Monthly Archives: June 2012

Guess Who?

Carlos, our newest volunteer, tries out a shiny mustache.

CONGRATULATIONS on your upcoming graduation!

Out With the Old & In With the New

On a chilly Wednesday morning, 5 ArtReach teachers, volunteers, and interns arrived at the John C. Coonley Elementary School. Typically, ArtReach would arrive at Coonley bearing bags of clay and jars of underglaze.This time, however, these 5 brave souls carried hammers, chisels and grinding tools. Wearing protective goggles and masks, they painstakingly chiseled and hammered on the old mosaic on the Coonley planters for more than three hours until it could be completely removed. Once the old tiles were taken out, brand new mosaic tiles designed by Coonley students were carefully placed on the planters and lined with more colorful ceramic tiles. The next day, even the rain couldn’t stop the team from finishing the work. With umbrellas in one hand, they used the other to peel off the paper covering the tiles to unveil the students’ works of art. Stay tuned for pictures of the finished piece!

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Under the Sea!!!

On June 15, 2012, Coonley Elementary School will unveil a brand new Under-the-Sea-themed mosaic mural. ArtReach teaching artist, Melanie Weeks, and students from Coonley Elementary spent more than 11 weeks creating hand-made ceramic pieces for this project. Enjoy this video of ArtReach volunteers and interns installing the first part of the mural 🙂

https://vimeo.com/43273894

Clay and Carnival

What can be better than spending an evening at a carnival and a ceramics studio at the same time? Lane Tech’s Clay Fest last Friday featured a full blown carnival that included dozens of rides, games, and of course, funnel cake! In addition to viewing the gallery of paintings, sculpture, and ceramic pieces made by students and alumni, visitors to the ceramic department could have a go at wheel-throwing, taste kiln-fired chocolate chip cookies, and dunk teachers in slip! ArtReach is proud to have partnered with the passionate and creative community at Lane Tech College Prep.

Young Visionaries

Last Thursday, ArtReach had the opportunity to witness the works of future architects and visionaries at McPherson Elementary School. ArtReach teaching artist, Elena Rakochy, gave new and recycled materials to students in the after-school art class and asked them to build – a building, a city, a scenery,…anything their imaginations could fathom. Here’s a preview of what this talented group of students came up with…

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