What a talented group of women! They were thrilled to have the Art Mobile there for the day. Several of them told me stories of artists that they knew or about artwork they liked to make. When it came to the printmaking project, they blew me away. They were all such talented artists. They took their time drawing their designs and making their prints. I was lucky enough to be given some of them to keep.
We were so lucky to have artist, Dana Boussard, visit with us at Arlee School. The local artist is well known for her textiles, drawings, and stained glass. She brought some of her work in to share with the students and told them stories and themes in her work. She explained to the students that "You have to make art that you care about, or there is no point in making it."I was happy that she was there to talk about her work with the students. I have been talking about it all year long and it was so nice to sit and listen to her stories, she definitely tells them better than me. I think we all learned something that day.
Another fabulous small school! I was very impressed with the artistic talent at Alder School. They are very lucky because they have a part time art teacher so they can make art projects all year long. The town of Alder is located in a beautiful valley and the sun was shining when I drove away. It was another great day with the Art Mobile.
While giving a demonstration to the students in the Dillon home school group, I found myself eating my words. I was going through the magazine explaining why to look for colors and not pictures for the collage project. "Because if you look for something specific, like an elephant, then you could spend the whole day looking for an elephant and never find one." They students started laughing and pointing to the magazine and I look down and the page I had opened to had a large picture of an elephant on it. During the next hour the students found 6 elephants.
The drive to Wisdom was beautiful. I think I only saw a dozen cars in two hours. The students at Wisdom were really in to the Art Mobile. They could have talked about the artwork all day, and they knew what they were talking about. Their interpretations were so intelligent they were teaching me things. They were all talented artists as well, and blew me away with their prints. As I was packing up the students were all out playing kickball. The whole school, grades k-8, were participating and having a blast. Watching the students interact with one another and help each other, reminded me of my love for the small schools of Montana.