An Artist’s Study with Kelly Kilmer


Sunday, April 30, 2017
10 am – 3 pm
Student level: All

As artists and individuals, we’re always learning. We seek guidance from our favorite artists. They inspire and spark ideas in us. How can we borrow from them to create entirely new and unique pieces? 

In this class, you will learn how to glean inspiration from your favorite artists and create fresh, new, vibrant journal pages that combines their work with yours. I took the work of one of my favorite artists both collage and idea wise and melded it with my own work. 

I ask that students please bring a book or color copies of the work of one of their favorite artists (the images do not have to be of people, it can be an abstract artist, a photographer, a sculpture artist, a kid’s art, your art as a kid, your old art) whatever kind of art calls to you but you have to be able and willing to cut it up. I will show you how to look at their work with new eyes. You will learn how to look at their work with new eyes and how to incorporate what they have done into your own work, making new, original work in your own distinct style. Not only did I collage with bits of my favorite artist’s work but I also borrowed mark making, layouts, thoughts and other ideas. I wanted to make completely new and original pieces that looked like my work as I learned from her. You will learn how to do the same in this all day workshop. 

Early bird signup date: March 28 ($125)
Final registration date: April 17 ($135)

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  • your journal
  • Bring either several different copies or an inexpensive book (to tear up) of your favorite artist’s work, OR even copies of your own artwork, a child’s artwork or anyone’s art that speaks and inspires you. If you are bringing color copies think of playing with sizes and color vs black and white on the copy machine
  • an apron
  • scissors
  • a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images)
  • bone folder
  • cork back metal ruler
  • roll of paper towels OR an old rag
  • permanent black ink pad (if you have one)
  • 1″ brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few smaller detail brushes
  • a container to hold your dirty paint water
  • a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer)
  • roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don’t want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

Bring your lunch so that we can eat while we work (more time for art!) There is a fridge where you can keep things cold.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

  • Save your seat by making a 50% deposit, but you MUST pay the remaining balance by the final signup date. If you aren’t paid in full, you will lose your seat. Deposits are NOT refundable.
  • The early bird registration gives you a discount on the class price, if you register and pay in full by the early bird date. If you are not paid in full by the early bird date, you will billed the balance on the full price of the workshop.
  • Once you’ve paid for a class, it is your class. You can transfer your seat to someone else if you can’t make it, but there will be no refunds and ABC is not responsible for finding you a replacement.
  • If the class is canceled due to low signups, instructor illness/emergency, act of God, etc., students will be issued a refund (minus any PayPal fees).

Workshop Location

This year we are holding all of Kelly’s workshops at Art Lab Fort Collins.
239 Linden Street (next to Cozzola’s Pizza)
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Parking for Art Lab can be found within two blocks. There is some parking on Linden Street in front of the Art Lab building, but there is a 2-hour time limit. This pdf from the city shows where the parking garages are. Here is a map of the immediate area around Art Lab.

If you have questions, get lost on the way or need assistance the morning of the workshop, please call Tracey’s mobile 970.744.9030.