Illustrative Map-Making Workshop

One of the things that I enjoy about teaching, is that I sometimes learn a lot myself. The illustrative map-making workshop is one of those.

This 2nd map-making workshop took place at the new Brooklyn Brainery location in Windsor Terrace. In this lovely small space we worked on a variety of different maps. Two students combined their love for food with map-maping, creating a map placing iconic British dishes geographically on the map and another guiding you through all the things you should eat when visiting Singapore.

Other maps were incredible as well; mapping a wardrobe, the world map through the eyes of a cat or mapping friendships and relations. Another student put the local ‘characters’ from her neighborhood on the map of Prospect Park area. Loved it!

 

 

BARD Graduate Center | Paper Sculpture Mask Making Workshop

This is one for those of you with kids in NYC
When: Dec.10 2016 
Where: 18w 86 st, New York

Charles Percier
The Bard Graduate Center approached me about a mask-making workshop based on their exhibition about the neoclassical French architect and interior designer Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions. He is the designer of the Arc de Triomphe, and was later appointed to be one of the personal architects of Napoleon Bonaparte.

For this workshop we focused on paper art creation only: folding, curling, ripping, and layering paper, working with the colorful and playful characteristics of paper. Characters from both ancient Greek drama and Charles Percier’s own social world come alive; tragedy or comedy, an artist or an empress?

Workshop context
Before Charles Percier designed furniture and interiors for Napoleon Bonaparte, he supervised the creation of theatrical stage sets for the Paris Opera. Children and their caretakers were invited to explore a Percier’s dramatic imagination on an educator-led tour of Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions. This tour was then followed by a hands-on colorful and expressive mask making workshop.

The mask making workshop touched on the Neo-Classical aspect of Percier’s work, being inspired by the ancient Greek and Roman art. Nowadays, we might think Greek and Roman sculptures were all white marble, but the opposite is true. For this mask making workshop we worked using the true colors which allowed for some colorful mask creations.

Workshop Flyer:

Bard Workshopposter.jpg

For more information and registration:
http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/kids-workshop.html

Experimental Watercolors @Brooklyn Brainery

This Experimental Watercolor workshop focuses on series of different experiments, to better understand this versatile medium. Once we’ve covered some different techniques, everone gets a chance to work on their own watercolor piece. Which is great, because that way everyone gets to ask all sorts of individual questions regarding their pieces.

 

 

DIY Holiday Cards @Brooklyn Brainery

DIY Holiday Cards at the Brooklyn Brainery. Another one of my favorites. Even when I think I’ve run out of Holiday themed ideas, students always come up with something new.

Check out the student gallery below for some truly atmospheric beauties.

Student Gallery: Mixed Media & Collage 11|6 Brooklyn Brainery 

This class is always a surprise for me. Sometimes students want to make as many experiments as possible, but sometimes it’s the complete opposite. This group anonymously chose to focus on some beautiful finished fine art pieces and illustrations. Funny thing is, I think everything was a little travel inspired

See below for the results of this 2 hour workshop: