Intuitive Acrylic Collage - Workshop with Julia Dufault McGrath

Lower Carnegie Studio
Presented by
Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Grade Range
Adult - Adult
Member tuition
Non-member tuition

$275.00 (become a member)

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July 6-8, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, with one hour for lunch.
Ages 18+

Develop your Intuitive Sense of Design and Color with Acrylic Collage
3-Day Workshop

It would be too easy to say that this is like simple doodling, we know it is not, but in a certain way, it is.
There are huge differences of course, instead of just using pen and paper, we’ll use acrylic paint, multiple colors, textures, stamps, stencils, acrylic mediums, string, and collage papers. So, with all of this? How is it like doodling? When one doodles, one lets themselves unconsciously make the decisions about where your pencil goes, i.e. what lines get heavier, go straight, go curvy, whether they create a pattern, it is all where your mind takes you, your hand, then to the pen and then to paper.

Intuitive Collage is the same in that you let yourself go and get totally immersed in the colors you start to lay down, it all starts from there. Aside from choosing the initial colors you lay down, a color plan, from there, there is no real “plan”. You let yourself “doodle” with the tools at your disposal and let the creative process take over. This Workshop is to encourage your Intuitive Self as an Artist, to let
yourself “Dance as if no one is Watching”, to revel in the joyfulness of creation.

Beyond the conventions of composition, there are no rules, this workshop is to let yourself delve into true self-exploration, where color, patterns, textures, line and shapes convey what you as the Artist is feeling, thinking, or wanting to project.

As an artist, we are always aware of values, colors, shapes, patterns, and the conventions of composition. These conventions and skills are and will be
continually kept in mind (or at the back of your mind) as you create, paint and collage. As you go along, for the most part, you will know what you will need to
do, and at the point when you don’t, there is an opportunity for group discussion and critique, as well as one-on-one discussions between student and instructor. 

We will discuss the application of collage materials, the necessary continuity and flow in collage, going from one area to another with smooth transition, color,
pattern, texture, different ways to create texture, the variety of Collage papers, and “mark making” with paint pens, stabilos, scrapers, etc.

The final goal of this Workshop is that the student completes a collage where there is strong Color (or Theme), varying hues, strong value usage, distinct textural and pattern areas, (achieved either with Collage papers or paint and modeling paste, string, or textured papers) successful use of shapes, images and then of course, the ollage must finish with a good solid overall Composition for a successful finish.

Students will use either Gesso Primed 300 lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper, Art Panels (Ampersand Gesso Board, Clay Board) or Gesso Primed Wooden Panels.
Sizes can vary from 11 x 14, 16 x 20, 18 x 24. 16 x 20. These are all great sizes and students are encouraged to create more than one Collage during the Workshop,
but not mandatory.

Medium and Supplies
Art Area
Visual Arts
Supplies provided

Julia Dufault McGrath

Artist and CTAC Instructor
CTAC Petoskey
Cancellation & Class Policies

Crooked Tree Arts Center has implemented new policies to control the spread of Covid-19 and keep our visitors and staff safe within the facility. Please note the following policies regarding illness, face coverings, social distancing, room capacity, and sanitation.

If students are experiencing (or have experienced in the past 72 hours) any symptoms of illness, or have been in close contact with someone who is, they should not come to class. Students must complete a wellness screening upon arrival, including temperature check.

Symptoms of Covid-19 include: Fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea. 

Face Coverings
Masks or other face coverings are required inside the building. All students should come to class with a mask or face covering.

Exemptions include: young children under age 2; anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated; anyone otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

See Michigan’s guidelines for face coverings.

Class size will be limited to accommodate social distancing. Classroom setups will be arranged so that each student has 6 feet of working space. 

Social Distancing 
Students and teachers are expected to remain at least 6 feet apart whenever possible.

Students and instructors should sanitize their hands upon class arrival and departure.
Workspaces and shared surfaces will be sanitized between sessions. Hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant will be available onsite.


Student Withdrawal
Requests for cancellation by the student at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee).  NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than seven (7) days in advance of the first day of the class.

Class Cancellations (Weather)
When Public Schools of Petoskey are closed due to inclement weather, CTAC-Petoskey classes are cancelled. We will do our best to provide a make-up opportunity for the missed class. Refunds will not be given if the student is unable to attend the rescheduled session of class. Workshops and one-time classes will be handled on a per-class basis. School of Ballet students are asked to make up the missed class in an alternate session approved by their instructor.

Student Absence
We are unable to offer refunds or make-up sessions for classes missed due to student absence.

COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure
If you suspect that you have been exposed to or display symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to CTAC for your in-person class. We will offer a prorated credit (never expires) or refund for two weeks of your missed class for all cancellations due to suspected COVID-19 infection and/or exposure. If you choose to drop the remainder of your class, you will receive a prorated refund of the tuition of the remaining sessions.

COVID-19 Class Cancellations
In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak or state mandate, CTAC will announce the closure on its website and phone system (231-347-4337). Prorated refunds will be issued for the remaining sessions.

Minimum Enrollment
Crooked Tree Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by CTAC for lack of enrollment, CTAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid. (Cash payments will be refunded by check.)