Summer Camp

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This Summer, VAIC Studio partnered with two schools: Veritas Academy in Wylie, lead by Mark and Jenni Hotopp, and New Song School of the Arts in Lantana, to offer week-long arts enrichment camps to the local community.

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 Acrylic paintings on canvas

Acrylic paintings on canvas


As a first-time experience the students, I introduced Chinese brush painting at several camps, working on rice paper. Rice paper is made of strong mulberry fibers, and accepts the Chinese mineral and vegetable colors unlike regular watercolor paper. The ink or color spreads easily, and helps the children learn to use the brush, slowly and gently. It is meditative work. We incorporated Sumi ink with gold pigment, and the effect was glorious!  Because of the lack of sizing in rice paper, each painting must be stretched and mounted. We used homemade rice paste to stretch the paintings for the final show.

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 Wheat paste with Alum for mounting the work,.

Wheat paste with Alum for mounting the work,.

 Applying the paste on plexiglass.

Applying the paste on plexiglass.

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Applying the paste and stretching the work is for me a deeply satisfying task, as the colors become brighter and bolder. The results turned out beautiful. 

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 Violin, by Josh, age 11

Violin, by Josh, age 11

 Flowers, by Shaelee, age 8

Flowers, by Shaelee, age 8

 Snow Leopard by Elise, age 7

Snow Leopard by Elise, age 7

 Watercolor and Ink painting by Noah, age 11

Watercolor and Ink painting by Noah, age 11

 Dragon, by Liam, age 7

Dragon, by Liam, age 7

 Flowers, by Emily, age 8

Flowers, by Emily, age 8

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