Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Our Design is Approved

Our mural design is finally finished! TAB Mural students have been hard at work illustrating the ideas articulated by neighborhood residents.

On Tuesday night, November 16, ten students from the 29th Street TAB Mural Arts Team presented their design to members of the 29th Street Coalition. The coalition includes representation from the five neighborhoods where students from our ever expanding club live. We asked for feedback, and approval for our design. We wanted to showcase emerging youth leaders in these neighborhoods, and give adult residents an opportunity to interface with youth. As youth, adults, elders, social service providers, business owners and first responders get to know one another we construct safer more prosperous communities by building social networks.

Here is some of what the kids read from their journals:

“My name is Kevin from the Arts Brigade mural club. In our mural we have lots of creative things. Everyone drew something, even me. This is about our neighborhood. What there is and what you see are buildings, mountains and in the middle there is a ying- yang sign, people and animals. Wee are asking you to let us paint this. We want your opinions and to know how you feel about this wonderful mural design.”

“Hi my name is Blanca. I’m 10 years old and I’m from the Arts Brigade mural class. . I did this speech to ask for your permission for us to paint this beautiful mural. What I see in the mural is a community with all the people and a Food City, and all the animals and mountains and Egges, Burger King and the park with a pond.”

“Hi my name is David I am from the Arts Brigade mural program. In our mural we have lots of creative painters, and have done a lot of work on this creation.”

“Hello my name is Cinthia, I’m one of the kids from Arts Brigade Mural class. We drew the mural to show how our community works. As you can see we drew many buildings, like Food City and Boys and Girls Club and there is a ying yang sign.”

“I’m Infinity and I’m from the mural class. In our mural I see lots of people helping each other out and not being rough and lots of business is going on.”

“Hi my name is Brandon and in our mural there is a dragon that is shooting fire out and there is a mountain that is shaded. There is a community, Food City, Burger King and there is a bus and cars. There is the Boys and Girls Club with three kids. There is a ying-yang sign with people all around, and there are ducks and a big duck. Thank you and have a great night.”

The Coalition members were really impressed by the students and their design. A motion was passed to approve the mural design followed by applause from everyone. The youth beamed with pride and thanked the coalition for their support, handing out thank you cards to the Coalition. The next day in class (every Wed. 2:30 – 4:30) to begin the process of learning about acrylic paints and color theory as we prepared to transfer our design to the wall using a dot and grid process.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Our Community is Cool

We have been busy designing a mural for the interior of the Boys and Girls Club the past few weeks. We have over 20 kids participating each Wednesday from 2:30 - 4:30. Every week more young artists join teacher Mr. Michael and assistant Ms. Linda. It's been amazing to see all the talent emerging. Every class we look at and talk about art, work in our journals and as a team. At the end of the class we take a few minutes to reflect on our work.

Over the past few weeks we've been learning about the elements of art (line, shape, color, texture, value, space, form) and various principles of design (movement, repetition, unity and variety, contrast, scale, emphasis, harmony, balance). Along with this we are learning drawing techniques or "skill builders", about scale and mural design materials.

Our ideas are a reflection of information gathered from Myers and Julia Keen neighbors, as well as comments gathered during the Community Celebration October 14 in Freedom Park.

On Tuesday November 2nd we met with Neighbors from Myers. We had a great discussion that could have gone on for hours. We will be reporting on that discussion in upcoming posts. All of these input forms were shared with youth artists.

We have also been overjoyed at all the visitors form the neighborhoods that have come in to share stories and ask students questions. Last week we were joined by Pat Richter and Emily Brott.

After priming the wall we got right back to work on our design, combining and sharing ideas through conversations and drawings.

Next up we will be presenting our design to the 29th Street Coalition on Tuesday November 16 at 6pm at the Roberts Naylor Community School Library
1701 S Columbus Blvd..


There will be a holiday Watercolor Workshop with Julia Keen neighbors. This is a really fun workshop and we hope you will join us Tuesday November 23, 6:30pm - 8pm at Worldcare 3538 East Ellington Place.