What a fascinating article. #dementia #arteducation https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-artists-painting-trompe-loeil-murals-soothe-people-dementia
This post resonates strongly as does Tori Amos's song Parasol "I stare at the wall knowing on the other side. The storm that waits for me" which inspired this image from the photo series Spring in Suburbia...the cow here, representing an unkind soul that was before me. A year later I realized that in this song, I misheard the lyrics, in fact it said call. " I haven't moved since the call came" I had to hear cow to get this negativity out and turn it into something beautiful. #learningfromthestorm #storm #mentalhealth #understanding #artinspiration #theuniversehasyourback
Volunteering with this program during college changed my life and brought an awareness of the power of art to heal and change lives. Art is for everyone, sometimes people just need a reminder.
I've been a teaching artist for 17 years now and I am shifting towards online teaching so that I can be home with my family.
I'm also a world traveler, starting at the age of 8. At this moment I began my deep connection to learning about other cultures, our similarities, and differences. I would play teach in my room to all the different learners. I've been a photographer since high school. This passion continued into college. I decided to shave my hair off as a symbolic gesture to see if locals from other countries would allow me to take pictures of them. New friends would always touch and look at my hair on previous trips as they had predominately brown/dark hair. Would this physical change of appearance without my blond hair work? Of course it did:-)
I SEE big things in my future, traveling abroad with students/ learners... I just don't know how:-)
I'll figure it out! and will enjoy the ride along the way towards clarity!
That was a glimpse into this part of the story: I was on Semester at Sea, a 100 day study abroad program. There are classes on board, field trips and volunteer work options when we dock. The day we crossed the Equator we had no class. You are supposed to kiss a fish or shave your head in celebration of this day-long ritual. Of course I planned to kiss a fish, I'm a girl I love my hair. While documenting the event for my photo class, I thought about the above experience with my family. Thoughts flashed in my mind to do it or not. Yes this would be the final stamp declaring that I was in fact a kind & talented photographer that loves to learn about others using my unique perspective not just my blond hair.
Medicine for my Soul
Today I honor the gifts of INSPIRATION & FRIENDSHIP.
You never know when gifts like these will drop into your life.
Thank you Carrie Baker Mangoubi for taking time to research fun events for us to do together, while visiting you in Chicago some time ago. We went to an art workshop, when I visited you some time ago. We were instructed to scribble and use ALLLLL the pen ink onto our 8x10 paper as a welcome exercise. This activity was a pivotal moment, the inspiration for my mark making series, claiming that I AM in fact A MARK-MAKER. A conceptually loaded expression.
The series that followed "ME" illustrates deep thoughts that need to be released but hard to decipher to the eye. Personal stories or interpretations may be conjured from the viewer. I utilized the same fast paced flowing lines of the above exercise, now cursive writing, layers upon layers, to add meaning to this.
Using my son's discarded homework, my obsession (well passion for recyling:-) I continue to release the thoughts that are no longer serving me. Recycling saves energy, being a mom, being resourceful when you are tired takes energy. Like other eco-artists I've taken recyclables and turned them into art. Transforming negative thoughts into interesting works of art.
Are you interested in developing a strong art portfolio for entry into an art college or just for personal development?
Art helps clear blockages and promotes happiness. I guide 9th-12th graders to create works that reflect the strength of their ideas and understanding of art. Each student will work in particular medias based on their interests.
Do people say "wow you are talented, but where's your voice?" Save the making for school, I also offer brainstorming sessions to deepen the meaning of your works, something you may need more guidance with.
Gather your friends for a weekly or monthly art workshop in my studio. I inspire and support those who are ready to grow and fly, who are ready to dig in, to develop their craft, to comment on life, tell a story or make a statement.
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Honoring Rachel's interpretation of the poem I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Pavel Freidman & the Terezin Concentration. This young artist is so intellectual & deep. I love mentoring this talented young lady!
By learning from the past, we enrich our future. History and experiences can become more than just testimonials and facts. They can serve as sources for mapping your and our nation’s future. The stories of Holocaust survivors are rich with lessons and inspiration.
Florida middle and high school students, with the support of their teachers and parents, are invited to participate in the annual Holocaust Reflection Contest sponsored by the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc. and hosted by Nova Southeastern University. Students begin by selecting a quotation or survivor's story that inspires them, then submit their reflection in the form of an original essay, a poem, a short film, or an art piece.
I remember finding this gem of a book, 20 years ago, while scouring around the Friends of the Library in Gainesville, FL. The patterns and arches in the World's Oldest Library is in Fez (which was founded by a powerful women!) reminded me of today's connection. This book has ornate patterns and beautiful textured papers like the library images found in the shared article.
Lori Arbel is a professional artist and certified teacher, leading teens and adults on a journey of self-discovery; opening doors to possibilities, and enhancing their creative voice.