Michael deMeng: Alternate Evolutions in Storyland

Michael deMeng
Alternate Evolutions in Storyland
Saturday 8th April
One Day Workshop

Alternate Evolutions 1

Many of the influences that effect my artwork are stories from childhood. These are often filled with magic and wonder along with a cast fantastical creatures and improbable characters. As of late I’ve been particularly intrigued by the human animal hybrids of storyland. Characters like the White Rabbit and the Caterpillar of Alice in Wonderland, or the Three Little Pigs and Big Bad Wolf all reside in a strange world where the beasties act, talk and dress like humans.

Alternate Evolutions 2

In this workshop we are going to create tiny shrines in honour of magical menageries. Students will gather up a variety of human and and animal figurines and we will reimagine them into unusual creations. They will then be displayed on a small shrine or plaque.

When your done they will be, as Tony the Tiger says: Grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!

Alternate Evolutions 3

Kit fee $10 includes glues, clay, paint.


Student supply list:

  • A small box, frame or plaque. Roughly about the size of a postcard no large than 6″x4″.
  • Small animal figurines and people figurines
  • Small bits of paper, photos and ephemera. This could be images or scenes that could be used in the background of your characters.
  • Random tiny doodads. Interesting buttons or gears or typewriter parts etc.. Decorative elements that might adorn the frame or box.
  • Bits of ribbon or fabric.
  • Paint Brushes (a couple small detail brushes, and some cheap brushes (1/2 inch to 1 inch in size)

Optional Supplies:
Tools: Heat gun, Dremel with cut off wheel

Alternate Evolutions