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Symbolic Icons
Anahata Katkin

Class Description

Using collage & mixed media we will create two dynamic & personal Icons. Each artist will draw freely from their own Symbolic Alphabet as they work to create new characters that will be both symbolic and spontaneous. We will cover collage and composition techniques, suggestive support with new materials & ideas as well as outline creative principals throughout the day. Each artist will emerge with two frameable, print-sized, mixed media Icons and a fresh perspective.
This workshop is perfect for all types and levels of Mixed Media artists. For more pictures of this workshop visit www.anahataart.com.

Students Should Bring:

  • 2 canvas artist boards (like the cheapy ones at Micheals) roughly 11X14 (or larger) inches.
  • a lilĂ­ bit O white gesso
  • Clear Acrylic Gel Medium, (*I prefer gloss from either Danielle Smith or Golden)
  • mixed sized brushes
  • a rag
  • 2 garbage bags
  • scissors
  • A pizza cutter the wooden handled ones with an open wheel work best.
  • black charcoal (*Get the pressed kind in square sticks)
  • A couple of colored inks (*I prefer Dr. Ph Martins Bombay Colors -they are bright and translucent)
  • Good acrylic paints and/ or Watercolors- current color favorites are fine
  • Uniball White Signo Pen (*I have them on my website)
  • Black writing pens like Uniballs etc.
The following will help to enrich your experience. The sooner you prepare your goodies the better you will feel when you arrive. This list is open to interpretation:
Each Icon will revolve around central images that you will create. I definitely do not want you to pre-plan your pieces but start thinking about faces and expressions. If you have favorite new or old photos you love bring color copies of them in various sizes.
You may also want to do this with favorite things like, birds, hands, hats, name tags, flowers, labels, animals, crowns etc. Bring any collage elements that have circular patterns, central focal points, or cool lines, textures or patterns. Maps, Chinese papers, old books- you get the drift. Simple stamps like alphabets, stars & circles- not the fancy kind. Happy Hunting!!
If you have any questions please email me: InspirationEngine@yahoo.com

Artist Bio

Anahata Katkin is a mixed media artist whose signature-style artwork is the backbone of the creative arts company, PaPaYa! Perhaps most well known for her line of internationally celebrated greeting cards. She applies basic materials and methods with along with a heap of impulses to create her mixed media artwork. Her theory is simple: "As artists we have the rare opportunity or rather shortcut to enhance our lives with just one smudge, one snippet, one symbol, or color, one page at a time. By following one impulse to another the creative process unfolds."

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