Susan Friedman

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– Workshops –

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy.

What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”


– Charles Mingus


Are you looking for fun while feeding your creativity? Do you want to learn design and composition principles to produce compelling work? Do you want to let go of perfectionism?


You will explore mixed media techniques, materials, and tools while developing your visual vocabulary. Experiment with various papers, techniques, and ideas to create vibrant and innovative collages while learning color, composition, texture, shape, and execution.


Collage and mixed media are expressive ways to create layers and depth in your work. The class will explore:


Create collage scraps and distress paper


Layer paint and paper to develop rich collage texture.


Excavate layers revealing the history.


Transfer images from magazines onto your work.


Apply washes to enrich dimension.


Apply principles of good design and composition.


Learn tips for getting unstuck.


Finishing the work with cold wax and polishing it.


Where: A stunning mountain retreat south of Half Moon Bay will be the location of these workshops. An information sheet and exact location will be provided upon registration.


When: two days 10am-4pm


First workshop:


Second workshop:



Class Fee: Mixed Media Art Class $550 for 2 days.


Includes instruction and group follow-up critique and gourmet lunches


Most of the materials for the class will be included in the fee except for the panels


Sign up: A $50.00 non-refundable deposit secures a spot in this class.


Address for deposit: PO Box 639 Pescadero Ca, 94060

Limited class size

Enroll Now! Beginners welcome


 All covid rules will be implemented, including mask-wearing, and vaccination proof upon entering the class.


 Susan Friedman (photographer/filmmaker, mixed media artist) is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer. Friedman has been a still photographer for many years and has had one-women shows nationally and internationally, including Tokyo, Amsterdam, Berlin, and San Francisco. Her still work is collected by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Oakland Museum, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.


Susan has exhibited nationally and internationally and continues to exhibit in galleries, magazines, and private collections. She was on the Art department faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for 30 years. Her work can be found at


Paola Vazquez assistant; Paola is currently going to Canada college and plans to transfer to the UC system in the fall. She has received several grants that include Jobs for Youth Al Teglia and Promise scholarships.

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