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Mixed Media / Collage / Color







Telling Your Story With Collage:

An introduction to an ancient art

Instructor: Ann Zawacki

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Dates: TBD

Day &Time: Saturday & Sunday, 10 AM – 2 PM 

Length: 2 Days / 4 Hours each Day

Fee: $100 Members
        $110 Non-members

Materials Fee: $10

Materials to Bring: Scissors, small brush, ruler. If you have photos you would like to use please bring them. You may want to photocopy the photos because you may have to cut them up. Instructor will also have some photocopied photos you will be welcome to use.
Skill Level: Know how to use scissors. Projects for more advanced students will also be offered.

Ages: 12 to Adult 

Location: School Street Studios

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Welcome to the wonderful world of collage! In this two-day workshop participants will explore the ancient art of collage. Students will see examples of different types of collage, learn about the origins of collage, and check out some of the instructor's favorite artists.  

Ann will then let students in on the secrets of discovering the best places to hunt for collage materials, how to prepare the materials, what kind of substrated (backgrounds) to use, & what tools students can use in the creative process. Students will also learn to use photos and image transfers in their work.

On Day 1, students will make several collages which they will later embellish with pencil & brush. After letting the collages dry overnight, students will start embellishing collages using fibers, buttons, coins, & found objects. Students who already know the basics of collage will have the opportunity to make a more advanced project.

Ann will bring many materials with her but participants are encouraged to bring their own ephemera to use in their collages


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Ann Zawacki (Artist)

What a journey it has been to get to this point of my life. I didn't start out as a collage artist--I started out wanting to be an English teacher, but that is a story for another time. I have always been fascinated with "making art", and I eventually evolved into a fiber artist.  I created colorful baskets and participated in art festivals throughout the Northeast--Penn State, Mountain Heritage in West Virginia, Westport, and various shows in Maryland and New York.

When my husband retired, we moved to Florida, and it changed my perspective on art in general, and my art in particular.  I was pleasantly overwhelmed by the tropical colors I found in Florida.  The depth of the blues and greens, the iridescence of the clouds, the pops of red and orange and yellow all inspired me to want to capture these magnificent colors. So, I became a fused glass artist.  I still use some of my small pieces in my artwork. I participated in many shows in Florida--Deland, Melbourne, Mount Dora, Tampa and New Smyrna Beach.

More evolution--we decided to move to Georgia to be closer to family, and I still wanted to make art.  That's when I discovered collage.  It has been an eye-opening and sometimes frustrating experience; an experience where I have been able to express my love of colors and textures with fiber and found objects. So, I have become a mixed media/collage artist.

The first thing I discovered is that I cannot use a brush. I just can't get them to produce what I want. I am more of a cut and paste type of artist.

I also use other tools--old gift cards, paint scrapers, toothpicks, handmade stamps, bottle caps, etc., to make the marks I want.  I am not a representational artist--I express myself through color, texture, and form. I like to draw people in and let them interpret what they see.  I trust them to find things I didn't even see.  Thank you for looking, and I hope you enjoy.

Previous Classes



Classes with Alicia Keshishian:



Chroma-licious: A Color Liberation  

 An interactive, hands-on, workshop for the colorfully curious 


Date: Workshop completed (and a wonderful time was had by all!)

Day &Time: Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM (Please note time change)

Length: 7 hour workshop with break for lunch

Fee: $125 Members 
        $135 Non-members

Materials Fee: $15

Location: School Street Studios, UNG Classroom

CLASS DESCRIPTION: COLOR LIBERATION - Do you love color? Are you afraid of color? Do you wonder why chartreuse confuses you or you never use red?

Color has been one of the most powerful tools of communication since the beginning of time. People respond to color before anything else. It’s truly visceral.  A deeper understanding of color can give you more control in your creative life or if you are a curious observer it will give you insight to your attraction to color. The more you know the more effective you can be in creating successful pieces of art be it in design, painting, ceramics, textiles, flower arranging, even how you dress. Let’s explore the wonderful world of color. Through a series of exercises, we can demystify color and in doing so liberate your use of color!  Understand the physiological impact color has on the viewer and the emotional influence of color.  

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES: This workshop will help anyone develop a deeper comfort and fluency with color.  Participants will discover their unique relationship with color and how applied color impacts audience/consumers’ perceptions physically and emotionally. Learning how to incorporate color strategically will lead to greater creative fulfillment. No experience necessary - just curiosity!

