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O-riginal Art Activities: Shadow Drawing Inspired by Ashleigh Coleman

Español abajo Create a drawing using shadow inspired by Ashleigh Coleman’s photography. Ashleigh Coleman was born in 1983 in Virginia. She is a self-taught photographer. Ashleigh currently lives on the land of her husband’s family in rural Mississippi. Her photographs have exhibited across the United States, and are currently part of the traveling exhibitions for…

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Q & A with Luis Cruz Azaceta Second Place Winner in Louisiana Contemporary

Luis Cruz Azaceta was selected for the 2020 edition of Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation, and his work, CRISIS 3, took home second place! In this interview, we’ll learn a little more about Azaceta as an artist. Q: In reading your artist statement, you say you confront the reality of many of the world’s hardships through art….

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Movement Mondays: Found Object Assemblage Inspired by Betsy Gosling

Español abajo Create an assemblage using found objects in this Movement Monday Activity inspired by Betsy Gosling. Betsy Gosling grew up in Michigan. She visited New Orleans during the World’s Fair and never left (except after hurricane Katrina for several months). The daughter of a geographer and an Asian art historian, travel and photography are…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Monochromatic Collage Inspired by Betsy Gosling

Español abajo Create a monochromatic collage using found objects in this O-riginal Art Activity inspired by Betsy Gosling. Betsy Gosling grew up in Michigan. She visited New Orleans during the World’s Fair and never left (except after hurricane Katrina for several months).  The daughter of a geographer and an Asian art historian, travel and photography…

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Q & A with Nic Brierre Aziz First Place Winner in Louisiana Contemporary

Nic Brierre Aziz’s video, Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy (White Barbies), took home first place in the 2020 edition of Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation. In this interview, we learn more about Aziz, his development as an artist and his current work. Q: Can you tell us about your work in Louisiana Contemporary? A: Pimpin Ain’t Easy is a…

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Movement Mondays: Living Sculptures

Español abajo Infuse life into a sculpture by recreating it with your own body!  Sculpture is an artistic form in which materials are worked into three-dimensional objects. Sculptures take more volume in space compared to two-dimensional objects such as paintings or drawings for example. An enormous variety of media may be used to create a…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Stacked Perspective Drawing Inspired by Clementine Hunter

Español abajo Create your own super tall drawing of whatever scene you like! Clementine Hunter, Flowing River, circa 1950, Medium Oil on panel Clementine Hunter was born in 1886 near Natchitoches, Louisiana. Hunter spent most of her life working as a physical laborer and housemaid on the Melrose Plantation. In her late fifties, she taught…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Paper Flower Sculptures, La Cuetlaxochitl (Poinsettia)

Celebrate the holiday season by creating paper la cuetlaxochitl (Kwet -la-sho-cheel) and learn a decolonized history of this popular winter holiday flower. The original name of poinsettia is cuetlaxochitl in the Aztec language, Nahuatl. La cuetlaxochitl is indigenous to what is now referred to as Mexico. The flower was an important part of Aztec culture and…

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