NUMU offers a variety of imaginative and enriching weekly workshops for all ages. Admission to NUMU for the participant(s) is included in workshop fee.
Founding Sponsor: The Michael and Alyce Parsons Foundation
Six Approaches to Abstracting the Figure Workshop with Melinda Cootsona
Friday-Sunday, August 25-27 | 10am-3pm
This three-day workshop will look at six different approaches to abstracting figurative work. This will include Abstraction Within the Form, Flattening, Pattern and Collage, Exaggeration • Distortion, Cropping, Fractured • Deconstructed.
Slide presentations of some art history, as well as inspiring images of artists who currently work with these methods will be presented. Student will then focus on two or three of the approaches for the three-day course. The goal is for every student to discover new and exciting ways to create abstracted imagery that can become integrated and personal in their own work.
Students should have some experience with drawing the figure. You do not need to be an expert by any means, but you will get more out of this class if you have worked with the figure before attending. Students should have a working knowledge of their medium. Oil or acrylic paint are acceptable. (Melinda personally works with oil paint.) The minimum age for participation in this workshop is 20, younger participants will be accepted with approval from the artist.
About the Instructor
Melinda Cootsona is a figurative painter in Northern California. Greatly influenced by the Bay Area artistic tradition, her paintings focus on the strength of the female figure. Her paintings are created with layers of oil paint, applied and then scraped away revealing figures that fill the canvas in varying poses of contemplation or reflection in abstracted surroundings.
Melinda has been included in exhibitions at the Bakersfield Museum of Art and the Triton Museum in California, The San Francisco Art Market, The Coos Bay Museum of Art in Oregon, and Art Basel Miami, as well as many group and solo shows throughout the U.S.
Indigo Dye Drop-In Workshop
Friday, August 25 | 1pm-5pm | Ages 13+
$25 Members, $30 General, includes materials
Explore the basics of dyeing indigo, learn new techniques for folding, twisting, tying and clamping fabric, then practice creating patterns and varying color depth, and your designs will be completely individual. Each participant will be provided with one yard of muslin, however participants are encouraged to bring their own un-dyed cotton, linen, or silk fabrics as well, including t-shirts and napkins. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting messy, as indigo will permanently stain fabrics.
Zoë Umholtz is a graduate of the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland Oregon majoring in Fiber Arts. She has been living in California for the past three years, and has been rediscovering her love for natural indigo dyeing and working with small, local communities.
No pre-registration is required for this class, which is offered every second and fourth Friday of each month. This class is suitable for beginners as well as more advanced participants.
Book Art: Leprello Style with Victoria May
Thursday, September 28 | 6:30-8:30pm | Ages 13+
$65 Members, $70 General, includes materials
In this workshop students will learn how to make a modular folded structure to create an accordion book with layers, windows and pop-ups. Explore conveying an idea or telling a story through text, images and structural shifts in the paper treatment. Use stencils and rubbings to translate abstract concepts into visual motifs that transition over the course of the pages.
Victoria May uses fabric and stitching as the basis for mixed-media artworks and installations that address the tenderness and absurdity in the human condition. She is an avid advocate for material re-use and frequently does so in her own work. She currently teaches Book Arts and Textile Arts at Cabrillo College, San Francisco State University and in workshop settings. In 2010 she received a Santa Cruz County Rydell Fellowship. In 2015 she was named an Artist Laureate by Silicon Valley Creates. She exhibits in the Bay Area and nationally.