Michael deMeng - Mything in Action Workshop

Class Description and Supply List

Michael's Class

Saturday and Sunday-March 21-22, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00p.m.


Class Description: Of all the things in this wide, wild world, I have found myths and legends to be the most inspirational source material. My first introduction came in movies like Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts--stop animation films filled with wondrously strange worlds abounding with odd entities such as multi-armed deities, cyclopean beasts, and snake-headed gorgons.  After that I was hooked.  I read everything I could on the topic…no matter the culture.  Many years later as an adult, I am still drawn to these concepts.  Artistically, I have found these tales wonderful springboards for creativity.   After all, artistic expression like many heroic tales is a journey into the unknown; the artist’s job is to go to secret world's land and retrieve something magical to share.  So your task for this class is to pick a myth or legend…any myth from any culture (preferably one that inspires or fascinates you).  Next, using found objects and discarded toys, you will create a piece of art that embodies the tale of your choosing.   You could focus on a character (like Zeus or Shiva) or tell a story (like Pandora’s box).  As for presentation I will leave it up to you…it could be a free-standing sculpture, or something that hangs on the wall. You definitely want to come to this class…otherwise you’ll be myth-ing out.

Supply List

  • Aves Apoxie Clay ¼ lbs or more (contact www.avesstudio.com if you have any problem locating this product.  They sell direct or will tell you about local suppliers)
  • Variety of other found objects that might be interesting symbolic additions to myths.  Items like watch parts, gears, typewriter parts….just about anything, really.  Look for things that are interesting shapes or designs, but also things that might have symbolic significance.
  • Old figurines or doll parts- if you’re creating characters like Medusa etc, you may want to use old figurines or dolls as the base for you to alter.
  • Paint Brushes (a couple small detail brushes, and some cheap brushes (1/2 inch to 1 inch in size)
  • Wire a couple of different gauges
  • DAP KWIK SEAL Tub & Tile Adhesive Caulk (White) – small tube (this can be found in hardware stores.
  • Paints: Acrylic (Golden brand -preferably fluids – the tubes and jars will work too, the colors are the key) -Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, TitaniumWhite, Carbon or Mars Black, Van Dyke Brown, Pthalo Blue, Brown Iron Oxide.
  • Optional Paints: Nickel Azo Yellow, Azurite Hue, Quinacridone Magenta, Permanent Violet
  • E6000  adhesive
  • Optional Things to bring: Heat gun, Dremel  with cut off wheel and engraving bit