Beyond the Brush: material research – D0612-18

Date: Jul 09 - 13, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Michael Arcega

Tuition: $1,090
Studio Fee: $75
Registration Fee: $45


Infuse your work with new and alternative methods in a workshop that explores ways to make paintings through the collection and application of materials in addition to paint. Throughout the course, we work with found objects, industrial supplies and other alternative resources that encourage students to expand their paintings into small-scale installations or simply facilitate painters to emerge from the wall and work more three-dimensionally. Surface treatment considerations, form, object placement and the use of color are of special consideration in this investigational and dynamic workshop.

Media & Techniques:

We begin using a luan panel and a collection of non-traditional materials. As a starting point, we explore Richard Serra’s verb list. After the quick exercise, students find exciting ways to incorporate their own interests, sensibilities and personal iconography using the materials of their choice.


After a slide presentation and discussion, the class transitions to hands-on production. We start with direct engagement with the panel material and hand tool use. The rest of the workshop focuses on the production of a non-traditional painting. We all learn from each other’s material research and exploration.


Michael Arcega is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. His research-based work revolves largely around language and sociopolitical dynamics. Directly informed by historic narratives, material significance and geography, MichaelÍs subject matter deals with circumstances where power relations are unbalanced.

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