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Building Narrative in Mixed Media with Laura Brainard Raborn

Laura Raborn

Tuesday – Thursday | 1:00 – 6:00pm | $395 March 6 – 8, 2018 This three-day workshop will explore a variety of mixed media materials and methods. Through demos, students will explore drawing, painting, collage, stenciling, stamping, and image transferring techniques. One of the most rewarding lessons will be how to embrace imperfection or the idea of “accident” in our artwork. Students are encouraged to bring materials that inspire them visually – fabric swatches, magazine pages, newspaper clippings, receipts, tickets, maps, old drawings, photocopies of favorite photos, and even copies of pages from favorite books. From this collection of things, a pattern may emerge, or perhaps a visual images story. We will explore how meaning changes as you shift and play with colors, contrast, language, scale, textures and imagery. The format of each day includes demos, work time, and critiques, during which we’ll analyze successful and unsuccessful pieces, and how to revive “mistakes.” We will also study contemporary artists whose materials and methods mimic what is covered in this workshop. All levels of art experience are welcome – though some painting and drawing experience is helpful. Students who are ready to try new techniques will gain the most from this energetic class. Laura will be giving a free talk at 6pm on March 5 at Wilkinson Library. Laura Brainard Raborn’s paintings have been exhibited throughout Arkansas and are in numerous collections including recent acquisitions by the CARTI Collection, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Bill and Hillary Clinton private collection. Her work has earned numerous awards such as the Wilma and Jack Diner Purchase Award at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has a thriving portrait commission business, one of which was presented to the former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Beebe. After receiving a B.A. from Rollins College, Laura worked in marketing for six years and took evening classes at the Arkansas Arts Center, where she is delighted to now teach workshops. She recently completed her Masters in Art with a focus on Painting, during which she worked as a Graduate Assistant for the esteemed Dr. Floyd Martin. Her studio is open for appointments and her paintings can be viewed at or by visiting Justus Fine Art in Hot Springs, AR and Princess Street Gallery on Harbour Island in the Bahamas.