Sunday, May 23, 2010

Two Summer Books Arts Classes for Kids!

Wingtip Press 


in the 


A Summer  Book Arts

Workshop for Kids

Ages seven to twelve

Kids! Join artist and teacher Amy Nack in her studio at Wingtip Press for a three-afternoon Book Art Workshop.  We’ll begin by making really cool colorful paste papers to be transformed into spectacular covers for our own handmade, journal sketchbooks.  We’ll also create intriguing origami style triangle popout books, magical solar photograms and learn dynamite transfer techniques for filling our wonderful books with unique personal imagery.

Session One:  June 28 – June 30 (M-W)
Session Two:  Aug. 16 – Aug. 18 (M-W)
Class meets from 1:30 – 4:00 PM

Cost is $45.00 and includes all supplies

Wingtip Press

6940 Butte Court
Boise, ID   83704


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Vincent Van Gogh

Hasn't it just been great to enjoy these sunny, sunny days?   Spring is on its way!

Kindergarten, first and second graders learned about Vincent Van Gogh through the book Camille and the Sunflowers, which tells the story of Camille, a young boy who meets Vincent Van Gogh and brings him a bouquet of sunflowers to welcome the painter to his village.

So we tried our hand at creating three dimensional paper sunflowers out of construction, tissue and newsprint!  Check backs soon.  It will make you yearn for a  big bouquet?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What happens when the teacher is sick?

Not much!  I've been home battling bronchitis and just couldn't imagine sharing it in our tight quarters.   But meanwhile,  the countdown is on and all the art moms are tying up the loose ends for the grand ga-la-la this Friday night.

Since I have nothing to show you, I thought I'd post a few photos of the tools of our trade:

Now this last one is one I'd rather not even have in the studio!  Yes, the erasers.   I'd prefer the focus to be more on the process than perfection - so I do my best to talk our artists out of erasers if I can.

After the break, we'll be getting into our three dimensional work and spending lots of time with our hands in clay!   Can't wait.

Friday, March 5, 2010

This is not a Pipe

One of Surrealist's Rene Magritte's famous paintings is entitled "This is Not a Pipe."
With this image the artist was suggesting that a painting of a pipe, regardless of how realistic it might be,  is not really a pipe.  You may disagree, but there will be no disagreement when you walk down our first floor hallway.  What you will witness is an entire network of pipes!
Here's a fraction of that network: 

I've been told that the average museum guest spends an average of 3 seconds in front of each work of art.   I suggest you take all the time you need to check out the network of pipes created by our artists.  One way or another we are all connected -  and this wonderful collaborative installation is a metaphor for our interconnectedness.  A special thanks to Suzanne Seigneur for heading up the network of art moms who took time out of their busy day to install the work.   And be sure to thank your favorite artist for their beautiful artwork.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Spring Flinging with Mrs. Wangsgard Class

Here's a sneak peak at Mrs. Wangsgard's first grade class entry for Spring Fling. "After the children created circles, the pieces were scanned.  From digital images, color copies were made and cut out.  Then we carefully arranged the photos on the table.  (It may not look like it but we spent some time creating a colorful border and avoiding duplicate colors next to one another.)  Then we started the decoupage process.  After a few coats, a final lacquer coat was applied to the whole table."   .

Arranging circles

Decoupage, 1st coat

Watching glue dry . . .

Individual sale items

All the kids seem to be excited about the table.  We hope you will come by the classroom and see it for yourself.

Kathy and Susie

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The False Mirror

The False Mirror - Rene Magritte  1928
Oil on Canvas - 21-1/3" x 31-7/8"

Surrealist Rene Magritte was famous for his extraordinary way of looking at the world.   And his 1928 painting, The False Mirror, provides a great example of just that!

I passed out small mirrors to each of our artists and asked them to take a few minutes to look in the mirror and really study their eyes.  Then we heard  comments about what they noticed, such as color, shape, lashes, pupils.  One of Mrs. Heusser's students noticed her own reflection in her eye.   And this was a perfect opportunity to talk about what types of things might be reflected in our eyes  if we were looking at things we enjoyed.   Artists then traced a pattern to create an eye shape and filled the iris with their drawings.  They also made their eyes more realistic by adding lids and lashes and completed their artwork with a watercolor wash.  Look closely into the eyes of Mrs. Heusser's class to see the reflection of what they enjoy seeing.


Eye like it, eye really like it!

A Network of Pipes

If you spend any time in the studio you'll witness the maze of overhead pipes.  And all of those pipes leading this way and that seemed like a perfect opportunity to present a lesson on how to add volume to a three dimensional object.   We craned our necks and looked thoughtfully, as artists do, to notice everything we could about those pipes.   What started out as a maze of plain old white pipes soon became a network of beautiful cylinders with their very own habitat.

And our artists turned them into works of art!  Here are just a few from Mrs. Mills' class, and please, please, please click on the image to get a detailed look at those beautiful pipes!