The first thing I fell in love with about Thailand, before my plane even landed, was the vibrant and unique plant life that I could already see, peeking out my airplane window. This week the young lions showed off their country's flora and fauna with some more printmaking! We built on last week's collagraphy technique; this time adding nature to the mix.
Before we began, we showed the students a powerpoint on Theerayuth Inkaew. He is a printmaking artist from Bangkok. He uses forest landscapes and nature to express his emotions. This was perfect inspiration for the kids' art - we even showed some of his collagraphy work - just like the kids would soon be making themselves.
In a nature themed scavenger hunt the students poked around and explored our garden for their favourite leaves, sticks, stems and flowers. A garden exploration isn't possible without at least a little play time - although perhaps it was just some of the staff getting hung up in the trees. ;)
After their bounty of plants was sufficient, we settled into the design process. We experimented with the different shapes and textures we found among the trees. Nong Mac could handle those textures but was too disgusted by the glue we were using so he needed a little help laying things down. Despite his hesitations in the hands-on department, he still had very specific design requirements - that I needed to fulfill!
Some careful placement and a little drying time later, we pulled out the paint! You'd think that some of the colours they chose were abstract, but these fiery hues really do come out in a typical Thailand landscape! Still mind-blowing to my snow-covered Canadian mind. The final prints reflect this Thai beauty perfectly and the vibrant personalities that each of the Young Lions bring to us every Thursday!
Peace and Love from the depths of my au-naturelle heart,