As artists we are always looking for inspiration. What’s my next project going to be? What is it that I am trying to say with my artwork?
Rather than just wait in hopes of a muse, I often go looking!
One of my sources for inspiration has been in the lives as revealed in the letters of my favorite poets and authors, and in this class I would like to share some of my approaches with you.
It’s not unlike a treasure hunt. A little bit of reading, an interest is sparked, one clue leads to the next, and before you know it you have a whole series of work!
Letters (as in correspondence between two people) will be an underlying theme. We will look at some of my favorites: the Master Letters of Emily Dickinson, Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet and Letters to a Young Painter. We will give a nod to Nick Bantok and his Griffen and Sabine series. And then John Berger’s correspondence with John Christie, and I have some personal letters that are real treasures and I bet you do, too.
We will be working relatively small, usually no bigger than 9″x 12″. In fact, 4″ squares will be another underlying theme. There will be lots of mixed media, ink, tissue and collage techniques, a plaster surface treatment and some optional sealing wax tips. You should come away with quite a few pieces of finished work, some of which could actually be mailed!
I am so looking forward to working with you.
Lesson 1 – Two Different Folds
A letter is a conversation in writing between two people. Begin by folding love notes and love letters, and creating an insert by making line designs as a conversation. “To talk of many things”: Considering embellishments.
Lesson 2 – Two New Techniques
Plaster pages surface treatment and folding and dyeing tissue paper designs.
Lesson 3 – Creating Conversations
Creating conversations with four-inch square designs using our new techniques. Working text into the mix and getting a little personal.
Lesson 4 – Stripe Designs!
Relief from the square! Continuing to create conversations and now adding images into the mix.
Lesson 5 – I Send You This Cadmium Red
A little conceptual art. A little performance art. Revealing a little of ourselves, finding support in the process and Sol LeWitt. Creating art by instructing others.
Lesson 6 – As Time Goes By
A concertina that reflects a conversation between our present and our past. Folding and using our techniques in a book project.
We will be using a variety of papers, but most are optional! Also, I am only quoting Blick as an example of what can be found and ordered online. – Lendon
Stonehenge Printmaking Paper, 22″x 30″, white, 3-5 sheets, 90lbs, 2.99/sheet at Blick
- Bond paper (white) 8.5″x 11″ or a parchment pad (white and colors) with 8.5″x 11″ papers.
- Tissue paper (Blick pure white tissue is 20″x 30″ and comes in a pkg of 24 sheets for $2.24)
- Access to a printer or copier.
- Your favorite inks: sumi ink, walnut ink, a few colors of acrylic ink
- Your favorite pens: Microns, bamboo, pilot (your choice)
- Watercolors, watercolor brushes (your choice)
- Plaster Patch by DAP (Note: There is also a premixed plaster of paris that DAP produces that would work. If there are no premixes available, you can mix your own plaster of paris. You can find the dry powder at any hardware store and the instructions for mixing with water are on the bag.)
couple of putty knives, a bit of sandpaper, Painter’s tape
- Some acrylic paint
- Bone folder
- Eye Dropper, rubber bands, rubber gloves, plastic containers, plastic spritz bottle
- Hair dryer or heat gun
- Embroidery thread and/or cotton ribbon
- Paper cutter or x-acto knife with metal ruler
- Scissors, glue stick, gel medium and glue brush, double tac (8.5″x11″)
- A collection of your favorite images, letters, quotes, poetry, ephemera
- OPTIONAL papers: Vellum, graph paper, ruled notebook paper, decorative paper
- OPTIONAL: Sealing wax supplies: Sealing wax, metal spoon, metal seal
Lendon Hamilton Noe
Lendon Hamilton Noe is a native of Jackson, Tennessee, where she has been a Professor of Art at Lambuth University, Head of the School of Arts and Communications, and Chair of the Visual Art Department. She taught primarily drawing, painting and design. She graduated from Rollins College in Florida, earning the BA in Art and English Literature. She studied in Denver at the Rocky Mountain School of Art and then returned to Tennessee and completed an MS in Art Education at UT Knoxville. She completed her MFA in Painting and Mixed Media at Vermont College. Her work includes oil painting, original prints, mixed media, and installation. See more of Lendon’s work at her website: www.lendonnoe.com.
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