Saturday, August 20, 2016

Breaking the Mold - Exhibition

A little late on the draw, this show is only up through August 27th. Breaking the Mold is currently on view at the AR Gallery at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore.

I was asked to be a part of this exhibition of past Creative Alliance educators, and I got to see a whole metric TON of my MACA/MFACA peeps while I was there, too. I guess we all tend to gravitate that way, for at least a minute. I worked at CA for 3 years at the start (I am still at the start, really) of my teaching career. I miss teaching the kiddos. This was the first year that I didn't teach any little ones at all; just adults for me. I did notice, and I am sad about it...in the new year I will work on that again.

Anyway, this was my piece... In the Round (but it's really not, sometimes I just like to be contrary). Also, the heavy shadows give away the illusion (space). I'm not sure if that helps or hurts me in display. Still nice to see the art that lives in buckets in my studio, to get a chance on the wall for once. Happy to be a part of the show!




Sunday, July 10, 2016

I Was There

Boltonstock 2016! This was a neighborhood affair, and the TFAPB team was there with some fun art for the kiddos, and some informational postcards from us.

The community arts project seemed to be a hit. I carved some --what else-- mandalas linoleum plates for the kids to print and color in. I am convinced that symmetry makes everyone feel happy.



our next door tent mate, Trauma Mama



Jessica, TFAPB Board Chair



 Coloring... 



Some prints the kiddos made... 



Okay, it's definitive. I am the messiest printmaker around. You have the "proof" (punny). The professionals should shun me. Thank the gods for bleed prints, amiright?!





Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mandala Your Meal

Hey all, I have some exemplars here for my summer 3D class. Since mandalas are one of my favorite things to work with (we've got some geometry built right into our art), and the summer class has a much shorter time period in which to work, I devised this lesson plan with food.

So basically, you would use the ingredients for your meal as the sole art materials. Here are my exemplars -- can't wait to see what my students come up with! I am hoping we can put together a visual arts recipe book. I will trial run the creation of it this July!



'Chicken Taco Mandala' #mandalayourmeal #pleaseplaywithyourfood #artaseveryday

Ingredients/Materials: corn tortilla, shredded cheddar cheese, fresh salsa, white onion, shredded, seasoned chicken, guacamole, hot sauce






'Pea Salad Mandala'
#mandalayourmeal #pleaseplaywithyourfood #artaseveryday

Ingredients/Materials: frozen peas, turkey bacon, cheddar cheese, purple onion, bell pepper, mayo, italian dressing, black pepper.






'Shepherd's Pie Mandala' (a weak-sauce, Americanized version) #mandalayourmeal #pleaseplaywithyourfood #artaseveryday 
 
Ingredients/Materials: seasoned ground turkey, purple onions, carrots, frozen peas, frozen corn, mashed potatoes, cream of celery soup, cheddar & pepper jack cheeses.

 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Another Winning Student!

During the Spring semester at the Student Exhibition, one of my students nabbed the (Arts & Humanities) Dean's Award. I was there to capture the moment, because a little birdie told me to make sure HE was there...

Ian is my second student to receive the award in the three-ish years I have been there! Good show!




My 3D Student Ian Miner and his work for the 3D Mandala project! He created this using metal, a CD and some cardboard. This one blew me away when I first saw it....and really, it continues to blow me away. She's a real beauty. And it was NFS (pissing said Dean off) because his veryvery smart mom had already claimed it. Moms know excellence.






I believe Ian is planning on an engineering career. *cough*. Thems the breaks, artists. ;)

I'm Back

Whoops, I haven't been here in awhile. In the meantime I bought a three story house, so you know....house stuff has been happening.

So I'll have to backtrack a bit first, before I properly get into the swing of things again...

My last exhibition at Clay Pots was a small, intimate affair. It was a treat to see how all of the pieces related, I had never seen them together. Some of the neighbors expressed interest, so I might be doing some scanning in the future, for prints, or a book. I have always wanted to make a book!




Monday, February 29, 2016

"February"

Water-based mixed media on canvas, 12" x 12"


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Student's Shining

I have a few images of my students from this semester's Student Exhibition! (I still have a few more to take next week) I dragged each class down there and made them pose in front of their work, because that's who I am. ;)








And here is a sneak peek of the Cardboard Chair assignment that is due next week!




Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New Works

I am going full-throttle with these mandalas. You know my love of circles...anyway, I have updates, check em out on my website!




Thursday, November 12, 2015

No Longer Mine

This was the piece that I donated to Lotta Art 2015 at School 33 Arts Center...


The Way Out


HURRAY, IT WAS CHOSEN!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ways and Means





I'll have a piece in Lotta Art again this year. Come on down and BID!


What: Lotta Art 2015
Where: School 33, Baltimore MD
When: November 7, 6-10 pm



The Way Out, 2012


Friday, September 25, 2015

Chroma in 3D

Recently, my Three-Dimensional Art & Design students created these very colorful large scale pieces. I'll update the third, Monday's class, when it is completely finished, but here's what they've been cooking so far in my classes...

challenge: Color Coding
key concepts: art as everyday, collaborative, high relief, color, mind mapping, pattern, visual organization, observation

Students are asked to create a collaborative piece of art by designing a color coded system from the found objects they collect. In this 4 week process, students focus on seeing objects beyond their normal function, embracing color and pattern, and creating a sense of community and a shared investment in artmaking.

artists/resources/inspiration

Christine Buckton Tillman & Lisa Solomon, CHROMA, Gallery CA (images/article)
Emily Blincoe,  (Colossal, images/articles)
Raoul Servais, Chromophobia (animated film, 1966)



Thursday's class!







 Thursday's finished piece



detail



Friday's class!







Friday's finished piece!



 
Monday's class actually created their piece using contrasting colors (background versus object) so that should be something new and different. In the meantime, I put the two of these in the display case, side by side, unfortunately I ran out of room while simultaneously taking over someone else's space.
What can I say, it's a gift...





...and just for fun, here is Chromophobia, the 1966 animated film from artist, Raoul Servais.




ETA: Monday's class, finished piece!




Sunday, September 6, 2015

Fluffy Rounds

Not sure about these...the why of it. Meh, they're fine, but I think this is an exercise in understanding, again, that I don't like using pristine, new materials...or acrylics, really.









ETA: No less than three of these are different already, only a month later. Two of them were completely repurposed...I think I need about a year with a piece of art before I understand its true purpose.