Sketchbook motivation! Changing it up in the classroom. Drawing with pancake batter for some delicious drawings.
What a weekend! Chalk the Block is such an amazing... and exhausting event. Artwork everywhere! My students competed in one chalk artist section, while a teacher colleague competed in another artist section claiming first place! Congrats Ramiro! My favorite thing to see was the large steam roll prints! Creating huge prints is a secret dream of mine but watching it done will have to do for now. This year I had the opportunity to work with other artist to create an "experience" in the Cuadro Space next to the House of Pizza. We created different events and moods for people to experience when they walked in the space. I'm still processing what happened! Thanks artist friends Mia, Cythia, Arturo, Andres, Joe, Randy, and everyone else that was involved! I know I've met some great people that will help me with my Seed of Benevolence project.
Xochi asked me to help her with her Rubin Center Family work shop. The day was about creating jewelry to demonstrate the different sense of a body. I was only there a short time, but I think we did a great job, right Soph?
Keeping busy this summer with heart refreshing project. Artist/teacher Mia asked me to help her bring FREE workshops to children in central El Paso at JVB's Honeyguide Gallery. We painted, printed, made paper, and just had a blast creating with kids of all ages. What a great idea Mia thanks for the experience!
My mom and I decided to check out this moving garage sale. I need a few things since I just moved in to a new house. My mom, well both my parents, are so funny, they are like walking resumes where ever we go. By the time I had rummaged through the first table by mom had told the lady running the garage sale, that I was an art teacher, I had an art show in central, and that I was working on a project for the homeless! Desiree, the lady my mom had been speaking with, was super excited to hear about it. We exchanged contact information and she offered me some goodies for my classroom!
She called me later to offer items from her garage sale to go towards the project! I guess you never know what talking to a stranger will bring you, thanks mom! They ALWAYS do know best!
Making an origami sculpture out of students' old art work left behind. Can't wait to see it fly. Thanks artist Rudy and Drew.
The day has finally arrived where I started to interview! Meet Linda and Juan. There's a bit more ground work than I thought there was going to be... paper work, paper work, paper work!
So paper work aside, it was a bit rocky at first and I was super nervous. What do I ask? What do I say? What's not offensive and what is offensive? Also how much do I share here and how much do I leave for the art work??? So many questions! Ahhhh!
For today I'll just tell you about the experience and share their stories when their artwork is more developed...
Meet Linda first. I had met Linda on a previous visit when I was touring the OCH. When I got there she remembered me, so that was a bit of a relief. She was enjoying the weather on the porch and she wanted to talk to me but I felt she was hesitant to share too much information with me. I asked her if there's was a specific place she wanted to start or if she just wanted me to ask her questions. It was a bit difficult to try and get a conversation going. Then I came across an issue I did not think of before... In listening to her story I realized there were some things in her story that were not true. I don't know why I didn't think about this before. I mean I know it sounds silly, but I forget that not everything someone says is true just because they say it is. I jotted down everything she said either way. So what's the importance of the "true" story and her story, the story she believes? I'll have to think about this more before I start with her art work...
While I was visiting with Linda, Juan was on the porch with us also enjoying the weather. El Paso hardly sees rain but it's nice when it does and there's that small breeze after. (before the muggy humidity comes, you know that moment I'm talking about, that porch moment) He looked so intrigued by me being there. After mine and Linda's conversation was over Juan and I were just talking small talk. He was very welcoming and even though I did not have an appointment with him, I introduced my project to him. I was overwhelmed with his enthusiasm to be a part of it and his willingness to share. I could not believe how happy he was that I was just talking to him. He even started coming up with ideas for what his artwork should look like, which I'm totally going to use by the way! He has lived an interesting life of trial and error. He did not sugar coat anything and I'm happy that he is now in a good spot at OCH.
There's so much to write, but for now, off to make some notes on the interviews!
Care Packages in the Making
Super stoked to have my first interviews tomorrow! I realized I have not done much to gather donations and so I've stopped at the store to gather a few things to get this project started!!! There's a man outside this store all the time that I am dying to talk to. I had tried to visit with him before the Caldo Dinner, but I kept missing him. He sits outside the store entrance with his dog. He holds and cuddles him like a baby, spritzing him with water to make sure the little doggie is comfortable. The connection with his dog is amazing. But first, one thing at a time... those care packages!
Hello fellow neighbor. My name is Diane. I never know what to write for introductions but I know they're important. I'm just an artist, art teacher, and community lover trying to make a difference one moment at a time. Live your life, love it, and inspire!