Workshop:The Sketchbook Workshop. Cas Holmes
Take the fear out of creating a sketchbook or journal. Explore creative ways of developing ideas through mixed media including dyeing and staining pages, drawing with found objects, stitching and layering to open up the thought processes to the creation of your own work.
What students will achieve:
You will have started a sketchbook or journal and explored ways to develop your own ideas, coloured pages reflecting your own journey and interest. This collage approach is a means for students to achieve great confidence in composition, colour, design and their own drawing and mark making skills in an imaginative way.
Select images, photocopies and details of old work, textures of interest to work with. This could be on any theme, nature, the world around us, family something which makes you tick.
Plan for the course:
Painting sketchbook pages/lining paper as a starting point for creative collage
Cutting and preparing collage paper, mark making.
Making a narrative, drawing a line and adding collage to your pages.
Discussion;further developments. Why keep a sketchbook. Its use as a personal record and for development.
Students need to bring to the workshop.
*An A5 or small spiral bound sketchbook landscape (when open should be no large than a sheet of photocopy/inkjet paper. Please have about 110-140 gsm paper weight, lighter paper not good enough quality. (you may use existing sketchbooks if you have them whatever the scale)
small quantity of p.v.a. glue or pritt stick. Craft knife, cutting board, scissors
*You can use Pelmet Vilene/card/canvas or other found materials for a cover and lining paper (heavy duty wallpaper for pages or good quality cartidge paper and make and start an improvised sketchbook on the day if preferred)
Dry and wet colouring materials (wax crayons/pencils/pens/watercolour/acrylic paints, Koh I Noor inks...whatever you have)
Additional materials for collage: Papers: tissue include white tissue, and a selction from the following: patterned wrapping paper, magazines, oriental specialist papers, hand made-paper etc. extra white paper, photocopy paper fine. A small amount of lightweight coloured fabric scraps selection of photocopied images reflecting your subject (some will be cut up).Needle and some threads.
Notebook/camera (optional) Aprons and plastic gloves