Art or Furniture from Found Object with Jim Paulsen

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Art or Furniture from Found Object with Jim Paulsen

Create objects of sculpture, furniture or other “kool” stuff by repurposing found objects and “Junk.”

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Period One
9:00 am
Period Two
10:30 am
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Students will create objects of sculpture, furniture or other “kool” stuff by repurposing found objects and “Junk.” The work can be wall works like relief sculpture or free standing objects. Create art either in a shadow box format or develop tiny intimate objects, even wearables.

Works can be created from virtually any material or substance. The materials used may be re-purposed from objects that were made initially to serve some other function OR from raw material stock. Works can include objects carved, modeled, cast, sewn, or constructed specifically for the assemblage. Works are created through any number of joining techniques such as glues, bolts, screws, nails, stitching, or wrapping etc. Works can be made from de-constructed functional objects. Works can end up as functional or non-functional pieces.

This is a journey about repurposing objects either for their inherent unique content or their visual form, or both. Students will explore the many ways of joining including: use of different glues, riveting, bolting, sewing, using unique methods of pulling disparate forms together into a unified object. Making stuff from found objects can be a great way to achieve beautiful or significant art forms with a minimum of costs. It is a particularly useful and inexpensive approach to art making for a school or camp program operating with a low budget.

Limit 10 students, ages 16 and above.

Students will need to set up a home studio with a sturdy table, box of tools, adhesives, collection of objects to assemble etc.

Examples of objects students could collect or purchase:

  • Objects you have always enjoyed but no longer serve their function
  • Objects on an idea you have like TIME: clock parts, faces, etc.
  • Objects that belong(ed) to someone you LOVE and want to honor
  • Objects that encompass your sense of HOME
  • Objects collected in your travels


Something For Everyone

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