Artful Fridays - January



Fridays: January 7, 14, 21 and 28

(Taught Online via Zoom - Classes Are Recorded)


2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Eastern DaylightTime



"Artful Fridays January: Inspired Collages"

AGreat, CreativeWay to End Your Week

This month takes a look at being inspired to create your work.If you've ever hit a creative block, you know it requires "getting back on the horse" or more easily put, just starting again with a new project. But sometimes that's easier said than done. Sometimes what you need is a bit of inspiration.


In "Artful Fridays January: Inspired Collages" we're going to look at the work of some of the great collage artists including Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Cornell and Robert Kushner, and create a project inspired by one of these amazing artists.


Each week we'll learn about and become more familiar with the work of one of these art giants and allow their genius to be a catalyst while we create our own art and put our own spin and touch on each project.


What Can IExpect?

To take time for yourself. To create works of art, oftentimes using collage but not limited to collage. To expand your creative skills. To hang out with other creative individuals in a casual, online environment. And to have fun!

So come join us for four weekly sessions where we'll focus on a variety of creative projects. Each session is hands-on, interactive and project based. We'll create collage works using a variety of techniques and concepts. Some of the projects will consist of collage only, others will utilize other techniques like painting and mark making.



January Materials List

NOTE: Most of the materials you'll already have around your house or studio: heavy paper for the basis of your work, magazine images, colored or painted papers, found papers, acrylic paints, pens, pencils, markers, a collage adhesive (I use GOLDEN Soft Gel Gloss and glue sticks), scrapbooking materials, etc.

Here is the Materials List:

– Surfaces on which to create your work (two options.) During the January classes, you have the option of creating your collage works in a journal format (which could be a bound book or a loose-leaf format) or as individual full-size works. If you're going to make individual, full-size works, you'll need:

A. Two heavy paper substrates in size of your choosing. It could be mixed media paper, watercolor paper, mat board, etc.

B.One piece of corrugated cardboard large enough to use as a substrate

C. One cradle board in a size of your choosing. It could be 8" x 8", 12" x 12", 12" x 18", etc. We will use the cradle board during Class Week 4.

– Collage Adhesive. It could be acrylic gel, acrylic medium, glue stick, white glue, etc.

– Acrylic paints in colors you like

– Plain printer paper to make painted papers for collage if you don't have any in your stash

– Miscellaneous collage element materials: Painted paper, junk mail, magazines, catalogs, take out menus, old greeting cards, sheet music, old books, brown paper bag, used postage stamps, food packaging, stickers, etc.

– Scissors and/or X-Acto knife

– Cutting mat if you have one

– Optional: Markers, graphite pencils, colored pencils



How Do I Get the Zoom Link?

Prior to the firstclass, I'll send you an email that contains the Zoom link. You'll use the same Zoom link and password for all four sessions.



What If I Have a Schedule Conflict?

Not to worry. All of the Zoom sessions as well as demonstrations are recorded. You'll receive an email after each session withlinks to the recordings. So you can watch the videos at a convenient time.


How Much Do the Classes Cost?

The registration fee for January (four 2-1/2 hour sessions) is $150.


How Do I Register?

Simply click on the PayPal button below. You can register using your PayPal account or your credit card. It's that easy!




What Students are Saying ...

"I’d always been interested in collage but could seldom find classes. I first heard about Tom’s class in February 2021. I signed up and was very nervous, and a bit intimidated, as I had little to no background in art. Tom put me at ease immediately. He has a very relaxed, supportive, and encouraging teaching style. His classes are diverse and cover a range of creative techniques. It’s a great mix of learning about a style/artist/technique with short demos, and then plenty of hands on art making. Tom also makes himself available for input and questions outside of class. His classes are my favorite part of the week. Christy D. – West Hartford, CT


"Taking Tom's classes was the highlight of my 2021. I enrolled in two of his classes throughout the year. With each class I was inspired to work beyond what I had known before and then, like a dog by the bowl, wait for the next class for more. With each class Tom taught a myriad of techniques and tips. As a teacher and facilitator, he is exceptional. His classes are packed with useful information - even for someone like me who already had a fair amount of knowledge.

Tom is a delightful, warm and caring person. All of this comes through when he shares all that he can in every class. And if that's not enough, he attracts wonderful people too! His students are so supportive and inviting; I think he brings out the best in us.” Cyndi H. - Vancouver, BC


I hope you'll be ableto join us. You'llbe glad you did!

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