Month: April 2012

Paper mache pottery -week 3

Week 3 finds most of the class in the completion stage of building their pottery.

Our budding potters completed their final coils and worked to make their construction stable.

For some it’s hard to know when to end the building process and move to the next step.

Before moving to the next step it’s important to check the stability of the construction as well as the symmetry of the pottery.

After the pottery is built the next step is to begin the pasting of the project…also known as papier mache.

Papier-mâché (French for “chewed paper”), alternatively, paper-mache, is a composite material consisting of paper pieces or pulp, sometimes reinforced with textiles, bound with an adhesive, such as glue, starch, or wallpaper paste.

Papier-mâché paste is the substance that holds the paper together. The traditional method of making papier-mâché paste is to use a mixture of water and flour or other starch, mixed to the consistency of heavy cream. While any adhesive can be used if thinned to a similar texture, such as polyvinyl acetate (PVA) based glues (wood glue or, in the United States, white Elmer’s glue), the flour and water mixture is the most economical. Adding oil of cloves or other additives to the mixture reduces the chances of the product developing mold. The paper is cut or torn into strips, and soaked in the paste until saturated. The saturated pieces are then placed onto the surface and allowed to dry slowly; drying in an oven can cause warping or other dimensional changes during the drying process. The strips may be placed on an armature, or skeleton, often of wire mesh over a structural frame, or they can be placed on an object to create a cast. Oil or grease can be used as a release agent if needed. Once dried, the resulting material can be cut, sanded and/or painted, and waterproofed by painting with a suitable water repelling paint.

For many this is the fun part of the project.  Some see it as the slimy, gross part.  The first coat of paste and paper has been applied and next week will be the final application of paper and paste.

Exploring the Spring Show

After viewing the Willard High School Spring Exhibit, the home-school art students created images based on what they viewed.

Everyone viewed the show in a different manner.

Every student had a different favorite image in the exhibit.

Their task was to create a quick drawing based on their favorite image in the show.

Then they translated their idea into a tempera painting.

Every student approached their interpretation in a unique way.

Students had the choice of using various primary and secondary colors in creating their paintings.

Everyone excitedly jumped into the painting process.

It’s interesting to see a student’s idea develop from a sketch to a painting.

The fun part of working in community is how the creative process flows throughout the studio space.

Each artistic vision is expressed in a unique method.

Everyone has an opportunity to learn their own creative language.

If you have not had the opportunity to see this show this is the last week to stop by and see a great creative effort by the Willard High School Art students.

2 Great Events for Saturday!

Two great events Saturday April 28, 2012

The Art Junction and The New Haven United Methodist Church

Dinner and an Art Exhibit!

Another view of the Spring Exhibit

This will be the third weekend for the Willard High School Spring Art Exhibition.  Hours are Friday & Saturday, 4:30 – 7pm at the Art Junction in New Haven.

This Saturday, April 28, 2012 there is a Swiss Steak Supper next door to the Art Junction at the New Haven United Methodist Church from 5 – 6:30 pm.  Cost is by donation only.  This would be a great opportunity to have a great homemade dinner and see a great exhibit.

Come view the paintings, drawings and clay work of the Willard High School visual art students under the direction of Art Teacher John Buss.

Support the emerging art talents of these young artists by attending their exhibition this spring as they visually express themselves and the greater community around them.

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” -Picasso.

”An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision.” – James MacNeill Whistler.

”Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.” -Henry Ward Beecher.

”What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.” -John Ruskin.

”Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -Picasso.

I encourage you to stop by the Art Junction, and in ten minutes you can view an excellent selection of young artistic expression of the Willard High School students!

Paper mache pottery -week 2

The class began week 2 by making lots of paper coils to build up their pottery project.

It’s important to connect the coils together with tape to have a long continuous coil to build up your pottery.

The next stage is to build up the pottery symmetrically.

It’s takes time to build and mold the shape you want your pottery to transform into.

Focus and concentration is required.

Having some fun is also an important ingredient.

Deciding upon a pleasing shape and design is something every participant is searching for in their creative endeavor.

Working together in community helps one another learn the language of creativity.

By the end of this second session the paper coils were becoming pottery.

