Wellin Kids Sunpaper Pop Ups

On Saturday, September 26 children from the local Central New York community joined us for an art project followed fall-themed snacks and cider. For many of the visitors, this was their first experimenting with sun paper, so the project began with a thorough demonstration led by Andrew W. Mellon Educator for School and Community Program Amber Spadea. Found objects, such as twigs, cookie cutters, puzzle pieces, and even a banana, were retrieved from around and the museum grounds to use with the sun paper. After exposing the paper to the sun for a few minutes, the silhouettes of the found objects were revealed.  Hamilton student docents explained what a cyanotype is and led the children inside the museum to select an image of a work from the permanent collection. Using an image of their selected permanent collection piece, the children traced the shape of the object on the back (verso) of their sun print paper. The children used the permanent collection image to create a sun print and develop the composition of their pop-up based on the object. The challenge was to use their entire piece of sun print paper to create design elements. Following the make-and-take project, the docents presented the visitors our new Seek and Find installation, organized by Kianee De Jesus ’17 with an accompanying guide designed by Charlotte Simons ’16.

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