Due to CAMH’s suspension of in-person public gatherings, a modified presentation of this art-making activity premiered on CAMH’s IGTV.
Repurposing magnetic media-based materials, such as VHS and audio cassette tapes, create an experimental self-portrait inspired by Slowed and Throwed artists use of unconventional photography and new media.
Paper (construction paper, card stock, copy paper, etc.)
Magnetic media (VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes)
Adhesive (craft clue, glue sticks, tape)
Drawing utensils (crayons, colored pencils, markers, pens)
01. LAY OUT MATERIALS
Find a place at home where you can safely layout your materials and comfortably work on your storyboard.
02. UNWIND MAGNETIC MEDIA
Find the base of the VHS or cassette, grasp magnetic tape, then gently pull out. You can continue to gently pull tape as you go or collect tape before using. If you want the artwork to look like it is unwinding from the tape, trace the tape at the bottom of the page. You can connect tape back to the image in Step 4.
03 SKETCH YOUR PORTRAIT
Draw out your portrait onto paper first. It will help get an idea of how to lay out your magnetic tape.
04. ARRANGE MAGNETIC TAPE
Take your time to layout magnetic tape onto your image. Glue or tape down your magnetic tape to bring your portrait to life. For the unwinding tape look, glue plastic tape to the paper where you traced and use magnetic tape to connect to your drawing.
Using your drawing materials, add color, text, and patterns to enhance your portrait.
Portrait – a painting, drawing, or photograph of a person.
About Open Studio
CAMH’s Open Studio events feature drop-in, hands-on activities that draw inspiration from the exhibitions on view. The first Saturday of every month you will have an opportunity to explore imaginative concepts inspired by world-renowned artists who show at the Museum by making your own artworks in response to theirs. Experiment with new materials, explore fresh ideas, and make new friends. Whether you stay for five minutes or two hours, you’re invited to interact with art in new and profound ways at Open Studio. All ages are welcome; admission is always free.