A printing storm hit Hay Loft Studio. Four kids, plenty of ink (water based of course), paper, rollers, bottle caps, string, styrofoam, corks, cookie cutters, matchbox cars, t.p. rolls, leaves, pencils, even old tractor bits, two tired dogs and me. Curiosity urged one student to count all the prints. I believe there were 46 in all! Whew! Thanks to the students for their enthusiasm and great inspirations. I neglected to take photos but here’s what I scrounged up with the help of parents:
String on block prints:
Three part printing:
Some of the printing plates:
Birch trees? Printed using wine corks:
Two tired dogs by the stove:
Spring and summer vacation classes are posted for 2013. Click here for more information.
Bracelet by Ryan: age 10
Spring vacation classes are posted for 2013. Click here for more information.
A peek: Native American Beading and Printing will be available for vacation week. I am seeking input for adult classes and open studio times. Links available on the previously mentioned page to a doodle poll.
Tuesday, Hayloft had it’s last summer class. Details was an intensive drawing class for ages 12 and up. We found inspirational objects from the Hayloft nature lab and studied the minute details and patterns. Then we proceeded to blow up the scale, fool with composition, line, shading, and a bit of color theory. The end results; a long day of super focused students (4-5 solid hours of drawing!), beautiful work, and a good hour unstructured studio fun ( we made scratch boards and of course a bit of felting).
Studied Papua New Guinean history a wee bit today in the Hayloft Studio. Brutal yet fascinating. Head hunters and cannibals were some that inhabited this bit of land. A land whose terrain is so densely forested and mountainous that thousands of separate cultures existed without knowledge of one another. That’s crazy. Some until the 60′s or 70′s lived as they did back in the stone age, no outside influences. In many ways it saddens me that our world has grown so accessible and small. I worry we will become a homogenous planet and that culture will be extinct. It is the very fascination of peoples that are unlike ourselves that stimulates the imagination and feeds curiosity. Without difference we have no story to tell. No story, no art. In the Hayloft we studied through figurative representations the story of those very unlike ourselves. Embrace difference!
Complete! While we didn’t all do twenty five and no one drew the apple for our 25 ways to draw an apple class, the second day certainly stretched our imaginations. We started rummaging through drawers and art books for ideas. Another fantastically fun class.
Oh almost forgot, I ate the apple. It was descent but definitely not a crisp local macoun right from the tree.
Today was a day of giggles as we stared at ourselves in glass tree ornaments and tried to draw ourselves for our rubber ball portraits. How smashingly different each was. Goes to show that no matter how objective we try to be, we all have our inescapable inner perspectives. Ah, but that is why art is so fascinating!
All finished! A day of wrapping our heads around multi- universes while listening to radiolab and painting the finishes on our pieces. And the poor fledgling needed another boost to the proper window. What a blast! I couldn’t have wished for a greater companion. Thank you Gabriel for three days of sharing inspirations.
Day two of Hay Loft Studio class of sculpting in the style of Giacometti was a goopy gloppy lovely mess. In the midst of it all we helped a fledgling sparrow find its way out of the studio. The little newbie was confused by windows as mamma sparrow was on the other side calling.
Day one of Giacometti class at the Hay Loft. Finally a good sloppy creative mess! My favorite state of being and I had the pleasure of sharing it with a delightfully driven young man whose creative juices were oozing from his fingertips.
Had first day at hay loft! Made paper. Still struggling to get word out. If anybody out there in pioneer valley knows of some kids ages 10 and over who love art send them to this site. Also on facebook @ facebook.com/HayLoftStudio
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