From time to time we receive emails from people who have participated in our workshops. This time from Amy McPartlan, a high school visual arts teacher from New York who attended Ivan Asin's workshop on natural inks at the NYCATA Artworks'15 Conference - held at the High School of Art and Design in 2015. Being able to inspire others to explore the possibilities in their own environments is at the center of our mentoring program and we are happy to see that Amy and her students found their own voice through walnut hull ink.
"Thank you for your inspiring NYCATA Workshop last fall! The class you taught motivated me to learn how to make Walnut hull ink."
- Amy McPartlan
Process as Described by Amy:
My public high school art students began the unit by creating reed pens. For the following assignment, using Vincent van Gogh’s brown ink/ reed pen drawings as a springboard, we practiced the varied, linear markings rendered by this master artist. The finished project was to select four different trees and pencil sketch (then ink with reed or bamboo pens utilizing the handmade Walnut hull ink) and (with printed or cursive lettering) identify the botanical references. My favorite art room activities emerge from marrying nature and visual culture"