Word. the power of Poetry

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Inspiration, Teaching, Workshops | 6 Comments
Word. the power of Poetry

Words matter. what we say, and how we say it. and on Friday, March 17 (the very day that White House released their proposed budget cuts that will axe the National Endowment for the Arts, and Public Radio to name just a couple,  Delaware State’s poets laureates Twin Poets, Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills, brought light, […]

Is Your Fate in the Weight?  hint: do your homework.

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Collaboration, sculpture, Teaching, Workshops | 4 Comments
Is Your Fate in the Weight?   hint: do your homework.

This post was originally written almost 6 years ago when I received my first Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant to work with a newly formed group of Young Moms at the Garage in Kennett Square, PA. Since that time my relationship with the YoungMoms Community has grown and developed as have many of the […]

Press On: The Story of Peter Spencer

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Teaching | 6 Comments
Press On: The Story of Peter Spencer

Hot off the Press! (no pun intended, well maybe…) Press On: The Story of Peter Spencer is the culmination of my residency with The Mother African Union Church in Wilmington, DE. For several months, I worked with leaders and students of a rite of passage program as part of The Delaware Contemporary‘s Teaching Artist on-the-Go program. We learned […]

Great Week of Painting Wrapped Up

Great Week of Painting Wrapped Up

What a great week of Painting by the Pond 2016! If you’ve ever taken- or taught an art workshop before you know that you come away renewed and inspired by the others in the group, whether you are an experienced painter or it is your first time working with a new medium. As the instructor, I […]

Hands on Hands in Handmade Paper

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Collaboration, Teaching | 2 Comments
Hands on Hands in Handmade Paper

From the first time I hogged the vat (agitating the pulp) in graduate school and pulled my first sheet of hand made paper, I was hooked! The endless possibilities for gorgeous sheets of paper made with natural fibers, recycled papers, and imbedded collage material both two and three dimensionally continues to be a part of my studio […]

Recycled Materials Transformed Into Sculptural Masks

Recycled Materials Transformed Into Sculptural Masks

Protection. Fashion. Power. Culture. Identity and more… These are just some of the words students came up with during our warm up Word splash exercise for the mask making workshops I am bringing to elementary school students in Delaware through the DIAE (Delaware Institute of Arts in Education.) Using the word Helmet, rather than Mask for this exercise opened up possibilities […]

Book Project with the Mother African Union Church

Book Project with the Mother African Union Church

Stories are the threads that connect us to the past, and to each other. We share our experiences, often overcoming obstacles to find, and become our best selves. This is the motivation behind an exciting project I am honored to be a part of.  As a teaching artist with The Delaware Contemporary I have an extended residency […]

Welding with Stan

Welding with Stan

  As our week at the Marshall Bridge Welding Workshop with Stan Smokler moves to its final day tomorrow, our t-shirts with Think Sculpture printed on the back, rings true. There are sculptures in various stages all over the rustic Kennett Square outdoor studio, along with a sense of community and camaraderie among the 11 […]

Painting by the Pond Summer 2015

Painting by the Pond Summer 2015

Writer, artist and student, Ivana Gatica is guest blogger this week. In David Hockney: A Bigger Picture a film by Bruno Wollheim, Hockney returns to paint his native Yorkshire. At the onset of the film we see Hockney driving the English countryside as he reflects that “I always felt that I was a person of privilege, […]

Insights from an Art Intern

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Art Internship, Home/Studio, Teaching | 2 Comments
Insights from an Art Intern

Writer, artist and intern, Ivana Gatica is guest blogger this week. As the first in my family to pursue a career in the arts, I have heard much about the risk and reasons why not to follow my dreams. For a long time I listened to these comments and questions such as “What do you want to do […]