A blog for members of Abstractions- an art program for teens. Here we will discuss past and future program activities.

Meets Wednesdays, 1/9-1/30 & 3/6-3/27 from 3:45-5pm. Registration required.

Jan 28

Public Library - This Week in Abstractions

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM by Haana VanderVorst

January 23, 2013: Masks & Printmaking

The plaster bandage masks turned out great! Here is a picture of them pre-decoration:


This week in Abstractions we will paint, bead, feather, button, etc... the dried masks. Once that is done, we will try our hand at Print Making with Styrofoam plates.

Styrofoam Printmaking Instructions: On a foam plate draw a design, pattern or picture. Next, take a sponge paint roller, dip it into paint and roll it over the plate. Finally, take a piece of paper and press it over the painted Styrofoam plate. Lift it up and there will be an imprint of your design on the paper. 
Jan 18

Public Library - This Week in Abstractions

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM by Haana VanderVorst

January 23, 2013: Mardi Gras Masks

This week’s art project is molding Mardi Gras masks using plaster bandages. Teens will work in pairs to form the molds on each other. Teens with sensitive skin will have a model to form the mask on. Petroleum jelly will be spread over eyebrows and noses and cheeks so that the masks will lift away easily when dry. We will cut the plaster bandages into pieces, dip them into water, and then place them onto teen’s faces to form the masks.

Masks should take about 15 minutes to dry, at which time we will lift them off the faces.

*Note- eyes and nostrils will not be plastered over.

We will decorate the masks the following week.


Jan 14

Public Library - This Week in Abstractions

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM by Haana VanderVorst

January 16, 2013: Duct Tape Sculpture

We will be sculpting with newspaper and duct tape. Using a piece of cardboard as the base support, we will crumple up pieces of old newspaper to shape and give body to your sculpture. Next we will add duct tape to hold it in place. You may want to add several layers of newspaper and tape to achieve the desired affect. Once you are finished "sculpting" your work, you may paint it if you wish.

The goal of this project is to get you to use your imagination-get creative and make an interesting 3-D design!

Check how our bubble wrap mural turned out!

Bubble Wrap