Bento Box with Seth Apter

The Queen's Ink

$ 250.00 
SKU: CLS-020919

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Bento Box with Seth Apter (2-Day Workshop)
Instructor:  Seth Apter
Date:  Saturday & Sunday February 9th & 10th 2019
Time:  10:30 – 5:00 Both days
Class Fee: $250


Hungry for creativity? Build your own Bento Box filled with art in this jam-packed workshop. We will be making a series of projects, small in size but big in impact, that will each nest inside its own container – think tins, boxes, bags, etc. Each of these will in turn be placed and housed inside one larger box, creating a very special treasure chest. Your unique art pieces will include some combination of handmade books, paintings, collages, assemblages, scrolls, wraps, shrines, and more. In the end, the process of opening and exploring the contents of the box becomes a magical part of the art.

So what is a Bento Box?

Put simply, a “bento” or “bento box” is a Japanese lunchbox. In Japan, it is said you eat with your eyes. This means that food should look good as well as taste good. This is the best way to savor a meal and feel satisfied. 

What separates it from the ham sandwich and soda many of us carried in a Spiderman lunchbox in elementary school is the attention to detail and the balance of the ingredients. A proper bento lunch is crafted with care and should be a complete meal with a variety of tastes, textures, and food groups.  The Japanese are known for their ability to make use of every last bit of space, and lunchboxes are no exception–the meal is packed neatly and tightly into a small square or rectangular shape, with small compartments to separate each food item making it easy for children and busy office workers to transport.  

Note from the Queen:  All of us in the mixed media world never use items for the real reason they are intended.  Seth has taken the concept of the Bento Box and made it a magical art composition that you surely will treasure.

Student Supply List

Golden Fluid Acrylics (assorted colors)

-Gesso (black and white)

-Chip brushes (1 inch and/or ½ inch)

-Water container and paint palette

-Dye Ink Pads

-Scissors and/or craft knife/cutting mat

-Matte Medium, PVA (or other white glue), Liquid Fusion

-Water mister

-Craft sponges

-Watercolor paper (a single pad should be more than enough)


-Favorite mark making tools (pens, markers, pencils, crayons, etc)

-Paper towel/cloth and/or baby wipes (optional)

-Box. Bring your own box of any material (metal or wood is preferred) to house your projects. Size can vary but close to 6x10x4 inches would work well. It can be open, with a hinged lid, or have a separate cover. It can have compartments or be one open space. Feel free to send me an image and measurement of your choice if you are unsure if it will work.

-Containers. Bring a selection of small tins, boxes, bags, vessels (with and/or without covers) which will hold your creations and stack inside your larger box. Bring an assortment so you have a number of to choose from as you make your projects. 

-Flotsam and Jetsam. Bring in assorted material to personalize your projects. Think small in size and include your choice of collage material (ephemera, papers, photographs, etc.), fabric scraps and thread, small embellishments (found objects, rusty bits, charms, beads, bling, etc.), natural objects (twigs, pods, leaves, etc.) and commercial products (embellishments, stamps, rub-ons, washi tape, etc.).

Instructor will provide:

-Base material for individual projects (could include paper, fabric, book board, wood panels, etc.)

-Needles and thread

-Rubber stamps to share

-Assorted mixed media mediums