David Ruhlman

Painting, Bookmaking

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Teaching Artist Statement

I teach the use of collage, painting from still life, from imagination and art history. I specialize in using recycled materials and finding creative uses for everyday objects.

Explore and Nurture Creativity in the classroom

Have 4-5 objects that the student uses to create a piece of art. I would also show the students work that I have made out of wasps nests, grocery bags, etc.
Have a still life up and have the students pick out short constraints before they begin. For example: paint the still life in a cubist style, or if you saw the still life through fog.
Teach the students about the game exquisite corpse. When one student would draw an image and then cover it only leaving a little visible and then pass the image to the next student.
Have the students draw images for 15 minutes and then have then cut those images out and collage them making a new piece.

Residency Projects

Transformation and the Creative Process
Students use recycled materials that they would collect over a week or brought in. Those objects are then used to create sculptures and artwork. With recycling and our habitat becoming more discussed this is a great lesson to teach the benefits of reusing materials.

All projects can be adapted to fit the needs of the class and goals and preferences of the teachers.