ExplorARTive is designed for emerging artists to explore, share and critique various media and methods of making art. The aim is to build confidence in developing, critiquing and resolving our art work. The emphasis is on "seriously playful” exploration. The program includes a mix of skilled tutoring by established artists as mentors as well as peer led sessions, plus an occasional field trip.
Please bring your own art materials (when you have them), a drink and a snack if required plus cleaning gear for your area. The CAW room is equipped with tables, easels, donkeys, small tables and chairs. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to set up. We hope to see you there.
Short course (4 weeks):
Participants will be shown several craft, art and decorative techniques to create an assemblage box. Over the course of 4 sessions a memory or themed assemblage box will be created. Using a premade wooden box with hinged or separate lid, each participant will decorate the outside and inside of the box using a variety of techniques and materials. Opportunities include painting, gilding, decoupage, stamping, stitching, stenciling, pyrography and drawing. Materials will include acrylic, mixed media, old magazines, wallpapers, beads and items individual to each participant, such as photographs, fabric, embroideries, glass, memorabilia, souvenirs, etc. The Kunstvoll Memento is limited only by a participant’s imagination. To assist with ideas, photographs of well-known works and some of the tutors work will be on display for discussion.
Week 1 – participants should bring acrylic paints and brushes, PVA (wood) glue, jars, palette, pencil case with scissors, lead pencil, eraser, ruler, etc. Other items to bring along include preferred drawing tools such as coloured pencils, waterproof texters, etc.
A box as the base for the assemblage is required for week 1. A list of shops (physical and online) where these can be purchased is below.
Weeks 2- 4, participants should have an idea of what else to bring after attending week 1. The tutor will also bring various materials each week.
You don’t have to buy something new. You may have a box at home that you want to use.
Using Google, search Joseph Cornell – as a good example of an artist who made assemblage boxes. Note how he often uses a glass fronted box. This is ideal. And you can make your own, if you have the skills. Just find an interesting photo/art frame (for the face) and either make or locate a matching wooden box ( for the ‘scene’ or assemblage). You will need to be able to stick them together somehow (glue?). If this sounds like too much work, perhaps find a ready to go box – see below:
Note the box should be a reasonable size – at least 25 x 18 x 5 cm. Bigger than this will give you the opportunity to use a range of materials and techniques.
Ebay has a good range of boxesl – several searches pull up some great results – cutlery wooden box, wooden hinged box, large hinged wooden box.
Op shops/ antique stores Sometimes great and inexpensive finds can be found in bric a brac stores, antique stores and op shops. When you see them buy them as they can be an infrequent find.
Bunnings have a good range in the craft section. The boxes that are divided into compartments can work well for memorabilia and for adding a sense of categorisation or even enchantment. A box with no compartments will allow for larger unbroken imagery and larger items. See pictures following
Payment for Art Groups is non-refundable.