School holiday workshops to be larger than life

The Collie Art Gallery’s resident Creative Director Joshua Thomason will be running a series of Larger than Life workshops over the April school holidays in a street art inspired genre known as “paste-ups” or “sticker art”.

Workshop participants will learn new skills in photography, printing, painting and collage to create paper-based works that are like huge stickers. Each student will also get to take one of their own works home as a poster mounted on board. 

The works that will be created are only temporary, although photographs of the finished work can last forever.

Unlike other techniques, paste-ups do not permanently damage property either, which makes this genre a great way to bring art onto the streets.

French artist JRwhose work now adorns monuments, cities and galleries around the world, is one of the best-known examples of the paste-up technique.

JR, who calls himself an “urban artivist”, creates pervasive art that has put up on the buildings in the Paris area projects, on the walls of the Middle East, the broken bridges of Africa and the favelas of Brazil.

His Inside Out Project is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work in the form of black and white photographic portraits.

JR’s work combines art and action and deals with commitment, freedom, identity and limits.

If you’re in primary or secondary school in Collie or surrounding areas, don’t miss the opportunity to become an “artivist” and create art that is larger than life.

Workshops are two hours each day, on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the second week of the April school holidays.

Primary students: 10am-12 noon – 14-16 April 2015

Secondary students: 1-3pm – 14-16 April 2015

Day 1: Portrait Photography 

Day 2: Construction and Collage 

Day 3: Installation and Painting

The cost of $30 ($25 for members) covers all equipment and materials, including your very own paste-up to take home.

This event is supported by the Department of Local Government and Communities as part of National Youth Week.

Image credit: “I want to believe” – paste-up by Van Ray. CC BY-SA 4.0