What is the Fodder Challenge?



The Fodder Challenge is a free online art experience that celebrates our love of mixed media art and



COLLAGE FODDER


The challenge takes place over nine days. Every day a new short mixed media art project lesson is available in the classroom to registered participants.



JULY 5-12, 2022


If you would like to posts your projects on Instagram, you can use the hashtag

#fodderchallenge

so that other participants can find you.

Last year, over 4000 artists participated in the Fodder Challenge and the challenge became the inspiration for a unique, new year long course called Fodder School.




Fodder Challenge is like a huge world wide party on Instagram hosted by


Wendy Solganik @willa.wanders

and

Tiffany Sharpe @tiffanysimplysharpe


Of course, you don't need to be on Instagram to enjoy the Fodder Challenge, but Instagram sure does make it more fun. Follow the hashtag #fodderchallenge so that you can meet new people and get inspired by their interpretation of the projects (that's our favorite part).



Photo Credit: Julie Hamilton

Join Us - It's FREE!


All you need to do is register for the Fodder Challenge (scroll down) and you will have access to the classroom.


An email will be sent out each day with a reminder that there is a new lesson available.


In order to receive emails from the WIlla Wokshops School on Teachable, you must enable the receipt of marketing emails from this school when you register for the first time.


Pictured left: Karen Elaine's Pocket Fodder Book

IMPORTANT


While the Fodder Challenge is a free course, you won't have access to these classes forever.


The challenge takes place from July 5, 2022 and ends on July 12, 2022. We'll give you an additional two weeks of access to these videos, but after that, they're gone (unless you decide to join us in Fodder School 2).







Photo Credit: Dori Patrick

social media disclaimer

Please help to protect the Intellectual Property of our Instructors


We know that in a world where the content creation monster is raging in many people's minds (you are not alone!), the pressure to get noticed and create interesting content for social media every day can be very real.


And we LOVE to see photos of your finished Fodder Challenge projects on social media, so please go ahead and post those final project photos and reels using the hastag

#fodderchallenge


That said, here are some of the big social media no nos that will not sit right with us and will likely result in your removal from the Fodder Challenge or Fodder School classroom:

  • creating videos of yourself doing the Fodder Challenge or Fodder School lessons and then reposting the video on Instagram, YouTube or any other social media platform


  • overly descriptive post descriptions that reveal the techniques taught in Fodder Challenge or Fodder School.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND UNDERSTANDING.

This course is closed for enrollment.

FODDER CHALLENGE INSTRUCTORS

Julie Hamilton

@juliehamiltoncreative

Julie is an artist/illustrator living tucked away in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada.

She is a bit of a late bloomer, coming into art in her 40’s, but jumping in with both feet and never looking back!

She is a self-taught artist and likes to describe her creative process as being in a wonderful state of creative chaos due to an overactive imagination that is always questioning . . . what if? Julie loves the endless possibility that creating art provides. There are so many mediums to explore and so much to learn. She is happiest with a paintbrush in one hand, scissors in the other.

Julie's art career has led her down many different paths from painter to surface pattern designer, illustrator of children's books and now teaching! It has been a wonderful journey that has connected her with so many other like minded creatives.

Drew Steinbrecher

@drewsteinbrecher

Drew has enjoyed working with his hands and being creative from a young age. He has a university degree in graphic design, and has worked professionally for 20+ years. He's an avid knitter and photographer. He currently lives in Cincinnati and is a full time artist and graphic designer.

Recently, Drew's art has been inspired by the controlled chaos and dichotomy of urban environments. Drew has always felt more at home in the hustle, bustle and crowds of cities, even though he would call himself an introvert. Cities are controlled and regulated, yet they can be very chaotic and organic. Most cities are organized into “blocks,” yet within these containers there are chaotic and contrasting urban elements, such as power lines, graffiti, nature, crumbling concrete, walls with torn posters, billboards, nature, wealth, poverty… These dichotomies inspire Drew's art.






Ricki Midbrod

@ricki_ticki_tavy

Ricki Midbrod is a self-taught mixed media artist and journal maker, she currently lives in Tucson, AZ.

Ricki loves playing with vintage photos, time worn fabrics and aged paper, and you will find these items abundantly in her projects.

Ricki believes everyone has an inner artist just waiting for a chance to play, she thinks of herself as less of a teacher and more of an encourager and guide.

Jane Chipp

@janechipp

Jane is an artist based in Somerset, UK and she creates using found objects, old papers and photographs. She is fascinated by the lives of ‘ordinary’ people captured in old photos and she likes to celebrate these forgotten strangers through her art. Jane works mainly with stitch, collage, assemblage and altered books. She likes to create stories and make a connection to the people in old photographs, recognizing that we all feel the same emotions, fears and pleasures regardless of the century. ​Jane sources materials from flea markets, auctions, and junk shops and has collected items for years on her travels. In December 2021 her book, 'Artful Memories: How to create unique art with old photographs' was published. Jane will be sharing lots of her techniques for using old photographs in your art in Fodder School.




