This three-week series of art projects is designed as an exploration of self, nature and the city in which we live. The art activities are a mixture of traditional and new, and the results are limited only by one’s imagination. Each day is divided into two, 3-hour sessions divided by an hour for lunch and stretching. Meet the teachers: Jaclyn Bowie will be teaching July 7-11 and July 14-18 Ollie Wagner will be teaching July 21-25 with a guest artist Derek Toomes July 7-11 Me, Myself and I: Participants will make self-portraits that focus on the inner self as well as our outer appearance. We will start by drawing ourselves and include a blind contour drawing of the face to emphasize focus on drawing what is being seen rather than assumed. Each day we will use a new technique to explore how we see ourselves. Activities will include designing a personal logo and creating a self-portrait on a Quaker Oats cereal box by placing our self portraits and personal information onto the box.
July 14-18 Birds of a Feather: We will study the pattens within bird feathers and their flight patterns. We will explore our surrounding gardens and study the chickens that live there. We will apply what we find to art projects by making paintings that explore patterns and have a lesson in papier-mâche' construction.
July 21-25 Artist: Inside-out / Outside-in: We will look at several artists who have moved from showing work outside the gallery to inside and vice versa. We will consider what is public art, why it is made and discuss how and where it is displayed. We will look at Raleigh’s public art and construct our own contributions to our city’s public art scene by creating posters to display around town using stencils, stamps and printmaking. We will also use our stencils and tempera paint on Rebus Works outside wall. On the last day of class we will take a walk downtown and find places where we can legally display our works.
The objective of these projects is to hone basic art skills and introduce new ways to draw, paint, print and construct. There will also be drawing – lots of drawing. We want to show the public what we’ve made so at the end of the each week students will decide which works to show at our Art Opening which will be at Rebus Works during First Friday in August.