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Michael deMeng Workshops | World-class Assemblage Teacher to Make Only Midwest Apperance



MICHAEL DE MENG WORKSHOPS IN WISCONSIN 2014

November 12 – 16, 2014

Produced by Make What Ya Brung (Gary Warren Niebuhr and Kelley Clarke)
Sponsored by Brenda Schweder / Now That’s a Jig!

Limited to 20 Participants

Location: The Clarke Hotel
314 W. Main Street
Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186
1-262-549-3800
To book a room: http://www.theclarkehotel.com

To register: please send a check made out to Now That’s a Jig! Studio to:
Brenda Schweder
c/o Now That’s a Jig! Studio
W232S5950 Charles Dr.
Waukesha, WI 53189


Myth-ing in Action
Wednesday-Thursday, November 12-13, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$250

Michael de Meng says: Of all the things in this wide, wild world, I have found myths and legends to be the most inspirational source material. My first introduction came in movies like Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts--stop animation films filled with wondrously strange worlds abounding with odd entities such as multi-armed deities, cyclopean beasts, and snake-headed gorgons. After that I was hooked. I read everything I could on the topic…no matter the culture. Many years later as an adult, I am still drawn to these concepts. Artistically, I have found these tales wonderful springboards for creativity. After all, artistic expression like many heroic tales is a journey into the unknown; the artist’s job is to go to secret world's land and retrieve something magical to share. So your task for this class is to pick a myth or legend…any myth from any culture (preferably one that inspires or fascinates you). Next, using found objects and discarded toys, you will create a piece of art that embodies the tale of your choosing. You could focus on a character (like Zeus or Shiva) or tell a story (like Pandora’s box). As for presentation I will leave it up to you…it could be a free-standing sculpture, or something that hangs on the wall. You definitely want to come to this class…otherwise you’ll be myth-ing out.

Myth-ing In Action Supply List

Aves Apoxie Clay ¼ lbs or more (contact www.avesstudio.com if you have any problem locating this product. They sell direct or will tell you about local suppliers)

Variety of other found objects that might be interesting symbolic additions to myths. Items like watch parts, gears, typewriter parts….just about anything, really. Look for things that are interesting shapes or designs, but also things that might have symbolic significance.

Old figurines or doll parts- if you’re creating characters like Medusa etc, you may want to use old figurines or dolls as the base for you to alter.

Paint Brushes (a couple small detail brushes, and some cheap brushes (1/2 inch to 1 inch in size)

Wire a couple of different gauges

DAP KWIK SEAL Tub & Tile Adhesive Caulk (White) – small tube (this can be found in hardware stores.

Paints: Acrylic (Golden brand -preferably fluids – the tubes and jars will work too, the colors are the key) - Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, Titanium White, Carbon or Mars Black, Dyke Brown, Pthalo Blue, Brown Iron Oxide.

Optional Paints: Nickel Azo Yellow, Azurite Hue, Quinacridone Magenta, Permanent Violet
E6000 adhesive

Optional Things to bring: Heat gun, Dremel with cut off wheel and engraving bit


Wand of Protection
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 14-16, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$375

Michael de Meng says: Recently, I was commissioned to create a Wand of Protection for a friend. I should mention that this person had a physical ailment that traditional medical methods proved futile. She ended up using byproduct of honey which almost magically cured her condition. As a gesture of thanks to the bees (whom she saw as her saving force), she decided to take up beekeeping to honor her insect friends. The problem was, however, that she was deathly allergic to these little pollinating pals. So the wand of protection she asked me to create, was to protect her from bee stings when on her apiarian expeditions. Of course, this creation is strictly metaphoric and was not intended to be a giant EpiPen. Rather it is a psychological symbol that helped her to overcome her fears--a symbolic shield--that would help her nurture the bees that nurtured her. We all have mental monsters to defeat, so it seemed to me that everyone might need a magical wand of protection now and again; something to give us a little psychological boost when we need it most. So in this workshop, using objects and symbols important to the individual, participants will create their own magical Wand of Protection to help make those troubles disappear via a combination of painting, sculpture and assemblage.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

Since this is a three day workshop you will also have time to create a case, stand or shrine for your Wand of Protection. And with a wave of your wand, your troubles will vanish … fingers crossed. Abracadabra!

Wand of Protection Supply List

Aves Apoxie Clay ¼ lbs or more (contact www.avesstudio.com if you have any problem locating this product. They sell direct or will tell you about local suppliers)

Something to make your wand from. This could be anything from a stick, to a baton, to rolling pin, to a broken curling iron.

Something that can be used to house your wand. Here are a few suggestions: A long narrow box or case, A plaque or shrine, A candle holder…in fact if you used a candelabra you could make a stand for more than one wand., A baguette tray, A block of wood that can be adorned

Variety of other found objects that might be interesting additions. Items like watch parts, gears, typewriter parts….just about anything, really. Look for things that are interesting shapes or designs.

More recommendations for found objects: Old rings, or napkin holders that could be slide over you wand as a decorative element.

Paint Brushes (a couple small detail brushes, and some cheap brushes (1/2 inch to 1 inch in size)

Wire a couple of different gauges

DAP KWIK SEAL Tub & Tile Adhesive Caulk (White) – small tube (this can be found in hardware stores.

Paints: Acrylic (Golden brand -preferably fluids – the tubes and jars will work too, the colors are the key) - Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, Titanium White, Carbon or Mars Black, Van Dyke Brown, Pthalo Blue, Transparent Brown Iron Oxide.
Optional Paints - Nickel Azo, Yellow Azurite Hue, Quinacridone Magenta, Permanent Violet, Interference or Iridescent colors (metallic colors)

Optional Things to bring:

Heat gun
Dremel with cut off wheel and engraving bit
Stamps or objects with interesting design patterns (these can be used to press patterns in the clay)
E6000 adhesive



Tentative Schedule of Activities (more good things to come)

Each morning the Clarke Hotel should have Continental Breakfast for hotel guests
Lunch each day will be catered through the hotel (not included in registration)

Each day the first person up can request the workshop be open
Each night the last person out of the workshop can request the room be locked

Each participant is welcome to bring extras to share on our White Elephant table—yes, leave your hoarder tendencies behind and unload that unwanted crap you tell everyone you have “plans to use that”

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

6:30 p.m.—Dinner at the Clarke Hotel for the early arrivals (not included in registration)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Myth-ing In Action, Part One

TBA—Dinner at the Taylor’s People Park Restaurant (across the street from the Clarke Hotel) (not included in registration)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Myth-ing In Action, Part Two

TBA—Visit to the home studio of Brenda Schweder

Friday, November 14, 2014

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Wand of Protection, Part One

10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Antique Shopping Walking Tour of Downtown Waukesha

1:00 p.m.
Lunch at the Clarke Hotel

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wand of Protection, Part One continues

TBA—dinner plans






Saturday, November 15, 2014

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wand of Protection, Part Two

TBA—dinner plans

Sunday, November 16, 2014

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wand of Protection, Part Three

TBA—dinner plans

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