Monday, May 14, 2018

'Senior Adult Club' Creates Tea Bag Art.

Ever heard of the book "363 Days of Tea: A Visual Journal on Used Tea Bags" by Ruby Silvious?

An older artist's high school sketchbook serves as inspiration for tea bag art.
The artist from the Senior Adult Club participating in my 10-week artist residency at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg were inspired this week by Silvious' tea bag art. Using week-long daily creative exercises in their class sketchbooks they set to work being creative. One participant used drawings from her high school sketchbook as inspiration.

Using tea bags as stamps.
Stamping on coffee filters.
Tea bags with the tea removed serve as miniature canvases.
The artist used the tea bags (and a few coffee filters) as their canvas. They painted on, stamped on, colored on and sketched on tea bags. They mushed them in paint and used them as the stamp on paper. And, they created a collaborative collage with them. The outcomes were steeped in creativity.

Artists add their tea bags to a collaborative piece.
The artist residency is an Arts in Education program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Jump Street, and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

Painting miniature beads on a tea bag.

Colorful tea bags and colorful art.

Older Artists Create "Nine Squares", A Nod to Kinetic Artist

Colorful collaborative art! Inspired by Israeli sculptor and experimental artists Yaacov Agam and in celebration of Israel's 70th anniversary, artists in my 10-week artist residency at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg created "Nine Squares". Their artful squares are a nod to Agam's kinetic artwork titled, "Nines".

A collaborative piece created by the Senior Adult Club.
Once finished with their individual 9-inch by 9-ince squares the artists added them to a collaborative piece that will be shown during an art exhibit featuring the work from this residency. The exhibit will open June 13 in the federation's Spector Room.

Piecing together "Nine Squares" during a senior's art class.
An completed "Nine Square" ready to be added to the collaborative project.
Working through the geometric steps of a "Nines Square".
The artist residency is an Arts in Education program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Jump Street and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

Reminisce leads to artists' "Hand of Life".

An artist works meticulously on her "hand of life" project inspired by a reminisce exercise.
Artists in my 10-week artist residency at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg concentrate on a "Hand of Life" project during this week's class. 
Artwork in the fingers, thumb and palm represent important events and feelings of various life phases identified through a reminisce exercise.
Working on a "hand of life" project inspired by a reminisce exercise.

Symbols drawn in the "hand of life" project represent important life events.
The artist residency is an Arts In Education program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Jump Street and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.
Symbols drawn in the "hand of life" project represent important life events.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Mural Creation at Children's Home

For three weeks this summer I engaged with an inspiring group of teenage girls at the Children's Home of York -- Girls Center to create a wall mural. The colorful mural will bring vitality, color and voice to an otherwise bland, blank wall in their cafeteria nook.

The completed mural, "Growthtopia", at the Children's Home of York

Theme from Poster Art
A theme of "growth and change" was selected after reviewing artwork created by residents of the home this past Spring. Butterflies, flowers and quotes were common images in that art.

A sample of poster art created by previous residents at the Girls Center.

A sample of poster art created by previous residents at the Girls Center.

A sample of poster art created by previous residents at the Girls Center.

Proposal
I created a rough mock-up of the mural concept and submitted it to leadership.

Rough mock-up of the mural concept.

The Process
The girls embraced the idea. Through daily intuitive art exercises and drawing prompts the words, flowers and butterflies took shape.

Using Nova Color Paints, words were painted in a pearlescent tone-on-tone turquoise against the sky. Now, as a viewer look closely, words are translucent yet shimmer brightly as light bounces off each letter. The girls voices speak.

Flowers and butterflies in all shapes, sizes and color dance across the mural.














The girls took ownership of the process and project. The results are bright, vivid, thoughtful and hopeful. It is evident even in the cover illustration for the mural dedication program.



Every butterfly, word and flower makes me smile. As one quote on the mural states, "If your legs get tired run with your heart."

The Mural Name
They titled their mural "Growthtopia".

Artist Residency
For the project I was a teaching artist in an artist residency through the PA Council of the Arts's Arts In Education program and the Cultural Alliance of York.

Monday, June 5, 2017

"Lost and Found" / Daily Index Card Art

Inspired by Daisy Yellows' "Index Card a Day Challenge"and prompt words "lost and found".

"Lost and Found", 3"x5" graphite on index card, by Cheryl Kugler
The challenge asks you to create daily works of art in the small but do-able format over 61-days. The goal is not perfection, rather instilling a daily routine of the creative process.  Visit Daisy Yellow Art's page for details and join in the fun!

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.