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Martha Rich will be teaching a workshop in the city of New Orleans -one of the world's most fascinating cities which is steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond. It's home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music - so come join us for a 4 night, 3 day Ace Camp in the Big Easy and learn how to do art your way.

This workshop is about defining your own art world and is designed to teach the basics of what it takes to live as a freelancer and make a living from your art while finding a visual style that is authentic.

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From Martha:

 At age 35, I quit my corporate job in Human Resources and went back to school to study art. I traded in pantyhose for paint-covered jeans and haven’t looked back. 15 years in corporate america made me determined to never go back to the cubicle. 

My art background is Los Angeles-defined, but I never felt that I fit into that scene completely. As I made my way through the ups and downs of freelance work and the gallery scene there I ended up creating my very own unique art career that fits my personality, my strengths, my quirks and faults.

I defined my own art world, and even though I have been doing this for almost 14 years, I know the best is yet to come.

The workshop covers:

•    Basic skills using acrylics, ink, collage and media experimentation.
•    Opportunities in illustration/commercial art.
•    Creation of an art/experimentation/journal/idea sketchbook using recycled thrift store books. (We hope to find a great quirky thrift store in New Orleans for everyone to go to and look for a book to use)
•    A series of exercises geared at opening up creativity and letting go of fear of making art.
•    Seeing art in everyday living i.e. food, travel, people, collections, history, surroundings, conversations etc.
•    Using digital and analog promotion/networking to get attention for your art. 
•    A field trip to Red Truck Gallery if we can fit it in!


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This Ace Camp includes:

Snacks + beverages during the workshop

You will be sent a list of supplies to bring upon registration.

Workshop is limited to 10 people.

Fee:  $1349.00 - airfare is not included

Deposit:  $800.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed 

Final Payment of $549.00 due May 15, 2014

Workshop location in a private studio

Workshop location in a private studio

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The group will be staying at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel in the heart of the Arts District near the French Quarter and is conveniently located near numerous museums. The arts-focused Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel has 2 indoor sculpture gardens, an art gallery, an outdoor terrace, fitness room, and rooftop outdoor pool. Rooms are shared and based on double occupancy.  Sorry, no opportunity for single rooms on this trip.

Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel

Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel

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Originally from Philadelphia, Martha Rich lived the typical, suburban life - until she followed her husband to LA where, just short of a picket fence and 2.5 children, her average American life unraveled. To cope with divorce, fate lead her to a painting class taught by the Clayton Brothers. They persuaded her to quit her human resources job at Universal Studios and become an artist. She graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design. After years in LA, she is currently back in Philadelphia where she just completed an MFA program at the University of Pennsylvania.

In Philadelphia, Rich has taught at Tyler School of Art, Drexel University and University of the Arts as well as at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Prior to relocating to the East coast Rich taught at Art Center College of Design within the Illustration and Design Matters programs. She has recently returned to Art Center to team-teach the newly developed Smart Image, Social Impact class that partners the Illustration Department with DesignMatters and is designed as an introduction to the DesignMatters concentration for illustration students.

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 Martha Rich’s Freedom Wigs

It’s a very small hardcover book full of “Sketchbook Expressionism and other Personal Things” Her work reminds me of Esther Pearl Watson’s Unloveable comics and I start to wonder what those might look like painted. Martha’s work in this book seems to focus on similar themes as Unlovable- young romance and high school beauty but it seems to take place more in the 60s and 70s.



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