'...a ritual is not only a gesture of hospitality and reassurance, but a celebration of a break in routine, a moment when the human drive for survival lets up and people can simply be together. This last aspect is to me the fundamental meaning of the coffee break... These are secular rituals that, in unobtrusive but essential ways, help maintain humanness in ourselves and with one another.' - http://www.coffeereview.com/coffee-reference/coffee-culture/the-coffee-ritual/
I aim to start this year teaching by sharing a cup of tea or coffee with my art classes in their first art lesson & hopefully start the relationship with my students on a feeling of conviviality. My Grade 10 & 11 classes will be treated to coffee & tea themed lessons throughout the first term. Our first lesson will be spent discussing the symbolism of tea and coffee and splashing and spilling the liquid onto various surfaces that will later be turned into artworks. In preparation for this term I created a few coffee based artworks myself. The image below of Benjamin was started by dipping the bottom of a mug into coffee & staining the paper. The support is Emtini liner/dressmakers card which has been primed with a white PVA. The drawing was done with the Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens.
The coffee spill below was developed into a profile drawing of Stefan (the following pic)
I controlled the stain below by using masking fluid & developed it into the drawing of Ida Sales (Asterisk)
I produced a further two drawings in each case started with a spill of coffee. A portrait of France below:
Portrait of Daniella below. All reference pics were sourced on the Sktchy app.