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Week 8: Dada Discussion

Let’s cut it up with the Dadaists!  This avant-garde artist movement spans across many media, but is best known for its use of collage.  Artists such as Hannah Höch and Kurt Schwitters combined cheeky imagery with smart assemblage to critique politics and popular culture.  They also re-assembled found text into new forms, from poetry to literary statements to masterful graphic imagery.  We are going to use found text, papers and whatever images you want to create your own Dada comment.  Look at magazines, newspapers, and junk mail, and cut and paste into your sketchbook.  Add paint or decorative papers if you feel it needs more color.

This week at Wet Paint, all alphabet related products are 10% off! This includes stamps, templates, and vinyl lettering.  Mention the weekly workouts at the checkout to receive the discount.

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

 


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WP Weekly Workout- Week 8: Kut-n-Paste with Kurt (Schwitters)

KurtS1942-43 [Difficult]Grab your favorite scissors and glue and let’s collage it up!  Use the awesome collage by Kurt Schwitters as inspiration to pair your own graphic elements with simple color fields to create visual interest and narrative.  Been saving that pretty paper scrap? Or that ticket stub from last week’s outing?  Now’s the time to pull it out and start layering ephemera in your workbook (this is a great way to archive your mementos!).  Assemble your favorite printed pieces, add additional swatches of color to complement them, and begin “painting” with your paper.  Think of each element like a field of color to unify your image (like Schwitters did with the overall ochre color) and play with layering effects to create unexpected detail.  When you’re pleased with your composition and you’ve got the colors and shapes the way you want them, go ahead and commit to it by gluing it down.   Don’t collect paper scraps? We have a variety of excellent scrap bags and fun decorative papers to cut up and collage (see below for more info).  For glue, we suggest using the super popular UHU stick, or the classic Mod Podge.  Acrylic gel mediums work well, too!

This week at Wet Paint (4/9 thru 4/15), we have the bountiful & eclectic Mega Mix scrap bags from The Japanese Paper Place on sale for 15% off!  Yay! You should also make sure to check out the entire line of super fun, vintage inspired, graphic Italian Cavallini papers for only $4.40 per sheet!  Seriously, you almost won’t want to cut these up, they are so cool.  Kristina suggests that you buy 2 – one to cut, one to keep!

1928 Untitled

Ticket stubs are great for collage! Another example by Kurt Schwitters (Untitled, 1928)

 

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies