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Rubbings, Stencilling and Stamping with Found Objects

Linda Leon • Mixed Mediums

The goal of this class is to develop creativity and resourcefulness through the use of everyday object to create art. It will also help children notice negative and positive shapes.

The children will use a combination of three techniques to create images. The children will do rubbings of surfaces or materials with texture. This could be nameplates, floor textures, grates or found objects such as heavy lace, leaves in the fall and anything with a raised texture in their environment. Wax crayons will be used to create the image. Water-based tempera paint which is repelled by waxy areas, will be used for stamping. Soft foam, wood and other found objects can be used for stamping. Stencilling will also be done with found objects. This could be anything that has open areas within it such as lace or netting from fruit bags. Objects with interesting outlines such as leaves, hands or common tools could be used this way. The found object is laid over the paper and paint is either stamped over it or spattered using paint on old toothbrushes.

Technique: This project is all about techniques, a variety of them. What is consistent is the medium; found objects. 

Grade SuitabilityK-10
Maximum Class Size24 students
Time Required1 hour for K-6 / 2 hours for Grades 7-10
Material RequiredWhite lightweight paper approximately 12” x 18”, wax crayons, tempera paint, old toothbrushes, soft foam, household sponges, paint trays, (flat plastic or foam trays), paintbrushes, scissors, and old plastic bags.
Language of InstructionEnglish
CommunitiesBeaver Creek, Carcross, Carmacks, Destruction Bay, Faro, Haines Junction, Ross River, Teslin, Watson Lake and Whitehorse

Linda Leon

Linda Leon lives in Whitehorse.  She works two dimensionally in paint, collage and drawing. For the past three years, she has been exploring relief printmaking.  

Majoring in painting, Linda Leon graduated with a Degree in Fine Arts from University of Manitoba in 1974. She continued with her art practice despite a thirty-year career as a stage designer in professional theatre.  In many ways, theatre continues to inform Linda Leon’s art.  She likes humor and otherworld interpretations of experience.  Relief printmaking allows the expression of these sensibilities.  

Her most recent exhibits are “Life in Water” at YA@W 2018 and “Black is Gold” (Group show), Arts Underground, 2018.  Linda Leon is a member of Associated Designers of Canada and Yukon Artists @ Work Gallery. 

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