Jen Cushman’s Deconstructed Art Retreat
A fundamental skill of every mixed-media artist is the ability to see an object not for what it is but what it can become. Transforming common, useful objects takes a keen eye, an innovative mind and skilled hands. For the re-imagined art to be beautiful it takes knowledge, some talent and a little bit of magic for both the artist and the viewer. I have honed all of the above and I want to share my skills with you in my brand new Deconstructed/Reconstructed Art Retreat.
This is not a conventional art retreat. This is an intimate retreat where we’ll be looking at found objects in a new light and deciding on the spot (using your intuition and unique aesthetic) how to transform them into unique works of art. I will guide you, teaching tangible skills of either taking the object down to its bones or simply enhancing its natural beauty. It all depends on the object and the story you want to tell. We’ll also take bits and pieces of objects and reconstruct them into something entirely different, using cold-connection assemblage techniques and handheld power tools. At the end of this retreat, you’ll visualize like an artist and construct like an engineer.
Because I’m one of those mixed-media artists whose tried every medium and material imaginable and love it all, we’ll be exploring jewelry, collage and assemblage and how the same set of deconstruction/reconstruction skills are applicable across the board. We’ll also be talking a lot about the essential element nearly every piece of great art embodies – storytelling. You will create work that resonates with your heart and soul. We want our objects to not only look good but feel good. My journalism background before art has taught me a thing or two about inner excavation.
***Due to personal/family issues, my 2017 has been postponed until January/Feb 2018. Please be sure to sign up for my mailing list so you can be among the first to get the where/when/cost details of this amazing event.