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Dallas Artists’ Showplace Workshop with Nita Leland is a Success

Dallas. Ft. Worth art news: The Artists’ Showplace held a collage mixed media workshop with Nita Leland.   Many artists gathered in Dallas from around Texas to hear the Ohio artist and experiment with various mediums to explore and express oneself in art.

“Workshops ought to be fun as well as informative, a place where you can learn to master color, unlock your creativity and find your style. Practice your artistic skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere conducive to learning and developing self-confidence.” says Nita Leland.

Artist Leland shared her vast knowledge with the Texas artists.  According to Nita “Fine art collage is a wonderful medium. I especially enjoy working on textured rice paper, because creases in the paper create interesting textures that enhance the surface. In magazine collage, it’s fun to use unexpected combinations to add humor to a design.” Words were taken from the artist’s website.

A multitude of artistic techniques was presented at the mixed media painting workshop. Various mediums and working methods were used.  The artist talked about design in relation to composing works, and the importance of elements like shape, value, rhythm, contrast and balance. The use of color was discussed, in addition to a video, samples, and demonstrations to help the Texas artists dive in and enjoy the experimental work themselves.  Scraps of magazine papers were used, object encasing on paper and gel medium were the thought of the day.

This artistic mixed media workshop is a road to one’s artistic development through visual art experience.  As the artists “dirty” their fingers, multitude of creative artworks started to emerge, often transformed to complete finished paintings and found inspiration. The Texas artists were fascinated by the variation of the works of art emerging as they dabbled in the experimental venues given by artist Leland.

At this workshop, Just Art artist Esther Friedman created several new mixed media art.  “America’s Heroism, Broken Heart, Broken Links”  was created with cut out of magazine articles about American wars, old Fourth of July flyer and personal journal.  For the painting entitled ” Shabbat Memories,” the Texas artist used colored paper for shading to depict the entrance of Friday night in an American traditional Jewish home.

In addition, several works of the artists that were at the creative workshop are on display as a demonstration of beautiful and interesting pieces that were created, several pieces are work in progress.  More on Nita Leland exploring collage art.

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