Day 85: To Kill A Mockingbird Collaborative Artwork

Today was a really interesting experience in which my artmaking was a collaborative project with strangers. My aunt Kasey, who is an amazing person, mother, friend and teacher, asked me to come to her classes as a guest to work on some paintings. She teaches high school English and has been incorporating artwork into some of their projects. Since most highschoolers are taught to use the left brain only these days, it can be tough to make the jump to creative expression. She asked the kids to bring in items that they felt were expressive of the book they’re currently reading, To Kill a Mockingbird, and I incorporated them into two mixed media paintings during class today. This gave them an idea of creative ways to use found objects so that they would be prepared for their own art project. It was also really fun for me to be able to paint with an audience, I guess.

The kids were all very respectful and pleasant, and the art came out pretty good. I thought I would be nervous about the pressure of an on-demand situation, especially with that many people looking at it right then and there, but I’ve discovered that I’ve somehow trained myself through the daily exercises so far, and I wasn’t worried after all.  🙂

I updated yesterday’s post as well with a better image of the completed mini quilt in frame. Have a great weekend! P.S. These paintings are property of the classes at Kasey’s school.