Maybe it’s the heat but I went a little batty!
Made a few papier mache bats over the last couple of weeks including two large hanging bats complete with a three foot wingspan and five 17 inch high figurines each wrapped in a cloak.
There were two zombie workshops going on this past week and as you can see in the photographs there was a lot of zombie building intensity happening in the studio.
Check out the workshop schedule for a couple more zombie building opportunities in August.’
Sculpting with homemade paper clay is a lot different than sculpting with oil or water based clay. Once you learn how it behaves you can make it do what you wish.
My Mighty Midland Mantis sculpture is on display in downtown Midland until mid September. The Mantis is located on the corner of West Main and Gordon…across the street from the H Hotel. He’s big, he’s bright and pretty photogenic. As one of the participating artists I was invited to Dow Diamond to watch a Loon’s baseball game in the Chemical Bank suite…good food and good company.
As a child I used to draw monsters and as an adult I continue to doodle monsters every chance I get. This is very special class designed for children 6 to 12 years old who along with an accompanying adult will use their imagination to draw a monster then turn that artwork into a fabulous papier mache sculpture.
During the first two hour session we will look at inspirational monsters in movies and books such as Monsters Inc., Where the Wild Things Are and the Dr. Suess books, then create a drawing and start constructing the sculpture. The second and third sessions will use papier mache and the final class will be painting.
The workshops can be physically demanding requiring participants to stand, kneel, lift and work in uncomfortable positions. Papier mache can be a bit messy so please dress accordingly. The class uses a variety of non-hazardous materials such as flour, glue and joint compound, as well as latex and acrylic paints.
Workshop cost is $100 per adult and child duo which includes all tools and materials.
You are encouraged to bring your own drink and snack. No alcoholic beverages please. Call (989) 750-6457 to register. Payment is due at the first class. Class is limited to 5 adult and child duos.
On April 17th, 2013 we moved into some new studio space at 718 George Street in Midland, MI.
The new workshop is not huge, around 900 sq. feet but it’s a huge improvement over working out of my basement, garage and dining room table.
Renting studio space serves two purposes.
First it gives me more room to build and a place to hold papier mache workshops.
And secondly, and most importantly it gets the majority of my Halloween stuff out of the house, a huge selling factor for my wife.
Basically this is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, my own little space dedicated to something I really enjoy.
If you ever find yourself in the Midland area please take a moment to stop in and check it out.
One of the most commonly asked questions….here’s the answer.
A patch of new pumpkins for the 2013 haunting season.
Mr. Bunny was a cheap little dollar store stuffed animal that was our oldest son’s best friend growing up.
The little blue bunny was a tremendous source of comfort during doctor visits, thunderstorms and those days when it felt like the whole world was against you.
During the years Mr. Bunny lost an ear and had many “surgeries” leaving him pretty tattered and torn…but he remained Carter’s best buddy.
In honor of Carter’s High School Graduation we decided to build a large papier mache Mr. Bunny, complete with his array of odd stitching and single ear.
The Bunny was made from recycled cardboard that was assembled into a Mr. Bunny shape then covered with papier mache.
The project was a lot of fun and was greatly appreciated by our oldest son….everybody needs a Mr. Bunny in their life.
Finished some new papier mache zombie which feature some pretty amazing textures considering they were created with everyday household materials such as paper towels, facial tissue and toilet paper.
“They’re coming to get you Barbara!”