Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Arts Program at HBMS

     From June 25th to July 27th I will be teaching art at Hoff-Barthelson's Summer Arts Program (SAP) in Scarsdale, NY. Hoff-Barthelson was established in 1944 and is the largest community music school in the country. Hoff-Barthelson is nationally recognized for providing high quality music education, performance and outreach. 
     I teach four classes daily and each class meets for 45 minutes. Classes are comprised of students from diverse backgrounds with ages ranging from 10 to 15. Students will be exploring different art mediums and artistic styles. This is my 4th summer teaching at SAP.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Collage Workshop at Mt. Vernon Public Library

A Letter To Amy by Ezra Jack Keats was inspiration for the first collage workshop I taught at the Mount Vernon Public Library. Peter, the main character, passes many colorful fences (plywood fences that typically surround a construction site or vacant lot) as he takes his letter to Amy through the rainy, windy, urban streets where he lives. Keats makes the fences beautiful by collaging colorful pieces of paper with interesting designs or type written on it. The children at the Mount Vernon Public Library turned plain newsprint paper into colorful, patterned paper by doing rubbings at designated spots in the room. Once they collected a variety of rubbings they selected a piece of recycled cardboard for their base. Most cut the paper but some tore it to fit their design. They carefully arranged and pasted their papers down on the base. A Letter To Amy gave the students a purpose but once they started collaging their imaginations took off. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer Collage Workshops

Every Monday afternoon from June 25th to July 30th you will find me at the Mount Vernon Public Library teaching a collage workshop. Teaching collage in a community center such as the library gives many neighborhood children the chance to be creative while exposing them to collaging techniques and new art materials. I am using children's books such as Carle's Little Cloud, Keats' A Letter To Amy, Lionni's Pezzettino, and Reibstein's Wabi Sabi as inspiration for the collage projects. Recycled materials will be used when possible. These workshops are made possible through a generous grant from ArtsWestchester.

Monday June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
2 - 4pm

Mount Vernon Public Library
28 South 1st Avenue,
Mt. Vernon, NY