Sunday, November 18, 2012

Another Fun Night at the Museum

As I wrote in a previous post, Thursdays for Teachers, takes place once a month At the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha,Ne. This last Thursday , the program was centered around the current exhibit, Under Pressure. The exhibit is all about printmaking and the the works on display were by Lichtenstein, LeWitt, Frankenthaler and that group of superstars. The workshops were fun this time and we got to use inks and acrylics on canvas with something called, Flow Aid. I'd never heard of it before. It's a clear liquid where  you paint on the canvas before the ink or paint is applied and it helps the medium, "flow", hence the name.  The second was a printmaking technique where we drew on Duralar "film"? that had been treated with gum arabic to give it a "grippy" surface that we could draw on with Caran d'ache crayons. Then, we used Rives BFK paper that had been soaking in a tub of water to print with. We put the Duralar with the drawing down first, then the damp paper and a layer of heavy duty acetate on top and rubbed with a wooden spoon and VOILA! A beautiful print!

This is the Duralar with the Caran d'ache crayon drawing

I was trying to make an owl on the tree branch,
and it ended up looking like a bunny had climbed
the tree.............

This was the acrylic paint side

And this was the ink side. I was going for a Frankenthaler
feel here and got carried away!

This was one of the best make and takes we've had so far. We were also given a Helen Frankenthaler teaching poster for our classroom. All in all, a very nice evening!

1 comment:

Rina said...

Hi Pat
Sound fabulous! All those new mediums to play with!