Thursday, October 31, 2013

Elementary School art - placement as a resident artist (printmaking)



I started a full year placement as a resident artist in a local elementary school last week. Thanks to a grant from the Ontario Arts Council I am able to work with 8 classes at St. Martin Jr. Catholic school here in Thunder Bay.
The grade levels participating are grades one, two, four, five and six.
I have taken on four classroom projects for the fall semester and visit twice a week.

As a kickoff to the junior primary visits I gave them a fun mixed media project that marries a bit of simple printmaking with collage. The theme was "Scary Monsters".
The technique is fairly simple. We used flattened unbleached coffee filters and washable colour markers to create a colourful template. Water is sprayed on these and prints are made by setting white paper over top and then transferring off the filter using a bit of pressure from various types of roller tools.
Once these were dry the students cut out various geometric shapes they had traced onto construction paper and glued these over top of the prints. They then cut out the face.
This activity was ideal for the time frame of one hour visits. Visit #1 saw creation of the colour filters and printing onto paper.
Visit #2 involved the cut and paste.

The grade six class I am currently visiting are going to be undertaking a drypoint on acrylic plate project. It might also include a bit of collage or relief roll. I will post a blog entry relating to the project later on once I have some photos.

Here are some photos from the Scary Monsters project.

 applying colours onto flat unbleached coffee filters using washable colour markers




student with abstract design...this will become the background or "skin" for the monster face
grade two - teacher Mrs. Hindmann



 transferring the print to paper using a soft rubber brayer


brilliant colour abstract on a coffee filter




this design sort of created itself purely by accident


arranging and applying the cut construction paper shapes with stick glue




 student cuts out face shape after gluing down the construction paper shapes





 interesting shapes were used to make a hideous face




 a fun face creation
grade one - teacher Mrs. Wright





 various faces created by grade one/two students from Mrs. Savioli's class





 scary face created by grade two student





Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Video from my recent Artist Residency at Quetico Provincial Park

I was able to record a bit of video during my recent stay at Quetico Provincial park in September.
The first is a tour of the studio cabin and surroundings.
The second was the first entry of my "video diary" that features a stroll through the woods and some footage of wildlife and landscape.Enjoy!

If anyone is interested in learning more about this program details are available in the website of the Quetico Foundation. Artists from all over the globe are welcome to come and be "Inspired by Quetico". A small studio building is provided for the two week period and you also have the opportunity to venture into the interior of the park if so desired.

http://www.queticofoundation.org/programs_artists.html



 
 
 
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