Photos from AFA’s Day of Art in Chicago

AFA /Chicago has been enjoying a busy, art-filled spring.  Cara Winter tells us all about it – with photos!

In February, Arts For All /Chicago worked in collaboration with the Junior League of Chicago to present our first ever DAY OF ART.   Nearly 70 low-income students from the Rebecca K. Crown Center were brought together for a full day of hands-on workshops.  AFA /Chicago Teaching Artists taught 25 different workshops in Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Theater, Poetry and more.

DAY OF ART 1

Crown Center student artwork, created in Painting workshops led by Teaching Artist Damon Reed.

DAY OF ART 2

Origami created by Crown Center students, in a Paper Arts workshop led by Teaching Artist Cici Sulkowski.

DAY OF ART 3

Crown Center students creating poetry in a workshop led by Teaching Artist Cara Winter. Students later read their creations aloud.

DAY OF ART 4

A poem created by a Crown Center student (age 13).

DAY OF ART 5

Crown Center students performing a dance they learned during DAY OF ART 2013, led by JLC Volunteer/ Dance Instructor Hannah Saunders.

Holterhaus mural

Crown Center Art Room mural, by Scott Holterhaus (pictured here, in-progress).

As a thank-you (and as a memento of the event), Arts For All/Chicago and Junior League brought in a fantastic artist, Scott Holterhaus, to create a mural for the Crown Center’s Art Room.  Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to meet Scott, ask him questions about the mural (and his work in general), and had the chance to watch him during the various stages of painting.

 

 

 

 

Creative Writing students at Hammond Elementary, brainstorming ways to incorporate images into their essays. Workshop led by Teaching Artists Cara Winter and Stacey Hall.

Creative Writing students at Hammond Elementary, brainstorming ways to incorporate images into their essays. Workshop led by Teaching Artists Cara Winter and Stacey Hall.

With the DAY OF ART 2013 behind us, we embarked on a new project in March:  an ongoing Creative Writing Workshop at Hammond Elementary, another low-income CPS school in Chicago.   Some of our projects included writing scenes for a play, poetry making, and writing essays inspired by photos (the photos we used are from a project called That Tree, by professional photographer Mark Hirsch).

Finally, with the weather warming up, we are scheduled to install the finished mural at Libby Elementary. Pictures of the finished mural, coming soon!

As we look forward to summer and fall, Arts For All / Chicago will be looking for more opportunities to serve the children of Chicago, with the Arts.

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