Total Essential Knowledge

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10 am-4 pm

Total Essential Knowledge, October 21

A Drawing-as-Communication Workshop for All Skill Levels with Colin Matthes

Fee: $85/$75 members (all materials included)
Registration: Registration is closed. For information on upcoming workshops, sign up for our e-list.

“no one is an expert in everything and everyone is an expert in something”

In this workshop students are invited to share and visualize their essential knowledge. One part workshop, one part conversation, we will begin by sharing stories and learning from each other, then gradually move toward creating individual drawings designed to communicate our unique knowledge. Once the drawings are completed we will prepare them for reproduction and then design and print a book containing all the drawings made in class. You will receive a copy to take home.

Never drawn a thing in your life? No problem! The emphasis in this workshop is on communication (and drawing as a cross-disciplinary communication tool) rather than rendering skill. We will discuss how drawing communicates information in non-fine art disciplines, including architecture, science, and cartography. We will consider the role fiction, exaggeration, humor, and lies play in image-making and storytelling. Past participants have included 2nd graders, doctors, poets, and retirees from a variety of vocations.

About the Artist

Colin Matthes has been teaching Total Essential Knowledge workshops for several years. His TEK philosophy can be summed up in two thoughts: no one is an expert in everything and everyone is an expert in something; and drawing can be more than making something look like what it looks like.

When not teaching these workshops, Matthes makes interdisciplinary work about engineering the absurd, which allows him to address economic and environmental crisis from a funny, critical, and perversely industrious point of view. Matthes has exhibited internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Antwerp, Dublin, Houston, Seville, Ljubljana, Melbourne, and Berlin. He has participated in numerous residencies including Hotel Pupik (Austria), Werkkamp (Belgium), and Cow House Studios (Ireland). He won the Mary L Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists in 2012 (Established) and 2007 (Emerging). Matthes works collectively with Justseeds, and is a teaching artist for Lynden's Innovative Educators Institute.

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