CBMS Choice-Based Art Studio

CBMS Choice-Based Art Studio
CBMS Choice-Based Art Studio

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Innovation in the Art Studio

Encaustic painting has been a choice in the studio for some time now. The process involves melting wax and pigment (in our case, crayons) and painting with a special encaustic brush (we have tried little paint brushes, Q-tips and have settled on pipe cleaners). Students paint on railroad board donated from a puzzle company. Some paintings are on a single board, others spill over onto two or three or more boards, fitting together, coincidentally, like a puzzle. 

Two artists working together recently made a series of 5 paintings that fit together. They then mounted them the paintings onto a board, and continued their painting on the back board, which created a multilevel effect. 

"Sun & Moon"
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Today a 6th grader made a creative break through and started painting “UP.” Her process reminded me of how a 3-D printer works – building up thin layers to create a three dimensional object a little at a time. 
Painting or sculpture?
When students can return time and again to a process or medium or an idea, they gain greater and greater facility with materials and techniques and enjoy the opportunity to fine-tune ideas. Over time there is a deeper understanding of what the medium can do and how to make it one's own. That is when innovation can occur.