Age Group: High school and up
Materials: various used fabric you might have, glue or sewing materials, a way to take pictures, outdoor plant materials, flexible modeling paste, paints
This video explores how to use materials with different personal, family, or social significance to add a new depth to storytelling through visual arts practice. The workshop includes several at-home-friendly mixed media projects that use the creator’s relationship with the materials they choose to tell their story through their artwork. It also looks at contemporary artists who have transformed significant materials into powerful works of art, with a discussion of how the use of these materials deepens the artwork’s meaning, aids the artist in storytelling, and creates meaningful connection with the viewer. Workshop participants are invited to use materials like clothing, trinkets, soil, plants, books, and more that have some sort of meaning for the participant.
Emily Grace King is the current chair of the Arvada Arts and Culture Commision, as well as the Exhibition Manager at the Arvada Center for the Arts. Emily has created over 30 step-by-step DIY projects for instructables.com, and designed and taught a series of costume/cosplay-making workshops for Jefferson County Public Libraries.