John C. Campbell Folk School

Tin Can Art Class

July 8-14,  2007

Instructors: Charley Orlando & Bobby Hansson

Front Row l to r: Diane, Lynda, Jan, Judy, Anita

Back row l to r: Ashley, Gray, Bobby Hansson, Charley Orlando, Kay

Tin Can Art is an old craft starting with the arrival of tin cans for storing food in the early nineteenth century, and has been practiced world wide ever since.

Sometimes the cans are used as is, and sometimes they are deconstructed to use the tin as material for making use products and folk art.  The John C. Campbell Folk School has two classes of tin can art techniques every year, with Charley Orlando and Bobby Hansson.  Bobby has written the book on Tin Can Art and it can be found in most book and craft stores.  Its title is The Fine Art of the Tin Can and is published by Lark Press.  The second edition was published in 2005.  This class picked up the old traditions and added some creative new techniques to make some fantastic art.  Links to slide shows are below.  One shows the students at work and the other a gallery of their completed projects.

Class Display

Students at work

Gallery of student art projects


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