Students will experiment with a variety of collage and mixed media techniques, organized around theme days. They will design their own posters, portraits, and wearable art. There will be games and opportunities to share and connect with the other students. They will stretch their imaginations and build creative confidence!
Students will choose a magazine image of a person, ideally in a portrait format. Then they will alter the image using oil pastel, sharpie, and scrap material, turning it into an imaginary alter ego.
We will look at examples of surrealist landscapes; students will create a drip painting using watercolour. Then they will turn their drips into a surrealist landscape by incorporating smaller collage elements in the foreground, middleground, and background.
We will look at examples of early 20th century designs that combine text and images; students will design their own poster advertising an imaginary product.
We will look at examples of haute couture fashion; students will design a wearable piece out of cardboard, lace, buttons, and scrap fabric.
We will look at examples of crazy quilts; students will tear magazines into squares and make their own quilt designs out of paper.
CLASS MATERIALS LIST:
Markers (variety of colours)
Sketchbook - 8.5"x11" or 9"x12"
5 sheets of heavy paper, suitable for wet media (100lb and up)
Rachel Crummey is a visual artist working primarily in painting and drawing. Her work incorporates pattern, improvisation, and collage. She has worked with children in a variety of contexts and loves sharing her passion and enthusiasm for art making. She has been an artist in residence with Kulturkontakt Austria and the Salzburger Kunstverein, and was the 2015 winner of the Joseph Plaskett Foundation’s Nancy Petry Award for emerging Canadian painters. She has exhibited in Canada, London UK, Austria, and Italy. She gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. She received her BFA from Concordia University in 2010, and her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2014.