Students honed their stenciling and spray-painting skills in this series of three 1.5 hour workshops. Instructor Gabriel Pons lead the class in developing their designs, cutting paper stencils, and perfecting their spray-painting. Working on various media, including wood panels and vinyl records, students leave the course with a work of art and the knowledge to continue making on their own. Below is a selection of photos from our 2013 series of "Intro to Street Art" classes:
Here at the PONSHOP we offer innovative ways to bring creativity into your lives. In February, we brought love and creation together in our new couples clay workshop. After just three hours and a lot of footsie, these couples made their very own kissing bowls! We are also happy to work with you to bring your own ideas to life in private classes. One of our students wanted to cut her own designs into clay to create a hollow ceramic sphere and... We helped make it happen!
Whatever your level, whatever your desire, if you have an interest for art come take a class! Check out our class schedule for more details.
February 2012 kicked off another fun session of Mixing the Media. In three 1.5 hour sessions students explored collage and acrylic painting to create their own mixed media scenes on canvas. Below are some pics of the student work. Congrats guys!
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As response to the questions brought up in our "Intro to Street Art", "Mixing the Media" and "Adult Mixed Media" classes - we've put together this two-part tutorial on how to make and apply wheat paste when doing paper posters and collage:
Part 1: Wheat Paste recipe and cooking
1 part flour to 4 parts water (This demonstration uses 1cup of white flour with 4 cups of water)
In a small pot, whisk together flour and water with wire wisk.
Bring mixture to a slow boil (med-high heat for 5-8 minutes) until mixture has a gluey gravy-like consistency.
Remove from heat - you can add 1/4 cup of sugar or white glue to make the mixture even more tenacious (sticky)
Wheat Paste can be refrigerated to stay "fresh" longer. Consistency may change (it will get thinner), however, the paste still works. Be mindful that wheat paste will spoil in time especially if kept at or above room temperature.
Part 2: Applying Wheat Paste with paper posters
Use a wide brush to apply the paste to the intended surface or substrate. Apply a thin layer the approximate area of the poster.
Apply a thin layer of wheat paste to the back of the paper poster.
Press center of the poster against the wall and begin brushing the poster from the center out to the edges with your brush.
When the paste is still wet (and the paper is still malleable) you can peel and reposition if the paper has trapped too much air)
Finally brush a thin layer over the entire poster and especially the edges.
PONSHOP will be hosting their second annual Student Art Show in February 2012. Educating as many 98 students in 2011, the gallery will exhibit a cross section of paintings and ceramics completed by PONSHOP students over the past year. Student work will include all Adult and Youth Mixed Media and Ceramics, Intro to Street Art, Skate to Create, Adult Drawing, and Through an Architect’s Eyes workshops as well as many private sessions. The exhibit is a means of encouraging students to continue to participate in the city’s art community, allowing their work to take center stage. PONSHOP owners Scarlett and Gabriel Pons feel that it is important to continue to mentor students on the process of presenting their artwork in a gallery setting.
In addition, PONSHOP is offering its gallery during First Friday’s opening to host a fundraiser to benefit Massaponax High School art students planning a three-day Art-based field trip to New York City this spring. That evening, MHS students will be selling their original artwork and baked goods to raise money for their trip. Sponsored by Massaponax High School art teacher Patricia Atkinson and organized through EF Tours and the Smithsonian Institute, the trip will include visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, The MOMA, and the Guggenheim Museum.
Participating PONSHOP students include: Barbara Deal, Jack Weisenberger, Hannah Mann, Jeff Gulick, Sidney Mullis, Terry Pitzel, Tara and Maran Lee and many more. PONSHOP is genuinely excited to feature the work of their students and hope that you can join us for this exclusive event.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3 (6-10pm)
Exhibition Dates: Friday, February 3 to Sunday, February 26
Below are pictures of my "Skate to Create" students over the past year (January-October 2011). The "Skate to Create" class has been really popular over the years. I mean, when do get a chance to paint a brand new skateboard deck and then ride it? In a series of three 1.5 hour classes, I take the students through a brief history of skateboarding and skateboard graphics and then help them develop designs that can then be achieved using spray paint and stencils.