lettering

Lettering


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Students at the Willard Hope Center were exploring adding lettering to their images recently.

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Students used stencils to transfer the letters to their canvases.

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Focus and concentration were a large part of our painting session at the Hope Center.

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The students’ work is slowly taking shape as they add more layers to their images based on the idea of love.

Art of the name


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Wednesday afternoon art class for older students was spent creating a graphic lettering project for several weeks.

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Students used marker to create the letters of their name in several different sizes and styles.

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The next step was to cut apart their project into squares.

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Next students arranged the pieces of their design that they wished to use on an 8″x10″ piece of cardboard.

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The shapes were adhered to the cardboard with matte medium.

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Finally students applied white acrylic and black marker to create an abstracted version of their name.

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Everyone approached their project in a different way as they added more or less detail to their beginning ideas.

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Here are some examples of the students work.

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Art Camp Jr. -Day1


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Art Camp Jr. was full of fun and activity as everyone explored many traditional and new art mediums and techniques.

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Students began the day with a lettering project based on their name that explored size, color and brush work.

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Learning to use ink with a brush was a new experience for the students.

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Everyone enjoyed learning how to use spray paint as they had the opportunity to work on our outdoor mural.

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We also painted some rocks.

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We also explored bag painting.

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Campers used plastic bags as a tool for applying paint to a large board.

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Everyone had the opportunity to add their favorite color to a base of white paint to create a wonderful tinted color.

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Finally the campers began creating bugs out of found materials.

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We worked on a lot of projects and began many ideas that will be completed in one form or another on day 2 of Art Camp Jr.

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Everyone had fun and enjoyed their creative experience with anticipation of day 2 and the completion of their art work!

 

Painting at the Hope Center -Week 3


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Students continued to add layers of color to their images of hope.

 

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Learning to use masking tape to create various sizes and widths of lines was a new idea for the students.

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Choosing the right colors to add a new layer is a fun but challenging task.

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The results of the new layer were very exciting to the kids.

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The next step was to add another layer of lettering using stencils and spray paint.

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Everyone was excited to learn this process.

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Multiple layers of lettering and color were added to the images.

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With immediate results the kids were thrilled with this process.

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Finally one more layer of color was strategically added to the images.

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This was a great end to a very fun session of painting for the kids at the Willard Hope Center.

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Painting at The Hope Center -week 2


Week 2 of the Hope Center painting project was truly a community effort.

This week we added mixed media to the project as participants employed oil pastels into their image.

Oil pastel (also called wax oil crayon) is a painting and drawing medium with characteristics similar to pastels and wax crayons. Unlike “soft” or “French” pastel sticks, which are made with a gum or methyl cellulose binder, oil pastels consist of pigment mixed with a non-drying oil and wax binder.

The surface of an oil pastel painting is therefore less powdery, but more difficult to protect with a fixative. Oil pastels provide a harder edge than “soft” or “French” pastels but are more difficult to blend.

Tape was again used to create straight edges and to preserve colors and areas that were previously painted.

To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive. -Matthew Arnold

Letters and words were incorporated into the images this week to give a sense of direction, shape and form to the expression being created.

Creativity depends on a number of things: experience, including knowledge and technical skills; talent; an ability to think in new ways; and the capacity to push through uncreative dry spells. -Teresa Amabile

Creative cooperation was a big part of this evening’s effort as everyone learned to aid each other in a community effort.

Sometimes the best part is just getting some paint on one’s hands.

Painting allows us to experience the joy and wonder of the creative journey.

As you can see it was a productive evening of painting.  I hope you will join us next week to see how the journey continues or will buy a painting at the upcoming auction on May 12, 2012.