Saturday’s Family ArtLab stamping workshop was not only almost standing room only, it was also jam-packed with one gorgeous art-making moment after another. Parents and children in the community created their own stamps, made prints on blank greeting cards, and then embellished the printed cards with watercolors, markers, and crayons.
I set out piles of small wooden blocks (thank you for the donation Viking Lumber!), sheets of adhesive foam, palettes, brushes, tempera, and stacks of blank greeting cards and envelopes. Then, working alone or together, children and their parents dove into their work.
Here is one of the many cards made by the father/daughter team above:
A young girl created this series of cards using a positive stamp (the primary shape) and a negative stamp (the piece of the foam from which the shape came).
Many people made positive and negative stamps and focused on composing their shapes on the card.
Others spent a great deal of time painting or drawing on the stamped images. Here is a dreamy card made by a young girl. She combined the two stamp impressions with beautiful blobs of watercolor.
In the background of the photograph below you see the making of that card… In the foreground there’s a red piece of foam, which I later found when I was cleaning up the room…
I took the piece of foam and made a stamp for myself.
And then I printed some cards and brought them home for my husband and son to complete:
The first thing the participants in Saturday’s workshop found when they came into the ArtLab was a fotoplay prompt. (Looking back at previous posts, I imagine that my love for creating visual prompts is by now clear!) The best part about what then happened, was what is usually the best part about “teaching” : It was I who learned something. What I had thought would be a basic ice-breaker at the beginning of the workshop, turned out to be one of the most loved parts of the day.
Not only did my workshop participants create beautiful, sweet, odd imagery, but they did so using a full spectrum of media: crayon, marker, watercolor, collage…
And then, for the first time ever, I worked on one of my own fotoplay pages. Honestly, in all the days of sharing this work with other people, of creating, printing, and giving out my pages, it never occurred to me to do one myself. I used a small foam stamp, one of the other exercises/projects we did that morning:
I’m really pleased that I did:
fotoplay is a trademark of the Marcie Jan Bronstein art studio.
Yesterday’s Shake Up Your Art workshop at the Center For Maine Contemporary Art was fabulous. With a completely game group of adults, lots of art supplies, a great musical soundtrack, and fotoplay (a separate post on this coming soon!), a full collection of strange, funky, surprising work was made. We began as I often do in a workshop, with pencil on paper, moving in response to the sound of Bach:
Then we moved into crayon
and collaborative drawing and painting with a partner (in silence).
We made stamps based on a fragment of a newly-made painting
and then it wasn’t long before those same paintings and drawings were torn up as material for collage
and for those mesmerizing-to-work-on boxes:
At the end of the day, I too was shaken up… completely delighted by the work that had been created.
There’s still room in my Saturday, October 22 workshop at the Center For Maine Contemporary Art:
This is a fast-paced workshop designed to free the senses, and one’s sense of creativity. Open to artists and aspiring artists, but above all, those who wish to experience a new, improvisational approach to working in the studio. We’ll work with pencil, crayon, paint, and collage, and we’ll create work alone as well as collaboratively. Leaving our inhibitions at the door, we’ll tap into a deep well of inventiveness, playfulness and resourcefulness.
Please join me for a journey back to your kindergarten art class!