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Handmade Card Workshop

An interactive, hands-on, workshop for the creatively curious


Date: Workshop is over (all participants had a fantastic time!)

Day &Time: Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM (Please note time change)

 Length: 7 hour workshop with break for lunch

Fee: $100 Members
        $110 Non-members

Materials Fee: $20

Location: School Street Studios, UNG Classroom

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Create one-of-a-kind handmade cards. Learn different folding formats. Collage art specifically for handmade cards. Learn how to fabricate envelopes to carry your pieces. Alicia was a senior art director for Papyrus, an international, high-end card and gift wrap company, so she has vast experience creating cards. She’ll share tricks, insights and enthusiasm so you can turn ideas into your very own cards - it’s always someone’s birthday or anniversary. So, come have a fun and productive day of creativity.

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES: At the end of the day you can take home your own cards. It could be a single card or a stack of cards. A single envelope or a stack of envelopes. Everyone can work at their own pace and enjoy the process of creating. No experience necessary. 

MATERIALS: Instructor will provide papers, scissors, glue runners, specialty papers, scoring tools, grommets, hole punches etc. Students should/can bring magazines for collages, anything to personalize the cards such as photographs, personal artwork or mementos, and any other art materials they would like. Students may also bring their own punches, scissors, etc and any other favorite tools they might have. That said - there will be plenty of materials if people come empty handed.

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alicia d. keshisshian

Alicia D. Keshishian is an award-winning designer with more than 30 years of professional experience as an art director, graphic designer, surface designer and illustrator. She holds a BFA in Design/ Illustration from the CCAC.  Alicia was an artist-in-residence at The Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina between career shifts.  She currently wears many hats - she produces a line of custom, handmade-to-order carpets, is a popular speaker, lecturer and presenter on design and color while continuing to make art in her California studio. ( 

Alicia’s true loves have always been color and texture.  She comes from a long line of accomplished artists from both sides of her family and takes great comfort in that lineage. Like so many artists, nature and travel are her main sources of inspiration so Alicia travels as often as possible. She has been coming to Grand Cayman for over 30 years. 

Alicia has studied with Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, NCS Colour Systems, and continues to increase her knowledge of color as a Board member of the Color Marketing Group.



Singing Through Collage

Instructor: Susan Pelham

Date:  TBD

Times: 12:30pm to 4:30pm  

Length of Class: 4 Hours

Class Fee: OCAF Members - $75.00
Non-members - $85.00

Ages: 13+ 
           8 - 12 with adult  

Materials List: Magazines with good color and thicker paper such as: National Geographic, Architectural Digest, American Art Review, Veranda, Traditional Home. (Do not bring Southern Living, the pages are too thin.) Scissors, large and small (curved fingernail scissors are helpful). If you have a brayer, bring it. All other supplies will be provided .

Susan Pelham’s colorful and whimsical collages are always favorites when included in OCAF exhibits. Many include references to literature and have little jokes hidden in the composition. She finds inspiration in nursery rhymes, Haiku, Limericks, and children’s camp songs. In this class you will join Susan in the fun of creating collage by making your own personal collage inspired by, and illustrating elements from, childhood songs relating to animals. Susan will discuss design, composition, use of color and materials to guide you in the creation of your work of art.

And, if you are looking for a fun, artistic gift to give for Mothers’ Day, look no further! Your wife or mom will appreciate the time for herself and the chance to be creative. Also, since it is suitable for young children as well as adults, it would be a wonderful experience for a mother & child to share. All skill levels are welcome.



Susan Tillman Pelham graduated from Florida State University in 1963 with a degree in Fine Art. Her major was in Painting with a minor in Art History. Twenty years later she spent three months in London, England updating her Art History at Sotheby’s Styles in Art course.

Her works are owned throughout the United States and abroad and are included in the collections of LeMoyne Art Foundation in Tallahassee, Florida, the National Forensic League in Ripon, Wisconsin, and Apple South in Madison, Georgia. Recently Susan has displayed her collages in solo shows at Bainbridge Cultural Center in Bainbridge, the Oconee Cultural Arts Center in Watkinsville, and the Miller-Ward Center at Emory University in Atlanta. She has received much critical acclaim in the region and has won numerous awards with her collages.  Susan teaches painting in Madison and at her home in Monroe.




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