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Sunday, June 30, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Unity/Variety: The Weaving Project
Bellevue Arts Museum
September 22, 2013
UPDATE: Extended until
WOW!!! Extended again until February 2nd!!
It's coming together.
Almost 700 CDs. Each a unique weaving by kids, family, and friends.
About the piece:
Unity and Variety are two principles of composition in art, and they are two driving principles of community as well. The weavings are as individual as the people who made them, beautiful and unique. And I see their beauty increased when they are joined in the larger piece, part of the larger community. We may only see the colors and textures of the weavings, but the CDs contain data and information, much like the hidden, inner story of the individuals around us.
The CDs and yarn are thrifted materials (Value Village, others) that found new, upcycled life in our artwork.
I'll also have a smaller piece of 64 weavings that I made: "I Contain Multitudes". My title is based on a quote from Walt Whitman: "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself. I am large. I contain multitudes."
If you're in Bellevue, come see our work. Add your weaving too.
Monday, June 17, 2013
We needed another quick project to work on after we rubbed off the rubber cement from our water color abstracts.
We used short lengths of straws to blow pools of watercolor.
The next week, we looked at photos of flowers and then drew them with black pen over the watercolor splats.
These are small- only about 4inches x7 1/2 inches. Small scale is a good way to try out a technique, and in this case, a good way to avoid getting light-headed too!
Make it a wonderful day!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
I love how these turned out! Seeing this reminded me of how useful and interesting a masking fluid can be when working with watercolors.
For the first class of the unit, we tried out water color techniques on practice paper- wet on wet, dry brush, rubbing alcohol, and salt. While everyone worked on their practice paintings, I had two or three artists come to my table to use rubber cement on their good water color paper to create an active line. (I put the rubber cement in squeeze bottles so it would be easy to apply.)
Rubber cement works as a masking fluid, but it must be used carefully, with supervision and good ventilation. At two of my schools, I was able to set up a table right outside the classroom.
The next week, we painted right over the dried rubber cement, remembering to use the techniques learned the week before.
We took a few minutes the following week to rub the rubber cement off to reveal the line of white paper.
Make it a Wonderful Day!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Here is a mini project we did after we finished our pencil sketches. Art Club artists drew a squiggle and then tried different shading techniques in the shapes. Blending, cross hatching, circles, and stippling create different textures too. The small scale meant they were completed quickly.
Make it a Wonderful Day!