Each year at Art Unraveled, there is a special event that takes place on Saturday night. Last year, the students decorated Carnivale masks while the instructors watched, and this year the instructors created art while the students watched. There were tables with every kind of supply you could imagine laying out for them to use to make their pieces with. The only catch was that they couldn't use the supplies that they were used to using. They had to go outside their comfort zone and make things that were completely opposite of what they normally do. If the students caught any of them cheating, they had to turn them in and they got ridiculed. It was quite interesting.
Perhaps the most bizarre pieces came from the Journal Fodder Junkies. Here we have two guys that spent all week working hard to put a masculine spin on the world of art journaling, and now they are forced to use beads, glitter glue and lace on their pieces. Gone are the muted shades of color, the drawings of cars and manly characters with stubble on their chins, and the never ending lists of Farkle scores (if you don't know what that is, don't feel bad. Neither did I.) that you can find in their journals. They were replaced with bright vivid colors, tube after tube of glitter, and parts of broken earrings. They acted like it was torture but I think deep down inside they've always wanted to put a little sparkle in their Farkle (that still cracks me up).
Dave proudly showing off his masterpiece. Looks like he has one of his usual drawings underneath it, like a security blanket or something.
Eric appears to have sniffed a little too much glitter glue.
Close up of the many elements in Dave's piece.
The good news is that after the artists finished their artwork, the spectators were allowed to bid on it. All proceeds went to fund a scholarship for a deserving artist who couldn't otherwise attend a workshop at AU 2012. I hope whoever gets that scholarship isn't planning on taking a class with the Journal Fodder Junkies expecting to learn how to make this kind of stuff. Something tells me they won't be making anything remotely close to this ever again.