Reuse Muse I: The Joy of Limitations
Are you ready to expand the reach of your imagination in a supportive and stimulating community of artists?
If so the ever-popular six-week Reuse Muse class might be just the class for you.
Subtitled The Joy of Limitations, this class helps you focus on ideas by limiting the materials that are used. Each week you receive a new assignment, along with a bag containing two recycled materials. You are encouraged to use only the materials provided, along with others found in a floater bag distributed at the first class.
Everyone has the same materials, but the range of responses is astounding. Always entertaining and surprising, this class has spawned whole bodies of work made from the most mundane materials. Astroturf, matches, ledger paper, abandoned birds’ nests, buttons, old quilt fragments, felted sweaters, first aid manuals, glass vials, rocks, rusty cans…these are just some of the raw materials recently used as springboards for inspiration. When you are presented with materials not of your choosing, you learn to think and create in new and different ways.
No prior art experience is necessary, only an inquisitive mind and a desire to broaden your artistic horizons. Class size is limited to eight.
Date & Time!Reuse Muse II: The Joy of Limitations
Six weeks, Wednesdays, 1:00 — 3:30 p.m.
June 6 - July 18, no class on July 4
Open for Registration
Cost: $525 (includes most supplies).
RegistrationSpace is limited.
For availability please
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Mail checks to:
5518 Circle Drive
El Sobrante, CA 94803
To reserve your seat, class must be paid for in advance. Checks are accepted for registration. Full refund is provided up to one week before class starts. A $35.00 service charge will be deducted from the refund. No refund during the week before or after class starts. We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule a class as required. Should this happen, you would have your choice of a full refund or enrollment in a future class.
Studio is wheelchair-accessible.
What students have said about the classes:
The Reuse Muse class has been a wonderful learning experience. Each week Lisa presents a new challenge to us. I’m learning I can make something out of almost anything. The classes are a way to meet other artists with similar passions for collecting the dilapidated and neglected. Rusted bottle caps, old tea bags, distressed books. In this class we make outrageous and beautiful objects from the discarded and unwanted, even banana peels. Lisa is an awesome teacher. She gives thoughtful, in-depth and honest criticism and helps me constantly expand the reach of my imagination. Deborah Friedman, Walnut Creek, CA www.deborahbeniofffriedman.com
“Having only a few unusual materials to work with has freed me to just put things together, to play, to not obsess about outcome. With each limitations project, I have learned things about my work style and ways of thinking. I no longer panic when I don't see a way to move the project forward. Working this way challenges me to make and remake, to push myself beyond the point where I want to quit. I have learned to see materials in a different way, to see potential in unlikely things, and to work with materials that I never would have freely chosen. Seeing how others in the group handle limitations is inspiring and surprising.”
Susan Brady, El Cerrito, CA | www.msusanbrady.wix.com/msusanbrady
I am finding Lisa’s Reuse Muse class to be highly useful.The assignments are inspiring; Lisa’s teaching is nurturing and insightful. I enjoy the warm community in the class. I am glad we do not have to do the assignment. Lisa welcomes our journey even as it takes us to a place of primary process because of using discarded matter. She has a zillion books on the subject of book arts and art made from recycled materials. Lisa’s own work is at the cutting edge of the growing international culture of book art and reuse. Most important to me is that she gets my sense of humor, and has helped me to hone my craftsmanship while entering new ground. Dorothy Nissen, Berkeley, CA | www.dorothynissen.com
As someone with no formal art experience, I find Lisa's classes to be a nurturing source of artistic inspiration. The projects, along with Lisa's generous support, encouragement and artistic knowledge, allow me to feel at ease with, and even at home with my creative self. I am inspired by the extraordinary work of the other participants and their thoughtful, sincere critiques. The classes are fun and provide a safe place for enhanced awareness of the untapped creative spirit and energy within. Elizabeth Kueny, Alameda, CA
“Lisa's workshop, the Joy of Limitations, has produced in me a joy of possibilities, just as I had hoped. Designing works with materials alien to me has allowed my creative juices to roil!” Ellen Hauptli, Berkeley, CA | www.ellenhauptli.com
“Limitations freed me from the excess of my life; it allows me to discover things about myself and objects I never realized. It cleared my mind from the chatter around me and provided the clarity and creativity to stretch; it is what made me go beyond and even heal.” Bette McKenzie, Oakland, CA
“Get out of your comfort zones, explore new techniques, challenge yourself with unknown and unfamiliar materials.” Jeanette Carr, CA