As any true reader knows, the story, characters, ideas, themes, lessons, words, and illustrations of beloved books can influence and alter a life. This summer, turn that statement around and alter your favorite books through artful applications.
Create paintings in watercolor, gouache, and acrylic, and make prints and mixed-media collages within the pages of a selected book — whether it’s a vintage title or a new favorite. Write in response to the ideas presented in the book, play with favorite lines or dialogue, and explore personal connections. Also
produce assemblages and sculptures from book pages and covers. The result is a hand-illustrated book that becomes a personal treasure to save or share.
All techniques, demonstrations, and lessons are applicable to participants of all levels of experience. The Teaching Artists provide daily demonstrations of open-ended techniques and introduce projects using a variety of media. A field trip to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is included to provide artful inspiration (example on left).
The art studios at Crane Country Day School provide a perfect location, spacious sunny rooms, a view of oak groves and coastal mountains, and ample free parking.