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. -Michelangelo

I hope you will stop by this blog to see the progress from week 2 to week 3 in this creative journey!

Painting at The Hope Center

The Art Junction began a collaborative project with the Willard Hope Center this past week.

The Art Junction was asked to help the Hope Center create some original paintings to be auctioned off for their upcoming benefit.

The participants were given some basic instructions on design and color as they began to embark upon their creative journey.

After choosing a base color and masking off some lines to help define the shape of their creative expression, everyone jumped into the process of art-making.

Acrylic paint is fast drying paint containing pigment suspension in acrylic polymer emulsion.

Acrylic paints can be diluted with water, but become water-resistant when dry.

Depending on how much the paint is diluted (with water) or modified with acrylic gels, media, or pastes, the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting, or have its own unique characteristics not attainable with other media.

After covering their canvas with a layer of paint the next step was to remove the masking tape.

Masking tape is a type of pressure sensitive tape made of a thin and easy-to-tear paper, and an easily released pressure sensitive adhesive. Very clean lines can be produced by employing it; without it, the paint bleeds under the edges of the tape, producing a fuzzy or varied line.

Black paint was then mixed with the base color to create a shade of the base color.

In color theory, a shade is the mixture of a color with black, which reduces lightness. Mixing a color with any neutral color, including black and white, reduces the chroma, or colorfulness, while the hue remains unchanged.

The shade was added to the unpainted masked areas on the canvas.

A free, loose line was created by this process, leaving the canvas covered with its first layer of paint and design.

The paintings have been set aside to dry and await next week’s Hopeful painting session of creative expression.

I hope you will stop by the Art Junction’s blog to see the progress in this creative journey!

A view of the Spring Art Exhibition

The Art Junction presents: Willard High School Art Department’s Spring ART Exhibition

Fridays & Saturdays, April 14 – May 5, 2012 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.  *Special showings upon request!

Come view the paintings, drawings and clay work of Willard High School visual art students under the direction of Art Teacher John Buss.

Support the emerging talents of these young artists by attending their exhibition this spring as they visually express themselves and the greater community around them.

We hope you will stop by the Art Junction and support the local art students and view their wonderful exhibit of visual art.

Drawing with triangles!

The home-school art class explored drawing and creating with a triangle this week.

With this week’s drawing lesson I broke the drawing down to it’s simplest components—squares, circles and triangles.

Today we focused on the triangle and how to add other shapes to the triangle.

Every young artists can draw a circle, a square or a triangle. And that’s all they need to know to be able to draw…anything!

Beginning with a simple shape the kids added shapes step by step to create several lively drawings.

I think the kids were amazed at what they could draw.

One moment you have a triangle—something anyone can draw—and the next, look what happened! It’s turned into a fantastic piece of art.

As you can see, the kids did an outstanding job in their drawing using a basic shape like the triangle. Where can they go from there? Wherever their artistic imagination will take them!

Paper mache pottery -week 1

We began our new class creating paper mache pottery this past week.

Participants learned about basic paper folding methods as well as various methods of building pottery.

Materials are very simple to begin with: newspaper and masking tape.

Learning how to create a coil out of paper is very similar to creating a coil out of clay….only with a different medium.

The next step is to learn how to roll up the coil to create the base of the pot.

Just like regular pottery, paper mache pottery is a very hands-on project.

Coiling is a method of creating pottery.  This method has been used in a variety of ways. Using the coiling technique, it is possible to build thicker or taller walled vessels, which may not have been possible using earlier methods. The technique permits control of the walls as they are built up and allows building on top of the walls to make the vessel look bigger and bulge outward or narrow inward with less danger of collapsing.

Next week we will begin the process of building the pottery after creating many coils.


Opening night

Opening night at the Art Junction for the Willard High School Spring Exhibition.

We had a great turnout of various ages to view the students’ work.

This exhibition demonstrates the wide variety of work the students engage in daily in the visual arts course of studies.

Come view the paintings, drawings and clay work of Willard High School visual art students under the direction of Art Teacher John Buss. Support the emerging art talents of these young artists by attending their exhibition this spring as they visually express themselves and the greater community around them.

Regular Gallery Hours: Fridays & Saturdays April 14 – May 5, 2012 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.  *Special showings upon request!