Sunday, January 31, 2016

China Academy of Art-Experimental Printmaking Residency (College Level)

I was recently invited to the China Academy of Art to do an Experimental Printmaking Residency in Hangzhou, China from Sept. 27th to October 22nd. 30 plus years have passed since I was last in China, when I was studying at The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) Middle School in Beijing as a teenager…and 40 plus years have passed since I was there as a child of 9 at the tail end of Mao’s Cultural Revolution running free with my little friends in Dazhai Village in the hills of Shanxi Province waving corn cob embers to draw animals in the night sky.
1971-Michael, Cathy & Alyssa Hinton in Dazhai Commune, Shanxi Province, China

Experimental Printmaking “Art of Transformation” Hybrid Art Residency:
Shortly after I arrived, the security desk man gave me some recent issues of the China Art Weekly Magazine to look at, and I was immediately struck by the realization of just how deep my early study of Traditional Chinese painting had truly been. Even in my most recent work the influence was blatantly evident to me…mainly in the dramatic expression of the dynamic contrasts found in landscape. I found this very inspiring for the initiation of my “Art of Transformation” Hybrid Art Residency, which like most of my residencies, are fairly experimental.



China Academy of Art (C.A.A.) “Art of Transformation” Lecture:To kick off the residency, I gave an autobiographical Power Point Lecture, where I also stressed the fact that mixed media, multi media, collage and montage lend themselves well to bringing the divergent parts of an individual together as a holistic way to represent the self. Using details, all the parts make a whole. This is the ideology inherent in mixed media or collage/montage. Because of this the medium itself can also become part of the message and self expression…

Art of Transformation Power Point Lecture

China Academy of Art (C.A.A.) and “Art of Transformation” Hybrid Residency:
My residency within the China Academy of Art Printmaking Department was all about having the students create hybrid works combining conventional drawing and printmaking with digital techniques in Photoshop to illustrate some form of expressive identity narrative. About half way through my residency I found the need to explain the importance of thoroughly “owning” your mixed media and demonstrating how to truly make an image your own, despite the use of digital software settings and filters…...Never settle for the “pre-packaged” look!

My Residency- Teaching How To Own Your Mixed Media!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Art for Life Workshops & Residencies - "Picturing Your Potential"

"Imagining our dreams and goals is the first step towards making them happen. Education of the imagination can happen by expanding our thought processes through the free association of ideas, allowing for non-structure to exist within a defined frame-work. Within this balanced paradigm, mistakes become opportunities, altering definitions of success and perfection. The creative process stresses relationships as opposed to facts. It deals with complexity and ambiguity and enhances our ability to consider differing view points. Because of this, art involvement can enhance growth and skills through creative problem solving in our personal, as well as professional lives."


“Picturing Your Potential- From Seed to Flowering Tree” is a hands-on collage activity that focuses on self-knowing…it’s designed to help individuals visualize and clarify their goals in their private or professional lives. I will be offering this “education of the imagination” in the future at events and for corporations and other organizations seeking leadership development and enrichment through the arts.








"What a wonderful experience! I had been struggling with which way to go on a number of things both personal and professional, as my plate was overflowing. Your workshop helped me to focus through pictures and art what had become challenging for me with thought and words. That was interesting and ironic for me since I work in the field of words. Your creativity workshop brought to life for me, in a very real and concrete experience, the words of Edward do Bono -'Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way'. During the workshop and especially after, I became clear and more inspired to do things that really mattered to me and to do them in a way that satisfied me as a human being. Your work made my work more productive and focused. The outcome for me has been an increased quality in my work and in my life. Thank you for your unique but necessary work in shifting us from thinking brain to the creative brain, and from there reimagining what is possible for the thinking brain. To paraphrase Einstein, 'You can’t solve a problem on the same level it was created'. Thank you for giving me the vantage point of another level and from there the ability to see and solve."      


