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Mirrors of Identity: 3-D Collage Boxes – G2007210

Workshop ID: G2007210
Dates: July 12 - July 18
Price: $775.00 - $1,540.00

Learn and apply skills in all facets of creating 3-D Collage Boxes that reflect personality. In the workshop students will work

  • Further exploring and experimenting with the language of symbolism of an individual object or assemblage of objects as we interpret or convey their meaning within a cultural or multicultural context.
  • Measuring, cutting and creating divisions in a shadow box using Balsa, Bass woods and glue.
  • Exploring various bonding materials and techniques to permanently attach different objects in the shadow box when desired.
  • Intuitively and rationally composing 3-D collages with personal mementos in prefabricated wood and/or cardboard boxes.
  • Learning the technique and use of tools to cut glass panels and cleaning them to fit into the shadow box.
  • Collage making, painting or varnishing completed shadow boxes.These materials will be provided to students in this Workshop: A wood box, a cardboard box, Bass and Balsa woods, various types of glue, clear glass, paints and miscellaneous objects for their shadow boxes.

Students will do prior to the workshop:

  • On line research on Joseph Cornell’s shadow/memory boxes for inspiration and construction design.
  • Select a topic or subject to develop their shadow boxes such as family, pets, vacation, career, hobbies, nature, etc.
  • Explore the universal language of symbolism by selectively collecting a wide variety of small personal items to be displayed in shadow boxes such as photographs, postage stamps, maps, postcards, paper currency, poems, fabrics, lace, coins, souvenirs, keys, glasses, animal plastic models, toys, pottery, jewelry, miniature furniture and/or books, compass, pocket or wrist watches, scientific instruments, lenses, prisms, gyroscopes, weigh scales, protractors, and natural items such as dry flowers, feathers, birds’ nests, seashells, twigs, sand, pebbles, etc.
  • Bring a wood box or boxes of their own (optional).


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - No Meals$850.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - Meals$1,055.00
Camping - No Meals$785.00
Camping - Meals$990.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
Jorge Somarriba

Jorge Somarriba is a professional Elementary and Secondary school art educator with a teaching career of 30 years. Originally from Nicaragua, Jorge is a US citizen who has lived in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area

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 for rooms with communal bath, $100 per night for rooms with private or shared bath 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. For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1017 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Sunday–Friday, 8:00 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 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Thursdays - Mondays, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.
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