Motivation

6 Jun

Pop Art Head 1

I work part-time for a charity for people who are homeless, delivering art and craft sessions in different venues across the city. It’s much easier to engage people in crafts than in fine art, crafting seems to be more accessible and less threatening. I try out different things to motivate people who don’t think that they can paint or draw or sculpt to engage with art. I recently ordered a stencil book,  bought in some small square canvasses and did a quick little stencil painting during today’s session. It certainly attracted a lot of attention.

Pop Art Head 2

I used a stencil brush to put on the basic image in black acrylic (Liquitex Heavy Body) and while it was drying I cleaned the stencil on a piece of blue kitchen towel with a wet-wipe. I really like the ethereal image that appeared on the towel. Then I added some brush strokes in light blue and orange to give it a 1960s Pop Art feel. It was very quick and showed people how they could think about using stencils and paint to create artwork for their new homes. It also taught people quite a bit about how to use paint, without them realising it. I’m not a big fan of painting but I really like the Liquitex, it’s very strongly pigmented and can be thinned out to use in translucent washes, as with the stripes, or used fairly impasto, as I did with the stencil.

 

WAM night June 2018

4 Responses to “Motivation”

  1. Emma Cownie June 7, 2018 at 16:26 #

    Looking good. You are right crafts are a lot less threatening than so-called “fine art”.

    • Rosie Scribblah June 8, 2018 at 13:37 #

      Yes, people seem to feel that crafts need a lower level of skill, but the reality isn’t so.

      • Emma Cownie June 11, 2018 at 07:36 #

        I think that people feel less “exposed” by craft – art can be seen as very much a personal effort/interpretation.

      • Rosie Scribblah June 11, 2018 at 09:35 #

        Yes, you’re right, Emma. And also people believe they can’t draw ‘properly’

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