|'Octopus in a Box' relief carving in Sheetrock|
|'Power' relief carving in Sheetrock|
Students learned, first of all, when selecting Sheetrock, you'll want to check for fiberglass fibers that look like millions of tiny little pieces of hair sticking out of the cut edges of the Sheetrock. You do NOT want to use any Sheetrock that has these fibers - it can be itchy and even painful. Luckily, it is easy to spot once you know what you are looking for, so I made sure to provide material that did not have these fibers. I pre-cut the Sheetrock into various rectangular and square sizes. Each Friday After Dark student was able to carve one piece and take two more home with them for continued experimentation! By the way, all photos in this post (including the two above) are from work done by my art educator students during this workshop.
|My Friday night students, selecting their Sheetrock. That's me on the right.|
Oh my goodness, everyone is so hard at work!!
We discussed the options of relief carving, versus simple line engraving. We also discussed the various options for paint, including watercolor, tempera, acrylic (including metallics) and ink, and how (and why) they could be used both before carving and after; and we discussed how color could be layered to achieve a rich patina; and we discussed how to use black either first or last, and how to rub on a final coat of color or black so that grooves could be filled with black to highlight texture. Everyone had fun experimenting! Here's a sampling of what my participants did (work-in-progress).
|This design was based on quilt squares.|
|the beginnings of the octopus-in-a-box|
|Unfortunately I never got a later photo of this sweet elephant :(|
|or of this cool abstraction...|
|A friend stopped in to visit. She was attending a face-painting Friday-After-Dark workshop.|
|This person was experimenting with water-soluble oil-pastels. Interesting!|
|A final coating of Mod Podge will seal this watercolor treatment and give it a beautiful sheen.|
All-in-all, it was a successful workshop, and a fun end to a great day. Please let me know if you have any questions about Sheetrock carving. Don't be afraid to give it a try!