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I don't think I can adequately express how excited I am about this.
I have been talking with Cheryle Isaacson since last Fall about the possibility of an art show at the Abbey for homeschool families/kids, and just yesterday we wrangled out the details.
We will have the Big Wall for the show--that's the premiere show space you can see in the photo above!
If we need to, we can overflow into the bathroom hallway (which is also a great space, and the pieces there get more close-up viewing, so it's all win-win).
I don't know how many pieces we will be generating--that is one of my first goals now, to have families commit to the number of pieces they plan to put in the show. Families may either submit one collaborate piece, or individual children in the family may submit their own pieces. So if you know for sure you want to participate, and know how many pieces you want to commit to, please email me at blesseday at gmail dot com. I am inviting first you Vintage Homeschool families and the parents on the santacruzhomeschooling yahoo group, because you are the parents who have shared excitement with me about a show like this. : ) If I think there is still room, then I will open the show up to homecruzers on facebook.
*If you commit to the show, you are also committing to adhering to the thematic and display guidelines of the show, so please read the rest of the information carefully and be sure you understand the three required elements.
We have three elements to the show that should not only create visual cohesion, and provoke thought, but hopefully will also result in richer art:
--The subject theme of the show is "New Life." Each young artist may interpret this as he/she likes!
--The constructural theme is "layers." This means that each piece of art should be made with the idea of "layers," but again, each artist may interpret that to suit which ever medium s/he will be using.
Some of you families are really into art and have lot of experience with different mediums--to you, I say, take the layers theme to whatever you think is its most fun and beautiful extreme. Some of you families are still pretty much in crayons and markers mode--while those can be absolutely fine mediums for this art project, I highly recommend you think about how you can take what your kids already know and take it one step further. For example, layering watercolor over crayon. If you want to be inspired, or need ideas, I would recommend image searches on the web. Just now I googled "childrens art projects layers" and saw some really neat pieces and projects.
Some examples of how this constructural theme might be interpreted:
Layered punch-art mosaic
three-dimensional pop-up paper cuttings
Matisse-inspired paper and crayon mosaic
printmaking, with more than one layer of prints
layered paper arts
visual layers within a painting
photograph of layers (scroll down post to "Layers" art photograph)
Now, please realize I posted these as examples of layered art, not as examples of pieces that go along with the theme of "New Life." The creative marriage of the two themes will be up to your artists! Also, please keep in mind your children's pieces will still need to be overall two-dimensional, since they will be wall-mounted. In fact, that brings us to the third unifying element of the show:
--Each fnished piece must be mounted with black matte board. This last element will really give visual cohesion to the overall collection, and should also really make each piece "pop." The specific matte board you will need can be found at Palace Arts--it is black on top with a white core. Please visit the store before starting your project to see the matte board so you know what is available to you. For example, there is at least one size of pre-cut board you could use, but then you would need to make sure your art was the right size to fit its window.
The final pieces may be either undermounted, through the cut window (like you would see in a picture frame), or may be top mounted. You can choose which ever "framing" is most appropriate for your child's finished work. The overall visible matte border should be approximately 3-4 inches in depth, but of course you should tweak that depending upon what is most suitable for your child's piece.
We do not have specific size constraints for the pieces--as long as they are matted per the above directions, whatever size of work your child creates is fine.
Also, because this will be child-generated art, I don't think I need to specify that whatever they make should be suitable for all-ages public viewing. But just in case--there you have it. ; )
The completed, appropriately matted pieces must be brought to the Abbey no later than 8:00 on Wednesday, March 27. That night the Abbey art director will install the show! They might also appreciate a few parent helpers with the installation--I'll share details about that when we get closer to that event.
If you have any questions, please leave them here in the comments on this post, so everyone may benefit from the dialogue.