This program will introduce students to the history of the highly valued pigment Cochineal, which is created from insects that live on cacti in Mexico and produces a variety of colors including carmine and purple. Students will grind cochineal to produce a crimson powder, and the class will explore the process of developing this powder into a usable pigment. Students will observe the change in color that is obtained as the pH is altered (cochineal becomes more orange in acidic conditions and more purple in alkaline conditions) and will describe their observations.
In this workshop, participants will explore the intersection of art and technology. They will create interactive two-dimensional art using found objects and paint. Sound will be added to the visual imagery created through the use of Bare Conductive technology. Participants will utilize a water-based electric paint that, with the touch of a finger, will transmit pre-recorded sounds using Arduino-like Touch Boards. Participants will bring their art to life electronically by choosing different sounds to play through the circuit/sensor board. Participants leave with their original paintings.
Participants will construct a simple circuit with parts salvaged from battery-operated toys and apply it to a machine made of drawing implements that they design. Near the end of the session, the “drawing machines” are placed on large pieces of paper to see the various marks they can make and students discuss how these differences were obtained. Watch the video below to see an example of the “drawing machines” in action!
Who hasn’t been touched by Jim Henson’s Muppets? Inspired by his genius, Veteran of Parade the Circle at Cleveland Museum of Art, Linda Zolten Wood delights in exploring character development through creative puppetry, and honors Earth Day everyday by using upcycled and found materials.
Team up with fellow students to create an original performance with their characters.
Who doesn’t want to be a superhero or create one? During this creative program students use a combination process of traditional and digital illustration techniques to develop a superhero character. Teaching artist Augusto Bordelois demonstrates the process using Adobe Illustrator software and basic story elements and character development traits as well as facial expressions and body language are discussed. Then, students start sketching, researching and developing the main traits of their characters using pencils, selfies or downloaded images. After the research images and sketches are scanned and placed in Adobe Illustrator the characters/frames development really starts. Finally, selected students present their original drawings to the class.
This program requires access to Adobe Illustrator software or any other vector illustration software and internet connection.