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KU Visual Art Day

Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thinking about studying Visual Art at KU? Come get a look at life as a KU Visual Art student.

Your visit will include:

  • Tour of the studio areas in Chalmers Hall
  • Meet and chat with Visual Art faculty and current students
  • Get creative in one of the 10 available workshops: 

    Painting & Drawing: Oil Paint & Collage: A Material Exploration
    Use the language of assemblage within the context of oil painting. The collage material used can influence your stylistic choices in painting or vice versa - both are dependent on the creator. A dialogue between application of collage and paint is a crucial point in this workshop. Intermixing impasto, mark making, layering, and color will be a few focal points to think about. Think about what you want to convey with your paint and assemblage, whether it be metaphorical or literal.   ​

    Ceramics: Wheel Throwing
    Centering clay on the potter’s wheel is difficult! This workshop will give you the basic information necessary for throwing awesome pots, plates and mugs.

    Painting: Applying & Scraping Paint
    Learn all the ways you apply oil paint (with brushes, knives, and found objects). You'll learn how to look at a painting and combat artist’s block by applying paint. Questions will be welcomed, and we'll create a painting from start to show the different techniques and to spark conversation regarding formal qualities of art. 
    Painting & Drawing: Palette Knife Fight
    Working with just a palette knife, unlock your imagination and senses through palette knife painting.

    Textiles & Fibers: Indigo Blues 
    Learn a variety of ways to create delightful patterns by tying and binding fabric and dyeing with natural indigo. Shibori and tie-dye techniques will be demonstrated. Indigo dyeing is an ancient natural dyeing process that creates beautiful blue hues from light to dark. You will leave the workshop with several finished pieces. Your work can be used as wall hangings or scarves, or they can be sewn into quilts with other fabrics, or used to decorate a jacket or jeans.

    Painting: Watercolor in 3D: Intentional Accidents & Surprises
    Watercolor is amazingly versatile and surprising. In this workshop, we’ll use a variety of techniques and make intentional accidents to create an abstract book that stands up on its own. 

    Textiles: Hand Embroidery Sampler Map
    Always on your phone? Want something else to do while you wait in line, ride the bus, or unwind from a long day? In this workshop learn to use a needle and thread to practice the foundational stitches used in the methodical and portable process of hand embroidery. Much like drawing, embroidery uses a basic setup, a few simple tools, and flexible techniques to unlock infinite potential for self-expression and embellishment. Patterns, text, and images can all be created with a few basic stitches. By creating your personal map of sample stiches that you can take home, you will establish your reference guide for future explorations and unlock the creative and relaxing potential in this satisfying and simple process.

    Textiles: Exploring Macramé
    This workshop will explore the basic knots used in macramé. You'll learn and examine many of the patterns that can be created, as well as, flat vs. three-dimensional construction techniques.

    Metalsmithing & Jewelry: Fold Forming

    Expanded Media: Oral Storytelling
    Learn to tell your story, while engaging in exercises designed to help you overcome stage fright and shape a specific and electrifying narrative. If you have ever considered performing your story, but were too afraid, this workshop is for you.

You'll get to work in the KU art studios with our faculty and students!

Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Questions? Please contact:

Heather Anderson
Assistant Director, Communications & Recruitment
Email: handers@ku.edu
Phone: 785.864.3667

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