On September 20th, we held the last of four artist-led workshops at the County of Los Angeles Public Library, Artesia Branch. Each workshop was led by a Los Angeles-based artist or designer and supported by the Friends Of The Library in Artesia. Participants learned about the ancient art of block printing and could create custom patterns on water color paper and muslin. Thank you Artesia for a great summer workshop series!
The mural for Locke High School, "Knowledge Moves Mountains", has been submitted to the 2014 Collaboration of Art + Design competition. The goals of the CODAawards are to "celebrate design projects that demonstrate the most successful integration of commissioned art into an interior or architectural space. Awards honor the individuals and the teams whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us every day." GriffinMade's entry can be seen here or by clicking the image below.
The administrators at Locke High School wanted to end the school year by showing a time lapse of the painting project.
In January I started working with a group of 10th graders at Locke High School in Watts. The administrators wanted to improve the school grounds while engaging the students throughout the process. They had identified one wall of the classroom building as the ideal spot for a mural. After meeting with the students to hear their thoughts on art and their school, I created the design for "Knowledge Moves Mountains". Over the last several weeks, the group of 10th graders and I cleaned, primed and painted the mural.
On November 23rd the Compton branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library sponsored a screen print workshop that was free and open to all ages. Residents learned about the history of screen printing, using water-based inks and printing on a 4 color press. They printed the state of California and Compton Library then added their own artwork to customize their t-shirts. Thanks to all the participants, volunteers and Jose for the great turn-out!
On Saturday, November 16th, the Leland R. Weaver branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library sponsored the second screen print workshop in South Gate park. Participants learned about the history of poster printing and printed two colors on recycled chipboard. The owl screen print could be cut out and made into a hanging mobile, used as a coloring book or folded in half to become pages of a new story. Thanks to all the participants and volunteers who made the day a success!