In this class, students will learn the techniques of Acrylic Marbling. This class uses acrylic paint, a modern material, to reproduce traditional marbling patterns while embracing the potential for experimentation and playfulness.
We will learn about the 500 year history of marbling, found in Qurans and other Islamic religious texts from Persia, and will discuss traditional recipes and techniques. Students will learn how to prepare all materials and mix paint. Most of the class will be hands-on worktime, and each student will have their own tray to work in. As the day progresses, we will learn new techniques and patterns.
Students will take home 20-30 sheets of marbled paper. Students may bring their own paper to marble on (no larger than 18x24. No prior experience is required.
About the Instructor:
Sheryl Oppenheim was raised in Orlando, Florida and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is a visual artist whose practice includes painting, paper marbling, and artist books. She teaches marbling and collage classes at the 92nd Street Y, and has taught marbling workshops at the Jewish Museum, MoMA, and the Southampton Arts Center. Her artist books are in numerous public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library, the New York Public Library, the Walker Art Center, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.