Stickers, you wanna’ make stickers… Ok, what do you know about a printing press?
So we selected some sketches, tried them out using thick makers on paper (Draw thick lines to cut thick lines). The students worked out the composition on paper then transferred it over to the rubber printing blocks. Then the scary part KNIFES you can’t make cool stuff without them. After a quick safety lesson including graphic descriptions of possible wounds I passed out the block cutting knifes, happy to report no injuries. HURRAY! They cut thin then cut thick ribbions out of the rubber block, soon they could see the block taking shape. In the end very few revisions where needed. Now a lesson on rollers, ink, and the printing press, they were like fish to water and after a demo, they quietly worked in turns one would be inking their block while the other was pressing. I couldn’t have hoped for better.
The happiness of making tangible items in such a tactile way was expressed in their quiet smiles and the care put into storing away the work.
Working on cleaning up the block after a test print.
Lots of work goes into a single image, many sketches are done before the block is made.
Getting and even layer of ink.
Printing and inking
The Paint Yard, wrote a nice post about the ‘Street Art Class’
The paint yard is a great place to get a variety of spray paint and supplies (fat caps, liners, specialty paints, markers and more) and they have the ‘Sugar’ from the makers of Ironlak, the paint is special. It combines water with alcohol made from sugar cane, replacing the usual petroleum-based solvents. The result is an extremely low-odor spray paint that contains fewer VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
It is important that students are safe and get to work with high quality materials, while learning the fundamentals of design and painting.
The ‘Street Art‘ class meets once a week (Tuesday at 5:30-7:30 come by and check us out). During the lessons we focus on drawing and painting followed by design reviews, the reviews and discussions are designed to engage the thoughtfulness needed to inspire creativity in young artist. Special thanks to ‘The Paintyard’ for the great sales on paint, and to Sis & Moon’s in Alpharetta, Ga for the wonderful teaching space.
The street art class is winding down.
The five week long street art class has hit class number five and number five was so fun, it started out as a lesson on stencils and evolved into a wrapping paper making project. The session ended so well we are adding one more class (a sixth week). Great work everyone!
Everyone really pushed and got their hand dirty.
Detail, an orange snowflake under a gold start, hiding behind a green tree, that was run over by a candy cane. lots of stencilling action going on here.
The Montana water based paints worked great, Thanks the paint yard for the recommendations and paint sales and a big shout out to Sis & Moons making it possible.
Some great color sections popped out of the lesson, everyone was so busy working we didn’t find them till I was cleaning up.
The stencils that survived.
40 feet hung to dry.
More stencils, hung flat to dry, they will be tasty and stiff when they dry.
Look for fancy wrapped present under a tree near you.
Watch some short video and have any questions ready to discuss, and Patterns
The Letter “E”: https://youtu.be/kpaVkxB0Tw4
Watching a piece from start to finish: https://youtu.be/3US_fm0sWHo
Find examples of patterns, bring 3 or more, for use in next piece (They can be anything… save them to your device, print, magazine tear out or photos).
Sketch book 11″ × 8½”, a black book with smooth pages. Like this available where ever you like to by supplies.
Markers, I had some questions about markers. So you can find Touch and Copic Markers at at DickBlick in Roswell or you can shop Amazon/Google for ‘touch’ markers, most kits are no cheaper online, But if your willing to take delivery from China and wait weeks for delivery you can find some good deals..
Comparing and Contrasting
Lastly we will be looking at two different artist who approach street art from two different styles we will be comparing and contrasting in and short critique.
Rasterm and Katre
Great working coming out of class this week. Jack pounded out character after character, so fast I didn’t get a picture of them all, “I’m just going to paint over this”. Nicole nailed it with a 4 panel piece “Life”. The effort she’s putting into sketching is coming though in her can control and line work.
Nicole rocking a “LIFE” piece.
Finishing or starting?
Done, ‘LIFE’, Nicole.
- Find examples of patterns, bring 3-5 in for use in next piece (They can be anything… digital, printed, downloaded or photos).
- Sketch book 11″ × 8½”, a black book with smooth pages. Like this available where ever you like to by supplies.
- Markers, Pick a few 4-8 colors to start, as we move forward you can add more. You find them at DickBlick or you can shop/Google for ‘touch’ markers on line (something like this). FYI: Things shipped from china and can take WEEKS.
- Pencil and eraser
Videos and more for reference…
- ‘Style Wars‘ by Henry Chalfant.
- ‘Exit Thought The Gift Shop‘ by Banksy it’s on netflix.