I’m back from vacationing with my family in the beautiful Schoodic Peninsula area in Maine. The above pictures will give you just a hint of how lovely the area really is. While there, I was fortunate enough to have taught my “Tea time with Alice” workshop at Schoodic Arts for All. I conjured up this workshop in honor of Alice in Wonderland’s 100th birthday last year. She may be over 100 years old but Alice is still one cool chick! This two-day workshop involves creating a 3-D, multi-media shadow box assemblage filled with a few highlights of Alice’s psychedelic journey through Wonderland: a fabulous time piece, a tiny deck of playing cards, even a bottle guaranteed to make you shrink! And…a tiny Alice with jiggly arms and legs…of course!
The class was small, just two students, but no less fun. On the first day, we concentrated on layering clay over the heads (I provided a tiny premade torso/head to give them a jump start) and the ladies learn how to sculpt the tiny facial details and construct the arms and legs from scratch. The facial details were painted, the doll was assembled and then we had fun dressing them. Day two was spent finishing up whatever need to be completed and then putting together our montages.
Janis, a seasoned doll maker in her own right, decided before hand that she wanted to include a tea cup and, thus, provided a tiny porcelain tea cup split right down the middle. She also wanted to “think outside the box”…and she did! The final product became a wonderful, open faced, 3-D assemblage inviting the viewer for closer inspection of not just the inside but the exterior as well! Emily, an artistic high school student who enjoys writing, performing and puppet making, enjoyed the process of creating her first doll. She put her own spin on it by customizing her interior assemblage making it truly her own! It’s always so cool to see how each person puts a different spin on an idea…this is what, for me, makes teaching sooo much fun! Thanks ladies for allowing me to share my doll making experience with you! Below, check out the final pieces:
Janis’ piece Emily’s piece
Schoodic Arts for All not only promotes hand crafted arts but music arts as well and each night, for two weeks, they host a number of concerts, readings, performances and even puppet shows…something for all ages. We enjoyed many performances but one especially comes to mind: the talented duo known as Atonal with Pepin Mittlehauser on mandolin and Emma Walsh on the fiddle. Don’t be fooled by their moniker, these fresh-faced dynamos were great and, as Pepin puts it, they are not tone deaf…lol! Below is a sampling from Youtube, not from the concert we attended…sorry the sound quality isn’t so great:
If any of you find yourselves in the Schoodic Peninsula area, check out
Schoodic Arts for All. It’s a great program you’ll enjoy what they have to offer and best of all you’ll be supporting the arts!
Just a reminder: This coming Saturday is Day With Dolls. I’ll be there as well as many other doll makers…come out and join the fun. For more info, click here: http://daywithdolls.blogspot.com/ then scroll to the bottom for time & place…see you there
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Happy Doll Making!