Two Waters Arts Alliance
Artists in Schools

Residency Artists

Kathleen Gray

RESIDENCY OFFERED:
PASTE PAPER, TRANSFER COLLAGE, AND BOOKBINDING

SCHOOL CURRICULUM COMPLEMENTED:
English, science, math, and history.

SUPPLIES & TIME FRAME:
Paste paper: drawing paper, acrylic paint, flour paste, texture cards; Transfer collage: magazine images, clear contact paper, acrylic medium; Book binding: book board, embroidery thread, needles, scissors, glue, and paper.

6 Hours minimum – 8 hours maximum

AGE GROUP:
1st to 7th grades

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Students will learn how to make paste paper and fold and cut to make into a book. This is an ancient technique with overlays of color and texture. For transfer collage students will learn transfer techniques with acrylics and contact paper using magazines, drawings, and photocopies, enabling them to create composite pictographs. Bookbinding will include a hard or soft bound book that will be stitched together. All three of these techniques can be combined into one project or addressed separately.

The paste paper book is intriguing for all grade levels. It can be used as a book, card or painting. As a painting it could explore topics central to the currently class curriculum, such as oceanography or ecology, allowing for artistic interpretation. The transfer collage is a method of reproducing images easily and quickly for research and illustrating current topics. The bookbinding project has to do with mathematical measurements, construction and ultimately a writing component. There is a magical or transformative quality to all three of these projects that fascinate children and adults.

ALTERNATIVE PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Bookbinding and record keeping for grades 5 – 8. This project uses math with precision measurements and construction to enable the student to bind together a book for research, record keeping or journaling. In addition to the construction of the book the above techniques of past paper and transfer collage can be used to compliment the book contents, depending on the classroom teacher’s scholastic focus.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
BA in Art Education from Arizona State University and MA in Art Education from the University of Victoria, BC, Canada.

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:
“Art is a versatile discipline that bridges all topics and curriculums. When art is discipline based it lends a refreshing credibility to the students perception of education in all fields”.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Kathleen taught art for 5 years in the inner city of Phoenix, Arizona; 15 years of art in private college preparatory high school on Maui and several years of adult art education in senior centers, colleges, and online. Kathleen is the current Artists in Schools Director for Two Waters Arts Alliance.