Stories can change our worlds, and in Narrative Thinking Through Collage you will learn how to translate stories into visual artworks which can be read like a book.
To bring your stories to life, I will demonstrate idea generation strategies as well as three distinct paper collage techniques which don’t require any prior art experience – just a love of telling and reading a good tale.
This workshop teaches a conceptual approach to art through ‘narrative’; both interpreting and telling. This approach can then be applied to any artistic medium you wish to explore in the future such as drawing, painting, digital art or collage, and can form the foundation of a lifelong love affair with visual narrative.
Though ‘narrative art’ is the lens through which the images are viewed, you will also learn three completely different collage techniques which you can then go on to explore and adapt to whatever purpose you feel like – whether it be narrative, decorative or even abstract art.
The first technique is ‘paper mosaic’, which focuses on color, rhythm and simple shapes created by ripping used magazine images.
The second technique is ‘mixed media editorial illustration’ which includes an abstract painted background and a foreground scene created through textures and colors sourced in used magazines. In this section I will also show you how to illustrate a narrative image using painted, cut and glued shapes to create characters and scenery.
The third technique is a ‘surreal approach’ to collage whereby the story naturally unfolds in response to the images you choose to include.
In short, this workshop is a multi-layered, flexible, accessible and fun journey into how to create beautiful images which can tell stories.
Please be sure to check your e-mail purchase receipt for file attachments containing your materials and supply list, and any handouts provided with this workshop DVD.
Jodi Magi is an Australian fine artist, illustrator and educator.
She has an innate love of ‘story’, whether it be in written, verbal or in visual form and all of her work is infused with a strong sense of narrative.
Believing that art and illustration can communicate messages and themes across languages and cultures, the power of the visual story should not be underestimated; it is just up to the artist to decide which medium best suits their skill set and what it is they want to say.
Set in atmospheric landscapes, her themes are often investigated through the eyes of animal protagonists, because they speak in universals; They compel us towards empathy whilst reflecting our collective and individual actions.
Jodi recently relocated back home to Australia, after living in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates since early 2012 where she taught graphic design and illustration to Emirati women at Zayed University.