ROM a simple 15-minute exercise in ‘having a go’ during a conference break-out session, to an in-depth look at antiquated silhouette machinery, silhouette workshops offer a bizarre combination of artistic challenge, educational interest and general hilarity.
The challenge lies in taking people out of their comfort zone. We will let them experience a new way of working with line and shape. Delegates end up comparing each other’s noses to their own amateur efforts at cutting them.
Cutting a silhouette requires an advanced sense of spatial aptitude. Those who have this ability can be easily identified during a workshop of this kind.
Silhouette workshops can be tailored to a wide range of events. These include conferences, team-building events and even ‘silhouette parties’.
The artist will ask for a volunteer from the audience and demonstrate how to cut a simple silhouette head. He will use folded paper and a pair of scissors to cut the first silhouette. Delegates will then be asked to find partners. The artist will distribute scissors and black paper around the room. Each pair of delegates will be asked to cut a timed, two-minute silhouette of each other. One will pose, the other will cut.
So far, so simple. From here on it all goes wrong! Before long the room will be full of embarrassed laughter as people begin to see their partner’s portraits!
At the end delegates give one copy of their silhouette to their partner and retain a copy for themselves. These are mounted in pairs into folding souvenir wallet cards (branded to suit your event if required). They can either be displayed around the room or simply kept by the delegates. You might like to consider awarding a prize for the best (or the worst) silhouette of the day.
Silhouette workshops of this kind are not a serious attempt to teach the art of silhouette cutting. They are an opportunity for delegates to enjoy the art for themselves. No previous artistic experience is expected or required, However, it’s not unheard of for somebody to discover a previously hidden artistic talent!
We do offer longer, more in-depth workshops. These are an opportunity to create impressive silhouettes with a variety of reproduction eighteenth-century equipment. They will be of interest to museums, schools and art societies seeking to run interesting educational events.