PAINTS Projects

There are fantastic PAINTS projects happening all over the province. Check back in this space for updates, and browse through to see the rich and varied history of the program, and to spark ideas for new projects.

Figure drawing and painting

Full day workshop with a high school art class

Two hours... Working from a live model there will be lessons and practice covering three basic figure drawing exercises. We will draw from the model using gesture drawing, contour drawing and bulking up. This will develop an appreciation of how to draw the human figure. We will each go through about 25 sheets of large newsprint, as big as possible. We'll need lots of that nice compressed charcoal, excellent for drawing big, but very messy. Alternatively conte or soft pencil. Three hours... Canvases 16" X 20" or bigger are a good size to work with. Acrylic paint, palettes and water cups, rags and brushes -- w/c brushes, each with a set of numbers 4, 6 and 10 and maybe a 3 for fine details would be great. Canvasses are gessoed and then painted in an off white wash. Using oranges, pinks, reds or yellows to convey the human form the students select to take further from their charcoal and conte gestural studies of the live model.

Who I Am.

A 6-hour project with a group of 18 ninth-grade students.

The artist, Deborah Hickman, will lead the creation of a hand-made book as part of the culminating art project of an eight week Art and Writing Inquiry Based Learning Course, titled “Who Am I? Self-Portraits in Art and Writing.

Over the course of the eight weeks, students explore their identity through creating a series of self-portraits and written reflections. They examine where they come from and who they are as individuals, the self they allow others to see and the inner-self hidden from most, as well as their most memorable and significant moments. They undergo this self-examination with the goal of creating pieces of art and writing that encompass the different dimensions of who they are as individuals. The students will finish the course with the creation of a hand-made book which will house both their art and written reflections.

The PAINTS project will entail Deborah leading the students through the creation of hand-made books including portrait collages for the front and back covers. The front cover would involve the creation of a black and white self-portrait. These black and white portraits will be the most literal of the self-portraits the students will create and will involve selective symbolism: symbolic colours, significant words, phrases and images. Paper weaving, including a variety of woven patterns i.e. twill, goose eye etc.,will form the structure of the cover incorporating the b & w portrait/written phrases, painted paper strips and other elements.

In creating both the front and back covers of their books, the students will be learning about structure through the technique of weaving.
Pre-Workshop Planning, gathering and purchasing materials
Day 1 (2 hrs) Woven paper structure samplers/preparation for woven paper portraits
Day 2 (2 hrs) Weaving paper portraits using black and white portrait drawings and painted colour strips (personal symbolic colours and patterns). Mounting of portraits on book cover cardboard
Day 3 (2 hrs) Handmade books using card stock paper and light cardboard covers, employing the Coptic stitch. Mounting portraits on cover.