Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Art At Tower Summer Camp

I will be working at Art At Tower, Tower School in Marblehead again this summer. There are two two-week sessions beginning on July 5th and July 19th and there is still space in both of them if anyone would like to register. The camp offers various modes of expression beyond visual art. Students may also take drama, dance, fashion, 'zine production, ceramics and other courses. Check out the link to the school website for more info. Go to Summer At Tower for camp info...

Art At Tower

I will be teaching a selection of courses listed below. The mosaics classes run both sessions, but the other two classes will run only once (one in the first and one in the second).

MARVELOUS MOSAICS
Using ceramic and glass tiles as well as seashells and found materials students will create mosaic pieces that incorporate selective color palettes, visual rhythms and balanced compositions. Students will leave with a basic understanding of mosaics techniques and materials including the planning and transferring of a design, the laying of tile in a variety of styles, the handling of tools, the applications of grouting and the method of finishing mosaics.

MOSAICS 3D
In this course for students with some mosaics experience or a desire for a more complex approach to the medium, ceramic shards, found materials and grout will go 3D. Students will develop imaginative designs using such elements as color, pattern, repetition and balance, but on a more challenging surface—terra cotta pots! At the culmination of this course students will have created unique and functional works of art.

I HE(ART) PAPER: AN EXPLORATION IN PAPER SCULPTURE
Students in this course will learn that everyday materials like newspapers and toilet paper (yes, that’s right, toilet paper!) can create beautiful works of art. Throughout this workshop experience students will craft and embellish representational objects, animals and other forms using additive sculptural techniques, paper and mixed media. Each student can expect to have completed two or more fabulous creations by the end of this course.

PLAYFUL PUPPETRY
Jim Henson had to start somewhere. Students in this course will use imagination and ingenuity to create interactive rod puppets from such materials as wood, fabric, yarn, wire, paint and found objects. Emphasis will be placed on character development and creativity as students choose to represent existing characters or those of their own imaginations.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Art Available for Purchase




"Tuxedo Cats in Van Gogh's Garden" Faux Stained Glass 16 x 20

Price $250.00

A 16 x 20 stained glass look painting of three cats relaxing in a garden inspired by Van Gogh's Irises. Available on either glass or thick, durable plexi. Please specify preference when ordering. Available framed and ready to hang on any wall or unframed with pre-drilled holes for hanging by a chain in front of any window for a truly translucent display (similar to a sun catcher). Allow up to three weeks since each piece is made to order.

Image Copyright Margaurita Spear, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Workshops In July

I will be teaching three different workshops beginning on July 17th at the Wenham Museum. Here is the info from the flyer...

Summer Youth Art Program at the Wenham Museum
Saturdays, July 17, July 24 & July 31
9:30 – 12:00 pm For ages 7 and up


July 17 – Animals in Art
July 24 – Learning from the Masters
July 31 – V-room! Design a Race Car

Animals in Art – Using paint, you will learn about the elements of color and become familiar with famous artists who use images of animals in their work. Create fur-ocious paintings of your favorite furry friends.

Franz Marc's "Little Yellow Horses"


Learning from the Masters
- Working in two-dimensions,you will select artwork of the past to create your own masterpiece.
You will use a variety of supplied art
materials. Become the next Picasso!

A still life by Pablo Picasso.


V-room! Design a Race Car
–Design the car of the future, while finding inspiration from the cars of the past. You will learn to modify existing car body types to develop your own car that might be in a future NASCAR race!

Fee: $25 Museum members and $30 non-members


To register contact:
Wenham Museum at 978.484.2377 or visit at 132 Main Street, Wenham, MA 01984

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Third Station






by the Confirmation Class
In this large-scale collaborative project students had to work carefully and with a great deal of faith in the finished product. The paper-Mache sculpture representing Christ falling for the first time began as a PVC pipe armature covered in chicken wire and newspaper. From there layers of paper-Mache strips were applied along with occasional plaster-infused gauze strips for more detailed elements like the face and hands. After several layers, the sculpture began to take form and could at last be painted with a subdued color palette. A wire crown of thorns was added and the base was finished with a pebble mosaic technique.
In congruence with this project students walked the Stations of the Cross within the church. Students were also asked to reflect upon their experience making the large sculpture and their feelings about the Passion.

Materials:
PVC Piping
Plywood
Screws
Chicken Wire
Aluminum Wire
Masking Tape
Wire Cutters
Scissors
Newspaper
Cardboard
Copier Paper
Elmer's Art Paste
Acrylic Paints
Brushes
Plaster Gauze Strips (pastr' craft)
Water
Aquarium Pebbles
Mastik Adhesive
Gloss Spray

Many Mysteries







by Levels 6 – 8
Students embarked on an in-depth study of the rosary, learning to pray the rosary and becoming familiar with the many mysteries of the rosary. Then they crafted their own prayer beads using air-dry clay strung on yarn. They had to pay careful attention to the number of beads created in each decade so as not to make too few or too many. When the beads were dried they were illustrated with symbols of the mysteries the strands represented: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious or Luminous.

Materials:
Model Magic
Yarn/String
Plastic Weaving Needles
Extra-fine Point Sharpies
Gloss Spray

Sand Dollar Sculptures






by Levels 3 – 5
Students read and considered the Legend of the Sand Dollar and its meaning to them as Christians. They then created their own sand dollars using air-dry clay and relief carving techniques. The finished pieces were given some sparkle with a touch of glitter on the students’ selected favorite sides. Some students opted to not use glitter, but just leave their pieces with a glossy finish.

