When we set up this workshop, the main focus was for the kids to learn the fine-art of printmaking. We built a kid-friendly printing press, that the kids operate. Each print takes time - worried that the kids would get impatient waiting for their turn to print - we ran to HomeDepot, grabbed a few heavy-duty drop cloths and some PEX flexi-pipe - screwed the drop cloths to the walls and duct-taped paint brushes to the flexi-pipe and voila - we had our first collaborative art projects.
Four years later, we now have lots of large paintings and a bunch of papier-mâché animals including Willoughby & Ennis, our two giraffes (with another on it’s way - his name is Romnik), Penelope our rhino, Fred our octopus, Harriet our Sperm Whale and Mr. Curvy our water-bear/caterpillar.
Our CITY collaborative painting has been worked on for about 3 years, with lots of changes along the way. We have a blog post that shows the evolution of this painting.
In addition to the large-paintings we also work with papier-mâché - here is Harriet, our sperm whale. We built her out of scrap pieces of corrugated cardboard with duct tape and are papier-mâché-ing pages from the book Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, for metaphysical weight/for soulful density.
We also work on smaller scale collaborative paintings using pre-stretched canvas, masonite framed with 2x4's and pieces of wood. Here are a few more of these.
We are starting to finalize many of these paintings and will be putting them up for sale, here on our site - along with some of the limited-edition prints and drawing/prints we are working on.