June 13, 2018

Silkscreening Settlement



I love to get opportunities to invite guest artists to our pre-K studio, and when they're a parent of s student? Even better. For our third such collaboration, we got to host printmaker Miriam Singer! Miriam makes awesomely detailed cityscapes, so we cooked up a plan to do some architectural serigraphs with a class at school.
Miriam burned a big screen from a photo of an architectural drawing of our school building which, lucky us, is old and beautiful. (This also means the internet never works and the walls are impossible to hang things on, but...win some lose some.)



Miriam burned a big screen from a photo of an architectural drawing of our school building which, lucky us, is old and beautiful. (This also means the internet never works and the walls are impossible to hang things on, but...win some lose some.)


She introduced PS3 to the tools used in silk screening - the screen, ink, and squeegee, and we set up a printing station. Each kid got to help ink the screen and pull the squeegee and we ended up with loads of (big!) prints of our building in different colors!


Because they dried quickly, kids were able to start decorating them during that same class period (and they kept decorating them for a week or two!) 




We experimented with water based crayons (my favorite! Noyo brand), chalk pastels, water colors, and colored pencils, and made a lot of individual work!




June 10, 2018

Project Projections

Attendees at PAFA's "Project Projections" explored projection photography techniques at Family Arts Academy this month. We began with a visit to  Ghost in the Machine: Video in the Realm of Objects in PAFA's Alumni Gallery. 

Families interacted with the video installations and projections and experienced the small dark space of the exhibit.




Back in the auditorium, we had lots of projectors set up - slide projectors with images from PAFA's collection, digital projectors with op art and Planet Earth scenes, and overhead projectors. We went lights out and started playing!
 (Side note: overhead projectors NEVER GET OLD, and I use them with tons and tons of projects). 


Kids and their grownups could interact with the machines, putting themselves into paintings, swimming with sharks, or making scenes with cutout shapes and colored gels. Others kept busy capturing the experience on camera phones!



S/o to the artists exhibiting in "Ghost in the Machine" and a very awesome immersion room wallpaper design exhibit at Cooper Hewitt, which everyone should go see!