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Silhouettes from Nature: A Collaborative Art Installation at CAN-NC’s Campus

April 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This will conclude with a collaborative art installation at CAN-NC’s Campus.
Description: Using nature as inspiration, in this class we will create artworks on paper based on the silhouette shapes of animal and plant forms emerging in springtime. What is newly emerging outside your window? Plants, birds, insects, flowers, weeds? Although we often think of silhouettes as depicting human forms done only in black on white we will focus on bringing texture and color into our two-dimensional artworks. We will be transforming images from nature into 2 dimensional shapes on decorative paper such as paste paper or any upcycled paper with a design on it. In addition to creating our own artwork, this will be an opportunity to add a communicative aspect to art making during the pandemic when so many of us have been in isolation. After class, each participant will be invited to contribute one of their silhouette artworks (or more) to be added to an art installation at CAN-NC in Greensboro, NC. The installation will begin with artist Betsy Renfrew’s plant and animal silhouette cutouts and grow with each new artwork submitted from participants of the class. The installation is meant to express the joy that Springtime brings, and the hope of renewal.

What you will learn/make: several approximately 8”X10” or smaller silhouette cutouts to place on your wall and/or contribute to a CAN-NC art installation on our campus.

Materials you will need: drawings and photos of Spring plants and animals you have observed, decorative papers (which include any of the following: paste paper, marbleized paper, Japanese origami paper, old wrapping paper, old watercolor paintings, scissors, X-Acto or similar knife, glue, artists’ or drafting tape (repositionable is best but any tape will do). You can learn how to make paste paper from Betsy at https://youtu.be/spIoThmaXOM.
Participants: any older adult that wants to make a work of art and contribute it to a collaborative art installation/exhibit at the campus of CAN-NC. Participants should be able to use scissors or an X-Acto knife.

Note: Information on how to send your work of art to CAN-NC will be announced in class.


Lia Miller, Executive Director
(336) 253-0856


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Creative Aging Network (CAN-NC)
2400 Summit Ave
Greensboro, NC 27405
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(336) 253-0856