Virtual Sunday Family Arts

Paper City: Experiment with Paper Sculpture Techniques

 

Image: Activity example courtesy Austin Kwidzinski.

In this installment of Virtual Sunday Family Arts, The Reach invites you to join us for a live art making session with instructor Austin Kwidzinski!

Contemporary artist Clint Neufeld explores the interplay between contradictory forms, material, and objects. By building engines and other mechanical objects out of delicate materials like porcelain, Neufeld challenges viewers’ expectations of what those forms represent and gives the forms new meaning. For this special Virtual Sunday Family Arts, we will be exploring our own relationships between materials and form. Participants will be shown different paper cutting techniques as we build an industrial cityscape by using delicate colored construction paper. Instead of being a cold, dark and rigid cityscape, our creations will be vibrant, decorative, and fragile.

This 30 minute virtual session was streamed through Facebook Live on Sunday, October 18 at 1:30pm.

Watch It Here

The activity is for ages 8 and up and is most fun when working in pairs or groups. Younger children should work together with adults or older children.

Image: Clint Neufeld. Three Deuce’s. 2010, ceramic, wood and cloth, 28” x 67” x 45”.

ARTISTIC INSPIRATION

Clint Neufeld

Clint Neufeld is a Canadian artist currently living and working in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and his work, including Three Deuce’s, is part of a group exhibition called Ever Elsewhere: Siting a Mennonite Imaginary on view at The Reach Gallery Museum from September 10, 2020 to January 9, 2021. Neufeld is known for his work that frequently combines furniture (objects that are traditionally placed inside the home) with machinery (objects that traditionally placed outside of the home).

Prepare

Instructions for setting up your at-home art making station before the class begins:

  1. Prepare you workspace by setting out your materials.
  2. Place your computer in front of your workstation so you can follow along as Austin teaches the class.
  3. Tune into Facebook Live on October 18 at 1:30pm, by visiting https://www.facebook.com/TheReachGalleryMuseum. For instructions on how to watch Facebook Live Videos, click here: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-watch-facebook-live/.

 

Share

Share your creation with your social media following. Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram (@thereachgallery) and Twitter (@TheReach) and use the hashtag #TheReachAtHome.

Materials

We’ve designed this activity with a range of fun artmaking materials. If you plan on purchasing materials in advance, some art and craft stores offer curbside pickup for items (e.g., Dollarama, House of Fine Arts or Michaels in Abbotsford).

Materials needed per participant:

  1. Pencil
  2. Scissors
  3. Construction paper
  4. Glue stick
  5. Tape