Wordplay Painting – with Lynn Whipple
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with Lynn Whipple
Two-Week Class; 6 Video Lessons
Now available as a self-study class.
A giant, warm welcome to Wordplay Painting.
I am so excited to share with you the many wonders of infusing our artwork with compelling, meaningful and irresistible words!
We will begin our class by finding and preparing a few used books and turning them into what will become our Art Books.
Think of your Art Books as small laboratories for exploration, inspiration and play. There we will use words as inspiration, as graphic elements, as lists, and as the subjects of small paintings and drawings. We will also work, much as a writer might, by considering things such as composition, editing (room for the eye to rest), titles, and character development.
We will explore through prompts poetry and personal handwriting as well as make one larger piece that will combine the techniques we have gathered along the way. Even our book covers will act as canvases!
I look forward to spending time with you and delving into the rich set of possibilities that we will find together when focusing on working with words in our work!
All my best!
with love, Lynn
Book Cover Paintings…
… and Pulling-it-all-Together Paintings…
Lesson 1: Word Paintings
We will start by playing with different ways to write words, exploring how to seep personality into each word by “drawing letters” and using spacing and pacing of letters within a word. You will choose a word or two as the main subject of several small paintings… a simple way to elevate a word with your personal style. Have fun!
Lesson 2: List Paintings
We will begin with a fast, but grounded writing prompt and then you will serve them up in a new way on fresh pages of your Art Books by making two different “list paintings.” Combine paint, pencil, water-soluble crayon, ink, pastels and markers in a variety of ways so that each line of your list has a personality of it’s own, yet it works together as a whole.
Lesson 3: Poem Paintings
Words are so much fun. For Lesson 3 you will pick out a few words that speak to you, paint around your chosen words and “edit out” all or most of the other words on the page, leaving interesting edges and shapes. We will do 3-5 of these and create a simple “sight maps” by drawing and directing the eye from word to word. The Haiku is another great rhythm or structure we can use with poem paintings… a Visual Haiku.
Lesson 4: Character Paintings
Every good book has interesting characters in it. We will create characters in two ways, embracing the “flaws” in both cases (most characters have layers of interesting traits, qualities, and lovable flaws that they show and don’t show, but are evident in some way). In the first exercise we will start with words, and the second you will complete your painting by incorporating your character’s name in the composition.
Lesson 5: Book Cover Paintings
So often you hear you can’t tell a book by it’s cover, though a clever title and interesting image can certainly help pull you in. I will share a lettering technique and we will combine collage, painting and drawing on your Book Cover Paintings. Come up with a title for your book and use those words as a graphic element in your design.
Lesson 6: Putting it all Together
Welcome to Lesson 6! This should be fun as we look through the pages of our Art Books and pull some favorite pieces, parts and ideas to create a final, larger piece! I guess we could loosely call this a Book Review 🙂 Think about a main character and a title to use in this piece and ways of using words and text as storytelling and design elements. Using parts of used books in your work can add texture, color and interest. Weaving words into our work adds an extra and often personal layer, and in this lesson we will pull it all together.
(And on a final note, it’s nice to think that you may have saved an interesting used book from the dumpster, giving it a new life as your Art Book and by being a valuable part of your artwork.)
– 2-3 used books that speak to you. One larger book in the 10×12 inch range or more would be great
– white or cream paint (acrylic paint, flat house paint or gesso works well)
– water soluble crayons and/or water soluble colored pencils
– #3 pencil, or soft lead pencil or graphite stick
– colored pencils
– Tombow markers assorted colors (looking for a marker that will bleed through paint, sharpies will work also)
– brushes, small tipped, medium and larger (one inch is great)
– black ink and white ink with eyedropper and dip pen
– gel medium
– scraper for gel medium, credit card will work as well
– watercolor set
– basic acrylic paints
– plain copy paper
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Lynn Whipple writes, “I am deeply grateful to live my life as an artist. Play and discovery are my dearest and most constant companions. There are a zillion tiny challenges in each art making experience, and so often I find, just as many small, sweet victories. Without a doubt, living creatively is the most enjoyable and satisfying game I know.”
Lynn shares a warehouse studio with her husband, John Whipple, in Winter Park, Florida. Lynn’s work includes found-object mixed-media assemblages; found images altered with a combination of drawing, painting, sewing and more; and her well-known Ninny Boxes, collages combined with found objects, and assembled within a box format. Her unique pieces have a playful, quirky, and often absurd, charm.
Lynn explains: “I allow myself to play and let my pieces reveal themselves to me…I have been fascinated by old books, history, and odd bits of memorabilia. I find the things that interest me the most are slightly absurd…My hope is to create something real and somehow poetic but not commonplace. My goal is to keep communicating in my language.”
Lynn’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Visit Lynn’s website at www.lynnwhipple.com and her etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/lynnwhipple
NUTS & BOLTS
Here’s how this online class works:
• During the weeks of class, you will receive an email each Tu-W-F from Lynn with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day’s lesson.
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and where you will find all the class materials as they are uploaded.
• A facebook group will be created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, Lynn is always available to look at your work via email.)
• The class materials will be up and available for download indefinitely, if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Friday before your session begins, you will receive your class codes and a “test” video to make sure you can receive/view everything (if you can view the above video, you should be able to view the class videos).
• Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.