Italy is the place where I rediscovered my art after an absence of 25 years. Packed with a toiletry purse filled with just a couple of supplies, I started my first art journal. I bought my first vintage ephemera on the antique market in Fermo, and my current work is infused with the collected memories of the country where I feel at home.
In this class, I bring together all my beautiful memories, from early childhood vacations, working in the deep south of Italy as a pizza baker in my early twenties, to my many travels throughout Italy with my family. Italy has and will always have a significant influence on both my life and work.
I will show you how I translate those recollections into abstract landscapes, a monoprint assemblage, and a layered visual collage with my own photography.
The memories I’ve based this course on are, of course, mine. As you go through these lessons, give yourself the time and space to think about yours; I encourage you to create art from your own reminiscences.
Take a look inside Collecting Memories in the preview video below.
Techniques taught in this course
Develop a beautiful color palette for a cohesive look throughout your work
Explore working in a series
Create movement in your art through mark-making
Making collage papers
Use your own photographs in unique ways
Combine acrylics, pastels, and Pencils to build beautiful textures in abstract landscapes
Learn to make monoprints with text transfers, botanical transfers, and coffee and build exciting layers
Techniques taught in this course
Lesson 1 | Ricordi, A Box Full of Memories
I filled a box with many things that remind me of many times I have spent in Italy and added vintage ephemera and my own photos to it as a source of inspiration to use when I am in a creative rut.Collect your souvenirs, elements of nature, vintage ephemera, and photos to create a box full of memories as a source of inspiration for your art.
Make small collages on colored cards to add to the box as your palette. You will use these colors to create a cohesive body of work throughout the class.
Lesson 2 | Creating Collage Papers
Create repetitive marks with different tools and mediums on vintage book pages to add to your art throughout the class.
Lesson 3 | The Italian Collage
Turn your collage papers, vintage ephemera, and your photography into a collage with many layers, depth, and memories. Included are downloadable photos that I made in Italy for you to use, but I encourage you to use your own images.
Lesson 4 | Abstract Landscapes On Paper
Move freely and create abstract landscapes with a minimal palette of acrylic paint, layers of pastels, mark-making, and collage materials in your journal and translate that painting to two works on beautiful handmade papers.
Lesson 5 | Tipografia Italiana, Assemblage Of Mono Printed Papers
My love of typography and Italy seep through in my mono-printing approach and show you how I created beautiful sheets to use in collage work and this assembled art piece. You will use vintage book pages to create text transfers, make botanical and coffee prints, create layers and layers with colors, marks, and stamps.
The course in running on Renee Mueller’s Creative Network
Access September 3rd, 2021 at 8:00 AM EST
Teacher Interaction Through 10/3/2021
7 Hours of Content
$42.00 Early Registration through September 3rd, 2021, Midnight EST