The first part of our presentation was spent looking at the artwork on display. Students had questions about multiple pieces of art. The last piece we talked about was Daniel Biehl’s untitled etching print of a root morphed with a human leg. I told the students that it was untitled and wondered if we could come up with a meaning. Students talked about how the root could mean strength. One student said, “it’s about holding on to what you believe in and not letting the wind blow you over.” After we looked at the exhibit, I turned the presentation over to our visiting Helena artist Bonnie Lambert. Bonnie brought in large prints of her photographs. She explained how she paints on her large scale photo prints and collages found material to them. Her series was inspired by her favorite photographer, Lee Friedlander. She said that Friedlander used to take selfies before selfies were a thing. She mentioned that there is a self-portrait of Friedlander in the hospital with chaotic medical cords running all around him. “I did the same thing by photographing the forest floor. Then, I added even more chaos by painting more lines.” Students asked questions about the plants she found and what else she likes to photograph. At the end of the presentations, the 4-6 graders took turns looking at her large prints.
We ended the day with more art lessons. Our last lesson was with the 5th grade class. We made found poems with illustrations. The principal, Maria Pace, Joined in with the class and made her own found poem. Students enjoyed the activity. At the end of the day, the janitor, AMM board member Bob Worthy, and I packed the van and I was on my way.