Lucie Duclos

@lucieduclos

Lucie Duclos is a graphic designer, art instructor and mixed media artist living in Victoria, British Columbia. 

She works in a lot of different mediums and techniques from pen and ink to watercolor, printmaking, beeswax, collage, fabric, acrylics, or whatever new material she can get her hands on.

She has a popular series of mixed media online classes on Skillshare and has taught over 18,000 students on the platform. She also leads the monthly "Paper Pals Collage Club”, an ongoing live online creative group hosted by Winslow Art Center in addition to her international in-person week-long art retreats.




Karen Elaine

@karenelainecreative

Karen Elaine is an artist, author, and teacher passionate about paper crafting. She creates a wide range of mixed media classes and content to inspire creativity and mindfulness for all experience levels. She is the owner of Kumomi Studio, a creative consulting firm for the art materials industry.

A native of Southern California, Karen now lives and creates in the heart of Arizona. When not in the studio, she is out kayaking, dancing, and bicycling with her husband, Dale.

Rebecca Sower

@rebeccasower

Rebecca is a mixed media artist born in Nashville, but recently located near the river down in the Tennessee Valley of north Alabama. Her morning walks and bike rides by the river and through the trees have become a welcome source of inspiration for her art. The water and its banks extend the perfect balance of peace and wildness. Rebecca works with a variety of art materials, and she loves them all! Her favorite approach to painting is layering. Each painting she begins is a new adventure and experiment for her, and she loves to create layers of paint and texture that draw the viewer in to look a bit more closely. Rebecca has been using her hands to create most of her life and considers them her favorite art tools of all.

Liz Constable

@bookartstudios

Self taught book artist Liz Constable began her adventures with handmade books in 1999. Her passion for hand dyed paper followed a few years later in which Liz developed a unique technique that produces divinely delicious and never been seen before results.


Liz is a highly experimental and engaging artist who loves to extend herself in her individual art practice as well as the classes she teaches online and in her studio in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Dori Patrick

@patrickdori

Dori Patrick feels very fortunate to live a creative life in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she resides with her husband and rescue Labrador. After owning a storefront/make and take studio for 12 years, she closed the door on those special memories to venture out on her own artistic journey. She is a full time mixed media artist who works in acrylic, graphite, pastel and collage. Dori employs unique mark making techniques, sometimes reaching for unusual tools. She works on a variety of surfaces including canvas, wood, and fabric. Coming from a long line of women who are makers, you might say it’s in her blood. She loves to incorporate messages of encouragement in her pieces, sometimes obvious, sometimes not. Her work is often described as exuberant, childlike and joyful. But those who look a little deeper will see an intuitive, unguarded approach, along with a desire to put some good back into this broken world.

Plus, a bonus Lesson from Megan Quinlan!

@meganquinlanstudio

Register for Fodder School 2 for a BONUS lesson from Megan Quinlan

PLUS, you'll have forever access to Fodder Challenge 2022 videos in the FS2 Orientation Classroom!

Megan has been art journaling and book binding for about 20 years. However, she took a 10 year break from paper arts when she had her first 2 children. About 6 years ago, she came back into journaling after some big life changes, including 2 more children. Journaling had always been a part of her life, especially working life’s challenges out on the page. When she first started out, Megan only focused on making books by hand with some basic collage and stamping. She was intimidated by the amazing art journalers out there who had elaborate, mixed media spreads in their journals. When Megan came back to journaling after such a long break, she decided that she was going to really push herself to learn all the techniques that she had been too afraid to try. Painting and drawing have really allowed her to find so much joy in her creative process, and Megan now almost exclusively creates mixed media every day.

This course is closed for enrollment.

FODDER CHALLENGE 2022 HOSTS

Tiffany Sharpe @tiffanysimplysharpe

Executive Producer, Fodder School

Tiffany Sharpe is a self taught mixed media artist who most enjoys working with watercolor and creating unique, handmade books. Although she enjoyed staying busy with a variety of different crafts for most of her life, Tiffany recently immersed herself into mixed media art and art journaling. After doing a 100 day project called "100 Days of Collage Fodder," she bravely co-launched the wildly popular Fodder Challenge on Instagram, a series of short, free classes from popular mixed media artists. Tiffany is now the Executive Producer of a new online school called Fodder School, the only 12 month online art course dedicated to the love of collage fodder, where in its first year, over 1700 students are making fodder, using fodder and repeating! When not creating art, you can find Tiffany at home, taking care of her two kids and husband and walking her dog on a frozen lake in rural Minnesota.

Wendy Solganik

@willa.wanders

Owner and Creative Director, Fodder School

Wendy Solganik, aka “Willa.wanders” on Instagram, is a life long artist and crafter, currently working in handmade books, mixed media art, collage, hand lettering and watercolor. From production wheel pottery to scrap booking to knitting and so many more passions, Wendy always dives deep to master a craft. After a fifteen year stint as the co-owner of Luscious Verde Cards, an award-winning, custom invitation manufacturing company, you can find Wendy at home in her art studio.

Crafting and creating online art class experiences, like Fodder School, for students all over the world is her current creative obsession. You just never know where she will wander to next!