Transform Your Stories into Art at Assemblage Workshop

Posted on May 31 by SEASONS Magazine

We’ve all heard the phrase “a picture’s worth a thousand words,” but did you know that this applies to objects, too? Every piece of work that we create has a story to tell, whether its your own story or someone else’s. On July 12 and 13 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., celebrate the amazing process of visual art by attending Channeling Stories from Objects: An Assemblage Art Workshop led by Santa Barbara’s Rod Lathim.

"Three Generations" Assemblage by Rod Lathim

“Three Generations” Assemblage by Rod Lathim, courtesy photo

Channeling Stories from Objects is a two-day, ten-hour hands-on workshop for adults interested in learning assemblage construction art. Participants will learn the aesthetics of balance, texture, color, layering and elements of design, as well as techniques for creating three-dimensional imagery from one-dimensional objects. The workshop provides a relaxed and fun approach to creating stories from vintage found objects, photos and memorabilia. You will be surprised at how these random memories hidden away in your closet or attic can transform into beautiful and meaningful art for your home! In addition, the stories you create from assemblage will provide you with a wonderful way to honor, remember and celebrate beloved family members and friends.

The workshop will also feature award-winning designer Suzanne Fairly Green and will take place at an art studio on the campus of Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. Attendees are encouraged to bring a phone with a camera, scissors, clear silicone adhesive, vintage photos, a box or board to use as the frame of your work, an exacto knife and sentimental objects that represent history, personality, special memories or family. You may also purchase vintage objects from Lathim’s studio if you want to include them in your work.

To ensure personal interaction and a friendly, intimate setting, the workshop is limited to 12 (maximum of 14) people. To register, please call 805/569-1064. More information on the workshop can also be found by clicking here. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to share your stories!

Courtesy of Rod Lathim

Rod Lathim, courtesy photo

Lathim is a fifth generation Santa Barbaran and has a long history of work in the arts. His résumé includes careers in writing, directing and producing theatre and film, and he is also a published journalist, author, photographer and assemblage artist. A talented craftsman and an inspiring leader, Lathim has dedicated his life to creating art that enlightens and impacts social change. He has received numerous awards for his work as an artist and arts administrator, including the Princess Grace Foundation USA Award, Maxwell House’s 100 American Heroes and the 2012 Leadership in the Arts Award by the Santa Barbara County Supervisors and Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. To learn more about Lathim and his work, visit his website here.

-Ashley Somerfeld

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