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Jo Peterson

Jo Peterson

Jo Peterson

Jo Peterson

Jo Peterson

Instructor: Jo Peterson
June 29–30, 2019 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


You may be just beginning as an artist or already have some experience. You could be working as a visual artist, a writer, or a performer. Whatever your method of expression, the techniques explored in this workshop will help you access your ideas in new ways and help push your work beyond the predictable. This is a workshop not only about taking risks while innovating, but also becoming comfortable with failure while aiming for success.

On the first day, I will guide you through a series of short in-class exercises that are aimed at helping you expand beyond your comfort zone including, among others, mind-mapping and journaling. After working with several approaches, we will have a group discussion about what you’ve learned.

On the second day, you will work on a creative project based upon your personal aesthetic. You will randomly choose a topic from a list of my favorite ideas and, using any medium/media that you’ve chosen, create a work of art. The materials that you choose to work with are totally open – bring your favorites or things you would like to try, (i.e., any kind of water-based media), surface (i.e. paper or panel), drawing tools, collage materials, fabric, paper, or a computer if you are a more digital creator. If you are a writer or performing artist, bring what it is you need to create. Your final creation could be visual, written, performed, etc. The goal, of course, is to both challenge and surprise yourself. In the last part of class, we will discuss the work you’ve created and, as a group, offer constructive feedback.

So, in a nutshell: Leave fear at home and bring your imagination so that you can enjoy discovering what makes you unique as a creative individual!


JO PETERSON is a visual artist who works primarily with mixed media drawing and painting. Her work is an exploration of the connection between art, science and nature, and their connection to our lives. Her work is exhibited both locally and nationally, and she is represented by the Sandler-Hudson Gallery in Atlanta, GA. Pursuing an active artistic career in the Atlanta area since 1976, her work can be found in both private and corporate collections throughout the United States including the Hightower MARTA station in Atlanta, GA; IBM offices in Smryna, GA, Chattanooga, TN, and Boca Raton, FL; as well as both the Hyatt Regency and Hilton Hotels in Atlanta.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Printmaking in 1971 from American University in Washington, DC., she decided to stay in DC after graduation and worked for three years at The Dumbarton Oaks Museum. In 1974, she moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia State University and earned a Masters in Printmaking in 1976. There, she also developed an interest in weaving, fibers, and installation. After graduation, she started teaching foundation classes at the Art Institute of Atlanta and several other colleges and community education centers in the Atlanta area. During this time, she also began doing large-scale three-dimensional public art commissions.

In 1992, Jo returned to graduate school, this time attending the University of Florida for a Masters Degree in Drawing. After graduating in 1995, she moved back to Atlanta where she returned to teaching at several colleges, one of which was the Atlanta College of Art. When the Atlanta College of Art and Savannah College of Art & Design merged, Jo began teaching at the SCAD-Atlanta campus and, in 2007, became a full time professor in the School of Foundations Studies, where she taught until her retirement in 2017.

Throughout her teaching career, Jo has continued to make, exhibit, and sell her work. Including having solo exhibitions at the Sandler-Hudson Gallery and Callanwolde Fine Art Center in Atlanta, she has been included in over 60 group exhibitions in various locations around the country including The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, A.I.R. Gallery in New York City, the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, LA, and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC.

Jo lives in Decatur, GA, where she maintains a studio and is enjoying being a full-time artist.

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Current MAC Members: $207
Non-members: $230 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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