Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Sunday, October 6, 2019
I've been spending a lot of time trying to come up with a fun project to do with families with kids that will result in a finished art piece in about 30 minutes. This is for my paper collage art theory class at MOCA (link here: https://www.marinmoca.org/) this coming November. I'm using nice washi paper and some recycled paper from an old telephone book.
For now, after some trial and error (see prior post,) I've decided on a paper collage portrait in the style of Yayoi Kusama. This Pinterest link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/230809549637151790/?lp=true includes Yayoi Kusama's 2016 self portrait in yellow and purple. It's simple, it uses complementary colors, and it's contemporary. The image above is my self portrait done in somewhat of a Kusama style.
There are several great projects on-line for kids to create collage portraits in the style of Picasso, or Paul Klee or Matisse. I thought it would be fun to do something in the style of a living, contemporary artist instead. I have thrown in a few words of things I love to fill out the negative space. Drawing the words out, inking them and painting them in, however, made the project take longer than desired, so the negative space surrounding the main object may have to stay empty!
I'm getting ready to teach a few art classes at MOCA (Marin Museum of Contemporary Art) in Novato starting this coming November. The classes are part of their Sunday family days - having fun making art with your kids- program. Link here: https://www.marinmoca.org/
As I haven't been doing much more than nursing this past year, I needed to practice for my paper collage class revolving around color theory. I wanted to tie in my first class with the current 50 FACES exhibit at MOCA and come up with something that would result in a finished portrait in 30 minutes.
First off, I got Sam to pose for me (top) Result looks nothing like him and this fill-in collage technique takes way longer than 30 minutes. I filled out the rest of the image with doodles (a technique I'm planning to explore in more mediums coming up) and tried another approach.
Next up (middle) was a portrait using recycled telephone book pages and some apple cut paper images to illustrate the complementary colors red and green. This also took way too long and didn't come out that well.
Another effort (bottom) was a pen & ink drawing with complementary colors (yellow/purple) filling in the negative space around the main image. Something to consider, but not the final choice.