Had a wonderful opportunity today to work with a group of highschool students from our town school – one senior and five sophomores – to discuss and work with collage. It was a fun opportunity to free-flow about the roots of collage, how I got the process and techniques I’m now using as well as create a space for creativity among the students themselves.
They were a great and eager bunch, asking perceptive questions about narrative and subject elements in such “busy,” textured works, as well as details about the process itself. It was also a neat opportunity for them to explore ways of integrating current classroom projects into collage – for example wood-block prints they’ve been working on.
After about a half hour of discussion we got to work. I provided some wood tiles and basic supplies – paper scraps from all over the place, including stamps, as well as acrylic medium and paints – and they got busy with an incredible amount of energy. I was actually taken aback at how much these students seemed to relish the opportunity of working freely, “from the gut” as it were. I’m sure if they were to build on this, there would be alot of room to talk about where and how they’d make choices to constrain or guide the process more deliberately.
Nonetheless, I’m so impressed with what they produced in such a short period of time and even more delighted at the level of enthusiasm they brought. They are all really excited to give the whole Peace Tiles thing a whirl!