Mastering the art of collage with Crystal Marie
a new series of collage focused workshops!
Master the Art of Collage
Join artist Crystal Marie, author of The Art of Expressive Collage, Techniques for creating with paper & glue for COLLAGE SCHOOL, a new series of collage focused workshops designed to help you master the art of collage.
In this full circle return to her love of all things paper, Crystal will lead participants through a series of live online workshops accompanied by a selection of her favorite previously recorded lessons relevant to each one. Each workshop is designed as a stand alone course that seamlessly flows into the next session if taken in succession.
Hybrid Mix of Live and Prerecorded Lessons
Each workshop is designed as a stand alone course that seamlessly flow into the next if taken in succession.
Live workshops are accompanied by a selection of my favorite prerecorded lessons covering related techniques to whet the appetite and get the inspiration wheels rolling..
Participants in any of the workshops in this series will be invited to join a private Facebook group for ongoing support, peer to peer connection, and a space to continue to share ideas, have fun, and encourage each other through our journeys as artists.
Workshop 1: Fodder Fever November 21st & 30th
- week 1 classroom opens on November 21st with prerecorded lessons
- week 2 Nov. 30th live online workshop
Workshop 2: Creating in a Series December 5th & 12th
- week 1 classroom opens on December 5th with prerecorded lessons
- week 2 Dec. 12th live online workshop
All live lessons hosted on Zoom will be recorded, edited, and added to the course content afterwards for continued review.
Step by Step Guidance
Workshop 1: Fodder Fever
The classroom is open with a selection of my favorite prerecorded videos covering a variety of techniques for creating collage fodder from salvaged and new materials including:
- creating image transfers on a gel plate
- the contemporary method of kneading paper known as Momigami
- creating dyes and stains from acrylic paint.
- painted surface design on salvaged materials
The live class will cover surface design, texture and more:
- Live workshop on Zoom THURSDAY November 30th, 1-4pm CST
- Expanding on and combining some of the methods I’ve used to create collage papers over the past three years
- A special emphasis on tactile and visual texture
- Deconstructing Books and other Salvaged Materials-How to see the potential in discarded items
- Introducing my own techniques, recipes, and favorite mediums for creating textures, rust stains, etc.
- Permission giving to ones inner curiosity for taking an experimental approach as we remember it is “just paper”
- Finding inspiration in the fragments and nonpermanent arrangements
- Warm up collage exercises
Creating in a Series
the classroom opens with a mix of prerecorded video lessons covering a variety of relevant topics including:
- Composition and layout
- Committing to a daily practice
- Warm up exercises
The live workshop will cover start to finish steps to creating a series of 6 or more collage works on paper:
- Live workshop on Zoom TUESDAY December 12th 1-4pm CST
- Multiple methods for how to approach working in a series
- trusting your decisions, creating a cohesive body of work
- surface design
- finishing techniques
- All live lessons hosted on Zoom will be recorded, edited, and added to the course content afterwards for continued review.
- Each of the live online lessons are 3 hours long
- PLUS ongoing support and peer to peer interaction in a private Facebook group for all Collage School Workshop participants!
Whether brand new to the art of collage or experienced artist, this series of courses is designed to take your work and confidence to the next level. Find your own unique style and voice as an artist, develop a studio practice, create works beyond what you believed you were capable of making, all in the supportive and nurturing environment of peer to peer support and mentoring.
Meet your Instructor
Crystal began her art career in 2006 selling collage art online while teaching collage & mixed media workshops at art retreats and private studios nationwide. Today she is an established artist with gallery representation in 3 cities.
Her achievements include exhibiting her work in prestigious shows such as the American Craft Expo and SOFA Chicago. Her book, The Art of Expressive Collage; Techniques for creating with paper and glue was published in 2015. Crystal was the recipient of the 2018 RAM Artist Fellowship Award from the internationally recognized Racine Art Museum, which included a solo exhibit of her work.
Here's what students and readers are saying:
"I recently discovered Ms. Neubauer's work in one of my art magazines and was immediately connected to her choice of colors, use of materials, lovely compositions, and text to explain her process. I stopped reading the mag to find her book, which I've just finished on my iPad/Kindle. Stunning. In reading her book and studying her work, I see more clarity in my own style as I continue to grow as a new mixed-media artist.
Highly recommend to those studying collage composition. I have several art books focused on abstract and on mixed media. This is now in my top 3 favorites! Will be buying the print version for my go-to library and How-To workshops."
"I had previously thought that I just don’t get collage. Since taking this class, I’m realizing that my issue is more like what Crystal discussed: Freezing and not wanting to paste down the papers. My new word is 'What if?' so I could use it to ask 'What if I were to paste down the paper in question, even without a guarantee that I will like it afterwards?' I could do this!
"Your workshops have completely transformed my art process & being able to tell MY STORY. Every artist needs to take a class from you!! You’re such an honest, generous & inspirational teacher."
"This is the most complete book on collage I've ever seen and it is extremely well presented and organized. Each chapter provides extensive information, including the presentation of many valuable and relevant techniques. The chapter on composition is one that I found especially helpful. Although it approaches the basic principles and elements of design most artists are familiar with, Ms. Neubauer takes these concepts one step further by using the actual collage pieces to provide shape, line, movement, etc. Every step in the process of creating a fine piece of collage art is presented in detail, including a section on using encaustic methods to create collage.
Though most of this brief review has been about the content of the book, I want to emphasize that it is the most inspiring of the collage books I've seen. And if I were to have only one collage book, this is definitely the book I would choose."
"I've been an admirer of Crystal's work for quite a long time and had the pleasure of attending one of her workshops last year. I tend to use art books as reference and visual inspiration and it is not often that I read one like a novel. I read Crystal's book cover to cover and loved it. She shares her process generously and in great detail and writes about the art collage with joy and passion. I put the book down and headed to my studio."
"I just want you to know how powerful the sacred space you create, is. These are life lesson that have been in the dark for a long time. You give people a boast of courage, a safe space and facilitate growth. These are rare moments of magic and I just wanted to let you know, I see you, and appreciate you."
"I'm reading the comments from your students as they do their 5-minute collage exercises and I'm reminded of how powerful you are as a teacher. All these years later, your voice still rings in my head when I'm making art. The is the true testimony of a remarkable teacher. Thank you for your generosity and talent."