several modes of attachment. We will also be incorporating found natural elements, if they are available. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have a fully assembled figure and a background. These techniques and skills acquired can be applied to other formats and media outside of the workshop.
Hand strength and dexterity are necessary. We will be using sharp craft knives. Paints and some tools will be provided. Figure drawing skills are always useful but are not required.
Suitable for all levels, no experience necessary! Ages 12+
August 21–22, 2020; Friday–Saturday, 9 AM–4 PM
$265 ($250 tuition + $15 lab fee)
In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits in the painting studios. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or scents of any kind. Learn more.
Means Of Attachment II Patchogue Arts, Patchogue, NY; August-September, 2019
Means Of Attachment HERE Arts Center; Nov. 6, 2016- Jan 11, 2017; New York, NY; Albert Shahinian Fine Art; March 28-May 31, 2015; Rhinebeck, NY; Julie Heller Gallery, June 2015; Provincetown, MA
Works in 3 Series Julio Valdez Project Space; March 23-April 20, 2014; NY, NY
The Word Project: Odd & Obscure Words- Illustrated Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties, NY; November-December 2013; Julie Heller Gallery, September 2013, Provincetown, MA
Ritual Gestures Performed at the Appointed Hour June 2012; Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Woodstock, NY
The Word Project: Odd & Obscure Words- Illustrated 2010; Hudson Beach Glass Gallery, Beacon, NY
Those with special needs and/or requests may email the registrar.
Please note that for workshops lasting all day there is a one-hour break from twelve noon to one PM. Students are invited to bring lunch and eat at the school or may go to any of the local dining establishments. The school does not provide lunch or refreshments.