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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Abstracting Merton Park

Our Mapping Merton Park project continued last week by adding an abstract element. We looked to artist Shiraz Bayjoo, who ran our holiday course Mapping My World last Easter.

We looked at some collage artists and discussed ways to lay out a collage to give a message and look interesting.


We then looked at some abstract paintings and talked about creating an interesting background for a collage.kandinsky.comp-8 Rothko


We then experimented with collage composition, using images collected from the area and our place within it. we tried several layouts before we chose the one we liked best.

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We then went wild and experimented with abstract painting techniques to create our background. We used several techniques.

Wet in Wet paintDSC_0006

Masking using card strips to create linesDSC_0004

Sponging and flicking paint.
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Using rollersDSC_0013

Creating a wash, letting it dry and painting overDSC_0066 DSC_0063 DSC_0030

Using thick paint to create bold lines and patterns DSC_0029 DSC_0052


Our paintings were vibrant and beautifulDSC_0051 DSC_0050 DSC_0049 DSC_0048 DSC_0035 DSC_0034

We then collaged over the top to create a final piece.

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