Saturday, January 22, 2011

Creative Revolution in the Classroom

Ever paint with chopsticks? How about a toothbrush? Did you know that you can marbleize paper with shaving cream? Or turn a pedicure toe separator into a stamp or a mask (reverse stencil)?

Last week, three classes of middle schoolers at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, VA, joined my Creative Revolution. I had the pleasure of demonstrating graffiti fusion techniques to 7th and 8th graders, showing them how to achieve textured, graffiti-inspired effects using acrylic and fabric paints and "tools" of common household items. Deb Fitzgerald, their art teacher, had set up a variety of printmaking stations for them: monotype color field, bubble print, stencils, stamping, fabric sprays, and marbleized paper. Students were also asked to come up with a list of words that either described them, or examples of good citizenship or patriotism. These words could be incorporated into their prints.

Viva La Creative Revolution!

Deb Fitzgerald of Lake Braddock Secondary School

It was great fun watching the students' expressions as they traveled among the printmaking stations and saw how their prints transformed by adding layers. Their enthusiasm was infectious! Many thanks to all the art students, the school administration, and especially Deb Fitzgerald for putting all of this together. I look forward to returning another day next semester!

Take a look at the students' works in progress:

While the students were at the printmaking stations, I continued layering my demo projects. At the end of class, I showed them the results:

Graffiti fusion on brown paper bag

Graffiti fusion using acrylics and alcohol inks on transparencies. I had a few student volunteers carve into the paint with various tools.

Graffiti fusion demos on brown paper bags

1 comment:

JessiVille said...

Oh how fun and inspiring! Those are some lucky kids. Great job Karen!