Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Art the Vote!

 Have you been wanting to help turn Congress Blue in November 2018? Here's your chance to donate to that goal AND receive an artwork by me, or another Vermont artist!

 Make a donation to the Lean Left Vermont Victory Fund PAC, which supports candidates in critical swing districts in Maine, New Hampshire, and New York, and get a work of art. It's a win-win!

 For more details on Art the Vote, go to

This is the piece I've donated, which you can have for a donation of $315.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Painting Class at GIA

The theme of this class was Layers, and our major project was a large 4x3 foot canvas that each student painted in acrylics. They started on Day One with a 2" wide brush, and filled the canvas. On Day Two they got a 1" brush, and had to cover the canvas again, leaving no part of the Day One painting larger than my hand. On Day Three they got regular flat and round 1/4" and 1/8" brushes, and had to make modifications to each 12" square section. On the final day, they could also use china markers.

Here is an overview of the wall on which the final paintings were displayed, as well as gifs of each student's work (and, third one down, one by the class's assistant, Asa Waterworth, who also kindly photographed the work from which the gifs were created):

We also tried a number of different  ways of painting on transparent layers. And at the end, we spray-painted disks for mobiles using stencils students cut from mylar, or sprayed over natural materials.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Governor's Institute on the Arts Sculpture Class

I'm back from the Governor's Institute on the Arts (GIA), held at Castleton University from June 24 - July 8. It was exhausting, exhilarating, and very wonderful. There were about 80 students participating in many different classes at the GIA this year, and I taught a sculpture class and a painting class.

The main project for the sculpture class was making an assemblage in a suitcase related to the theme of migration. I had gathered old-fashioned suitcases (the kind without wheels), which I brought with me, along with several boxes of "stuff" I thought might be useful in creating the assemblages. The students were very resourceful about finding other materials too (like dirt, wood, grapevines, and stones). One of the students suggested a title for our installation: Case Studies.

Here are the individual works. Two students made pieces related to their own families' immigration stories -- an ancestor who came from Italy and opened a farmstand, and a great grandfather who came from Eastern Europe after a terrible massacre, hoping for a better life, but wound up working in a coal mine at the age of 12.

Two of the suitcases made work directly addressing the current global migration crisis, the first one , showing two sides of the southern border.

The one below presents the cases of children removed from their families, with their "files" and possessions mounted in the case (which was a government-issued briefcase).

The last suitcase sculpture was a conceptual piece, in which the "borders" represent artificial barriers separating sections of soil and stones that are essentially the same.

The sculpture class also made mobiles and altered books. All the work was extremely impressive, and I felt privileged to participate in this wonderful program. Thanks also to Haleigh West, a wonderful class assistant!

In a future posting I will show work from the Painting class.