(Discussing the idea of “next to” as opposed to “on top of. . . .”)
I’m back at the Artist in the Schools game – this time, at University Park, one of our local elementary schools. One of the advantages to working at home is that you can spread a residency out over a longer time, so my two weeks of work takes place over three weeks of time. When you are working with 500 kids, a few days off here and there is a good idea.
We started out with paper mosaics, working with stickers for the youngest students and cut paper for everyone else.
So far things are going well – I’m working with a very nice group of students and supportive teachers and staff, which helps a lot. Next week we start doing individual tile mosaics. We’ll see how this goes; the teachers know that they are the guinea pigs for this version of the mosaic machine. (I usually do large group murals, and they have their own interesting logistical issues, but 500 take-home projects. . . must have been a moment of insanity. Or, maybe some very nice people asked me to do something kind of crazy and I just couldn’t say no.)
One of the things I like about all of the “newer” (post 1980’s) schools in Fairbanks is that they all have a substantial amount of artwork in them through the 1% For Art program. I particularly admire this series of drawings and words by Jim Behlke that tell the story of building a cabin on the Chena River.
I have been adhering to my resolution to make more prints, helped by a commission for a number of them. I finished the project up last week and sent them on their way. Let’s see what happens when there is no deadline attached. . . it feels good to be on the press again.
Time to divvy the tiles for next week and get ready for lots of hands.