Senior Art Club – Tape Portraits

Masking Tape_03For the past month or so we had two Belgian student teachers at Camps Bay. They had done a stint at the High School and were now trying their hands with the younger children. It was definitely a blessing having them! Their focus was creative arts and they assisted in many of the exciting classes! They also came with a whole set of new ideas and ways to do art!

The example of tape art that I handed out to the kids for inspiration.The project shown here is one such idea. It’s called ‘Tape Art’. I had not even heard of it before one of these student teachers spoke excitedly about it. In my investigations I found that Tape Art is actually quite a recognized thing, as the image on the left shows. It’s basically making art using tape (sticky/ cassette/ masking). The artist draws a picture in pencil and then cuts and molds the tape to fit the requirements. It can be done in a way that emphasizes the outlines or in a way that shows realistic shadows etc. The learners found that the tape art technique is laborious and does take quite long but they all loved the final result!
Our Camps Bay learners gave this new media their all and the pictures on this page attest to this. We used white masking tape on black sugar paper. Initially the background was decorated using masking tape and then painting this tape with colors, making the white on black face stand out. One learner then found that paint showed up well on the sugar paper itself and learners began incorporating this as well. The rest of the images are below, enjoy!

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