February 2020 workshops

Presidents' Day Weekday Workshop

Jasper Johns artist study

Jasper Johns had a fascination with familiar images and their repetition.  He was driven to interpret these images with less precision while creating a more tactile version.

Students started their Jasper Johns' inspired work, using watercolors to paint on old phone book pages.  Once these were dry, they used glue to adhere them to the masonite boards.  At this point, students chose from Johns' favorite subjects: the United States flag, targets, numerals and letters.  Immediately, students discovered how much more difficult it was to paint the bumpy, less than perfect surface and eventually gave into the texture they were working with.

Students also practiced monoprinting, another technique that Johns employed.

Jasper Johns is having his 90th birthday this year.  In celebration, the Walker Art Center installed 90 of his works this past weekend.  This exhibit runs through September 20, 2020.  Thursday evenings from 5-9pm are free to the public as well as the first Saturdays of every month.

What did we do for Presidents' Day? We identified the Presidents on pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, one and five dollar bills.  Some of the older students practiced an introduction to the grid drawing method and created George Washington portraits.  Others traced artist, Maira Kalman's, Abraham Lincoln.  We read her book, Looking at Lincoln, while eating our lunch.

The next WEEKDAY WORKSHOP (+ museum day) will be Friday, March 27
Spring Break ART Camp (March 30 - April 3) will be posted soon!

There are still seats in the June Summer Camps sessions


Sunday, February 2
1:30 - 4:30

Let's make valentines!
Students will create 30 - 3x5 valentines
painting and printing, collage and marbling methods.
We'll dip into an artist study of Robert Indiana as well.

ONE MORE SEAT available

Presidents' Day Weekday Workshop 
Monday, February 17, 2020
8:30 - 1


Grid portrait drawing and a Jasper Johns artist study.
Please pack a mid morning snack and lunch.

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