Marti McGinnis offers Paper Mache Workshops in San Miguel de Allende in collaboration with Meagan Burns and her Art Leap Adventures.  Meagan is an artistic dynamo in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Be sure to check her out!

Marti walks you through the entire process from creating your own unique armature (underlying structure of your piece) all the way through the mixing and application of the paper mache medium and painting your finished piece!

Paper Mache: Layered Paper Technique

Marti walks you through the entire process from creating your own unique armature (underlying structure of your piece) all the way through the mixing and application of the paper mache medium on strips of paper ending with painting your finished piece!

A two-day paper mache workshop, where you’ll create your own paper mache sculpture. Bring your sense of creative fun + your own fresh idea. Prepare to learn the basics of the paper mache technique that employs paper strips and a homemade adhesive!

THE PROMISE: Participants will learn how to create their own sculpture (about 12” tall) using these time honored paper mache techniques.

THE EXPERIENCE:

  • Tips on how to plan a sculpture
  • Demonstration of armature creation
  • Hands-on measuring and mixing the paper mache adhesive
  • Hands-on understanding and practice on how to create a secure armature using easily obtained media.
  • Finally, creatives will finish their piece using techniques (bottom and top coat paint) that tie together their original vision with their paper mache structure.

AGENDA DAY ONE:

  • Discussion of the technique we’ll be using
  • A short history of paper mache
  • Paper mache in Mexico
  • Discussion of instructor examples

Individual discussion of student plans, bring your sketches!

Hands-On Activities 

  • Mix and heat paper mache adhesive (everyone gets a chance to mix and stir)
  • Create armature using scrunched paper wads, wire, sticks and masking tape
  • Rip newspaper into strips
  • Learn how to apply the slurry-adhesive
  • Carefully and systematically apply several layers of paper mache onto armature
  • If possible allow for some sun drying in between layers

End of Day One

AGENDA DAY TWO:

  •  Sand out unwanted rough spots
  • Apply paper clay or wood filler to fill in unwanted gaps
  • Paint base color, let dry
  • Paint next layer, let dry
  • Paint finishing touches, let dry

End of Workshop – time to decide where to display your magnificent creation!

Sign Up Now!

See the schedule for classes here: Art Leap Adventures

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Want to host a private Paper Mache Party in your space?

Contact Marti for details!

martimu (at) gmail.com

 

Paper Mache: Paper Pulp & Glue Technique
with Marti McGinnis in San Miguel de Allende

Join Marti McGinnis, an accomplished artist in many media for a three-day paper mache workshop in San Miguel de Allende. Marti will teach you how to create your own paper mache sculpture using advanced steps that allow for more intriqute detail, and interesting finishes. Bring a sense of creative inquiry and get ready to experiment with some of the more advanced techniques of paper mache!
NOTE: participants can bring an unfinished sculpture from their Level 1 workshop, or another paper mache armature begun at home to work on in these sessions. Please email your intentions advance. 
You do not have to have completed the Level 1 workshop to join this class, but you should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of paper mache basics. A photo of a completed piece can be emailed in with your inquiry. 

THE PROMISE: Participants will create their own sculpture (about 12” tall) using an updated version of some of the more traditional paper sculpture techniques employed by fine artists through the ages. You will be learning how to make and use Paper ‘frosting’ and Paper ‘clay’.

THE EXPERIENCE:

  • Tips on how to plan your sculpture
  • Demonstration of armature creation
  • Participants will be encouraged to create an armature that is strong enough to be coated with the somewhat heavy paper pulp ‘frosting’ we’ll be mixing on site. Armatures that can support the weight of the wet ‘pulp frosting’ will be the most successful. Think of creations like forms (animal, human, etc) with a solid base and other ideas that minimize the impacts of gravity while the piece begins its drying process. Students are invited to bring in a fully dried armature they have begun at home using the layered paper technique taught in Marti’s other classes.
  • Hands-on measuring and mixing the paper mache pulp and frosting media
  • Hands-on understanding and practice on how to create a secure armature using easily obtained media.
  • Finally, creatives will finish their piece using techniques (bottom and top coat paint) that tie together their original vision with their frosted paper mache piece. Unfinished pieces can be completed in your home studio if time runs short for you or if you wish to add additional details and embellishments.

AGENDA DAY ONE:

  • Discussion of the technique.
  • A short history of this fascinating paper mache technique
  • Paper mache in Mexico
  • Discussion of instructor examples
  • Individual discussion of student plans

Hands On Activities

  • Mix the various ingredients for the mache pulp frosting and clay (everyone gets a chance to mix and stir)
  • Create armature using scrunched paper wads, wire and masking tape OR embellish the armature students may have begun in your home studio.
  • Learn how to apply the frosting and how to work the frosting into a paper clay
  • Carefully apply a layer of paper frosting onto armature and add paper clay details
  • If possible allow for some sun drying in between frosting and clay

End of Day One

AGENDA DAY TWO:

This is when your piece really COMES ALIVE! Marti will offer painting technique ideas as you begin prepping the surface of your piece for “The Big Reveal”!

  • Sand out unwanted rough spots
  • Apply paper clay or wood filler to fill in unwanted gaps
  • Paint base color, let dry
  • Paint next layer, let dry
  • Paint finishing touches, let dry

End of Workshop – time to envision where you’ll be displaying your finished piece!

End of Workshop – time to decide where to display your magnificent creation!

Sign Up Now!

See the schedule for classes here: Art Leap Adventures

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Want to host a private Paper Mache Party in your space?

Contact Marti for details!

martimu (at) gmail.com

 

Instructor: Marti McGinnis

Marti McGinnis offers Paper Mache Workshops in San Miguel de Allende in collaboration with Art Leap Adventures as well as specially arranged sessions for your private group (contact Marti for details).

Marti walks you through the entire process from creating your own unique armature (underlying structure of your piece) all the way through the mixing and application of the paper mache medium and painting your finished piece!

Marti McGinnis (that’s her with the aqua hair in the photo above) is a prolific artist who engages with a wide array of media with joy, an optimistic outlet and generally a whole lot of color. She has been making her living as an artist since she returned from a stint with the U.S. Peace Corps several decades ago.

Her resume of creating large bodies of work and showing and selling these using a variety of outlets (galleries, art fairs, online platforms, etc) tells the tale of a creative energy that seeks new adventures! She has successfully explored many media running it all ‘through the Marti filter’. In other words, when Marti tackles painting, welding, cartooning, felting, paper mache, sewing, clay, etc – you know it was her who created the resulting pieces when she’s done. She has developed an instantly recognizable visual  language that exerts itself no matter the media.

​She is also an enthusiastic champion of the arts and finds great joy in teaching others.  Learn more about Marti here and see her pop art right here at happyart.com as well as her contemporary art at: martimcginnis.com

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Collaborator

Meagan Burns is the founder of Art Leap Adventures and also heads the local chapter of Urban Sketchers in San Miguel de Allende. She is a skethcer in her own right and offers Sketching Experiences in San Miguel through Airbnb Experiences.