I was very pleased to be selected to teach a class at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point (WI) this September. Here is the class description for Gary's Flea Market: Some Assemblage May Be Required:
"What is assemblage? According to the Encarta Dictionary: Assemblage (is) a work of art made from a collection of different objects. Gary will be teaching the history of assemblage, the basics of assemblage construction and some focus points to keep your project on track.
Have you ever wanted to do assemblage but feel like you do not have enough stuff? That has never been a problem for Gary so he is offering an assemblage workshop where EVERYTHING YOU WILL NEED is going to be provided. Gary hopes you will walk into this workshop with nothing and allow the materials he provides to inspire you.
You will be able to select a base/frame for your project from Gary’s stash, find a core central object and then learn how to build an assemblage by selecting from Gary’s collection of weird odds and ends. You will learn how to attach objects together and decorate them into a unified work of art. The goal is an assemblage work made from found objects that tells a story. The three days should allow for more than one project to be started if not completed.
Throughout the class there will be time built in to share ideas, review our work and learn from fellow participants.
3 days, free crap, cool works of art and lots of fun—what more are you looking for?"
One of the ulterior motives for teaching this class was to get rid of some of the junk I have accumulated that I no longer think I want to use. So on Tuesday, Denice and I loaded the van with junk and made the two hour trip to Shake Rag to unload.
We drove back to Milwaukee that night, rested, loaded the van again, and drove two hours back out to Shake Rag for the second unloading on Wednesday.
We slept in Mineral Point Wednesday night with Thursday as a set up day.
Having worked hard on Wednesday and Thursday morning, set up was done by Noon. It was then that Denice and I made the decision to make one more run back and forth to Milwaukee (two hours each way) because...I had forgot to load the drill press.
We made it back by dinner time and joined Gail Willert and Karen and Pat Robison for dinner at Grey Dog.
The first day of class was Friday, September 9th. How many people were in the class? We had filled the class at 16 before we got there but the week of the class two people were unable to attend. However, one person signed up the week of the class and another on Friday, the first day, so we ended up with 16 attendees in the workshop.
During the early hours of the workshop I demoed how to select objects for a project and these were my choices. I would use these items throughout the workshop as demo pieces.