Developing Career Plans and how to experience Art for Enjoyment and Lifelong Learning.
January 24 through April 27, 2014
Two weeks ago I went to see The Little Prince exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum. It was such a wonderful show because it visually displays the process of a writer/illustrator from start to finish. The illustrations are so beautiful and the way Antoine de Saint-Exupéry made little changes to the structure of his sentences is such an important insight for students to understand self editing.
I really enjoyed the show and the history of the museum. It is definitely worth a weekend trip especially with the upcoming April showers.
Last weekend I visited a flea market called Artists and Fleas, in Williamsburg. This is a really unique flea market because artists bring the work they have created to sell. Its great because so many of the vendors live in the community and are actual, real, working artists.
While walking around I noticed an artist's work that I was really attracted to. I liked the subtle colors and tiny details of the illustrations. I also noticed that she used colored pencils, a material we often use in class. I started talking to the artist and learned that she is not only a visual artist, but a singer and songwriter. Her process is such that she writes song and then creates drawings based on those songs. When you purchase a piece of her work, you get the song lyrics that the piece is based on and a code to download the song from her website. I loved the idea of this process because it combined multiple mediums of art. I got one of her pieces and am trying to convince her to come into class and do a workshop with us! Hopefully she'll say yes! Check out her website in the title of this post.