Mermaids...done! I haven't been great about posting the final images to my gallery and FB page for a few reasons...
I don't post that often about teaching on my blog. For a while I had a separate blog page on the site but I didn't feel that I posted enough...then I kept thinking that my identity as an artist and as art teacher are so intertwined I didn't want to compartmentalize them...so gonna just add bits and pieces about my teaching on this here blog when the mood strikes me, I may change my mind about this but for now, that's how I am going to handle it.
That being said...I had a great idea last week that really helped solved an age old art teacher problem- trying to get the students to actually take their work home. It baffles me, but every year I have taught, really at any level, the kids are so quick to just throw their work away. It is upsetting to me because I spent my time planning the lesson, teaching the lesson, and often times I may have spent some of my own money on the supplies. Even more frustrating is it makes me feel like they are saying that they don't value what I taught them, the experience of making those pieces of art. Maybe I am reading too much into it, but that is how I feel. In reality, the kids have other things on their minds or are just thinking they don't want to lug the portfolio around. Just some thoughts.
So my idea was to challenge my students to not only take their work home, but to take photos of the portfolio and/or work at home with parents, siblings, pets, displayed around the house- whatever. Just SHOW THAT THE WORK MADE IT HOME. And guess what? Totally worked! I have had so much fun seeing the pictures and it feels great to know that the work made it home. Here are a few of the pictures that the students shared with me;
I digress. Back to why I haven't been keeping up with my blog/final pics.
The other main reason that I haven't updated...I have been so involved MAKING the work. I had so much fun with this series! I love watercolor and my water soluble pencils...but the only problem is I just keep working in layers...I would start a piece and then work on several over a few days...layering and layering. But I will keep working with these materials...'cause I love them!
So that's it. The May series is finished. I feel that overall there is a flow to the body of work...sometimes I went off on a tangent...got distracted...but the colors and the overall style are pretty consistent...and here they are;
Another art-related happening...angel drops! Of course! I set up an studio in the big ol' window in our hotel overlooking downtown Denver and went to work creating 20 angels to leave around town. I did hand-deliver one to an awesome man named Shaka at the bagel shop, he just had an awesome spirit and I had to leave him some #heART.
And...no trip to a new city would be complete without a pilgrimage to the local art museum! Lemme tell ya, the Denver Art Museum did NOT disappoint! Nick Cave, Sandy Skoglund, Barbara Krueger...those were just a few of my favs. But the highlight, and TOTAL SURPRISE ('cause...ummm...teacher didn't do her homework beforehand...oops!) was the Joan Miró exhibition. LOVED!!! I spent some time before and after in their interactive community studio space playing with the art materials and just being inspired. Anyone traveling to Colorado, the exhibit is up til June 28th...go see it!!!
...last museum pic...this interactive installation piece by Rupprecht Matthies...it MOVED ya'll. I have video, will post it to IG or something 'cause I don't think I can do that on my web site at this time...but this piece really caught my eye. To read more about it, click here.
I am makin' mermaids. All. Month. Long.
Oh...and I was actually, well kinda, a mermaid one time...to find out more, click here!
...just a gal trying to get this art out of my soul to share with the world on a DAILY basis...no big deal...check out my ramblings!-JLG