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Archive and Material Abstraction


Join Jodi Hays in this workshop on material exploration and collage.

Course Description

Working primarily with paper and textiles, this workshop will play with ideas of collage using materials readily available. As we cut, rip, tear, glue, affix, sew, adhere — material experimentation will focus on the found and unexpected. We will use journals, observations, sketchbooks, and discussions of contemporary and historic artists to enliven and enrich our learning. Each lesson will unravel to look at layering a variety of thoughts onto a single work.  Sessions will build on exploration of possibilities in material as well as composition and subject matter. We will learn to observe visual habits in everyday life, using found materials, photographs, type, textiles and more.

Open to experienced artists and art-curious beginners who hope to expand their visual vocabulary.




Artist Biography

Jodi Hays is a painter who has had solo shows at Night Gallery and Zieher Smith Gallery and has exhibited at Susan Inglett Gallery (NYC), Brooks Museum, Fisk University, and Devening Projects, among others. She is a 2019 Finalist for the Hopper Prize and the recipient of grants from the Rauschenberg Foundation, Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, and more. Residencies include Oxbow School of Art, Stoveworks, The Cooper Union School of Art, and Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been published in New American Painting and Hyperallergic, and reviewed in ArtForum International, New Art Examiner and Two Coats of Paint. Her paintings can be found in many public and corporate collections including the J Crew Group (New York), Morgan Stanley, Fidelity, and the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Learn more about Jodi Hays and her work by visiting her website, and checking out her Instagram @jodihayspainter.




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