Artists That Inspire Us
I’ve been anxiously awaiting this first blog post of Cindy Ingram’s Art Ed Blogger’s Network series! I’m super honored to be apart of such an eclectic group of bloggers. We were tasked with kicking off the series with the question “Artists that Inspire Us.” I went back and forth on whether this should be about artists who inspire my own artistic creations or on artists who I think are just plain rad. I went with the latter. Hope you enjoy three of my personal favorites!
Do-Ho Suh is a contemporary South Korean artist. I first learned about Do-Ho in college when my professor showed me his Art21 video. Last year, I had the opportunity to see an exhibition of his in Madison, WI! Living in Wisconsin, it’s not often I get to see exhibitions like this due to the lack of art museums and galleries in the state so I was pretty psyched when I heard he was gonna be in the area. Besides having the exhibition, I also listened to him give an artist talk and detail his thought process! Check out some of my pictures below!
He has a wide range of works but the ones that I am particularly drawn to are his recreations of the places he has lived. He builds them out of a fine, transparent mesh that has a ghost-like feel when you can see through the walls into several different rooms at once. He leaves no detail overlooked and stitches every little thing that you can imagine in a home; thermostat, outlets, toilet (with the piping inside), radiator, air conditioner, etc.
Another work of his that I am particularly fond of is his Rubbing/Loving series. For this artwork, he covered his entire apartment in paper. He then created texture rubbings of everything in the apartment. The repetitive process almost becomes a sort of meditation for him as the space’s details emerge. When finished, he removed the paper and now displays the rubbings so that they are flat on walls. This creates a sort of ‘blueprint’ to his home.
Here is a project by my 3rd graders who were inspired by Do-Ho.
Ursula von Rydingsvard
Here’s another artist I learned about in college during an Art21 video! Seriously, if you haven’t checked out that series, you need to. Ursula is another artist I had the opportunity to listen to talk about her process. She was one of the keynote speakers at NAEA17 and one of my personal favorite sessions to attend. She makes colossal-sized sculptures out of pieces of wood. I couldn’t get over how amazed I was that such a small, petite woman was making such large monstrosities! She grinds, marks, and cuts into the wood before piecing all of them together. Lastly, she rubs a graphite into them to give them more of an aged appearance.
Her work is inspired and resembles “landscapes, the human body, and utilitarian objects (Art21).” I particularly enjoy how each sculpture seems to take on a life of its own. Many appear as if they are monstrous creatures slumping across the floor.
Julie Mehretu is another artist I learned about in college through an Art21 video. I swear that I didn’t have the intent to feature 3 Art21 artists, it just sorta happened! In college, I actually created an artwork inspired by Julie.
Julie is inspired by maps, topography, landscapes, and architecture and uses a little bit of each in her works. I am always drawn to artists that are influenced by maps, I think in part because maps lend themselves to being more geometric which reflects my own work. I particularly like how Julie picks and chooses parts of these things when she paints. She won’t necessarily paint an entire building but may choose to just paint the windows, then she layers other parts of other buildings on top of that. Her plethora of layers makes for a dense, complex looking composition.
Here is a project I did with my 3rd graders inspired by Julie.
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Congratulations to Bella and Kelsey for being chosen as the December Artists of the Month!
Bella demonstrated great control of her scissors when making her Shape Robot! She added some wonderful details to her robot using crayons. I particularly like the antennas that she put coming out of her robot's head! Lastly, she printed a border of shapes using gold paint. Nice work Bella!
Kelsey was chosen for her artwork inspired by Julie Mehretu! Throughout the project, Kelsey layered parts of maps to create an abstract work of art. I was particularly drawn to Kelsey's choice of colors. She also showed thoughtfulness towards her composition by using a nice blend of lines (roads) and shapes (buildings). Great work, Kelsey!
Congrats to Makai and Josie for being the November Artists of the Month!
