Friday, March 19, 2010

Trades ready for Artfest

I finally finished my trades to take on Tuesday!! I started with a watercolor painting and shrunk it down to attach to my charms. The charms are the Artfest logo printed on some hand made marbling paper I made this year. These are my first charms. I think wire and jewelry making are not my thing. Im also bringing a few atc cards and a piece of encaustic collage to sell at the artfest table. Only 4 more days....

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Remembering Artfest

The Countdown is on until we leave for Artfest. Here is a Colored Pencil drawing I did of a beach scene from last time we attended (3 years ago) This photo was taken at sunset with beautiful pinks, peaches and blues. I shrunk this down to small size to attach to my charms I will be trading next week. I am excited to take some collage and sculpture classes.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Visiting Embrace Exhibit at Denver Art Museum

Last Saturday was a free day at the DAM so I decided to check out the exhibit I will be taking my 8th graders to later this month. This was entirely held in the new Contemporary building and they really took advantage of all the varied space and angles the architecture supports.
Each artist was given a corner or wall to create on. Most all the art was made when they got there. There is an exhibit with time lapse video and pictures to show the step by step processes.

This is a room downstairs by the gift shop. The artist Matthies wanted to emphasize different words immigrants felt throughout the world. This is really a hands on exhibit with cushions to lie on and sculpture to touch.
This was an exhibit I deemed inappropriate for my 8th graders entitled Dying Christ is rushed to the hospital by Shishkin. This includes a whole room to appreciate. The drop cloths used while painting are still in place.
This hanging sculpture by McEnroe was really interesting. They have cell phone codes you can play for each exhibit. (Unfortuneatly the reception is not good in the rooms) This was entitled Bathers. He used pantyhose filled with sand. Then he coated them with polyresin and drained out the sand after it was hard. I love the shapes and the shadows created in the exhibit. This is found on the fourth floor.

I couldnt find out alot of info on the exhibits as I would of liked to. I tried all the cell phone numbers but I would of liked some printed material as well. I would highly recommend this
exhibit as its something different containing all the installations. You can walk through as be a part of. There were many new exhibits on the fourth floor I hadnt seen last time I went. This is the last month to see this. So hurry over.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Art Journal in Progress

My New Art Journal is ready for Artfest. I just need to fill with some completed pages. I used the Coptic binding method with watercolor paper. The cover is done on pastel paper Canson Mi-Teintes with gold acrylic paint (paste paper technique) covered over bookboard. The size is 9x12 and nice and light to travel with.

There is a night at Artfest when everyone brings their journals and create at night. There is even a bonfire. Im hoping for nice weather again.