Last week I did a workshop with two grade 6 classes at Irvine School! It has been 20+ years since I've made art with school students. We all had loads of fun, the students made some super collages, and I gained some insights about working with people of their age group.
To begin, I engaged the students in talking about how they experienced urban environments through all their senses, and they had some interesting things to say. Then we got out the paper, scissors, glue and drawing materials, and got down to it.
Here are a few photos of the collages we made. They are all 11x14"
above: Students hard at "work"
below: The morning class's collages laid on a table. They were pinned to the board but I forgot to photograph them, and then we had to move them for the afternoon class.
below: The afternoon class's work up on the board
And some close-ups shots of their work:
All in all, the workshop was a great success. Everyone got into the project and made some really beautiful collages!
I'm definitely looking forward to doing this again!
AND! When I returned home the remainder of my 12x12" stretchers had arrived, so I was able to finish this series:
the edge colours are very important:
... and playing with photoshop is fun:
Next week: add glaze layers on the small oil paintings; stitching work on the 16x16" series; send out inquiries to a couple of galleries which I have in mind, with an eye to putting works into their xmas-season exhibitions.
Also hopefully in the next few weeks or months I will get to do another workshop or two, between studio projects.
I'm feeling pretty fortunate these days.