Collage in the Natural World: Experience and Expression with Sara Baker Michalak

In this workshop, held over two consecutive Sundays, expert collagist Sara Baker Michalak will show you how to begin or expand your art practice while exploring the medium of paper collage. Paper collage is an expressive, flexible and accessible medium for anyone, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist. In this workshop you will learn the unlimited imaginative possibilities the medium offers.

Works of the renowned nature photographer Kevin Ebi, in RTPI’s current exhibition Five Minutes in Nature will serve as our springboard as we view his stunning images of the natural world. Included in this artist’s exhibition are his quick mindfulness exercises that he proposes to help connect us to the often underappreciated aspects of nature that we pass by every day. We’ll put Kevin’s suggestions to use as we go outside (weather permitting) and explore features of RTPI’s Peterson Preserve. Returning to RTPI’s Art and Nature Lab we’ll each connect our perceptions, inspirations and practice as we begin our collage compositions.

Click the link above to register. Cost: $80 per student for series of two classes. Maximum 10 students.

Supplies to bring:

  • A pair of scissors
  • Glue stick(s) : Onyx+ Green Glue Sticks, Plant Base, Non-Toxic, Pack of 2 : Arts, Crafts & Sewing Elmer’s All Purpose Glue Sticks, Washable, 6 Grams, 2 Count : Arts, Crafts & Sewing

Supplies to be provided:

  • All other supplies will be provided courtesy of the artist

Bio: Sara Baker Michalak was born in Westfield, NY. She received her BFA from the School of Fine and Applied Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Interdisciplinary Studies (English and Geoscience) from SUNY Fredonia.  She’s attended a number of workshop residency intensives including at Haystack Mountain on Deer Isle, ME, and Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC. For many years Sara served as an Art Facilitator for individuals with developmental disabilities for Aspire of WNY. In addition to her visual art, Baker Michalak writes, is a student of land protection and restoration, and propagates native wildflowers. She exhibits her work widely, most recently in her Solo Exhibitions at the Crary Art Gallery, Warren PA (2021) and VIEW, Old Forge NY (2020).

Institutions with Baker Michalak’s work in their permanent collections include the Burchfield Penny Art Center in Buffalo, NY, The Ontological Museum in Santa Fe, NM, and Merz Gallery in Sanquhar, Scotland. She enjoys engaging with fellow artists and viewers in nontraditional settings and has joined with an enthusiastic community of international collagists who work independently, applying a wide range of collage works as ‘art interventions’ outside gallery walls.