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Watercolor Collage
Landscapes

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I accepted an invitation to teach watercolor to a group of
middle school students from Taos. They were in Albuquerque
on a retreat - spendinga few days in a cabin at the base
of the Sandia mountains. It's only a short drive from my
house in the valley but it's 1500 feet higher in altitude.
I arrived to find snow - where it belongs "in the mountains".
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practice collage view from cabin painting test collage


Students drew from the actual mountain forms in front of their cabin
before tearing and pasting down shapes to fit their compositions.
We stressed torn "feathered" edges on the various shapes.
Overlapping closer elements in the landscape was important
to provide a sense of depth to the painting.

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testing process first white on white collage begins making it fit your idea

Texture was important to show the character of the mountains.
A variety of types of white paper adds variety to the collage.
Mode Podge was used to paste the torn peices down.
We used Sax liquid watercolors to finish our paintings.

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a'la John Marin a'la Georgia O'Keeffe

creativity at work students painting their collages no local color here

road to the cabin near the base of sandia mountains

keeping
the cabin warm



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