Andrea Matus deMeng - Dream Punk

Class Description and Supply List

Andrea Class

Thursday and Friday -March 19-20, 2015,

9:30 a.m. – 5:00p.m.



Class Description: My husband Michael recently coined the phrase “Dream Punk” to describe the concepts and ideas that he and I use in our art, especially when those creations include the use of found objects that seemingly have some functionality. Obviously it is a play on the term Steam Punk (referring to Victorian, steam engine era Science Fiction such as the novels of Jules Verne or H.G. Wells). Dream Punk on the other hand refers to art that uses various workable gizmos, or devices, but with a more metaphoric, magical and mystical twist.

 In this project based workshop we will explore the richly layered world of mechanical mixed media collage by embracing the use of personal symbols, powerful imagery, textures and found objects that will infuse our work with an essence unlike any other. We will add depth, mystery and intrigue into our creations as we begin our unique journey on an earthly wood foundation. We will explore the different possibilities for preparing the wood for collage as we incorporate many techniques, mediums and materials into our process. We will also add workable mechanics to our collage-ssemblage: hinges, pulleys, disguised windows, even hidden books…things that open-close and perform function. Marrying functionality with our visual narrative, as each new layer is introduced we will discuss how to use our materials to overcome challenges in composition, unify our elements, contend with our inner critic, and finally push the boundaries of collage into a new dimension, quite literally. Whether the subject of your collage-ssemblage is a person, a still-life, a landscape or something out of your imagination is completely up to you. We will finish our day by exploring some of the options for finishing, protecting and presenting our unique works

Supply List:           

  • Birch plywood panel cut down (3/4” thickness) (Home Depot or Lowes) or a cradled wood panel can be purchased at several art stores or online at DickBlick or Wallacks Art Supplies (a cradled panel will give us many more options for working with certain functional dimensional items) –the size is up to you, but we have two days together and you’ll want to be able to explore options (11”X18” – 16”X30”), if you prefer to work small, bring two smaller panels.
  • Paper, ephemera and collage items, think textures and symbols to support your story telling, consider scale
  • Your main imagery (the face or the focal point) should be copied onto glossy paper if possible (bring a few to choose from)
  • Paint: Acrylic paint, preferably Golden, fluid or heavy body (white, black, and any blue, red, and yellow, plus a couple more of your favorites) Some of my paint favorites: Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, and Quinacridone Crimson, Pthalo Blue, Van Dyke Brown, Green Gold, Pyrrole Red, Pthalo Turquoise
  • Paintbrushes - bring just a few in different sizes
  • Palette (paper plates will work)
  • Water Container
  • Paper Towel and/or baby wipes
  • Golden Matte Medium – about 12 oz.
  • scissors
  • E6000 Adhesive
  • Aves Epoxy Clay
  • Found objects, think about an assortment with functionality: gears, spinny things, pulleys, latches, tins with lids, etc….as well as chains, old jewelry pieces, fabric just about anything for further embellishing