Have you ever looked at really interesting mixed media art, handmade books or collage art and wondered how the artist created it?
THIS YEAR LONG COURSE IS THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTIONS.
Great art doesn't need to start
with blank pages and white canvases.
Handmade collage fodder is the jump start secret
to the great mixed media artists' process.
And the more handmade collage fodder you have at your fingertips, the more individual and unique the mixed media art is
that you will be creating.
Your colors, your marks, your hand, your eye, your taste:
IT'S ALL BUILT INTO YOUR COLLAGE FODDER.
our secret sauce:
THE FODDER SCHOOL CYCLE
At Fodder School 2 you will have a new instructor each month for 12 months.
On the first of each month, a new teacher will demonstrate their favorite way(s) of creating unique and personal collage fodder. If you don’t know this already, handmade collage fodder is THE SECRET to incredible mixed media art that is unmistakably YOURS.
On the fifteenth of the month, that month's teacher will present one complete project with a heavy focus on using collage fodder you have created in their Fodder School lessons.
And, the next month, the cycle will repeat itself with a new teacher and a new fun project.
Class begins on October 1, 2022 and Orientation Lessons are available as soon as you register.
More Sometimes is More
The extra fodder that you’ve created in previous a months’ lesson? Well, that becomes a part of what you can build into the next months’ projects. By the end of the year, you will be a world class mixed media artist!
Are you new to mixed media art and looking for a beginning supplies list to get you started in Fodder School?
Before each new month in Fodder School you will receive a new supplies list specific to that month's lessons.
But many people want to get an idea of the things that most mixed media artists have in their kits.
for a basics list.
Fodder School 2 Instructors
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.
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 myself an introvert. Cities are controlled and regulated, yet they can be very chaotic and organic. Most cities are organized in to “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.
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 lookinf 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.
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.
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.
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.
Wendy Solganik, aka “Willa.wanders” on Instagram, is a life long artist and crafter, currently working in handmade books, mixed media art, collage, handlettering and watercolor. From production wheel pottery to scrapbooking 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, a successful, award-winning, custom invitation manufacturing company, you can find Wendy at home in her art studio. Crafting and creating online art class experiences for students all over the world is her current passion. You just never know where she will wander to next!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The classroom is already open now, with our first FS2 lessons released on October 1, 2022.
The cost of Fodder School 2 is $227.00 USD + tax.
That's an incredible price of less than $19.00 per month for an amazing new course each month. Compare that to the individual cost of taking online mixed media art classes a la carte and you know what an absolutely incredible value Fodder School 2 really is.
Fodder School 2 is flexible. You can join at anytime and work at your own pace, or stay current with the new lessons as they are released, it's up to you.
Take a Peek at the Curriculum
- Intellectual Property and Social Media Etiquette for Fodder Schoolers
- Start Here! (26:49)
- Basic Supplies
- Wendy's Mark Making Tool Box (4:02)
- Tiffany Collects Paper (32:16)
- Wendy's Raw Paper Collection Box (8:44)
- Underpaper (8:22)
- Consider Keeping a Fodder School Notebook (6:37)
- Invitation to a Limited Palette for this Course (13:16)
- Adhesives and Applicators for Collage (29:49)
- Collage Fodder Storage (8:53)
- October Supply List
- Rebecca Makes Fodder Printable
- Welcome (2:54)
- Rebecca Mixes Color (22:42)
- Solid Color Base for Fodder (7:25)
- Rebecca Gelli Prints (32:07)
- Rebecca Creates Botanical Fodder (14:28)
- Rebecca Paints and Patterns Papers (32:11)
- Rebecca Uses Fodder Printable
- Rebecca Uses Fodder: Framable Collage Art (60:31)
- Drew Supplies Printable
- Drew Makes Fodder Printable
- Welcome and Introduction (1:01)
- Tools, Materials and Gel Plate Basics (2:50)
- Opaque and Transparent Color (2:45)
- Mark Making (4:16)
- Layers (13:28)
- Stencils and Masks (5:26)
- Drew Uses Fodder Printable
- Drew Uses Fodder: Gelli Print Children's Collage Book (49:46)
- December Supply List
- Wendy Makes Fodder Printable
- Introduction and Materials (27:02)
- Wendy Makes Fodder: Convert Paper into Folding Cards (9:45)
- Wendy Makes Fodder: Gelli Printing (67:54)
- Wendy Uses Fodder Printable
- Simple Sayings for Greeting Cards Printable
- Wendy Uses Fodder: Handmade Envelopes (78:56)
- Wendy Uses Fodder: Lined Envelopes (18:32)
- Wendy Uses Fodder: Simple & Sophisticated Greeting Cards (100:40)
- Card Set Packaging (21:41)
- Ricki Does Liz's Technique on Fabric (21:16)
- Tiffany's Surprise Trick (12:25)
- Wendy Uses Fiber Reactive Dyes (13:31)
- Tiffany Creates a Magic Washer (24:09)
- Wendy Talks Contrast and Opportunities (13:41)
