Local artist Carol Maitland will be one of the many artists teaching a class during the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Council’s Young @ Art Camp.
Maitland will be teaching an art form that called acrylic paint pouring. She says she got into paint pouring after falling off a ladder and breaking her wrist.
Maitland explains how she used to draw zentangles but having a broken wrist made it difficult.
“I still wanted to do something creative, so I looked on Youtube and saw these paintings and I thought to myself doesn’t that look fun. Maybe I could do that.”
Maitland says when she began she used dollar store paints so she didn’t have to spend a lot of money.
For her mediums, Maitland uses Elmers glue and floetrol and mixes them into the paints.
She says the medium will help the paint adhere to the canvas.
To create a cell type look, a person is going to want to use something that will go against the acrylic paint. She suggests using some kind of oil like treadmill oil.
Maitland says the kind of oil that she found works for her is a coconut milk hair serum. She likes using this because it is a fairly natural product and is safe to use with children.
“I really enjoy it. For the first little while [four or five months]. It was all trial and error; I had no idea what I was doing.”
Maitland tried all sorts of tips and trcks to accomplish what she saw was done on Youtube.
Maitland ended up getting a mentor who walked her through a series of different how-tos.
However, this type of art is very abstract and when someone does a painting even if you use the same colours and layer them the same way the painting will always turn out differently. Maitland has taught paint pouring to people of all ages and all skill levels. She says she actually had got into art after being a teaching assistant and having other teachers ask her to do art projects with the students.
“I am basically self taught.”
Maitland also says she worked with kids with disabilities.
“Kids with disabilities often have a real talent when it comes to colour.”
It was also a good exercise for her to get to know the students she would work with.
The first run of Young@Art camp is July 16 to 20 for children ages six to nine and the second camp is July 23 to 27 for ages 10 to 14.