The water crisis in Flint is disturbing. I am angry and saddened by the lead in the water and all the people affected for over a year without notification. It is criminal. This is one of many contemporary tragedy pieces that are now underway inspired by stories illustrated on Greek Pots.
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I worked with students from Oakwood Intermediate School in Allendale creating the Imagination Station. This project combined drawing from our imagination and from observation. Each person created a self portrait, drawing from what they saw in the mirror. Students also drew from their imagination. They had to draw crazy creatures using different weights of pencils. I also gave each student creative starters like, "Draw your dream home, place it on the back of an animal." or, "Imagine you are flying, how are you doing this?" or, "Draw an animal, add a tutu, what is the animal doing?" Then the students made the letters for the Imagination Station. Finally, each student cut around the creative drawings and added them to the larger piece. The self portraits surround the imagination station.
Art Extravaganza was a success- I taught kids about printmaking and drawing. They each went on to create there own work!
This painting, created for the Allendale library to commemorate their 50th year, incorporates 16 Fairy Tales (15 are Grimm) and many buildings of Allendale. The buildings are painted and sewn together creating the city scene. Centered in the foreground is the library. Behind it, Lake Michigan Drive divides the library from the rest of the town. The fairy tale characters are painted on top throughout the town. These include Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Jorinde and Joringel, Mother Hulda, Rumplestiltskin, Jack and Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty, Pied Piper, One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes, Puss in Boots, Rapunzel, the Frog Prince, Bremen Town Musicians, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Three Billy Goats Gruff. The sky and ground, originally screen printed for the underpainting, are layered with multiple brushstrokes and colors creating the finished piece.
These vessels are the start of a new drawing project. I am excited about using charcoal as the medium through the screen !
Congratulations to two of my students for their honorable mentions in the Scholastic Art Awards- Fiona Maisel received Honorable Mention in Ceramics for a painted sculpture of a head, Christina Berna received Honorable Mention in Drawing for a wood burned image of her grandparents home. Way to go! I would also like to share my admiration for a former students amazing work in fashion- Mikaela Berna for an honorable mention for her rocking knickerbockers! Way to go ladies- keep creating!
C stays home Fridays. It is our day being together, enjoying each other, and having our time. We often go to the library together, explore Meijer Gardens, or take time to create together in my studio.
Here are photos from our last Mama Friday. C makes a doll house out of wooden drawers. The paper underneath is one of her paintings. She enjoys our time as much as I do.
My piece, "Holding onto Dreams" won Most Creative at the Colors of Community Show!
Using my recently dyed fabric, I created this color wheel. I like the way it looks like a journal page from my sketchbook!