2017 Course Information: Natural Responses in Mixed Media Painting
Natural Responses in Mixed Media Painting
In this exciting course students will learn creative ways of depicting nature by developing a responsive approach to art. As inspiration students will visit the beautiful gardens of the Ozark Folk Center State Park and participate in a talk with master herbalist Tina Marie Wilcox. After a period to reflect, draw, and take photos, students will begin to create work based on their responses to the natural environment. Working with a variety of materials and mediums students will learn techniques to intuitively express those responses. Various approaches will include collage, drawing, painting, or a combination of mixed media. Open to all skill levels.
Arkansas Craft School,
101 North Peabody St. Mountain View, AR 72560
REGISTER BY:Oct. 6th
Instructor :Dana Finimore
The core of my work is centered in the ideology of finding catharsis of body and mind through contact with the natural world. My relationship with nature is symbiotic. It is my belief that as a human and an artist, I need nature and nature needs me. Compositional explorations in metal and paint express my keen observance of the textures and shapes found in nature. Early years spent roaming the creek banks and meadows of north central Arkansas' Ozark Mountains has gifted me with a reverence for the environment. When my brain becomes cluttered by the superficiality and artificiality of today's existence, I find clarity of spirit outdoors. Working in copper and sterling, I find the process of annealing and manipulating metal to be an act of collaboration between the natural elements and myself. When I paint, I make work that feels organic yet abstract, the work is a visual reverberation of my time spent outdoors. The work must be spontaneous otherwise it risks becoming duplicitous. I want my work to be completely responsive to the emotional rejuvenation I experience while spending time in the terrain.