Tuesday, August 9, 2011

In Summary

The Krakow Workshop in pictures:

Part of the interior of the Temple Synagogue where we held the workshop

The panels before we got set up, just to give an example of our space

Rick shared inspirational poems and readings at morning meetings
And to make sure we were alert, Marie concluded morning meetings with a game of "Zip, Zap, Zop"
 And now, taking a look back...

Ariel demonstrates how to trace the images to later be transferred onto the panel

Groups of students prep practice panels to learn some of the painting
Some of the tracings used to create practice panels

Kuba, Kate, Eliza Rose and Agnieszka practice painting the different borders

Some examples of student practice panels
Working on the North Zodiac

Jaziek and Emma work on tracing and transferring the Hebrew text from the Upper West Dome onto the boards

The Temple Synagogue gets many visitors each day, Ariel explains our project to one group
Kelley works on tracings
There was always lots of paint to mix

Tek works on transferring Capricorn onto the West Zodiac
More work on the Zodiacs
Saw horses are a hot commodity and we always seem to need more. Craig and Matt help out by building more

Shannon and Eliza mix paint, it looks it might be Cool Light Base
The West Zodiac 95% done, it's just missing the black outlines
The Woad blue background goes onto the West Dome
The Lower West Dome early layers
One of the large groups of visitors from Isreal
Savana works out the center medallion for the lower dome

The vines turned out to be much trickier than expected
One of Case's practice pages for Virgo
Work on the medallion and adjusting the Stitch Border

Ariel paints the Hebrew for one of the original artist's signatures
Creating the printed Hebrew for the Zodiacs

Working on the Hebrew for the Zodiacs

Charline paints the spacers onto the zodiac Hebrew boards
Kate works on the bunnies in the bottom left of the West Upper Dome
Emily figures out how to paint the Unicorns on the West Upper Dome

Tom draws the images from the cove, which will be painted next summer
Nick works on transferring his camel onto the boards
Like paint mixing, there is ALWAYS clean-up. Marissa lends a hand
Krista shows her updated version of the bear--with new high res images comes new levels of detail
Nick learns the techniques for painting the camel
The West Wall as of Friday 8/5/2011


Meet the whole Group 6! They are students and professionals from all over the US and Poland and are from several different universities, fields of study and occupation. Just to give some examples those schools and places include Brandeis University, MassArt, and the Galecia Museum in Kazimierz. Their backgrounds include Art, Architecture, Art History, Jewish Studies, Chemistry, Anthropology, and many others. They were a great help to the painting team with getting closer to this summer's goal of two full walls and a pendentive complete. We even threw two more Zodiacs into the mix, which are almost complete! So here they are!

Three of the Polish students even gave presentations on their area's of expertise. Konrad Matyjaszek presented on the architecture of Masonry Synagogues in Poland and what they have become. Agnieszka Duleba presented on Polish Jewish art of the 19th and 20th centuries. And Anna Wencel took us through the permanent exhibit, Traces of Memory, at the Galicia Museum. The exhibit is about the the Jewish memory in Poland today. Later she taught us about the art of Jewish paper cuts.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

So Much to Show

Here is the full Group 7, with all our wonderful polish students, and Handshouse students who moved on to Warsaw this morning. We will be sad to see all of them go. But check out how much got done this workshop!!!

This is the entire West Wall, with the exception of the Lantern to be done next summer, and all the Zodiacs

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hello Krakow!

Group 6 is here in Krakow, getting stuff done!

We are also joined by several Polish students, they will be introduced soon. But in the meantime, here are some images of the work so far:

The new dimensioned images need to be traced and transferred, but they fit!

Before paint goes on the real panel, test blocks need to be made. Emily takes a crew through the entire process starting with gesso

Ariel explains the tracing process

Savannah and Conrad work on tracing the vines in the West Wall Upper Dome

Nick, Jason, and Rashin are working on the West Zodiac

Tracings are being made of the Lower Dome Hebrew and borders

Mixing pigments

Kate works on transfering the Pisces onto the West Zodiac

Nick and Anna work on the Zodiac Flame borders. These are transition boards between the Zodiac and Lantern

Alexa and Kate are making practice panels to learn the different techniques for each border element

Conrad practices the Hebrew text, it's trickier than it looks

Marissa measures out pigments to mix a batch of rope base light