Creating works of art from all kinds of materials and inspirations

29 10 2014


Getting our copper tooling on in the studio.  It was something my students had no idea how to do and few had ever seen it before.  We just completed a scratchboard lesson that ties into a repousse design.  Both require a design concept and a closer analysis of line.  Value is in reverse with a scratchboard and repousse is the actual use of depth to create values.  My students in both lessons struggled with the idea of how is this drawing?



I get that they don’t see how this is drawing.  

The tools and surfaces are very different.  Don’t worry I will be doing some traditional drawing; in fact we will be doing self-portraits.  I am challenging my students to do a 3/4th view of them for the drawing and merging three layers in different phases of line development.  One will be developed in color in a small or larger area to the degree the students want to go.  It will be demonstrating line, modified contour line, and line with value.  I have a talented bunch of students who are often reluctant or do not have the confidence to push their skills so this will take them to the next level.

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My other class is working with a traditional art technique of batik.  I did a batik many years ago so it is exciting to see my students learning and exploring an art form I really like.  We had guests visit our school last year and they loved seeing me teaching about the Bali Street puppets and they asked if I taught batik.  I told them I did not have the tools but it was something I would love to teach again.  Little did I know they would be mailing me all the tools and materials I needed to teach the lesson.  I felt blessed to have an art guardian passing along a wonderful package to share with my students.  My students are loving the process and are doing a wonderful job.

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My Printmaking class completed a series of collagraph prints and is now exploring the plexi glass etching and how the depth of the etched lines and the closeness of the lines will influence the darkness of the image.  We are working with sharp scratched points and varied kinds of sandpaper to create our values.  

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The common strand it seems between all the different class lessons is line and how line and what you do with the chosen surface and type of surface creates the image.  It is great to watch the students share and tell eachother about what they are doing and how the process works.  I get great joy from seeing my students teach and share what they are doing in the studio.




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