2020 Online Activities
Special demonstrations and fun hands-on activities presented here by multiple participating artists. Videos on painting demos, viking knitting demos and more! Coloring and hands on activities that you can download and do. Enjoy!
FOR KIDS: A Rain Painting for a Rainy Day
Paint a big piece of paper with bright colors (perhaps three). We use tempera but finger paints or any water soluble paints will work.
Make sure to leave some white spaces for the colors to flow into. Put your painting outside into the rain and watch the colors mix as water falls on it.
Bring it into the house and let dry on an old towel.
Viking Knitting Demonstrations
Handwoven lightweight designs in sterling silver and 14k gold fill wire.
Inspired by my recent art exhibit "Translations", I am starting a new endeavor to encourage us all to find connection, strength, and support through the arts titled Translations: A Chain of Positive Energy.
Think of it as part chain letter, part game of telephone, part community are experience. I'm reaching out to everyone, those who identify as artists and those who don't consider themselves artists (yet) to participate in their own modality. Together we'll create chains of seven linked artistic expressions, a nod to the seven days in each week that feel so long right now.
In the first link, participants will contribute a word/phrase/quote that describes a quality or mindset they have that allows them to move forward through these challenging times. Those words/phrases will then inspire a series of art highlighting our collective positive energy.
Candle Making Demonstration & Studio Tour
Printmaking Using Styrofoam
Free Art & Mindfulness Class
This class is a series of three videos for your self-care. You can treat yourself or free yourself up by having your kids take it. You can also go to artandlightsociety.com/covid19#freeclass to view these videos.
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
FOR KIDS: Collagraph Printmaking
A collagraph is a method of printing from a block built up by collage. The simpliest form is a line collagraph.
1. Find a piece of stiff, non-shiny cardboard. It can be any size, but something around 4x6 to 7x9 works well.
2. Draw a design on the cardboard with puff paint, or some other sort of dimensional paint, or even with school glue. You can draw a design first with pencil, and then run the line of puff paint over your pencil line, or you can just start drawing with the paint. (Image 1)
3. Allow the paint to dry completely - overnight is best, just to be sure.
4. Using a fairly wide brush, paint all over the cardboard and your design. You can use printing ink if you have it, acrylic paint, or tempera/poster paint. (Image 2)
You can use more than one color, but work quickly so that the paint doesn't start to dry before you finish covering the whole block.
5. Lay a piece of clean paper over the painted block, throw an old towel or piece of felt on top, and then press hard over the whole surface. You can press with your hands, or you can roll over it with a rolling pin (pressing down hard), or you can put a board or other flat, rigid surface on top of the towel and then press down hard on that.
6. Remove the towel, peel the paper off the block, and see what you got! (Image 3)
7. You can print as many times as you like, painting on more ink between each fresh piece of paper. You can experiment with how thickly to apply the paint, how hard to press, using different colors of paint and paper, etc. You can also experiment with inking with a stamp pad if you don't have paint.
More Advanced Collagraph Techniques
In addition to lines of puff paint, you can also build up other shapes and textures with collage. Materials that work well include flat craft foam shapes, paper or cardboard with a corrugated or other texture, or even paper that has been crumpled up and partially smoothed back out. (Image 4)
Whatever you use to make your design, be sure that it's glued down firmly and that the glue has time to dry completely before you try printing.