Kim Pevia, Owner and Founder K.A.P., Inner Prizes Knowledge. Application. Practice of the human dynamic; Training/Coaching/Workshops/Keynotes designed for personal/professional/leadership/economic/community development.

President, Pembroke Area Chamber of Commerce, President of the Board, Southeastern Family Violence CenterBoard Member, Robeson County Arts CouncilPlanning Board, Town of Red Springs Co., Founder Robeson Chapter Women AdvaNCe Community Advocate for Creative Economy through Arts, Local Food and Tourism


Rev. Mac Legerton shares his thoughts and findings upon completing his "Potential" collage. Mr. Legerton is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Community Action (CCA), a multicultural, community-based, nonprofit organization in Lumberton, N.C that specializes in grassroots empowerment and multi-sector collaboration as the foundations of social change.


"Alyssa Hinton is much more than an artist. She is a spiritual guide and her guidance through her workshops provides opportunities for participants to deeply experience their own beauty and express their beauty through care and creativity. Whenever I have an experience in which I sense that “time stood still”, I know that I have entered sacred space. I experience this with Alyssa’s guidance and her workshops are powerfully transformative and life sustaining."


Rev. Mac Legerton, Pembroke, NC
“Picturing Your Potential- From Seed to Flowering Tree”

109 Hilton Ave. Durham, NC 27707
        984.234.1407


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Art of Transformation Hybrid Fiber Workshop (2013-Present)


Mixed Media Hybrid Fiber Composites:
An Experimental Hands-On Workshop

with Alyssa 
Embellished Hybrid Work Sample by Alyssa Hinton


In this workshop Hinton will discuss her work, demonstrate her process with mixed media creations and talk of sources of inspiration in her art. Emphasis will be on improvisation and play in the collage process with a variety of mixed media combinations. The focus of this workshop is on experimenting with fabric combinations, digital printing and painting of background layers, joining methods and embellishment options. This is an interactive workshop where students are encouraged to share their energy and imagination, in the true spirit of art making.
Embellished Hybrid Work Sample by Alyssa Hinton
UNC-P Students painting and stitching their digitally printed creations. October, 2013:

Roxboro Community College Students painting and stitching their digitally 
printed creations. March, 2014:


Roxboro Community College Students' "hybrid" results (painting on and embellishing specially prepared and digitally printed fabric). March, 2014:




Embellished Hybrid Work Sample by Alyssa Hinton


Art of Transformation 
Hybrid Fiber Workshop

109 Hilton Ave. Durham, NC 27707
        984.234.1407




Wednesday, October 17, 2012

2011-2012 MASK CAMP INSTRUCTOR, Carolina Friends School Summer Program, Durham, NC

More masks from a second summer at Carolina Friend's School Summer Programs (2012) entitled "Mask Creators" this time. Below is a selection of paper mache/plaster head coverings built upon a balloon (both in progress and finished), paper masks done with oil pastel over watercolor and drilled and painted gourd masks:

Example Created by Alyssa & Akuna Hinton at age 10





Teacher's Example







The previous summer (June / July 2011) I ran an art camp at Carolina Friend's school entitled Creative Mask Making (still looking for a more innovative title). It gave me a chance to further explore and teach two things that I've been interested for a long time and have done some on my own in the past. These were a type of paper mache head covering (built upon a balloon):

These are simple paper masks made from heavy watercolor paper, watercolor paints and oil pastel:

We also cut and painted gourd masks (I learned how truly hard a good healthy gourd can be!):


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Children's Reptiles & Dragon's Camp 2011-2012

Reptiles and Dragons Camp, 2012:

Spelling Out The Scientific Facts on the White Board (plus a view art works to inspire the imagination!)

Gila Monsters, Geckos, Alligators, Komodo Dragons and Iguana Key Chains


Reptiles, Monsters and Mythological Beasts Camp, 2011(first year):
Best of Class-Speckled Gecko

Best of Class-Special Alligator Design


An Unusual Idea; A Turtle With Wings



The Whole Collection