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Course Description

MIT has found that the human brain can process entire images that the eye sees for as little as 13 milliseconds — the first evidence of such rapid processing speed. In this course, students will decide how to best utilize their medium and composition to quickly describe and best translate their artistic metaphor, propelling a narrative forward. Using charcoal, collage, and mixed media, students will work to create a mood subtlety through abstraction, and deal with what materials mean to our image/ story, while allowing the physicality of their marks to guide the viewer’s unconscious.

For questions or assistance please contact Elizabeth Buccino, Director of Education

Cancellation Policy

AAN depends upon student tuition to continue to offer classes and workshops. Due to our commitment to small class sizes and the hands-on nature of art education, we are greatly impacted by cancellations. Nevertheless, we do understand that plans change. If you need to cancel your reservation for a class or workshop, please note our cancellation/refund policy here and let us know as soon as possible.


Printable Materials List

• Charcoal
• Colored chalk
• India ink
• Acrylic paint (your choice of colors)
• Kneaded eraser
• White solid eraser
• Newsprint paper
• Sketch paper
• Stonehenge paper (or any heavier mixed media paper)
• X-acto knife
• Modge Podge glue (Small container)
• Inexpensive paint brush for applying glue

There will be some limited collage materials on hand. It would be greatly appreciated if you added to these depending on what you are most interested in.

Matt Bielen

Matthew Bielen is a contemporary artist from Massachusetts. Bielen's work is inspired by New England's natural and Maritime history and abstractly explores the reciprocal relationship between humans and nature.
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