In this one-day workshop we will create inspirational gouache paintings inspired by WORDS. Given the opportunity to teach outside of pottery, I am offering a truly unique workshop that shares my surface design and illustration techniques!
We will start the morning with a group brainstorming session and move quickly into learning to collage fonts together to create your own inspirational saying using photocopies, tracing paper and projectors. In the afternoon we will return to learn how to transfer your collage to paper using various methods and hand-paint your own inspirational image. This process can be used to make beautiful paintings on everything from paper to fabric (make your own tote bag!), journals to posters and even greeting cards.
A selection of fonts and additional source imagery will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own collection of inspiring fonts, patterns and source imagery for creating their painting. You will take home paintings of your own making, an AMACO tracing stylus tool, and incredible new skills!
BONUS: Using your new drawing skills, each participant will have the opportunity to design and apply a permanent monogram or surface decoration to one juice glass using stencils we create in class! Not only will you take home your customized juice glass but a DIY skill that is cheap and easily done at home. Step by step handouts will be provided for this project. All students will walk away with additional handouts on how to apply their new skills to the surfaces of ceramics AND glass at home. Material and supply sources will also be shared!
No experience necessary
- gouache paint: choose brands based on your budget, but please bring a basic set with primary colors (red, yellow, blue), black and white
- a variety of small watercolor brushes for detailed work, cheap ones are fine, just make sure you have at least one script brush (I suggest sizes 0-3 in pointed rounds)
- glue stick
- a pencil (mechanical preferred)
- eraser (I prefer Epure MAPED oval white eraser or something similar)
- a palette for painting (I use an old white ceramic plate from my kitchen—anything you would use for a watercolor palette will work)
- an apron and/or painting clothes…optional, but handy
- a selection of your favorite patterns, images and fonts/sayings to cull from for making your artwork. Bring as much as you can to help keep you inspired! Photocopies and printouts from the web are best as these will likely be cut up/enlarged.
- a selection of paper (some will be provided, I recommend Canson Artist Series Illustration Paper, 150 lb 9x12 inch paper pads)
- optional: alternative surface for painting on - could be a blank journal or blank cards and envelopes
$8 (includes contact paper, one juice glass to monogram or decorate, on-wax transfer paper, stylus transfer tool to take home, tracing paper, artist’s tape and handouts, class use of fiskars tools ~ scissors, cutting pads and cutting tools)
Molly Hatch is an artist-designer working from her home studio in Northampton, MA. Her career began as a studio potter and grew to using her love of drawing and painting to design everything from fabric patterns, glassware, furniture, rugs, lamps in addition to her primary love of working with clay. Her work is heavily inspired by historic trends in fabric, font, ceramics, print, and furniture. Often combining history and the contemporary with a witty use of scale, palette and a sense of humor. Her designs can be found online and in Anthropologie stores internationally.
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