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Exploring Mixed Media and Collage – G1907113

Workshop ID: G1907113
Dates: July 7 - July 13
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

Experiment with a variety of art materials. Discover how water-soluble media like pencils, crayons and paints interact with water-resistant materials such as oil pastels. Collect textures from nature through rubbings and prints. Learn to transfer images from printed sources. Transform experiments into collages. Gathered into a hand-bound book, they are a record of your creative journey whether you are a beginner or a more experienced student.

Student working on a collage under the guidance of Kelly Finnerty MA LMFT

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Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$675.00
Kelly O. Finnerty

Kelly O. Finnerty, LMFT is an artist, educator and psychotherapist with a deep appreciation for the inspiring power of the northern New Mexico landscape that she has enjoyed exploring for many years. Dedicated to the healing


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Exploring Mixed Media and Collage

Instructor: Kelly Finnerty

Start Date: 7/7/19, End Date: 7/13/19

Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 7/7/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm

Invitation: Having a hard time deciding which art medium is your favorite? You don’t have to choose just one. Join me in the Exploring Mixed Media and Collage workshop where we will sample and combine a wide variety of materials and mediums. Experimentation is encouraged! This is no risk art. You don’t need to worry about making a mistake – it’s all about the making. Mixed media collage is a forgiving art form that allows you to layer and alter images as you follow your intuition. You will be introduced to a creative practice that is both meaningful and playful, inspired by the amazing landscape of Ghost Ranch.

Instructor Background: I love working with people of all ages to expand their sense of their creative abilities. I have done this work as a California Artist in Schools and Communities, through the development of museum and exhibits and programs at the Science Museum of Minnesota and Minnesota Children’s Museum and more recently, as a psychotherapist, using expressive arts in the treatment of trauma. I have found that a regular creative practice is an essential ingredient for my own growth and sanity and I love the freedom of mixed media collage! Sharing what I have learned with others and learning from my students is pure joy. Currently I am working on a series of found books altered with collage.

Provided Materials: I will provide:paper of various weights and colorsbleeding tissue paper in multiple colorsoil and chalk pastelswater soluble crayonsgraphite and color pencils (w/c and non)water color and acrylic paint, adhesives: Modge Podge, gel mediums, pastes, stamps, markers, scissors, exacto knives, found images.

What to Bring: Favorite pens and related tools; Notebook; Personal images and ephemera that can be cut and pasted.

FAQs: Q: Do you need to be able to draw? A: No. We will draw as a tool for observation. We will draw to loosen our hands. Drawing will not be judged by the criteria of being realistic.

Q: Do you need to have prior art experience? A: No. This is great introductory experience for the novice and it is also an opportunity for those who are more experienced to branch out and try something new.


“I felt my wings released.”

“Wonderful class. The teacher was inspiring. The class filled me with joy!”

“Kelly created a safe, nurturing environment to explore mixed media art.”

“Great inspiration in the first days and plenty of time to play with watercolor, acrylic, oil pastels and chalk, I learned so much!”

“We talked, read, danced, painted, laughed. The participants bonded into friends and felt like artists!”

“I’d take this class again!”

“Kelly was a wonderful instructor!! Very supportive and affirming with novice artists – me! She allowed us to meet our personal needs. She is great! A delightful and warm person and terrific instructor!”

“What a great class!”

“I would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn about art, process in art and about themselves- all in a welcoming environment- and have a lot of fun and freedom doing it!”

Recommended Resources: Start doing some image searches for mixed media and collage artists. If you like, print some examples that speak to you and bring them to share.I love Romare Bearden’s work. It’s great place to start!

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note:  Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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