The week flew by…

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Last week went fast- goodness! From Tuesday up to Saturday I was really struggling with feeling queezy-sick in my stomach, which was probably the result of some bad food. But almost every time I ate the food would just churn in  stomach and make me feel even worse. Thankfully those feelings have past and I am much better.

I worked at CTM to print out papers the Art from Below Artist’s can fill out about their artwork (like an artist statement) so that it will be easy to give a business a good representation of the artist by presenting something in the artist’s own words. We also intend to photograph the artwork after this Thursday’s meeting. I am not sure how many artists have written an artists statement before, but because it may be new the paper they will first brainstorm on has a lot of questions to get them going plus tips to guide them. Eventually each artist will type their own on the computers at CTM using a template I have created so that there is continuity and unity among the printed profiles. It will include “fast facts” about the artist on the left, artist statement on the right, and name, contact info, and picture of the artist up top. Then a separate page will be printed of sample artworks. All profiles will be kept in a binder and this is what will be taken when we talk to potential exhibit areas!

This week’s are class emphasized how emotions can be communicated in art! The kids acted out various emotions, as the rest of the group guessed the emotion. the actor was then asked to pick a color to symbolize the emotion they acted out and also draw a line or symbol that they thought would well represent the feeling. After writing the emotions in front the kids each chose one and then listed specific things that feeling brought to mind. For instance, Collins chose scared and listed lions and snakes. After this the children drew out their image or images on paper before getting the paint. However, since I want them to learn to really be intentional about mixing the paints into a variety of hues I allowed them to pick just one color, that signified the chosen emotion and then they got black and white. At first the idea of doing a monochromatic painting seemed difficult to them and many initially resorted to painting in the pure color, plus pure black and pure white but after more explanation and coaching they were starting to catch on. This painting will become another 2 week project since I don’t want to rush some kids and other kids I want to encourage them to not rush too much that they do a sloppy job.

Right after Saturday’s class, a group of artists gathered in Mathare to discuss what this year’s theme will be for the Diaspora of Hope Art Camp! After brainstorming a lot we ended up agreeing on the values of Equality and Unity. This way we could also incorporate this year’s World Aids Day theme, which will happen smack in the middle of the camp, on Wednesday. I am excited for this camp- hoping that the funding will come- enough for us to take the kids outside of the slums for a whole 5 days!

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