Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
May 10 & 11, 2024
2 Sessions (Friday & Saturday)
10:30am - 3:30pm
Instructor: Beth Crews Rommel
Class Fee: $125.00 non-members
$112.50 BRMAA members
What is your definition of collage? “An assemblage of papers and fabrics glued to a surface to create a new finished piece of artwork,” is what the Tate Museum says. Let us create our own definition in celebration of World Collage Day. Students will learn about collages to make prints using a Gelli plate. Prints and other assorted papers will be used to create collages, with other mediums being used to finish pieces such as ink, pastels, and charcoal. Techniques that students will learn are printing with a gel mat and using acrylic paints, collage assemblage as well as design theories and use of drawing materials to enhance collages. Some collages will go home with students and others will be sent as a group to another collage class in the United States in an exchange. Students should bring a gel print plate, printing paper, brayer, wipes for cleaning plates, paper towels, and interesting papers to be used in the collage such as printed papers, copies of photos, tickets, quotations, receipts and so on. Or you may purchase kits, which includes a 5x7 Gelli plate, brayer, printing papers and paints, are also available for $50. Please bring any food and drink you would like for lunch and snacks. There will be time allotted to break for a midday meal.
Call (706) 632-2144 or (706)258-4322 for questions regarding this course and registration. Pre-payment is required to register for BRMAA courses. You may pay via PayPal above, over the phone, or visit The Art Center located at 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 to pay in person.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Over the years Beth Rommel’s various studios have been in garden settings. Her studio in Epworth, Georgia, a perfect place to watch the changes of season in the mountain surroundings and now in Houston, Texas, back to the weather extremes of the state. Prior to moving to Georgia, the glass wall of her studio in Oviedo, Florida was a window on the world of tropical plants, orchids, lizards, snakes, and wild turkeys. In San Antonio she could see Live Oak trees and her children playing on the tire swing she had painted just for them.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Rommel was introduced to art by parents who loved museums and gallery trips. Her K-12 school encouraged the arts, where she learned to throw clay pots with potter Phyllis May and where she was taught patience and attention to detail by Helen Trivigno, gifted Romanian enamel artist. “Mrs. Trivigno instructed me to work on one large pencil drawing for several weeks. All pencil strokes had to go in the same direction. What discipline that was. I was 15 years old and had no idea how valuable patience would prove to be.”
Rommel graduated with a B.F.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis in Communication Design from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville after two years at the University of Texas in Austin. This prepared her for a career in advertising and public relations while she moved with her family throughout Texas and to Florida. All this time she continued painting in acrylics and oils while taking commissions. Her award winning paintings of flying people in patterned clothing were much loved in Florida where her family resided in the early 2000s. Often evident in the scenery was a bit of a farm: a barn, cows grazing, or plowed fields. The detailed patterns in these earlier works are from her love of colorful rugs, wallpapers, and fashion design.
Presently Rommel is exploring collage. She uses botanical prints created by her own hand utilizing the foliage from her garden. A variety of papers serve as the foundation with acrylic paint rolled onto a Gelli mat with a small brayer. Leaves and blossoms are placed on this surface then pressed onto rice, tracing, or even old homework papers. This is repeated in several layers. The outcome is always a surprise.