Making Your Mark: Sgraffito Techniques
with Chris Cozen from Golden

Sunday, August 2, 2009 • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Incising, scribing, scratching, and mark-making of all kinds is the plan for this new workshop! All of the techniques we will explore allow for the artist to leave evidence that the surface has been changed. We'll use toothpicks, chopsticks, paint brushes, palette knives, and other implements to make our marks. Explore the benefit of laying down strong color beneath to expose as you scribe.

We'll be working with five different products so bring along either five small canvases or canvas boards no bigger than 8x10".

About Chris Cozen
Chris Cozen has always had a creative streak, dabbling throughout her youth without any formal training, taking a few design courses over the years. Trained as an educator, Chris spent 30 years as teacher, administrator, college Instructor, and Seminar Leader doing art when the time and space allowed. When she retired from Education in 2000, she built a studio and focused her efforts full-time on her art.

Chris is essentially a self-taught artist with an innate understanding of color and design. Many of her pieces are "stories" of people and experiences, enriched with pieces of family history. She especially enjoys collage and assemblage as they allow her to incorporate into her work "treasures" she collects that help her tell a story. Both her mixed media canvases and her assemblages are colorful, whimsical, and intricate, building layer upon layer of meaning along with the color and collage elements. It is important to Chris that people engage with the story being told, even if they end up telling a different story than was in her mind when she began the piece.

Since 2000, Chris has exhibited in Memphis, Nashville, The A.E. Backus Gallery in Florida, and the Chapelle des Penitents in Callian, France. Her work is held in private collections in California, Maryland, Tennessee, Florida, Canada, Germany, France, Israel, and Norway. She has also written two books: Altered Surfaces, published in 2008, and Transfers & Altered Images, published in 2009.

She is currently a member of Golden Artist Colors' Working Artist Program which was designed to provide artists with first hand experience of the variety of Golden acrylic products and their uses. Professional artists with extensive acrylic product training, such as Chris, conduct classes and demonstrations for artists and students working in acrylic or other media.


[Making Your Mark: Sgraffito Techniques]
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