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Cat Collage


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Wednesday Afternoon Art students explored collage with non-traditional materials this autumn.

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Students began with a drawing of a cat using basic shapes. They then transferred their idea into paper shapes which they cut out.

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The next step was to cut out and glue all of the body shapes using newsprint.

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This required a lot of focus as students referred back to their initial drawing during the creative process.

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Students enjoyed the process which was much like creating a puzzle as they made parts and put them together.

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The scrap paper box was very handy in adding details to the cats with many different colors.

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Here are some examples of the students’ collages.

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Maybe you can join us for our winter classes beginning in January?

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Hand built pottery


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In the spring of 2012 we offered a class in paper mache pottery.  The students had a great time exploring a non-traditional method of building using unique materials.

Paper mache pottery -finishing touches


The pottery students recently painted their projects.

This was the last session, and there was much to be accomplished!

Finding a color, design or pattern to add to their creation was the priority for this last session.

That did not mean that fun was not a part of the session.

Focus and concentration on creating the desired look of the pottery required many creative skills.

This project required the ability to visualize the end result.

It also required some hard work.

The students put a lot time and attention in their final push to complete their paper mache pottery.

Then it required some much needed drying time.

But with all good things waiting is required…for drying.

The students have much to be proud of as they have a great memory and a wonderful piece of pottery that represents their vision and exploration into 3D building techniques.

Maybe you now will be inspired to create a piece of paper mache pottery or sign up for a future class at the Art Junction!

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!