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:
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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).
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.
Okay, so they weren’t really apples but apples aren’t in season right now. We are choosing a simple subject and finding twenty-five ways to represent them 2-dimensionally. We stuck with produce, though and picked from the garden(a cucumber, a zucchini and a baby carrot). This has been an interesting challenge. We all flew through the first ten or so and then the mania began to fizzle out. The great thing about this is that the most interesting images emerged when creatively we felt drained. It’s the punchy, silly stuff that surpasses the mundane and produces the wow factor. More tomorrow.
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!