Makai showed great control when cutting out his squares and rectangles during our Piet Mondrian inspired project. He also showed awareness of his composition by not printing too few or too many black lines.
Josie's artwork was inspired by James Rizzi. She demonstrated her knowledge of the rainbow order by painting her buildings in that order. She also added several different wild emotions to her buildings and showed a sense of space by overlapping.
Congratulations to Foster! He was the recent winner of a contest put on by the city of Milton! Students were asked to create a billboard design that dealt with pollination. This past weekend he was awarded a plaque and his artwork will soon be seen around Milton on a billboard. Keep your eye out for it!
This year, Harmony is trying something new. We will be spotlighting 2 Artists of the Month! The Artists of the Month will have their artwork hung in Mrs. Stuckey's office and also receive a certificate for all their hard work!
Kaydence (left) and Jazalynn (right) were selected to be our first Artists of the Month! Nice work ladies!
Kaydence's self-portrait, inspired by street artists RETNA and El Mac, does a wonderful job of portraying proper facial proportions. She created her own symbols and written language that she used to fill her ENTIRE background, going above and beyond what I expected!
Jazalynn's beautiful mountains were inspired by Alexander Calder. Her great brushwork using the primary colors and drawing of mountains does a wonderful job of portraying a sense of space!
Gotta give a huge shout out to Don Masse over at shinebritezamorano.com for this project idea.
I finally got this beauty hung up so I thought it deserved a new blog post. I always start off the school year with a school-wide collaborative project. I took the opportunity to talk about how we as a school are united and a team yet there is still variety amongst us. We talked about how unity and variety could be seen in each classroom and how this would happen with each quilt piece. Although 20+ students from each class used the same colors and shape (triangles), no two quilt-squares turned out exactly the same. This year, we studied Libs Elliott. She is a contemporary artist who uses a computer program to randomly generate designs that she then turns into quilts. Each student created a square that would be used on the quilt. I also switched one color each class so it made a nice transition through the rainbow.
My goal for this school year was that I wanted to have our very own art show at Harmony. I think that it's important for students to have that opportunity to display their work in a professional manner, similar to a working artist. I chose to have a self-portrait themed show so each grade focused on a different artist. I was also lucky enough to partner the art show with Team Harmony's end-of-the-year carnival which always draws in a large crowd.
I partnered with a super awesome company called "Artome." After setting up a date and time, they shipped me some paper to make artwork on. You can also make your artwork on 9x12 paper and just hot glue it to Artome's paper (which is what I did). You have to fill out a color slips for each student with their basic information. I sped up the process by printing shipping labels with the information on them so all I had to do was slap it onto the artwork. After all that was done, I stuck the artwork back in the box and shipped it back to Artome. Artome then matted and framed all of the works of art. On the day of the show, a representative from Artome showed up a couple hours before my show and put up stands to hang the artwork from. Parents then had the opportunity to buy their students' work for $25 ($19 to Artome and $6 to the Art Department as a fundraiser). At a typical show 20-25% of the works of art are sold. We sold 45% of our artwork!!! I'm so lucky to work with parents who support the arts! My hope is that we can use this money to make a mural next year in the school! At the end of the show, the Artome rep took down all of the artwork. A couple days later, they shipped the remaining artwork back to me to hand back to the students.
I can't thank Artome, Team Harmony, and the Milton community/parents enough!
On June 1st from 4:30 - 7, we will be having our very own Art Show/Fundraiser at Harmony! We have partnered with a company called Artome who has matted and framed all of the artworks. Parents have the opportunity to purchase their artists' work for $25. $19 of that will go towards paying for the frame and matte while $6 of that will go directly to the art department! Whatever isn't purchased will be returned to students the following week. This is an awesome opportunity to showcase our amazing artists' work.
We hope to see you there!
Nasco put together this awesome video of me as their Artist of the Month!
Harmony and Consolidated Elementary Art Teacher in Milton, WI. UW-Eau Claire graduate. WAEA President-Elect. Apple Teacher.