Collage as Memoir: Putting the Pieces Together

Steven Rudin

Steven Rudin, Time of Reflection, 2020, Hand-Cut Paper Collage 40” X 32”
Steven Rudin

Workshop Description

Tuesdays, 6:30PM-8:30PM EST
January 12-February 9
1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9
Price: $425
Class Held via Zoom
Limited to 10 Students

Derived from materials that surround us in daily life, collage and memoir are highly interconnected. In this 5 week online workshop, participants will experiment with collage as a powerful form of artistic expression. Using images and photographs collected from their own sources, participants will learn how to create hand-cut paper collages with personal meaning. Following a four-step method, participants will practice observing their natural tendencies with curiosity and enthusiasm.

The course will include lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, individual critiques, and virtual studio visits. Setting up a home practice and embracing limitation will be central themes. The fundamentals of process including inspiration, planning, composition, and perspective will be covered in detail. A new module on finishing techniques (e.g. glazes, sealants, and varnishes) has been added.

Participants will be introduced to the instructor’s philosophy, “The Psychology of Collage,” which explores collage as a metaphor for memory and identity. In addition, participants will be encouraged to consider the historical, contemporary, and personal relevance of this versatile medium.

About the Instructor

Steven Rudin is a visual artist, speaker, teacher, and psychiatrist based in New York City. Rudin reimagines hand-cut paper collage as a metaphor for memory and identity. A blend of precision and whimsy, his multilayered compositions draw viewers into a dialogue about the dynamic nature of the mind. Based on his expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy, his art philosophy examines how stories can be put together in many different ways using the same parts. His lively exhibitions, talks, and classes encourage participants to visualize their inner lives as collage.

In mid-2017, Rudin made the shift to art full time after nearly two decades in clinical, academic, and leadership positions at Columbia University. He holds degrees from Columbia University, Cornell University, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has extensive experience teaching about cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety. Rudin’s philosophy, The Psychology of Collage, is a hybrid of visual art and education. His work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, public spaces, and art fairs in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Cannes.

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