Sunday, November 24, 2013

Superstar Santa

On a cold, windy night I had the opportunity to set up a collaborative collage of Santa for the Carthage Artwalk. It was good to contribute something to the town I currently reside in. The kids that came by had a fun time cutting shapes out of sticker paper and attaching to the large piece. Happy holidays!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Art Lounge 2014

On November 18th, I had the opportunity to stop in to the last 2013 meeting of the current Art Lounge session at Spiva Center for the Arts. I talked about portfolios, sketchbooks, and arts careers with these eager Joplin-area high school students. Before the "lecture" and "discussion" though, I engaged them in a collaborative painting project. 10 of us moving among three pieces, painting with gouache from the center out. A wonderful critique happened at the end, where I asked them questions like, "Have you ever painted in a group? Ever painted on anyone else's painting? What was that like? Did you enjoy moving around and being more physical than usual in your art-making? Are these successful pieces? How would they look different if just one person made them?

Proud and excited to announce that I will be teaching the Winter and Spring sessions of Art Lounge. Bring on the high school artists! I have things for them to do! 
Follow our progress at:

Coiled Pots

African Art unit, ART 220 Art for Elementary course.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Maasai Color Wheel Paper Necklaces

African Art unit, ART 220 Art for Elementary course.

Mixing colors with crayons.

Beaded Maasai necklace from Kenya.

Contemporary art showing necklace. By James Mutisya.

Student donning her creation.