It’s great to collaborate with other organizations and fantastic artists. I had so much fun presenting a workshop with Milestales founder AmaYawson in Far Rockaway.
We started the workshop with a few breathing exercises to get us in a calm, focused state. Arts as meditation is not a new concept and many of us achieve state of relaxed, focused concentration without even realizing it, most people commonly refer to it as being “in the zone”. Here are just a few of the amazing landscape paintings the students created using 1 point perspective. They were great!
1 point perspective Mountains
1 point perspctive Road
1 point perspective Pink Trees
Beach at Sunset
1 point perspective Summer
This week at our Friday workshop we looked at the work of one of my favorite artists, Alexander Calder.
Usually when I introduce Calder, we make shapes out of paper or cardboard for our mobiles. This time I decided to use make up sponges instead. I love the colorful ones in funky shapes but the white ones were easier to find in bulk.
The kiddos colored them with markers and stuck gardening wire into each one. Balance was a tough concept but I think they did pretty well. They were all excited to take them home. I call that a success ;)
2D and 3D creations using found materials. Inspired by Alexander Calder and Piet Mondrian.
Pumpkins and jack-o-Lanterns in the styles of pop artists such as Warhol, Lichtenstein and Brito.
Inspired by Louise Nevelson.
Inspired by Louise Nevelson, using re-cycled materials
Can you guess what the original objects were?
Assemblage inspired by Louise Nevelson, using re-cycled materials, tape and spray paint.
Can you guess what the original objects are?
Art history inspires and encourages exploration of found and re-cycled materials.
We have been so busy, it’s been a while since our last post. I would like to showcase some of the amazing work the students have created at a few different venues with traditional and non-traditional materials. We have everything from giant food to insects.
Bacon and Eggs
Exploring line and textures with PK and K. Printing, color, sand, glitter, paint and more.
Cardboard, paint and wire create our own version of Calder’s mobiles.
Paper bag hand sculptures capture the student’s personalities using symbols and color.
Hand soft sculpture
Handmade paper using tissue paper scraps
Handmade paper suing tissue paper scraps and Mod Podge.
Model Magic fly
Model Magic beetle
Model Magic spider
Sir Ken Robinson’s mission is to “ transform the culture of education and organizations with a richer conception of human creativity and intelligence. ”
I had the opportunity to see him speak in person almost 10 years ago and it lit a fire in me that has only grown. Thank you for verbalizing what I and many others had been struggling to articulate.
Please visit his site here and wake up!
The best thing about inheriting someone’s classroom is what they leave behind in the closet. I have had these cut pieces of thin rubber strings sitting, waiting for some inspiration. We started creating a “printing block” using longish strands of yarn but the printing plate needed something extra. A little masking tape, paint and voila, a new use for those rubber “spaghetti” strips!
We used the same technique of painting the printing block, burnishing and lifting the print from the plate. The result can be hit or miss but after all, exploring and understanding what doesn’t work is an important part of the process as well.