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Artist Workshop with Vanessa Woods: SURREALIST VISION & TECHNIQUES

Surrealist Vision & Techniques, the third of three-part artist workshop series with Vanessa Woods!

In this workshop, participants will be provided glue sticks, paper, scissors and a variety of vintage and contemporary collage material. Surrealism evokes strange, dreamlike imagery and complex psychological allusions, yet the creative methods employed by many surrealist artist couldn’t have been more accessible. Collage was used by the surrealists because it allowed for the creation of uncanny scenarios through the juxtaposition of everyday images. In this workshop, participants will look at the work of surrealist collagists and explore a variety of their techniques. Students will leave the class with several completed collages and inspiration to continue making more!

(Students feel free to bring any magazines/paper ephemera you may have to add to the class collection)



All materials

Treats by Saltwater Bakery

Cold Brew by Proyecto Diaz


About the artist, Vanessa Woods:

Vanessa Woods |

Woods graduated with an MFA with honors, from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artwork and films have been exhibited internationally including Stanford Art Spaces at Stanford University, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and The Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose. Woods has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship from the SF Arts Commission, a Film Arts Foundation Grant, and the San Francisco Art Institute's MFA Fellowship. She has also been awarded residencies at Djerassi, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and in Pont-Aven, France, through the Museum of Pont-Aven. Woods is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco. For more information please visit

(photograph of surrealist artwork by Vanessa Woods)