We looked at Blek le Rat and Banksy. Making an image with stencils is really drawing through (or negotiating with) another material - rather than making direct marks on paper. Another difference is that it needs a lot of planning, simplification and patience, keeping in mind the opposites of black and white, positive and negative, and sometimes having to compromise to keep everything attached! Ink, paint, sometimes sprayed, and rubbed charcoal were used.
Several quick 5 - 10 minute drawings of each other with instruments etc in various media. But an important part was composing these together at the end to form a group, cropping, overlapping and using bits of different background - and then lying them all together on the floor to form a frieze.
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This group meets weekly during Autumn and Spring terms for informal but structured sessions to explore drawing.
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