Last Friday was the final class for Thai Freedom House's term 27 "Art Journaling Unit." We finished the unit by introducing a layering, mixed media technique that the students would collage with in their journals. This is a personal favorite technique of mine that I use often in my own artwork, so I was very excited to share it with the students and see what kind of work they created.
Each student received two pieces of watercolor paper, and over the workshop they would use four different mediums, layered on top of each one, to create "patterned paper" which they would ultimately cut up and use for their collages in their journal. The collage can be anything they want- abstract or representational.
The students had a great time doodling on the paper, not needing to think about what kind of imagery they created. It was all about enjoying the material and using all of the different mediums. Each student created patterns and layers that were very unique and colorful!
Then, the students cut up their patterned paper and created collages in their journal. They were hesitant at first to cut up their paper, but created some beautiful images! We encouraged them to cut up and share their paper with friends, to trade and use more colors, but most students were possessive of their own paper and used it all for themselves! Most collages were abstract, but several students made objects like flowers, houses, animals, or spelled out their names.
We are sad to take a break from Thai Freedom House- but this unit was so much fun and we think the students really enjoyed it too! They all have more paper in their journals and we hope that they use them to be creative over their school break. Art journaling techniques can be adapted for all ages and are a great way to combine experimenting with different materials and introducing creative exercises that are a bit more self-reflective and personal.
and as always, Be happy and make a difference,