“Escapades in Collage with Gelli Plate Prints” 3 day Workshop with Anna George — Studio 2 — Fridays 1-4pm Starts 3/31

Escapades in Collage with Gelli Plate Prints

Get ready for twists and turns in artist, Anna George’s mixed media collage workshop, meeting Friday afternoons in Studio Two on March 31, April 7, and April 14th.

Begin your adventure making art paper and fine art collage pieces using acrylic paints provided by artist, Anna George. The sky is the limit in this series of three sessions. Enjoy demonstrations each session. No experience is necessary.

We begin with a fun look at elements that constitute a print, a collage, and mixed media. The class will focus on paint-to-paper monoprints, using techniques like negative imaging where light and dark are reversed, multiple passes, sectioning, and color combining that will allow for playful experiment and gorgeous results.

A “Gelli” plate is a rectangle about a half inch thick with springy resilience akin to firm gelatin. It has the ability to retain on its smooth surface acrylic color we apply in layers. The colors then  release in various ways. The results are delightful and can be unpredictable in welcome ways.

Learn to arrange and integrate color and texture to achieve richness in a range of results from spare and simple to multi-layered. We will explore as we wish–abstract, representational, and all that’s in between. Tuition is $170 for three sessions and includes materials, plus a closing review with refreshments. Nonresidents fee is 190.

Participants will have use of an 8” x 10” gel plate provided by the instructor for large or small work. Provided each week are initial practice materials and high-quality materials, including copy print paper, rice paper, card stock, plus a few exotic papers, numerous stencils, inks, and large stamps, plus surprises. Each may bring texture-producing ingredients along with their own scissors, gloves, and possibly an apron or smock. Quality papers from high end magazines and books can make good starting points.


Anna George, Instructor

Anna studied fine art in two east coast colleges and universities and has exhibited since. After founding a gallery in San Francisco, and garnering awards, she opened a big, bright studio on the Berkeley, Oakland border which housed a showroom of her multi-styled work. A decade later she moved a bit east where she has offered classes year-round for over eleven years at two venues. "I love witnessing our kinship as well as the growth and diversity of work emerging in the class," she says. "Each student moves in the direction they choose." In 2013 Anna launched and began hosting the RAA evening Soirées des Artistes which honors one artist in the community each event. Her current work involves oils and acrylics, canvas, linen, silk and mixed media. Call George at 925 783 9000. See annageorgeartist.com; for unrepeatable painted silkwear, annageorgeonline.com. In Anna's words, "In art there is heart."