O-riginal Art Activities

O-riginal Art Activities: Black Lives Matter Inspired by Mike Hartnett

Español abajo Imagine a world without racism in this O-riginal Art Activity inspired by Mike Hartnett’s photography. Mike Hartnett is a photographer based in New Orleans. His work ranges from portraits to documenting his neighborhood and the culture of New Orleans. Supplies Paper, Color Pencils, Pen, Pencil Instructions Step 1: The Black Lives Matter movement has…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Exploring Skin Tones Inspired by Kara Crowley

Español abajo Celebrate diversity and learn about your own unique skin tone in this activity inspired by Kara Crowley. Kara Crowley is an artist who embraces black culture through social issues and positive representation through her own artistic interpretations. Kara’s time with YAYA and at Xavier University of Louisiana molded her into the artist she is today and has also…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Found Object Assemblage Inspired by Jeffrey Cook

Español abajo Create an assemblage out of objects found in your house or neighborhood. Jeffrey Cook was born in New Orleans in 1961, and was raised in the culturally rich neighborhood of Central City. Cook pursued a dance career that took him around the world touring. In the mid-80s, Cook returned to New Orleans, establishing…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Found Object Broom Sculpture Inspired by Friendswood Brooms

Español abajo Get inspired by nature and create a paper broom sculpture. Using natural wood or antler handles, the Gates family wraps and binds the broomcorn using traditional techniques inspired by Shaker and Appalachian designs. The Gates family practices a technique of binding dating back to the 1790s, using just one nail and pressure to wrap…

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O-riginal Art Activities: River Paths Watercolor Inspired by Kael Alford

Español abajo Learn about the history of the Mississippi River while creating an abstract watercolor. Kael Alford’s Bottom of Da Boot documents the South Louisiana communities most affected by land loss due to the oil industry and climate change. The more than 1,500 residents of Point-aux-Chenes and Isle de Jean Charles are a mix of…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Industrial Landscape Collage Inspired by David Emitt Adams

Español abajo Create a landscape collage inspired by Adams’ photographs depicting industrial landscapes. David Emitt Adams’ current practice engages historical photographic methods in order to create a dialogue about the past and present. Power is an exploration of the industrial landscape of the American oil industry. These photographs are made on-location with a custom-built camera…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Line Drawing Inspired by Benny Andrews

Español abajo Draw a line portrait inspired by Benny Andrews. Benny Andrews was born in 1930 to a mixed-race family (Cherokee-Scottish-African American) in rural Plainview, Georgia. After becoming the first member of his family to graduate from high school, he attended Fort Valley State College supported by a scholarship. He was not allowed to attend…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Geometric Drawing Inspired by Will Henry Stevens

Español abajo Create a geometric drawing inspired by Will Henry Stevens. Will Henry Stevens was born 1881 in Vevay, Indiana and was inspired by this pastoral setting from an early age. His father was the town’s apothecary, and taught Stevens the basics of chemistry, which he would use later in life to create his own…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Fiber Art Inspired by Sarah Zapata

Español abajo Create fiber art inspired by Sarah Zapata.   Sarah Zapata is a Peruvian-American fabric artist who lives and works in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1988, Zapata was raised in the Dallas area. She received a BFA in Studio Art – Fibers from the…

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