Here are more pieces made by the adults attending my course at Knuston Hall. These were the very first things made on the day to learn how to do black line cutting. Its a great way to start a workshop as its about cutting away the negative space and paper cutting is all about the interplay between positive and negative space......
Its all about what you cut away to bring a shape forward.
The photos aren't brilliant I am afraid. I often have to rush to take them at the end of a workshop when the light isn't good and I am tired! A workshop takes a lot of my energy. In the planning yes, but as people are working with knives, I watch them like a hawk. And give in depth one-to one to each person learning, so that makes for a full brain day! Whats lovely about these birds that are made are the subtly differences in each. the way a person cuts away is as unique as a finger print. Some do chunky things, other do very fine and refined things, but each has its own energy and feel to it. I love seeing the results.
The other thing about teaching adults is that as the teacher you are much more on a level playing field with the people you are teaching. they have stories and lives that have been full and interesting. they often chat and talk about all sorts of things from politics, to children, through to where they have lived and where they shop! its a very inclusive event. There is a particular vibe to each workshop I run.
It brings people into connection and making art is the carrier for it.