Monday, May 15, 2017

Art Exhibit through May 17 Highlights Creative Aging Program

The 18 older artists participating in my 10-day artist residency at the Jewish Federation of Harrisburg walked through the opening of their exhibit, Timeless Expressionz, last Wednesday.






The exhibit displays hundreds of pieces of intuitive art they created over the past five weeks and will be on display at the center through Wednesday, May 17.






During the residency the artists took on artistic challenges such as:
Drawing their breath
Test driving their materials
Drawing shadows
Drawing what they hear
Drumming what they see
Drawing like Matisse with a 6' bamboo stick
Creating abstract art with their name
Developing repetitive word art, and
Printing-making

Read a beautifully written newspaper article by one of the participants, here.





The artist residency is an Arts in Education program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Jump Street, and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Make Art. Stay Healthy!

It's TRUE! Making art is healthy. That's the topic of my latest artist newsletter.  Read on and sign-up for future issues.


Repetitive Word Art Inspires New Creations

Inspired by artists who create repetitive word art, older adults participating in my 10-day artist residency at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg set to work on their own creations of repetitive word art using words of inspiration.

Repetitive word art created in an 'arts and aging' class.



To start, our class had an interesting discussion around "repeating a word until it loses its meaning"...a phenomenon called semantic satiation. See this NY Magazine article "Repeating A Word Until It Loses Its Meaning".

The group of artists were prompted by the word art of:

John Baldessari's exhibit at MOMA

Daisy Yellow Art Journalling

John Patrick McKenzie from creativelyexplored.org

Repetitive word art created by an art class participant.

Older artists inspired by repetitive word art.







Creativity in progress, inspired by repetitive word art.


































The artist residency is focused on creative aging and is an Arts In Education program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Jump Street, and is a research initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.


Art....Inspired By "to create is to destroy"

"To create is to destroy. To destroy is to create." That's what 18 participants in my 10-day artist residency at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg did this week to make a unique piece of abstract art.

Creating abstract art rearranging your name.


In big bold black letters they wrote their names on square sheets of paper. Next they destroyed that paper by cutting it into 16 small squares. From there they created a new piece of art by rearranging the pieces, gluing them in place, and coloring in the negative spaces with various colors.

The full quote that inspired their new abstract creations is:

"To create is to destroy. To destroy is to create. Life is about getting up  out of your chair and doing something. It is about doing nothing. Making a mess. Moving your hand and your body. Leaving a mark. It is about doing. Action. Finishing. Experimenting. Trying something. Immersing. It is about absurdity. A creation. Evidence that you exist. Using materials. Destruction. It is about fun. Doing the opposite. Breaking the rules. It is about ideas. Getting dirty. Making mistakes. I'm going to ask you to make a mark and its going to be messy. Don't worry about that. That's the point." -- unknown via www.boardofwisdom.com

In an art class for older adults, participants create abstract art using their name.


The artists residency focused on creative aging is an Arts In Education program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Jump Street, and a research initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

Responding to Music on Canvas.

No doubt everyone is an artist!

I'm in the middle of a 10-day artist residency at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg conducting sessions on intuitive art encouraging older adults to express their inner artist. We are having a blast!

Here are a videos of participants, oil pastel in hand, responding to music during the "Draw What You Hear" class.







The artist residency focused on creative aging is an Arts In Education program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Jump Street, and a research initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

So thrilled to experience these art days with this amazingly fun and artsy group.

Listen to "The Flight of the Bumblebee" and drawing in response.

Responding with drawing to various styles of music.




Creatively engaging older adults by drawing like Matisse

Channeling Matisse! 





During a 5-week artist residency at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, I am teaching artist for a group of 18 older adults. They’ve been open to every creative endeavor put in front of them – from drawing their breath to drumming in response to photographs and now drawing like famed French fauvist artist, Matisse.

For this artistic challenge, I asked participants to come to class with a paragraph of text. The artists learned how Matisse drew masterpieces holding a 6’ bamboo stick with charcoal stuffed into the tip. Inspired, they set to work on canvas using their paragraph of text as subject matter.

Matisse drawing with a charcoal-tipped bamboo stick.






What fun!….to embrace the imperfections created using this unique, challenging technique.

The artist residency focused on creative aging is an Arts in Education program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Jump Street, and a research initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.




Newspaper Article About the FUN of Creative Aging Classes at JCC

From April 13 through May 10, I've been a teaching artist at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg (JCC) to 18 older adults. The 5-week artist residency is an Arts in Education program of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and Jump Street, as well as a research study for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

The following article appeared in the newspaper publication of the JCC about the creative experience being brought to older artists.