- Ricki Adds Vintage Flair to Her January Clusters (1:51)
- Rebecca Chapman Makes a Series of Sophisticated Wall Art Worth Framing with January Fodder (4:02)
- Jane Chipp Dyes and Grunges Photos (17:20)
- February Supplies Printable
- Lucie Makes Fodder Printable
- Welcome and Introduction (2:15)
- Fodder Creation Materials (9:41)
- Beeswax Materials (6:49)
- Painting Tissue Paper (23:03)
- Textured Rollers (29:32)
- Prints and Patterns (27:50)
- Lucie Uses Fodder Printable
- Lucie Uses Fodder: Beeswax Collage (33:32)
- Lucie uses a Gelli Plate with the Rollers (10:53)
- Megan Dresses Her Paper Dolls with Dyed Coffee Filters (10:13)
- Butterflies Printable for Fussy Cutting and Dipping in Wax
- LINK to Watch LIVE with Lucie Duclos Bonus Lesson
- Rebecca Creates Wax Clusters (3:52)
- Composition Chat with Wendy (25:28)
- Composition Chat with Tiffany (10:51)
- March Supplies Printable
- Microglaze and Acrylic Thickener Alternatives (11:26)
- March Make Fodder Printable
- Welcome (4:05)
- Painted Photo (39:46)
- Image Transfer (11:02)
- Night Painted Photo (8:55)
- Negative Space (11:17)
- Collage Background (15:35)
- Altered Composition (6:54)
- Stitched Photo (11:11)
- March Use Fodder Printables
- Jane's Altered Ancestors Handmade Book Project (71:33)
- April Supplies Printable
- April Make Fodder Printable
- Welcome and A Peek at Dori's Scrap Bin (4:47)
- Dori Makes Fodder: Reductive Paper Printing (19:41)
- Dori Makes Fodder: See Through Elements (16:00)
- Dori Makes Fodder: Smoosh Painting (15:34)
- April Use Fodder Printable
- Dori's Project Photos
- Dori Uses Fodder: Colorful Flower Collage Painting (64:20)
- May Supplies Printable
- May Make Fodder Printable
- Welcome (13:55)
- Packing Tape Fodder (49:18)
- Fodder Tape (73:47)
- Ledger Tape (22:58)
- Upcycled Washi (34:24)
- Fodder Box (90:14)
- Welcome to Use Fodder with Tiffany (1:23)
- Use Fodder Printable
- Postcards from Master Sheets (127:07)
- Postcard Swap Instructions (13:45)
What People are Saying . . .
"Oh my goodness, where do I start? This would have to be the best course I've ever done . . . I don't want to stop."
"If you're not in Fodder School, you're missing out."
"Joining Fodder School was the best choice I made for my art practice."
"I love Fodder School. I have learned something valuable and fun from every single instructor. I already know that I will enroll in Fodder School 2."
"Dear people who have not signed up yet for FS1 . . . you will never regret attending on-line Fodder School. You will learn so much about art and having fun with it!!! If you don't feel quite like an artist when you start, you will be by the end! That's what happened for me . . . and I haven't even completed every course yet!!! Go at your own speed and just enjoy the process!!!"
"I've loved everything about it! The projects, the instructors, working at my own pace, learning new things, seeing everyone's interpretation of each project, the bonus lessons . . . so much to rave about!!"
"I love Fodder School! Before I signed up I thought it would be too much for me but not at all. It really fills me with joy watching the videos, finding ways to make my projects."
"Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the past and future teachers in Fodder School and to all the behind the scene workers keeping it running. What a feast of creativity! A full buffet of techniques! I am going at my own pace as I want to savour it all and life does get in the way every now and again. There is so much to learn and develop from each really full lesson. You teachers are so very generous with not only preparing the lessons, but taking time providing feedback as we post. My head is exploding with ideas and my heart is full. "
Work at Your Own Pace with Lifetime Access
The lessons in Fodder School have "lifetime access," which means the lifetime of the school. They are not downloadable but will be available in Willa Workshops on Teachable for many years.
intellectual property + 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 also LOVE to see photos of your finished Fodder School collage fodder and Fodder School projects on social media, so please go ahead and post those final project photos and reels using the hashtags
#fodderschool and #fodderschoolproject
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 School 2 classroom with no refund:
- creating videos of yourself doing the "Make Fodder," "Use Fodder," or Fodder School Bonus lessons and then posting your video on Instagram, YouTube or any other PUBLIC social media platform (We have a thriving PRIVATE Facebook group for that type of sharing).
- overly descriptive post descriptions that reveal the techniques taught in Fodder School.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND UNDERSTANDING.
Tiffany Sharpe is the Executive Producer of Fodder School.
"I’m fortunate enough to have many roles in Fodder School which include being a teacher, a student, and working behind the scenes with the other teachers. Of all these roles, I enjoy being a student the most. As someone who is newer to mixed media art, I’ve found that Fodder School offers the depth of instruction to get me started, the variety of content to keep me interested, and the support from the teachers and students to keep me engaged. An unexpected outcome that I’ve noticed in myself is that I’ve seen growth in developing my style and artistic talent as I continue to play and explore with each month of Fodder School."
Wendy Solganik is the creative director and owner of Fodder School.