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2017 Watercolor and Collage

Laura caught leaves drifting in a stream.
Laura can always find color, even in these white daisies.
Much of Laura's current work is abstract and divides space across the canvas.
This landscape of a valley near big water is a recent work.
This painting pulls all the colors of fall into a harmonious whole.
Here are a few of Laura's students from 2016 hard at work.
This student work is from Laura's 2016 class.

with Laura Whitesides Host

This year Laura turns to the figure in collaged works in the heavily patterned tradition of Gustav Klimt's paintings, Henri Matisse's late-life collages, and contemporary artist Anne Bagby's work.

Beginning with a sketched figure, students will go on to use stencils, stamps, fluid acrylics and watercolor paint to create collage pieces to pattern the figure's clothing, background and, perhaps, borders of divided spaces. The patterns can be simple, like Matisse's work, or complex, like Klimt and Bagby's.

Laura will supply photographic reference material, but students are encouraged to bring photos of friends and loved ones to use as subjects, as well as their own favorite collage tools and papers.

Laura Whitesides Host earned her BFA from the University of Michigan. She teaches regularly at the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center and other sites around Detroit. Laura is a founding member of the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale, celebrating its 30th year in 2017. She is also a longtime member and frequent officer for both the Michigan Water Color Society and the Birmingham Society of Women Painters. From her home in Birmingham, Laura travels the world in pursuit of her art.

See more of her work at

All levels of experience; class limited to 12. This class is filled. You may sign up on the waiting list.

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