Friday, September 30, 2011

Art Dudes

These guys have been hanging out in the studio for awhile now, aimlessly clinging to the cabinet, generally up to no good. When I saw them in The Chrysler Museum of Art gift shop, I had to have them. Artist finger puppets with magnetized heads? YES! As with many "have to haves" I didn't exactly know what I was going to do with them, With no clear purpose, Picasso became "jail guy" and Warhol became "the scientist". This would not do. I hatched a clever plan.

Now they are a matching game, which I introduced this week. Each dude has a corresponding name and work. These are packing tape laminated (win) and have magnets taped to the back, recycled from those advertising magnets you get all the time (win again).  One student gave a "Yay!" when I said next week I might just mix them up. If nothing else, my little artists will know these six artists. Not too shabby.

* In the interest of full disclosure I must add that the Van Gogh puppet had both his ears. I found this disappointing, so I remedied it.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What Peace Looks Like

Today we unveiled our Pinwheels for Peace project. Yesterday was officially the International Day of Peace, but it was rainy, and I didn't want tears along with wet, smeared artwork. So with the idea that everyday should be peace day, we installed our artwork a day late.
Each artist made a pinwheel. Inside we wrote our words, ideas and wishes for peace. On the outside we did our art. When the wind blows, it sends our peace thoughts out into the world!

Before beginning our project, we read What Does Peace Feel Like? It is a lovely book that was created by children from around the world.

Monday, September 19, 2011

CP/RV Front Porch ArtWalk - Oct. 9

Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 9! Outside the Lines will be making art with young artists at the Colonial Place/Riverview Front Porch ArtWalk! Stroll or bike from porch to porch visiting local artists in these historic Norfolk neighborhoods. Outside the Lines will be on Connecticut Ave. armed with pastels and paper. It's a lovely way to spend a fall afternoon.