classroom photo courtesy of Lucie Wicker
The first two days at Squam were spent teaching Printing with Botanical Designs. Using a simple and accessible technique, freezer paper stenciling, students explored the shapes and patterns that were surrounding us. Because of our stunning location, the presence of the natural world was felt in abundance. An entire forest of varying leaves can be incredible inspiration for one and overwhelming for another.
Thus, I brought my bouquets of flowers from my gardens and daisies from the barn. They magically kept all week! I also printed photographs of leaves and single blooms taken on a white background (thanks for the idea, Margie) to help isolate shapes.
The students that attended each day were phenomenal! They were from all different backgrounds and ages. There was some definite stretching for the many that claimed to not be "drawers" and felt out of their comfort zone. With the gentle beauty of the lake before them, these amazing individuals created some really stunning work.
I only managed a group shot the first day... and there are just so many photos I can put into a blog post, so if you'd like to see more loveliness, visit my Squam set on flickr right here. I also recommend checking out the Squam 2010 pool because there were so many inspiring classes happening at one time.