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Understanding Abstraction through Collage

Understanding Abstraction through Collage
Students create richly layered surfaces that will become strong abstract collages. This residency encourages students to "think outside the box"ť, see beyond the obvious and learn how to turn the concrete into the abstract. Students will work with unusual Japanese rice papers and a variety of media in new and different ways. Constructive critiquing will be ongoing. Elements of good design and presentation techniques will be discussed, as these collages would be appropriate for inclusion in college art portfolios and national art shows. Grades 10-12.

Artist Background

Leni Newell is an award-winning, well-established professional artist creating strong, thought-provoking work since 1986. She holds a BA in Art Education. She has conducted popular, successful and highly sought after residencies in over 200 schools since 1993. Newell is also in the NC Arts Council's Artist Directory. Newell's work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and juried shows across the country, and can be found in numerous corporate collections. The strength of Newell's highly successful and motivating residencies comes from her love of both teaching and children, which allows her creativity to inspire students and staff alike.

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