Materials:
Crayola Air-Dry Clay
Toothpicks
Gold Glitter mixed with mod podge
Spray Gloss

Personal Prayer Stones





by Levels 3 – 5
Students learned the significance of prayer stones in several religions and across many continents, not just our own. They then created their stones forming them from air-dry clay, painting them and carving into them with toothpicks to inscribe them with picture symbols or words that reflect their own Christian beliefs.

Materials:
Crayola Air-dry Clay
Acrylic Paint
Toothpicks
Gloss Spray

Dinner with Jesus






by Level 2
In preparation for their First Communion students were asked to think of themselves as guests at the Last Supper with Christ. They were asked to think about what they would say to or ask Jesus. Then they created soft-sculpture representations of themselves using yarn and textiles as well as paper towel rolls and other craft materials. Simple sewing techniques were introduced as students created rooted hair for their figures. Students who finished their sculptures early were able to use their time crafting food items for the table at which the last supper took place.










Materials:
Knee-hi's
Paper Towel Rolls
Yarn
Plastic Weaving Needles
Pink Self-Stick Felt
Wiggle Eyes
Fabric
Pipe Cleaners
Stapler
Scissors
Hot Glue/Gun
(optional: Play-doh for food items)

New-Life Butterflies






by Levels K & 1
The butterfly was introduced to students as a symbol of the resurrection and of new life in Jesus. Like the butterfly which begins as a caterpillar, forms a cocoon and emerges later as a butterfly, the students were made to understand that Christ’s death and resurrection are a similar transformation from one life ending and a new heavenly life beginning. Students learned about such art elements as color-mixing and symmetry as they painted wings of their butterflies on only one half of their papers, folded their papers over and formed mirror-image wings on the other halves.

Materials:
White Oak Tag
Scissors
Tempera Paints
Brushes
Pipe Cleaners
Craft Foam

Trees That Bear Fruit





by Levels K & 1
Students were introduced to the gospel of the Barren Fig Tree (Luke 13: 6 – 9), which reads: “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener,’For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’ He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also; and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.” In response students sculpted their own orchard of fruit bearing trees and learned that if something (or someone) is cared for it may prove that given enough time the effort is worthwhile. And like the gardener, Jesus continues to nourish us knowing that we have the potential to bear great fruits in our own actions.

Materials:
Model Magic
Tree Templates
Scissors
Pony Beads

Flames of the Holy Spirit

















by Levels K & 1
In an introduction to Pentecost, students learned that the Holy Spirit is often represented as a flame that gave courage to the disciples after Jesus’ death. They created collaged flames using warm-colored tissue papers that were layered over each other and cut out to create flames which were then mounted onto larger flames to give the collages borders.

Materials:
White Oak Tag
Red & Black Construction Paper
Red, Orange, Yellow Tissue Paper
Watered Down Mod-podge
Gluing Brushes
Elmer's Glue
Scissors

Lamb of God Paintings





by Level 2
Students learned about Jesus as the Lamb of God and about His sacrifice during Lent. In response they created paintings that incorporated textural effects in the grassy meadows and fluffy sheep. These paintings had to be worked in layers with one layer of paint drying before the second layer could be painted on and scratched through to create grass. The fluffy sheep were created using paint dipped cotton balls instead of brushes.

Materials:
Oak Tag Paper
Tempera Paints
Brushes
Cotton Balls
Plastic Forks
Water Containers
Paper towels
Wiggle Eyes
Hot Glue/Gun

Symbols in the Glass






by Levels 6 – 10
Students studied and discussed the stained glass windows often overlooked in our own church. They also learned about Christian symbols that have been used in art. They applied their observations and gained knowledge when designing their own stained glass images that were meant to convey specific messages, often ones of Pascal sacrifice, forgiveness, peace or welcoming. Students began by sketching their designs onto white paper, paying careful attention to the edges where the “lead” would hold the panes of glass together. The designs were transferred to acetate sheets and filled in with permanent markers to give them the illusion of actual stained glass.

Materials:
Acetate Sheets
Paper
Pencils
Rulers
Sharpies
Aluminum Foil
Construction Paper (frames)

Prodigal Son Puppetry (pig marionnettes)













Here are the pigs!

Materials:
Model magic
Acrylic Paint
Brushes
Paper Towels
Pipe Cleaners
Hot Glue Gun/Glue
Fishing Line
Paper towel rolls

Prodigal Son Puppetry



























by Level 3
Students used air-dry clay, paint and fabric as well as paper towel rolls and dowels to create rod-puppets and marionettes that represent the characters from the parable of the prodigal son. These characters include the father, the sons, the farmer, servants, party guests and little pigs. Some characters were created more than once, like the younger son who would appear differently when leaving home, working on a farm and returning home to a welcoming celebration. After creating their puppets they were able to reenact the well-known tale to enhance their understanding of its meaning.

Materials:
Model magic
Acrylic paints
Brushes
Water containers
Paint containers
Pipe Cleaners
Dowels
Paper Towel Rolls
Fabric/Yarn/Burlap
Awl (for punching holes in paper towel rolls -- teacher use)
Crafts sticks and Toothpicks for Farmer's rake