The Joy of Collage with Suzanne Siegel
September 14-20, 2020
“Regardless of subject, my work is about light, space, and tranquility. I edit what I see into strong shapes and luminous colors to transport the viewer into a moment of peace and beauty.”
A disciplined artist, Suzanne Siegel works in her studio or in the field every day, usually from early morning until late afternoon. As she says, “No matter where I am or what I am doing, I am always painting inside my head, looking for inspiration by observing shapes, color and value relationships, and the light–the amazing beauty of light and how it influences everything.”
Siegel takes long walks in the landscapes she paints in order to find something that will stop her in her tracks. Then she knows she must pause and consider whether what she sees can be translated into a painting. She works on location with either watercolors or pastels, making sketches and color studies to jog her memory in the studio, where she completes larger paintings.
An award-winning artist, Siegel received her B.F.A. from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, where she received the Stobart Fellowship for excellence in painting. She earned an M.F.A. in visual art from Vermont College and has received awards from the Connecticut Watercolor Society, New Haven Paint and Clay, Connecticut Pastel Society, Pastel Painters of Maine, and the Pastel Society of New Hampshire.
Collage is all about the joyful, experimental, and freeing process of cutting, arranging, and pasting painted papers, yet it’s a meaningful enough process to have satisfied Picasso, Braque, Matisse, and many other well-known artists. We will explore aspects of what makes strong and beautiful art through shape, value, line, texture, color and most importantly, variety & contrast. We’ll make beautiful paper collages inspired by the beauty in and around Lecce, Italy. As an award willing professional artist, I will guide and share with you my lifetime of experience making and teaching fine art. Through guided exercises both in the studio and on excursions working from the rich landscapes and historic structures of Puglia, using a sketchbook and portable art materials.
Let go of your inner critic, come and have fun in a relaxed environment while enriching your visual skills where everyone learns at their own pace. There are no mistakes in collage, only adjustments and revisions. All levels are welcome.~ Suzanne
Your muse for seven spectacular days “Florence of the Baroque,” the lovely city of Lecce, one of the most interesting in all of Puglia.
Journey through time, from the splendor of the Roman Empire to present day Lecce with us.
An elegant and refined city where churches and ancient buildings alternate artisan paper-mache workshops, sculptor ateliers, luxury boutiques, charming sidewalk cafes and so much more!
Come, and join us. Travel to a modern city of ancient traditions, to an Italy before the Renaissance. Let history, culture and cuisine inspire you. Let Lecce work its magic. Let’s create together.
Group Size| 10–12 Participants
EXPERIENCE| This workshop is open to all levels of experience, from the absolute beginner through the more experienced artist looking to enhance their skills in a fun, relaxed environment. Suzanne especially encourages beginners who may be hesitant to go on that first art trip to take a leaf of faith and join the fun.
ACTIVITY LEVEL Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
INCLUDES| 6 Nights’ Accommodations in Lecce; Private Shuttle from the Airport; Gourmet Regional Cooking Class; Meals as outlined; Wine-Tastings; Private Guided Excursions; Art Instruction with Suzanne Siegel