How Do We Approach Play?: Visual Obsessions Workshop, Day 1

Visual Obsession, Pivotal Moments and the Passage of Time, workshop July 11-15 2012 at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland Oregon.

Last week I was fortunate enough to participate in a workshop with artist Andrea Borsuk and nine other talented women, at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. I will be sharing my impressions of the workshop covering the highlight of each day.

Ready for the journey

July 11 Day 1

The workshop was held in the new drawing and photography building on the OCAC campus. The morning was richly filled with introductions about shared fears, excitement, past artistic repressions and workshop expectations. Andrea set the stage for the week by offering the possibility of going beyond the evaluations and expectations judgments of others as well as our own fears and perceived inadequacies.

Andrea explained that the theme of this workshop is play, How do we approach play? “Visual Obsession” relates to what we are attracted to and what has meaning to us.

Andrea introducing new process

We began with slides about processes or systems that give us access to play.  Some of the artists we looked at were: Jackson Pollock, Agnes Martin,Cy Twombly, Mark Tobey, Melissa Meyer, Lisa Buchanan Marc Katano to name a few.

Here are some of the process pieces we created.

This student worked with curved lines and explored different media.

This student was working with circles as her process

I created a stencil and used mixed media to create this little texture

I was amazed at how much we accomplished this first day. I left tired and excited for day 2.

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