It was a beautiful drive to Plains, Tuesday Morning. The students were ready for me, and practically unloaded the entire van without me. The High School art classes were all there to take part in the presentation. They were really intrigued with the work. They sat and studied them as I pulled each one out of their box to set up. It was neat because we had almost two hours together and I got a chance to talk to several students about their artwork and projects that they have really enjoyed. I love sharing the artwork of the Art Mobile, but I love it when others want to share their work with me as well.
St. Regis Elementary students make their mark during Art Mobile visit:
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My day at St. Regis School was full of excitement. The Missoulian newspaper from Missoula was there to do a story on the Art Mobile visit. I was excited about promoting the Art Mobile and the work that we do. Once the students found out that they might be in the newspaper, they were excited too! The school's principle was thrilled to have us there for the day because the school's k-8th graders do not have an art teacher. It meant a lot to the students as well. They could not believe that I was going to let them create their very own artwork that they could keep. While a group of forty students were making prints, the photographer from the Missulian, turned to me and said, "Man! There is not one student in here who isn't having a blast with this!" I knew I had done my job.
Way out in the rolling fields south of Billings, there is a school, Morin Elementary. The students were thrilled to spend their afternoon talking about art and making their own masterpieces. Printmaking was new to them, and they got their hands and faces dirty with ink. Their prints turned out fabulous though! I was so impressed with how fast they worked and caught on to the printmaking process. It was a beautiful school and a beautiful day.
It was a great day working with the Art Education students at MSU Billings. We were lucky to have artist, Rabbit Knows Gun, stop by to talk about his art as well. The day flew by with conversations about art in the schools and the process of creating with our hands. While I was in Billings, I saw so much great art, by some of best artists in the west. There was one gallery in particular, that I found myself in on more than one occasion. I was enthralled with the works of Bob Durden, Kevin Red Star, and Neil Ambrose-Smith. Billings was full of surprises. While on a hike I stumbled upon a public artwork of fabrics tied to a single tree. It was beautiful and inspirational, a small treasure on the trail.
Another great day, full of surprises. I met two new artists that were living at Emeritus Springs. One of them was an incredible oil painter, whose apartment was full of wonderful oil paintings of his family. The other artist focused on majestic forest scenes that looked like they could be from a dream. There are so many creative people, it never ceases to amaze me. The exhibit went great! We had one of our artist, Gina Gahagan, stop by to talk about her artwork, which impressed everyone. The day was fabulous.
Story about taking Speaking Volumes, Transforming Hate to the elementary audience, by Anna Paige