This week saw us exploring the natural environment around us as a stimulus to create. We spent the first half of the session outdoors, starting with a mindful walk and then tuning in to what part of the landscape called out to us, then each following that feeling to create our own, often ephemeral, artwork.
There were things set on fire, the escape and dramatic rescue of a painting almost lost to the water, and some temporary 'graffiti' made with flour and chalk. Have a look at the pictures below. Maybe you will be inspired!
This week we were treated to a print making workshop with Anthea Gage. We learned the basics of inking up found objects to use as prints, as well as carving our own 'Argyll Landscape' designs into polystyrene, and using this to make a print in one or two colours, finally going back to change the design and print again with a third colour in order to build up a layered image. We printed our designs on different colour card, effectively adding a fourth colour, and compared the difference between prints.
Most of the materials for this are easy to come by; you can use polystyrene from old takeaway boxes and we used a blunt pencil to make the impressions for our design. All you need is a roller and some printing paints. Print work can be very messy though, so Anthea provided us all with work stations and pinnies, then we hung our completed prints on washing lines inside Uig Hall to dry. By the end of the session our hands were mucky and the washing lines were heavily laden! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the session, in fact, we wouldn't let Anthea go!