Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A&S Hampton Round Up, Part 2

You know what? Every drop of sweat and tap of computer keys is worth it when I finally get to bring a workshop into the classroom. My students take everything I've dreamed up and add more. I get to share that with my next class and the circle continues on. 

Paste Paper is such a wonder; more than the sum of it's parts. We did everything short of rolling in it and, given the right time of day (perhaps after the manager's reception?), that would've been tempting. There are a bunch of recipes out there for paste paper and yes, indeed, it is fun to do in a group. I stand firmly by using Golden Acrylics as they have such strong color - it goes a long way. I've been promised shots of the finished flag books so they'll be up at some point.

I read about an artist who calls blowing ink through a straw Breath Portraits. Very poetic and a whole lotta fun. I like those small straws from coffee shops. Just put a little puddle of ink on your paper and blow through the straw. Yeah, it's fun. And not nearly as messy as it sounds. 


4 comments:

Gina Lee Kim said...

OMG...there is so much art to try, so little time! Paste paper is in the top of my to-do list.

What an amazing sample of creative energy from your workshop! I wish I could've attended. Did you know I took your book with me to the airport while I was in England? :) Welcome back!

Michele said...

Excuse me. Newbie over here. What is paste paper, exactly?

Wendy said...

Way, way back when I first started teaching, we used to call techniques such as blowing through a straw at ink or a dye, 'accidental art' - it was guaranteed to make every kid feel like a successful artist. Sadly, even some 7-year-olds feel like they can't be artists as they 'can't draw' - Picasso was right when he said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” It's great fun and very creative.

Jane LaFazio said...

I do love paste paper!! but only when someone else sets up the stuff for me....