Young artists attending workshop exhibit their work in gallery setting
Paper collages lined the tables and walls of the downtown ArtSpace during the Legacy Learning Junior Art Show Wednesday afternoon. Students who participated in the first-ever Young Artists Workshop invited friends and family to the ArtSpace to show off their creations. Students mixed paper cutouts of animals with patterned paper to make original collages.
“We wanted to make the kids feel like their work mattered, so we had their friends and relatives come in so students could show off what they created over the three days,” said Cord McMahon, workshop instructor and current artist in residence.
Nineteen students were taught this art medium by McMahon, who specializes in collage. The three day workshop combined textbook learning with hands-on learning. On the first day, students learned about what collage is.
“It was something different and most of them had never done collage before and they seemed to take a liking to it,” McMahon said.
The second day focused on collage work with colored paper, cutouts and animals. Youths got to create an animal of their choosing out of ripped paper pieces.
“It was something different,” said McMahon, “a fun exercise for them to do.”
Students spent part of Wednesday joining forces to create a large scale mixed media collage piece. The piece will be displayed at the ArtSpace in Webster City.
“The workshop was a little chaotic the first day because I have never worked with this age group before, but then the second and third day kinda calmed down. We got all the nerves and jitters out, so it went well,” said McMahon.
This is the first class Legacy Learning Boone River Valley has offered youth. McMahon was excited to share his knowledge with kids, as this art medium is glossed over in many schools.
“The schools today teach kids the basics. They teach them drawing, painting and mixed media, but they don’t focus on certain aspects,” said McMahon. “They kind of just talk about it and go on to the next thing. I think collage is a topic that isn’t hit on the head.”