Senior Update
By: Roberta Krieger

"Who would possibly believe that at our age learning something new (and to many of us, something foreign), would be so much FUN! Well, take it from me and 17 other lucky seniors, a new and exciting world has opened for us. The reason for this is our Senior Club at the JCC was fortunate to be a beneficiary of an "Artist Residency Program with a Research Component" brought to us by Jump Street Arts in Education. It was offered to us at no charge by the generosity of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Our teacher, Cheryl Kugler is amazing as is our very own adviser, Cheryl Yablon, who is always right there to give a hand to those who are in need. Guess the name Cheryl and the word amazing are synonymous.

The program consists of ten approximately 90 minute classes which was open to 18 seniors who were willing to make a commitment to attend at least eight of the ten lessons: the first or second being mandatory. After the first lesson I cannot think of anyone who wanted to miss even one minute, never mind one lesson. The budding artists started to blossom.

The first four lessons (which as of this writing were all that we've completed) were like nothing that any of us imagined. We were told we would not be using any medium that required drying (watercolors or oils) as there is no place that they can be stored for the drying process. We use charcoal, pastels, both chalk and oil, pencils and crayons. I can't explain how much fun it was to schmear charcoal all over your hands without having anyone yell at you for getting "all dirty". Our lessons ranged from drawing our breath (yes, this is NOT a typo), drawing shadows, listening to different types of music from classical to pop and letting loose by drawing with the rhythm. Last be not least was creating musical stories to various pictures. This was where we really "lost" it...NON-STOP laughter. Not counting the serious type percussions, the instruments ranged from homemade noise makers to Fisher Price xylophones and in between. They say laughter is good for the heart. Well, all I can say is we are one "Heart Healthy" group!

Our homework for our next class is to bring a paragraph of something we have written or part of a story or poem that we like. I await this class with bated breath because if my husband's "masterpiece" is an indication of what others are bringing, it will be 90 minutes of hysterics.

Doing my due diligence, I contacted the Curatorial Department of MOMA and have complied with their request to fax over a sampling of our work. They were very impressed and promised to make every effort to attend our final class on Wednesday, May 10th, after which all of our "masterpieces" will be on display. You are all invited to join them. When classes are over there will be a big void in our lives. Maybe Rock Climbing lessons can be next."


Older artists respond to music on paper.

Listening to "The Flight of the Bumblebee" and responding on paper.



































via Community Review, Vol. 92, No. 10, May 12, 2017, page 4, Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg

Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Valentine's Illustration

In celebration of Valentine's Day weekend, here's the creative process behind an illustration I completed last Fall for a story in Sparkle magazine.

Final Illustration: 
Valentine's Day Illustration by Cheryl Kugler
Valentine's Day Illustration by Cheryl Kugler for Sparkle magazine.
Gouache and colored pencil on paper. 
















Thumbnail Sketch:
Thumbnail sketch by Cheryl Kugler
Thumbnail sketch.



















Sketch:
Sketch by Cheryl Kugler
Sketch.



















Painting:
Painting and colored pencil by Cheryl Kugler
Painting and colored pencil.



















Finishing the illustration:
Finishing the illustration by Cheryl Kugler
Finishing the illustration.



















Close up:
Close up of Valentine's sketch by Cheryl Kugler
Close up.



















Published:
Illustration published in Sparkle magazine by Cheryl Kugler
Published in Sparkle magazine.




















Have a happy Valentine's day! Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Plein Air in the Poconos

Last week, a small group of painters from the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painter's participated in an overnight "paint out" at Graystone Preserve in the Poconos. The preserve is located near Hickory Run State Park in eastern Pennsylvania.

The incredible views were mesmerizing and so were the gorgeous colors of the changing Fall foliage. It made it difficult to pick a scene to paint plein air. However, rain quickly narrowed down a painting spot - the big porch of our rented cabin. 

Here's the painting that came out of my hands onto canvas:

The "almost" Final:


In-progress:


The Inspiration:


So many other possible scenes to paint back in my studio:





From what I learned, the property was purchased in the early 1900's by the Trojan Powder Company to test dynamite manufactured for the military. The company no longer exists, but the heirs continue to operate the property as Graystone Preserve. 

Graystone Preserve is a members-only organization. Lucky for us, a fellow painter is a member. She has amazing childhood memories of traversing the 4,000 acre property with her grandfather, an employee of the powder company. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Christmas Tree Farm -- Illustrations for a Children's Magazine

Here are sketches and final illustrations for the December issue of Sparkle magazine -- a children's magazine reaching young girls ages 6 - 10.

The illustrations will run on the far left and far right of a full-page spread, with the story printed in-between the artwork. Illustrations are under-painted in gouache with pastel Prismacolor pencils and ArtStix.






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