This past week I have been working with my students on small experimental pieces that incorporate text into their work. The idea is for them to build up a surface before they begin putting imagery on the canvas so they get some exposure to different materials. There is no prescribed way of working, it’s all about looking to see what happens when certain materials are combined. It’s really fun to watch them test ideas out and to try out new things. We made up a motto for the week: “If you don’t like it, cover it.” I like this motto because it teaches them to be resourceful and that really there are no mistakes when you’re creating art. Some students have 5 or 6 layers of all sorts of stuff on their canvases and they have become thick, rich, and interesting.
Here are the two that I made. Next week when my students have finished I will post some of their works and attempt my first tutorial of how to build up a surface.
These canvases are 8×8 inches and layered with a bit of everything, paper, acrylic paint, book pages, thread, graphite, water colors…there’s a lot on there….I just love mixed media!
Happy Wednesday! We have a long weekend…YAY…which means lots of art…double YAY!
Take care and thanks for reading.