Collages are the ideal art form for the uncertain times we are now living through. Best of all, you don’t need an art background or special talent to work with them. Classes will include hands-on demonstrations, slide shows of collages by noted artists, and slide shows of students’ work for group critiques. Collages are made by first choosing an existing image or pattern that speaks to you, and then allowing that image to inform what comes next. When you let the process teach you what to do, it’s always fun and surprising to see the end result! Like dreams, collages access our sub-conscious, often not making linear sense, but reaching something deeper within you.
Lola Fraknoi is an artist and educator, born in Peru, with a Masters from California College of the Arts. She has been teaching art through City College’s Older Adults Department, and San Francisco State University’s OLLI Program. Her classes include printmaking, portraiture, collage, and introduction to art. She was the founder and director of Ruth’s Table, an intergenerational art center rooted in the art and life of renowned artist Ruth Asawa. More recently, She has designed an art kit for people with dementia that is currently sold all over the world. Fraknoi’s current project, with the Sanchez Art Center, has been to design, and distribute mini art kits during the pandemic to low-income seniors. Fraknoi’s prints, paintings, and sculptures are in private and corporate collections, with a number of prints chosen to illustrate the poetry collection Gravity, by Elisabeth Rosner.