Workshopen vil kombinere materialvitenskap (kjemi), kunsthistorie og håndverksprosesser for å gi elevene et innblikk i hvordan kunstverk blir laget.
Elevene vil gjennom taktilt eksperimentere oppleve hvordan maling har blitt laget og brukt i tusenvis av år, før moderne fabrikkproduserte materialer. Workshopen vil bli undervist på engelsk, med fagspråket både på norsk og engelsk. Derfor er det best egnet for eldre elever som kan forstå engelsk godt.
About the workshop
This workshop will combine material science (chemistry), art history and craft processes to give students an insight into how artworks are made. They will experience, through tactile experimentation, how paint has been made and used for thousands of years before modern factory-made materials. This will give the students a greater understanding of the applications of some basic chemistry principles (for example, hydrophobic and hydrophilic compounds) and empower them to explore materiality in their own artworks.
Archaeologists use the beginnings of cave painting to mark the start of human culture, and for millennia the basic recipes for paint have endured. In this workshop, students will make paint from raw materials, and in the process apply basic principles from chemistry. The workshop emphasises the transhistorical, interdisciplinary character of painting and breaks down divisions between creative and scientific subjects.
We will look at images of cave paintings and discuss the meaning of humans creating art. The students will then be introduced to pigments and binders, the basic components of all paint, and while they follow traditional recipes to make their own paints, using eggs, milk and other natural substances which have been used for millennia, I will introduce them to the physical properties of each paint type and how they differ. With the paints, we will make a collaborative 21st century ‘cave’ painting, to be used by future humans to know what life was like right here in 2021.
About the artist
Laura Gaiger is an artist from the UK living in Bergen. She has received several scholarships and exhibited in group shows internationally. In 2021 Gaiger will be Artist in Residence at Leveld Kunstnartun and Art Farm Nebraska, and will have a solo show at USF Verftet. She works at KMD in Bergen as a Lecturer in Painting, and with Bergen Kommune in the ‘Kunst i barnehage’ programme.