Mixed Media Painting & Collage

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Everyone has a story. Some prefer to share theirs in writing. Some would rather theirs not be shared at all. And some of us like to pepper our stories with a little mystery, a little drama, a little art. If you're of the latter camp, we've discovered a great new technique for expressing ourselves in a creative, artistic way that's both quintessentially 'us' and also universally appealing all at once.

Join us at One Strange Bird to explore the art of the collage, in this relaxed, social environment. Using found papers, images, and paint learn to create a unique piece of art. Learn basics of composition to create intriguing backgrounds to transfer your found images. Recycled papers and personal mementos can take your work to the next level. Play with wax, water color, and acrylic mediums. You will leave with an original work on wood and the inspiration to continue at home.

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    Dabble Student
    Mixed Media Painting & Collage

    It's so obivious how much Nicole and Jess love art and want to share it.

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    Dabble Student
    Mixed Media Painting & Collage

    It wasn't too big, and as seated close together, it allowed for social interaction, which was a nice change from other classes at studios where there isn't much time to socialize while creating b/c always listening to the instructor. Nice breakdown of instruction and time to create. Casual, approachable, easy-going atmosphere and teacher approach.

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Nicole Northway
Nicole is an artist, educator, and small business owner. Nicole currently teaches at Columbia College and runs, One Strange Bird, a unique boutique that offers art workshops. Nicole received her MFA from UIC in 2008 and has been making and showing artwork for over 10 years. She is a maker and loves painting, drawing, and learning new skills to share with her students.

Jess Egan
Jess Egan is a Chicago based artist originally from Wisconsin. She is currently working on her last semester BFA at Columbia College Chicago. She works in clay, collage, and environmental art. Her interests lie in environmental activism and biological processes. She has been teaching for four years with a focus in both art and science. She currently teaches at One Strange Bird, as well as an After School Matters alternative energy program through Columbia College.

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