July 16-20, 2018
Faculty: Nick Neddo
Renew your creative nature through crafting your art tools and materials directly from the wild! A playful and profound exploration of the handmade approach to making art, this workshop strengthens the bridge to your inherent creative superpowers and the dynamic living world we call nature. Make paint from stones; paint brushes from furs, feathers and fibers; pens from various wooded and winged critters; inks from plants; and charcoal from trees. Forage, gather and harvest raw materials from the local landscape with intention and respect and then transform them into handcrafted artist tools. Give them new life as you explore their use and endless creative potential.
When we engage with the ecosystem in this way our sense of place is restored and we remember what it feels like to belong to the landscape in a more holistic manner. When we become inquisitive and creative we are more resilient and better able to respond to life’s challenges.
Other Workshops Offered by Nick Neddo this Session:
- Wildcrafted Pens & Ink
- Wildcrafted Pigments, Paints & Paintbrushes
- Natural Hide Tanning & Leather-Crafting
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Tuition & Fees: Early Bird Pricing: $750.00 / Pricing after June 16th: $775 covers the cost of the class, most course materials, and daily meals from our top-ranked Sterling Kitchen. Accommodations are not included in course pricing.
Housing Availability & Fees: On-campus housing is available for an additional fee of $60/night with a private bathroom and $50/night with shared bathrooms. Please note that Sterling College offers rustic/vintage/farmhouse style accommodations that are clean and safe but not luxurious. Availability is limited and room requests are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you prefer to stay off-campus please see our accommodations page for local recommendations.
Nick Neddo is a sixth-generation Vermonter who has been making art since he could first pick up a crayon. He grew up exploring the wetlands, forests, and fields of his bioregion and developed a profound curiosity, respect, and love for the community of life around him. As a youngster, Nick identified primary focuses that would become lifelong pursuits: study of the natural world, Stone Age technology (popularly known as primitive skills), and creating art. Everything changed for Nick when he started making his art materials directly from the landscape. The moment he begins working on a piece happens much earlier than that of the first pen line or brushstroke. His artistic process includes days and weeks of searching the landscape, gathering raw materials, processing and refining the elemental components and hand-crafting them into high quality tools and materials. Nick aspires to make tools that are as beautiful in their function and that retain as much of their raw form as possible. He transforms fibers, furs, berries, beeswax, muds, sticks and stones into pens, paint brushes, crayons, charcoal, inks, paints, paper, inkwells, and sketchbooks. The subject matter of many of Nick’s compositions represents the creatures who provided the raw materials to make the medium in which they are depicted. For example, when using ink he made from black walnut trees, with a pen he made from a black walnut twig, Nick is compelled to make images of this tree. Nick’s uniquely landscape-based approach to making art is detailed in his recent book, The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Paper, Pigments, Prints and More from Nature (Quarry Books, 2015).
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