Here's a video Stan shot of our booth at the 7th annual African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County, NC. It was our 5th year at this local show, and we welcomed some new collectors to the Kindred Spirit Studios family, and connected with some previous collectors who came by to tell us how they're enjoying their pieces from years past.
Curious about anything you see? Drop me a comment below, or check out my Kindred Spirit Studios Square Market Store
for more information.
Last night, I taught an art workshop during the NC Youth Leadership Forum (NCYLF
), at NC State University. The NCYLF is led by "a dedicated group of people of all ages and abilities, which seeks to promote independence, peer relations, and advocacy among today's generation." Because of my work with Arts Access
, making art accessible to people with disabilities, I was asked to provide a workshop which would enhance the delegates' experience by offering them an opportunity to express themselves creatively through art.
I chose a project called "I am," which involves drawing, painting, writing, and a bit of doodling. The drawing and painting came first (since maximum drying time was needed), and each person chose his or her color palette for sections they'd drawn on watercolor paper. Everyone's top section would contain the words "I am," and the bottom section would contain the artist's name. In between, there were any number of sections (the most was 8!), which would contain one descriptive word or phrase.
The young artists had a great time drawing ("Can my lines be really wavy?"
Of course.), and an even better time painting. ("See, I mixed the colors!"
Then, it was on to the writing. I started them off by reading some index cards I'd prepared, and asking who was: "confident" or "brave" or "musical" or "kind" or "successful," or "awesome," and I gave a card to the person who raised a hand for each attribute. After my prepared cards ran out, I gave each participant blank ones, to write his or her own ideas. Once everyone had words to fill each section, and their paintings were dry, they used Sharpies to write and doodle or embellish the words they'd chosen.
Here are the finished projects. Aren't they great? The smiling, proud faces tell the story of a great time had by all (me included!).
Thanks to Josh, Della, Daniel and the rest of the NCYLF staff for a fantastic evening.
"I teach to share the wonder of my discoveries and to exchange with my students the wonder of theirs." ~Michele Cooper
'Wish I had said that! Teaching art gives me the opportunity to share what I love. I am fortunate to be able to interact with a number of unique groups, and each allows me to learn and grow as a teacher. In my work with very young children, I love watching them discover paint, color, and patterns; seeing them make connections for the first time. In my classes with 3-to5-year olds, it's their wonder-filled expressions as they work with clay, markers, oil pastels and paints to create what they've heard about in the stories we read. And with older children, I love watching them include things they already know about the world into the art they make.
In my work with adults with disabilities, all of the experiences I've mentioned above occur as well. I encourage everyone to participate without judgment, and meet them where they are in terms of their skills. The pride with which my students show off their finished work is fantastic, and my hope is that they enjoy the brief time I get to spend with them creating something beautiful.
Here are some images of recent classes, with my proud students and their work. Enjoy!