Lynn shared a bounty of ideas to create textures on clay. One of the bonuses of our workshops are the shared ideas from participants, so collectively, we all learn so much. Thank you to classmate, Mara Adelman who compiled our collective notes into one document to share here. It is inserted into this posting after the pictures!
Jacqueline showed the group how to put a light socket into one of her lantern sculptures. She used a low voltage small fixture and explained that she had purchased a "spider" from a lighting supplier in San Rafael, North Bay Lighting. The spider simply is like a metal washer with 4 metal rods radiating out which she uses to hold the light socket in the sculpture. She said that you can buy "lamp kits" in a hardware store or lighting supply.
Here are a couple of photos of Jacqueline holding her light fixture components:
As a retired college professor who has remade herself into a part-time art teacher in Napa – I want to commend you and MCOE for sponsoring a fabulous workshop for art teachers. I’ve often felt our schools were excellent sites for adult education, community workshops, and non-profit conferences.
The recent workshop for art teachers was entitled:
Textures and Templates
Saturday, Jan. 25th 10am to 4pm.
Redwood High School
Over 24 local art teachers attended this enriching, creative, and inspiring workshop. Not only did we learn new approaches, obtain an array of affordable resources – we also were able to share and build community amongst ourselves. The workshop teacher and Liz Lauter were attuned to the tight budgets and student challenges that many teachers face in providing high quality art classes. They were so supportive of art teachers and drew upon inexpensive and accessible resources and materials. During the workshop, as artists, we were able to pursue our passions and careers.
Here are some notes to share from the workshop: RESOURCES :
SCRAP: Store in S.F. for scraps, recycle.
PICTURE FRAMES: can use as a slump mold
CHINNET paper plates
FLOOR PADS available at restaurant supplies
Mats available at Leslies/Chinese sue silicone/MAYCO have finer mat designs
ETSY: Sells bique stamps/round ball stamps.
AFTOSA: For pony rollers
DARICE Company ( Rubber, flat foam -- $10.00 big tube)
CLAY PEOPLE in Richmond, Ca has clay, equipment, supplies
ARTISTS & ASSOCIATIONS:
Sandi and Niel.com (handbuilders, great teacher
Elaine Pinkernell http://elainepinkernell.com/
Chandra Debuse (hand Builder) http://chandradebuse.com/home.html
Amy Sanders: There there pottery (website)
American Craft Association (August Show in S.F. @ Fort Mason)
Ceramic Arts Annual/Annual Contemporary Ceramics (@ S.F.Civic Center)
Ceramics Art Daily website resource for everything in ceramics
CCACA: Calif. Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts (April Conference)
ACGA.NET (Art, Clay & Glass Assocation) http://www.acga.net/
LOCAL WORKSHOPS: (rec. by Liz)
Sierra Nevada College
Richmond Art Center
Mendocino Art Center
Types of textures: Cup holders, pins, zippers, rubberbands on cork, industrial endings, kitchen utensils, scraps, lamb shank bones, etc….most anything can become a texture! Depth is important, simple is good! Repeat!
POP-UP PLATES: Use thick foam; obtain fence post tops, wood samples (Upholstery stores are good for this).
Ideas: Cut a paper template
Create difference edges
NOTE: Not too large as it will warp
Dry slowly. Use ware board to reduce handling by hands
LYNN’S MAT USAGE:
Use cornstarch for RESISTANCE, so clay doesn’t stick. Can put cornstarch in a sock or cotton pouch—dab onto mate. Light dusting.
MAKING TEXTURES: Use round bisque ware, when leather hard carve into with sharp pencil—keep with simple designs. Can use woodcut blocks (skut rubber).
Put Clay ON TOP of texture mats; use knives (4 for $1.00 @ Dollar Tree)
Use ROLLED UP newspaper to set-up sides of clay that might slump; put in plastic. Set-up –max. 2 weeks.
WORKSHPS: (tip from Lana Wilson) PRINTER BLANKETS – call local printers. Use one for white/ one for red clay. To clean: pour water and rib off.
TO THIN CLAY FOR ROLLING: Tap or slap down, keep moving it. Roll from center
Turn slab when rolling--
MDO BOARD (covered plywood; creates a nice work surface)
Roll coils: stand, use palms. Flip coils/twist to regain roundness, then roll again…make a lot!
Pull handles, wipe with wet foam in long motion, you can use pencil/chopstick to make an indention, or use various textures.
CREATE TEMPLATES for building shapes:
Undo/unfold paper plates/cups to see structure
Get a “profile” of an object, great paper template from that
Introducing our artist teacher, Lynn Wood to 23 enthusiastic artist/educators on a Saturday morning.
Comments from teachers:
"I am a classroom teacher who is teaching art to K and it is really nice to network with other art teachers."
"Ideas, great! Lot's of resources."
"Extremely useful workshop... A+!"
I started this program for art teachers to have opportunities locally to get together through art workshops. Over the years of my teaching, I've learned so much from attending "professional development" art workshops, up in Mendocino, Tahoe, KALA, and other wonderful places where professional artists lead programs.
It just seemed that we could organize that right here in our own back yard, and so here we are.
I'm thrilled to have the sponsorship of Marin County Office of Education helping to promote our program. And for the current workshop with Lynn Wood, ClayPeople in Richmond is helping to promote us.
I very much look forward to meeting everyone, and at least, through this blog, we can share thoughts, resources and link up for some more workshop ideas.
I am an art teacher at Redwood High School in Larkspur, Ca. My background is in painting and I teach Ceramics and Intro to Art. I am National Board Certified in Fine Art and I have a M.Ed.